Posts Tagged ‘Literature’

Naah!  What does it look like if I would write a poem?  How will people react?  I’m not good at writing poems.  I only write essays and short stories.  Other than those, none.  But then I have to.  Our teacher in Literary Criticism told us to submit our own poems then we’ll criticize them.  Oh boy!  What will I write?  Actually, I’ve already written one and I hope it would sound good.  I have no idea about it.  I hope it looks like a real poem, or not!  (I know, it’s amateur) Naah!  I don’t care.  At least I would submit something.  So here it goes.  I want you, guys, to be the first one to read and criticize.  Leave your comments and suggestions below.  PLEASE!  I would be needing them.

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“THE SENSIBILITY”
(August 18, 2011)

Imagination
Fill with emotion
Full of action
And desperation

So classic
Stylistic
Fantastic
Magnific

Too much drama
Just count the babba
To skip reality
Sleep tightly

Sense the ironic
Situation
Life with ballistic
Perception

Imagination
Your own habitation
World defined your own
So alone…

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There you have it. My first poem ever. I hope it would not be the last. Does it make sense? You know, your sensibility. Does it have any message? I would love to hear your comments and suggestions. They would really help. Just leave them below. Chow.
(The idea and the background behind the poem, to follow…)

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I am so blessed when I watched this testimony of Yeng Constantino.   So, I decided to put it in written words!

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Stir up (rekindle the embers of, fan the flame of, and keep burning) the [gracious] gift of God, [the inner fire] that is in you.
-2 Timothy 1:6 (AMP)

Kahit sa kaunting ningas na mayroon dyan sa puso mo magmumula ang naglalagablab na apoy na syang magbibigay ng sukdulang liwanag dito sa mundong nababalot ng dilim at dumadaing ng pag-asa. Umalab ka, apoy sa pusong mong lumiliyab. Kristiyanong Kabataan, kilos na!

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Testimony of Yeng Constantino in History Makers Conference “NATION TRANSFORMERS”

Date:  Dec. 21, 2011

Hi, Everyone!  Direct, okay lang kung paki close up yung t-shirt ko kasi nag-effort ako today.  Ako yung kumanta ng “How Wok Kamey, Di Kita Iiwan”.  Ako po si Yeng Constantino.  Di pa ako nagsisimulang  magtestimony, naiiyak na ako.  Ano ba ‘yan?  Ah, I like this feeling.  I feel like dancing like this.  Wait po, kuya.  Well, pa’no ba ako mag-uumpisa?

Bata pa lang po ako sobrang pangarap ko na umakyat ng entablado, merong spotlight, makita yung mga taong nakikinig sa’kin habang kumakanta ako at hindi ko nakita yung sarili ko simula nung maliit ako na papasok ako sa office at naka-yuniporme.  Hindi ko sinasabi na kung masama yun, pero hindi ko lang talaga nakikita yung sarili ko na ganun.  Bata pa lang po ako, passion ko na, yung kumanta sa harap ng salamin at hawak ko yung hairbrush ni nanay ko.  Kinakanta ko pa yung, “Love hurts”(laugh).  Paborito ko yung mga ano, eh, yung mga musikero, yung mga 80’s na parang (can’t understand).  Yung mga Aerosmith, Guns and Roses, (projected a guitar sound; laugh).  Kaya ako, kaya nagustuhan kong mag-aral ng gitara.  Pero yung nanay ko, gusto akong mag-artista.  Pwede!  Pero hindi ako mahilig mag-artista.  Pero sabi ko sa nanay ko, “Hindi, kasi, rockstar ako, eh!” (laugh).

Pero gusto ko talaga so nag-start ako sumali kahit ng mga contest.  Ah, well, siguro kung nanood kayo, sumali ako ng Star for a Million, search for a Star in a Million.  Ah, lahat ng, Starstruck.  Lahat ng may star, basta, gusto ko maging star, eh! (laugh).  Pero, lahat, lahat ng sinalihan ko natalo ako.  Hindi ako nakapasok sa lahat kahit sa second round.  Ay! Di naman pala kasi ayaw ako ni God na maging star, gusto Niya akong manalo sa PinoyDreamAcademy.  Ayun lang pala yun.  Hinde, right timing ko na si God kasi nag-usap kami ng tatay ko, sabi niya, pag, sabi ko, “Pa, bugbog na bugbog na ako.  Lagi na lang akong talo.  Wala na akong self-confidence.  Ayoko nang humarap sa mga kaklase ko, eh, kasi kapag kakamustahin ako, ‘Kamusta contest mo?’ ‘Ha!  Bye!’”.  Gusto kong umescape kasi wala akong masabe, kasi di naman ako nanalo.  Sabi ko sa papa ko, “Papa, parang pagod na ako.  Ayoko, ayoko nang sumali.”  Tapos sabi ng tatay ko sa’kin, “Kung ganyan ang paniniwala mo, sige, kung pagod ka na, kung before mag 18 ka na at hindi ka pa makapasok, sige.  Papasok ka na, mag-co-college ka na.” Gusto ko maging masscommunication na estudyante kasi ako.  Gusto ko maging journalist, gusto kong magsulat.

