Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Activities for Pisay Alumni Homecoming Week

So I'm doing my good deed for my godfather, the president of the PSHS Alumni Association, and am advertising through any means possible the activities for Pisay's Alumni Homecoming.

Because I deliberately make myself scarce, I wonder how many Pisay Alumni will get to read this through my blog. It's not like they make themselves known. But, it never hurt to try.

This is a copy of the email that I was sent. Of course, for security purposes, I removed the email addresses included therein. For more information, you're either going to have to email me or post a comment. =p


Hi! This is Cielito (Ciel) Habito '70, current President of the PSHS Alumni Association (PSHSAA) and of the PSHS National Alumni Association (PSHSNAA). May I request you please to forward this message to your batch e-group as we in the PSHSAA Board would like to have maximum dissemination of this message to the PSHS Alumni. Maraming Salamat!
Dear Fellow PSHS Alumni,
As you may have heard, the PSHSAA is lining up two major fund-raising activities for the week of the annual Alumni Homecoming, namely:
1. The Pisay Cup Golf Tournament on August 28, 2007 (Tuesday), to be held at the Navy Golf Club in Fort Bonifacio. Please visit www.pisaycup.com for details. We are enjoining all PSHS alumni golfers and friends to support this activity by (a) coming on August 28 to play, and/or (b) helping us solicit sponsorships (the website has ready-to-print sponsorship kits and covering letter -- let me know if you will need our original signatures on the letter, which can be arranged). We have set fundraising targets for the different clusters of batches, and obviously, the more funds we raise, the better we will be able to support our forthcoming projects to benefit PSHS and its alumni. (I shall be writing you later on details of upcoming projects.)
2. The PSHSAA Alumni Concert (dubbed pisay@43.cometogether: I Am What I Jam) to be held on August 30, 2007 (Thursday) at 7:00pm in the AFP Theater at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City. This concert will feature performances by talents from the first eight PSHS batches (batches '69 to '75), along with special performances by "celebrity" alumni like Gen. Hermo Esperon '70, Dr. Rey Vea '69, Dean Rowena Guevarra '80, Fr. Jim Achacoso '70, yours truly, and others. Himig Agham, the PSHS student choir, will also be performing. This promises to be a night of great fun, fellowship and music (not in order of importance!) all in the spirit of reliving our PSHS memories while helping raise funds for our alumni projects. Talented and enthusiastic alumni from batches '69 to '75 are already rehearsing their performances for the concert. (For the later batches, don't despair: We expect later batches to be featured in subsequent alumni concerts, which we envisage to be an annual project of the PSHSAA.)
We are now distributing tickets for the concert to batch representatives, and in this connection, I would like to solicit volunteer contacts among the batches to PLEASE distribute and sell the tickets to their batchmates and families/friends. Patron (P500), Sponsor (350) and Regular (P200) tickets are available. We are especially asking each of the performing batches to take care of selling 150 tickets per batch (20 patron, 30 sponsor and 100 regular). Batches '76 and up may please contact me or Jun Sabug to get your tickets. We implore you for your support, participation and attendance in this concert.
May I also inform you that the PSHSAA is co-sponsoring with the PSHS Foundation the premiere screening on August 24-25 of the film set in our alma matter, "Pisay" by Aureous Solito '86 (also known for his other award-winning films "Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros" and "Tuli"). Screening will be at The Block in SM City North EDSA. Tickets may be obtained through the PSHS Foundation (Tel. 924-0655) or through PSHSAA (contact me or Jun Sabug in the e-mail addresses above). Your support for this film is also strongly enjoined; it is already reaping accolades from the critics, being one of the featured films in the ongoing Cinemalaya Film Festival.
Mark your calendars: "Pisay" premiere on August 24-25, Pisay Cup Golf Tournament on August 28, and the pisay@43.cometogether Alumni Concert on August 30.
All these culminate on Alumni Homecoming Night on September 1 at the PSHS Gym, with Batch '82 as silver jubilarian hosts this year.
Sa ngalan ng inyong PSHS Alumni Association, inaasahan namin ang inyong tulong at paglahok!
Mabuhay at maraming salamat,
Cielito (Ciel) Habito '70

