The Year of Crossing Finish Lines

31 12 2012

When 2012 began, nothing was certain for me. I was out of a job, clueless of what’s next, and grasping for limited options. All I had was faith. And even that was running low. I was in a lot of doubts and was almost ready to give in to desperation. But thankfully, the year had other plans – deal-breaking, perspective-redefining, and ultimately, life-changing things – in store for me.

In February, I was interviewed for a job in GMA Network. In my exam and during my interviews, I was frequently asked: “Why do you want to become a promo writer?” My answer was always sure and simple: “For as long as I can recall, I have always been fond of television. That’s why the idea of becoming a part of the whole process most certainly makes me excited. Finally, something that is naturally me; not something that is an acquired taste, not something that I accept simply because there is no other choice; but something that snuggly fits.” I got in. It took me several jobs in seven years to get to this point. I dreamed. I believed. I survived the battle for the big break. 😉

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I am far from being the most physically fit person. But this year, I took interest in running.  In addition to indoor and outdoor trainings, I participated in three 10-kilometer runs (PR: 1 hour, 9 minutes), two 16-kilometer runs (PR: 1 hour, 57minutes), and last September, finished my very first half-marathon (3 hours, 19 minutes). Sadly, running had to take a back seat after my 21-K run. I intend to get back next year, though. I will.

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As a newbie, it was expected of me to partake in the presentation for the Christmas party. I was up for it since it’s been years since I last did this. And the whole thing was such a memorable experience. It was amazing to witness great minds and talented individuals (singers, dancers, musicians, artists, and practically everyone in the department) working hand-in-hand for a routine polished to perfection. It was a performance I am proud to be part of. Definitely an item ticked off my bucket list.

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2012 taught me that no matter how distant and inconceivable your target might seem, after all those moments of doubts and desperation have passed, your heart’s relentless faith and passion will egg you on and everything will just come together. All you need to do is keep moving forward because every stride you make, be it small or significant, brings you closer to your goals. Other people will always have something to say, both encouraging and disapproving. Leave them be. They won’t matter in the end, anyway. Just keep your focus and look out for what gives you happiness. Only then will you realize that it isn’t necessarily greener on the other side all the time – especially if you’ve just crossed the finish line. You will simply be filled with contentment, love, and joy. “’Cause happy is what happens when all your dreams come true.”

That doesn’t mean the hard work stops, though. It actually signifies that you are ready to take on bigger things you can ever imagine.

Last year, maaga kong inangkin ang 2012. Hindi ako nabigo. Yun nga siguro ang susi. Kaya ang banat ko ngayon: MAS MATAYOG ANG LILIPARIN NGAYONG 2013!

Have a JOLLY 2013, everyone! 😀





The 2012 Jolly Awards

31 12 2012

Dahil ‘ginaya’ ng Party Pilipinas (sa dami naman ng makakapareho ko, sila pa talaga) ang titulo kong ‘Most-Liked’ sa aking yearend awards, kinailangan kong baguhin ang pangalan ng mga karangalang aking ipamamahagi. Haha! :p

That being said, I am proud to present one of my yearend traditions.

When my Internet is down, I forget that the rest of my computer still works Award (Most-Liked Website)

www.pinoyfitness.com – Bilang kinareer ko talaga ang pagtakbo nitong nakaraang taon, marapat lamang na kilalanin ang naging takbuhan ko upang malamang kung anong marathon meron. Nakakatuwa kasi may sarili (yata) silang photographers kapag may events, ang laki ng community nila, at ang daming tips (hindi lamang sa pagtakbo) na matututunan dito. Madalas din silang magkaroon ng promos (although I have yet to win a freebie).

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I will follow you Award (Most-Liked Internet Personalities)

@superstarmarian – Nitong April 30, naging trending topic sa Twitter ang ‘36.6 C’ dahil ito ang naitalang pinakamainit na temperatura sa Metro Manila. Syempre hindi nagpahuli si Mars. Nag-tweet siya: “36.6 C is trendy. kaninong bra ito?” Genius!

