Thanks Freeman

Internship is very essential to students since it will be the time that they will be using what they have learned in school. It was summer of 2012 when I had mine. The following were the answers of the questions asked by one of the Copy Editors Sir Joeberth Ocao through an evaluation sheet.

1. Why did you choose The Freeman?
       When we were asked by our teacher on where we will have our internship, majority of us choose The Freeman because of the good feedback it has from our seniors who had their internship here. However, because there were still UP interns when the time we were about to start, we were advised to go in Banat. I immediately asked Miss Emme if when they will accept interns for Freeman. She said that maybe end of April. I was so happy that time because it was really my plan to start my internship at that date since I have a pageant to be handled middle of April. It was really a perfect timing and. Generally, being the oldest newspaper that lasts until now, I believe that The Freeman is the best training ground for aspiring writers like me.
       2. How was your stay in The Freeman?
  My stay in The Freeman is extremely memorable and very meaningful. Memorable in the sense that all the experiences I had are worth to be treasured. I will never forget the time that I went to a beat without knowing its exact address, attending press conferences with free food and freebies, and having a chance to meet and talk with different personalities that only few are given such opportunity. It is very meaningful because of the learning I got. I was able to experience the things I never had in school. I developed my writing and interviewing skills. This is because aside from letting us be independent in getting news, the competent editors and reporters of the paper also shared their experiences with us and very kind when we asked questions to them, Moreover, in order for them to test our capabilities, they also assessed our works and invite fellow editors to be a resource speaker tackling different topics in which I got a lot of lessons that I think are useful in the future.
3. What were your expectations and did you meet those expectations?       
My expectation is very simple which is to hone my journalistic skills but I have more than what I expected. They did not treat as an intern but as a reporter, they let us learn more by allowing us to go to different beats and gathered some news without companionship from our senior reporters which I think is very effective. It boosts our self-confidence especially in conversing with sources. I could say that I am very lucky since I was able to experience writing in different sections which allows me to know the different styles of writing. Aside from that, I was able to attend press conferences together with the established and well-known writers and broadcasters in Cebu. Moreover, The Freeman bridges me to go to different places which I never gone before such as the Plantation Bay during the X-Factor Press Conference, Crown Regency, and other hotels and function halls. I would take this opportunity to thank The Freeman people for allowing me to experience what it is to be in the real world.
 4. What were the unforgettable moments you had in the paper?   
  I am the type of person who is very adventurous but easily get bored. I could say that I cherished all the moments in the duration of my internship such as attending press conferences with free snacks and freebies, encoding news while face booking, talking with senior reporters in the sofa, and dining out together with some reporters and fellow interns, riding on a jeepney while memorizing its route, joking with the guards, and talking through phone with the sources when I have clarifications .But one thing I did not like is when we were not allowed to enter some private schools during our interviews regarding on our special report. I know that it was just normal but I was really pissed off since we walked for almost 30 minutes just to be there but we were not allowed to enter.
  5. What are the things you want to sustain and you can advise in the internship program of the paper?      
 The things I want to sustain in the internship program  is allowing interns to go to beats without companions because I believed this will make them independent and at the same time develops their self-confidence in dealing with sources. The area I think need improvements is the computers inside the office. I suggest that the next time I will go here, The Freeman already have flat screen computers with built-in cameras so that we could talk to our sources via Skype if in case. I do not have any recommendations since my stay was awesome and I really enjoyed so much. Thank you so much for being part of my education and of my life. I will never forget all the things I learned especially the friendship that develops between interns and reporters. 

" That would be all and thank you so much".

The Freeman tarp at my back

                                                  Me, Kathee and Camille inside the newsroom

This was during a coverage at Crown Regency Hotel

Deanna and me

with Gretchen Fulido ( Star Patroller) in the X-Factor Presscon at Plantation Bay Resort, Mactan

With KC Concepcion during the X-Factor Presscon

                                        with my co-interns from CNU, Silliman, Bicol and NORSU

                                                 During our free time at Ayala Mall, Cebu

Monday, June 25, 2012 4 Comments

Antulang with Love

Nestled 40 kilometers south of Dumaguete City, Philippines, and situated at the rising municipality of Siaton- Antulang Beach Resort is proud to be the only resort in Negros Island with private pool villas as well as suites and cottages equipped with heated outdoor jacuzzi, satellite TV, DVD/audio players and mini-bars.

Suspended on seven sprawling hectares of sheer cliffs peppered with bright-colored bougainvilleas, swimming pools and premium rooms positioned right at the cliffs’ edge, and winding staircases leading directly to a stretch of isolated white sand beach will perfectly amazed your vision.