Friday, July 27, 2007

Nostalgia (Part One) : Flag Retreats and the Pisay Hymn

The ending of Solito's Pisay had the main characters singing the English version of the PSHS Hymn during their graduation. Despite my feelings towards my high school experiences, I could not help but feel nostalgic. As I watched the students on the screen singing, I was briefly reminded of a scene in JM Barrie's Peter Pan wherein Peter tells the audience to "clap if you believe in faeries" in order to save Tinkerbell. While Peter's words compels you to clap, seeing those kids sing me want to sing along.


During my second year in Pisay, I was somehow got myself the position of Student Alliance Secretary. Because I was a freshman (and the younger sibling of a known bully ^^;;) when I became a candidate, I narrowly won against an opponent called "Abstain". But, win I did, and that year I spent pretending to be a bit more responsible than I really am is part of my history. I had little love for that position as I was a shy girl who had no passion for administrative work, but I have fond memories of it, as well.
Because I was not a stellarly punctual student and missed the Monday Flag Ceremony without fail, my peers in the Student Alliance stuck me with the responsibility of conducting the weekly Flag Retreat. I often held it alone as Ate Thea (President), Ate Steph (Treasurer), and Kuya Mike (PRO) had CAT while Kuya Eric (Vice President) had soccer practice. Conducting the Flag Retreat meant making the end of the week announcements, singing the Philippine National anthem as the Philippine Flag was lowered, and singing the Pisay Hymn as the Pisay Flag was lowered. This is why I know the Pisay Hymn by heart.

Because I was alone, I had to recruit my friends William, Jomar, Joseph, and Vladimir to help me lower the flags while I sang the necessary hymns. During one of my first Flag Retreats, whoever was lowering the Pisay flag lowered it too fast. His partner told him that the flag was going down too fast and so whoever was in charge of the Pisay flag reraised it and lowered it again, thus creating the "dancing flag" phenomenon. I got a rather interesting scolding from the S.A. adviser Mr. Curaming after that.

Later on, in the middle of the year, in accordance with the Centennial Celebration of Philippine Independence (1998), they made me use the Tagalog version of the Pisay Hymn. It took me two Flag Retreats to get that Tagalog version right. Now, its ingrained in my heart.

It's weird. I kinda miss conducting Flag Retreats. Embarrassing as it was back then, I realize now that it taught me how to leave my comfort zone in order to do what needed to be done.


These are the Pisay Hymns that I remember:

by Mario Taguiwalo (PSHS batch 1/1968 yata)
(hahah... small world. I know this guy. he's my mom's friend)

Philippine Science High
Thou stands above with thy thoughts that lift
And fit all thy sons with wings
To lend us flight in the sowing of our gifts

Oh, Philippine Science High
Thy wisdom arms our youth
As we reach for our dreams, as we strive for our goals
As we search for the untarnished truth

Philippine Science High
The PSHS in us will grow
And go as we wonder o'er
The crests and troughs of the sea of life that flows

Oh, Philippine Science High
Thy light our beacon be
In our path through the world, in our fight for the right
In pursuit of a glorious thee.

PSHS Hymn (Filipino)
translated by Stephanie Balois et.al. (Batch 1999)
(sorry, can't remember the others)

Philippine Science High
Patuloy mong itinataas
Kaming 'yong mga anak
Sa paglinang ng aming kakayahan

O, Philippine Science High
Dunong mo'y patnubay
Sa aming pangarap, sa aming hinahangad
Na katotohanang lantay

Philippine Science High
Sa aming puso'y lumalago
At sa'n man magtungo,
Magpapatuloy sa dagat ng buhay

O, Philippine Science High
Liwanag mo'y tanglaw
Sa amin ay gabay sa landas ng buhay
At dakilang minimithi


Nyahahaha... feel free to correct me if my memory did not serve me correctly.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

When I die, I will be smothered in fire and brimstone...

