Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Thank You, FEU!

It was a dream come true to have been accorded the honor,
not for myself, but for my Alma Mater.

TOSP Alumni Community Christmas Party 2008

12.14.08 is a date!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

2008 The Outstanding Students of the Philippines

2008 The Outstanding Students of the Philippines together with
Her Excellency President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

John Paul Uminga of Far Eastern University Manila

Batch Kanlungan's Ladies

Batch Kanlungan's Gentlemen

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Usapang Tatay

Yes, this post is primarily dedicated to all fathers in the world. Unsurprisingly enough, the word father would go beyond as a reference to a man who has biologically sired an offspring, for at one point or another in our lives, we meet people who act like real fathers to us. To all of you, HAPPY FATHERS' DAY!

And for the occasion, allow me to talk about my fathers. :)


HEAVENLY FATHER After several attempts, I had finally attended a Christian service at the Victory Christian Fellowship (VCF) U-Belt. Thanks to chummie Marga for the invitation! It has been four long years since I have attended one, because of my preoccupation in school. I think it is about time to renew my relationship with my Creator (if the word renew is even valid).
I instantly embraced the atmosphere & was happy to see young people who comprised the biggest portion of the crowd. Not to mention, the pastor had been very didactic & effective. I was a bit emotional though as I listen to his words. It was VCF's Fathers' Day Special. I just have one realization: I have been too busy to enrich my spiritual life. I am thankful to the fabled FEU Chapel still for the open arms whenever I feel the need to have solemn moments with my God.


MY FATHERS IN SCHOOL In FEU, I have two people I reckon fathers. One is Prof. Jose V. Faustino, Tatay Jo, & the other one is Michael Alexander Pamular, dad mike. Allow me to talk about them separately.

Tatay Jo (Prof. Jose V. Faustino) is the current coordinator of the Bisig Tamaraw, the community service arm of the Far Eastern University. He was actually my first professor in college, being my Economics with Taxation mentor. As three-time officer of the FEU Tamaraw Volunteers, I apparently had close encounters with Tatay Jo as he at the same time serves as the senior adviser of the organization.

Tatay Jo & I during FEU's 80th Commencement Exercises

As my tatay, he was able to teach me significant lessons. As a student journalist himself during his college days, he would remind me to adhere to journalism tenets which I sometimes tend to disregard, either consciously or unconsciously. He would tell me to focus on making sustainable community service projects & remind me how important task distribution is esp. in times when he see me doing multi-tasking with no one beside me. With no question, he has been a perfect father figure to me: a friend, a confidante, and a mentor.

My second tatay is a tatay to many, for he had served as the President of the FEU Central Student Organization in 2006-2007. I first worked with Michael Alexander Pamular, Daddy Mike, in the FEU English Language Circle, the academic organization for AB English Language students at FEU.

Joma, Marga, Ira, Dad Myk, & I during the 32nd YMCA National Congress for College Students in Baguio
Having worked with him in the earlier years of my being a student leader, his influence to me is in terms of leadership style. During our term in ELC, we pioneered the Grammar Fest, English across Barriers & Speak English Campaign. As a person, he is thoughtful & loving. :)

I AS TATAY It is surprising how one can be a father even at the age of 20. I was a tatay to my organizations: FEU Tamaraw Volunteers, FEU English Language Circle, FEU Altruist, & FEU Paragon; a role which helped me grow as a person. I was a tatay to the ponkans and happy to have sired: Alex, KG, Will, RM, & Nerrie. Ang sarap pala maging tatay. :)


This post could not be ended without me talking about my real tatay. Papa was a member of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. You think he's scary? Well, he definitely is. In fact, I credit him for me being so disciplined, sometimes to the extent of wanting to please every people I meet. Everybody. That was the setback. Want to know if I love him? I will now. :) It's funny how a preacher's talk, who do not know anything about your life, could go straight to your heart.
He is not a perfect father: he smokes, he drinks, he even womanized. Want to tell me you can relate? Well, every situation is an isolated case. I used to hate him like nobody in this world. He would cause mom heartaches and headaches. They would yell even during the unholy hours. He would observe every minute action we would do. And I loathed him for that.
But as a grown up, I have learned to understand things in a clearer view. Now I am ready to start our relationship anew, for at the end of the day, he is partially to blame why a JOHN PAUL UMINGA exists. Thanks to the VCF Pastor for reminding me that by honoring our father in Earth, we honor GOD.

Again, HAPPY FATHERS' DAY to ALL! (for at one point or another we act as fathers to our friends, to our loved ones, to our community) =)

Saturday, June 14, 2008

TOSP NCR 2008 Slideshow

THE SLIDESHOW Photos taken during the Ten Oustanding Students of the Philippines National Capital Region Formation, Interview & Awarding Ceremonies (Photo Courtesy: Maj Dizon, Rafael Calinisan, Mau Paz)

Monday, June 9, 2008

Bidbook, Done! (Finally)

I have finally submitted my bidbook for the national search of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines 2008 yesterday. I owe 'thanks' to people who helped me accomplished the task which took me almost one week: Alex, Darwin, RJ, & Marga for helping me in attaching the remaining photos the night before the "deadliest" deadline (quoting Kuya Prim, TOSP Secretariat).


