♥stranger than fiction♥

here are some learnings i got from watching the vid on how to bring the love back .

“we dont talk anymore.”

In any type of relationship, be it a romantic or a corporate relationship, communication is very vital, two-way communication, that is. both parties should both take time to listen to what the other has to say. learnings come when we listen. when we listen, we would know what the other person really wants and needs, and therefore our efforts would not be futile.

Communication and relationships become epic failures when only one does the talking and the other one fakes the listening.

“you’re not behaving like you love me, it’s not genuine.”

in any type of relationship, it is important to let your partners feel how important they are, thet their opinions are heard, that their efforts are appreciated, and that they are valued genuinely. it is important to be consistent to what we say and do so not to create confusion.

Say what you mean and mean what you say.

“i’ve changed and you haven’t.”

in any type of relationship, change is inevitable. there would be hard times when one seems to have a hard time keeping up. you should help each other mature and change for the better. you should learn to enjoy doing things together.

the key is growing together.


for OrCom practitioners:

if there are two things we can consider as our mantra in our OrCom 152 class, these are to embrace change and to listen to what our target audience would say.

we should never assume, we must listen to our target audinece well so that we would know what platforms or types of  media we should put our efforts in.

two-way communication is the key.


That Saturday when Ms. Ingrid Cudia was discussing about SEO, Sir Barry asked me what was i thinking after the discussion. I just said “wala po. (i think that has become a reflex) so i would not have to blurt out that stupid thought running in my mind that time and i was just bugging Angge about it. Haha!

Miss Ingrid said that that Google Robot thinks like a human. The advertisements that pops everytime we browse the web varies from one person’s preferences to another.

and that made me repeatedly ask myself (and Angge), “pwede kaya mangyari yung kagaya sa movie na Eagle Eye?” In the movie, there’s this computer that’s tasked to gather information to all people all over the world and can control virtually anything, and then later starts thinking like a human instructing the lead characters to put explosives on a hall where all the officials of the executive branch of the goverment gathers (or something to that effect). Can a robot have a mind of its own? Like what happened in movies like iRobot, Stealth, and Eagle Eye? Hey blame it on the silverscreen.

I should stop watching science FICTION movies. Grr. Seriously. What was i thinking?

Here’s my group’s (with Ana, Noemi, Nancy, and Mina) interpretation on the history of communication.

Had fun editing the vid.

Enjoy watching!

When I was filling up my UPCAT form, i cannot really remember coming across the course BA Organizational Communication. I never had an idea that such course existed.

Just when i received a letter from UP Manila that i passed the exam and that i am free to choose any degree program with an available slot that i first encountered this course (that i never knew i’d actually love.)

when i was scanning the list of degree programs with available slots, i thought:

i dont want any BS course. i want my college life to be easy. (looking at the list) Pharmacy? 5 years? no. Industrial Pharmacy? WTH?! oh BA courses! wait what’s BA? Area Studies? Development Studies? Organizational Communication? hmn.

Organizational Communication? Eto na lang. ang gandang pakinggan eh.


1st choice: BA Organizational Communication

2nd choice: Dev Stud

3rd choice: Area studies


So there. that’s how i ended up in the degree program of BA Organizational Communication. Being in this degree program for four years now (not another year, please), i can say that this journey taught me a lot of things while making me enjoy the ride as well. what i love about this journey is that i get to learn new things that i can actually use when im already out in the new world (practical and applicable, that is. not just those things professors teach you just because). though most of the time, im struggling to keep up with all the school stuffs, i must admit, i actually learned to love Organizational Communication and the stress it brought me.


now, from what i learned from Ms. Ingrid Cudia of Sieg Web Solutions, posts should be clear, concise, and readable for both robots and humans (or something to that effect). here’s a hopefully clear, concise, and readable description of my orcom journey:


BA Organizational Communication (OrCom) aims to provide students with a comprehensive training in communication in dynamics operating within organizations. (UP Manila, CAS)

Organizational Communication has been defined in many different ways by many scholars. The following are only a few definitions that encapsulate this four-year degree program of the University of the Philippines Manila. Organizational Communication is (continue reading)


here are the major humps and bumps i encountered (and actually enjoyed) during my orcom journey.

OrCom 101– Introduction to Organizational Communication

ahh. my very first taste of a research on a real organization. here you’d learn about the fundamentals of Organizational Communication.

OrCom 104– Dynamics of Interpersonal Communication

i did enjoy this course subject very much. theories about how we interact with other people (e.g. telling lies, interpreting signs and symbols, our perception of the “other”) really amazed me. i never thought these things, things that seem so simple and are part of our everyday lives can actually be very complex that the would be the subject of numerous studies.

OrCom 105–  Dynamics of Public Relations

OrCom 142– Communication Processess and Organizational Structures

OrCom 152– Communication Trends and Styles

toxicity mixed with fun– i guess when you have sir barry as your prof, you’ll surely have one hell of a ride. lots of hands-on activities, real-life application of theories, laughtrips, and sleepovers.

