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”Ways on How To Become an Honor Student, The Twisted Way!”

Hahaha! This is so crazy. As in, TWISTED again. I’ve graduated from high school with academic awards. I was really expecting for those awards because I worked hard for them. C’mon, it is not being “mayabang” (arrogant or boastful), I am just so proud with my achievements. I know, there are still more people who are far better than me (Well, I don’t care about that!).

High school is just a small place. I am now preparing myself to venture to a new journey. COLLEGE. Hayzt! I am going to love college because I know that it will offer me more challenging situations, hideous and mind-boggling problems. College will make you more responsible, competent and smart student (Does it still matter? Why am I talking in that manner? I don’t know!). I am here, just waiting for that time to come. FIRST DAY OF COLLEGE. At high school, I graduated with honors. At college, I will be a dean’s lister (there is nothing bad with dreaming, especially if you know that you can achieve those dreams). Haha!

Going back with my main topic. How did I become an honor student (at high school)? Well, let us start by reminiscing the past. When I was at my 1st and 2nd year of high school, I was not fond of studying. I was graduating from one level to another without having any award. Here’s the weird thing, I really don’t know on how I graduated with those levels because I know that I didn’t study well. I got failing grades, I admit it. That’s why I am wondering. Well, so much for reminiscing the past.

Here are some tips to become an honor student (The Twisted way!):

1) Be good with your teachers even if you don’t want them. Always give a very big smile. Always make a good impression about teachers to follow this tip. This one is really funny. I did it. I admit. Be good with your teachers even if you don’t want them. Be good with them even if you want to kill them, flush them in the toilet, make them a half-rotten meat or throw them into the river for being so strict about what you are doing (Isn’t it nice? Haha…It’s gross). Just be good with them. Your HIGH grades are at their hands. Sometimes, be a tupperware (Or be a plastic!). Inside the school, your attitudes dictate your grades. If you possess a character that your teacher doesn’t want, change it. Show him or her that you are changing and you will be liked. Good grades will follow. Am I so bad? I think not. It is just the reality.

2) Be a good follower of your teachers. Darling, this one is so true. To have the grades that you should have to become an honor student, you should obey your teachers. When your teacher asks you to do anything, obey him or her without any sign of hesitation. Obey your teacher with your eye twinkling like the stars and always wear a very big smile. Haha! This step is really effective. Yes, sometimes it is difficult to follow because they will always ask you something to do even if academically not related with your grades. They will always look for you because they know that you will follow them truthfully, honestly and happily. C’mon, darling. Your labor will never be in vain. At the end, you will get high grades. Sometimes, being a “katulong or alalay type” of student can help you on the way.

3) Always present yourself at any school activities. Hmm! If you want extra credits, why don’t you join those school activities, clubs and organizations? That one is so effective. Even if you don’t have the guts to be a leader or just a follower, JUST PRETEND YOU HAVE. Haha! Extra points will be given to you at the end of the school year. You will have the grades that you are not expecting. C’mon! You are not after the popularity from the students or from the teachers; you are after for your high grades. So, what are you waiting for? Stand up, get out from the couch that you are sitting and look for the nearest registration outlet.

4) Put a little creativity on your projects. This is true. Put a little, just a little creativity on your projects. Put a little color. Spend money to design your projects. This can give you more points. Why? For example, your project doesn’t have any content or a failing grade is not enough for it. Your teacher will think, “Ipasa ko na nga toh, may effort naman sa design, eh.” (I think I will pass this kid, there’s an A for the effort to design.) See! Extra credit again.

These steps are just some that I did to become an honor student at my high school life. Sometimes, it is so hard to follow these tips because you may think, “Am I really getting some credits from what I am doing?”. C’mon, if you really want to become an honor student, well then, do everything, even pretending to be good when you\re really not. It is just the matter of choice. You will benefit from it, promise!

Guys, don’t misinterpret me. I love my teachers. I expressed to them the sweetest words that my whole being could express. I respected them, I’m loyal to them, I obeyed. Now, I am giving the greatest gratitude to them. I know that I can see higher because I am standing at the shoulders of the giants that taught me to be responsible, competent and transformational member of the society.

At high school, maybe it was 70-30. Bigger percent that I showed at high school was true, the truest of me. The smaller percent was just a big pretending. These steps were really effective. You know, the best step is, “Get your butt off the bed and study your lessons!” Study, study, study. Follow these steps or not, it’s just the matter of your choice.



