U.P. kong Pinakamamahal

Congratulations to all the University of the Philippines graduates today! Let’s look back to where it all started, in a paper called “Admission Slip.” So for you, here is a poem I wrote in Filipino a year ago.

The Viewfinder

University of the Philippines Sunflower The U.P. Sunflower

Sa paglilinis ng bodega
Isang Linggo ng umaga
May mga bagay na nakita
Na nagpanumbalik ng mga alaala

University of the Philippines Admission Slip “… you qualified for admission… to U.P. Diliman… for a DEGREE PROGRAM W/ AVAILABLE SLOTS…”

Taos-puso ang aking tuwa
Noong sa akin ay inihatid
Ang iyong liham ng pagtanggap
Na may basbas na kalakip

University of the Philippines Oblation Atat.

Lumuwas na dali-dali
Patungong Quezon City
Upang litrato’y maiguhit
Kasama ang rebultong kapuri-puri

University of the Philippines Ikot Map Oo, nag-print pa ako ng mapa. Bakit ba? 🙂

Nguni’t sa aking pag-ikut-ikot
Ay may mga nagpaabot
Na ang pagpapalitrato’y
May sumpa sa pagtatapos

Nihonggo quiz Shin Airikku Sekku. Minus 0.5 points for the non-Japanese numberings! 🙂

Nagsimula ang unang taon
Sa pagbati ng Ohayou

Panonood ng horror,

eiga sai 2005 flyer Eiga Sai 2005 Flyer. Required at may reaction paper. Pero hindi pa naman in Nihonggo. In English lang muna. 🙂

At pag-aaral ng mga sailor

Vampires, Psychic Girls, Flying Women and Sailor Scouts: Four faces of the young female in Japanese Popular Culture Hindi ko rin akalaing may ganitong klaseng pag-aaral. 🙂


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This so-called real world is mad, extremely mad. It can get you lost and devastated. But, I believe one of the guaranteed ways to get along with its insanity is by knowing what you really want and succumbing yourself to this thing they call passion.

University of the Philippines commencement exercises

Graduation at my beloved school, the University of the Philippines.

But this is easier said than done. Lucky are those who graduated from college and already know what they want to do with their lives. Many graduates are a bit lost on what to do after school, which leads to this another so-called quarter-life crisis. But that’s a completely different story. I myself spent a few years figuring this one out, and every now and then, insane things from this real world is still making me confused about my choice in life. It has been four years from my own graduation.

But before we get more depressing, here are some of the things that I can share with newly-grads about life decisions like this. I would like you to ponder on a few questions.

“Do I love the course I took up in college? Do I want to spend the rest of my life dealing with things related to this course?”

Did you take up your course in college because you love it or because your parents love it? If you love it, I assume you want to spend the rest of your life doing something related to it. But if your parents love it, have you learned to love it too or not? If yes, do you want to spend the rest of your life working in this field? If not, do you still have the energy to pursue what your parents want you to do?

“If my course involves different sub-fields, which among them gives me the most happiness when I’m doing something related to it?”

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New Year, New Me

One Step at a Time

In 2013, I was able to acquire the one-step-at-a –time mindset.

In this day and age when people are fond of rush works and instant food items, anything that can deliver faster and more reliable would surely become a great hit.  Even those that offer a leap to success would just catch attention.

In 2012, after I resigned from my regular job, I think I suffered from my worst wave of quarter-life crisis ever (this was my second wave actually).  I was seeing everybody get up the ladder of passion and there I was, still confused on what road to take.  And so there was this temptation to take a big leap so I could catch-up with them.


But jumping just made matters worse.  Being on my regular TV/office job for more than a year, my physicality, mentality, spirituality and emotionality were overwhelmed by both the beauty and harshness of film life.   And I ended up beating myself up for all the failure of 2012.

And so as 2013 opened, the song Auld Lang Syne filled the air with ”Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind.”

And so on January 13, 2013, I decided to take it slowly, one step at a time.  I had already chosen the path that I wanted to experience.  Taking it slowly would mean enjoyment of each phase.  And besides, I’m still young so what’s the point of rushing?

And that was the mindset for 2013.

This 2014, I would still continue with this kind of attitude.  But I also decided to make little stop-overs along the sides of this road to passion.  As we all know, pursuing film as a passion is more of an art than a bank account filler.  So stop-overs will be very much helpful in achieving goals.

And I believe this is what I will be learning on January 25, 2014 at the Philippine Stock Exchange Center in Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

NEW YEAR NEW YOU –The 2014 Success Forum is all about changing mindsets.  It is about reaching the top of the ladder while still making sure we are not exhausting our physical bodies to its limit.

The forum is featuring seven speakers, who are experts and practitioners in their own fields: Mr. Anthony Cadlum Saraza for Nutrition;  Mr. J. Randell Tiongson for Money Management; Mr. Jay G. Penaflor for Stocks; Mr. Butch Salvador for Entrepreneurship; Mr. Noli Manuel Alleje for Real Estate;  Mr. Rudolf Kotik for Franchising; and Mr. Mark So for Foreign Exchange.

To join me in this learning experience, you may visit https://www.facebook.com/events/521569707936827/. You may also contact 09175861414 or 6222853 or gvents.greenpinoys@gmail.com.  You can also PM Alma Dayrit Roxas, Peter Allan Mariano or Dave Aguila.   Chances like this don’t come everyday .  So grab the opportunity while seats are still available!

This 2014 let us all be positive.  And let the horse run freely, leading us to the right path to success.

Sugod 2014

Sugod 2014. Fight!

Thanks, by the way


By the way, I am grateful for the chance to meet a Watu-wannabe.  He revived the passion, and thank you for that.


For Day 44 of the 365 Challenge



“If you were faced with Him in all His glory, what would you ask if you had just one question?”

Would you ask a stranger on a train trying to make His way home?

“God is great. God is good.”

— One of Us, Joan Osborne

For Day 43 of the 365 Challenge

Such an inspiring message

A freelance life, a life in the arts, is sometimes like putting messages in bottles, on a desert island, and hoping that someone will find one of your bottles and open it and read it, and put something in a bottle that will wash its way back to you: appreciation, or a commission, or money, or love. And you have to accept that you may put out a hundred things for every bottle that winds up coming back.” –

Neil Gaiman


So here I am, putting those “hundred things” for a bottle I am so thankful to receive.  It is a bottle that offered me something I want to do, something my heart is longing to do and something my heart is free to do.

I am getting used to this freelance life, and I think I am loving it.  And isn’t that the point?

Day 8 of the 365 Challenge