Joan Jett R. Alvarez BS Mathematics
Achiever. Beauty and Brains. Crybaby. Drawing Pad. Eldest. Family is Top Priority. Grade-conscious. Harry Potter. Intimidating at times. Jokes, no matter how nonsense could it be, can make her laugh. Kind. Love life? ZERO. Math Major. Nerd. Obsessive-Compulsive. Phone lines burn. Quiet at times. Reading is a hobby. Sleepyhead. Talkative when provoked. Uses the bathroom for more than 30 minutes. Vartan, Michael. Witch Magazine. Xerox copies. Yawns a lot. Zone of comfort: ice cream. It’s hard to really get to know somebody in a short period of time and amidst the busy school life… unless you live under the same roof. It was my privilege to be able to share a home with a wonderful person like Joan. She was someone I could envy for everything she has and everything she has not. —Joanne P. Salvador
Mark John V. Ayaay BS Mathematics
At first glance, Mark might seem to you as an unassuming person – with his trademark glasses, T-shirt, black pants, and rubber shoes. And then you talk; now you find out that there is more to this guy than what appears before you. For within his small exterior is a giant of a mind that will take you to worlds you’ve never been and tell you things you’ve never known. Ask him anything and I assure you, you will never be disappointed. He sails through the storms of math with a breeze; where others have drifted and drowned. He may seem arrogant, but this arrogance is justified with his overwhelming brilliance. He does not step down to a lower level; rather, he helps you stand and brings you to where he is standing. But preceding this remarkable mind and a passion for others is a passion for God and an experience of God’s love that overflows to those around him. For what makes him great are neither his achievements nor his credentials, but his absolute surrender to God and to His will and purpose for his life.
Enrico Paolo C. Bugarin BS Mathematics
Tough, confident, and proud—these are just some of the words that might describe one’s impression of this guy. Paolo has the image of your typical play-before-work and study-just-to-pass student. Surprisingly though, this chap has the brain of an exceptional mathematician and a passion for knowledge to go with that, too. Paolo is also your all-around prankster who would do anything for a good laugh. He has the ability to turn the dullest moments into comical memories. But beneath all the mischief and undying fascination for humor is a friend who’ll stick by you no matter how ugly circumstances get. He will always have your back even if you’re the one to mess up. He doesn’t tolerate mistakes, though. He’ll certainly find a way for you to learn your lesson, too. This man of principle and uttermost respect and passion for the Lord is truly bound to accomplish great things for this life and the next.
Julie Anter T. Chua BS Mathematics
Julie is by far one of the most multifaceted persons in the Ateneo. Hers is a profile with qualities so manifold that knowing her gives one a sense of humility and at the same time, a sense of pride. As a student, Julie is very accountable. Without ever having to experience a shadow of anxiety or hesitation, one can readily vouch that Julie can get the job done excellently since she is especially organized and detail-oriented. As a leader, Julie gets people going. True to the fact that she is methodical, Julie makes sure that each task is followed through by constantly updating her constituents, all while being entirely sensitive to their needs. As a friend, Julie is a treasure. She entertains by pulling pranks which are very unadulterated but harmless at the same time. This affectionate and down-to-earth technophile enjoys sharing day-to-day adventures with friends through an online journal she maintains.
Deborah D. Cirujales BS Mathematics
Once upon a time in heaven, the Almighty God showered his blessings to a sweet little child named Deborah, to equip her before sending her down to earth. God gave her wisdom, which allows her to comprehend complex Mathematical problems. The Great One also presented her with boundless energy to accomplish the tasks for her numerous academic and extra-curricular endeavors. Gifts of liveliness and exuberance could be perceived as she readily brightens up a room with her endless chatter and blissful laughter. God hath also bestowed upon her an exquisite voice, which like rays of golden sunshine, reminds us of the grace and enchantment of His angels. But above all these, Deb’s greatest gift is her gentle heart, which you’d readily see through her distinctly sweet smile, feel in the sincerity of her hug, and hear during those warm little conversations about nothing and everything. Truly she has accomplished a great job, for through her, people see God’s power and love and have a taste of what heaven really is.
Mark Anthony A. Edaño BS Mathematics
Minahal. Anak. Kapatid. Kuya. Pinsan. Apo. Pamangkin. Ninong. Pare. Inaanak. Kapitbahay. Mag-aaral. Kamag-aral. Kausap. Katabi. Kakwarto. Kasalubong. Kasunod. Pasahero. Kliyente. Katrabaho. Guro. Kakilala. Katapat. Kalambingan. Kasulyapan. Katitigan. Ka-text. Ka-YM. Pinuno. Suki. Patnubay. Payaso. Utusan. Tagautos. Kalaban. Kabiruan. Sugo. Tagapakinig. Katawanan. Mananampalataya. Kalahok. Bida. Aktor. Kontrabida. Katuwang. Kababayan. Kasundo. Pasahero. Mambabasa. Manunulat. Manonood. Kritiko. Mamamayan. Kalandian. Kapitan. Tanod. Katsismisan. Tambay. Tagasubaybay. Kalaro. Kapangalan. Kakulitan. Kabulungan. Kataguan. Kakilitian. Kasigawan. Kaaway. Kasalo. Kasayaw. Katulong. Kasakay. Kasabay. Kasama. Kaibigan. Nagmamahal. Minura (nang lantaran o palihim). Sa lahat ng nakatagpo at makakatagpo, salamat.