... shoot. Ouch.

But, I guess, that's hell for ya. And, if I go there, that will be the deadly sin that I will be paying for. Where'd that come from? Well, I took Tickle's "Seven Deadly Sins" test and here's the result :

You're less sinful than the average person. Still, everyone has their weaknesses, and the sin you're most guilty of is

Basically, this is my weakness. I scored a 7 on the Lust meter while the average score of takers is a bit above 3. Hahah... anyone who knows me will not be surprised. In Gluttony and Sloth, I also scored above average (higher for Sloth than for Gluttony), but not overly so.
So, according to Tickle, I need "Temperance" for my Lust, "Enthusiasm" for my Sloth, and "Restraint" for my Gluttony.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

The Most Personal Survey Ever

I got this from Friendster (again) from one of my cousin's posts.

1. who were you with last nite?
- Ivan

2. What woke you up this morning?
- my cel's alarm

3. Where are you?
- our house.

4. Is tomorrow gonna be a good day?
- we hope for it, but we don't expect it.

5. Did you kiss or hug anyone today?
- yup.

6. When was the last time you cried?
- awhile ago, when Bumblebee was being restrained by Section 7. But if you mean serious tears, it's been quite a while.

7. Ever thrown up in public?
- yeah. i was three and reallyreally sick. but it was a hospital, so it was okay.

8. Passed out because of alcohol?
- nah...

9. Would you take a bullet for anyone?
- i would take more than that for a lot of people the same way i would give just that to others.

10. Where would you like to live?
- i'm happy where i am, at the moment.

11. Made out with anyone on your top 8?
- top 8?

where's 12?

13. What do you want to be when you grow up?
- a writer/comic book artist.

14. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
- same time? i figure i'd be checking test papers or making an exam. yes, i picture myself as a teacher.

15. Who is your number one on myspace?
- no myspace

16. Have you kissed anyone on your top friends?
- huh? i've kissed one close friend.

17. Who was the last person that left you a comment?
- My cousin, Kuya Dex.

18. Do you like candy necklace?
- eeeu... pure sugar. no.

20. When was the last time you fell over or ran into something?
- a couple of months ago, I turned out the lights in our main living area and walked right into one of the main support-posts of our house on my way back to my room. (Hey, it was dark!)

21. Do you listen to music every day?
- no.

22. What was the last thing you ate?
- Meiji Black chocolate.

23. Are you a fast typer?
- I've never really thought about it.

24. About how many people have you liked?
- Like or Like Like? I've liked a lot of people in my life, so much so that it would be stupid to count. I've like liked about four people in my life.

25. How many have you thought you loved?
- Five years ago, I would have answered four, now, I will say three.

26. What are you doing this weekend?
- bum around.

27. What's your favorite type of soda?
- cream soda or root beer

28. Have you ever won an award?
- Awards for being amazingly well-behaved aka the "suck up" award.

29. What do you want to do right now?
- blog about a certain something or sleep. I can't seem to do either.

30. Are you listening to music right now?
- *shakes head*

31. When were you the saddest in your whole life?
- I don't know. Sadness is either alien to me or so familiar that I don't bother with degrees.

32. What time is it?
- 1.24

33. Do you use EBay to buy or sell?
- nope

34. What makes you mad?
- little things irk me, but big things seem to be much easier to forgive.

35. Have you ever had a song written about you?
- eheheh.... yeah, by me.

36. What song makes you cry?
- the "Llama Song", "I'm My Own Grampa", and the Biogesic radio commercial's "Bagay ba sakin ang kulot". they make me cry so hard and beg for the person singing it to please either stop or drop dead.

someone from the sidelines: But you're the one who always sings those songs.
me: Yeah, so? What's your point?

37. What song makes you happy?
- Kiss from a Rose by Seal, Elegy by Ken Hirai, TRC's Kaze no Machi he... wait, the latter two make me angst, not happy, but whatever...