Think first before reacting on this note. First of all, the title of this note is, “Ways on How To Become an Honor Student, The Twisted Way!”. The Twisted Way! That is actually the style of my creative writing. In my notes, I express there the pumping irony of life (ang kabalintunan ng buhay), the unrealistic part of life that can be realistic, the impossible that can be possible. I love creating essays about the irony of life because you can get the humor by exaggerating them, so it is funny! In this note, I explained the irony of life of an ordinary student who wants to be one of the honors. In my note, I am not dwelling with just my life; I am dwelling with it generally. These steps are sometimes the strategies of most students (not actually just myself). What I am telling here is that, good character is actually the primary basis of the good grades, academic aspect is just secondary. In my note, I am just having it so exaggerated to say that you have to be a plastic to be liked by most, that is why it’s the PUMPING IRONY OF LIFE. That is my style of writing. EXPLAINING THE IRONY AND HYPERBOLE OF LIFE. The reality of life.


(Date Written : August 01, 2010)


  1. Jaymart Baltazar                 —->  Mr. No Way
  2. John Paolo Bernardo           —->  The Cute Manace
  3. Joshua Canlas                     —->  The Essayist
  4. Reyamrt Castro                   —->  Mr. Killer Smile
  5. Anthony Bryan Cristobal     —->  The Guy of Under Construction
  6. Draiane del Rosario             —->  The Unknown Specie
  7. Paolo Mendoza                    —->  The Big Boss
  8. Adrian Joseph Tan              —->  Mr. Flirt Image
  9. Emmanuel Ibana                 —->  Master of All Performing Arts
  10. Charles Adrian dela Rosa   —->  Short-Tempered Man (Si Ama)
  11. Rallin Geronimo                   —->  Mr. Class Bunker
  12. Renz Cedrick Santiago        —->  The Unwanted Maniac
  13. Michael Adrian Talens         —->  Mr.  Cutter
  14. Patrick Villanueva                —->  Master of All Bullies
  15. Paolo Santos                       —->  Silent Killer
  16. Robb Sernan Retardo         —->  Geek but Freak
  17. Dustin Sulat                         —->  The Smart One
  18. Francis Abaday                    —->  The Husky Man
  19. Haries Hilario                        —->  The Bomb
  20. Glenn Mar Castro                 —->  Mr. Eyebrows
  21. Jorrald Catahan                   —->  The Attention Seeker

“My Girlfriends”

  1. Kiana Mae Encila                 —->  The Undescribable
  2. Jasmine Arididon                 —->  Student Advisory
  3. Orchel Dizon                        —->  The Songbird
  4. Baby Ann Marquez              —->  The Dancer
  5. Iris Genesis Navarro            —->  Ms. Conscience
  6. Ailene Morante                    —->  Undeniably Happy
  7. Lynette Chaneco                 —->  The Warfreak
  8. Kimberly Mae Reyes            —->  The Artist
  9. Michaela Joyce Mendoza     —->  Ms. Go With The Flow
  10. Geraldine Sanchez               —->  The Rapunzel of the Gang
  11. Junica Solano                       —->  Ms. Red Lipstick
  12. Joylyn Coronel                     —->  The Giver and Given

(to be continued…explanation for each)

(This post is dedicated to my Fourth Year high school classmates, Batch 2011)

“Pledge of Loyalty”

(date written : March 19, 2011)

It’s Thursday, the 31st of March. I’m Joshua, and this is Youth Report live from the COLM Quadrangle. Wait, why am I speaking like that? Why am I wearing this? Why am I standing in front of these beautiful and handsome people? And, what is this occasion? Wait, wait, I should think. Oh, it’s our Graduation Day. I’m so silly. All of us have waited for this day. This is the fruit of all of our hard works. Let me tell you this, “Graduation is the time of completion of one level and moving up to the next level. At this moment, the important graduation is the high school graduation where we, the graduates are honored with a degree or a diploma as a proof that we have successfully completed this school year.” Well, so much for that.

Three years has gone so fast. When we first arrived here at school, when we were 2nd year students, we thought that we already know something in life or we know almost all. We thought that we don’t need more advices. We’re wrong. We know nothing, our teachers helped us realized that we have nothing with our own. At first, it was very difficult for as to unite as one class. We were from different schools, different cultures and different families of course. Those differences were hindrances at first in able for us to change for the better. Our teachers didn’t give up with just because of that. Instead, they used those differences as instruments to bridge-up our different worlds. It was a very long story. Now, we know that we’re emptied, we admitted it. We are now the students that are ready to be filled-up with more know knowledge.

II – Mt. Mayon, I can describe you as, “Puro gala, a year filled with fun and excitement.”

