Im here only to blog, especially to express my unsaid feelings; im not here to flirt nor to search for a partner and special someone this is not a dating site and there’s a right place for such things btw.
Side-view. He is my crush and Erika’s crush also since the first semester of our freshmen year which started on June 2011. We are not able to get a hold of his name, well not until last Saturday when Kevyn (gay friend) sent this to me during our NSTP Grad practice. He turned out to be Lloyd from the College of Business and Accountancy who unfortunately has a baggage, I mean a girlfriend.
CWTS namin kanina. Alam kong wala kayong pake. Wala lang, shinare ko lang. Pake mo? Jk. Lol. Wala na naman nangyari kanina. Attendance lang. Tang-ina parang mas mahaba pa yung biyahe kaysa sa tinagal ko sa school eh. Nyeta. Tas ang dami ko pang gagawin. Mga prof talaga e. Ampness.
I decided to celebrate Sinulog 2014 on January 18th because it’s not as crowded compared to the day itself. People are definitely flocking in, and I can’t handle massive throng because I am an impatient little git. Anyhow, I still have the Sinulog feels with me and I am grateful to have been there during the solemn procession.
As I said earlier here, we were part of the crowd control to ensure that the procession flows smoothly and to prevent the possible occurrence of riots. It was a nice, as well as unpleasant, experience because it’s a first time for me. Knowing that we were part of help to ensure everyone’s safety is somewhat an overwhelming feeling for me. Otherwise, I found it unpleasant because there are people who rebel against the rules and we have to patiently make them understand. They don’t understand nonetheless. But duty is duty; I was consumed with slight rage because people are being insensitive that we’re only doing it for their safety as well.
I was feeling irritated throughout our way to SM because my feet can’t stand anymore and all the jeepneys are full. When we reached there, I had to change my shirt but it annoyed me how the girls’ line in the comfort room was a mile long! I had to waste almost an hour to use it. There was heavy traffic outside when we went to look for my boyfriend’s father because he parked the car somewhere, and we had to walk in the drizzling rain and miss some of the fireworks display.
But nonetheless, the highlight of my night made it up and I was feeling happy instantly. Just watching the glitters in the sky made me love fireworks all the more. Here are some pictures below. They’re not mine, though. Pyroworks Intl. owned this, who was the organizer of this fireworks competition as well which is called “Pyrospectacular”. Indeed, it was spectacular!
So, we’ve had our classes today in NSTP and only we did today was to play our activities. Each group will present an activity in which the other groups must join.
The first group’s activity was Dr. Quack Quack. If you know about this game your childhood was awesome. so we’re the first one to play and we’re the one who will be curled up and we did make things hard as we could. so you can see me so happy there. happy kid and shit but the real thing was my arms got really hurt. I’m wearing red so find me. lol
then after that quack quack game, this girl, omg my crush :> i don’t her name but I know she’s batch 2013. same with me. i hope so. she came to our room just to say something about ROTC and exclusively for girls only. aw </3
ok move on now. After the first group present their activity, it’s our turn now. We are group 2 so we’re next. Our activity was called Drawing Together in which each group must have a representative of five members and that five members will count one to five to have their own number. One member will draw something in one minute then so on and so fort. so they must draw something that will be related to each other without talking to each other. and so here am I assisting the other groups about the game. Number 4 with my messy hair.
the third activity which was leaded by Group three was called Pass it down in which the one who is in front will memorize a sentence and pass it to the back and so on so fort and the one who is at the back will write the sentence on a paper and see if it is correct. so we won this game and we got prize chocolates :3 and this me passing the sentence I memorized to my other group member.
Fouth activity was called Blindfold in which one of the members will be blindfolded and the other members will guide the blindfolded one to cross the obstacles and stuff. we didn’t won here haha
The last activity was called All stand up in which members must stand up with his/her partner with the help of each other. we didn’t have our picture on this one so here’s a pic of the other group.
so, we all had fun on this activities and our 4-hour class didn’t bore us. yey. so again here’s a pic of me who is lone in the wild. lol.
