Ang Pagsugod ng mga Bulalakaw, mga Viking at mga Katipunero

Noong isang taon, isang parada, fireworks at isang maringal na salu-salo ang dahilan ng aking kaligayahan sa araw ng Disyembre 14 (Parade, Fireworks and A Royal Banquet). Ngayong taon, kakaibang paraan naman ng pagsasaya ang naganap.


Ang oras ay lagpas alas-dose na.  Disyember 14 na ang petsa.  Tumunog ang aking telepono at ang mga ito ang aking nakita.

Ito ang mga unang nagdulot sa akin ng ngiti sa araw na ito.

Maya-maya lamang ay dumating na ang mas inaabangan ko.

Tinalo man sila ng liwanag ng buwan, hindi sila nagpapigil upang ipakita sa akin ang maniningning na mga regalo mula sa kalangitan.  Wala pa ring kupas ang mga Geminid.  At wala akong sawang panonoorin sila taun-taon.

Bitbit ang aking mga kahilingan, muling bumalik ang dalawampu’t limang bulalakaw na Geminid (ang totoo, na-trapik ata ang isa kaya dalawapu’t apat na lamang ang nakabalik)  pabalik sa kalangitan.

 


This post had been transferred by the author to another blog named “Nimotsu Counter.” To read the rest of my 25th birthday celebration together with Vikings and Katipuneros, kindly click here.

 

 

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YEAR-END SALE AT THE UNCLAIMED BAGGAGE CENTER

Welcome to my Unclaimed Baggage Center, where you can see a catalog of baggage left permanently on my baggage counter.  And just like in any unclaimed baggage center, items here are for sale… if I hadn’t bought them yet 🙂

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BAGGAGE NAME  Nandito Ako
BAGGAGE DESCRIPTION  Mini-serye
BAGGAGE TAG  02202012
STATUS  sold to me
 
 
 

with David Archuleta

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February 2012 was filled with screaming fans worldwide with the launch of  David Archuleta’s mini-serye, Nandito Ako.  I handled the promo campaigns used for the show.  Here is the AVP I produced for the show’s press conference:

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The show became a trending topic worldwide every single night of airing, for the whole five weeks of conquering primetime television.

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Nandito ako worldwide trending

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BAGGAGE NAME Pinoy Explorer Rebrand
BAGGAGE DESCRIPTION Adventure/ Travel Show
BAGGAGE TAG 04222012
STATUS sold to me

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On the summer of 2012, I did the launching promo campaigns for the rebranding of Pinoy Explorer, showcasing a more adventurous Aga Muhlach.  Here is the re-brand launch campaign:

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The launch was a 2-part special in the wonderful islands of Batanes.

 

BAGGAGE NAME Resignation
BAGGAGE DESCRIPTION Straight to the point
BAGGAGE TAG 04242011
STATUS sold to me

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With two launches at the first quarter of the year, one may think that I’m doing good at work.  But it was not that simple.  Work is not only the act of doing what you need to do at the work place.  A lot of factors and outside consequences contribute to my decision to finally hear what my heart has been telling me for the longest time already.

I believe one of the highlights of my 2012 was my resignation at my job then as a Promo Producer.  Quitting a job is not easy.  It’s like saying goodbye, for good, not just to the work load but also to friends and colleagues.  Drafting a resignation letter is a piece of cake, but gathering all the guts to submit it and finally tell the boss is a whole new baking process.  Luckily, after months and months of brain-wrecking decision-making sessions, on April 24, I was able to bid everyone goodbye.

Here is a late christmas gift I received from a friend named Nessa Gabrillo. The lanyard was on a buy-one-take-one promo on The T-shirt Factory and so she has the same lanyard and said she will wear it to work.

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Fed Up lanyard

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BAGGAGE NAME Hong Kong
BAGGAGE DESCRIPTION Travel
BAGGAGE TAG 05262012
STATUS sold to me

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Being my first out-of-the-country trip, this one is really memorable.  And simply because I was with the most awesome people in the universe.

Our adventures and misadventures in Hong Kong and Macau is detailed in Oh Yeah! This is First World!

 

BAGGAGE NAME Freedom
BAGGAGE DESCRIPTION Greatest Separation Pay Ever
BAGGAGE TAG 062012
STATUS sold to me

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“Newly unemployed, I found this kind of life refreshing. No more commuting to work…. And best of all, I could read any book I wanted, anytime I wanted. I had no idea how long this relaxed lifestyle would continue….  It would have to end sometime, but until it did I was determined to enjoy it.” – Toru Okada in The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

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Mt. Samat in Bataan

Mt. Samat in Bataan

Being out of a daily work, I came to appreciate the small things in my life: the silence in the province, the good air in the province, the trees that are older than me, the wonderful chirping of the birds, the magnificent cloud formations… things I was taking for granted because of hectic schedules at work.  And I’m happy enjoying these things this way. (An entry about rural life in Bataan is soon to be published here so stay tuned.)