So, tsk, sige, pero gusto kong kumanta so nagtry ulit ako and nanalo ako sa Pinoy Dream Academy and then natupad yung pangarap ko.  Wow!  Cotton candy, sarap neto, oh!  Ang saya!   Sobrang, sobrang saya ko, kasi lahat ng gusto kasi 18 years old lang ako non, eh! Lahat ng gusto ng isang teenager, lahat meron ako. PSP, PS3, WII, ano ba yon? NINTENDO DS.  Lahat ng bagong cellphone, sabihin mo na, BLACKBERRY, IPHONE, NOKIA, SAMSUNG.  Apat-apat.  Di ko na nga magamit.  Gusto niyo?  Ayaw! (laugh)

Pero nagtataka ako, hindi ako masaya.  Minsan akala mo pag naabot mo na yung pangarap mo, magiging masaya ka na.  Pero parang kulang.  Ba’t ganun ganito ko, ah, dapat masaya ako, ah?  Ahmm, sa parking ba ‘toh?  So, iyon, sobrang nalungkot ako.  So, may isang kasama ko sa ASAP Rocks na ininvite ako sa  isang bible group.  Ininvite ako ni Sam Milby.  Feeling ko may pagtingin siya sa’kin nung mga panahon na iyon, di niya lang inamin agad.  Hehe!  Joke lang.  Pero natuwa ako kasi yung first night na pag-atend ko, sabi ko, “Sakto yung messange, feeling ko ito na yun. Ito yung kulang sa’kin, yung Gospel.”  Kaya attend ulit ako sa small group, umattend ako.  Pero bakit ganun?  Pag tinitingnan ko sila, parang alien pa rin ako.  Parang, nagtataka ako, bakit ang weird?  Yung isang ka-small group ko, kinikilig kay Jesus.  “Ha?  Kinikilig ka kay Jesus?”.  Ha?  So, duh?  Jesus?  Kinikilig? (making sound).  So, hindi ko maintindihan.  Pero, deep in my heart, I know, na parang, iyon yung dapat kong maramdaman.  So, one day, nasa kwarto ako, kinausap ko si God, sabi ko sa Kanya, “Ano pa bang maitatago ko, eh, alam mo na ngang lahat?  Kahit hindi ko sabihin.”  Sabi ko,  “Nag-aatend ako ng small group tsaka ng church, tsaka nagbabasa naman ako ng bible araw-araw.  Pero yung totoo, hindi Kita mahal.”  Iyon yung totoo.  Ginagawa ko yung pag-attend ng small group, bible study, church para i-satisfy yung sarili ko at sabihin ko na okay ako.  Pero yung totoo, hindi.  Yung binitawan kong word kay God that day, sabi ko, “Pero alam ko sa puso ko na dapat Kitang mahalin at gusting-gusto Kitang mahalin.”  Sabi ko, “Lord, baguhin mo ‘toh.  Kasi kung ito yung gusto mo, baguhin mo yung puso ko.  At alam ko na kaya mong gawin ‘yon kasi Diyos ka, eh!  Baguhin mo yung puso ko.” 

Tapos, nagbasa ako ng bible, nasa John na ako non.  Nabasa ko yung bible, John 17:24, iyon yung nagbago ng buhay ko.  Sabi ni God, sa tagalog kasi taga-Montalban ako, kaya yung binabasa kong bible tagalog.  Nung binasa ko yung bible, sabi ni Jesus, nagpepray Siya non para sa mga tao bago Siya ipako sa krus.  Ang dami Niyang sinabi, eh, “Lord I pray para sa mga disciples ko.  Lord I pray na hindi sila mag-scatter pero maging one sila, as You and Me are One.”  Pero may isang sentence don na nag-strike sa’kin, sabi Niya, “At ipinapanalangin ko yung mga taong naniniwala Sa’kin sa buong mundo.  Gusto Ko silang makasama kung saan Ako pupunta.”  Eh, kung hindi ka ba naman ma-inlove kay Jesus non.  King of kings, Lord of lords, gusto kang makasama?  Gusto kang makasa ni God.  Gusto kang makasama ni God.  Hindi lang ako.  Kaya hindi ko kayang ma-contain kung ano yung pag-ibig na nararamdaman ko.  Na kahit sinong kausapin ko, kahit sa saan ako pumunta.  Ngayon mas alam ko na yung purpose kung bakit ako nasa industriyang ito.  Kaya sila na mga nasa labas, gusto rin silang makasama ng Diyos. 

