Million thanks to the people who took some of their precious time reading, sharing, blogging, re-blogging, tweeting, google plus-ing (whut?), and commenting on my article published in Philippine Daily Inquirer‘s Young Blood last week.
Many personal messages surprised and touched me. Friends told me that it was trending in FB, it’s the top most read article in Inquirer.net last week, and (the boyfriend said) my blogsite reached 2.7 million hits. I appreciate them all. Thank you.
One of my initial reactions was: Wow, many people still read. Cool! Some wanted to meet us in person, and some were inspired to write, to travel, to smile, and to blog. Some even joked about riding buses more often.
But, since I’m a shy person, let me divert your attention to more interesting people than me. My Comm Arts friends.
Communication Arts is usually the butt end of jokes in the university because according to others,
1. we don’t have higher Math/Science subjects
2. we’re “just” doing theater, our curriculum has nothing in it but general education courses
3. and we are “maaarte” (help me with the English term for this… finicky? girly? flirty?).
I just shrug these off and the hundred associations to “Comm Arts” because while others make a fuss about us, we rock and roll.
Let me introduce you to two awesome Comm Arts graduates whom I’ve worked with since college days: Kei and Jay. The three of us belong to the same batch, 2001, and from neighboring towns in Laguna. Later on, we did Lakwatcha.
Jay is a game designer at Makati based Anino Games. He works with a team who conceptualizes, designs, and tests games for PC, mobile phones, and other devices. Since his is a job that needs a non-stop source of creativity, I am hands down to Jay’s storytelling powers and designs. To top it all, he and his teammates recently won Manila Game Jam 2012!
Now, Prof Kei.
She graduated magna cum laude. (LOL she doesn’t like being introduced this way). She finished MA Media Studies (Film) in UP Diliman and acclaimed film critic Roland Tolentino is her thesis adviser.
This month, she heads a film festival called “Pelikultura.” Last year’s festival appeared to be successful and I’m sure this year’s will be, too.
Last December the three of us met in Santa Rosa, Laguna to have our first unplanned Laguna-Quezon-Batangas road trip with Jay driving a van. You can check out the long adventure story at his website (thesalmonellawars.blogspot.com), but if it were a story, the premise could’ve been:[box] what if you go out on a two-day budget road trip with no idea where you’re going and your friend seems like he just learned how to drive?[/box]
We survived, nonetheless. We like what we do, and we do what we like. That’s how we rock and roll.