John Benedict Opinion “Ang Malaking Pagbabago sa CMC”
here are other things besides the weight and loudness of one Benedict Opinion. So let’s talk about something else and keep in mind that books should not be judged based on their covers. After all, everything about Benedict Opinion, from his tongue-in-cheek humor to his progressive stances on issues and straightforward life goals, was made to supersede the petty concerns and prove that life is a battle of choices not chances. He could have been someone else other than a man of passion and artistry that we know now. Someone who went chasing a father’s touch lost to kidney failure or a mother’s memory exhausted by absence. Or, a rebel against the sorry sensibility of the universe. But he picked up his courage, and took a smile on the face, looked at life straight in the eye and decided to be a man not only for his own, but a man for all the people.
Hence, all charm and wit of this Benedict Opinion we talk about has been used to mobilize his contemporaries to fight for the greater causes—free education, end of impunity, and justice for all the brokenhearted and unrequited lovers. Indeed, there are other things besides the weight and loudness of our Benedict Opinion. But to evade the topic feels like a treason when given the chance to write about him. Especially when its the weight of his choices or the loudness of his causes, and not exactly his bouncing baby boy features that we are referring to. But we can take that direction as well, and keep in mind that whoever said that great things come in small packages, sadly, never had the chance to meet Benedict Opinion. Overwhelming? Well, it comes with the packaging. The next big thing? Absolutely. But isn’t he already?
“You should enjoy the little detours to the fullest. Because that’s where you’ll find the things more important than what you want.” -Ging Freecs from Hunter X Hunter
Earl John M. Orio â€œTibak na pashâ€?
ung magkita ang kasalukuyang Earl, at ang Earl ng nakaraan, iyong freshie pa, magtatanong kaya siya kung paano siya naging ganyan? Mula sa pag-unlad ng kanyang pagpo-pose sa harap ng camera, hanggang sa siyempre, higit pang pag-unlad sa paraan ng kanyang pagtatanong. Lahat naman ay nagsisimula sa pagtatanong, nagkakaiba-iba lang ng lebel, lawak, at lalim. At mula sa kung gaano nangahas magtanong, iyon din marahil ang maitutumbas na sagot. Ilan na sa mga itinanong ni Earl ay kung paano siya magiging bahagi ng panlipunang pagbabago, at kung paano siya magiging mas guwapo. Higit sa pagtatanong, mahusay rin si Earl sumagot. Sumasagot nang walang takot dahil nag-aral, hindi lamang sa libro kung hindi sa tunay na mundo. Sumasagot si Earl nang may pagpakukumbaba, at may sinseridad na malaman pa ang hindi pa naabot ng karanasan at karunungan.
Siguro, higit na mas nakakakabang magtanong kay Earl, bilang isang kaibigan. Hindi lamang dahil sa mataray siya, minsan masungit pa. Nakakakaba kung hindi pa handang tumanggap ng makatwirang puna, na walang bola, dahil hindi siya mangingiming sabihin kung ano ang sa tingin niyang mali, o medyo tanga dahil tunay siyang nagmamalasakit, liban pa sa pagiging strikto. Siya ang dapat na kausapin kung handa nang makinig sa isang tunay na payo. Gayundin sa mga likha, hindi siya mambobola, bagkus ibibigay niya ang suporta at papuri kung nararapat. Give, kung give. Kung paano siya ngayon ay dahil siya ay may matinding determinasyon, bilang isang aktibista man o estudyante. Siya rin ay mapagmahal. Siguro, magtatanong ang dating Earl sa kasalukuyang sarili hindi dahil sa pagtataka kung hindi upang mas pag-igihin pa ang kanyang mga gagawin. Ang maitatanong naman ng Earl sa hinaharap, handa ka na ba?
