It was around 3 p.m. when I decided to ride the train at Recto, I was not really in the mood to talk or to be socially aware of everyone, since I was really, really tired, and sleepy; tired of nothing, sleepy because of last night’s. I stood up on the platform, and waited for the train. I was literally doing the poker face the whole freaking time, quietly staring at an empty space, thinking about nothing, which took me roughly 10 minutes before I even realized that the train was slowly making its way towards our platform. Then, the train door opened, people started to run, and started to push their shit of each other, it’s like a crowd throng shoppers waiting for the mall to open on a clearance sale day, but those shits ain’t stopping me from getting a seat, since I was one of the first person who stood up near the platform line. When I was already settled, there’s this old man who sat beside me, and an old lady who was desperately catching up to steal the sit from the old man, but failed. Fortunately to her, the old man became the gentleman of the day, stood up, and gave the seat to the lucky lady. She was really exhausted on her running experience, and said, “woooo, grabe" and then she laughed. The old lady who was sitting beside her also said something, "grabe no? hirap makakuha ng upuan”, they were really shouting the words as if they’re trying to hit a lot of young people, “oo nga eh, Diyos ko! hindi na to magagawa ng mga kabataan ngayon!”, said the old lady beside me, “oo! nako! wala ng kwenta mga kabataan ngayon! hindi makuhang ibigay ang mga upuan satin! wala na yung paggalang sa matatanda!”, “Oo! Grabe! lalo na yung mga babae!”, “Diyos ko, wag mong aasahan yung mga kabataan na babae! wala ng galang yung mga yun! maski yung mga lalaki ganun narin!”, “Dipende naman yan sa pag papalaki ng magulang eh”, “Pero hindi parin lahat ganun, pero maski na! hindi parin sila magalang satin!”, “Dapat ang mga lalaki hindi na umuupo kasi sa huli ibibigay rin naman nila eh!”
People started to look at them, and one of them is me. I was disturbed on the way they dropped their words, shamelessly bragging how disrespectful teenagers are nowadays.
Okay, so let me put it up this way. I had to agree in some point that people who are considered as old should be treated in care, and to show one’s concern towards them. I also, should agree that people like them should be given much attention than of those people who are still young, and can still put their shit together, but what actually bothers me is the fact of abusing it for their selfishness. I couldn’t blame people who sat first, and not giving their seats to others, it’s somehow their way of being in comfort, and it’s their rights. I may sound very unusual, but people are people, as much as you guys wanted to sit it’s also the feeling of how they wanted to sit.
I’m not saying that people should not give care to other people, and towards the old ones, that’s not really how things work. It’s actually the matter of being fair or equal. If old people get exhausted, and tired for standing on a 30 minute trip, so as the young ones. I mean, it shouldn’t always be the old people who needs to be pampered, it should be all.
One good instance would be an old lady obviously making an attention to a girl who’s sitting right in front of her just so she can get the seat, that she thinks she “deserves”, but wasn’t able to get it, so the old lady told the girl if she can sit, because she’s tired. One thing that the old lady didn’t know is that the girl was actually suffering from something, and couldn’t stand the pressure of standing, but still did it, because the old lady “deserves” it, and unfortunately, the girl collapsed.
It’s not always the idea of being a senior citizen or being known as an old person for people to judge you as to someone who always needed to be in the comfort zone, “always” is different from “most”, and “most” is what should be. Give seats to those people who are in need, and those old ones who are standing in front of you, but not always, just most of the time. Let’s be fair here, people, whether they are rich, or poor, old or young, gay or not, they deserve to be treated as of what they deserve. In the end, we Filipinos would always give love, and respect everyone.
Find yourself, love yourself, and don’t let anything and anyone hinder you from being yourself.
When people try to put you down… don’t mind them. They’re just jealous of your accomplishments.
Don’t even waste your time to these people. They’ll get their own taste of medicine someday.
2012 is going to end really soon and for this year, it has been one hell of a roller coaster ride. In that roller coaster ride, my friends rode along with me and never left me. But only 10 stood out. Who are they?
10. Michaela Nadine Pacis
Nadz was my classmate during my kindergarten and preparatory years. Well, this 2012, we had this one day that we bonded together; bonded together by passion – PHOTOGRAPHY. Yup. We’ve had a photowalk at SM Mall of Asia and we really had fun. I had first times though. It was my first time to do a photowalk with a friend at MOA, first time to eat at Sbarro, and lastly, first time at the MOA Eye which gave me chills whenever I look down below. Besides that, she’s always been a good friend to me. There are times that we’re badly bored and we would just meet up on a nearby restaurant. As usual, more stories to tell. She’s a great artist too, both in Photography and Digital Arts. YEY! Hope someday I will be as good as her. Mehehe.