Activities such as diving, kayaking, horseback riding and rappelling are offered along with scheduled cruises to famed Apo Island and nearby Tambobo Bay. An added highlight for guests: Although sunrise and sunset are both visible from the resort, at certain times of the year one can marvel at Antulang’s sunset and the simultaneous rising of a full moon.
I was very fortunate to go there without any centavo from my pocket for the fact that the resort is quite expensive. I couldn’t believe that in the quite place of the municipality, there is this majestic paradise perfectly crafted by nature and wonderfully enhanced by the hands of the Siatanons.

Many foreigners and local visitors are visiting the resort because of its unique ambiance where you can really fell the touch of nature in its very magnificent mode. Its quietness will really give you a peace of mind and escape from the urbanized cities and places and its natural panoramic views that will make you appreciate the grandiose creation of God. There are still more to that. The cascading water of their pools and falls facing the horizon and overlooking at the white sand beach accentuated with colourful flowers and marine attractions will indeed amazed your eyes and make you stay at the water all day long.

Furthermore, the place is very best for vacations and outings because well- furnished rooms and cottages are available to everyone. There are also rooms with balconies that are found on the top of the huge corals surrounded by water that is connected from the land only with a stone bridge in which you can see the golden sunset and experience waking up with beautiful sunrise.

Vina Morales was able to have a heaven experienced at the room during her vacation at Antulang. The couple Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo also appreciated the place during their engagement and wedding proposal at Antulang.

If you wish to celebrate special occasions in your life, Antulang is the best venue for that. Its Mediterranean- inspired lobby and function halls will accommodate your guest. They have also housed chefs and cooks that will take charge with the food and the set-ups. Moreover, you can also used the place near the pools if you wish to have your meal under the shades of the tree while the cool winds makes you feel more the essence of the affair.

During night time, Antulang is very ideal for sight- seeing, dating, and swimming. You can walk barefoot at the seashore located at the down part of the resort watching and hearing the waves of the sea, you can also take an overlook at the sea while having a night- swimming at the pool and you can as well have a cocktail drinks at the cottages while looking at the horizon or the stars in the sky.

Furthermore, when you are very adventurous, you can have a hike at the place in where you can see the wild and huge trees and hear the chirping of the wild and endangered birds as the fact that the place is named as a mountain that kissed the sea.

Moreover, if you wish to have a sea adventure, yacht and other boats are available for escapades at the Tambobo Bay that faced the resort and covers it during big waves that make the resort ideal and safe even with typhoons.

When you’re after a special holiday experience, you need a destination that’s every bit as extraordinary. Antulang Beach Resort is the only place truly worth the trip. An exclusive beachfront resort indulges you with its tantalizing setting of golden sunsets and fresh sea air. Here, you can find superb accommodations ranging from lavish suites to cozy cabanas. You also get enjoy new adventures daily with activities such as snorkeling, diving, and rappelling. At Antulang Beach Resort, you’ll rediscover what unforgettable vacations are really like.

Monday, January 23, 2012 5 Comments

Lucky yet Unhappy

Lucky yet Unhappy

I have to admit that I am very lucky of what I have now. I am so fortunate that my parents raised me well; send me to school with enough support both morally and financially, and of course the love and the care they give me. I am also so privilege that I have a lot of friends who are there when I need them, shares laughter and tears together with me, accompany me in all the things I did. And most especially I have God, who is there to raise me up so I can stand when I have problems, carry me during stormy weathers, and lead me to the right path of life.
I am so thankful for all the blessings I have. For the talent He endowed into me that makes me productive, for the wisdom and intelligence that makes me smart and leads me to a brighter future, for the wealth that made me sustain in this world, and for a nice physical that made me presentable. With all of these, I can consider myself very lucky.
But at the end of the day, I am still not happy. I still long for a successful mutual relationship towards another person, yet for me, it’s hard to have. I am very curious of what is in me that makes people hard for me to love? For the one I am attracted, they stay away from me and will not try to learn loving me. And for the one who tried to love me, they will not stay long. What is in me? I am nice and sweet the way I know.
Well, we have a lot of things to consider and we cannot please everybody. Somehow, I feel like I am the most unlucky person in this field. Maybe God has a perfect time for me. I know He loves me so much. And aside from that, everything He did as a purpose. Maybe, it’s not yet now. I must be patient.
I am so lucky. YET, I am still unhappy

Sunday, August 21, 2011 2 Comments

People who passed by

Love life has been part of every individual’s life. It is very impossible that you will pass away without experiencing the ecstasy of true love. Me, myself also experience more than that.
I've been engaged with different types of people. To name them, here they are in their glamour look,:

Walay hinawayah ha?