If Toru Okada is excited to be reading anytime he wanted, I was excited to write… to finally write a script that I wanted to do several months before but just can’t find the time to do it.  And I’m thankful I was able to write my short film script.  I intended it to be a short film but the consequences are telling me that maybe the concept is one for a full-length film.  I’ll see about that 🙂

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BAGGAGE NAME Baggage Counter
BAGGAGE DESCRIPTION My very own blog
BAGGAGE TAG 08312012
STATUS you definitely cannot buy this

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And speaking of writing, I started blogging on August.  And so here’s my baggage counter.  Our Mt. Batulao trip was the lucky one to be deposited here first.  You can view it here: Ang Labing-Tatlong Rurok ng Bundok Batulao.

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BAGGAGE NAME Quarter-life crisis
BAGGAGE DESCRIPTION Depression-inducing part of everybody’s life
BAGGAGE TAG 092012
STATUS For sale

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I believe I experienced my first wave of quarter-life crisis after my college graduation: the pressure to find a job in the soonest possible time, a job that should be related to my field of study.  This was accompanied by one of the greatest dilemmas in the world: which path to take.  Then, I decided the path to TV5.

During the time I resigned, quarter-life crisis came haunting me again.  And Diana Ross’ “do you know where you’re going to?” song became the official soundtrack of my life then.  I believe this is the downside of the freedom I got.  I was given all the time to think.  Even the things that I need not to be thinking of eventually entered my mind and I cannot stop them.

Eventually, I happened to see the good side of quarter-life crisis, it let’s you discover who you really are.

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BAGGAGE NAME Self
BAGGAGE DESCRIPTION fragile
BAGGAGE TAG 2012
STATUS sold to me

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“I had simply been too busy to think about myself.” – Toru Okada in Haruki Murakami’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Maybe the good side of this too much thinking is that I was able to seek the deepest portions of my conscious mind.  Even my subconscious gave me hints on who I really am.  In one of the rakets that I managed to get, I did research on some psychological stuff that ended up triggering my suppressed memories out.

I had reasons for suppressing them, reasons that eventually turned to questions that I address to God.  But may I say that these were not the kind of questions that doubt His greatness but rather questions that later on turned to requests to make me understand why these particular things happened to me.

And during this second wave of quarter-life crisis was the time when God granted my requests.

Caloy’s story would gave you a hint on what I’m talking about here. View it at: Caloy, the Infamous Master of an Infamous Art.

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BAGGAGE NAME Rakets
BAGGAGE DESCRIPTION Making a living
BAGGAGE TAG 092012
STATUS sold to me

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I would want to thank all the people who entrusted their projects to me.

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BAGGAGE NAME Android phone
BAGGAGE DESCRIPTION one of the latest gadgets today
BAGGAGE TAG 112012
STATUS sold to me

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Like I was always saying, I really have difficulty dealing with technology, technobobo ika nga.  But recently my Nokia 6680 phone, yes my NOKIA 6680 phone finally wanted to retire from its almost 8 years of service. So I finally need to buy a new one.

At first I was hesitant to buy techie phones because a phone that can text, call and alarm is all I need.

But I was happy to buy an android phone.  Because of it, I can write even when I’m on the bus on a trip to the province.

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BAGGAGE NAME Rurouni Kenshin
BAGGAGE DESCRIPTION fan-girling to the nth level
BAGGAGE TAG 12082012
STATUS sold to me

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Ruruoni Kenshin live action movie was really one of the greatest anime adaptation ever.  My deepest fan-girling thoughts were best described in Memory is a Knife, or rather a Katana.  And thanks to Kaoru Kamiya, Emi Takei and Kathryn Bernardo, my blog is gaining more and more views. So keep it up! 🙂

 

BAGGAGE NAME My 24th
BAGGAGE DESCRIPTION a heavenly celebration
BAGGAGE TAG 12142012
STATUS sold to me

On my 24th, I had a Parade, Fireworks and a Royal Banquet.  And it had been really really great!

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And that was my 2012: emotional, nostalgic, victorious, tragic, depressing, enlightening.  But overall I’m thankful for this year.  Realizations came up this 2012, realizations that may not have come if things went differently.  So on 2013, it’s time to deal with life with a completely different perspective, an entirely positive one.  And I would want to ask God to accompany me in doing so.