9. Jan Cristine Lagman
Super Chin. She was the one who I always remind to guard her heart. (Please see Proverbs 4:23) Last year, we were super close. Like every love problem she had, I’m always there to help her cope up. But this year, I was the one who needed guidance. Glad she was there super late at night when I was in emotional pain. She remained the same. There was also a time that I invited her over to my school for a meet-up/snack and had a heart-to-heart talk. That time, we had our second photo together. (The first one on the campsite where I met her). Good thing she’s kinda supportive on where I am right now and likewise from me to her. “Even though I’m not the one, I’m here to stay to guard your heart and be your friend.”
8. Janna Patricia Jinahon
Janna is one of the most trusted in our barkada. She’s the smart one in our group. Ehehe. Most trusted. Why? I know some things are kept safe in her. Sometimes, we work in tandem when teasing our fellow kabarkadas. Nung time na may signs siya ng Dengue, hindi agad ako umuwi nun para alalayan siya (along with some of our classmates) papunta sa UST Hospital para magpa-check. Ayun. Hindi ko inaakala magiging ganung kami magiging friend talaga pero thankful ako kasi ang isang madiskarte like her, is one of my thesis mates. Ehehe. Thanks for being a good friend to me Janna!
7. Joanna Loise Culianan
Si Ate Loise. Siya ang CSC Treasurer and the one responsible kaya nasa CSC ako ngayon bilang layout artist nila. HAHA. Nakilala ko si ate Loise dahil kay Camille. Si Camille yung classmate ko and pinsan niya si ate Loise na tumakbo sa CSC for Treasurer. Anyways, she’s been so kind to me kaya naging comfortable ako to work for CSC. Sa una talaga kasi, I was hesitant but thanks for her warm treatment sa akin, na-enjoy ko ang pagiging part ng CSC and especially, my job. She helped me make my 2012 a blast! Salamat talaga sayo ate Loise!
6. Via Guerrero
Si Ate Via. Siya ang CSC Auditor at isa sa part ng cheering squad ko. Ay? Joke lang. Ehehe. Isa talaga siya sa nagpapamotivate sa akin to do my craft kasi yung pag-appreciate niya sa mga ginagawa ko ay isang motivation na para gawin ko pa ang best ko for CSC and of course, sa UST. Minsan, nag-open up na rin ako sa kanya sa mga ibang problems ko and I won’t forget that night kasi supportive siya and dun ko nalaman na pwede ko pala siya maging somewhat ka-close sa CSC. Thanks for everything ate V!
5. Cris Angelo Salazar
Si Cris yung PRO ng CSC and most of the orders na pinapagawa sa akin ay sa kanya nanggagaling. In fact, isa siya sa mga amazed sa akin dahil sa bilis ko daw gumawa ng posters. HAHA! Dahil sa kanya, natuto ako maging MARINO. Basta usapang lalaki, maayos naman siyang kausap and very understanding. Isa siya sa mga pinaka-close ko sa CSC kasi nakakabuo kami ng mga ideas para sa posters na gagawin and all at para sa ikabubuti ng CSC. Siya lagi contact ko pag may kailangang gawin. Kumbaga sa Creatives Team, sa kanya ako kumukuha ng utos. HAHA! Dapat kay Paulo kaso ito eh. Parang direct contact ako sa EB (Executive Board). Salamat sayo brader Cris!
4. Gizelle Sardea
Gizelle’s my churchmate in Economia at maituturing ko siyang isa sa mga pinaka-close ko sa church. Why? Madalas din heart-to-heart talk with her! HAHA! Kasi medyo parehas kami ng situation and nakaka-relate kami minsan sa pinagsasabi namin. Actually, inspiration ko yung bestfriendship nila ng best friend niya. Biruin mo? Long Distance ang pagiging mag best friend nila! Nasa kabilang parte ng mundo kasi yung best friend niya. Ang tagal na nilang mag best friend tapos ang tagal na rin nilang hindi nagkikita pero parang nandiyan lang sila para sa isa’t isa. AWWW. Sweet nila nuh? Sabi ko nga sa kanya, ideal ang pagiging mag best friend nila at parang model na sila for me. Ehehehe. True friend naman yang si Gizelle. Siyempre, always packed with Godly advice ang mga advises niya. HAHA! Salamat ulit Gizelle!