His name is Raymond Gregory Barrocca. We are classmates from grade 1 to grade for. We are always teased by our classmates during our classes. I am his paper provider because we are seatmates. I am also his answer provider during Sibika at Kultura time. Our story ended up when he transferred at Don Bosco here in Dumaguete..As of now, were not that close. She has many girls right now,,peru isa lang ang sasabihin ko, NAUNA AKO nOh!!!!!!

From boy, girl is the next in line. She is Ara C. Aban, my first year high school classmate. When I am still first year high school, I am not so gay. I am very silent but I speak during classes. I will not mingle with my classmates because I am afraid if they will know the real me because maybe they will tell my papa and my father will scold me. This girl is very silent, demure, and very sweet. Yes, I courted her and we became lovers. But our relationship did not last long because she went to Sweden for education. Iyaha kong gibiya_an..huhuhuhuhu. We meet again this year, pero sorry, hindi na kita BET..harhar

Let’s be serious this time. A boy that last long. A boy who will take the risk makasama lang ako. I love this guy so much. He really made efforts para magkakita rami ug mag-work ang so-called same sex relationship. We have been into a very deep relationship. We even did the most sacred things. But the foundation of it was just eventually gone due to unexpected things. But, thank you Ryan, you’ve made my life complete……Godbless to your life!...

Acceptance of who you really are is really hard to acquire. But thank you to this girl. She accept me if who I am, what I make, and what my pasts are. We are very open with each other. We are enemies at first, but we became friends, good friends, and even more than friends. But we decided to walk with different ways. We realized that we are not really meant for each other. Daghan kayo kog sala aning bayhana, sige rkog biga-biga sa uban. Abi nkog dili masakpan,,masakpan man diay,,towew anyways, thank very much dear,,,,,,hindi ko makaklimutan ang sandaling nagging tayo..

The guy the gay that is very hard to forget. His name is Linwell A. Bungcasan. Yes, we have the same family name. I don’t care. I love him regardless of everything. His hip sways better than me. But theres one thing I can say “I love you more than you would ever know, but sorry, you lost your chance to be loved more than you would feel in the rest of your life,,,!!!!..

We have to live life to the fullest. We have to treasure the persons who love and care for us, because they will only come once. We should not be afraid to be hurt. Because it is a protocol that if you love, you will also cry. God really design our life in a very nice way. He let us cry in order for us to realize that we really need to be strong. He also let us laughs for us to remember that we are wonderful the way we are. Do not be shy. Only God has a right to judge us. Don’t mind what people say. Be happy! You deserve it:)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011 5 Comments

I think I am in love

Tick! Tack!!! Time check! It’s already 1 am while I make this blog because I can’t sleep thinking of someone. I hurriedly pulled out the laptop of my roommate and start typing...

These past days, I noticed something deep within me. A special feeling I seldom feel to a person, a feeling that all of us can feel, more satisfying compared after our large intestine relax and contracts-to be in loved.

First time I knew him; he is very silent and doesn’t mind any people around him. But when we talk, I said to myself, “Okay raman diay siya, abi nkog hambog.” Later on, we used to talk, we laugh, and we kill each other through jokes. With those moments we have together, I was not expecting that those will lead to something very special-being in love.

I experienced this for how many times as the fact that I’m still fresh from it. And one of those lessons I learned are not to confess your feelings and do not expect too much. But one problem is that I have an attitude that I cannot keep feelings in myself causing me to tell it to someone. Thanks God, “usa ragud ang nakabalo.”

Then everything started, I am starting to do what desperate lovers usually did. Staring at him when he’s not looking at me, sige ug papansin bisag OA na mausahay, affected sa mga text message ug napuno ug smileys ang mga message ,and gikilig nga siya ray kabalo. How stupid but sometimes stupidity makes people happy.
He is single but I think, there is one who is attracted to him. A girl na wala akong kalaban-laban kaya ayaw ko nalang makipag- laban. It is okay, I have a nice and straight legs compared to her, and aside from that I am more confident to smile than her. heheheh..Im so bad...

But as what I’ve said, do not expect too much. If we are meant together, then no matter what happen,maging kami talaga. But if it’s not, then maybe somebody more deserving to us will takes place, right?