38. What do you like to listen to before you go to bed?
- the humming of the air conditioner telling me that the room temp will drop considerably soon.

39. Do you have a job?
- researcher. *ish shot*

40. What makes you happy?
- what make me think long and hard.

41. What's the next CD you're going to get?
- blank ones for my thesis files. XD



[Eye Color:]

A word to describe 2007:

Summer 2007:

Honestly, do you miss 2006?
i will, but at this point, not yet.

Aureaus Solito's "Pisay" movie

If I had known that I would be visiting high school, I would have dressed more nicely.

By Fate, hitsuzen, coincidence, or God's plan--depending on what you personally believe in--I bumped into an old high school friend yesterday afternoon. Naturally, as one does with old friend we have missed, the two of us proceeded to create flashbacks about our lives and the lives of our common friends. Later on, I ended up connecting with a few more people I wasn't expecting to reconnect with anytime soon.

Bumping into people from my past is an uncommon experience for me, generally because I hide from said people. Anyone who knows me would know that high school is not my favorite place on earth, which is ironic because it's probably one of the places I am most attached to. It says a lot about the very things that are most valuable to you : you can hate them because of the pain they cause or you can love them because they give you pleasure, but either way, you can't let go. This is probably why I'm angsting before actually putting in the real reason for this post.

I would like to invite everyone--particularly, those from Pisay--to watch Aureaus Solito's "Pisay". Solito is the man behind "Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros".

From the Quixotic Quests of Q the Conqueror, the movie's storyline is described as such :

Amidst the chaos of Martial Law in this Third World country in the 1980s, eight teenagers in the top high school for the sciences discover themselves as they go through the joys and pains of adolescence. They were the top two hundred students from all over the Philippines who passed the examination for the Philippine Science High School, which was created for the purpose of giving an education highly enriched in the Sciences to exceptionally gifted Filipino children. Selected from the best and brightest from all over the country, they endure college-level courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics from their sophomore year onwards. Those who can make it are hailed as the future science and technology leaders of the New Republic, those who don't are deemed unfortunate victims of natural selection. They all learn however that they are neither isolated from the real world, nor are they exempted from living real lives. They find the world outside, erupting into the People Power revolution in 1986 against the Marcos dictatorship, being replicated within the school as they struggle to graduate, contend with teachers, classmates, family, school officials, and a new classification to segregate students meeting the high standards of excellence from those who do not.

It's may not be our high school, but it's about our high school. So, in case you're interested, the schedule of shows taken from the same site is as follows : (you have to scroll down a bit, cause Blogger hates me)

21 Jul/Sat 03:30 PM Venue 1CCP Main Theatre / Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo
22 Jul/Sun 09:00 PM Venue 4CCP MKP Hall / Bulwagang Alagad Ng Sining
24 Jul/Tue 09:00 PM Venue 1CCP Main Theatre / Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo
25 Jul/Wed 09:00 PM Venue 2CCP Little Theatre / Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino
26 Jul/Thu 06:15 PM Venue 5CCP Tanghalang Huseng Batute
27 Jul/Fri 10:00 AM Venue 1CCP Main Theatre / Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo
28 Jul/Sat 03:30 PM Venue 2CCP Little Theatre / Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino

Edit: From Cinemalaya website :

Ticket prices for Cinemalaya 2007 will be P100 for regular screening of competition and exhibition films; P300 for a Daily Pass valid for one person and good for 5 screenings; and P950 for a Festival Pass valid from July 20-29 for all screenings. Cinemalaya Congress Fees are set at P500 package for 2 days; P300 a day for non-students and P250 a day for students. Discount of 20% for senior citizens will be available. Group discounts of 50% will be offered to teachers. Discounts will also be given on bulk ticket sales.

For more information, please call the CCP Media Arts Division at tel. no. 832-1125 local 1704-05 or visit the CCP website at www.culturalcenter.gov.ph