@nikowl – He is the author of the backtothefryingpan.wordpress.com. Taas ang mga kamay ko sa kasipagan niyang mag-update ng blog. And his entries are carefully and extensively researched, showing how well versed he is pagdating sa mga usapang pelikula at telebisyon.

Hindi lahat ng haters naiinggit sa iyo. Nakakairita ka lang talaga. Award (Most-Disliked Internet Personalities)

Zendee Rose – Let’s leave out the fact that she has the difficulty distinguishing shrieking from singing. Let’s pretend she’s truly sincere whenever she cries (or tries to) during her interviews (I will attest that at least one of those is fake.) Pero hindi ko mapapatawad ang guesting niya sa Wil Time Bigtime (sa TV 5) HABANG ipinalalabas sa Magpakailanman (sa GMA 7) ang kuwento ng buhay niya. That is just shameless.

Jamich – Hinding-hindi ko malilimutan ang tweet nila nung namatay si Dolphy. Just tasteless. And thoughtless.

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Try nating ipag-trend Award (Most-Liked Hashtag)

#jutanderalert – Ang hindi maikakailang signs of aging.

#masibafactor – Pagkain, pagkain, at marami pang pagkain.

#buhayQC – OFW lang ang peg.

I-share na yan Award (Most-Liked Memes/Random Images)

The alleged Bourne Legacy deleted airport scene

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How Sen. Lito Lapid voted during former Chief Justice Corona’s impeachment trial

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My current status

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Dumudugo na ang tenga ko pero hindi ko matigilang pakinggan Award (Most-Liked Songs)

Gotye’s Somebody That I Used To Know“You can get addicted to a certain kind of sadness.” “But you treat me like a stranger and that feels so rough.” I love the angst and bitterness of this song. And the reality of how two people become strangers from being each other’s person. Sadly, though, I think Gotye is going to be a one-hit wonder.

Jason Mraz’s I Won’t Give Up“God knows we’re worth it. No, I won’t give up.” Heartfelt with just the right amount of sentiments.

Maroon 5’s Payphone“If ‘happy ever after’ did exist, I would still be holding you like this.” “You can’t expect me to be fine. I don’t expect you to care.” “Where are the plans we made for two?” Welcome back, Maroon 5!

fun.’s Some Nights“My heart is breaking for my sister, and the con that she call ‘love.’ But when I look into my nephew’s eyes, man, you wouldn’t believe the most amazing things that can come from some terrible nights (lies?).” “I called you up but we both agreed, it’s for the best you didn’t listen. It’s for the best we get our distance.” Brilliant lyrics. Masterfully crafted tune.

Sa kabila ng short attention span ko, nagawa kong pakinggan ang buong album Award (Most-Liked Albums)

Pink’s The Truth About Love – Brave and brutally honest. I love how Pink thrives in being fun, sensitive, and dark. Tracks to listen to: Blow Me (One Last Kiss), Try, Just Give Me A Reason, Is This Thing On?

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Ed Sheeran’s + : This young singer-songwriter has the gift to churn out melodic and radio-friendly tunes. Tracks to listen to: The A Team, Wake Me Up, Small Bump, Lego House

Sana magka-DVDrip na sa Torrent Award (Most-Liked Movies)

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower – I can blab for hours explaining why I love this movie, but in a nutshell it’s because it hits close to home. That scene in which everyone in the party raises their glass for Charlie and sort of welcomed him into their ‘group’ simply nailed it. It’s good to feel secure and know that in a way, you aren’t entirely alone. And that redefinition of a wallflower gives that sense of belonging. And oh, Emma Watson rocks! Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller were fantastic, as well.

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Hope Springs – What really does keep two people together? The movie provides a clear insight through Kay (Meryl Streep) and Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones), a married couple in their 60s making an attempt to rekindle their old flame and get out of the monotony they are trapped in, with the help of relationship guru Dr. Feld (Steve Carell). It’s funny, it’s touching, it’s sensual, it’s realistic.

