My friend asked me to write an essay for his English class.


Did you know that when we solve math problems the Intraparietal sulcus part of our brain is the one functioning? While when we fall in love it is our frontal cortex who does the work. That’s just one reason why academics and romantic relationships between students cannot be fused with each other.

The principle of academics is simple; that is to learn things that you will use into the job that you want. Together with the things that are extremely stress-inducing and will make you want to quit life. It may look like this is very similar to the principle of love but it’s obvious, they are two different things.

The principle of relationships, especially to students like us, for me, is just to have someone who will be there for you and you will be there for that person too. Of course, that together with the things that are endorphin-inducing that makes you want to be that person 24/7. I think by now, you should have seen the difference between those two.

Let’s keep this simple: No one likes school as much as they want to be in a relationship because of the points given above.

The reasons why these two cannot be with each other should start making an opaque appearance in your common sense by now. However if not, let’s proceed.

How do we cope with school? Cope…. It’s a big word. Let’s try handle. How do we handle school and love?

In school, no matter how much we don’t want to admit it, we’re just doing it to survive. Because our parents want it. Because in looking for jobs, skills is not a requirement; a diploma is. One of the reasons why this is stress-inducing is because we are so stressed out about it. Why? Projects here, homeworks there, requirements everywhere!

We only have one body and too much work. Too much work in 24 hours. 24 hours to bathe, eat, get the eight hour sleep requirement, talk to friends and family, travel- to and from- school and everything in between. We can make adjustments so we can do everything while doing work but at the end of the day, when we were faced with the choice of hang out or homeworks, we’ll choose the one that will not bring us stress.

I don’t really think I need to go over the principle of love because it’s subjective but let’s do a quick run-down.

It’s self-satisfactory. It pumps out oxytocin from our brain to everywhere in our body; a chemical known to make us feel good and perfect and all that. We have assurance that we have enough “stock” for our emotional and social needs. We have someone adoring us, we have that person we adore; and we all know it’s a good picture for everyone.

I’m not demonizing school to you people, I’m just saying what I see and in this angle of school and love, school is…. don’t even get me started. From its principles to the way we react to them, up to all the way on how we deal with these, love and school is definitely a match made in hell that’s surely gonna flunk. Unless it’s a romantic relationship with your studies; which is weird as heck. It’s easy, water is school, we need it but there are things that are better like, workshops or sodas. And love is oil, we don’t understand it that much yet it is fundamental in life. And just like oil and water, both needed in life but can’t just can’t join each other.

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Teatro Komunikado’s MAZKARA FESTIVAL: Ang ikalabingtatlo sa ikalabinglima

Teatro Komunikado is the premiere theater and production organization of the PUP College of Communication. It’s been their annual tradition to present three plays in one night, to celebrate their anniversary; they call it, Mazkara Festival.

Now, on their 13th year, in line with their preparation for their 15th anniversary, they’re presenting MAZKARA FESTIVAL: Ang ikalabingtatlo sa ikalabinglima. Featuring the plays, Ang Kalupi, The World is an Apple and Lotto Ticket.

Throughout the year, TK has shown not only our college, but the entire university that they really make things that are worth talking about. From events they’ve manned to performances that blew our mind, (I mean who can forget their number in our college orientation? Uh-mazing.) to the horror maze, (a literally) blind date booth and “Gabi ng Monologo” The creative juices behind those experiences, well, how could I put it? They did it again!

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Ang Kalupi

The old tale by Benjamin Pascual brought to life. Amazing ensemble and the one who played “Aling Choleng” seems to have been born for the part. Everything here was flawless from the music (which was perfectly timed) to the props, lights, costume. Everything fell perfectly into place. Kudos!

to kuya gelo: it didn’t look like tdr okay. hahahaha

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The World is an Apple

A heavy drama by Alberto Florentino. Perfect casting!! All the feels was put into this play and you can really see that the cast were trained really good to be able to play the characters. I can’t say anything else to this because it’s so amazing. Well, I can say one thing tho, I may or may not have shed a tear just before the lights went out. It’s that good.

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Lotto Ticket

This comedy by Anton Chekov made me (and the everyone in the theater) laugh out loud! For reals! IRL LOL-ing!! (Hahaha.) The set of actors (because there were three shows and some roles got understudies) I got to watch deserves a standing ovation for their spectacular performance.

I love, love, looooooooove the show and they all deserve the praise and fans they’re are getting and so much more. The show was magnificent and colorful. I know that most of the cast are freshmen and they’re all promising. The organization is absolutely going to higher grounds.

Cheers to Teatro Komunikado! Here’s to more awesome projects from you, guys. 🙂

LOLA by Kevin Ang

It’s Christmas time, and a grandmother spends a quiet afternoon tending to the family chores. But the arrival of an unexpected visitor brings with her some deadly consequences.

