Grace Theresa A. Ablaña AB European Studies

Grace likes it better if you call her Gra-ke, but her buddies also named her after a place in Toledo, Spain and started calling her El Gra-ke. She’s a great cook who’s generous enough to share her delicious creations and invite her friends over for dinner. She’s also the ordering principle of Block G’s classes. She may be strict, but it’s just part of her honest character; no one’s going to be present when they’re actually absent! This trait and her charming personality have impressed people; giving her their trust to be an officer in different organizations and more especially as their friend. A reliable beadle and president of her org, she exemplifies the maturity, dedication and responsibility expected of a leader. Gra-ke is also a practical person who can deal with work even though they come in tons. She may be shy and snob-looking but don’t be fooled, this lady can be so much fun and can drink to the good times if the situation calls for it. Indeed, with Gra-ke’s dynamism, she’s bound to reach higher ground.


Emerson W. Ang AB European Studies

There will absolutely never be a dull moment when you’re with Emer. This cute and charming little boy never fails to make anyone laugh with his hilarious jokes and funny antics. His wholesome personality and bubbly outlook in life will turn any occasion into a good time. However, even if he can become extremely comical and mischievous at times you will be surprised at how serious he is as a student. In fact, Emer is one of the most responsible people you’ll ever meet. He is one of those who can balance work with play because he knows how to keep his priorities straight. Not only is Emer a responsible student, he is a great friend as well. He’s always ready and willing to help in any way he can. Everyone who has had the pleasure of knowing him is blessed because he’s such a great person.


Kimberly Erisse Y. Ang AB European Studies

People who don’t know Kim might think of her as the silent, typical girl-next-door. Well, get to know her better and you’ll soon find out how wrong you once were! She can be the loudest and most ecstatic person you’ll ever meet (hyena laugh and all). She’s also one of those people who can blend in with almost any crowd. When she’s with the girls, she’s as girly as they can be. With the boys, she can amazingly put up with every outrageous thing they say and do that the Jesuit priests might hunt her down if I even try to mention them. But what makes her so special is that in spite of all her gifts, she never frowns upon her friends’ mistakes and accepts them for who they are. She is, simply put, friendship personified. That’s not all. When I think of Kim, I can’t help but think of a bamboo plant. Notice that after a storm, when other tall and strong trees have succumbed to the strong winds, the simple bamboo remains firmly rooted in its place. That’s Kim: A person of remarkable strength and unparalleled resiliency.


Stephanie Anne H. Angeles AB European Studies

Ordinary is the least of the words that can describe the girl that is Steph. From the first moment you meet her, you will understand why. She has a very welcoming smile and lets everyone feel at ease. An example of someone with both beauty and brains, anyone would be lucky to have her in their lives. She brightens up any room with her infectious smile and warm personality. Her quick wit, childlike excitement and bubbling giggles make every moment with her enjoyable and full of laughter. She has quirky remarks about anything and everything she sees. A reliable friend, a good daughter and a responsible student, she certainly knows how to balance her life. Steph is certainly full of surprises and never ceases to amaze the people around her.


Monique G. Avila AB European Studies

Three years ago, she was a timid freshman who would only scream at the sight of a roach. Over time, facets of her personality were unveiled. Turns out, Monique is a wacky person—a child at heart and full of antics. She gets along well with kids because she finds joy in small things. She sees the beauty in people whether they’re friends or the special children she’s reached out to. She is the embodiment of what it is to be pure of heart. A happy pill, her positive aura in undertaking any situation immediately dispels any negativity. She’s a go-with-the-flow, fun-loving girl who isn’t afraid to try new things, (or can’t resist anyone who sways her). A sporty and outdoor type of girl, she has tried several sports from cheer dancing to dragon boat rowing to flag football. Like the sun, she is bright, warm, and cheery. No doubt Monique has become special to many. She’s quite the fashionista, eternally on a diet, a hot chick, now a lot less shy yet still tied up between her love for nature and the insects that comes with it.


Karla Patricia V. Balagtas AB European Studies

High-spirited and outgoing with a passion for oversized dangling earrings and has an unrivaled energy for making friends, Patti is an extraordinary fusion of warmth, finesse and intelligence. From her weird eating patterns that friends have termed “hibernation” to her habit of bursting into song at any given time, she has the capacity to win people over with her charming, affectionate and at times, bizarre ways. She embodies the attributes of a great friend. She is understanding and supportive, with a heart that is always prepared to love, to listen or to laugh at the right moment. Her appreciation for people and experiences exudes a genuine sense of goodness. Not one to remember the bad things in life, she possesses the ability to find beauty in anything or in anyone. Patti personifies balance. Smart, friendly, sweet and effortlessly poised, she can mix responsibility with decent dosages of fun. Ultimately, she is set apart—a beautiful person worthy of note, a true friend and an upstanding Atenean.