And if you have observed, I have that habit of keeping every baggage.  Only a few items were on sale and ready for disposal.  This is also one of the reasons why I put up this baggage counter.  So in 2013, I want to change that habit and start learning to let go of things.

How about you? How’s your 2012 and how do you plan to deal with 2013?  May everybody have a glorious new year.  And I want to thank all my readers.  May you continue to enjoy my baggage counter 🙂

PARADE, FIREWORKS AND A ROYAL BANQUET

My 8,766th day on earth was showered with twenty-four blessings from a clear Bataan sky.  I waited until I was rewarded with two dozens of these Geminid meteors. They say that shooting stars grant wishes.  But I didn’t ask for 24 wishes to come true.  I only had one, hoping that each meteor will cast their power to the fulfillment of this one simple wish.  What did I wish for?  I’d better keep it to myself. 🙂

Actually, I first heard of the Geminids in the news just the day before.  How I wished I knew earlier that they had been playing annual performances on earth’s night sky since the day I was born.  This was the first time I saw a shooting star.  And I was overwhelmed by its beauty. So from now on, I will make it a habit to enjoy God’s gifts every time the clock strikes twelve every 14th of December.

And so for this very special day, I had a parade, an awesome fireworks display and a royal banquet.

before the parade

before the parade

A.S

This is where I witnessed my parade, or rather the U.P. Lantern Parade.

It’s always so refreshing to be roaming around U.P. Diliman again.  I couldn’t even remember the last time I witnessed this impressive display of lights.  Because of that, I observed a lot of addition to this Christmas Isko/Iska tradition.

Silver Oble

First, student organizations participated in the parade.  This is a glossy silver representation of Oble from the org “Students of Destiny”.  I believe they are quite a new org since I haven’t heard of them when I was still in college.  Or are they?

Junk the Cybercrime Prevention Law

The UP Monorail Project

The UP Monorail Project

Other members of the UP community were heard during the parade.  The UP Manininda showcased their elegant food carts.  Barangay UP Campus also had a representative.  Even the UP Police and Fire Department were present.  Activists waved their red flag on the event.  Casiguran farmers uttered their protest for the APECO project.  The UP Ikot drivers expressed their opposition to the monorail project.  Other groups like Gabriela also proclaim their beliefs.

Other campuses, like UP Pampanga, UP Open University and the UP College of Medicine also joined the spectacle.

The UP Pep Squad

Of course, the UP Pep Squad was present.

And then there was the battle of the colleges.

Tin Man and the Warrior

Tin Man and the Warrior

ID!

ID!

College of Architecture had the Tin Man and its Warrior as offense and these miniature university buildings for defense.  They may be mini but when put together, they assembled an intact cover.

ENGG's Optimus Prime

ENGG’s Optimus Prime

The College of Engineering wouldn’t let their guard down with their version of Optimus Prime.  And yes, their jeepney sure transformed.

Because of these, I can say that other colleges finally had a chance against FA.

And the reigning champion for several years now, the College of Fine Arts, chose the mystical and magical creatures of the wind to sweep all the machineries away.  From the candy planes to the Magic Carps to the UFOs to the drunkards, the CFA surely captured the audience, literally and figuratively.

Why literally?

I was surprised to see these barricades in front of the A.S. steps.  I thought it was a good idea to segregate the audience from the parade participants.

But then, midway before the sun came down, people started occupying the space in front of the barricades so all we saw were their backs.  The dark welcomed all these people taking their “VIP” seats at the viewing area.  I wondered where all the ushers and tanods went because during my time, I believe there were people controlling the crowd, especially if the floats were kinda big.  And true enough, the floats only had a very limited space and some were even “dragging” the people out of the streets.

After the parade, I gave a “royal” banquet treat to my friends. And so we went somewhere nearby, to the great kingdom of Technohub where we found Mezza Norte.  Food was sure good: from grilled pork, chicken and fish, to pizzas and pastas, to seafood and rice meals, to shakes and cocktails, but don’t worry, they assure that these did not contain alcohol. And I really craved for cake that night.  Oh yes, they have cakes and gelatos.

And while we were enjoying a sumptuous feast, the fireworks, still from U.P., beamed in the night sky.

At the royal banquet with fireworks on the background

At the royal banquet with fireworks on the background

And so my 24th birthday started with shooting stars from a clear sky and ended with some magnificent fireworks display that lit this Friday night.  The skies surely had a plan for me on this special day.

Rukia look-alike :-)

Rukia look-alike 🙂

Ang magaganda kong kaibigan :-)

Ang magaganda kong kaibigan 🙂

And I want to thank my wonderful friends for joining me in this celebration.  Ami, Jombits and Mai, I wanna thank you all.  And Sheig, we already miss you.  Looking forward for your homecoming next year. ❤