But gosh! How many times people disregard of their sexual status broke my heart? Am I hard to love? Am I that ugly? What will I do? I did my best for me to be nicer.
If true love can wait...How long it will be? How long will I suffer the feeling of being an outcast, the unlovable and the unloved? How long will I’ll be alone in the world. I cannot wait. I am now physically and emotionally ready...I want him to be the recipient of my love, care and affection.

I hope that in one of his dreams, he will realize that I am just here at the side walk, waiting for him, and ready to walk life together with him. I am very loving as a lover to the extent of giving 100% of my life to him. I am very caring, I care very much more than to myself.

I always laugh to people but they just don’t know that behind those laughter, giving up is already next in line.
Hope I can make another emo blog.....

Monday, August 15, 2011 2 Comments

For the first time!

Beep once. “Gosh! I have a text message..
“Hi pink lips”. I received a number of twenty messages with the same content. I don’t know what to feel, to be proud because I had the courage to write about myself or to be shy because of that damn university diary I wrote. It was my first time to write that article for the weekly publication. I was encouraged by my editors to write for my ewee love story when we had our snack at the canteen before having the weekly meeting.
As I was writing, I was able to recall those pitiable memories that I had and the stupidity I posses. I cannot blame myself to feel that way since I believe that in order for you to feel the ecstasy of true love; you have to cry and to sacrifice. And at that time, I thought I am doing the right thing, but sad to say, I was not.But thank to the Lord for giving me the light that made me moved on. Thanks also God for the sufficient wisdom He bestowed into me and I was able to write that thing. And thank also to Rolyn for the editing she had that make my article more emphasizing and for her suggestion of my pen name. And thanks to TN for publishing it.
After reading my published news articles and the university diary, it made me realize how powerful and in demand The Norsunian our paper is. Because at that very short time after our circulation manager put the paper in front of the gate, plenty are texting me about my U.D. And it made me wonder why they are doing that way. Or this is just my first time to experienced this things because this is my first time to write for the u.d.

Anyways, what I did is just doing what is written at the bottom part of the features’ page, “Unleash your momentous experiences in life as student and share with us!” Doing such thing, I find writing interesting. Some said it’s hard to write but for me, writing is just an expression of your feelings. But it’s much better if you write that you know that there is an editor whom will enhance your piece and corrects your grammar…..right? :-)

Thursday, July 7, 2011 4 Comments

My Honest Confession

The first time I saw him dance was stupefaction. The second time I glanced at him was attraction. And the third time I set eyes on him was love.
I have to admit that I have a talent in Cosmetics. To enhance such ability, I volunteered to be the make-up artist of our college during last year’s Mr. and Ms. NORSU pageant. As an additional help to the college, I hired a trainer for the talent presentation of our candidates. I just knew I picked the right person for the job.
I met him long before the pageant, and as I saw him dance with his striking moves for the first time, I knew that something deep inside me dictated that he might be the one. We went along our practice for several days and everyday with him was a perfect day. I would always attend rehearsals though I was not required to go just to make sure that I won’t miss a day not seeing him. I covered his faults when he did mistakes. I even reached to a point where I suffered the mistakes I did not make. But I was not remorseful of what I did for him. I became willing so the more to sacrifice for the sake of love.
Then, a realization came. I cannot afford to have more sleepless nights and pimples. I really have to tell him what I felt for him though it might mean the end of our established friendship. That moment was awkward but I finally said that I have a special feeling for him. It was never easy to do that but my love and the desire to have him motivated me well. However, he gave no reply to what I opened up. According to him, he respected what I felt but he did not know what to answer. His respect for me was not enough.
I was not shy to tell him that I like him very much. I even made efforts of making him closer to me. I befriended each of his friends and tried to make them my own friends. I attended night-outs with them even if I don’t have enough money already. I set my projects and exams aside just to be with him. Sometimes, he would reject my phone calls. But even that did not stop me.
From time to time, I slowly found out that there were barriers to winning him. First was that we have the same surname. Second was the fact that we both belong to that so-called “third gender.” Some say that he is a bisexual but they also said that he has more girly traits than I.
There, I finally realized that I won’t be bitter and fill myself with hatred when the one I chose to love did not choose me. I asked, listened, and then let go. I won’t force myself to understand when I can't, to fight when obviously it’s over and to play deaf to the nagging truth that what I've done did not work and won't work anymore. Instead, I said that I have loved him more than he’d think I would but I feel sorry that he lost his chance to be loved more than he would ever feel for the rest of his existence.

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