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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Bacolod Escapade

I was out of town last week. It was so sudden since I wasn’t actually the one who should be joining the conference. Thanks for Albert and Jessie who chose to stay and attend their academic responsibilities, while I and Shenmae were opted to go. Anyways, I would just like to share my experience on our Bacolod escapade, a fun-learning but also a near-death experience to the seven of us who joined the The Spectrum Fellowship 2012 National Campus Journalism Conference and the 2nd National Campus Press Awards held in Nature’s Village Resort, Talisay City, Negros Occidental for three short days from January 26 to 28 (so biteeen!). I hope you enjoy the trip through these photos…!

waiting for Ryan and Rolyn at the terminal
after we set our feet to Bacolod, we hurriedly rode in their tiny-type of tricycle going to the venue
we arrived there late, just in time for lunch...
me there at the center listening intently to the speaker
we were actually very lucky to have this picture taken with CY Untalan
who spoke about  how to inject humor in  features articles
dived into our individual beds in room 11, 2nd floor of the hotel after the first day of the seminar

On friday, January 27th...
dressed in semi-formal wear for the Fellowship Night (w/ our EIC Ken)
with the whole delegates, including my crush in-front Joey :)
TN delegate: Ken, Joey, me, Shenmae and Ryan
(Rolyn wasn't in the photo since she went home after lunch)
here with Epi, The Spectrum EIC, DLSU-Bacolod


After the event, we decided, after minutes of persuading me, to go to a bar, but luckily, we don't have that much money to pay for the entrance fee, so my supposed first time to enter that certain hideous place didn’t came to happen.  We just went strolling the Bacolod streets at 2 am and found ourselves in this intersection where an fx or somewhat pajero almost collide with the fast-pacing ambulance. 
we could have been killed if not with the amazing brakes of the ambulance's driver!...
After that shocking incident, we took a chill inside Jollibee and rode back to the bar...

while waiting for the others, 2 young men punched and kicked
this foreigner outside the bar until he fell to the ground...

Horrifying isn't it? We were right there watching them like in those action movies. The journalists in us was totally forgotten since we didn't even get to take the pajero’s plate number (the nurses inside the ambulance asked us about it) and we haven’t got a picture of those two men who escaped after the scene while our photographer had a camera in hand (the foreigner’s relatives were willing to pay about a hundred thousand or more if only we have one).

However, on the third and last day, there were new set of prominent speakers. Lucky me to have them in these photos...
with Butch Dalisay (won 16 Palanca awards) in Literary Writing
with Reuel Vidal in Covering and Writing Sports Events
and with the handsome Ryan Gamboa (ABS-CBN TV Patrol Anchor-Bacolod)
who gave an inspiring message, a sign to the end of the  seminar

Perhaps, it was really a memorable experience to all of us...

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