2005 was the most colorful year for me since I graduated. So many things happened and to my family as well. There were a lot of joyful moments and so many hardships and challenges. It was a memorable year so it deserves to be noted and remembered.
1. From classmates/group mates to Barkada
Actually it started on December 2004 but it really blossomed in 2005. In medical school at UST, we were divided by groups of 11-15 also called a subsection. In the past...my subsect wasn’t close because we treat ourselves as classmates or colleagues in our profession. Then our subsect started to become closer, we started going to the karaoke then movies, dinners and Punta Fuego. I started to become open to them and develop some intimacy outside my girlfriend. I became close with almost everyone. This year we went out several times and the whole summer I played badminton with some of them. My friends were also there during the times I had problems. Once we graduate from medicine...I will never forget my C1. I hope we will continue to be good friends and become great doctors someday. 2005 was a year where medicine was so much fun.
2. 60th Birthday of my dad.
It was a great celebration but what we will never forget is our surprised guest. Someone who was very close to my dad came, someone very special. I am sure my dad was happy in his Birthday, I know because I was as well. :)
3. Difficult Academic Year
2005 was horrible year for me in terms of academics. So many challenges and difficulties, most of them I succeeded but unfortunately sometimes I didn’t. Hopefully this year I will overcome all of them. Medicine is a very hard course and challenging but it can be fun. I get a lot of pressure since I came from a family of Doctors. Many think that I am smart but I am not. Huhuhu :(
4. Started playing Badminton and Soccer
I am a big sports fan unfortunately I stopped playing sports because of my post grad. Last summer, my friends in UST introduce me to badminton, a sport I didn’t have any interest especially when it became popular since I used to play tennis during my La Salle days and always thought that it was better then I soon found out that badminton was a fast pace and an enjoyable game. A game with a lot of smashes and had a great variety of shots. I soon fell in love with the sport and started to play every week. I then joined the medicine badminton team.
I am also a big soccer fan but never had a chance to play in an official tournament. This is the 1st time I joined the football team. I had a chance in college but did not join because of other extracurricular activities. I played in the Inter Medicine soccer tournament...and was representing UST. How I wish I joined much earlier...I could have been better and be more experienced.
5. Dad's Condition
My dad started to experienced a hemiphlegia on the right side...meaning he has weakness on his right arm and leg. It changed our lives and we had to adjust and change our lifestyle. Personally my lifestyle had changed a lot since I had to help and support my dad. The good thing now is all of us have adjusted and so have my dad.
6. Return to PCO
After 3 years...I returned to my High school. I became active again with my former organization and become involved with many of their activities. Trying to bring back the glory days hehehe...I invested so much time and effort to my High school that I am willing to come back just to see that our(me and my friends) work will have some continuity .
7. Completing my Spidey Collection
Finally I have completed my spidey collection after several years of searching and buying. I now have 80+ TPB/HC, hundreds of comics, tons of cds and dvds related to SM and a dozen books.
Why collect spider-man? Some of you might be asking....well Spidey has a lot of great stories which was evident in the movies. I am also a big fan since I was a kid. I like to collect so I can share...I love lending my books to my friends. I plan to make a library someday that hopefully many can read the books I enjoyed and finally there are so many similarities between my life and Peter Parker’s.
8. Medicine Student Council and Gawad Kalusugan
I was very active during my Med Tech days but I stopped in Med school but when one of my closest friends became the president of UST Med Council....I started to help him plus it was an opportunity to return back the favor that my friend gave me when we were in college. So you can consider me the sidekick of the president for school yr. 2005-06. :)
One long term project I have been involved last year was Gawad Kalusugan, a project which involves community medicine in Towerville, Bulacan. Gawad Kalusugan is in line with the housing project of GK. What we do is improve public health and prevention plus train health volunteers to take care of themselves. Last year we had an economic survey, medical profile for each family, nutritional status of all the children, nutrition and Feeding lectures, deworming and breastfeeding lectures.
9. Single Again
Its hard being single again...the adjustment, longing for intimacy and loneliness considering I was in a relationship for 4 1/2 years. Yes, it's time to move on and now is the time to grow and become more mature. There is a reason for everything and I believe it’s because there a lot of things I want to achieve and do in my life. I think this is the big reason that I am single once again
10. Miguel in Rockstar INXS and his Philippine Tour
Wow there is so much to say regarding my cousin Miguel...he really has changed our lives this year. He had a great impact to me and yes until now I can still feel it. This could be long and would take many blog posts but I will just enumerate the impact of RS:INXS to us for the year 2005
- Rockstar INXS Mania from June till September
When Miguel joined rockstar:inxs, we were very excited for Mig because this was his opportunity to shine in the international scene. When we heard he will be on cable TV live all the more we got excited. Imagine when we heard that we can vote every week to determine the bottom 3. The TV show ruined our daily routine…Mig was always the center of our discussion. Imagine the effort we did to find ways to support him thru media and calls to vote for him. I also had to watch the show 3x a day…then in the computer seen a hundred times each song video. I spent several hours looking and posting at the forums a day. Spent lots of time checking on the net of Mig news and updates and spent hours deleting emails…there were times it reached 500 a day but on a regularly day I get 50-200. I used to cut class just to watch Mig since the show was shown in the morning.
- Made our family closer
Like all Filipino families…ours is a very close bunch. We are clannish and proud of our roots however many of us started to have our own lives because of our chosen careers and the long distance between each family. We do get together once in a while but RS:INXS made us unite. We were a family in mission…to support MiG and help him go thru the finals. From my relatives in New York, Australia and of course here in the Philippines, we try to promote Miguel and inform them about the show. The great thing about Mig is we don’t need so much convincing to vote for him…he is really good and many were really impressed with his performance. Not to mention, Filipinos are very talented in singing so they were very critical.
Here in the Philippines, the 1st support we did was to tell Globe that Star World was posting the wrong text no. in their channel. It’s a good thing Billy knew the executives of Globe. We started to do some interviews for Star and Inquirer and we got a lot of help from the PR firm of Star World (Thanks Dana). The press release of Star W. spread to all the newspapers and also in TV. This was the time he was doing Lola…the performance where Filipinas began to fall for him and impressed so many. Lola was his big hit here and it was great for him to dedicate it to our grandmother (Tita Moning). Inquirer was our big supporter and followed RS every week…maybe it’s because our relatives were the owners. We started to meet almost every month and talk about how we can inform the public about RS. All of us in the family began to look at the forums and net for Mig even my titos and titas. Before the show, I was the only one who look at the forums regularly…to many in my family Rockstar was their 1st experience with the forums so they weren’t used to seeing the bashing and insults…I told them that forums are always like that no matter where you are, you have just to ignore and be mature. I was able to meet my relatives in NY in the forums too.
When the show ended….our family celebrated and began to communicate all the time. We started to help him post RS and his career. Every time we had an event or a show, a member of the family was always there to support him.
However despite all the celebrations, we mourn for our relative in NY who just passed away 3 months ago…May he rest and peace and all our prayers are for him.
- 15 seconds of fame
Thanks to Mig….I appeared in TV patrol and was quoted in MUB, Wassup and ANC. I was also interviewed in the press release of Star World which appeared in several small newspapers and the net. I had a chance to meet most of the popular bands and several celebrities including Constantine while being his bodyguard hehehe (
D. Making of Mig Ayesa Pinoy Fans YG…
I will post more regarding MAP soon hehehe!
The long delayed MAP and Jan 8 Reunion