BUSY TUESDAY. I slept at 400am and had to wake up by 800am. After preparing my breakfast, I resumed completing the final touches for my bidbook which, at that time, was yet to be bound and duplicated. After arranging the files & putting pages in the Achievement Profile section & supporting docs, I faced the computer to edit remaining three documents for printing. Feeling the need to release the pent-up panic, I had to text Kuya Prim of TOSP Secretariat to tell him Maj & I would be a bit late, for deadline was set at lunch. Alas, at 11am I left the flat! Deadline was extended.

I had to fly to Nicanor Reyes to have the original copy duplicated. Good thing I have a natural talent to mentally list tasks in order for me to save every single minute. While my papers were being photocopied, I rushed to print the remaining files & grabbed green special paper in MW. (of course, I paid *grins*). In less than an hour, I was already negotiating with the manong who would be bookbinding my college life. Yes, at the few moments I chanced browing my profile sheets, I actually have thought that I was looking back at the past four years of my life: the time spent in the University. With tears 'yan! As ever I was nostalgic. Badly I have been missing school.

The bookbinding cost me Php300 and since I would have to wait for an hour, I chose to stay at the Guidance Office. I had brief moments with Nicolai Custodio, who was actually the first ever champion of the English Language Circle (one of orgs) - sponsored Grammar Fest, with KD, one of the guidance counselors who is close to my heart, & Arcille, now a Student Council officer.

At 100pm, I was able to get the two heavy bidbooks which forced me to return the Labor Code book I just borrowed from KD. Upon knowing that Dr. Marcon, our student leadership coordinator, was not present, I proceeded to Boni McDonalds where I would be meeting Maji. I had my fast lunch before we hurried to RFM. Finally, they have it! =)

Maj & I decided to have our dinner in KFC Trinoma. That was such a day! Results will be out on Monday (*fingers crossed*). As we have always thought, this is no longer about us or our school, it's about the region. Pray for the best! :)

THE SLIDESHOW Photos taken during the Ten Oustanding Students of the Philippines National Capital Region Formation, Interview & Awarding Ceremonies (Photo Courtesy: Maj Dizon, Rafael Calinisan, Mau Paz)

Saturday, June 7, 2008

060808 Hodgy-Podgy

I barely have two (2) days for me to accomplish everything concerning with my bid book for the national selection of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines. Feeling the need to improve my BB, the old 24-page is turned to 41 leaves, plus a super improved supporting documentation files. Hehe. I have already shelled out nearly Php1, 000.00 printing photos, which is hoped to be reimbursed as soon as OSACS get back to office after the student leaders' training in Baguio & the upcoming holiday.

I received an invitation from Baliuag University to be their guest speaker for a Galing Pilipino Kapihan this coming June 12. I was informed that my topic would be: GP Kabataan para sa Kalayaan, which I am yet to ponder on because of my pressing TOSP deadline. I haven't confirmed or said no to Luianne at the moment. While I have gotten used to speaking in the public, this, if ever, would be the first time that I will speak as a guest speaker in an event whose crowd are non-Tamaraws. It's really going to be 'me going out of my comfort zone' & the idea excites me.

Hours are counted and a new academic year shall be starting. I am happy about how my fave organization is performing even before the year starts. Well, trademark na talaga yan ng TAMVOL. Walang baka-bakasyon :) I haven't done preparing the materials which I shall be using for a heart-to-heart talk with Argi, my predecessor. I just couldn't allow me being pathetic and complacent about how TAMVOL will become without at least words of advice, to be taken not from a former President, but to a TAMVOL member who has been in the organization for more than three years. I always believe that EVALUATED EXPERIENCE IS THE BEST TEACHER, and at this point, I would like the new breed of servant leaders to be connected in the past while maintaining the fresh outlook for the future.

Needless to say, I am yet to jumpstart my career. It's June already, and I am itching to thread a new path...

Friday, June 6, 2008

Got my bronze alumni card!

I finally have my FEU Alumni Card just yesterday. It was a bonze card just suit for a fresh graduate. It did not take me more than an hour to process everything. I even chanced talking with Sir Rafael, a staff in the Alumni Affairs Office, and was immediately informed how the office works. Inquisitive as I am, I asked about the programs of the Office (the Office is different from the Foundation) & was impressed about how Mr. Marlo Valencia, the current head, worked. I was deeply saddened though giving no clear answer as to whether or not there is an existing Alumni Foundation for the Institute of Arts & Sciences, which I can more or less understand since ours can be considered a melting pot of fields: arts & sciences combined.