Mula kay Shane David
â€œGod is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of - infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes.â€? -Ephesians 3:20
Hannah Melizza A. Paguila “Trilling Little Teapot”
will miss you, Hannah. It’s been 3 years, wow. I really hope that the friendship God tied us with will never die down in spite of everything that will happen in our lives. You will always be a sister in Christ. >:D< I love you!!! If you need a drop of Sunshine, you know I’m here. But above everything else, God is ALWAYS here for you. He loves you too much, He will never leave you or give up on you. In the end, it will never be about you, but about who God is in your life. Shine brighter for Him,
Miss Hannah Paguila!! You will be brought to places to glorify Him and be used by Him. Be excited, Stand firm. Take heart. Live by faith.” -Sunshine Dasmarinas “There is much to be seen, and much more to be heard, Things that need to be suffered, felt in life in the world, Fear not what is beyond what you see here and now, For as sure as the sun rises, you will make it somehow.” - JM Espiritu
â€œIt is better to live and risk getting hurt than to regret never living at all.â€?
Ian Angelo Panganiban “The Dreamer Who Chose to Live Beyond Simply Dreaming”
an is known for being the ‘bibo kid’ with a bubbly, responsible and hardworking personality. Though he only tries his best and thus excels in what he does, he is often judged by the people around him. His perfectionist and know-it-all attitude makes it worse as they easily get onto your nerves. But, beyond the rumors spread about him and how he is on the surface level, Ian is a true friend, a listener, and an open book ready to be read and to be shared. He has undying optimism and enthusiasm on everything. He has a deep sense of responsibility and passion for his friends and family that he tries his best to keep everyone around him pleased and goes out of his way to really help others. And even though he knows that he is being judged, he never lets this stop him from showing his true self.
But more than this, he is also a big dreamer who works hard. He is very passionate in his dream of being part of the Walt Disney Company and may even be considered their most adoring fan, but the truth is, Ian, himself, is someone to be idolized. He is more than the dreamer, more than the fighter, and more than the hardworking person he is. He is a supportive and trustworthy friend. He is a family-oriented guy. But most importantly, he is a dreamer who chooses to live beyond simply dreaming, and this is what would make him successful in all the endeavors he will face after graduating from college.
“Hold someone’s hand… You will feel less scared. You can’t do this alone” -Amy Poehler, Lifted from Aaron de Borja’s write-up for Guia
Guia Jolina B. Peralta “Madame” G.uia. She: brown girl, acting black ending up white. Like misplaced doves on a dirty throat. Though, she don’t hide her dirty. She be proud of her extra hip and its extra sass. And all the volume involved. See, you say turn the noise down. She say: broadway. She sound: hip-hop. She be jazz tune. She reach sharp F. She slams that tune like Aretha’s belt to a yearning ear, Preaching R-E-S-P-E-C-T She: soft words, loud voice. Meaningful prayer. Do you understand what I’m talking about? See, you say no way. While. She can find a yes in the middle of the chaos of pessimism, The needle in the haystack of blurry lines and fragile hope and ambiguous situations. She’s got drive. And it got mileage. She can go on and on and on with her big dreams and her even bigger will. See, she be gospel when everyone had forgotten soul. She be warm laughs in a world too cool for manners. She be: moon beam. Hard thing teaching us we all can be light in the middle of a dark time. Do you understand what I’m talking about? I say: She be it.
“It’s Britney, Bitch.” -Britney Jean Spears
Lorenzo O. Pilarta “Queen Bee”
ilarts is a guy of polar opposites. On one side, he’s motivated, driven, and ambitious — anyone who’s ever worked with him can account for that. He’s a guy who knows what he wants, and knows how to get it. While his decisiveness and no-bullshit approach to work (one of Pilarts’ many mottos in life is “bitches get things done”) may intimidate those who are unfamiliar, these two qualities of his make him an efficient and effective worker. But don’t be fooled. Behind the bitchy resting face, the dead eyes, and the cold demeanor is a guy who is charming, funny, and loving. He usually gets what he wants with a little smile and a few words. (Although it can also be just the fact that people got so
used to seeing him scowl that the sight of him smiling is a refreshing delight. Just kidding.) His quick wit and deadpan humor bring life to any conversation, and anyone who hears a booming voice amid tons of laughter is surely to find Pilarts at the center of everything. He is always there for the people he loves, and in his own weird way, finds a way to express that love without overtly saying so. After all, bitches can’t show heart, at least not out in public. This kind of polarity is exactly what makes Pilarts a good friend, but a scary opponent. Trust us when we say you’d rather have the former. Watch out for this guy. He’ll surely take the world by storm, one bitchy comeback sandwiched between two witty jokes, at a time.