Kasi nagturo kami ng mga studyante dahil sa NSTP namin. Nagkataon na yung school na pinuntahan namin is nagrereview for their NAT. Haha. Tapos yun, e pinaghiwa-hiwalay na din kami maghanap daw kami ng room na matuturuan. Napunta kami dun mga classmate ko sa Section 1-Grade 6. Tapos ang sabi ng prof nila is turuan daw namin sila ng advance, yung pang HS Approach daw. Integers daw ang ituro namin. Kaya yun, nung dumating kami dun ay nagsasagot palang sila dun sa Hekasi. Kaya medyo nag-antay pa kami. Hahaha. Medyo on-the-spot samin kasi hindi talaga dapat kami magtuturo sa mga students, dapat sa mga batang laboy eh. Haha. Kaya yun, nakakatuwa naman siya. Nag check na kami ng mga papel nila sa Hekasi. Pagkatapos nun, nagturo na kami ng Integers. Ang nakakatuwa lang, kasi ang tatalino nila. Section 1 kasi eh, kaya hindi kami masyadong nahirapan. Stock knowledge nalang din kami eh. Hahaha! Sobrang sarap sa feeling <3
Kaya saludo ako sa mga teacher, professor, future teachers. Kasi nasaksihan ko din kung gaano kagulo ang isang klase habang nagtuturo ka. Sobrang ingay! Grabe. Hahahaha. Pero ang sarap sarap talaga. Kaya kapag grumaduate ako, gusto ko pumasok sa Academe. Mang ti-trip din ng mga studyante. Wala lang. Hahaha!
The National Service Training Program is a program stipulated in the Philippine Law which states that all male and female college students of any baccalaureate degree course or technical vocational course from any educational institutions, either private or public, must undergo one of the three program components for two semesters. Civic Welfare Training Service, or CWTS, is one of the components under this law which gives students activities for the betterment of the general welfare and the members of communities.
We had our NSTP-CWTS today and it was so tiring. The heat of the blazing sun burnt my skin, the dust from all the playing and walking to and fro attached to me, and the smoke released by vehicles as we went to the community assigned to us was almost painful to our noses to the extent that it was almost unbearable. It was a long day and all I wished for was to be back home.
But despite the facts presented above, I couldn’t help but appreciate what the aim of this project is. I would admit that those things I said beforehand are some reasons why I dislike going to NSTP-CWTS community immersions. However, the experiences and memories created and lessons learned while doing such activities are priceless and worth whatever heat or smoke we had to endure. So why do I like going the whole experience?
First, we are exposed. I am studying in a school where most of the students are used to living the average or the luxurious life. The communities provided for by the program are communities which are developing. Some families may be considered average, some lower. Being immersed in communities like these give us a chance to see the world as it is. We are shown that life beyond the walls of comfortable living may not be as comfortable as we see it. The real world is full of countless people who are trying their best to provide for themselves and their families, and that is something worth considering and learning from.
Our DRRM seminar and PCVA workshop was held last October 1, 2016 at the Tan Yan Kee Building. Through these events I have learned that everyday is a challenge for us because there is always a risk of hazards, whether natural or man-made. It is through a person’s capacities (the ability to resist risks) can he be able to help in managing and controlling his community’s vulnerabilities (the things that makes a person or community less capable) in order to reduce risks and support life maintenance and sustenance.
The Philippines is under great risks everyday, given that it is in the Pacific Ring of Fire, and its geographical location is where most typhoons and natural phenomena bound to happen. Also, some people are not disciplined enough, which can cause man-made disasters like fire, road accidents, and such. These events affect not only some but all of us. Therefore, we need to address these with proper planning and management, as well as supporting groups that aim to address these issues.
Our group has done the PCVA workshop, at first, individually, and then we managed to help each other think of our respective communities’ capacities and vulnerabilities. We live from different places and regions, but we share some common answers like the vulnerabilities in our own local governments, proximity to common areas, traffic and roadworks, floods, crime, fire and the like. After the workshop, we all came to realize that the places we live in are not really safe at all. We all live in risky places that impose different hazards to our lives.
I was able to talk to John Robert Penarroyo, a friend of mine, who works in the SABAK (San Antonio, Barangay Ko) Youth Council. He told me that the barangay officials, as well as the tanods and village officers were oriented about the DRRM plan, especially that our subdivision, Adelina 1, is on the edge of the West Valley Fault Line.
The barangay officials already have different life survival equipment reserved on each extension halls, and had advised their people about preparing their own in case of major calamities like flooding, typhoons, and earthquake. I was not able to see these equipment because he said they were still in the main hall and was not distributed yet. He only told me about projects for the youth of our barangay like the ongoing seminars every 2 months for the out-of-school youth, team buildings for the youth workers, and enhanced scholarship programs for the deserving.