Juan M. Banal AB European Studies

Who would have thought that this charismatic, young man with an innocent face but with distinctly bright, alert eyes and mischievous smile, who teases, makes fun of you and even bugs you in class with his funny antics and crazy jokes will end up in the yearbook as someone who is remarkably incredible! Most know Juan as someone who is fooling around almost all the time. Nevertheless, Juan is simply the best! Popoy is a people person and is intensely loyal to his friends. He is always at hand if you need help even in the most unimaginable circumstances. Juan is a reserved kind of person, he has his own principles to abide by and he puts God as the most important influence in his life. On top of everything else, Juan is a sweetheart- committed, compassionate and kindhearted-anything you want and need a guy to be. If you didn’t get a chance to know Juan, at least take a feel of how he’s like. Have you ever seen a breathtaking sunrise? The sunset will be just as aweinspiring. That’s Juan. Pure sunshine.


Earl Jeno D. Bautista AB European Studies

February 6, 1986. The world was silently dreamin’, never expecting something special to happen. But then it occurred as dawn began to break, a cute baby boy was born. And 20 years later, that cute baby boy has turned into a noble, young man. Tonzy, as this lad is better known to his friends, may initially come off as the archetypal arrogant Atenean. But after all the drinking (and laglagan!) sessions, endless hours of hanging out at SS Foyer and countless 8PM-tilclosing-time-of-Seattle’s-then-tambay-at-711-with-stuffedpandesal hang-outs, friends would agree that Tonzy is a dependable blockmate, offering not only generous help during French hell weeks, but coming up with witty oneliners and crazy antics from time to time as well. Studies aside, he also has interesting indulgences. The theater is his abode, French his language, bowling his sport, singing his passion and dancing his frustration. With all these in mind, he’s simply no doubt the next big thing.


Nancy Anne C. Boon AB European Studies

Look up the word Boon in the dictionary and you will understand why everyone is quick to call Nancy their friend. It is hard to come by someone as genuinely nice and refreshingly candid as she is. With her, what you see is what you get. She can be a real sweetheart and a toughie the next. The girl next door and even one of the boys. It doesn’t take a lot to make her smile. Invite her to Mang Jimmy’s or to an afternoon scouring the racks in Anonas and she’s sure to grin from ear to ear. With her baby face and petite frame, she might look like a kid but she’s one of the very few people you can rely on for anything—a drive to McDonald’s for fries, a crazy adventure to nowhere, and late night talks with friends. Nancy is that and so much more. People often say count your blessings and Nancy is definitely one of them. <mom, dad, atsi, Marco, Kirk, Kinns, Erica, Melissa, Cheska, Nicole, Marmi, Jenina, Jake, Ponks, Gigi, Tammy, Kim, Miki, Tara, Joemar, Chay, Gino, Cat, Trina, Katja, and Kat>


Jeulian Val A. Campos AB European Studies

Being a friend of Val can be such a bizarre experience. He is the master, or so the guys call him, in so many aspects of life. He has an air of confidence about him that we find hard to surpass. He has a rich personality for infinite reasons… plus 20,000 more. Well-rounded, Val surely is. He is a sports buff, playing futsal, soccer and basketball (just ask his IAC teammates. He’s a clutch shooter), while following Formula One, tennis and wrestling at the same time. He is undeniably smart, yet he chose to take a different route from us, believing that personal interactions are more important than worldly technicalities. All his commitments, however, won’t ever take away his liking for weekly movie trips, or lunch outings. He is so like the rest of us, whom he left in Faura for a math-free life in SocSci, yet, not very much so. He is the anti-thesis of what we Physics majors have been accustomed to. A mixture of a sleep-filled existence void of numbers, and of chaos and the bizarre. But sometimes, bizarre ain’t all that bad.


Jan Carlo Luis C. Cayabyab AB European Studies

“… proves that chivalry is still alive. This gentleman offers help without expecting anything in return.” —Liezl Ibanez, “Classmate in 8 classes” “… participates actively in class. Even our English teacher became insecure about him in his dreams. He is a dependable LSAT encoder.” —Prince del Rosario, English classmate, LSAT-SOSE Team “… an intelligent man indeed! He shares his knowledge to those who are “mentally challenged”.” —Joseph Sarte, EU Barkada “…writes thought-provoking reflections. He remains humble but driven to fulfill his goals with a smile.” —Chino San Luis, EU Barkada “… is cheerful, cool-headed and secretly admires…K.O.” —Adrian Rodriguez, Ateneo HS L2002 classmate “… is the friendliest person I know… pass by him, and get an automatic “Hi!” plus a compliment!” —Tracy Atienza, ROTC Band-mate “…I bet this guy will never lose hope. I cherish your company!” —Suk Hyun Byun, Political Science 53 and Pos 130 Classmate