Ang ganda nito, manood ka Award (Most-Liked New TV Shows)

The Newsroom – It’s addicting, it’s exciting. Aaron Sorkin does a great job in seamlessly interspersing real-life events into the show’s episodes. Jeff Daniels (Will McAvoy), John Gallagher, Jr. (Jim Harper), Sam Waterston (Charlie Skinner), and Jane Fonda (Leona Lansing) are all great. And while some find Will’s speeches and time-to-time grandstanding grating, I find it amusing. I dig it. Whether he’s arguing with Charlie, Leona, and/or MacKenzie McHale, or crushing someone to pieces and putting them to shame, or screaming just because he can, I find myself siding with him every time. Episodes to watch: “We Just Decided To” (Episode 1), “I’ll Try To Fix You” (Episode 4), “Bullies” (Episode 6), “5/1” (Episode 7 or The Osama Bin Laden episode), “The Greater Fool” (Episode 10)

Veep – An excellent political comedy with a tremendous lead actress: Julia Louis-Dreyfus. My only grievance: only eight episodes for the first season. I want more Vice-President Selina Meyer! Episodes to watch: “Fundraiser” (Episode 1), “Chung” (Episode 4), “Baseball” (Episode 6), “Tears” (Episode 8)

Don’t Trust The Bitch In Apartment 23 – Twist after twist, surprise after surprise, laughter after laughter. Krysten Ritter (as Chloe, the bitch), Dream Walker (as June, the unsuspecting dreamer), and James Van Der Beek (as James, the man from the creek) are perfect for their roles. It doesn’t hurt that almost every episode, there’s a Dawson’s Creek reference. Episodes to watch: “Pilot” (Season 1, Episode 1), “Daddy’s Girl” (Season 1, Episode 2), “Parent Trap” (Season 1, Episode 3), “Love and Monsters” (Season 2, Episode 2), “Sexy People” (Season 2, Episode 3), “It’s A Miracle” (Season 2, Episode 4)

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Hindi ka nanonood nito?! [Insert perplexed look here.]/Oo, nanonood pa rin ako nito Award (Most-Liked Returning TV Show):

Southland – For those who have not heard about this series, it’s a police drama that follows the lives of LA Police District officers. It stars Michael Cudlitz, Benjamin McKenzie, Shawn Hatosy, and Regina King. On its fourth season, Southland introduced the character of Jessica Tang (played by the very capable Lucy Liu). While her stint was limited, she was an effective addition to the cast. And given that the show’s ratings aren’t exactly on certain-renewal level, this year’s season finale could have served as a series ending. But thankfully, TNT decided to pick this up again.

(If I can) I’ll watch this over and over, for sure Award (Most-Liked TV/Movie Specials/Events)

ImageThe Desperate Housewives series finale – This was the very first American series I religiously followed. I loved its wicked type of comedy. For eight years, I watched Bree, Susan, Lynette, and Gaby: rooted for them, cried with them, and learned from them about family and friendship. And its final episode was the perfect homage to the whole journey of the characters (both alive and departed) and the show.

“As Susan left her driveway, she had a feeling she was being watched. And she was. The ghosts of people who had been a part of Wisteria Lane were gazing upon her as she passed. They watched her as they watch everyone, always hoping the living could learn to put aside rage and sorrow, bitterness and regret. These ghosts watch, wanting people to remember that even the most desperate life is oh, so wonderful.” –Mary Alice Young, Desperate Housewives (From  Season 8, Episode 23: “Finishing The Hat”)

Meryl Streep wins her third Oscar – Finally. And her speech was just awesome.

Himala Ngayon – It was nice to see how the arguably best Filipino film ever shown was made. In this documentary, there were lots of interesting tidbits and anecdotes from the actors and the production team, too.