Our barangay is the biggest of all the barangays in San Pedro, Laguna, so I held my community walk throughout our subdivision. Some hazardous places were the main road and the Adelina Drive who has dim light in the night, also the compound behind the church with a poultry farm because it’s very dark and isolated. The safest place within the subdivision is the church itself.
Also, our community in Adelina 1 is very welcoming. I went home in time for our Parish Fiesta, and in there, you can see that we value our faith and the fun of having neighbors and friends around, seeing little children enjoy games and eating a lot of food which was shared to every parishioner.
Based on what Jobert had said, an issue of the community is the active community service of the youth, and their role in making the community a better place. He said that there were only a few youth workers in the council, making it harder to contact every youth of each village the barangay is responsible of. Also, issues regarding the number of drug addicts and pushers, as well as the street lighting were told by him.
As a member of this community, I am already of service to the church and the community. I am a member of the Parish Youth Council, who coordinates with the Barangay Youth Council. We are hand-in-hand in making the community a better place and we are striving hard to make other youth of the community join the service.
I kept convincing my sister Nina to go for LTS. When I was a sophomore Nursing student (circa 2008-2009 lol yes I’m old don’t rub it hahaha), I went for LTS (Literacy Training Service) and enjoyed a lot. I thought LTS would be more stressful, but it turns out, CWTS was (at least that’s what I have observed during my time). Majority of my classmates or the batch went for CWTS and I saw that they did more activities than we did. For both LTS and CWTS, there are orientations and e-Leap online quizzes during the weekend for the first semester, either Saturday or Sunday, depending on your schedule. I had a Saturday duty so my LTS was on a Sunday. For the record, you won’t meet on all Saturdays or Sundays, just on announced dates. All moderators are very, very nice and approachable so you don’t have to worry about that. I believe all activities done outside UST are done in the second semester.
For LTS, we had to make a lesson plan. Don’t get intimidated by the words “lesson plan” because it’s actually easy to make. Our moderator gave a thorough orientation on this (oh I have to mention his usage of PowerPoint presentations is so impressive). You won’t be making a complicated lesson plan like what Education students do, but just a simple plan on the flow and the topic you will be teaching. You would most likely make it in bullets. For the site visit, we went to Sitio Mabilog, Bamban, Tarlac, in which we have to hike for 20 minutes. Upon reaching the place, it was all worth it because the view was great. It was such a joy to teach the children and even adults, and you would know that they have to go downhill everyday to go to school. That really inspired me to contribute more in the LTS. The teacher-to-student ratio in our group was 1:1, so you don’t have to worry about speaking in a large group. I taught one adult (in her mid 30’s) who still cannot recite the ABC’s. Sad. BTW, Different groups will go to different places. Some would go to the South (the farthest I know was in Quezon province). My classmates thought we (in the LTS) had more weekend meetings, but actually, we only had 2 out-of-the-campus activities (for us, the 2 meetings were held in Tarlac).
For CWTS, my observation was they had more activities. If you are more of a community service kind of person, this one’s for you. (I love teaching more, so I chose the LTS.) A batch of students for CWTS were also in Tarlac, too, but they didn’t went for a hike. They were just at the bottom, cleaning covered courts and classrooms. I even saw some helping in building homes. Other groups went for hikes though. My brother, who took the CWTS last 2011-2012, had about 3 meetings, although he enjoyed too. I remember my classmates making small projects or something, and even Valentine’s Day and Thank You cards which they gave to us, and we have to sign something to prove that they gave those cards to us. Haha.
Basically, it depends on what you want/feel to do. Whatever your decision is, the NTSP will be a heartwarming experience since you get to help children and families. If you took the ROTC in your freshmen year already, then you don’t have to undergo CWTS or LTS. :)
Disclaimer: I’m speaking based on my and my brother’s experience. So it’s still your choice. :)
Kahit na wala akong picture kasama sila (dahil ako ang nagpipicture), okay lang. Kahit sobra akong nangalay sa kakasulat sa mga pinapasulat niyo sakin, okay lang! Nagbigay pa kayo ng inspirasyon sa amin na ipagpatuloy ang mga ginagawa namin. Napasaya niyo rin kami at namulat din kami sa hindi balanse na nangyayari sa Pilipinas.