HAIM: Not your Mainstream Girl Group Musicians

If I would be asked to choose between Fifth Harmony and HAIM, I’d choose HAIM any time of the day.

Wait, who is this HAIM I speak of?

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HAIM is an American pop rock band from Los Angeles. The band consists of three sisters Este, Danielle and Alana Haim who are joined on stage by drummer Dash Hutton. The three sisters were active since 2007 but it was just last year when I fell in love with their amazing style of music, thanks to John Green’s movie adaptation of Paper Towns.

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UST Senior High School Week

Last February 14-18, 2017, University of Santo Tomas held its very first UST Senior High School Week…and it was pretty exciting for an event happening for the first time.

Before:

Senior High School students of University of Santo Tomas has been anticipating Senior High School Week ever since it was announced that we’re going to have one. This event got me curious (and I’m sure I’m not just the only one), I have no idea how SHS week will go. I’m thrilled for the parade and booths but they were all cancelled a week before the event. That got me bummed because I think those two will be the life of the whole week.

Faculty members and students were cramming and stressing (the fck out) a week before SHS week. Exhibits weren’t ready, the production team has only two or three days to practice their performances, and some students are sent to different places to buy materials for our strand exhibits.

During:

The SHS Week opening was my favorite part of the week. It started with a Eucharistic Celebration at the Quadricentennial Pavilion followed by the most blood pumping, adrenaline part of the opening, the UST Drumline and the performances of each strand.

Each strand has their own color to be identified:

  • STEM- Black
  • ABM- Green
  • HUMSS- Blue
  • HA- Red
  • MAD- Orange
  • PES- Pink

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

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Theatrical Release Poster

Director: Alfonso Gomez Rejon

Screenplay: Jesse Andrews

Starring: Thomas Mann, Olivia Cooke, RJ Cyler, Jon Bernthal

Genre: Drama, Comedy

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 105 minutes

Studio: FOX Searchlight

Release Date: January 25, 2015 (Sundance)
June 12, 2015  (United States)

Based on: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Novel) by Jesse Andrews

Synopsis: High Schooler Greg Gaines, an awkward high school senior who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl, finds his outlook forever altered after his mom forces him to spend time with Rachel – a girl in his class with whom he hasn’t spoken to since kindergarten who has just been diagnosed with cancer.

My Review

This is the movie that didn’t glamorize cancer. It’s beautiful.

This is the movie that tells us life is full of unexpected turn of events and it is short

This is  the movie that left me in awe. It’s beautiful.

I know a lot of you would disagree with me but I prefer this movie over ‘The Fault in Our Stars’. The two movies seemed to be related and attached that whenever you hit the search button for Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, The Fault in Our Stars is always at the suggestion page for ‘Related Movies’ or ‘People also search for’.

Don’t get me wrong, The Fault in our Stars is a great novel and movie but there’s something about Me and Earl and the Dying Girl that caught my attention (and admittedly my heart and soul). Maybe because it isn’t based on a love story but about a mismatched friendship.

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Too Broken To See

 

I don’t know how I became so foolish.

I didn’t see it coming

I guess I thought I have mistaken it for friendship

Since I was broken, alone and in the state of solidarity

Willow sighed as she read the poem she had written a while ago. She slouched back on the bench she was sitting on in the middle of a beautiful park in Indianapolis. She adjusted her glasses since it was boring into the bridge of her nose. She was so sure it would leave a red mark but she didn’t care because the mark that her friend left her was far worst.

I feel so abused

I’ve just been used

You broke my walls

And let me fall

You we’re supposed to be my friend

Sadly, it hurts to see our friendship end

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Dear 2016 (Somethin’ Personal)

Dear 2016,

I’m gonna lie if I say you were great because you weren’t. You were a pain in the ass, you were full of shit. You made me cry and laugh and cry and cry…but thanks.

You made me stronger. I learned a lot from you. You made me realize that I am stronger than I think I am.