Certified Tamaraw: My Bronze Card
For the benefit of those who are yet to acquire their card, these are the easy steps to follow
1. Go to the FEU Affairs Office (AAO) located at the FEU Administration Building 2/F & request for an endorsement letter, which you shall be presenting in the Cashier's Office

2. Proceed immediately to any "paying points" in the University, and pay the price of the card of your desire: bronze discounted (Php250 for two years), silver (Php1,000 for two years) & gold (Php5,000 lifetime)

3. Upon paying, return to AAO. This time, you will be asked to sign a form, for alumni tracking/ database purposes. After signing, you will be given a blank card where your card shall be printed.

4. It is time to proceed to the ID Section located in the alleyway connecting Nicanor Reyes Hall (NRH) & the Science Building (SB), where you will have your photo taken and undergo the same process applied when applying for the Student ID.
5. After ten minutes or so, you are now a FULL-FLEDGED TAMARAW!

While we cannot swipe the card in the FEU electronic portal, we can visit the campus anytime without the hassle of lining up for the visitors' ID. Free access to our library is also granted aside from establishment discounts which I am yet to inquire about. So there! Get your card na, fellow Tamaraws! :][:

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Si Jap at ang Assumptionistang Cowboy :)

These days, it is becoming normal for me to sleep in the wee hours of the day. You see, it is already past 2 in the morning and I am still key-ing words in this blog which I renamed yesterday (was it yesterday?). Embracing the pillows at 3 or 4 is something that I am getting accustomed to since last week. While this may not cause major issue on my part, I couldn't help but wish that I could get back to what people consider normal daily routine (that people should have rest in the evening, be active and occupied in the morning; define 'normalcy'). How I wish.


I met with TOSP NCR batchmate, Maj Dizon at 300pm. I spent at least 30 minutes playing hide-and-seek with her for I wasn't able to find her immediately. At least now, I developed a panoramic view of the MRT Recto North. Sometimes, we just really have to be positive about things by choosing better, if not the best, perspectives.

I had fun in her company. She's not everybody's stereotyped Assumptionista. Very cowboy! I (pseudo)-toured her in the FEU campus and spent the rest of the day working for our nationals bid books & talking about what we do in life. Maj, a BS Industrial Psychology graduate, was the outgoing President of the Assumption Student Council & has a very inspiring civic involvement. (talk about national concerns: Jun Lozada, ZTE Broadband Deal, Sumilao Farmers, etc.). Such an empowered young woman! =)

Maj & I during the TOSP NCR Formation Program
The short moments that we had together are enough reasons for me to allow her to call me Japi, instead of John, which is far too impersonal & (oh well) distant. :) Aside from being a look-alike of Ms. Gang Badoy of RockEd Philippines, she also resembles one of the more popular cartoon character, Dora the Explorer:

For now, allow me to bid goodbye in Spanish: ya medespido! Til my next post!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Outstanding Pinoy Youth!

For some reasons, it took me three days before I could finally write something about TOSP NCR. Last Saturday, the thirteen finalists of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines National Capital Region were face to face with some of the country's top exeutives. Everybody had said his lines, and the question of who would be representing NCR in the National Search was already answered. It was no denying however that the results, solely based on the interview, were rather subjective. To my TOSP NCR 2008 family, we very well know that being one of the thirteen is already a feat to consider. With this, accept my warmest CONGRATULATIONS! :)

Together with me in NCR's MAGIC 7 are:

1. Clark Cue (Ateneo)

2. TJ Yusun (Ateneo)

3. Maj Dizon (Assumption)

4. Richardson Navor (UE-C)

5. Rafael Calinisin (Ateneo)

6. Benjo Delarmente (UP-M)

BID BOOK UPDATE: Kuya Prim of TOSP Alumni Community is insistent on reminding us of the deadline. I was supposed to meet with Maj today but had to cancel it so I can edit my profile sheets. I am also done collecting the photos which I shall be including as supporting documents. Dr. Marcon told me he'll be sponsoring the printing. :)

Monday, June 2, 2008

I can still swipe my I.D.!

I met with Dr. Marcon this afternoon to discuss with him things he needs to know concerning TOSP National. I had my 'bid book' back the night we were awarded and we were ordered to improve on it, as the selection for the top thirty is expectedly tougher. Gladly as ever, I was offered with the necessary help. I will be coming back tomorrow to have the photos [supporting docs] printed. But before that, I will still have to meet with Maj [TOSPNCR batchmate] to get my other bid book & probably have coffee talk before I head back to school.
I was surprised that I could still swipe my I.D. and be given a pass using the electronic portal at the FEU gates. Classes are upcoming so I also took the opportunity to inquire about the FEU Alumni Card. I know my e-access will soon be unavailable that was why I was a bit insistent about having my alum card very soon. I shelled out 250 bucks for the bronze version, the cheapest available.
Just a moment ago, I was exchanging SMS with one of my dearest friends. We were talking about second chances & forgiveness. But I guess, I am really not ready for it (at the moment?). Many a times would I contemplate, but still, what happened pierced me that I just want to forget. Sensitivity begets sensitivity. I didn't deserve what I bargained for. Now, just allow me to express myself.
To end this hodge-podge on the positive note, allow me to congratulate my housemate, RJ as his first day of work is today! Pasta! Pasta! What else? Will & Alex are officially residing in the *ponkan house*. I will be having my dinner with Keiji tomorrow. Kid made it to the top 20 [?] of the Pinoy Idol. Finally, I will be having my tarp at FEU anytime now. =) Enough reasons to be happy? Yes, at least, for now.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