Maria Katrina Nicole C. Contacto AB European Studies

“I’m not your average girl from the video, and I’m not built like a super model. But I have learned to love myself unconditionally because I am a queen, and my worth ‘ain’t measured by the price of my clothes.” —“Video” by India Arie I’m not your average girl because I appreciate the little quirks and idiosyncrasies of my life. Even if I tend to be one of the boys, I still insist on being treated like a lady. I am a princess whose fairy tale is still in the works because God’s still figuring out whom I deserve and deserves me. I can be immature at times, but I can turn into a tough cookie when used as a “shock absorber” by my friends and my dad. I am more than willing to sacrifice whatever I can for the sake of the things I am most passionate about. And though I do not know who or what He has in store for me, the blessings God has continued to shower upon me are more than enough reasons why I should love myself unconditionally and treat myself like a queen.


Patricia Abigail R. Cruz AB European Studies

She doesn’t have to say anything; her silence would tell you everything she wants to say. She doesn’t have to hold your hand; her eyes would perfectly tell you she cares. She doesn’t have to offer her shoulders; her hugs would make you feel everything will be all right. She doesn’t have to laugh; her smiles are more than enough to make you genuinely happy. She doesn’t have to show her heart; everything about her would tell you she loves you. That is Abie: a lady with few words, but with a degree of sensitivity very few people have and an understanding of love that may take others a lifetime to achieve. Words would never be able to describe her. You just have to experience who she is.


Abbie Philline E. Dayao AB European Studies

Abbie is a diesel engine. It takes a long time for her to warm up to other people. Do not be deceived by the fact that she’s most often bubbly and smiling. Even though she might seem to be a very outgoing person, shyness still gets the best of her. An irony however is that this comes from her best dimension: being down to earth. Like a diesel engine’s low-humming revolution, she approaches each person with the kind of respect that a child accords newlymet friends. The diesel engine’s best trait is that it works best going uphill. For those who know Abbie, she is the kind of friend who would support you through your uphill climb. Her dependable force gets its power from her greatest friend and inspiration, but most of all her family. This just ties in with the unassuming, headstrong character that she has been built with. She would surely be able to power herself though every mile of challenge along life’s long, winding road.


Chiara Maria Francesca M. de Castro AB European Studies

Wonders are many, and none is more wonderful than the power that crosses the white sea, driven by the stormy wind, making a path under surges that threaten to engulf him... – Sophocles


Donna Olivia M. de Jesus AB European Studies

When they say big things come in small packages, Donna is living proof of it. For one thing, this petite girl with a sweet smile could actually make you laugh out so loud to the point that you have to cry. She can literally eat enough food for 3 regular people—and that’s just for one meal. She can eat so much chocolate, that Lindt chocolates can be in business for years. And who would have thought that a single bodied person can be an officer and work for ASEC, World Youth Alliance, Kythe, Pathways, Manila Surf Association, play IAC volleyball, and take Flamenco classes all in the same year? She conquers the world one country at a time, one Philippine spot at a time, one nationality at a time, and a daydream at a time. Great, unexpected, memorable, and totally crazy things come out from her. She’s the kind of girl who can give the whole world everything that it could possibly need and ask for nothing in return. So when they say big things come in small packages, with Donna, it’s an understatement.


Manuel R. Enverga III AB European Studies

I’m not used to having other people do write-ups for me. Instead, I’d like to use this opportunity to thank people for enriching my experience in AdMU. First of all, I’d like to thank my family for everything they’ve done to support me. I can’t thank you guys enough. Then, of course, there are all the friends who’ve put up with me. To my teammates in the AFL, past and present, thanks for the great memories. I’ll never forget UAAP 2003 and Inter-U 2005. Friends from block G, it’s been great! Patti, thanks for being patient with me, don’t stop eating ok? Des, thanks for letting me leech off you. Hehehe. Marvi, the small skinny gangsta. Joey, ALTP was fun. Sheen, Rok on! Jihan, no more games for you. Tristan, my PoS 130 and 131 seatmate. Emer, remember Kama Sutra? Reg, Mme. Soriano’s favorite person. And Steph, thanks for laughing at all my jokes. Thanks also to the others I’ve missed. Forgive me, I only have 15 lines. But know that you guys are part of my memories. See you guys around!


Maria Christina P. Fernando AB European Studies

See through her radiant smiles, comprehend her thoughts and feel her emotions, then you’ll know that Christina is really a gentle soul. She is a charming person who always wears a smile that exudes her warmth and humbleness. More popularly known as “Tinafer” to her friends, she has the rare trait of being able to connect with people, and takes their interests to heart. It is in her midst that you’ll feel welcome and wholeheartedly accepted. She has been blessed with a multitude of friends simply because of her amicable nature, pleasant disposition and of course, her “Tinafer-rrific” beaming smile. She is not only graced with beauty but is also a bright individual as is manifested in her own creative and ingenious ideas. Driven with passion and goals, she fully puts her heart and soul in every task she takes. It is said that when one meets a person so good, so true, so beautiful, she must never be let go. This is exactly what Christina means for the people close to her—a treasure that is worth all the riches imaginable.