If I would explain you in percentage I think you would be 40% great and 60% shitty.

So here’s a letter–an overview of my bests and worst during your reign for the past year with all your shenanigans and surprises that not only left me shocked but the whole world. (Trump? Really?)

Now hang in there because this is one hell of a letter.

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Peter Pan (2003)

 

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The American/Canadian Theatrical release poster

Directed by: P.J. Hogan

Screenplay by: P.J. Hogan and Michael Goldenberg

Starring: Jason Isaacs, Jeremy Sumpter, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Olivia Williams

Genre: Fantasy

Running Time: 109 minutes

Release Date: December 25, 2003 (United States and Canada)

Based on: J.M. Barrie’s Peter and Wendy

Synopsis: The Darling family children receive a visit from Peter Pan, who takes them to Never Never Land where an ongoing war with the evil Pirate Captain Hook is taking place.

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Being Yourself—and Different—Is Okay

Hey guys! Remember my post “When You’re Still Trying To Find Your Purpose”? I told you that it was my second article  featured on candymag.com and I decided to post the first one here on my wordpress blog.

This is an article I made for our Journalism class and I decided to send it without really expecting to be featured because well, the website says, “If you’re lucky, you might get featured in our website” and if luck is a magnet, I’m made of wood,  but I crossed my fingers, so here it is.

Reading the title, you readers will already have an idea what my article is about but nevertheless, I’m still here to talk about a very important aspect in life that we should all be.

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Credits to Trixie Ison of candymag.com

We can’t deny how much messed up the world is and how society is never pleased. In the world we’re living in, why are we so afraid of being different and being ourselves in front of everybody despite the numerous quotes we read and hear every day about just being ourselves? One word: Fear. We’re afraid of not being accepted by society and we fear judgement. Let’s face the ugly truth, society tells us to be ourselves then they judge us.

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Finally a Thomasian!

The Royal and Pontifical University of Santo Tomas, the Catholic University of the Philippines, the oldest University in Asia and home of the Growling Tigers!

It’s been a busy week for me, and all other Senior High School students of University of Santo Tomas. Our week was full of activities:

August 1- Orientation
August 3- University Wide Orientation (Freshmen Roarientation)
August 4- Orientation
August 5- Thomasian Welcome Walk

It’s a good thing we had no classes last Tuesday for it was Misa de Apertura,  a mass attended by the University’s faculty and administrators to give thanks and guidance to Lord Our Father for the upcoming school year.

The highlight of my week was definitely the ROARientation and of course, the Thomasian Welcome Walk.

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Friends For Keeps

I was cleaning my room and found a poem I made for our Activity in Values Education during 9th grade and thought that I should share it to the world.

This is just a silly little poem from 9th grade but still, it has a deep meaning to it.Originally titled ‘Friendship’, I changed the title to ‘Friends for Keeps’.

 

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Facing up to Youth’s Angst

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Youth is a wonderful gift from God. We must use it wisely because we will never be as young as we are now. We teenagers are the most misunderstood human beings to walk on the terrains of Earth. People expect us to act our age, but the truth is we don’t don’t how to act correctly. We have never been this young and old in our life. Our teenage years is the phase of our life wherein we are too old and young to do half the things in life.

Our generation is often called as “The Wild Generation” or “The Wild Youth”. Ever wonder why the past generation of teenagers are golden and pure? The ignorance and reckless acts we teenagers do results to teen angst or teen anxiety. Teen angst is when teenagers, combined with their hormones and stress in life results to depression. This illness is epidemic and striking many teenagers in our society.  We teenagers cannot avoid doing such idiotic things. Studies says, teenagers are risk takers and often take stupid risks that adults won’t. Many adults are not aware of this disease of the mind. Parents are often caught in a crossfire. And since some of us are experts in keeping our thoughts and feelings bottled up, most parents are not aware of their child’s mental health.

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