Thursday, 20 August 2009

Skittlez Remix 09 Crew

It's tough.

Never before has it happened that Skittlez had too many dancers for Remix. It sucks to cut people, because as much as we do not want to, feelings would be hurt. :( It sucks that only twelve dancers are allowed. *sigh* Sorry newbies. :( Next year okay? I waited a year as well (I didn't dance in Remix 07).

Presenting, the Skittlez 2009 Remix team.

Jason Cruz*
Ann Chua*
Nicole Carlos*
Elana Cabrera*
Jake Go*
Cheng Ortaleza
Chynna Sing*
JC Velasquez
Danny Moynihan of Leeds
Cesca Rivilla
Innah Gan
Angel Noel

* members of the 2008 Remix champion team

Pressure on the newbies, but I know they will step up. Let's do this, Skittlez!


Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Third Year is B*tch

I dropped from the blogging world!

Being a third-year student is tough on blogging. My online times are dominated by research (twenty-one new sources alone today, for thesis research), and some chilling out on Yahoo Messenger or shooting up some players on Call of Duty 4.

I'll try to blog a little more, because so many things are coming up, exciting and fun things, and they simply must be shared. :D

This term is crazy.


Sunday, 9 August 2009

Three Years of Skittlez

I have been with Skittlez Crew since late 2007, and my, what an evolution the crew has gone through.

I really had nothing to do for about half an hour a few days ago, and I compiled an interesting data base about the crew. From the ten original members who competed in Remix 2007 (3rd place), it has seen MANY more new members. After Remix 2007, two new members joined (Jake and myself), thus making up the second generation of Skittlez Crew members.

For Remix 2008, we saw a whole lot of new faces join. 2008 in general saw a lot of members who danced with us in gigs, and generally showed a lot of support for the development of the crew. Out of the ten original members, only six competed again in Remix 2008. We acquired quite a lot of new talent (Elana, Migz, Chynna, Cyrene) and Skittlez would end 2008 as La Salle champions (1st place in Remix 2008).

We had a few members who joined us in on gigs (Cheng, Jess, Brent, Gayle, Maicah, Angel), and now, as we prepare for Remix 2009, we see a whole lot of new faces (JC, Robi, Pao, Cesca, Innah, Rocky, Stephanie), and I can assure all of you that we have some serious talent in the crew this year.

We've also danced in eight gigs (Rock Candy, CBE Oscars, Luminous, MaFia, Green Giant Launch, Danz Dish 4), two of them very special to us (Kundirana Concert 07 and 08, Dagupan). We've performed with some of the best dancers in the region, and we cherish those memories.

We are seeing the evolution of the crew, in terms of dancers, and in terms of styles. This is the third year of Skittlez, and I am so proud and touched that a lot of new and up-and-coming freshman dancers see Skittlez as a place not just to make new friends, but to grow as people and as dancers. To see and hear these new guys want to join Skittlez really touch my heart, because we've done something that a great many crews will not be able to do, ever; to inspire others beyond ourselves, and to show that a crew can be a family as well.

We are a diverse group. We have an engineer now (Decky), we have a Philippine All-Stars dancer (Matt), we have La Salle cheerleaders (Jake and I), we have a school athlete (Pao), just to show some examples. We are achievers, not just as dancers, but as people and students. We give everything we can in everything we do, and as our older members start living lives separate from Skittlez, we thank you for all that you have imparted to us. This may well be my final Remix, but Skittlez Crew will never ever suffer a lack of members or of inspiration.

To our faithful and loyal supporters (Gayle, Maicah, DJ Jet, Zee, Cheng, Sam, plus many more), thanks for the prayers and undying support. :) We are this crew because of your love for all of us.

We are Skittlez. We are diverse. Different flavors, different colors, different styles, but one love. As our awesome DJ Jet did in his special Skittlez mix:

We dance for laughter, we dance for tears;
We dance for God, we dance for fears;
We dance for hope, we dance for screams;
We are dancers; we create our dreams..

Taste the rainbow! :) We're here to stay!


Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Think Before You Drink

An advocacy project for Citizenship and Governance class.
Please show your support! Spread the link of this post to as many people as you are able to! We are targeting a few thousand views before the month is out. :)

Thank you for supporting!


Saturday, 1 August 2009

Goodbye, Cory

To the late former President Corazon "Cory" Aquino, Godspeed and may your family be comforted by the love that the people of this country have given, and will continue to give, you for all your efforts and services to this nation.

You have helped toppled a dictator and create a lasting democracy in a country reeling from the terrifying regime of the president before you. I am proud that the green and white of my university flies your yellow for the past week or so.

May you rest in peace, and thank you for making us Filipinos proud of what you've done.

Former President Cory Aquino, wife of Filipino icon and hero Ninoy Aquino, died at 3:18am this morning due to complications from her colon cancer, which was diagnosed last year.