Sheen P. Fukushima AB European Studies

Sheen (shēn) n.—a subdued luster, little peaceful one This young lady sits quietly in class, absorbing the wisdom and knowledge of her mentors. The color of happiness, wisdom, and imagination—yellow, is reflected in her life. In her search for novelty and self-fulfillment, by being mentally adventurous, she tries to reach for the stars without having to intrude over other people’s space. With a strong sense of humor, she infects you with laughter (genuine, shallow, shameless, and even “corny”). However, at times she tends to shun responsibility, preferring freedom of thought and action. On rare occasions, like the weather, dark clouds cover her sunny face with cold eyes, unable to move the numbness of her heart. The cold escapes her through the warmth of a pen and paper in hand as she creates a world on an empty sheet. Like a storm, when the rain and wind have passed, all things come back to life once more. That’s Sheen.


Desiree Deane A. Go AB European Studies

Intelligent, sensible and independent, Des is an exceptional balance of looks and brains. She may seem as one with a tough and serious attitude, but behind that is a lady who knows how to laugh and have fun wholeheartedly. Some even think that she’s a snob who doesn’t have the time to spend with her peers; but it’s just because she has something in mind that she’s determined to fulfill. She’s a consistent dean’s lister who has a knack for handling her academics and social activities well. She has also traveled the world and immersed herself with other cultures. Don’t be fooled by her nonchalant countenance, because just when you think she doesn’t care, she actually does! This classy lady has a special way of letting you know that she is always there for you no matter what. A good friend and adviser, she doesn’t let people down and tries her best to help them the best way she can. Her personality and good heart has enticed people to love her. Both a mystery and a pleasant surprise, this girl’s definitely going places!


Regina Noelle D. Gonzales AB European Studies

HAHAHA (*clap*clap*)! A unique, infectious cackle? Reg must be near by. A total sweetheart, she never fails to enliven conversations and bring a smile to your face with her clever stories and jokes, complete with full emotions and actions. Just don’t catch her when she’s studying for a test as she blocks everything out and her face becomes as pink as can be. She takes her studies way more seriously than anyone can imagine. It’s amazing how Reg can be so different from the first impression. One might find it hard to believe that someone as chic, beautiful and popular as she is could be extremely responsible, talented, and intelligent. Never one to let down a friend, she is always willing to lend a hand. This girl is quite the social butterfly and is never short of quotable quotes (“My face has a heartbeat” or “I got darker, right?”). Regina is the epitome of a model student, a great daughter and an exceptional friend. With all these, and a whole lot more, it’s no wonder how easy it is to love this extremely amazing girl.


Catrina Lizette L. Gothong AB European Studies

Cat’s favorite things: Rum cakes on sunsets, coffee at sunrise, sudden text messages, wind on the SPG, sun on the ocean, smell of the green grass, my favorite hand lotion, meat shop at night time while Charles strums his strings, talking with friends, dreaming of flings. Am, Bea, Cy, Anne, I love you. Feisty, fiery, hot—like her hair: these are Cat’s trademark. This woman laughs out loud, thinks deep and has a quiet , comforting strength. An artist in her own right, her moods consantly fluctuate. As an unconditional friend, she is in a league of her own. Undeniably conspicuous, deserving of recognition, one of Cebu’s finest, a fashionista fiend, a photographer du jour, a talented diva, a beautiful mind, the real thing. True style is having beauty inside and out. Everything is effortless. If there ever was a college life that epitomized change, experience, diversity in lessons learnt, cat would be the proof of it. The best moments captured, meaningful lyrics sincerely sung, four years have been gracefully, openly and simply lived.


Maria Cristina C. Guerrero AB European Studies

She’s simple but oooh, she’s absolutely stunning! She struts with sheer confidence; the dudes, even the other girls can’t help but stare. Never with any resignation to cynicism—Game! Go! Kaya yan!—are trademark Juju vocabulary. She’s ambitious, self-assured, and unrelenting; she’ll have no trouble landing a career in the business she loves the most—food. This girl can bake and cook. And she’s darn good at it. She can also play the piano beautifully and belt harmonious melodies with her favorite companions— Magic Mic and her very own “Enrique Iglesias.” Aside from being a gifted child (without any help from Promil), Juju is a self-confessed sentimental girly-girl who occasionally drowns herself in emo, some cigarettes and to the endless realm of philosophy. She thinks way too much; she can’t stop analyzing absolutely everything in every imaginable perspective. But no matter how fogged up her thoughts may be, she is a supportive, sincere and incredibly sweet person who’ll send you smiling away.