[My] TeamTam0708: Friendship with a Purpose

Leading Tamaraw Volunteers is no mean feat especially because the organization so to speak exists as one of the most active & dynamic student organizations at FEU these days. This could have been for the reason that the organization founded in 2002 is just really acting on its credo of empowering the youth and enabling people to be positive contributors of the society. Nevertheless, heading FEU TAMVOL has been a fulfilling mission mainly attributable to the people we call the TeamTam, the FEU TAMVOL Executive Board.

Team TAMVOL 2007-2008: Soaring Higher, Serving Better

Let me take this as a special way to thank them. :)

John Arvin Molintas - Arvin is more than a friend to me. He is a sib. Everybody admires his ability to share his didactic life stories & personal experiences. That for me made him an efficient VP. Though he may not be always present during meetings because of his demanding academic life, his role in TAMVOL could never be underestimated. I witnessed him grow from being the Children & Youth Development Chamber Director during Ilo's term to a seasoned FEU student leader who vocally attributes his growth to the org. If there was one thing that I admire about him, it is his capacity to speak his emotions. We share a lot of common, that maybe could explain why we were fit to be called 'halamang dagat' [he coined it]. Ka-tamfam, ka-ponkan, ka-sandigan, kapatid. That's my Jam.

Rendley Alincastre - I honestly couldn't believe that Ren would turn out as a good friend. Dati, nakakasalubong ko lang siya sa third floor ng AB. Nerdy, nerdy. Tahimik. Parang lumilipad pag naglalakad. Ren & I had a share of good moments together. He was once a sleep-over buddy [Tony, Jane, RA, included]. I would remember we would sleep late playing games in his lappy. Isa sa mga taong nagturo sa 'kin ng basics ng Dota. As a volunteer, his love for the children is noteworthy. Certified Kuya [pwede ding Tatay!]. As my VP, he was ever present, just behind me whenever I needed assistance. Aside sa TAMVOL, Ren is the No. 1 Shy-Shy fan. Photographer pro in the making. Altruist EIC din. :) That's Ren, my VP.

Nona Ianne Grace Palima - I'm sure she'll react upon reading the name. She just hates the name Nona, while I love including that as an address term. I consider Ianne my sidekick. It was her, to whom I would open up things related to the organization. Maybe because we share the same ride back home. Or more than that. Despite her seemingly strong personality, I found her accomodating. If I was the Tatay ng TAMVOL, she was the Nanay. Her role to the org went beyond documenting meetings and events, she was an ear to my concerns and even sentiments. She is an ideal girl not only to Dino but to the many, kaya habulin ng nakaraan. Haha. It is no denying that she was fit to the post. Once a stranger, now a friend worth treasuring. That's Ianne. :)

First TAMVOL Meeting: SY 2007-2008

Anthony Ramos - I don't know how to start describing Tony. It could have been for the reason that this guy possesses multiple personality disorder. Haha. Yeah, isang taong may MPD na naging special na sa 'kin. Many times, I would get irritated to his jokes & ka-epalan. But that's the superficial him. What lies beneath is a guy, just like anybody else, who is capable of being appreciated. His industry is most admirable: one reason why I resorted to choosing him to run for IASSC. Though I really wanted him to focus sa TAMVOL, I know he will still be working as an effective VP. I remember he would mimic my phonetics, and write down things which I would say. Partner sa overnight sessions, UAAP games, badminton/volleyball, dorm-mate. That's my one & only Toni.

Brigida Jane Tolentino - Bjane was once our bunso sa TAMVOL. Parang si Tony, her industry is impressive. She just proved that "Nursing students could not be an effective and dedicated leader" is a myth. Certified TAMVOL having started young in the org. The oldest if I may say so in TeamTam0708. Just like anybody else, she has her own sensitivities, which I appreciate most being his Kuya. Malambing na bata. At times, I see myself in her reflection. Jane will always be my younger sister.

Rose Anne Guillermo - R.A. & I were batchmates in the IAS Student Council. Having seen her dedication as a leader, I was inspired to encourage her to join TeamTam, a decision which I never ever regreted. She is more than a friend to me. She's also a sib. We had a share of good and bad moments together, one thing that surely made our friendship stronger. Hers is a personality that is most inspiring & accomodating. Ka-IASSC, ka-tamfam, ka-ponkan. That's my Cuki.

