Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Old.joan studio

Old.joan studio
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Very Late 80's

The baggy pants say it all. I can't remember the exact year but I'm sure this is the late 80's, going into the 90's because gone is my super "tidal wave" hair do emulating Madonna and the Menudo.

It is also the beginning of what is now popularly known as U.K. fashion, or ukay-ukay (old clothes rummage market). Before it has a distasteful name, "relief" or "relip". But I really like my imported khaki knit blouse. It wore out on me over more years to come.

Guess Where Did We Have Our Picture Taken???

I hate this picture. Not because it's despicable, but just because...

Because, we are in one of the most famous spots in the Philippines but the picture doesn't say. Why? Because my impatient husband wanted the park photographer for hire click the picture right away, despite my protestations (that's not a wave, that's a "wait a minute, let me just turn around for a better background view!").

But the frightened photographer clicked away just the same, and he collected -- how much -- P25 for this picture of us and trees behind us, while we watched the amazing view behind the photographer: the boating lagoon of the famous Burnham Park in Baguio City.

Tolentine Star for COPRE 1993: We Came, We Saw, We Conquered

I think this was 1993 when the whole Tolentine Star staff attacked Iloilo City for the College Press Conference and Awards (COPRE) journalism contest. We took a three-hour boat trip, as this was the era before the 50-minute fast crafts of today.

Our Tolentine Star, the official student publication of the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos bagged several awards as a magazine/newspaper as well as its individual writers.

I remember having bagged the first place for Headline Writing. This was the time before we even heard of desktop publishing so headlines had to be counted by ens and ems (too bad the young writers of today don't have that challenge anymore because this category is now covered under Newswriting, thanks for the input, Rommel Depasucat). This was also the time when we literally had to cut and paste our layouts and we actually had a physical dummy sheet!

Left to right: me as Associate Editor; Rowela Alayon in her second year as Editor-in-Chief; and Gesila Sumcio as Opinion Editor.

Tolentine Star Christmas Circa 1992

I'm really not sure about the year. What I'm sure is that it was one of the bestest, funnest, wholesomest christmas parties ever.

The whole Tolentine Star staff of our batch partied in the TS office, binged, exchanged gifts, wished each other well, and had an all out food fight. Look, we just washed our faces and took our picture at the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos lobby before embarking on a long trek to Goldenfields to play bowling. Hungry thereafter, we again walked the whole stretch of Araneta Street to the original pala-pala to have an early dawn breakfast.

Here we proudly wear our vests as emblems of our being crazy student writers. I think we were also wearing our emerald green t-shirts with beige TS logo imprint but had to change because of the mess of our massive food fight.

From left to right: Nove Abao (Associate Editor); Cristina Canson, Irene Santiago (Literary Editor), Yasmin Pascual (News Editor); Rowela Alayon (Editor-in-Chief); Gerle Hilado (Managing Editor); Robby Rigor; Joan Honoridez (Art Director); Jason Honoridez (Sports Editor); Gesila Sumcio; Eugene Adiong (Opinion Editor); and Ariel Bravo (Filipino Editor). Photo by Joebert Abibas.

Seventeen Years and Seventeen Kilos Ago

This was how we looked like, circa 1993. We were all good friends enjoying our newfound post-college or near post-college freedom, hanging out at what used to be Bacolod's favorite hangout places -- sunset at the Pavilion .

Here we are, sitting at the sea wall enjoying the balmy breeze. Behind us are big boulders cascading down to playful waves crashing against them. Seventeen years later, these same waves were further pushed back into the sea as more land was reclaimed, and now the new BREDCO port stands. Just imagine, behind us where it used to be water now stands a condominium project, warehouses, office buildings and wide paved roads.

Also, seventeen kilos earlier, you wouldn't believe that the girl wearing bangs is now a professor at the University of St. La Salle -- Rowela Alayon-Chiu; the petite girl to her left is now a city counselor running for a congressional seat in the lone district of Bacolod City -- Jocelle Batapa-Sigue; the only thorn among the roses is now a university professor in China -- Zeigfried Dima-ala; and the forever slim girl on the far right is now a legal researcher at the Hall of Justice and an active officer of the Art Association of Bacolod -- me.
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