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Are you afraid of the ghost (writer)?

February 22nd, 2012 No comments
Looking back, I have been ghostwriting all my life. Back in high school and elementary, I freelanced (as in free) in making papers, book reports, and assignments for close lazy peers. It even got to the weird point of composing cheesy love letters for star-struck hopeless romantics. In college, ghost writing levels up to researching thesis and yes, even computer programs, talk about extreme ghost code writing.

As if decades of being the words behind the (wo-)men is not enough, work has never been that far out. Yes, I specialize in yet again, (gasp!) ghost writing. Now, it's on to memos, communications, your usual boring corporate stuff. Former bosses went to as far as asking me to make speeches for their parents wedding anniversaries or their daughter's debut or even some batch reunion where they were designated to speak in front of their peers.

There is little joy to be had in ghost writing other than having that satisfaction of having one-up on your bosses. Your little ego playing in their heads all this time that they would not swim in the ocean if not for your flotation words, that sense of entitlement that you are needed, or that mixed weird feeling of anger and joy that you were the one who made something great and yet can never take credit for what is good and notable.

Ghostwriting is not only technical art but goes beyond that. In usual writing styles you have to think of the audience that you are speaking to. In ghostwriting, it is that and more. You have to perfect the tone of the your speaker. Imagine having to writing inside the mind of a an elementary student (for poems and short stories), or writing such that it would not come as highly intelligent.

You see, it is hard to live life but it is harder to be a ghost. When we all crave for people to see us, what happens now when they see right through?

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Seeing the Same Reflections

February 22nd, 2012 No comments
It is hard to deny you're in your thirties when majority of status updates in your Facebook are about little tykes and their cute and cuddly poses. Yes, my peers, our generation is slowly being eclipsed and now, we are tasked with the hardest of the hardest jobs -- being parents.

I have two kids - a five year old daughter and a two year old son, both of whom are rapidly growing up before my eyes. Just right now they are asking a lot of questions that lead to a lot more questions. Do we feed them the truth? Do we say the make believe stories? Do we just dismiss any curiosity as a tell tale sign of growing up?

Just last night, this were my son's questions?

Akello: Daddoo, bat wala ang moon and stars? Sleep na sila?
Me: Natatakpan sila ng clouds, Doy. Kasi baka mag rain rain drops.
Akello: Hindi, sleep na sila kasi pagod na sila.

How can you ever argue with that? The thing is, this sort of exchange just makes our day as parents. Whatever troubles and stresses you had at work, whatever bugged you the way home, whatever worlds of financial troubles you are in, children always have a way, in a minute of so, to give you a sense of relief, pleasure and awe all at the same time.

I never thought of myself as a good father now or terrifyingly, a better one when they grow up to be teenagers,but this much I hope we will always have exchanges such as these - when they look up to you as the only reliable source of everything and at the same time, have their own intelligent way of putting in their own idea. I do not relish the thought of having to go through long cold wars with my kids which I did with my mother, which at the time was my onle recourse to prove them wrong. Now, I can see that it is better when you have an argument with your kids than having long months of silence.

This over-zealousness of my peers putting every activity of their kids for public show puts me off now and then, but then again, who doesn't want to share to the world every first step, every first word or first test paper their kid perfected. That I can tolerate. Now, the idea of my peers putting in pictures of their grandchildren, that's what really terrifies me.
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February 21st, 2012 No comments

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Taung 2011: Numero Uno sa Nacional Board Exams, Bicolano

February 15th, 2012 No comments



2011 Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Accountancy national board exams.. Mga numero uno guican sa mga colegio asin universidad sa Bicol (Sorsogon State College, Catanduanes State College, asin Ateneo de Naga University).
Ngonian na nagpuon na an 2012, napapanahon na tauan nin honra an mga universidad asin colegio sa Bicol na nagproducir nin mga topnotcher o numero uno sa manlaen-laen na nacional board exams. Orog na sa mga topnotcher na ini:


Electrical Engineering Topnotcher (April 2011 exam results)
1. Jhonrey Layosa Aguirre (Sorsogon State College) - 89.65

Mechanical Engineering Topnotchers (September 2011 exam results)

1. Joseph Cyril Ramirez Gredo?a (Sorsogon State College) - 92.70
2. Daniel Espinar Forteza (Sorsogon State College) - 92.65



Accountancy Topnotcher (October 2011 exam results)

1. Jerome Mariscal Austria (Ateneo de Naga University) - 94.00


Civil Engineering Topnotchers (November 2011 exam results)

1. Benjie Talan Pantino (Catanduanes State Colleges) - 98.05
2. Benjames Tenerife Go (Catanduanes State Colleges) - 97.35
3. Jerwin De Leon Rendon (Catanduanes State Colleges)- 97.00



An mga baretang ini nagpapahiling nin tolong (3) pagbabago sa realidad nin educacion terciario sa nacion. Logod man cabaing caini an mga manonongod na pagbabago sa satong camangnuhan asin catibaadan  sa condicion can education sa satong region Bicolandia.

 (1) Enot, an listahan na ini nagpapatotoo na an calidad nin educacion sa provincia uminangat na, orog na sa Bicol. Dae na caipuhan magpa-Manila para macacua nin marhay asin masasarigan na educacion. Nasa satong lugar na an binivistong marhay na colegio asin universidad sa nagcacapirang lado arog can Engineering.