While I was scrolling down my Facebook news feed, a picture of an old woman with a gun caught my attention. A thriller short for this Christmas season. Wow. I clicked it and my oh my, did it leave me in awe.

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A  short that tackles with death, human nature, love, revenge, parenting and family ALL AT THE SAME TIME.

At the beginning of the video I thought this was a low-budget film with cheap jump scares and an ending I probably won’t like. However, as soon as I see the inmaginative storyline, man, was I hooked.

There were a few holes and some points that wasn’t justified but those are no biggies. Like how did the family know that Jessica was inside the house and the reason why lola was keeping the parents. But if you’re not an OC viewer such as myself, you wouldn’t mind those things at all.

The lighting and sound mixing is perfect. The special effects are not the best but above average, still believable. As for the cinematography, I appreciate their effort their attempt to make it pretty but they can do better.

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All of the actors were amazing. Especially lola and Maria. They made everything look normal and you can feel in the atmosphere that it is nothing but a “normal” day  *wink*

As I said earlier, the imaginative storyline was executed properly. I just wish that the film was longer because even though a lot has already happened, I CRAVED FOR MORE ACTION. I think it’ll be more jam-packed if the first two dudes wasn’t… huehuehue.

My heart was beating really fast while watching. It. Was. Ama-ziiiing!! The build up is perfect. DAT CAMERA ANGLE AND THE MUSIC OF THE LIVING ROOM SCENE, THO. 😀

Though a little bit predictable, I really loved the ending and it’s perfect for the film. I wanted no ending other the one I got.

All in all, I give this film 4.5 stars!

Almost perfect, but not quite. I hope to see more of Mr. Kevin Ang’s film in the future.

PHILIPPINES!! WE NEED MORE QUALITY CONTENT LIKE THIS!!!!

Watch the film here (x)

“Parang Kayo, Pero Hindi” and “Buti Pa ang Roma, may Bagong Papa” book review

“At alam ko na binibigyan na kita ng karapatan na saktan ako dahil hinahayaan ko ang sarili kong mahulog sa’yo.” – Kung bakit ako naiyak sa bagong commercial ng McDo (Parang Kayo, Pero Hindi; Noringai)

“Parang Kayp, Pero Hindi”

Title palang, pamatay na.

Nung nakita ko ‘tong librong ‘to feeling ko ang sarap niya basahin. I can already tell e, pabalat palang, you can relate a lot in this book. Because I think we all go through this stage. The “parang kayo pero hindi” stage. You’re both uncertain, the MU level, more than friends but less than lovers.

Ang maganda sa librong ito is that it gave me something that’s more than what it promised me. Andito yung thoughts niya about the pseudo relationship stage, yes. However, there’s more than that. In love, there’s a heck of a lot more. The first love, the one that got away, da moves, being nostalgic, crushes, casual sex and of course, MORE.

Habang binabasa mo ‘yung libro, makikita mo nalang ang sarili mo either tumatawa sa mga banat at hugot niya or nagcri-cringe kasi affected ka. Kasi ikaw ‘yun e. Naka-relate ka. Sapul na sapul sayo ‘yung patama niya.

However, most of the time, makikita mo ang sarili mong absentmindedly na tumutungo sa libro o bigla-bigla nalang ngingiti. Because you know, that somewhere inside you, habang nagbabasa ka, may taong nasa isipan mo. Kahit na alam mong me pagka-fiction ‘yung iba, ay may nararamdaman ka habang binabasa mo ito. Alam mo na may pinanggalingan ang chapter na ito at iyun ay totoo. Kasi, ikaw mismo naexperience o naramdaman mo na ‘yun e.

Isa sa mga bagay na nagustuhan ko about the book is ‘yung pagkakahati-hati niya. ‘Yun bang classified sila. There’s the book and then there’s the chapters and the essays and short stories inside them. They fit each other perfectly. Like, the parts just fell perfectly into their own places.

Hindi lang siya basta-basta essays about love na kalat-kalat and thrown into a book just like that. Mafe-feel mo yung maturity niya as you go nearer and nearer to the last page of the book.

One more thing, maririnig mo talaga ‘yung unique voice ni Noringai. She has her own style of writing. ‘Yun bang kapag nakakita ka ng isang article, kahit walang name, alam mong siya yun. At kahit na napaka-deep ng topic, she finds a way to make it light. I mean, she learned life freaking lessons from Candy Crush!! Oha. Oha.

Lastly, ang librong ito ay hindi lang about sa love, mayroon ‘ding mga life realizations na naisingit and mga bagay tungkol sa dreams and goals mo sa life. Shinare niya ‘yung struggles niya sa buhay, personal issues and the like. You can see her life through the pages; bits and pieces of her childhood and how she got to where she is now and ‘yung mga lessons na napulot niya along the way.