So, iyon, nagsheshare ako ng, minsan naglalunch kami ng mga Yengsters, nagsheshare ako ng Gospel.  Once a month yon, nagsheshare ako ng Gospel.  Nagulat ako, one day, may nalaman ako sa Tweeter, may bible group na sila.  So, iyon, may isa akong dinidisciple na girl.  Ayon, hindi siya girl dati, eh.  Natatawa ako sa sinabi niyang iyon sa friend naming, nagkita kame, “Hi!  Ate!  Babae na ‘ko!”  Kaya mong tulungan yung mga kaibigan mo na malaman nila yung identity nila at kung gaano sila kaganda sa mata ni God.  Di ba?! 

Ngayon, hindi pa ako naglead ng malaking small group, pero one day, gusto kong maglead.  Gusto niyong sumama?  Tara!  Masaya ako na pinakilala sa’kin ni God itong mentor ko.  Siguro kung hindi ako minentor ni Acel, para ako ngayong ano.  Para akong tambay sa kanto.  Pag mainit ulo ko, mag-iinom ng alak tsaka mag-yoyosi.  Pero hindi iyon yung gusto ni God na maging ko, eh.  At marami pang gagawin si God, alam ko.  Minsan, sumasablay pa rin ako.  Pero buti na lang, sobra-sobra yung grace ni God na kaya natin na mag-umpisa, mag-umpisa at mag-grow ng mag-grow ng mag-grow.  Mayroon kasi kaming ano, eh.  May cheer kami.  Ready na ba kayo?  “I am Acel Bisa-van Ommen.  Ako si Yeng Constantino.  A Worshiper.  A Soul-Winner.  A Disciple Maker.  And a Nation Transformer!”

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If may ma lipo kayong napuna sa pagtype ko testimony ni Yeng, open po ako for corrections!  Yung iba, parang kulang, di ko kasi maintindihan yung ibang line.  Hehe!

“This Is How I Overcome”

Pambihira! It is really hard to play this game we call LIFE. There are just too many stuffs to comply. Many problems but few are solutions.

It is really difficult to communicate with other people especially with those you don’t know the most. What if you told a secret to a person that you thought you can trust the most? A secret about your biggest crush, most embarrassing moment and other things that you don’t want to know by any other people. It means that you are putting a big percent of your trust to that person. Now, this is the question,”What if at the moment that person moved behind you and walking far away from you, you will just suddenly know,’alam na pala ng buong kapaligiran ang sekreto mo’, what are you going to do? Baka mamura mo ako or worse. You know, this situation had already happened to me. From that stage of my life, I learned that you must not put your trust to a person fully. You must know that person very well before putting your trust to him or her. At that, I did nothing because it was too late. It caused me heartaches.

It is also hard to love somebody truly and wholly. Paano ko naman nasabi iyon? Of course, I experienced it. There’s a moment in my life that I loved somebody so much. So much that I already gave my everything, but from her, I got nothing. I did everything to make her mine. I visited her when she needed somebody to talk with, helped her in her studies, made her laugh. In return, I got nothing. Pinagmukha niya akong TANGA.

Because of that experiences in my life about love, I’ve decided,”Tama na, tigilan ko na toh, this might be the end, I will just put my attentions on my studies. I will get nothing if I continue this fantasy.” What do you think? Is that good or not? Kasi, it is better for the both of us if I will focus on my studies and leave this kind of love second in line.

“Ways on how to kill yourself!” Nyek! Gulat ka, hano? You’re not expecting that one to be in here, right? Okay, this is the real thing. It is really hard to die, die from being a KRISTIYANO. On what way of dying? The dying of the fire of the Lord in our hearts. It is difficult to be back again in the heart of worship. But by the Grace of God, we are still here, walking along the path that He told us to.

I am really sad with this happy life. Hu? There are many troubles and challenges in life that we need to conquer that help us to stand firm in able for us to play this game we call LIFE. Basta, set your goals and you’ll surely be successful in your own ways.

”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.

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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.

“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!)