Status na yan Award (Most-Liked TV/Movie Quotes)

“You see things. And you understand. You’re a wallflower.” –Patrick to Charlie, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

We accept the love we think we deserve. –Mr. Anderson, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

“Just because this isn’t in your life plan doesn’t mean this isn’t exactly where you’re supposed to be.” –Chloe, Don’t Trust The Bitch In Apartment 23

“I’m too old to be governed by fear of dumb people.” –Charlie Skinner, The Newsroom

Umeeksena Award (Most-Liked TV/Movie Characters)

ImageRevenge’s Victoria Grayson (played by Madeline Stowe) – Regal and devious. She just blazes the screen every time she appears. At iba ang chemistry nila ni Conrad: “You have wormed your way into the very nadir of repugnance.” Inaaway niya lagi pero magkakampi pa rin naman sila.

Don’t Trust The Bitch In Apartment 23’s Chloe (played by Krysten Ritter) – A hardcore and scheming New Yorker with an extreme and bizarre way of showing that she, too, cares. Watch her on “Sexy People” (Season 2, Episode 3) to see the kind of friend she is.

Walang basagan ng trip Award (Most-Liked Guilty Pleasures)

Be Careful With My Heart – Maya and Sir Chief!!! Kute and Jeff!!! Walang bad vibes. Happy-happy lang. 🙂

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Ryzza Mae Dizon – Hangkyooooot! Mula sa pisngi, dibdib na agad. At totoo namang nakakaengganyong sayawin ang cha-cha kapag napapanood siya. At nakakatuwa ang banatan nila ni Jose. No wonder, Bossing is very fond of her.

Panoorin niyo kung gaano siya kagaling mag-‘constrate.’ Mwahahahahaha!

Napanood mo na ba ‘to? Award (Most-Liked Viral Videos)

Psy’s Gangnam Style – More than one billion views on YouTube. THAT is what you call viral. At aminin mo, naisip mo nang sumayaw nito at one point or another. At kahit siya mismo nananawa na sa kantang ito, asahan nang magiging patok itong jingle para sa eleksyon next year. Here is Psy’s AMA performance with MC Hammer.

Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe – In fairness, karamihan sa gumawa ng video nito, nakakatuwa naman. Just pure harmless fun. Here’s one with the ‘Kikay Barkada’ of Chico, Del, and Gino of The Morning Rush.

Sakit ka sa ulo pero ang sarap pagtawanan Award (Most-Liked Adik Personalities)

Claudine Barretto – Makipagbugbugan ba naman sa airport, eh.

Sharon Cuneta – Patulan ba naman ang isang fake Twitter account, eh.

I bet, tuwing nakikita nila ang station ID ng ABS-CBN, naglalasing na lang sila. :p

Sakit ka sa ulo kaya ang sarap bangasan sa mukha Award (Most-Disliked Adik Personalities)

Tito Sotto – Blaming his son’s death in 1975 on a drug that wasn’t released until 1978 (may iyak pang kasama yan), committing plagiarism two fucking times (na ayaw pa ring aminin), and his latest quote: “Ipinagbabawal na ang plastik, akalain mong isasabatas natin ang condom?” What is kabobohan?

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CBCP, The Varsitarian, and the anti-RH Bill Senators and Representatives  – They just can’t give a valid and sensible argument to save their lives. They can’t even stick to the issues. How sad.

Nakaka-depress naman Award (Most-Disliked News)

Typhoon Pablo’s terrible destruction in Mindanao – A death toll of more than 1,000. In this day and age of modern technology, bakit hindi pa rin napaghahandaan ang mga ganitong bagay?

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Newtown, Connecticut Shooting – Still, my heart is bleeding for the staff members and the innocent little children killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Yown, may good news din! (Most-Liked News)

RH Bill is now RH Law. – Mabuhay ang progresibong Pilipinas!!!

Eh di ikaw na Award (Most-Liked Personality)

Janine Tugonon – That is how you represent the country. Everyone knows who the true winner is. It’s just one of those times that the US forgets the rest of the world exists. Mabuhay ang talunang alam ng lahat na dapat nanalo! (Mabuhay ang Program Support Department ng GMA! Haha!)

Eh di ako na! Award (Most-Liked Rexy Jolly Photo)

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Kaya naging mas “makulay ang buhay” ko. 😉