Sunday, July 31, 2011

Walang Hanggang Paalam: Focolare Edition PArt 2

The party continued. :D Side story. The night before Pipo came home at 5am from work. It turns out he overtimed work he could've done the next day so he could be present at the despedida. All together now: "AWWWWW". But seriously thank you to everyone. To Kat and the housemates who organized. To those who cooked, brought food, performed and was simply there. Thank you. Di kayang maipaliwanag ang pagmamahal at pasasalamat na naguumapaw sa puso ko para sa lahat. So much kindness and love should only beget more of the same. Thank you. Uno Sempre!

Walang Hanggang Paalam: Focolare edition Part 1

I've been used to living on my own for the past few years since I moved to Manila to work and study. It is a gift that I found a family in Focolare. For the past 3 years these are one of the many people I've looked to when I've forgotten how it is to truly love. I will forever be grateful to them. Last Friday they surprised me with a going away party. I really was surprised. Sabi nga ni e.e. cummings:

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)

 I carry you all in my heart. hehehe. Salamat!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Hataw sa Bolinao final part

So here's the last set of our Bolinao pics! Enjoy!

Walang Hanggang Paalam : JVP Office Edition

Barbecu and Paella! What I love about being in the office is the food! We always seem to be celebrating something. IT's like a Gossip Girl or The OC episodes where there's always some party going on. And you ask yourself don't these people have anything better to do. Then you realize that you watch because of the crazy weekly parties because you have no life and the characters on TV have become your close friends.But uhm I digress.

Walang Hanggang Paalam: Marbel Students Edition

3 weeks. Because I don't have the resources to visit my former JVP area in Marbel and emo myself out, I just called on some of my former students who are here in Manila. Most of them live in the south area so we had to meet in SM Mall of Asia. Thus I took a bus, fell asleep and woke up in front of a giant mall covering my view of the sun set.

Happy birthday Ms. Rica!

One of my favorite people in the world celebrated her birthday. Ms. Rica Bolipata Santos was my college teacher for 18 units. And after that, she's been a teacher of life. I am fortunate that our relationship has grown from that of student-teacher to a friendship that's consoling, funny and wonderful. Thank you ma'am.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

JVP Shoot 2

This is Cristalle Belo. Yes, some JVPs do look like that. hahaha. She heads a line of beauty products so she has to. But really, Cristalle is one of the loveliest people I know, both inside and out. And what a lovely house too! Saktong art gallery lang.

JVP Shoot

The other day we visited two former JVPs - Nicky de Lange and Crisalle Belo for a photoshoot. We needed the photos for posters. It was a fun day of art, furniture, passion and, unexpectedly, fashion.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Hataw sa Bolinao! (Part 3)

The sun continued to set on Day 1 of our Bolinao trip. We ate, prayed and the next day played with some of the kids and met with some really inspiring people. 

Hataw sa Bolinao! (Part 2)

Day 2 of our Bolinao trip found us hanging around the sea a lot. Too bad I didn't have the energy to swim. Perhaps I should be taking this opportunity at swimming since I won't be here for quite some time. Still, it was all good.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Hataw sa Bolinao! (Part 1)

The housemates and I went to Bolinao last weekend. It was tiring fun. We left Friday at 1230 am. I woke up in Bolinao, in front of the Church. Then the real fun ( the one where I'm actually awake) started!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

San Mariano One More Time (Part 3)

This is the last set of photos from our San Mariano trip.I wonder how it will look like a couple of years from now?

Dinner with Arco

So the rainbow (they're like officers of an organization) visited our humble abode, made dinner and drank with us. Good times.

Bon Voyage Leonard

Leonard was my JVP partner in 2005. Our partnership and friendship has come a long way. He's about to leave for Copenhagen so this might be one of our last dinners in a while. Who knows maybe the next one will be in Europe?

Sunday, July 17, 2011

San Mariano One More Time (Part 2)

And we're back to photoblogging business. Day 2 of our Mindoro/closure trip included a trip to the beach and a lot of eating. Of course. 

Thursday, July 14, 2011


I haven't really talked about this a lot except to my closest friends.  But just so I could get this out of my system and truly start anew, let me put it down in words. I know this is supposed to be a photblog. But hey, it's my blog so I can do whatever with it.

In August I'll be leaving for Fordham University in New York City for further studies. I'll be taking up International Political Economy and Development (IPED). Even before joining JVP, I've always wanted to study in Fordham. It started out shallowly, of course. I think I was more attracted to the prospect of walking the streets of New York right below sky scrapers than the actual study. But throughout the years and my work in different development organizations, as my understanding of the complexity of poverty in the country deepened, so did my desire to study IPED.

San Mariano, One More Time (Part 1)

It's going to be one long goodbye. It's a time for tying up loose ends. And so I went to Mindoro with Jiza and Jo-ed to visit the current volunteers and to, ahem, visit myself. hahahaha. But seriously, San Mariano has always been very special to me and I'm glad I got to visit one last time.

black and white day

I wanted to do a black and white day just because. So most of these photos are b&w but I can never resist color.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Last June, I went home to  Tarlac for a week. That's the longest I've been home in quite some time. It involved some depressing carnival, a lot of food and a lot of significant junk.

You fit into me...

So this blog is alive again. For some reason I'm allowed to post pics again for free! Thanks blogspot!

The past few months  have put me through the most surreal adventure yet. But it'll take a lot of time and words, so let's save that for another entry. Suffice to say that today I got my visa. Shared the rest of the afternoon with my Pancake House family. It's good to be back!



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