Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Oathtaking

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Chemist Board Exam Blog Series Part 12

The Oathtaking

Dark blue business suit. Elegant makeup. Sexy hairstyle. And a killer smile. Those are the formula of a woman attending the much awaited Oathtaking and Induction of New Chemists at the prestigious Manila Hotel. And really! That woman happens to be… me!

The Manila Hotel was a very beautiful place. The foyer was adorned with gold and red. The chandeliers made it more grandiose than it already was, making a hotel for the rich and famous.

But I was going to stay there for only four hours. I predicted that the ceremonies would last that long. My two aunts, Tita Dixie and Auntie Angie, accompanied me to this important event. I could see from their smiles that they were as excited as I was.

A few minutes later, we gathered at the hall as the ceremonies were about to start. Gleenece, Rizza, Warner and I were seated at the back rows along with some new friends. I never knew that sitting there was a wrong choice.

The event started with a processional march of the Board of Chemistry, the topnotchers, and some PRC officials. Snacks were served as the speakers presented their speeches. Well, in my opinion, the food was pretty average. It failed my expectations of food served in a hotel.

Then, I was filled with happiness when the distribution of certificates, grades, and PRC license was taking place. I’ve waited and envisioned my license for so long and I was very thrilled to touch it with my hands.

As the MC said my name, I went to the center of the stage to get my certificate. It was like a graduation all over again. The Board of Chemistry members shook my hand and I gave them my biggest smile. It was a dream come true for me. And as I posed for the cameras, I gave thanks to Mama Mary and St. Sealtiel for helping me.

After that, the ceremonies ended. But my happiness wasn’t complete. All of us in our table wasn’t able to get a souvenir item. I felt sad. How unfair! We paid for it. So, we asked the waiter about it and all we got was an apology. They ran out of souvenirs because some parents asked for one. The souvenirs were supposed to be given only to the board examinees.

Oh! Why did the waiters gave some items to the parents? What about us who have none at all. That was an important event of my life, yet I have no remembrance of it. The red heart-shaped souvenir item was so cute and beautiful. I felt sad for days.

Because of that, I promised myself to always seat at the front tables during events so that I won’t get left behind. I want to ensure that I won’t get only an apology next time, so will become VIP in every event. And what better way for it to come true that be one of the keynote speakers.

Oh well… but those are ambitions that would entail a lot of oozing confidence on my part. As a matter of fact, I’ll start working on it right now.


So this is the last entry under the label of “Chemist Board Exam Blog Series”. I intentionally planned to have twelve parts. Twelve is a significant number as it means “universal” in The Holy Bible. I thank God for giving me inspiration in writing this chapter of my life. And I thank you, dear reader, for giving me an opportunity of sharing it with you.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Ang Ballpen Ko

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Hirap akong sumulat sa Filipino. Kung tutusin, ito ang pinaka-unang blog ko sa ating Wikang Pambansa. Pero, bakit ko nga bang naisip na gamitin ang Filipino?

Kasi... dahil kay Bob Ong, ang paborito kong Filipino author. Na-inspire ako sa libro niyang "Stainless Longganisa". Filipino ang ginagamit niyang wika sa pagsusulat. In his honor, pipilitin kong gumuwa ng babasahin sa wikang hindi ko pa na-master. Pero hanggang Taglish lang yata ang kaya ko.

Nahihintulad ko ang "Stainless Longganisa" sa isang importanteng handbook tungkol sa pagsusulat, pagiging manunulat, at paglalakbay ng manunulat tungo sa pagtupad ng pangarap. Nakukwento ang mga iyon ni Bob Ong from his experiences. (Ay! English na naman! Hehehe!)

Siguro nagagandahan ako sa libro dahil may plano akong maging author. Ang problema nga lang, hindi ko alam kung anong topic ang isusulat ko. Basta gusto kong makasulat ng libro. Yun na yun! Pero sabi nga ni Bob Ong, marami pang sakripisyo ang kailangan at marami pang rejection ang matatanggap bago pa maabot yun.

Ngayon pa lang, namumuhunan na ko ng mga 'credentials'. Na-publish na ang mga poems ko sa Meg at Candy Magazine. Masaya ako nang inedit pa nila ang mga gawa ko. Hehehe... Hindi man ako nanalo ng "Poem of the Month", sobra sa okay na sa akin ang makita ng mga teenagers ng Pinas ang mga poem ko. Yipee! Pero incomparable happiness talaga ang nadama ko nang first time mapublish ang pinadala kong "Letter to the Editor" sa Game! Magazine. Para akong lumilipad noon.

Naka-relate ako sa libro dahil isa sa mga pangarap ko ang maging writer. Nagkakaproblema din pala si Bob Ong kung saan kukuha ng inspirasyon sa paggawa ng kanyang mga obra. Hay! Inspirasyon talaga ang number one ingredient sa lahat! Kung wala iyon, hindi ako nakakapagsulat.

Dito na nagtatapos ang latest blog entry ko. Uhm, hindi ko alam kung makakasulat pa ulit ako gamit ang Filipino. Mas kumportable kasi ako sa Ingles. In school, I was trained to use English in writing my articles. Pero kahit na mahirap mag-Filipino, naappreciate ko pa rin ang kagandahan nito. Sana nga pala, hindi ako mentally umaabsent sa mga Filipino subject noon. Hehehe! :)
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