BSIT [Buhay Studyante ng Isang Tagabukid] Life of a farmer/student taking up IT

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When you are a graduating student in high school, the obvious question is always what course you wanted to take or what would you like be in 5 years. My response to this is to become a professional basketball player someday because I know that my mom is the only one making for a living for us. That’s right, my mom is the only one works for us, you might wonder where’s my dad and what he is doing, to answer that question my dad had a bad stroke that made his half body paralyzed when I was just a months or a year old. According to my parents, my dad was supposed to work abroad and his destination is Saudi Arabia. He is so excited to everything, he will work overseas for greener pasture, they had me as their first-born and I can’t imagine how happy my dad was. My dad decided to had me baptized before his flight and it was a month-long celebration, drinking and partying until my dad wasn’t able to stand and was rushed to a hospital and declared had a mild stroke that almost took his life. My dad recovered on that incident but was not fully, he looks fine but he cannot run faster as he was before, think of a horror movie. He wants to run but he is getting nowhere that’s what happened to him. He was called “Darko” on his time by the way because of his ability to run fast as a dark horse and “Darko” is a comics character seem more like a tikbalang or a centaur (half man horse).

“Darko” looks like this ehehe.

My parents are not the subject on this blog, what I wanted to share is how I managed to had a four-year bachelors degree. Going back to the question what course I am going to take when I graduate in high school, my first choice is to be a Food Technology Student because I love to cook. I’ve been preparing meals for my family almost every day back in time I am still at my parents house. I also once dreamed of having a bakery business as I am working as a re-packer on a bakery before. I ended up selecting BS in Computer Science or Information Technology because my mathematics teacher once told me that this courses will boom and has a great future and indeed it is. To realize this dream, I took all scholarship exams from famous schools in Pangasinan and had a one shot to be a scholar of St. Louis University in Baguio and sad to say I was on a waiting list and I know we cannot afford the 11 thousand tuition fee and other fees. My mom told me that she cannot afford it but I said don’t worry mom I will try my luck at Central Luzon State University in Munoz, Nueva Ecija. I was too late to take entrance exam at CLSU. Fortunately, there is center inside of the campus that offers 2 year computer courses. I spent my freshmen year at CLSU’s Computer Training Center taking up 2 Year Associate in Computer Programming  learning the fundations, fundamentals, history of computers and basic programming. Until now, the center is still operating and they are still producing very good students. For more details on the courses offered by CLSU-CTC visit  http://clsuctc.com/. My first college experience was fun, I met new friends, classmates, the environment is cool, there are trees everywhere. and we played ball every vacant time that we had. I managed to finished my first semester but didn’t make it on second semester because of financial problems. I had no choice but to stop and look for a job. At the age of 17 years old I worked as a service crew in Cindys, Mangaldan Branch, Pangasinan, then worked with Burger Machine also in Mangaldan and then on a bakery store in Dagupan City as a baker assistant.

Entrance gate of CLSU

After six months or so I said I had enough and told my mom that I want to pursue my associate course again but my mom brought to me a better news. Mom said that my high school alma mater Holy Rosary Academy will be offering degree courses and finally I could continue my studies. By the way, my mom is the registrar of the school and you bet she is until now. Holy Rosary Academy was named Our Lady of Manaoag College in short OLMC. Instead of continuing a 2 year computer programming course I told my mom that I would like to take a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology or Computer Science and mom has two thumbs on it. I was so happy that day because I know that I will be studying again and will never had to think about paying tuition fee because I know I will be given a scholarship grant but what happened is school administration said that the college department is still starting and there are no funds yet. My mom said “That’s okay son, you can still enroll and had your tuition fee deducted from my pay check”. I cried and promised to my mom that I will finish my college degree and make her proud. As a pioneer student of the college, I had my pride to be a Rosarian again. As classes started with only 38 students enrolled if I’m not mistaken, I don’t have hard time getting to know them as I knew already some of them though others are a complete stranger. The number of students didn’t grow until we became Sophomores. Come Junior years, we had to separate our classes according to courses taking up though there is still the same subjects that we had. Not all of us are taking up Com Sci or IT, some took 2 years courses other others took Education major. In our Senior year, Com Sci and IT was once again because of major subjects. We are only 4 students in Information Technology department at that time. We ended up finishing our curriculum, class discussions long before the semester ends, the learning transition was so fast at that time as I remember. I had to add other subjects from 2 year computer courses or subjects in Com Sci just to learn more and to advance as well. When it comes to transportation, anyone who watched SLAM DUNK Anime series can relate to this, I was like Rukawa Kaede that comes to school riding my old mountain bike. I bought this bike from working in fast food chains and this helped my mom save more money and more food for our table. I was like this until I graduated. Having a bike is like having a motorcycle because you get to roam everywhere after class whenever you want and it is ideal for house parties. I don’t have to worry missing the last trip going home as well as Public Utility Jeepneys and buses don’t operate anymore at 6pm onwards though first trip starts at 3am.  All the four 4 of us graduated as a Pioneer Students in Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.