â€œGood things come to those who wait but the best things come to those who do.â€?
Marie Pauline M. Requesto “Pau-werful”
ne of the first people to come to mind when you find yourself in the middle of a big problem is Pau. A very trustworthy, sensitive, caring, yet brave and downto-earth person, she knows the right things to say and when to say them—jokes and side comments included. She expresses her feelings and thoughts when she deems to. Such is an admirable and refreshing trait of Pau’s because not a lot of people are as true to themselves as she is. Despite this transparency, Pau is one of the people who you can really confide your deepest secrets to.
Pau is also a dreamer, having aspirations that concern not merely her personal interests, but of a higher and larger scale as the society’s and the country’s. Her passion for her beliefs and principles show in her work and in her words and through such, she draws other people in understanding the importance of being true to service. Words by Beata Carolino
â€œBe a little kinder than you have to.â€? -E. Lockhart, We Were Liars
Adana D. C. Sales “Easy A ng Tarlac”
ust by her tagline, you sure can tell that Adana is one humorous woman who will easily catch your attention even at first meeting. That is easy to say because she says the funniest things and most remarkable lines at the perfect timing. This makes her the best companion to tag along with whether you are happy or sad, pressured or relaxed, spontaneous or inhibited. She’ll put you up in a mood that will make you realize how happy life is. But, beneath the loud and happy-go-lucky disposition is a giving and dedicated heart who values people in her life and takes efforts to keep them.
She surrounds herself not with so many people, but just a few who she’s sure she’d want to treasure. She brings this character as well in how she does things - be it in academics, organizations or work in general. Adana stays focused at one goal at a time, and when she does, she is sure to give her best and plan ahead of time to succeed. Adana is already a lot of good things at surface level, but as you get to know her more, you’ll know that she is more than meets the eye.
â€œA man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.â€? -Will Rogers
Sandra S. Samaniego “The Dream Chaser”
hey said getting in the university is one thing but getting out is a totally different thing.
Things may not have been kind to her; but to every obstacle she faced, she put her head up and declared war saying, “No, there’s nothing that can get in my way.” She didn’t get the course she wanted at first, but giving up was not an option at all and she smiled triumphantly as the college finally welcomed her. She’s been used to flooding as she lives in Malabon but the flood of hardships she faced in the university was way too different from what she has experienced before. Terror teachers, encyclopedia-thick readings, major, major productions, mind-boggling exams, brain-draining papers, overnight classes,
sleepless nights, exhausting commuting to and from home – list them all and she’ll proudly say to you, “I’ve been there, done that.” Though time came when she got lost in the middle of her course track, she finally found the one for her and nothing can stop her from pursuing her dreams. No, not even that thing that makes the world go round. Yes, it was hard, but she got her friends and loved ones with her (and the comfort of food!). But over-all, it was her strong determination that made all those obstacles give up. And now as she gets out of the university that honed her to get even stronger, the idea of getting into the “real world” doesn’t bother her at all. For whatever comes, she’ll just flip her hair and say, “No, there’s nothing that can get in my way.”
“Per angusta ad augusta.”