Linguistics 100– Introduction to the Study of Language

i enjoyed this class though i scored 1/10 for our very first quiz. i learned that i should review my notes because the prof might give a pop quiz! i actually enjoyed transcribing it became my hobby for quite some time. haha. seriously.

these course subjects surely made my journey bumpy. but what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger and wiser, right?

click for the entire list of humps and bumps.


Study hard, party harder!

During my four years in OrCom, i guess that’s the statement we, OrCom students all tried to live by. Despite all the humps and bumps we encounter, we still know how to socialize and enjoy with our friends.

During my four years in OrCom, i learned how to juggle things well. i get to pass my subjects without forgetting to spend some quality time with my friends and loved ones.

During my four years in OrCom, i met some of the most amazing people i would want to have even after i graduate.

Yes, my four years in Orcom may actually be full of drama and conflicts but it was aall worth it spending it with amazing co-travellers.


Now what?

After the OrCom Journey, OrCom students may choose to have a career in:

Corporate Communications

Public Relations



Human Resources


and other communication/media-related paths.

to end this post, i shall quote some succesful OrCom alumni:

“…in this competitive world and society, you really really have to have different skills and different capabilities and Organizational Communication would be a best course for you to be able to train yourself more and to be able to be very very equipped in the corporate society.”

Nikko Tayag

OrCom Batch ‘08

works with Meralco

“It’s the most unique comm[unication] course ever!”

“If you want real adventure, take OrCom.”

Nino Gupana

OrCom Batch ‘06

works with Leo Burnett

(source: PRHS primer)

As much as i would like to make a reflection post on Cluetrain Manifesto because the language used by the author is conversational and easy to understand, i’d say that i also enjoyed reading my free copy (thanks Ryo!)  of Chapter 9 of Wikinomics, The Wiki Workplace: Unleashing the Power of Us. The antics/success stories made the reading understandable. I like that it is both informative and fun to read as well.

Anyway, through the reading i learned that:

pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work


i’ve learned this through the Geek Squad story of how they used the online game Battlefield 2 as a collaboration tool for him to communicate with his agents coming from different places. true enough, it is better to work on something you enjoy doing so much that you don’t regard it as work after all.

on the organizational level, heads of organizations have to realize that it would be a win-win situation for both sides if employers could keep their employees engaged and motivated to work. and being engaged and motivated would be transformed into accomplishments. the workplace would not be so much of hell and work stuffs would not be so much of a burden–and that means greater productivity and profit.

on a personal level, i think a person like me–someone with a very short attention span–would want and need most something that would help me keep motivated and engaged to whatever it is that im doing. Especially with regard to school stuff, which almost all the time bore me. Haha! That’s why i thank professors who take time to think of creative ways to present lessons for us students to be more engaged in learning. Fun activities and presentations make lessons simpler and easier to digest.

what won’t kill you will only mke you stronger

nowadays, the Web (and new social media) hasn’t only been an avenue for us to share our thoughts and collaborat with other people, it’s also a new place for us to bash other people, criticize everybody else’s ideas and opinion, and destroy each other’s reputation. but given the freedom on the Web to do whatever we want, i think things like these are inevitable there’s no way we can escape what seems to be unbearable.

on an organizational level, companies should always be optimistic whenever they are faced with controversies. they should see these as opportunities to improve their organizations.

on a personal level, well, i’ve learned to be somewhat indifferent to what other people think of me as long as i know that these things are not true. one of my philosophies in life (written for one of sir barry’s subject, what subject was that again? err.) is to not let other people’s words to affect me as long as it isn’t true for there are other poeple who know me better. i’ve learned to trust only the judgement of those people who know me very well. i know this philosophy is against the very essence of reputation but what i’m saying is that we should not let other people’s words discourage us to do what we want to do, be who we want to be, and to “shine”.

no man is an island

this is a cliche, but still works well in explaining the society’s current condition. At present, it would be very hard, nearly unimaginable for us to disconnect or isolate ourselves from the world. we are all interconnected and interdependent among each other. our needs depend on other people’s work and vice versa. we live in a world wherein we can stay connected with anybody no matter how far away they are away from us. especially in the Web, there’s so much platforms that we can use to connect with other people. with all these available avenues, it simply sends us the message that we cannot not collaborate with others. and that we cannot not communicate.

and we should all do ourselves a favor, and start collaborating with others.

which reminds me of a quote sent to me by a friend, “kung kaya ng iba, bakit hindi mo ipagawa sa kanila?”

haha. that was me trying to be funny. WTF!

these are only two of the videos i watched during thsoe days that i dont have anything to do. oh. of course there’s always something school-related stuff to do. but being the very procrastinator that i am, i refuse to do more important things and indulge myself in what i like doing the most: playing games in facebook and watching videos in Youtube.

and these past few weeks, i found myself actually enjoying watching vlogs especially of the two above, HappySlip and the newest on my list of crushes, Kevjumba. i love watching their vlogs because they’re both witty and funny.

