UP Sandiwa is not just an organization, it is and will always be a FAMILY to me.
Sandiwa felt like a home away from home. I think it's a big factor that we, the members, hail from the same place and we have the same culture.
I was a resident member for three years and even if I am an alumna already, I keep coming back. Why? Because it is where I feel so loved and appreciated. No inhibitions whenever I'm with fellow Sandiwans. Everything feels real.
"Walang sikretong hindi nabubunyag." - ganyan kami sa org. Mapa-secret pa yan tungkol sa crush mo sa UP, sa loob ng org or kahit mga taong kinaiinisan mo, malalaman at malalaman sa org yan. hahaha. Kahit sa acads 'pag sobrang stressed na stressed ka na at tipong darating ka na sa point of depression, laging nandiyan ang mga Sandiwan. Actually, they're my "stress absorber."
Most members would say "Bakit ang hirap iwanan o umalis sa Sandiwa?" whenever a member has to leave for a class, meeting or any appointment. There's really something in the org that pulls us back that's why we always call ourselves "clingy". Siguro kung college student pa ako hanggang ngayon, mauubos lang ang oras ko sa tambayan or kung saan man basta kasama ang mga Sandiwan. No regrets though because every second with them is worth-spending.
Since nostalgic ang peg ko ngayon, I wanna look back some memories. (huhu iiyak na ba ako? joke!)
UP SANDIWA 2009-2010: Raging with Passion, Flaming in Action.
Year 2009- the year when I was first introduced to the org and its members. Syempre gulat ako nun kasi bago ka maging member ng isang org, kailangan mo pa palang dumaan ng application process (unlike others na magbabayad ka lang membership fee) for one semester. San ka pa? Only in UP. Anyway, I was a very timid person then. I won't talk to others unless they talk to me. Medyo introvert pa ako nun. :))) But then, the application process helped me gained confidence and self-esteem. Dun ko rin narealize na hindi ka mabubuhay sa UP kung puro hiya ang meron ka.
One thing I am every thankful for: my batchmates in Sandiwa. Go Batch 2009! Yun nga lang, I am the oldest in the batch. huhuhu. Or not? Si jestine pala. yayyyyyyyy!!!! *jumps and claps*
|Batch 2009 applicants (from L-R: keempee, yanyan, merle, pau, pat, moti, layton, joseph) Sayang wala si jestine.|
|my first official event in UP Sandiwa (Rev-UP 2009).|
|My first anniversary celebration. UP Sandiwa @16. Sorry for the photo's poor quality, chaka pa yung camera ko nun. August 2009.|
|o diba? may blindfold and "18" orange preserved roses pa silang nalalaman. :))|
Lovestrock Concert- a first in Sandiwa's history. Also, it is the org's first financial project. Though haggard yung preparations like marketing, logistics, ticket sales et al, mawawala yung pagod mo pag nakita mong nag-eenjoy yung audience. Plus, nadala namin yung bands like Sugarfree, Itchyworms and Silent Sanctuary sa Tarlac. Nakakaproud din yung experience kasi we were able to organize a big event/concert with only more than 20 members working.
|Lovestrock Concert: I am Giving a Different Kind of Love. February 2010.|
|Send-off/Sem-ender part. April 2010. Hindi kumpleto ang Sandiwa parties kung walang pool, videoke and some booze. :p|
After one semester, I became a member of UP Sandiwa. BATCH 2009 represent!!!
UP SANDIWA 2010-2011: Defying Conventions. Defining Service.
This is my best year in the org. :) Marami rin akong "nang dahil sa Sandiwa" moments.
Nang dahil sa Sandiwa..
1. Napapasuot na ako ng corporate attire dahil required sa mga events.
|Rev-UP 2010 Opening|
|With my students in Rev-UP|
3. Nakapag-head ako ng academic competition at mag-organize ng art contest.
|PataaSandiwa 2010. From L-R: ate tin (President), a trainor, one of the winners, me, ate farrah (org adviser), jestine and joseph|
5. Nagagawa ko ulit yung hilig ko - sumayaw! wooohoooo dance prod (yuck feeling artista lang??!) Walang palya yan ah. Mula nung 16th to 18th anniv ng org, kasama ako sa dance prod at dapat talaga may prod number kami. LOL. Go SDT!
|17th Anniversary Celebration. September 2010. Bida na naman ang Batch 2009 hahahaha|
UP SANDIWA 2011-2012: Raising the Bar of Excellence
--my saddest year in the org (pahinging tissue) because it was my last year as a resident member. Before I graduated in college, I get teary-eyed whenever the thought of leaving the org comes in my mind. Just like what I said earlier, it's really hard to leave them.
At the same time, this was my toughest year - graduating status, thesis work, obligations of being an executive secretary. But after everything, it was a very rewarding experience. I owe the organization a lot. If it wasn't for the experiences I gained in the org, I won't make it to the "real world".
My last events as a resident member..
Christmas Party 2011 (The Kiddie Edition)
|sobrang saya namin nun. nakakamiss talagang maging bata ulit.|
Armageddon: Live like there's no tomorrow - second financial project of UP Sandiwa for the benefit of the Aeta community in Tarlac.
|syempre di lang puro acads, kailangan din naming pumarty paminsan-minsan :)))|
Send-off for 2012 graduates (kung anu-ano pinagawa at pinakain samin dito. Pero nakakatouch naman yung tribute videos na ginawa ng members)
19 years? Way to go UP Sandiwa! Keep the flame burning. :) Let's create more memories.
Again, happy 19th anniversary to our org and of course to all the members, alumni and everyone who has been part of UP Sandiwa! CHEERS! :))
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