Tugudugguduggud… Can I hear some drum rolls? Our third year life offered us many “pahirap”. Nuknukan ng dami ang mga project na kailangan gawin. There were times that we are not sleeping over night to finish our projects and to pass them on time. Gala moments were limited. We really needed to focus with our studies. That was actually what the school is all about—to study hard. Studying hard helped me a lot. Look where I am standing now. I am standing at shoulders of the giants that taught me all of the stuffs that I know.

III – Australia, “Less gala and fun but more knowledge and hard works.”

Huhuhu… I think I will burst out to tears. After this graduation, I am not anymore a IV – Hope student. Wait, who says I cannot? I can always bring those with memories in my heart. I will graduate from high school but not from being a IV – Hope student. This year, many doors have opened for us. One was, when our school joined the BULPRISA Meet and some of the participants were from IV – Hope, including me. Haha! We thought that third year was the hardest year for us but we’re wrong. The hardest was the last. We had a long week with not enough sleep, gosh! But, it’s okay. We’re done with that. We are now here at final ceremony—The Graduation.

IV – Hope, “Very less gala and fun and excitement but more and more doors, knowledge and hard works.”

We have come to the final stage. I think, I have stated so much.

The real score is this day is our achievement and an achievement for the school, achievement of our teachers. They fulfilled the vision statement of the school, “College of Our Lady of Mercy is home of holistically formed student and community leaders.” They achieved it, they have not failed. They gave everything, sacrificed everything—time, money, knowledge and their heart. Words are not enough to state the things you have done for us but there are so many other ways to express our gratitude to all of the people who molded us this way.

Nobody is perfect in this world, we all know that. But if we keep on doing the good deeds, we will surely become successful. That’s why our teachers are successful in life. I am a student of this school for already three years that’s why I will have the pledge of loyalty.

With all those stuffs that I said, I will promise one thing. I will be loyal to the school. “Loyalty means allegiance permeated with strong and enthusiastic feeling or sentiment. It means loyalty to loved ones; loyalty to superiors; loyalty to constituted authority; loyalty, solid and indivisible, to the country.”

With being loyal, I have a part of this school. I have the objective of obligation. “It is said that if you remove the spirit of loyalty from the members of a command, the unit will collapse like a house of cards.”

I will quote a thought from Elbert Hubbard, The Loyalty Pledge,

“If you work for a man,
in heaven’s name work for him.
Speak well of him
And stand by the institution he represents.
Remember, an ounce of loyalty
is worth a pound of cleverness.
If you must growl, condemn
And eternally find fault,
Why, resign your position.
And when you are on the outside,
Damn to your heart’s content.
But as long as you’re part of that institution,
do not condemn it.
For if you do, the first high wind that comes along
will blow you away.
And probably, you will never why.”

At this moment, I am requesting the graduates to stand and raise their right hand as a sign of promise as we are going to have our Pledge of Loyalty.

We, the graduates of the College of Our Lady of Mercy promise to uphold the dignity, honor and prestige of our school. We will shine more beyond the school walls and will prove that we learned by heart the wisdom and values taught to us in order that we shall turn to be worthy citizens of our country.

We will love our country, the Philippines. We will do our best to become a good Filipino citizen and will be loyal to the cause of our country. We want our country to be ever free and independent and we want our fellow citizens to be ever free and prosperous. When we leave the portals of our Alma Mater, we will work harder and save more, live longer and serve our country joyfully.

We believe in a good strong and fair government. As a citizen, it is our duty to share the load of sacrifice, burden and responsibility. We will turn ourselves from bad vices, obey the law and help the government officials to implement and enforce the law. We will do our best to become an honest, self-supporting and serviceable citizen.

We will always love peace but we will fight for the sake of the right, of the freedom and of the justice. We love our lives but we will gladly die for the sake of our family, our fellow citizen and our God.

As we graduate from the school, we will not condemn the school because we are part of it. We will defend the rights and privileges of the school as sons and daughters of our Alma Mater.

So help us God.

(express your comments and suggestions to improve this one! thank you!)

We are at our BEST when…

*We are doing all of our best to fulfill the tasks that are given to us.

*We are doing the right thing to do that helps on making our skills more efficient.

*We are sharing our knowledge to other people as well as if we do not feel that we are greater than them.

*We are helping others to be successful so that they will not fall.

*We are giving inspirations to other people because of our good deeds.

*We are finishing the tasks that are given to us and because of it, we are participating to the embetterment of our school.

*We are trusted by others and also being reliable by them. We are simply not cheating.