Physical Body, Spiritual Progression, Emotional Well-being and our Mental/Skills Improvement.
As I get older each year, I learned that a healthy life has a right balance of each element. I hope my life story will remind me of the decisions I made from the past that help me achieve the balance I am enjoying right now. High FIVE!
SIX years old when I started school and I hated it. I was mostly absent in class. All I wanted to do was copy my name from a piece of cardboard with my name written on it my mom made for me. I didn't attend my graduation day. The only enjoyable moment was recess time because I gotta spent it my sister, Val. We shared snacks (baon).
SEVEN (1995) - I was a very shy student. I was a slow learner and reader. Maybe it's because I didn't learn much from my Kindergarten. But my mom kept telling me that I'm a smart kid. She believed in me. Though my start was rough, I ended up top 1 in our class. I learned the powerful influence of our mothers. A child grows based on how his/her parents see him/her. My leadership journey also began this year. I was assigned to be the class President. Haha! Then I also represented our class for our Foundation Day. It was a Prinsesita and Prinsesito Event.
EIGHT (1996) - 8 years old, I was baptized and became officially a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a.k.a "the mormons". I had my baptismal interview and baptism with my best friend Dawn. I was baptized by Kuya Sonny Boy Latayan and was confirmed by my father. We performed the song "When I am baptized" together with my cousins. I felt peace and lightness in my heart right after I was immersed in the water.
I transferred school from Calauan Elementary School to Bay Elementary School during this year.
NINE (1997) - I remember we sold peanuts during our elementary days. I also experienced having "Tinapa" for packed lunch. It was a roller coaster ride for us. My parents worked hard to send us to school. I love these memories because they taught me a lot about hard work.
We also enjoyed our primary presentations and activities at church. I had my mom as my primary teacher/president. Then Tita Miriam Legaspit replaced her when my father was called as the first Bishop in Calauan Ward.
TEN (1998) - This was my last year at Bay Elementary School. Our cousin Jun Pacardo also attended this school with us during this school year. We became expert commuters via jeepneys. The fare was PHP 2.00/student. There were times when my cousins and I had to walk home when budget was tight.
11th (1999) - I transferred back to Calauan Elementary School with my brother Nephi. I was in 5th grade and I excelled in our class. I loved to play Chinese garter with my friends. I represented our school for writing, math and sports competition. I won 2nd place for creative writing. I also played badminton during this year.
12th (2000) - I graduated with honors. I was 3rd place, 1st honorable mention. I also got other awards such as Athlete of the year, writing and Most Masipag. I think the latter was my most favorite because it said something about my character. I led our batch in our "Panunumpa"/Pledge during our graduation ceremony. I also received a cash give from the Mayor. I love my last year in Elementary. My adviser inspired me a lot. She believed in me. She trusted me a lot. I believe she helped me become a responsible person.
13th (2001) - My first year in high school. I decided to join my sister in Los Banos National HighSchool. It was a fine start. I didn't really like it that much because I was too shy. My seat mate was my closest friend at that time, Kristina Piamonte. I did my best to get good grades but I wasn't really inspired. I learned that I work hard the most when I'm inspired. Inspired means not necessarily in love with someone okay? Inspired for me is when I have a mentor who guides me and who boosts me to give off my best self. But even though I didn't have much inspiration, I still was a member of the Honor Society.
14th (2002) - My adviser this year was very inspirational. He was our biology teacher. He made our class very interesting that I was motivated to read our lesson each day. I got more inspired when I got high grades on our daily quizzes. My leadership was also enhanced when I was chosen to be a group leader for Hekasi. It was an interesting class too but our teacher for this subject was known to be terror. She did like me when we gave an impressive presentation/report.
This year, we also formed a group called the Hyperkadaz. It was the best friendship ever!!!
15th (2003) - I think because of my good performance in my 2nd year, I was nominated to be our class president this year. Everybody known me for my favorite motto, TIME IS GOLD. I love this year. I love the classes, the memories and the adventures we had. I also joined "Tanghal Sining" but I believe I only had one performance and I was a pokpok who pretended to be a good person/student.
I also had crushes during this year. haha! It was also our first time to attend the Junior and Senior Prom. Haha! My escort was our adviser. Hay! He was still single at that time. Super crazy. The worst class we had was Chemistry. Our teacher was too terror!! But glad we survived this year with honors. Hyperkadaz members were all part of the Honor Society. Our shining moment was when we performed an interpretative dance for our English Class. We performed Dreaming Of You! Haha! It was so fun!!
SIXTEEN (2004) - The craziest, funnest and best part of high school life. I'm still the class president of the loudest section in Los Banos National High School!!!!! Haha!! What a blast!! We also joined this breastfeeding jingle competition. haha! We also had our hyperkadaz shirt and our dance performance during our Christmas party! We had many lunch dates!!! I was so bakla this year! The most challenging part was when we took the UPCAT exam for UP. We took lots of reviews!!! I didn't know what happened but I successfully passed it. I can't wait for next chapter of my life but OH OH!! Good bye to HIGH SCHOOL!!! walang kapantay!!!!!!
SEVENTEEN (2005) - Hello UP Baguio!
EIGHTEEN (2006) - Hello UPLB!
NINETEEN (2007) -
TWENTY (2008) - Hello BYU Hawaii!
21st (2009) - I decided to leave the world behind and served a full time mission (as a volunteer missionary) for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This taught me that sometimes we need to choose "better things" over the "good things". For the better things will lead us to the "best things".
22nd (2010) - When I was on my mission, the hymn "Because I have been Given Much" became very close to my heart. I begun to see how blessed my life is. I want to give back and give more. Heavenly Father is a generous God. Truly, it is in the giving that we see more goodness in this life.
23rd (2011) - What is honor? You can measure your success not by the titles, richness nor fame you will receive. But true honor is between you and the Lord. HE is the ultimate judge. When I was about to go home, I decided to repent of all of my sins. I started remembering all of my sins but then I realized there's so much and most of them I did forget. I asked myself, how could I ask seek for forgiveness if my mind couldn't recover the memory of each day? This taught me that all we can do is to give our best every moment, and let the Lord through the mercy of the Atonement will do the rest so we can return home safely to our Father in Heaven. Our honor is our heart's pure desire plus the work we diligently
24th (2012) - Welcome back to BYU Hawaii!
25th (2013) - Ending College life at Disneyland, California!
26th (2014) - Welcome back to the Philippines + Engagement <3
27th (2015) - Temple Marriage!!!!!
TWENTY EIGHT (2016) - Hello Motherhood!
What a life?!!!!