I was given The Laurus Nobilis Quality Award awhile ago in LPU Cavite’s Auditorium. It’s a recognition given to students, faculty, staff of the campus who have contributed in the crowning glory of the University. I’m an awardee together with my co-staffers in The Laurel Leaf for our success in the last 9th CHEPC, a press conference for Tertiary Campus Journalists. How joyful it is that your University gives you a token of appreciation . Oh! And I love the pin which looks like a dove, but is actually a leaf. We are given one each, symbolizing our part in the Laurel Wreath which is used for centuries to denote great achievements. Here’s to more awards!!! 🍸
I bet with the fire of a thousand suns that he doesn’t have an idea I’m the one who called him one late afternoon, from high up above the edifice.
I bet with the streak of a thousand falling stars that he doesn’t know I’m the one who shouted his name and whom he looked up to.
I bet with the flash of a thousand cameras that he doesn’t know I’m the one who waved at him and whom he waved back to.
And I will definitely bet with the heap of all the pictures the world has ever captured that he doesn’t have an idea that this sitting-next-to-each-other scenario took a lot of mini heart attacks.
It’s another dimension he can’t see, and I hope he’ll continue to do so… but I also hope he won’t.
~Words by MV Sorima, To the Photographer Who Will Never Choose Me as His Subject
~Photo of me and my crush by Sofia Cassandra Adolfo
My first ever journalism related contest in college ended up victoriously as I placed 2nd in Feature Writing- Filipino and 4th place in Poetry Writing- English!!!
The 9th Cavitewide Higher Education Press Conference was held in St. Joseph College in Cavite City. Even if I am not really feeling well due to terrible stress the day before, I still managed to have my ‘game mode’ on!
You all know how much I’m trying to enter the world of poetry, and my first ever competition…in English… was successful!!!
Thanks be to God!!!
P.S. (Magpasalamat si Ateng nanalo sa Feature. Naku, sinasabi ko sa kanya, kung nasa 100% na kondisyon ang sarili ko kahapon, naku…. baka umuwi siyang luhaan! HAHAHAHA 😂😂😂😂)
A day to be remembered and cherished forever!
I covered the 5th Gentri Youth Summit that took place in the auditorium of LPU-Cavite on Decemeber 14,2016 for ‘The Laurel Leaf’ (my campus journalism organization). The event aims to inspire youth-leaders to continue going on in the promising journey they’re currently taking on as role models in their communities.
To be honest, when I heard that it’s all about ‘leadership’, I quickly lose the enthusiasm to cover it- not just my thing! But as soon as the symposium started, I was stunned by the first guest speaker named Jason Lo, an entrepreneur, motivational speaker and author. He is a master in his career and most especially in dealing with people. Every joke received loud applause! He captivated the audience! His story is really inspirational. He is really amazingly successful! It is because of him that I eat my words back and realize that my time is really not wasted (not saying that I don’t give significance and value to my job in The Laurel Leaf… I love being a journalist! I’m just talking about my line of interest here).
I skipped the first part of the talk of the next speaker because I was very hungry. When I came back, Board Member Kirby Salazar is quite near to the end of his discussion. Then the highlight of the day approached! Escorted by policemen, army, and the rest of her entourage, Leni Robredo came. The Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines delivered a short but powerful message to the youth of General Trias and of its neighbor cities.
As I was listening to her, someone came in that made my heart jump! George Cariño of ‘Umagang Kay Ganda’ , a morning news program of ABS-CBN, entered to cover the happenings also. He’s someone that I look up to. I like those times when in my way to school riding in the bus, very early in the morning, he’s the one on screen, talking and delivering the news. I like his ‘temperament’ as a journalist! (Oh yeah! I just got the exact and appropriate term there!) He observed the place then sat just in front of me with his companion (as you can see in the featured image above). Then he stood up again and they transferred at the back or ‘AT MY PART’, just one seat apart beside me. I was like, “The person I’m always watching every single morning is just right beside me now! Oh my God! Thank you for this opportunity!”
People started to recognize him, and as they look at him and they saw me on his place, they’re like, “What the hell is she doing there?” HAHAHAHAHA. Namatay sila sa inggit! Charot! They begun requesting for selfies. Too bad I wasn’t able to approach him! I was so shy, and I think he’s somewhat tired so I just concentrated on admiring my idol from my seat.
P.S. I saw him recording the speech of the Vice President through his phone, so I put out my phone and did just the same too! HAHAHAHA!
The 1st Laurel Wreath Awards of the Communication Department of our university was held last September 30, 2016. The university auditorium was filled with stunning communication students from all levels- wearing their best look with their fabulous gowns and tuxedos.
Pinky Webb, a well-known journalist, was given the highest award of the ceremony for her contributions in the media industry. She was given a laurel leaf head dress that was so gorgeous on her! It seemed like she’s a mythology Goddess as she went centerstage!
For me, the most memorable part of the awards night- acknowledging outstanding students… will be the time when I was given my “first” Academic Excellence Award. Recipients of this award are scholars who gave a spectacular academic performance in the previous semester. You notice I said “first”. Well that’s because I will have more! I promise that to myself, to my family, and to God Jehova!
It is a very joyful feeling when you realized that the fruits of your labor of love are now starting to splash out in front of you. Long live me! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA 😂😂😂😂😂
YES! YES! YES! I’ve got in!
It was simply like this: like all of my wishes came true… all at once!!! That’s how I felt after I have read the email sent to me, confirming my recruitment. I was actually late in knowing the big news, for I’ve not opened my email for some time. It was late at night when I got to know, that’s why I can’t scream in the house (my Papa will kill me!).
You may not even have the slightest idea how much this is for me. After knowing that I’m now an official contributor in our school paper, I was assured that the rest of my college life will be more colorful and fun! That my remaining years are already solved. Campus Journalism family has always been the family that I’ve been with since I entered school- Ang Bukang Liwayway (primary), Ang Tagaytay Breeze (secondary)… and now, my ULTIMATE COLLEGE DREAM– to be a part of The Laurel Leaf.
All I can see is a very bright future ahead of me- brighter than the sun. I owe everything to you Jehova, my God, for giving me such talent and determination. I owe to you my bravery during the interview, my skills in writing my sample works. I owe to you my friends who got my back when I was at the interview area, my friends who may be distant- but I know are supportive of my dreams and ambitions.
This success, I dedicate to my Campus Journalism families back then.
Long live campus journalism! Long live writing!