Second TAMVOL Meeting: SY 2007-2008

Author's Note: This post is of course inspired by *Chumie* RA's multiply blog entry. Chamber directors and committee heads, to follow :)

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Lionel Cesora on Video

Lionel Cesora's winning presentation to GMA 7's Eat Bulaga Ang Joke Ko Competition is finally accessible in the You! Tube.

Lionel Cesora is a graduate of BA Mass Communication at the Far Eastern University

Feel free to access the video at this URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1dYig84tfE.

TOSP NCR 2008: On Formation Thoughts and the Batch

I attended the formation for the thirteen finalists of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines - National Capital Region 2008 last Friday held at the PLDT Innotech Lab in Mandaluyong. I was not surprised that the organizers are all members of the TOSP Alumni Community, but I must admit that I was all at once impressed the way they planned and executed the NCR leg formation.
Allow me to just enumerate thoughts and events that I would like to share about the programme which lasted from 800AM til 800PM:
1. I had to fly to PLDT for I was informed that the programme would be starting at 700AM. I was the second to arrive. I had mini chitchat with UST's Jen, my first TOSP friend. :)
2. Karl Ramoso was present. It was nice being with a fellow Tamaraw leader in the crowd of the best student leaders in NCR. *winks*
3. I listed some of the best teambuilding activities we had in the formation. I'm sure I will be needing them in the future.
4. Just in time with the culmination of the day, we were inducted to the TOSP Alumni Community. The TOSP insignia was pinned to me by Kuya Jonathan de Quiroz, TOSP 2007, from Angeles University Foundation.
5. Ate Jen Fabros, FEU TOSP 2006, was one of the facilitators. :)
6. I had to share my dancing prowess [which I would opt to hide] with my batch during the creative presentation. It was all of Maj [Assumption] and Ralph's doing! [hehe]
7. Thanks for Kuya Paul for sharing us a ride up to Quezon Avenue.
It's three days before the interview and awarding ceremonies. Being in the pool of thirteen [13] good hearted and outstanding young people, it already brings me a certain feeling of joy. God bless us all. 0:)
Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines
National Capital Region

Jim Eduard P. Trinidad
University of Santo Tomas
Medicine and Health-Related Professions
BS Nursing

Benjo Almonte Delarmente
University of the Philippines – Manila
Medicine and Health-Related Professions
Doctor of Medicine

Warren Ramos Bacorro
University of Santo Tomas
Medicine and Health-Related Professions
Doctor of Medicine

Timothy James L. Yusun
Ateneo de Manila University
Agriculture, Science and Math
BS Mathematics

Jennifer W. Ang
University of Santo Tomas
Information Technology, Engineering, Architecture and Marine Transportation
BS Industrial Engineering

Norman Giovanni Guevarra
Technological Institute of the Philippines – Manila
Information Technology, Engineering, Architecture and Marine Transportation
BS Chemical Engineering

John Paul C. Uminga
Far Eastern University – Manila
Humanities, Communication and Social Sciences
AB English Language

Marie Eugenie Y. Dizon
Assumption College
Humanities, Communication and Social Sciences
BS Psychology

Clark Jefferson N. Cue
Ateneo de Manila University
Criminology and Law, Business, Economics, Industry and Entrepreneurship (Various)
BS Management Engineering and AB Economics - Honors

Karl William G. Ramoso
Far Eastern University - Manila
Business, Economics, Industry and Entrepreneurship (Accountancy only)
BS Accountancy

Rafael Vicente R. Calinisan
Ateneo de Manila University
Criminology and Law, Business, Economics, Industry and Entrepreneurship (Various)
Doctor of Jurisprudence

Richardson E. Navor
University of the East - Caloocan
Business, Economics, Industry and Entrepreneurship (Accountancy only)
BS Accountancy

Ian Kristoffer P. Zamora
Centro Escolar University
Criminology and Law, Business, Economics, Industry and Entrepreneurship (Various)
BS Business Administration, Major in Management

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Personal: Dinner at 11:00PM!

It's six (6) minutes before 11:00PM and I am yet to finish my dinner. Yes, my dinner. Hehe. The day broke the monotony of a typical May. I have to force myself to wake up at 5:00am [I slept at 1:00am], munch a cinnamon cake for breakfast, and fly walk [allow me to coin the term] in the streets heading to my direction.
I met interesting personalities: a future Ateneo lawyer, a Thomasian Nursing grad who would be taking up the board next week, soon-t0-be doctors, Ateneo & Assumption valedictorians, mathematician, UP leader-activist, and more. The day was filled with fun and insights. It was overwhelming that to even attempt to write about it now, I would surely not be able to organize my thought fully well.
For now, I think I will just have to finish my meal, shut the computer down after, and enjoy a good night sleep for tomorrow will be different. =)

