PGC Day 4 – Electron

I’ve been holding off writing this post. I was aware that I’ll have to write it in four days, but now that it’s the actual day, I don’t want to write it anymore. My experience with Electron is rather dark and bleak as compared to any other section I had in my four year stay in Pisay. They say what goes up must come down— translated as— if you were in euphoria last year, expect the worst the next. Basically… I have nothing positive to say as of the moment.


(PS. I don’t even want to categorize this as section love, but… ugh. nvm. T_T


PGC Day 3 – Sodium / Na

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Using fun as a happiness pill since the start of the school year 2010-2011.

Last Tuesday and Wednesday, I spent my moratorium with a few of the people from this section. We had an initial count of 14, but that dwindled down to 9, which was sad. Nevertheless, I had fun with these people— like I’ve always have since 3rd year.

Drop solid Sodium in water and you’ll get an explosion— no matter how small. When my first 3rd year adviser showed such a simple reaction to us, we were amused, but let down in the end. He had told us that it made a grand explosion during Strontium’s class and we found out from Rubidium that it also worked for them. Now that I think about it, maybe it didn’t explode or blow up because even without the solid element, Sodium, my section, was explosive enough as it is. It’s a section filled with so much energy— energy that never goes to waste. Everyone has a smile on their face amidst the stress that graded group requirements deal to us.

Sodium is basically happy-go-lucky & lazy and it’s a stark contrast to the responsible Dahlia & the quickly worried Sapphire. The difference was tremendous that I allowed myself to be sucked into such a new world. I’m thankful that I allowed myself to do that because it allowed me to see a world of fun and laughter— a world I never felt at home with. In Sodium, no matter how hard one tries to pull away from the section, he/she end up being pulled back because in Sodium, everyone has a place. That’s what I actually love about Sodium the most— everyone has a place there. Those who’ve been casted out by our batch as weird and different— when they ended up in Sodium, they were given a home— a place of acceptance.

What I’m trying to say is that happiness draws people together. It’s also the same happiness that helps us understand each other’s situations and mindsets. In Sodium, the atmosphere is filled with love and understanding. I felt at home in Sodium— not discriminated nor ignored. I love Sodium for those two main reasons— the people there, as a whole, had the greatest character among the sections I’ve been in.

Four Chemistry teachers, Three advisers, Two treasurers, One Family.

This is Sodium, my one and only 3rd year High School section— happy-go-lucky, understanding and seductive.

PGC Day 2 – Dahlia

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Photos Courtesy of Sir Darrell Sicam

The best conversation to summarize my first impression of Dahlia and the summation of the first quarter experiences:

<from my multiply comments..>
Thea: *in post*Second year is stressful and there are too many smart people in Dahlia.
Leona: *agrees*
Jia: Why are the smart people the ones complaining about too many smart people?
Ethel: XD but I agree that there are too many smart people in Dahlia.

Dahlia is basically daring in terms of the activities we do during free periods— usually involving gyros and Dahlia board game playing. Dahlia is one amusing section because of the antics that occur each day. Dahlia is basically a fun-loving section— even more than Sapphire. Honestly, Dahlia has more funny moments than Sapphire because most funny moments in Sapphire revolve around a single person. In Dahlia, any laugh moment can happen to anyone— whether it’s the usual or the not-so common. It’s a section filled with laughs each day amidst the stack of requirements that 14 worth of units give. Having Dahlia as a second year section was a fun ride.

Dahlia was a very responsible section— responsible because everyone demanded to be a part of ay requirement. It’s not the competitive type of demanding, but rather, Dahlia was a fair section with a belief that each person needs a portion to work on in just about any requirement. People from Dahlia have a certain level of maturity and manners that no other section of mine in Pisay can compare to. I guess it could come from the words of wisdom our adviser imparts to us. Our adviser, Sir Darrell Sicam, only taught in Pisay for one year and Dahlia was lucky to have him as an adviser. He is the connecting factor of Dahlia (along with Leona’s birthday surprises).

My feelings for Dahlia have been rather mixed over the four years, but one thing is for sure, we always have a Dahlia outing or event every semester. It’s usually to commemorate Sir Da visiting us or making time for him. I thought Dahlia was so diverse that we couldn’t connect, but over the two years I wasn’t with them, I’ve come to realize that our connection comes in a different perspective— one I still cannot describe. However, I believe that my outlook & mindset towards Dahlia has turned from conflicted to positive.

Pisay Graduation Challenge (PGC) Day 1 – Sapphire

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Photos courtesy of Sir Darrell Sicam & Jaypee Dacanay

The nerves are hitting me as I write this post. An exam tomorrow will determine whether or not I’m meant to be a scholar once again. Yet amidst the jitters and nerves, I feel compelled to write this post— a post dedicated to one section I have so many firsts to thank for. Hands down— spending my first year with Sapphire 2012 was worth it. Spending my first year in PSHS (Pisay) with them shattered my initial belief that I wouldn’t make it in Pisay.

