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Miracle Girl

Ate Budjang, the resident pianist of DLSU-D Chorale, introduced her little daughter, Angel.
Karol told me, “Si Angel… Naghimala ‘yan!”
“Tumulay s’ya sa tubig?” I asked.
“Hindi!” Karol answered, “Sumali s’ya sa ‘Himala: The Musical'”

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Posted by on April 1, 2012 in Choirboy



Meeting is Strictly Prohibited in Our Establishment

Aside from seeing my High School choir, I also get to see the present members of DLSU-Dasmarinas this year. The members had a last event for this school year: Kundiman Recital.

After the event, some of the members asked, “Tara sa Volet’s Gotohan.”

In the said establishment, this sign was posted…

Alfritz shared, “Kaya yan nilagay dahil sa Chorale. Seryoso! Kasi laging dito nag-me-meeting dati.”
Karol asked, “Oh?”
“Eh pano naman nila malalaman na nag-me-meeting?” I asked Karol, “Hindi po kami nag-me-meeting,” I mimicked, pretending the management was asking why we were meeting.
Eh bakit may nag-mi-minutes?” Karol answered.
Bakit may opening prayer!?


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Posted by on April 1, 2012 in Choirboy


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Sketch ng Bahay


“Application Form, Joining Fee, 2×2 Picture saka Sketch ng bahay,” the EVP for Membership told the applicants of DLSU-D Chorale.
A few days after, one applicant brought all and the sketch of their house’s blueprint.

The EVP Membership told him, “Ummm…. Wala naman kaming balak akyatin ang bahay n’yo. Yung sketch ng address nyo. Kung paano pumunta sa bahay nyo…. Hindi kung nasaan ang Masters Bedroom o kusina.”

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Posted by on July 31, 2011 in Observant



Piso Na Lang Concert Na

The DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY – DASMARIÑAS CHORALE was my college glee club. We used to have concerts twice a year (one minor and one major concert). I particularly remembered one minor concert where it was entitled “Piso Na Lang Concert Na.”

It was conceived because we used to have a catch phrase Piso Na Lang back in our college days. Like if  a travel to a certain place took too long, one choirmate would say, “Layo ah! Piso na lang Japan na.”

Price of the ticket was Php 49.00 (concerts were usually priced at Php 50.00). When the group decided to make the title Piso Na Lang Concert Na, we knew we have to be prepared for the next problem: Saan kukuha ng mga pisong panukli!

“Piso Na Lang Concert Na”


Posted by on September 17, 2010 in Choirboy, Treasure Chest



Prim and Proper

Back in my DLSU-D Chorale days, when you’re sick, you are excused from practice.
Ethel, on a prim and proper-ly way, told our conductor, “Di po ako makaka-attend today.”
After telling her reason privately, she walked off and waved goodbye, “Bye… guys!”

Jewel, a then probationary member, said, “Wow! Napaka poised naman ni Ate Ethel!”
Somebody answered, “May stiff neck s’ya!”

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Posted by on March 1, 2010 in Uncategorized


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Busilak na Puso

Last July, when I went home to the Philippines, I was trying to surprise at least one person: Karol, my college friend and chorale-mate (she had no facebook back then so she was not able to read my announcements).

When people from Chorale asked if Karol knew, I would tell them online, “Huwag nyo sabihin kay Karol kasi surprise sana ‘yun.”
When I arrived in Cavite, I immediately went to church that weekend. Heck! I didn’t plan it well because she was there.
“Anong ginagawa mo dito!?” she was shocked at my unannounced arrival.
“Surprise sana kita pero nandito ka pala. Pupuntahan kasi sana kita sa school,” I answered. Surprise: spoiled.
“Nakakaasar ka! Di ka nagsasabi!” She screamed but she was excited.
“Basta text na lang kita ha?”

Unfortunately for me, I wasn’t able to get her number so when it was time to visit her in DLSU-Dasmarinas, she teaches English Literature there, I took my chances whether she was there or not. Sana nandun sya.
Well, luck didn’t go in my favor as she was not there. I was able to see some of our friends though: Ms. Joy Parohinog, our former CAO (Cultural Arts Office) coordinator, and the 15th batch of the DLSU-D Chorale (I belonged to Batch 4 so you could just imagine how ‘old’ I felt).
Ms. Joy told me, “Naku nasa kabilang school sya ngayon nagtuturo. Rogationist school. T-Th s’ya dun.”
“Oo nga pala,” I suddenly remembered, “Dun nga pala s’ya pag Huwebes.”
I was due to fly out the next weekend so that was the last chance to see her.

In the Airport Gate before my flight, I was trying to consume off my Philippine mobile load by calling and texting people that I’ll be leave behind. While browsing thru the names in my contact details, I saw Karol’s number. It was there all this time! I called her, “Karol?”
“Sorry-sorry! Aalis na ako ngayon.”
“Nasa airport na ako.”
“Ah ganun?”
“Sorry talaga.”
“Sige ok lang.”
“Bawi ako next time.
We left it at that. But I know Karol too much and I know she was crossed.

I kept it low for the next few months: No message. She finally signed up for facebook but it took months before she added me. Ethel, our friend, told me, “Galit pa rin s’ya sa’yo, Orlee.”
“Kelan kaya ako mag-so-sorry?”
“Try mo sa Pasko.”

December 24-
Karol: Hello?
Orlee: Sorry na. Patawarin mo na ako.
Karol: Who’s this?
Orlee: Si Orlee. Merry Christmas…
Karol: Hay naku! Oh bakit ka tumawag!?
Orlee: Babati lang ng Merry Christmas at alam ko naman wala akong magiging valid na kahit anong explanation kaya di na lang ako mag-e-explain.”
Karol: Buti alam mo!
Orlee: Merry Christmas. Patawarin na sana ako ng busilak mong puso.
Karol: Oo! Busilak talaga ang puso ko. Leche!

She then explained some scenarios that would eventually added to her anger for a no-show Orlee.

Ms. Joy: Oy! Dumaan si Orlee! Nagkita kayo?
Karol: Hindi!
Ms. Joy: Kakamustahin ka sana eh.
Karol: Huwag ka nang magsalita pa Mam Joy.

Ferson (a chorale-mate): Hey! Susurpresahin ka raw ni Orlee, eh. Kamusta ‘yun?
Karol: Huwag na nating pag-usapan please!

Coralyn (Chorale-mate): Umuwi raw si Orlee? Super close kayo nun ‘di ba? Ano pasalubong sa’yo?
Karol: Wala!

Karol: Ate! Sino nag-add kay Orlee sa Facebook ko!?
Emerald (her sister): Ako. Nakita ko kasi naka pending eh. In-add ko na.
Karol: Pakialamera ka talaga! Di ko nga in-a-accept eh!
Emerald: Si Orlee ‘yun ‘di ba?
Karol: Pakialamera!

After we laughed about her supposed snob, Karol indeed had a pure heart for forgiving me. I didn’t promise a “Next time I go home,” because I knew she won’t buy it anymore.
Karol: Bahala ka sa buhay mo!
Orlee: I miss you.
Karol: Ewan!
Orlee: Merry Christmas.
Karol: Merry Christmas din.

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Posted by on January 9, 2010 in OFW (ok fine whatever), Tropapeeps


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Don Orlee

Gina, my Chorale-mate back in DLSU-D Chorale, messaged me in YM, “Kamusta na, Don Orlee?”

“Don Orlee ka d’yan!” I replied, “May Don bang kurtina lang ang pagitan?”


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Posted by on April 15, 2009 in Desert Tales


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