Friday, May 23, 2008

Pre-TOSP Formation Train of Thoughts

Today, I will be meeting some of the best young leaders in the National Capital Region who qualified for the regional leg of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines. I could not help but get excited inspiring me to write something about it even before leaving the flat.
I am excited to know how these young people as I am perform their role in building and re-building this nation, which have seemingly become more challenging and more pressing than any time in the Philippine history. I cannot wait to discover how these young people have responded to the challenges of the time and how they embody our National Hero's youth being the fairhope of the offing.
Just as I opened the homepage of my internet browser, Yahoo! shared in an article how thumbs up is being used in United States as a nonverbal gesture. While this may not be as universal as the peace sign, thumbs up, in America, according to the article, is gestured to implicate "good job" or "everything is right". [Read the entire article at: http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/20080522/sc_livescience/fromkennedytoclintonwhyeveryoneisthumbsup]
To all TOSP NCR finalists [well, my future new circle of friends], THUMBS UP to all!
For now, I think I have to proceed in the bathroom for I don't want to be late in the formation. Be updating you all tonight. :)

Thursday, May 22, 2008

American Idol 7 Signing Off

American Idol Season 7 officially ended with David Cook owning the title, after a heartwarming and seemingly surprising result. If it could not have been for the performance night the day before which became an unconscious declaration of Archie winning A.I., I would have thought that the season finale is a mismatch. Well, the winner has been named. Cheers to David Cook for taking in the the bitter pills from Paula, Randy and Simon, and being triumphant at the end. That's sure sweet victory! You deserve Simon Cowell's apology.

Meanwhile, I could not wait to grab my own copy of the Season 7 Album. Thanks to my housemates for sharing me with this craze. I was not an A.I. fan before though I love listening to Carrie Underwood, Jordin Sparks and Kelly Clarkson.
My top three Season 7 idols
1. David Archuleta
2. Syesha Mercado
3. David Cook

Yes, DA is still my number one idol. I am confident he will go far even without the title. I particularly like his rendition of Imagine, The Long & Winding Road, Think of Me, Another Day in Paradise, and Mary Did You Know.

Allow me to congratulate Ramiele Malubay, Filipino American in Florida, who made it in the Top 9 of the American Idol Season 7. She followed fellow Fil-Am Jasmin Trias' feat who was in the top three of Season 6. Kudos to these Pinoy prides! Speaking of Filipino pride, Reynaldo Lapuz performed during the Season Finale. I must admit that I was awed by his hilarious performance.


It's time to say goodbye to AMERICAN IDOL SEASON 7. Let's all root now for GMA 7's version of PINOY IDOL. Tangkilikin ang sariling atin!

Personal Writing History: Writing as a Theraphy & as a Curse

I started writing during high school sophie year, when for the first time, I discovered that I have this pen-sliding power waiting to be cultivated. That time, I even rarely passed the screening set for aspiring writers of our HS paper called the Rosean Chronicle and felt the initial blow of having partially rejected. Partially because I was assigned to handle a not-so-significant slash extra-editorial-position called the Entertainment Section [I hear you say, interesting. Not exactly]. The following years, I saw myself in progression as I was tasked as the News Editor and finally Editor-in-Chief, respectively, during my last two years in Mystical Rose School of Caloocan, a seemingly young private semi-Catholic school near our residence.

This was the first time that I attempt to trace my personal history as a writer. During our high school commencement, I was awarded 'Writer of the Year' which I credit to our [RC EdBoard] having published at least an issue which the batch ahead of us failed to do so.

Writing for me is life. I could still remember how I would keep, read, re-read [for countless times] and even share diaries where I religiously recounted minute-by-minute experiences: What I did in this subject and that. How many times I recited in class. How I compare my performance in class with the top students. What and where we ate [and who I ate with]. In other words, how I spent the day! I could not exactly remember though when I started scribbling and doodling in blank pages until I create a narration reflecting my train of thoughts.

College is a different story to tell. Leadership skills coupled with writing prowess can actually move mountains. I embraced the Campus Journalism Act of 1991 and inspired so well to initiate the foundation of the FEU Institute of Arts and Sciences the Paragon. I was Auditor-Editor of our batch in Council. That was in my junior year, but prior to this was the foundation of The Altruist, the official publication of the FEU Tamaraw Volunteers, my most fave organization.
But just like any passion, writing is a jealous mistress. It would require you to read, read, and read. But not only that, you must translate the products of your reading into words glamored with personal experiences. After all, the best book one could have is a book of life full of conversations and of silence, of encounters and agonies, of laughters and of sorrows.

As I grow up, I found comfort in writing as an activity as though finding a space of surrender & a zone of retreat. We have our ways of dealing with life's complexities, and writing becomes an avenue of self-expression. Whenever problems seem unbearable, a pen or a computer keyboard will surely lighten the load. I began expressing and channeling my thoughts of depression and sheer loneliness through the ostensibly powerless ink of the pen.