Alpheus D. Macalalad BS Mathematics
Alpe was never the most special friend. He never was the most skilled volleyball player. He was never the most passionate leader, or the most eloquent speaker. He was never the most diligent student or the most obedient son. Perhaps, he may even be far from becoming these things. But he tries, he tries. When the world is falling on you, he will come to help. When the game is on the line, he will never choke. When no one is heeding the call to lead, he will step up. When requirements start to pile, he will never give up. Commitment is not an issue. No task is too hard. To give himself at the right moment, at the perfect instance, maybe that is his wisdom. Count on him to turn things around whenever fate says otherwise.
Rafael Norman M. Morales BS Mathematics
Rafael is a funny person. He never fails to make me laugh. Kahit walang nakakatawa, makakagawa siya ng paraan. I think I’ve never even seen him worried or upset. Noong minsan nga sunod sunod na mga long tests namin, cool pa rin siya at pa cards cards lang sa AMS (ADDICT SA CARDS). But he still managed to get high grades. This guy is a mathematical whiz kid. He makes math look so effortless (NAKS). He’s a good friend to most people. He tries to help with academic problems and nanlilibre siya paminsan-minsan. Masaya siyang kasama sa mga group discussions kasi kahit kwentuhan mo yan ng pinakaseryosong problema mo, patatawanin ka pa rin niya sa mga side-comments niya and in the end malilimutan mo na lahat ng problema mo. Rafael is a nice guy and I’m glad to have known him.
Christopher John D. Rigor BS Mathematics
Topher—the epitome of contradictions. People may find him usually quiet but friends know he’s always full of brilliant ideas. He loves watching the comical hit series Friends but still goes for the serious political drama The West Wing during his spare time. He appears to be a tough guy yet he cringes at the sight of Asian horror movie characters. He procrastinates when the situation permits but still manages to submit everything on time. He wants everything to be plain and simple but enjoys solving perplexing Math problems. He may not know everything about computers yet he’s one of the best programmers in Ateneo, not to mention, a walking encyclopedia of the latest toys and gadgets of today’s generation. He gives out mocking comments but utters the most comforting words a lonely friend needs to hear. He is “one of the boys” yet he’s the bestest friend a girl could ever have. This BS CS double major BS Math student truly is a mixture of different proportions.
Joanne P. Salvador BS Mathematics
“Busy ka?,” “Hindi naman, mag-aaral lang ng Math,” tugon ni Jo. Makalipas ang tatlong oras na pag-uusap sa telepono, “Akala ko mag-aaral ka?” “Ok lang, differential calculus lang ‘yun.” Ganyan kausap si Jo. Kahit may pagsusulit kinabukasan, gagawa siya ng paraan upang magkaroon ng oras para sa ibang tao. Paglabas ng resulta, mapapaisip ka kung papaano niya nagawang makakuha ng mataas na marka. Marahil isa siyang Atenistang nag-aral upang magextra curricular activities. Tila org lamang niya ang Math at buhay naman ang pagiging pangulo ng Gabay, pinuno ng LSAT at miyembro ng AMS. Aktibo rin ang kanyang social life. Bagaman tahimik kung minsan, masarap kausap at kakuwentuhan dahil magaling siyang makinig at umunawa. Lohikal siyang mag-isip at sensitibo sa pangangailangan ng mga tao, siguradong gagaan ang loob mo dahil sa kanyang mga lambing at ngiti. Higit sa lahat, hindi siya nang-iiwan ng tunay na kaibigan.. “Dito lang ako sa tabi mo hanggang kaya mo na uli ngumiti.”
Francine Elizabeth C. Tan BS Mathematics
Sim-Sim is the ideal friend. Imagine a world where people give off themselves simply because they want to—just a desire to give for the sake of giving. “Altruist”—this is the word that best describes Sim. She is very helpful towards other people with little or no interest in being rewarded for her efforts. She is happy when others thrive, and sad when others are suffering. She is the nicest person anyone will ever know. She accepts, she listens, she does not judge people, and she worries for practically everyone. She places other peoples needs before her own. She is kind and will always go out of her way to reach out to others. She never fails to put a smile on the faces of the people in her life. Her cheerful disposition and the naturalness of her generosity only make her all the more wonderful. Sim is one of the most real people in the world and we are all so blessed to have her in our lives.