I thought that I’d be able to keep Sapphire together until senior year, but that wasn’t the case. One by one, people left our usual hangout spot in search for a different world. I tried to keep them connected to Sapphire, but the struggle was too much to handle. Now in my senior year, I can’t help but feel saddened because Sapphire has broken off. Each of us have created a world of our own wherein limited Sapphire people can enter. We don’t acknowledge each other’s presence anymore— as if we’re a disease to each other. It’s saddening, but I still have hope.

Because, amidst the ignorance, there are still those Sapphire people who’ll send you palancas that call out to you. I received those on my last retreat during my stay in Pisay. While I may not have gotten a palanca from someone I thought would write to me, it’s seeing those Sapphire people who still treasure the connection I once had with them write to me. I rekindled my spirit to get the Sapphire back together for one ditch effort— and maybe all it needed was one impromptu asking or plans.

I spent one whole year with this section. They’ve seen the first & innocent me— the past me— and they can attest to how much I’ve changed since first year. I’ve created the fondest memories with them, which range from the pentagon incident to David humping the blackboard. I’m happy and proud to have come from this section.

Because they’re Simply Sapphire

Ten Days Worth of Experience

“But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger, you’ll learn things you never knew— you never knew.”

– Colors of the Wind, Pocahontas

Hosting an exchange student isn’t an easy task as people might think. The student isn’t simply there to go to school and go home following the schedule you have dictated as convenient in your whole school life. Hosting an exchange student takes compromise and effort— especially the latter and in great amounts. Meeting & hosting Yvonne, the exchange student, created a whirlwind of experiences and realizations for me in amounts I never imagined would ever happen— more so in 10 days. Below are the top 10 lessons/experiences I learned/had during Yvonne’s 10-day stay.

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The Girl Filled With Sunshine

To the amazing and wonderful Ria Panis,

You know that message on the paper you received that might have my name on it? It didn’t have enough space for me to write how much of a great person you’ve been to me even with just 3 months of knowing each other. Here it is, the longer version to it all.

I slightly remember how we first met. I was close to Quina & Lianne and so were you. With that, you randomly decided to call me ‘friend’ for the remainder of my third year life. Fate has it that we be classmates in fourth year. Maybe fate thought it was a great idea to put two people who don’t know each other that well yet call each other ‘friend’ in the same section. That seemingly idiotic concept made my fourth year what it is today.

Ria Panis— if you weren’t in Electron, I don’t know how I would’ve survived the difficulties I’m going through in terms of relating with the Electron people. If it weren’t for you, I don’t think I’d become close with people like JR, Bryan, Dhom or Ferdie. You’ve been a lifesaver of mine during the first 3 months of the school year— up to today actually. I’m quite an overbearing person to deal with and I’m happy that you still stick around with me even with that case. You’ve made my Electron experience a tad better.

Ria Panis— you are basically a girl filled with sunshine. You radiate this presence that people love. A presence that attracts people to you. You’re there to give an ear to problems while withstanding your own. You help people see the better side of things with that positive thinking you have. You embody the sunshine that brightens people’s days. The sunshine that reminds those in the dark clouds that there’s hope it whatever we do. You are this ball of positive energy even though you’re an Electron student.

Ria Panis, keep those positive aspects of your while breaking out of those negative ones you have. In all honesty, you’re great as you are— amazing, wonderful and inspirational. Thank you lots.

Iliad: Book 14 – Hera’s Seduction

Photos courtesy of Sir Da

My mindset towards my 4th year section, Electron, is mixed. I don’t have anyone I’m really close to in that exception except for Reina. But this one English requirement known as Reader’s Theater made me appreciate my section a little more.

JR is a fantastic director— quite sure better than me. He knows what he wants and knows how to convey it properly. Without him, I don’t think our Reader’s Theater would be this awesome. Our cast went through so many changes. In the initial stages, we didn’t have a set Zeus as the role jumped from JR and Kalle. After the persuasion skills of JR, Bryan ended up getting the part for he was able to act drunk and charming. At that time, Abby was still Hera and she was until two days before the presentation. Getting hyperacidity two days before the play forfeited her chances of becoming Hera, so I ended up getting the role. You can call it epic cramming on my part as I never acted a major role since grade 7. In the end, even with the uncountable cast changes, the production was a success. Bryan took a video, but it only lasted until scene 2. It’ll suffice to post about it once he posts it (or if he ever plans to).

I’ve never been in close proximity with a guy just for a play. Coming from an all-girl grade school, I never dealt with such. I was out of my zone when I acted with a guy on stage. From the hand brushing your shoulder to the pulling in from the waist, they were all new to me. I still think it would’ve been better if Abby had the part.

All the voices were in unison and the actions too. A few mishaps occurred here and there, but they were all overshadowed by the unison and tone of the chorus. The chorus had rhyming lines and their spacings were all perfect. The chorus did an awesome job. It’s sad though— while our presentation was exquisite (well in my opinion), only two sections and a couple of teachers were able to see it. Everyone else was preparing for their Reader’s Theater, which was on the next day. I could say it is their loss, but who knows.