The pen has been my armor, a friend if I may call it. Many of us become so weak to express words esp. those which might hurt or disappoint others. Writers, for the most part, choose a better escape. We hide behind words masking our individuality with phrases and sentences waiting to be read. We reveal our emotions and agonies via letters and symbols so that when we face the world we are new. When we write, we allow people to understand us, to discover us in a pace which we ourselves set. But that does not mean we are cowards. While we create a labyrinth directing to the discovery of our greatest fears and mundane thoughts, we discover who our friends really are.
Or do we? Therapheutic writing can actually turn into a curse. While you heal in a singular basis, people tend to misjudge you. Writing can be misleading as it can be misinterpreted. But if there is one thing that I have learned in the past few days, it is that: a pen can never replace a friend. When we write down our emotions, we lessen the burden. It's theraphy. But when we open up with a friend, we tighten and deepen our relationship with him. Paper and pen cannot give us feedback. But a friend's mere presence is sometimes more than what we need.
While I write my life, I want you to read it. Not because YOU ARE my friend, but because I AM YOUR friend.
Because friends understand beyond spoken words. Will you?

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Two Tams Made it to TOSP NCR

This afternoon, I had a meeting with Dr. Marcon Espino, the Student Leadership Coordinator of FEU, who is actually one of my personal mentors. Since it was the first time that we met after the TOSP NCR news broke out, I was warmly welcomed in his humble space at OSACS. If there were things that I admire about Dr. Marcon, that would be his unmatched labor & passion towards working with young people - that perhaps made him fit for the post.

As I was invited to sit, we bagan discussing TOSP-related concerns: formation schedule, dress code, awarding ceremonies, invited guests, among other things. Simply put: expectations coupled with words of encouragement. I must admit that being named one of the TOSP NCR finalists already brought me a sense of contentment, which in one way or another, unconsciously breaks into my system weaker impetus to meet people's expectation. I must realize that I should aim higher. I should aim higher. A famous adage resounds: believe and you're half there. Just like what I told Argi Goze [AB Mass Communication 2008], my successor in TAMVOL [who personally gained my admiration], who qualified for Bayer Young Envoy Luzon, let's give them a good fight. We will. Not for anybody else, but for those who believe in us, the Tamaraw Community.

Proud Tamaraws in Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines National Capital Region [TOSP NCR] 2008: Karl (Left) William Ramoso (IABF BS Accountancy) & (Right) John Paul Uminga (IAS AB English Language Studies)

Together with me in this year's TOSP NCR from FEU is Karl William Ramoso, Magna Cum Laude BS Accountancy graduate. Last year, we had Raymond Mazo from the Institute of Nursing.

May God Bless Us Both! :)

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

FEU MassCom Alumnus is Eat Bulaga's Winner Comedian

Lionel Cesora, a good friend and fellow Tamaraw, was declared winner in GMA 7 Eat Bulaga's Search for Stand Up Comedian held last Saturday, May 17, 2008. Lionel is a graduate of AB Mass Communication Class of 2008 from the Far Eastern University Manila.

The three [3] participants of the competition were selected from a pool of hopefuls, who underwent rigid screening and scrutiny by the panel. During the competition proper, Lionel stood out as a far cry from his competitors, owing his training from one of the most prestigious student theatre groups in the country today, the FEU Theater Guild. The remarkable script he himself wrote coupled with spontaneous, natural delivered garnered the admiration of the crowd, particularly the trio: Tito, Vic & Joey, who served as judges.

Aside from being a famous face in campus as member of the Theater Guild, he was also an active student leader as officer and member of: FEU Institute of Arts and Sciences Dance Company (President/ SY 2007-2008), FEU IAS Student Council (PRO/ SY 2005-2006), FEU Tamaraw Volunteers, & FEU Sandigan Party Alliance.

From your Tamaraw Family, WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU, Lionel Cesora a.k.a. Nurah, the Teen Superstar!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Who's the Better David of American Idol 7?

Last Thursday, American Idol bid goodbye to the 21-year-old natural performer and personal fave Syesha Mercado leaving the two talented Davids in the final round of the high-rated talent search famous not only in America but even to other countries, like the Philippines.
While the two Davids may be equally gifted, it is good to know what could serve as their edge over the other. David Archuleta garnered my personal admiration since I got hooked by A.I. mainly because I have high regards to young talents. On the personal note, it is almost more pleasing to hear children and young people sing over the older ones. It is undenying that the younger David has on his back multitude of fans.

Battle of Davids in American Idol 7: Who's your bet?

This is not to say that David Cook failed to get my attention. In fact, the three of them [Syesha included in the list] are my top three bets for the season. Looking for a perfect package? That would definitely be the 25-year-old David Cook who IMO carries with him the aura of a successful solo artist of the world today. Win or lose, I guess he will really make it big in the music industry.

