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My 2016 was bad but at least not all bad

Another year is history and quite a historic year it was.

Honestly speaking, I think we had better years than 2016. A lot of things went all around the place, things that didn’t turn out the way we probably hoped and expected back in January.

And yet, here we are again, greeting a brand new year and probably reflected on what things you’d like carry over and things that should be left it in the past.

Personally, there are  a lot of things that are coming into my mind right now that I don’t like to be a part of my 2017 anymore. There were a lot of disappointments, unmet expectations, frustrations, betrayals, and the like that happened to me this year which ultimately affected how I saw myself and how I’ve performed in whatever tasks and projects I had in mind. I’d rather not recall all of those moments here since it already in the past – well, most of it are now history to me but I’m currently handling the rest which unfortunately will have to spill over the new year.

If there is any silver lining in what appears to be a depressing year, I guess some of the most awesome feelings and experiences I had also happened this year which kinda helped keep my sanity up to this posting.

First and foremost would be my brief time with Rappler as an intern. I already mentioned my experiences in detail here, and here but basically, I accepted the offer knowing the fact that there were instances I will be outside of my comfort zone and sure enough, it was worthwhile since I get to know the basics of writing sports stories, gathering information on the field. and then techniques in managing social media accounts. Of course, I got to meet a lot of people and even new friends – Rapplers and fellow interns from that time. If any of you are reading this – thank you for the experience and I hope our paths cross once again soon!

Another memorable experience from 2016 would be pulling of a three-hour radio show without stressing too much on how to do it which was ‘Lakbay-Aral Tayo!’ on DWBU-FM, the laboratory radio station of Bicol University. Sure, we made a lot of mistakes on air but still, it was the most enjoyable radio production I get to handle thus far in all our laboratory work so far in fulfilling our AB Broadcasting degrees . All my thanks to my entire production team known as Pilimon Productions. If we ever to get to work together again in radio this year, let’s make it better!

Meanwhile, getting stressed out from school work and the drama I had to deal with didn’t stop me from getting another shot of representing Bicol University in Editorial Writing in English by placing second  in the 17th Regional Tertiary Schools Press Conference held in Masbate. While I failed to get into the top 5 for Opinion Writing in English which I was hoping to do, surprisingly I also placed sixth in Sports Writing in English. Part of me was convinced that was because of Rappler but another part was ironically not surprised by the result since many of my competitors were having trouble fulfilling the 15-paragraph requirement of the judge and I can assume only six of us did. With that, wish me and the rest of the Bicol University publications good luck in the Luzon-wide Higher Education Press Conference in Palawan this coming February!

Lastly, probably my most fulfilling moment of 2016 would being able to finally defend my thesis after being behind with the rest of the class. While we were only expecting to just to pass the oral examination, we got more than than just a passing mark when we were told we had the chance to be awarded as the ‘Best Thesis’ and they saw not much problems in the presentation of our data and were quite impressed we did the statistical treatment on our own. Actually, having an academic deficiency is probably my biggest cause of my stress this 2016 and I’m finally glad that this 2017, once we finalize everything, we will get to see our names in the tentative list of graduates in the before March! Konting push na lang!

And with that, I am grateful that I’m still doing fine as we move on with life this 2017. I won’t say things may get better. I’ll say let’s see what things will come this time around.

Goodbye 2016!

Happy New Year!


Talent vs. Hard Work

The Soliloquist


Talented people are sought out in school, workplaces and field. They are quite rare that when we spot one, we have the instinctive reaction to acknowledge and nurture them. Teachers and mentors try to bring out the most of these people’s talents to put them into good use. Whether we like it or not, they are always one step ahead of those who are normal or close to being ordinary. Yet, more than anything, hard work gives someone the power to be three steps ahead.

A recent study by David Z. Hambrick and Elizabeth J. Meinz shows that profoundly gifted people outshine those who have less natural talent. But psychologist Anders Ericsson has estimated that it takes approximately 10,000 hours of practice to become a professional. So which one should people go after?

It was found that talent is not acquired but inborn or natural in some people. Talent will…

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My Palarong Pambansa 2016 coverage with Rappler

I have been interning with Rappler this summer as part of my academic requirements for my degree. My first assignment with the multimedia outlet was to cover the Palarong Pambansa.

The following are the published articles in which either I have written solely, in part, or contributed social media coverage.

  1. Inside the main venue days before Palarong Pambansa 2016
  2. The new Palaro contender: Negros Island Region
  3. Albay has security, health covered as Palaro draws near
  4. Grade 2 gymnast from Davao hopes for medal to help siblings
  5. Two Dumaguete City archers take home gold, silver medals
  6. CAR loses men’s wrestling title, pushes for sport regularization at Palaro
  7. Mimaropa bags gold in Palaro elementary boys double takraw
  8. Palaro baller Ry Dela Rosa hopes to follow in family’s PBA footsteps
  9. Palaro 2016 Mood Meter: Most participants are Happy

While the annual sporting event is now over, my internship with Rappler is not yet finished as we shift gears from sports to politics with its #PHVote coverage. That’s a whole different ball game worth experiencing!

Of course, I can never thank enough the Rappler Sports team for entrusting us interns to do sports stories even though we never wrote one beforehand. Truly, an unforgettable learning experience!

Original author to write new story in Sword Art Online anime film project

News coming out of Dengenki Autumn Festival 2015 with regards to Sword Art Online (SAO) appear that the original author of the SAO, Reki Kawahara, will be writing a new story which will be turned into an anime film by A-1 Pictures.

Multiple sources are reporting that Tomohiko Ito will once again direct this project just has he did in the SAO anime while Shingo Adachi will be working on the character designs.

As much as every SAO fan, and possibly hater, may be following this with utmost anticipation. More information is expected to be released when the next issue of the Dengenki Bunko Magazine is released on October 10th.

Until then, keep your speculations to a bare minimum as we’re all probably wondering what Mr. Kawahara will be featuring in this new story. As far a third season of the anime is concerned, we may still have to wait a lille more for news on that.

News via GoBoiano, ANN, SGcafe

WHAT WENT BEFORE: BU USC ‘staged hacking’ incident

Last September 12, 2015. Bicol University netizens were abuzz of the apparent hacking of the Facebook page of the school’s University Student Council which turned out to be staged to promote the upcoming ‘Search for Mr. and Ms. Bicol University 2015’ pageant. As of this post, the incident has been swept clean by the council but luckily most of the posts were documented for the benefit of those who missed it. Continue reading WHAT WENT BEFORE: BU USC ‘staged hacking’ incident