Karla Crisaida L. Joaquin AB European Studies

I believe in fairytales, in happy endings, in happily ever after and in love. But I also believe in sad stories, in death, in regret and in loneliness. Which made me love what I have, fear the things I don’t know and accept the inevitable. I love having dinners with my family, my dad’s jokes, my mom’s adobo, my sisters’ humor and sarcasm, my friends’ laughter and tears, my long walks alone, my high school life, my memories of love lost and what I have become because of these. I fear not cooking for my dad, not having coffee with my mom, not talking all night with my sister, not seeing the sunset, not going to the beach, not laughing with my friends and not being significant. Regret is a word I’m thankful I don’t understand. Love, Friendship, Faith, Responsibility, Ambition, Inspiration, Passion, Respect, Creativity and Patience are not anymore mere words to me but memories of my past, present and hopefully my future.


Gretchen Gail T. King AB European Studies

Small but irresistible, Gretch isn’t jus your ordinary girl. She’s a loving sister that everyone can’t get enough of. Spending time with Gretch is always full of laughter and unorthodox funny conversations. Being around her gives you that warm and fuzzy feeling that is so rare. But if there is anything that is most memorable about Gretch, it is the friendly and bright smile that she gives to anyone and everyone. It is truly admirable how she isn’t afraid to smile upon living despite its many pains. Gretch is perceived in a manner that speaks of “giving”. She is there to give a tender hand to those who want to be understood and loved. Ruled by her heart and passion, she is also an admired leader among her friends, teammates and orgmates and an open fairy tale book instilled with love for her work and her life of giving. In the time I have been in her company, I feel like I have truly known her, for the purity and vulnerability of person she possesses is clear both in theory and action.


Sergio Francis P. Mabunay AB European Studies

The 10 Commandments on IOCISism: 1. Thou shall not have other gods except Iocis. 2. Thou shall consider thyself as God’s greatest gift to mankind. 3. Thou shall make mean, but really funny comments. 4. Thou shall neither get high, smoke nor get drunk. 5. Thou shall go out with thy friends the night before thy test. 6. Thou shall cut classes and declare Iocis holidays. 7. Thou shall speak French, Spanish and a little bit of Portuguese. 8. Thou shall always see the bright side, even in the darkest of situations. 9. Thou shall live life to the fullest, carpe noctem. 10. Thou shall follow all but one of these 10 commandments. Once thou hast discovered which one not to follow, thou shall reach an all time HIGH—IOCISness.


Marlow Anjelo G. Maliksi AB European Studies

Mar is the closest guy to being perfect. Unlike most boys, Mar is very well-mannered—from always going over to the ‘dangerous’ side of the road to making sure no one is being left out. Aside from this, Mar is incredibly intelligent and pretty much excels in whatever he puts his mind to; he’s fluent in German and can beat most people in PS2! Mar is also a natural born entertainer—he’ll make your stomach hurt from laughter with his impersonations and intelligent humor! But before you think he’s too nice to stand, think again! Just like the NY Mafia (his ultimate addiction), this Jujitsu student can be quite daunting when he wants to! More than all these, Mar is set apart by the strength of his character and friendship. Unlike most people, Mar gets the job done without the need for distinction as he doesn’t really care what others think! And while he’s very much against mushiness, Mar’s friendship is deeper and much more genuine—you know he’s always quietly behind you without having to turn around.


Hazel Nikki V. Mangaoang AB European Studies

When you’re feeling down and your day seems very slow, a dash of Nix is all you need and you’re set to go. Behind her petite frame is a a person with a bubbly and cheerful energy that infects the people around her. Easily the friendliest person one can ever meet, she exudes not only an aura of genuine friendship but also of an inexhaustible determination. She is a person who can’t be fazed once she has set her mind on something. You won’t believe how dedicated she is with school where she carries on to the best of her abilities, devoting all her energy into it. When it comes to her grades, she will fight for every point that she deserves. Never will she settle for anything less. Excellent in the academics department, and balancing this with her sporty side, she has a healthy dose of brilliance and exuberance of youth. A girl with a myriad of talents and a beautiful heart, Nix is a person whom you just have to know for yourself because she’s not meant to be described, but to be experienced.


Jose Gabriel H. Naguiat AB European Studies

Beneath his exceptionally good looks is a loving guy who amazes the people around him. Perceived as someone ultimately carefree, unbeknownst to people how keen and observant he really is. Born an artist, his talent shines through his craft. Gabe will do the most random things for you. He’d open up an already “For Sale” house so you and your friends can spend the night in, willingly feed you the most delicious food in his house and be there for you when you least expect it. He’s a good listener; he’ll listen to your stories and your problems even if you barely know each other. Soft spoken and reserved; he’s the introvert you can’t help but wish to know.