this is what i like about vlogs and blogs (and social media in general). we all have the chance to voice out our opinions, and share our insights and experiences, no matter how profound or shallow the topic is. now, thanks to social media, there is a new avenue for us to share a part of our lives that we want other people to know or to acknowledge (or just to let other  people know that we exist).

oh well, so much for my sabaw post. to end this, i’ll pretend that i was tagged by my crush Kevjumba and share 5 facts about me:

1. i love pigs. i have lots of stuffed pigs (?) in my room (none of them of which i actually bought), all are given by other people. Yay! i think pigs are cute and huggable and intelligent, and they’re PINK, ’nuff said. i have one that i hug everytime i would sleep (and im having a hard time sleeping without it). I even have one in my I.D. holder. a lot of people already told me that it is so dirty that i should remove and have it washed. And then i’d always answer them, “ganyan talaga yan, madudumi naman kaya talaga ang mga baboy!”. grr.

2. i am a very poor story teller. i think all of my friends can attest to this. i stutter and clutter and at times,  i can easily forget what i am talking about (ano nga ba yung kinukwento ko?). i actually envy people who can tel their stories through their blogs and vlogs because, unlike them, im always having a hard time expressing my thoughts and telling my stories. i may have a speech defect or something.

3. i love cherry-flavored ice cream. i dont want it just on top of my ice cream. i actually craved for it for two weeks. thank God for BTIC and Volare Gelato, i can have it any day (as long as i am in Manila).

4. i’m fond of reading greeting cards in bookstores. when i’m alone at a mall and want to kill time, i’d go to the bookstore and just read greeting cards. i dont want Hallmark cards though. i prefer humorous ones.

5. i was suspended for 1 week when i was in high school. err.

Last Saturday, in our OrCom 152 class, we discussed about Wikinomics—an emerging trend which is described as a mass collaboration for innovation and industrial growth. Wikinomics challenged every existing dogma that boxed traditional businesses—having superior human capital; protecting their intellectual property fiercely; focusing on customers; and thinking globally but acting locally. Now this budding business (though still not prevalent in the Philippines), is gradually changing our lives in ways we never imagined.  I think, the concept of Wikinomics teaches us few of the most important lessons we need to learn in order for us to survive in this fast-changing, sometimes chaotic world:

 “Two (or more) heads are better than one”

Wikinomics introduces us to the concept of peering wherein people create programs and then let other people collaborate in improving such programs. In this kind of business, collective intelligence coming from different kinds of people with different kinds of expertise is the key to its success or growth.

On a personal level, like what I learned in Speech 137 (group dynamics), working in a group has lots of benefits and advantages. Surely, brainstorming would be possible; developing ideas would be in such breeze; and accomplishing stuffs will be easier and faster. Nowadays, in this fast-paced changing world, when everything seems to be chaotic, it helps even just to know that you have other people by your side to help you overcome life’s struggles while also being a big help in their lives as well.  

“When you give yourself, you receive more than you give”

–Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Other lesson that can be extracted from the lesson is the concept of sharing and openness. In Wikinomics, the concept of sharing means being able to master the act of giving other people access to their intellectual property assets while also protecting their crown jewels. Openness, on the other hand, means transparency, flexibility and breaking down trade barriers, among others. These two principles, in the concept of Wikinomics will drive innovation and growth to their organizations and businesses.

On the personal level, I think sharing and openness are few of the very important values we should not forget. Sharing something does not mean actually losing what you have given, for in sharing, somehow, someday, you’ll get something in return. Today, thanks to the different forms of Social Media, sharing and acquiring information is very easy. We get to let other people know what we think and what we know, and get to learn new ideas from other people’s knowledge and points of view. We can benefit to this rapid exchange of ideas because through this we can widen our networks and horizons; we can be enlightened to the different perspectives of people to relevant issues.

 “Be the taller penguin.”

The concept of Wikinomics challenges today’s existing organization to think and act globally without forgetting your roots. In order for organizations/businesses to be and to stay on top, they have to integrate themselves to other organizations in order to build a borderless world. They have to keep up with the competition in order to be on the number 1 list of the consumers. And the best way to do that? To be unique. Different. To conform with the world’s economic demands by pioneering something uniquely yours. Something that will stand out among others.

On the personal level, this teaches me to be the best that i can be without conforming my beliefs and values. In order for us to succeed we have to find our own niche and then be the master of it. This concept of acting globally teaches me the importance of individuality while keeping up with the changes that’s happening around us. When the world forces us to be penguins, be the taller penguin.

“Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature’s inexorable imperative.”
–H.G. Wells

Lastly, these emerging trends of Social Media made me realize how the world changes so fast and that trying to resist it will do us no good. I think these changes were brought about by our necessities. People are never contented. We always seek for innovations and progress that will make our lives easier. If not for these endless search to improve our way of living, I guess new forms of media would not be born in the first place.

Social Media opens up new avenues for us to impart knowledge, and learn from it as well. Our generation is being a part of this breakthrough (we may even call it a paradigm shift), and i think, more than just accepting the change, we must embrace it and take advantage of the benefits it has to offer.

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