ITLog in school uniform

This picture was taken in the newly built college building when we are writingm our thesis paper and this is also our one and only class picture that I can find. From left to right Jeremiah Joseph “Jay” Garcia, Maria Theresa “Booba” Marra, Yours Truly Silent Pal, Exequiel “Badjo” Punay Jr.

Jay is a typical happy-go-lucky guy that comes to school without nothing but his brain. Though he is like that he is genius on his on ways, he is admired as number 1 Counter Strike player in entire Manaoag and skilled Ragnarok player up until now. Jay worked at the Mayor’s Office when we are in college, managing a small computer shop as well calling himself network administraitor (look at how he spells it ahaha), then work at Client Logic (Ortigas) after graduating. He is currently working at Siemens as Tech Support. He let me stayed in his apartment during my first year looking for a job in Metro Manila and fed me as his brother. I salute you and thank you Jay for everything you’ve done to me without your help I wouldn’t be as successful as I am today.

Though name after a famous local celebrity Rufamae Quinto her nick name “Booba” as her friends call her and later on we adopted. Maria Theresa is also good when in comes to computers it’s because just like me OLMC is her second college school. In fact she’s always been my study partner and sometimes partners in crime. She is small in size but had a bigger heart and a very caring personality, well it should be because she is already a mother of 2 from the last time I checked. I haven’t talked to her since then and I had no idea what she is doing for a living and where she works for.

ITlog in sports attire

I got my screen name silentpal from our High School Yearbook where they describe me as “A sleeping giant and a silent pal who obeys anyone” and my motto is “Keep Silence”. You might wonder why Keep Silence it’s because I am nowhere to be found at school during my free time but at the library reading books of my interest, I maybe drawing something, writing notes for a classmate in exchange with an ample amount of money to pay for my projects haha. When I graduated, my first job is a service crew in Chowking for 6 months. When I had enough money  I tried my luck to find a better job in the Metro together with Badjo, who will be my last topic on this blog. My first job in Metro Manila is a Sales Agent selling HMO’s and Dental Health Cards, then later on selling herbal health products where my wife is co-worker before. I attended many call center trainings before and got lucky to passed a Call Center Training grant of PGMA and selected Informatics Cubao as the center whom I enjoyed the training and been memorable to me. Why I said that, because we are the only batch that was announced as school favorite because we are on always on top of the key during the entire workshop. After finishing that short course I applied in call centers, I passed exams and failed during final interviews but every day is a learning process and I didn’t give up. I called a friend Mike Robeniol and he helped me apply at Electroworld. Thanks to this man. I was hired as Sales Coordinator, got a 6 months contract and was promoted to Store Technician and unfortunately I was not regularized by the management. That’s okay because I don’t like spending my whole life selling computer peripherals, gadgets and fixing them. I was already a trainee in Advanced Contact Solutions (Cubao) as a Medical Transcriptionist when on a Sunday of October 27, 2008 I saw an ad regarding Job Opening for Technical Support Engineer at Trend Micro. The next day, I applied for it and I got the job offer later at night at that very same day and until now I am still working at Trend Micro.

yours truly silentpal

Exequiel “Badjo” Punay Jr. is the great person next to Jay. Badjo as they call him had been so nice to me and treat me as his own brother what he did to me is unconditional. He always wanted me to go with him find a job whether in Baguio City, Metro Manila, Alabang, Laguna Technopark etc. He was hired as a Tech Support in Client Logic Baguio, then Convergys Makati. Until he decided to manage his own business “Ukay, ukay” and put up a transportation business bounded Manaoag-Dagupan and Dagupan-Bayambang. Right now, he is waiting for his working VISA abroad. We still remains close as to this day. Thanks to social networking sites like Friendster, Facebook and Yahoo Messenger, they made our lives easier communicating to our loved ones, friends, colleagues and others.

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~ by Kalongkong Hiker on 02/25/2011.

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  1. hahah. food tech din ang triny ko noon. kaso walang ganun sa school na napili ko.

    its good na may friend ka na sasamahan ka through thick or thin. 😀

    • parehas pala tayo ng gusto ehehe. Okay lang un, pede pa naman magbusiness ngaun eh. Oo mga kaibigan ko tumulong sakin dito sa Manila.

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