Cerissa Camelle C. Obillos AB European Studies

Many people don’t know the real Kookoo Obillos. Most people would describe her as quiet and reserved, but to those who truly know her, she’s anything but. She can be really shy around new people and it takes a while for her to warm up to them. But once she does, you’ll realize that she’s every bit as cuckoo as her name suggests. She has a great outlook and treats life with a sense of humor. Whatever problem comes her way, she just lets them roll off her back. She doesn’t take depressing situations too seriously and would even poke fun at them. However, that is not to say that she is carefree. She knows when to have fun and when to be serious. She’s very responsible, hard working and she can handle anything that you throw at her. She’s simple and easy-going. She’s also a self-confessed couch potato and she enjoys spending her days watching her favorite TV shows such as Late Night with Conan O’Brien and Saturday Night Live.


Cairyn P. Orido AB European Studies

At a glance, she may seem reserved and timid but once you get to know her outgoing and very cheerful side, you’ll hit it off easily. Just bear with all of her vanity issues. Ask her about any controversial issues on health, beauty and fashion and she could give you the best tips and advice you never heard of. The world may treat this lady unfairly but she stands still and composed. She knows how to manage all of her priorities sans the harassed look at the end of the day—one would wonder how she could handle her academics with all of her dilly-dallying, and extracurricular activities. She may have all the reasons to be proud but she keeps her feet on the ground and remains her simple and humble self. As a friend, you could be assured of her undivided attention, equal respect, and unconditional love and loyalty. Cai is simply one of the most wonderful persons you could ever met—a responsible student, a good daughter, a faithful lover and a great friend.


Tristan Miguel S. Osteria AB European Studies

Four years of is hardly enough for a person who enjoyed college life. But fate dictates that we look forward. There are new doors which await us, futures to look forward to. As we endeavor to explore the great unknown, we should never forget this chapter of our formative years. Fear not! This is not the last stage of life. In fact, we are simply beginning to look into the horizon. This saying inspired me: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single footstep”. We should never forget that. Life is too valuable to be wasted on past regrets and “What if?” scenarios. Although it is full of challenges, our individual foundation will eventually prevail. Comments: Tristan’s one of those guys who make a boring class go by quicker; an interesting mix of comic shyness, intelligence and unshakeable serenity that could rival the Dalai Lama, Tristan is a character worth knowing; shell out lots of ideas & stories; quiet but definitely fun-loving and humble. Tristan is indeed someone you can count on whenever, wherever.


Sheryl M. Quesada AB European Studies

If a girl in a mini polo shirt, flip flops and hair that smells of seaspray and pineapples happens to pass by, well then that’s Sheryl—the pretty lass who loves the sea and the sun so much she brings it with her wherever she goes. With perfectly arched eyebrows, big dark eyes, and straight jetblack hair, she’s always mistaken as a snob. But in fact, she’s one of the nicest persons one could get to know. A carefree spirit with a dangerous sense of humor, you’ll never stop laughing at her spur-of-the-moment jokes. Her liveliness and sparkle keeps everyone in high spirits. The strong enchanting presence she exudes draws everyone towards her. Her occasional silence, however, may make you think you’ve lost her but you haven’t. It’s this mysterious aura that makes one wonder where her thoughts could be, on her secret dreams or perhaps, on her true love. Like the sun, she’ll always be there. And if you’re lucky enough, she’ll bring you with her to that never ending fete by the sea.


Jihan Jo C. Saab AB European Studies

Stylish, sassy and fun, Jihan has the capacity to exude both a youthful sense of beauty and maturity that draws people to her instantly. She is meant to take over the world. Move over, Europe! She dreams big but never fails to enjoy the small things she has and the tiny thoughts in her head. On a humid day, she is known to think aloud “I want to go somewhere beautiful. I want to go to Europe and eat gelato, lots of it.” An optimist, she is. She dreams big but Jihan (or Jihennn to super friends) never fails to stop and help someone. A friendly creature, indeed! Oprah-like, she can give pieces of advice on beauty, health and good food, as well as tips on sporting the super cute fashion. Really, she is loyal, hardworking and sincere, with the warmest heart that paints her for who she truly is: a beautiful person, a great friend, and an exceptional person from the hill.