3. Katreena Pauline Alfonso
Si Kat. Isa siya sa mga forever seatmate o minsan ka-row ko sa klase. Makulit ‘to. HAHA! Minsan napaka-random ng usapan namin lalo na sa FB Chat. Well, isa din kasi ako sa mga pinaka-pinagkakatiwalaan sa klase eh. Lalo na sa debut niya kasi she trusted sa abilities ko and I was able to create an AVP and tarp (kahit super rush) for her. Kahit sa BBM nga ang daldal namin. Pinag-uusapan naming mga issues sa paligid naming and of course, school help. On personal things, minsan sa akin niya binubuhos ang sama ng loob niya on certain things. As a good friend, to the rescue naman ako. Ganun din naman siya sa akin eh. Marami akong hinihinging favors sa kanya although medyo nahihiya na ako pero maasahan talaga siya. Salamat Kat! Uy yung thesis natin ah?
2. Crystal Joy Bandiola
SF Ceej! (SF == Super Friend) Si Crystal ever since nasa college ako, close friend ko na yan. Galing niya din kasi mag-advice eh. Ilang ulit ko na rin siya pinag-uusapan dito sa Tumblr because of her kindness and she remains the same. HAHA! Super sipag niyan eh. Wala na akong ibang masabi pa kasi talagang bihira nalang talaga ang mga ganitong kaibigan. Kumbaga, ideal friend that everyone needs to have. Naks! Salamat sayo SF!
1. Bernice Pangan
Topping my list, saving the best for last is none other than my best friend, Bernice. Bebe for short nalang. HAHA! Marami akong natutunan this year because of her. Dito ko rin napatunayan na hindi basta basta masisira ang pagiging mag-bespren namin. Gaya ng paulit-ulit kong sinasabi dito, we’ve been through ups and downs pero ito pa rin kami, mag-bestfriend pa rin kami. We’ve both witnessed how good and great is our God! Actually, sa kanya ko nakita yun eh. Biruin mo, may mga times na nawawalan na siya ng pag-asa sa isang bagay pero si God talaga ang bait eh; binigyan siya ng pagkakataon. Hindi niya sinayang yun and look where she’s now. HAHA! Itong 2012, ang dami talagang events sa buhay ko with her. At times na naging masaya ako, nandun siya. Ganun din pag down ako. May mga times nga na minsan hindi kami nagkakaunawaan pero I learned the art of fixing it diplomatically. Promise, marami talaga akong natutunan sa kanya. I know how to value friendships even better. Ito rin ah. Marami akong first time experiences with her. First time ko mag-doodle, gumawa ng stop-motion video, kumain sa Yakimix at Tokyo Tokyo, magdamagang Skype, abutan ng lights out sa UST sa kaka-picture, light painting, rear curtain, multiple exposures to name a few. Basta masaya siyang kasama! We really enjoyed all these good times we had together, lalo na yung tinutulungan ko siya para sa plate niya. And oh, salamat nga pala bes for being with me sa Paskuhan. HAHA! Hayyy. Sana sa next year, mas magiging masaya kami and tumatag ang samahan namin. Ang haba na ng sinabi ko tungkol sa kanya oh well. Basta, yung best friend ko, BRAVE, ENTHUSIASTIC, RESPONSIBLE, NICE, INDUSTRIOUS, CARING, ENJOY kasama. Siya si BERNICE. Siya ang best friend ko. HAHAHA! Thank you for everything bespren! You are one of those people na thankful ako kay God kasi nakilala kita and blessing ka din kasi sa akin. Ayun. Ehehe. Woot.
I’m very thankful I met new friends. As for my old friends, thank you din kasi mas nag-level up friendship natin. Cheers to 2012!
Someone to comfort you when you’re down,
Someone to make you happy at any possible rate,
Someone to give you guidance in your problems,
Someone to bring you closer to God,
Someone to pray for you every day for your happiness and well-being,
Someone to make you feel that you’re loved,
Someone to make you important to this world we live in. :)
May fan na ako sa kakornihan ko! HAHAHA!
Oo, isa akong korny na tao. Trying hard na magpatawa and all. Lagi nalang binabara, o kaya minsan hindi na ako pinapansin.
Pero thank God, may isa na akong fan! :”> Teehee! Pagbigyan ko nalang siya. Birthday naman niya ngayon eh.
Happy Birthday Honey Ortega! HAHAHA! GOD BLESS. :))
Siya yung kausap ko sa convo namin na, “Usapang Tae.”
P.S. It’s a dare. A challenge. :))