(2) Icadua, sa luas can mga major na ciudad arog can Manila asin Quezon sa Luzon, asin Naga y Legazpi sa Bicol, may mga nagtatalubong mga lugar na nagtatao nin educacion calidad, arog can Sorsogon asin Catanduanes. Sarong marhay na bareta para mapugolan an rapidong urbanizacion.

(3) Icatolo, an paglatao can mga publicong colegio sa mga nangengenotang escuelajan na may mga topnotchers sa nacional board exams nagpapahiling na nawara na an daculang ultanan can publico asin privadong escueljan. Caidto, cun may cuarta ca man lang, sa privadong colegio o universidad ca na ta marhay an tucdo asin facilidad. Ngonian, sa facilidad na lang nagcacarayo an publico sa privadong escuelajan. Sa tucdo, nacacalamag na an mga publicong colegio.

Arog can sabi-sabi, nasa estudiante 'yan. Afuera sa personal asin economicang rasones, baca iguang sociological na explicacion cun tano nagnumero uno an mga Bicolano sa taung 2011. Ini nangangapudan nin sarong pag-aadal.

Sa ngonian, icelebrar ta an pagigin numero uno can mga Bicolano.
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Taung 2011: Numero Uno sa Nacional Board Exams, Bicolano

February 15th, 2012 No comments





2011 Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Accountancy national board exams.. Mga numero uno guican sa mga colegio asin universidad sa Bicol (Sorsogon State College, Catanduanes State College, asin Ateneo de Naga University).
Ngonian na nagpuon na an 2012, napapanahon na tauan nin honra an mga universidad asin colegio sa Bicol na nagproducir nin mga topnotcher o numero uno sa manlaen-laen na nacional board exams. Orog na sa mga topnotcher na ini:


Electrical Engineering Topnotcher (April 2011 exam results)
1. Jhonrey Layosa Aguirre (Sorsogon State College) - 89.65

Mechanical Engineering Topnotchers (September 2011 exam results)

1. Joseph Cyril Ramirez Gredo?a (Sorsogon State College) - 92.70
2. Daniel Espinar Forteza (Sorsogon State College) - 92.65



Accountancy Topnotcher (October 2011 exam results)

1. Jerome Mariscal Austria (Ateneo de Naga University) - 94.00


Civil Engineering Topnotchers (November 2011 exam results)

1. Benjie Talan Pantino (Catanduanes State Colleges) - 98.05
2. Benjames Tenerife Go (Catanduanes State Colleges) - 97.35
3. Jerwin De Leon Rendon (Catanduanes State Colleges)- 97.00



An mga baretang ini nagpapahiling nin tolong (3) pagbabago sa realidad nin educacion terciario sa nacion. Logod man cabaing caini an mga manonongod na pagbabago sa satong camangnuhan asin catibaadan  sa condicion can education sa satong region Bicolandia.

 (1) Enot, an listahan na ini nagpapatotoo na an calidad nin educacion sa provincia uminangat na, orog na sa Bicol. Dae na caipuhan magpa-Manila para macacua nin marhay asin masasarigan na educacion. Nasa satong lugar na an binivistong marhay na colegio asin universidad sa nagcacapirang lado arog can Engineering.

(2) Icadua, sa luas can mga major na ciudad arog can Manila asin Quezon sa Luzon, asin Naga y Legazpi sa Bicol, may mga nagtatalubong mga lugar na nagtatao nin educacion calidad, arog can Sorsogon asin Catanduanes. Sarong marhay na bareta para mapugolan an rapidong urbanizacion.

(3) Icatolo, an paglatao can mga publicong colegio sa mga nangengenotang escuelajan na may mga topnotchers sa nacional board exams nagpapahiling na nawara na an daculang ultanan can publico asin privadong escueljan. Caidto, cun may cuarta ca man lang, sa privadong colegio o universidad ca na ta marhay an tucdo asin facilidad. Ngonian, sa facilidad na lang nagcacarayo an publico sa privadong escuelajan. Sa tucdo, nacacalamag na an mga publicong colegio.

Arog can sabi-sabi, nasa estudiante 'yan. Afuera sa personal asin economicang rasones, baca iguang sociological na explicacion cun tano nagnumero uno an mga Bicolano sa taung 2011. Ini nangangapudan nin sarong pag-aadal.

Sa ngonian, icelebrar ta an pagigin numero uno can mga Bicolano.
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Patrick & Patty

February 8th, 2012 No comments

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PATRICK FILART & PATTY LAUREL | E n g a g e d _

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_ H a i r & M a k e U p > JASMINE MENDIOLA | S t y l i n g > BIANCA SANTIAGO – REINOSO _
S e t  D e s i g n + P r o p s > RABBITHOLE Creatives + HANNAH Liongoren _

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Shout out and special thanks to NEIL PARAS of BIG BAD WOLF { The FORT } + BULB Studios

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22 going 26

February 3rd, 2012 No comments


In a few weeks time I'm going to cross  a very special line...at least for me. The time spending time at coffee shops (Starbucks not the Netherlands variety), malls, Xbox 360 and hopefully on Facebook will stop. It's time to grow up and smell the hazelnut-infused coffee at home. Damn you Starbucks! To think I used to hate coffee.
So before that..I'm gonna rock the place.
This birthday is gonna be legen...wait for it...dary!
Bakit senti? I just finished Halo Reach.., ahehe. Poetic kasi masyado. Meh kirot lang. bwahaha..bawal ba?
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