Paolo Raynor E. Salvosa AB European Studies

I’m your average guy, tall, dark, handsome, and vain. I like sports. I like the adrenaline rush. My favorites are basketball, boxing, taekwondo, American football, table tennis, and golf. I like checking out girls, as long as it’s all in good taste. Ugliness, like beauty, goes beyond mere physical appearance. I can be insensitive and lazy, as my loved ones, in particular, have told me. These stem from my greatest problem and challenge: indifference. The same is true with the rest of humanity, from which the social injustices of crime, terrorism, and poverty stem from. But in spite of all this I believe that people are essentially good, derived from the emotions a child feels when he understands he has done ‘wrong’. And because of this, I believe in God, and that He (She?) is responsible for the good in us. Lastly, I believe in pursuing all good causes on the sole ground of hope. “It’s not achieving them that matters, but how your life unfolds in the process”. Like I said, I’m just your average guy.


Francis Antonio M. San Luis AB European Studies

“‘Chinese ka ba?’ Isang malaking ‘Hindi!’ ang sasalubong sayo kapag tinanong mo yan kay Chino. Tahimik lang, pero huwag ka! Nagpaplano na yan kung paano siya magiging presidentengPilipinas.Lagisiyanghandangtumulong.Basta walang pera sa usapan, malinaw tayo diyan ha? Hahaha! Pero kahit na kuripot siya, hindi naman sya nagkukulang sa puso. Isa siya sa mga pinakamapagkakatiwalaan kong mga kaibigan, laging nariyan, laging may nakahanda nang plano para mapasaya ka. Gusto niya mapaganda ang mundo sa pamamagitan ng tamang ehersisyo, kaunting Zombie, pilosopiya ni Louis de Pointe du Lac, hustisya, pagkakaibigan, at pag-ibig na walang hanggan. At totoo nga, mas nagkakaroon ng saysay ang lahat at mas lumiliwanag ang mundo kapag nandiyan siya.” —Angel Trinidad “A great guy with an even greater heart. He knows how to make you feel better even in the most subtle ways, which oftentimes could be so disarming, making you want to hug him!” —Johana Sunga


Tieza Mica H. Santos AB European Studies

Each step you climb brings you a step closer to the stars. When Tiez learned about this wisdom, she gazed towards the heavens and started her journey with the purpose that she will never dare stop until all her dreams turns into reality. She’d enter the room with a certain swagger, moving around with sheer elegance and poise, and can be utterly captivating effortlessly. Should it be the moment she bore the brunt of the world on her shoulders, grace and confidence remains her virtue. Always insightful and outspoken, ever inspired and inspiring, she waltzes about her day with flair, charm and wit no one else can match. As a lovely and spirited person filled with passion and drive enough to run a country, she still finds time for people who mean most to her despite having numerous orgs, a bachelor’s degree and a post-graduate degree to manage. She’s nothing short of amazing. Simply put, God’s best. Her star is a great distance, but that’s where she truly belongs, where a hero’s welcome awaits her.


Joseph Ian L. Sarte AB European Studies

There are few people who have that admirable courage and strength to pick themselves up right after a devastating fall. And there are even fewer people who would consider this mishap as an avenue towards becoming an even better person. Joseph is one of those commendable few- a person whom neither faltered nor got disheartened by problems. In truth, he has turned discouraging moments of his life into comical situations from which he draws his strength from. He considers every friend and every opportunity a blessing and appreciates life even at its worst for he sees the world with great intellect. He is the person to turn to when your confused, whether it be about school or life in general, for he is not one to be judgmental of other people’s shortcomings. Joseph, bottom line, is a great friend but an even greater person. Someone who inspires those who fail to see the good in everything.


Alexandra Isabel E. Suarez AB European Studies

Nerd! Takes the best notes in the universe. The lone advocate of baseball on ESPN. “Whaaaaaaaat???” Has a complete first aid kit in her bag. But no kikay-related items. Drives and eats like a man, but doesn’t get fat. Perpetually hungry. “That’s not very efficient.” Efficiency-obsessed yet never stressed. Always happy. “Being depressed isn’t efficient.” A neat-freak. An “efficient” crammer. Super friendly. Says hi to people she doesn’t know. “Are you serious?!?” Claims she will someday invent a teleportation device. Which is good so she won’t get left behind by the carpool anymore. Cuatro kid. Athletic but clumsy. Has been playing softball since birth. Claims that she is not sentimental. Femininity and machismo rolled into one. A great leader. A major achiever…Dreams big… Magis! “We live in a small world. Let’s build a space ship and explore the galaxy. Alex can be the ambassador of the human race. I’ll be the mechanic of the space ship.”


Johana T. Sunga AB European Studies

A beautiful, celebrity-looking girl who sees the world through a child’s eyes, she is always doing silly things and yet still sees the beauty in everything. Johana remains gracefully undaunted by problems. She’s one of those fortunate few who manages to smile even at the face of a challenge. She speaks her mind, stands her ground, works with great passion and inspires with extraordinary intellect. Someone who knows what she wants and gets what she wants, captivating those around her with her unique ways of dealing with things. Although one might get intimidated by her strong presence, it’s quite impossible not to like her. Her adorable charm appeals immensely to those who meet her, which explains the many eyes that follow her and even more, the attention focused on what she has to say. This young lady, well-loved by so many has everything: the world to take over, a great mind that inspires, the grace of a muse, and the life like that of a dream.


