Takbo: My First Forty-two

October 4, 2015

Finally, I have reached another milestone in my life. I have successfully finished a full marathon. I’m still in a bit of a disbelief after everything that happened. As of now, I’m physically feeling the aftereffects of the run, but mentally, I am hyped up from this achievement.

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Guhit: Drawings ’14 – ’15

I love to draw, but I haven’t really been drawing a lot recently. This lazy Sunday, I was organizing my files on my computer because I wasn’t able to go out and jog/bike. Browsing through my old drawings made me reminisce the time and effort I put into them. It really made me want to draw again.

I guess I stopped drawing when I got bitten by the fitness bug and started to focus more on my vector designs because it was easier to create on the go. Drawing required lots of sketches and having to hook up my tablet to the computer which sometimes was a hassle.

But enough excuses, my first love has always been free-hand illustration, and I aim to get back to it. I might have developed a bit of rust, but I’ll return to drawing again. In the meantime, here are some of the old drawings I’ve made, ranging from year 2014 to early 2015. Enjoy!



Isip: Open letter to those who took the ACET

Naalala ko na naman nung akala ko hindi ako pumasa ng ACET dahil hindi ko mahanap pangalan ko online. Hindi ko rin naman madouble-check sa Blue Eagle Gym kasi nasa Visayas pa ako nun. Di ko matanggap yun kasi alam kong matalino ako.

Turns out mali lang spelling ng pangalan ko sa database. I felt so vindicated when I got the acceptance letter. Matalino nga ako. That, or meron akong inagawan na slot na si JAIRUS RAFAEL yung pangalan.

Pero feeling ko matalino lang talaga ako. Hehe.

To those who passed ACET, congrats! Don’t let it get to your head. You’ve got your work cut out for you. Staying in Ateneo is a greater feat than getting in. You just got accepted to a place where your potentials will be pushed to actuality. Don’t waste the opportunity.

To those who didn’t pass, don’t be discouraged. Either God has a different plan for you, or kulang ka lang sa pag-aaral. Charot. It doesn’t make you less of a person. The most legendary of Ateneans have failed at more than one point in their lives. The trick is to keep getting back up. Push niyo yan.

Miss ko na mag-aral. Well, the extra-curricular activities mostly.


ADMU Alumni
BFA Information Design 2013

P.S. Ang pinakaprivate na banyo ay nasa Gonzaga hall 3rd floor sa labas ng dance room.


Baliktanaw: Wow, you’re tall. Do you play basketball?

A quick Google search says that the average height for Filipino males is 5ft and 4.5in. On a good day, I stand at the favorable height of 5’9″. Being taller than average, most people upon meeting me will ask if I play basketball. And if I am with my dad (who is a die-hard basketball fan and every-now-and-then player), he will say that I’d “rather draw than play” with a little hint of sadness in his eyes. It’s a good thing my younger brother plays basketball and is really good at it so the basketball genes can still be passed down in my heritage.

But there is a reason why I don’t play basketball. My un-basketball-ness developed during one fateful day. Let me take you back in time. Back to when little Jai was still in primary school. This is the story of the day that I lost interest in ballin’.

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