I felt this book is really personal and gawa siya ng isang tunay na tao. Hindi fiction ‘yung author. May flaws at mga pagkakamali, ‘yung strengths niya at sarili niyang quirks. Noreen Capili is really brave not only to write and get emotionally naked on paper but also because she shared it to the entire world. The awesome part there is that she wants to.

So ayun, I recommend this book for people who has loved, been loved, wants to be loved and is currently being loved. Actually I’ll recommend you this book even though you are not in the disgusting business of falling in love, e. This book is a good read and the essay element of it invites you to be more introspective in life.

4.8/5! 🙂

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Hindi ko alam kung ano ang mas masakit: ang patuloy na umasa sa isang bagay na hindi mo alam kung mangyayari? O ang sumuko na lang at tanggapin na hindi na talaga ito mangyayari? – It’s a tie (Buti Pa ang Roma, may Bagong Papa; Noringai)

In this book I cried, I found love, became a cranky old man, lost a loved one, became nervous then thankful for my life and most probably felt all the feels a 17 year old like me could handle. Maybe even more.

I read this book, exactly right after I read Noringai’s first one. And I must admit, naka-sakay ako sa LRT nun, pauwi galing school and that first essay, that cynical essay about Christmas, kung saan feeling ko e dedicated sakin, made me laugh out loud. Literally. I even clapped for her while laughing and yes, people stared. But I can’t help it! Ang witty e. That rendition of “Pasko na Sinta ko” is nothing but sheer genius.

Sa librong ito, Noringai invites us deeper into her past life. Mula pagka-bata up to college and after that, covered nito. But this isn’t about her, it’s about the decisions and things she did while she’s at it.

This second book offered me something that is waaaaaaay more than love. Here she talked about life, how precious it is. How she nearly lost hers. About everything she learned, she learned in kakikayan and shoes. Huge lessons in her vacation trip to Saigon and lot, and I’m telling you, a lot more.

You can see Noreen evolve from the first book. She changed a lot, learned new lessons and all that. I am very thankful because she shared her life lessons with us. They say, “Life is a hard teacher for it gives the tests first and the lessons after.” Noreen broke that, she gave us the lessons so when the test comes, we know what to do.

School’s Evacuation Plan

If you notice, there are these papers pasted in the hallways and stairs; yes, I am talking about the one with arrows and boxes. That’s the school’s evacuation plan. The instructions we will follow in case of emergencies like fire, earthquake, etc. That is the plan that everybody has to know. The question now is, does everybody know? Let’s make it smaller, does the majority know about this?

I conducted a survey regarding this topic, looks like most of the students are aware that we have an evacuation plan.  However, when I gave them an example scenario, they quite do not know what to do. Then I finally realized the difference between knowing and being aware.

Yes, we all see the posters and fire extinguishers but students say they are not properly discussed or oriented about it. What are we supposed to do with those things? They know a bit, but “a bit” cannot save your life in urgent situations. They kept saying that there are cases for fire extinguishers but the actual thing is not there. There are emergency buttons to push but are they working? There are diagrams posted all over the campus that is not practiced, not even once a quarter. Bottom line, they are saying: “We notice the efforts but what are we supposed to do with it?” Well, you know ‘children’ especially today’s teenagers, we need to be spoon fed! (Well, I can only speak in behalf of the people I interviewed)

The survey included a question that asks how the school administration will feel if they knew that the efforts they are doing are not enough or is not taking effect on students. Most of the people I asked said, hurt, sad, disappointed and everything in that neighborhood. Well, I must say, that is what I thought too.

After asking the students, I went to the person behind all of this, Mrs. Brito. I was originally asked to interview Mr. Noel Delos Reyes but he redirected me to her. I asked the same questions, (well except the one mentioned earlier, of course) and I got different results. What are those? Common sense, yo! The twist in her set of questions was showing her the students’ reaction concerning this matter.

Mrs. Brito said that the students were wrong and the plan and emergency precautions was discussed twice; first was by the MAPEH teacher and second was by the MAPEH student teachers. Uhh, let me think, I personally have three absences this year and what are the odds that the topic was discussed those days? Furthermore, was more-than-50-students were absent in those same days? I don’t think so.

This article is not made to attack the school administration. For me, this is a reaction poll, kind of. They, school ad, were thinking they were doing a good job in lodging the evacuation plan throughout the school but this is the truth. It hurts, I know but it is. And there is nothing nobody can do about it.

So if you notice, there are these papers pasted in the hallways and stairs; the one with arrows and boxes. That’s the school’s evacuation plan. The instructions we will follow in case of emergencies like fire, earthquake, etc. That is the plan that everybody has to know. The question now is, does everybody know? Better question is, will you let yourself stay in the stage of not knowing?