Angela Anne S. Trinidad AB European Studies

She’s someone you’d never forget, for Angel (w/ pink Chucks & purple backpack) is always present; dancing, moving, swirling in our thoughts, around & through our souls. An honest person, she is not afraid to tell how she feels and whom she has feelings for. She boldly declares her love for Coke, Sbarro, Ken Zhu and the boy who looks like an elf. Angel’s a star; she could outshine anyone. Her dynamic aura and enchanting personality has won her an endless list of friends. She fills the hallways with her contagious laughter and a vivacity that never fails to lift up anyone. Yet, she could still disarm you with the depth in her words. She perceives the beauty in the most mundane things and can spot different colors of sunshine. She constantly changes but remains the same. A girl with true courage, a dreamer, a wanderlust, she believes in magic, in elves and in love. She is the epitome of an ethereal creature stuck in this lonely but hopeful world. Angel has an empire to build, and the greatest love story to write.


Anna Theresa H. Tupas AB European Studies

Her gorgeous smile radiates warmth, enthusiasm and happiness. Her zest for life truly inspires. Her beauty and lovable nature have endeared most to her, and her charming ways have unceasingly captured the hearts of many. Is she perfect? There is no such thing as perfect because perfection is unattainable. But no one has ever claimed that one can’t ever be close. Sasa is one of the best friends that you could ever have. Her concern, love and care bridge time and distance. But she could turn a bad day even worse when you hear her corny jokes and when she starts singing her heart out. Yet despite that, she is a truly great friend, daughter and student because her responsible demeanor has allowed her to strive for excellence in everything she does. Many have probably mistaken her for being fragile due to her petite frame. But you’ll be surprised; she is more than equipped to withstand any obstacle. Unbelievable? You’ve yet to meet her.


Victoria Marie B. Valdez AB European Studies

Napoleon Bonaparte. Queen Victoria of Great Britain. Jose Rizal. Marvi Valdez? Like the first three, Marvi is petite, and she’ll conquer the world someday too, just like they did. It’s not hard for this college senior (who’s always mistaken for a high school junior) to do just that. She gets what she wants by charming, bullying, begging God, or simply working her way to achieve it. Talented, smart, pretty and determined, Marvi is one of those rare people who are undeniably born to shine. She brings to life the cliché, “beautiful inside and out.” A fighter who won’t let discouragement, bad hair days and hell weeks get her down. The one-man pep squad who’ll make you feel like you’re the queen of the universe when you’re in a rut and who’ll never let you give up on your dreams. A great friend and confidante who doesn’t compromise her principles for anything and stays firmly rooted to the ground no matter how high up her dreams may be. It certainly won’t be a shock to find out one day that she’s already a star.


Venancio D. Villanueva Jr. AB European Studies

No camera shot can capture his natural marvel His every masterpiece is like a joyful interplay Of the world & its elements, experienced and understood Stimulates the mind & allows the journey in distances Explore freely & but still guided fondly How I wish he knows how I love…


Joseph Paul Q. Villarosa AB European Studies

Jopaw is gifted with an exceptional shoulder to cry on, the ability to give good professional advice, a great capability to lead a clear (but somehow slightly confusing) train of thought, making him one of the first people his friends turn to for anything from helping in an event to directing a project to simply being there when they need somebody to hang out with. His little eccentricities such as the perpetual “torpe” status, the dependency on Extra Joss, and the slightly unnerving penchant for mixing it with different liquids (Extra Joss and milk?!), simply add up to his charm and uniqueness. His unique combination of an easygoing disposition and a strong unwavering commitment to the things he is passionate about makes him irreplaceable in his friends’ eyes. Champion ka, Jops!!


Patricia Ann D. Yuzon AB European Studies

You go through life not knowing when the best thing you can ever dream of will come. Well that’s only true if you haven’t met Patty. One look at her and you will see beauty and passion rolled into one. Yet despite the aura of exquisiteness emanating from her, deep down, she is an unassuming girl so oblivious of the fact that she is God’s gift to many. Yet Patty is more than a pretty face. The beauty outside pales in comparison to what lies within. It takes some effort to get to know her, partly because her modesty gives her a reason to be timid. Yet it is worth the effort; for underneath, there lies a selfless, considerate and sweet friend, who will never hesitate to keep you company during the days when the world is cruel. Patty is always more than just a friend. After all, she is the epitome of friendship—caring, understanding, and loving. Fleeting moments with her will leave one satisfied. Patty is more than a dream come true, she is that which the very essence of dreams are made of.

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