It is going to be talent + youthful charm vs. talent + maturity this coming final night.

May the better David win.
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Meanwhile, while American Idol is nearing its end, Pinoy Idol, the Philippines' version of the show, aired every Saturday in GMA, is yet to cut down its initial qualifiers.

Photo courtesy: http://www.americanidol.com/ / http://www.igma.tv/

Friday, May 16, 2008

FEUCSO Treasurer-Elect Leaves SAMASA

"Gd mrning sandigan! Hav a great sat! Gdbles!"

The above SMS woke my senses up in this cold Saturday morning, as it did not actually come from a Sandigan friend. Surprisingly enough, it came from Vincent Carillo, who is the incumbent Treasurer of the FEU Central Student Organization [FEUCSO] who ran under SAMASA Party in the previous University Elections.

Okay, okay. I know I should not be that surprised as, upon hearing the news that broke yesterday, I immediately sent SMS of expected inquiries to friend Weber Amores, FEUCSO President [who told me the news] and Vince himself.

Below was Vince [photo in the right] and I's line of conversation:

John: Hi Vince!
Vince: Cnu po to?
John: It's Kuya Jap, Sandigan Vice-Chair. How are you?
Vince: Hi poh...d pa po yta kta nkkta kya d po kta kla2... Alam kung alam u nah po kung anung ngyari
John: I'm a familiar face in cmpus. :) Just want to know the reason behind ur decision.
Vince: I chose sandgan 4 my last yr n college. personal reasons. yup, sandigan na po q. i hope i-welcome po aq. [note: not exact words for i had erased the message in my phone]
John: I think i wud hav to welcome u. Welcome to our family, Vince!
Vince: Thank u...its my pleasure...
Vince: Hi 2 my new family...

FEUCSO 2008-2008: Pseudo-Straight Sandigan?

With that flow of talk, I was able to initially confirm that the rumor was no rumor. At this point, what I want to do is to talk with him personally which I deem most appropriate. When I asked whether he has already talked with Samasa, he replied: "Opo, na-settle q n po lahat".

Meanwhile, before I even talked with Vince [via SMS], I asked Web if he invited him [Vince] to join us in the Party. He told me that it started as a joke. I offered it to him then he took it personally tapos ayun na, he added.

Whether this is true or just an anomaly, I honestly could not tell at the moment. If it was true, this would obviously speak something about the two existing political organizations at FEU. How could a FEUCSO officer-elect leave behind the party which more or less contributed to his present post? Why does a leader's loyalty become questionable and shaky? Why did he opt to pursue such a decision?

I will let you think the answers for the above questions. You know I would be biased. :)

To Vincent Carillo, I know I have said you this already, WELCOME TO OUR FAMILY, the home of servant leaders and achievers.
At the end of the day, you would know that political affiliation does not really matter. Pure heart of service & will to actualize your vision for a better FEU, DO!
Team FEUCSO, God Bless!

TamBayan: The FEU Online Community

www.tamarawbayan.com/forum is the online portal of Far Eastern University students and alumni. On its first year, it existed as an online forum connected to the FEU Advocate, the official student publication. In fact, its previous site URL was www.feuadvocate.com/forum reflective of the link between the celebrated publication to the online forum.

Known as TamBayan [Tamaraw community], it is slowly gaining popularity even among non-Tamaraws. TamBayan stands today as the e-community of every FEU student and alumnus allowing them to share views and thoughts on various issues & topics. It has become a venue for self-expression which could be helpful in addressing student-related concerns and which are proven effective in bridging gaps towards the strengthening of the Tamaraw spirit.

One FEU goal is also highlighted as it aims to involve students and graduates from its different campuses: FEU Manila, FEU FERN College & FEU Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation.

TamBayan screenshot

Likewise, it has opened its door to supporters who would want to interact with Tams online. Students & alumni from other schools and Team Tamaraw fans are all welcomed to register in the forum.

So, if you are TAMARAW but have not registered yet for our online community, take the next minute to do so. Be one with us. One Team Tamaraw, One FEU. This is OURS. If you have questions as to how to register, send me a message in the TamSpeak found in the left side.

Share. Discuss. Yell FEU!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Welcome to TamarawAko!©

TamarawAko!© is the blogsite dedicated as a personal space to the author's views and thoughts about being a Tamaraw. Get to more about Far Eastern University beyond the superficial and the structural.

Likewise, it shall also be the author's journal recounting experiences as a fresh graduate and re-visiting worthwhile memories gained while in the loving arms of Nicanor Reyes. Posts shall also include thoughts about leadership [student/servant], the youth power, the environment, trends and technology and anything revolving around the author's head.
While this blogsite is personally maintained, copyright laws are applied. Any content could not be copied in any manner without prior permission to the owner.

This is all about me, and my world. Since my world includes you, this site is for us! Enjoy your stay. Be proud Tamaraws!

Comments & suggestions are highly encouraged. Keep them coming