Charlene Angela M. Sardoma “Cha the Chameleon”
rom the moment she entered the room—I knew that she was to occupy a space. I just didn’t know yet that it would be bigger than the top bunk of my bed. But that’s Cha- no matter how tiny or childlike she appears to be, she will take up space. And she does, because she matters. She is far from the doe-eyed angel she appears to be. In fact, she is the most restless person I know. She can’t even stay still when she’s sleeping. She has a will stronger than any fear. When she is not doing acads, she is out and about in the world doing myriad other stuff. Cha is a silvertongue. She can bring color to any dull story through her unique, animated storytelling. She takes good photos. But the greatest photos she ever took are those with her
family and friends in it because these photos mean a thousand words to her. Her writing sucks. The overflowing genius going on in her head just can’t be put down into words. Cha is friendly to the environment too! She is a prism. Give her a white monochromatic light and she is sure to separate that into seven brilliant colors. I thought we were only close due to our beds being attached by rods and enemies because of her ability to not wake up after 1 hour of nonstop alarm that she is a person who keeps dreaming. But as semesters pass by, people become closer in ways unimaginable, like through violating dorm rules or pretending to be fancy over wine and cheese. She’s living the amazing life she was born to live. And the whole world is staring, waiting.
â€œLeadership is about stepping aside to let others step up.â€?
H Crescens Mae M. Tadili “Cheerful H”
f she can’t captivate you with her charm, no one can. Don’t let her looks fool you because there’s a brilliant wit behind that cute face. She’s a real head-turner and eye-catcher during first days of classes and when she speaks, hearts just start beating and minds become mesmerized. Probably one of the friendliest people you will meet in UP, she never fails to help brighten the day of a friend going through hell week. She even treats others’ problems as her own and devotes time to help or lend an ear that listens with nothing but attention to give. She knows no rest either. She has to be reminded that sleep is important too but her body is simply as willing as her spirit.
Living an active lifestyle and an academic life with impressive standing, she knows how to handle time and uncooperative people, making her a natural leader. Her sweet words and voice know how to comfort the most troubled of conscience. She takes time to understand people before she strikes the judgment hammer. It is her motto to never leave anyone behind. Professors from her department have nothing but praises for her but despite all these things, she just lives each day as if it were a new opportunity to show her best self, which is her only self. And that makes her overexcited.
“To be happy, drop the words “if only” and substitute instead the words “next time.” -Smiley Blanton.
Romar Jay C. Tirona “Juancho Gwapito” 1. EXT. KRUS NA LIGAS. TANGHALING TAPAT Nabulabog ang buong barangay nang malaman nila na magtatapos na sa kolehiyo si ROJ TIRONA. Tila kapeng natutunaw sa mainit na tubig nang kanilang binalikan ang mga alaala at pakikipagsapalaran sa mundo kasama si ROJ.
With or without his acting talent and defined jawline, he’s still one heck of a charmer. Hindi madamot sa compliments. Though he’s a guy, he never saw it awkward to say something positive, to appreciate, to give a hug or a beso. This charm some men would never have until they’re as brave as Roj in being open to what they really feel and think.
ALICE, ANG PRINSESA Best friends. Buddies. Partners in crime. Baliw. Sabaw. Bodyguard at yaya ng isa’tisa. Behind those tantalizing eyes that pierce through your soul and attractive smile, is a Roj some of you aren’t aware of. He’s a family man. He’s one of the few men I know who surprised his mom on her birthday. Laking lola din yan. Kaya sobrang mapagmahal. This quality of him clearly transcends on how he treats his friends. He’s not only an actor, photographer, director, artist, and all those labels, but he’s also a cook.
ATTY. RAKENROL A wallflower. A complicated mix.
TIWALA BATUMBAKAL I bet people’s heads turn when he jogs around the acad oval. But, of course, he is more than just a pretty face. Girls pray he’s straight, more guys pray he’s not.
With that quiet demeanor and strategic positioning at the back of the classroom, the always furrowed brow that makes you question yourself, the eloquence with which the local vernacular has been weaved, those crazy doodles that accompany his compositions. He’s not really quiet as it turns out. But he puts thought into his words. Not flaunting his intelligence belies a fact that he actually applies his lessons learned outside the classroom. Somewhere there was I saw it. Neither a wallflower, nor a complicated mix. Apparently an effective amalgamation, a cocktail if you will. Someone who you shouldn’t have to define, but one that you just enjoy. 119
â€œYou are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.â€?