Skip to main content

From Pag-asa to Pag-asa




More than a year ago, I was a naive newcomer at Pag-asa street. The sign became a popular sight to me when I started teaching at the university located within the vicinity. That sign was a silent witness to my angst, my sense of despair, my frustrations, and my disappointments. As I walked through that street everyday, I realized how I made a mistake in my decisions. That sign was associated, not with hope, but with pessimism.


That was a year ago. Gradually, Pag-asa became a venue for my excitement. The sign slowly saw me transforming into a worker eager to start the day right. It was also a witness to my satisfaction as I leave the last class, bringing with me bits of inspiration from students who just joined a concert of class participation.

Who will ever forget Pag-asa? Who can forget the shake coupled with a variety of juicy burgers prepared right before your eyes? Who will forget the popular bystanders who will outsmart you in class because despite their social life, they have prepared a lot for the class? Who will forget the long hours of chat for only Php20? Only at Pag-asa. Who can forget the fancy hi's and hello's from anyone? Indeed, Pag-asa is a community where everyone knows everyone else!

Pag-asa became a part of me for a while. It withstood the transformation of my life's direction. It gave me a sense of belonging. It provided me a caring community for a short while. Pag-asa, indeed, served as my hope.

Now that I am leaving, my footsteps are heavy. I will leave my community. A community that shaped my world for a while. A community that suggested a new taste -- no matter simple, but I realized it suited me. Now, I will finally leave Pag-asa.

But somewhere else, I believe, I can find another Pag-asa. It may not be the same, but it's going to provide me another exciting moment. Somewhere else, I will seek for Pag-asa, and if I don't find one, I will create my own..

Comments

  1. hmmmm. im all excited for your new pag asa street. :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. I'm proud to be living in pag-asa st. hehehe nice one sir nong! =]

    ReplyDelete
  3. you, too sonar, should look for a new 'pag-asa'.. God bless both of us!

    ReplyDelete
  4. wow. ngayon ko lang nabasa tong blog niyo sir!

    we miss you na~

    you're one of the best teachers I ever had. :']

    ang ganda ng pagkakagawa niyo nito. :]

    GOD BLESS. :]

    -jelly

    ReplyDelete
  5. Thanks for dropping by jelly. You too -- one of my best students! Happy holidays and send my regards to all.

    ReplyDelete
  6. okay, i will sir. :]

    Happy holidays.:]

    ReplyDelete
  7. hahaha. i hate this comment drew! ngayon ko lang nakuha.

    ReplyDelete
  8. hi sir, i am happy that you are now enjoying your new pag-asa. Everythings well with us in school. We miss you wala ng nangungulit sa faculty . Ingat ka dyan parati.


    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Love original abstract paintings that fit your personality?
Check MFernandezART.com for a wide array of options.

Popular posts from this blog

Five Great Brain Exercise Apps for Avoiding Alzheimer's Disease

Five Great Brain Exercise Apps for Avoiding Alzheimer's Disease I always thought that I had a high capacity for recalling things. In fact, I could vividly describe what happened when I was a small child, the addresses of places I lived in my lifetime, etc.. However, as I age, there are things that I could easily forget. In one workshop, while in the middle of my group's brainstorming, I was leading a discussion flow and was writing a term on the poster board. Lo and behold, I could not remember the correct spelling that very common word! What a real embarrassment. This and many other situations led me to exploring how to handle and manage my condition. I was caught in great fear because of researches nowadays that reveal how the early onset of Alzheimer's disease is emerging in people age 40 and above (now you know I'm part of the age group!). My constant exploration brought me to these top five mobile and portable device apps that anyone like me

Wowowee and Pinoy Mentality

Several days ago, a chatmate in the Middle East left me without a warning because "it's Wowowee time". Now I realize even TFC-North America has THREE daily airing schedules of Wowowee! What is happening to us? Na unsa na man ta ani oi? says a Visayan friend. The Pinoys all over the world have been hooked into what we call back home as a "noontime show mentality". Everyone is rushing to the screen, not bothered by hectic schedules. No one wants to miss Wowowee. What is in Wowowee? If we dissect the program, we would be able to categorize details into interesting chunks: a male host singing a variety of Lito Camu compositions, gorgeous and sexy co-hosts doing stints of slang and mispronounced words, a co-host comedienne fluterring her daily outrageous fashion statement and popular lines like "Habang may buhay, may Arabo!", sexy dancers doing roundabouts of risky steps, and a lot of games that benefit the "poor but deserving". If we

The Day I Fell In Love with Onara

No, don't think that way. Onara is not a human being. It is a song. This song is closely associated with the globally-acclaimed Korean television drama series that earned so much respect, was dubbed in different languages, and whose theme song and soundtrack were adopted for grand operas and philharmonic performances. Jewel in the Palace , starred by Lee Young Ai , is based on the story of Korean historical personality Dae Jang Geum (literally "The Great Jang Geum" ), an orphaned palace kitchen maid who went on to become the king's first female physician. In a time when women held little influence in society, young apprentice cook Jang Geum strove to learn the secrets of Korean cooking and medicine in order to cure the King of his various ailments. It is based on the true story of Jang Geum, the first female royal physician of the Joseon Dynasty. The main themes are her perseverance and the portrayal of traditional Korean culture, including Korean royal court cu

An OFW's Letter to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

Dear Mrs. President, How I wish I were home when you had your 2009 State-of-the-Nation Address. I would have joined the millions of Filipinos excitedly awaiting for your yearly report over the broadsheet, radio and television stations. I would have been so vigilant in monitoring crowd formations near MalacaƱan Palace, EDSA-Ortigas, Paseo de Roxas, or near the House of Representatives in Commonwealth. Over the years I was an active spectator --- joining public opinions about the possibility of changing our nation's course of events through the strengths and opportunities that formed part of your SONAs. This year, however, is the first time that I failed to have an access to the first-hand account surrounding your State-of-the-Nation Address. I will surely miss the blow-by-blow reports and analysis of top-rated journalists whose words charismatically provoke citizens, even in the margins, to speak and to take a stand, for or against our country's social issues. I faile

Li'l Wayne Music, SAT scores, and Success in Life

I always bother myself with the thought that many of my students won't be able to go to college. I believe that their disabilities are a culprit, but I wanted to know if there are other factors that aggravate the situation. In one of my online moments, I bumped into a research conducted by California Tech PhD student Virgil Griffith. He collected favorite music of college students using their universities' Network Statistics page on Facebook. Then he looked at the average SAT/ACT score from CollegeBoard for students attending every college. Critics of the study claim that it is 'unscientific' because of the method and the source (Facebook), but I found it to be an essential source of understanding of how my students behave, what kinds of music they listen to, and the effect of this music in their struggle toward educational success. In the study, Griffith included 133 most favorite music that appeared on Facebook and considered a variety of genre, including Hip