There is a saying that time is the most precious gift that you can give to anyone… So despite their busy schedules and after five longing years out of the campus, the six editors and a senior staffer of The Philippine Artisan (PA) – Manila circa 2001-2007 have finally met for a mini yet meaningful reunion at the Mall of Asia, June 30.
Once an Artisan, Always an Artisan
It was the first time for them to look back at who they were when they left their alma mater, Technological University of the Philippines – Manila. There were lots of unexplainable happy moments when the group were talking with each other, it maybe because they missed the company very much. Discussions were from their current personal lives down to sudden reflections and reminiscing of memorable moments during their stay in the student publication – very candid yet very momentous.
Topics include the most controversial intrigues they have had with the professors, administrators and co-student leaders before up to the lives of their co-editors and staffers who were not present on the event.
As a sign of maturity, they also discussed current events that our nation is facing and they tackled how one can at least contribute in their own little way to address it. There were also sharing of talks with their plans in the next three to five years or so, sad to say but some of them are planning to move out of the country either for work or greener pasture.
The weather during that time was quite not good but it didn’t become a reason for them not to pursue the reunion.
Currently, all of them are already professionals in their own way; there is some who ventures into information technology while others into engineering, architecture, teaching and laboratory practitioner.
Among the attendees were Engr. Aleksandre A. Pates (Junior Staffer, 2001-2002; Literary Editor, 2002-2003; Editor-In-Chief, 2003-2007), Arch. Edlee S. Tusi (Junior Staffer, 2001-2002; Features and Entertainment Editor, 2002-2003; News Editor/Circulation Manager, 2004-2005; Associate Editor, 2005-2006), Engr. Jarrel S. Rivera (Junior Staffer, 2004-2005; Literary Editor, 2005-2006; Associate Editor-English, 2006-2007), Engr. Amadis B. Bautista (Junior Staffer, 2002-2003; Sports Editor, 2003-2004; Features and Entertainment Editor, 2004-2005; News Editor, 2005-2006; Associate Editor-Filipino, 2006-2007), Mr. Maurelio C. Cabo, Jr. (Junior Staffer, 2002-2003; Senior Staffer, 2003-2004; Literary Editor, 2004-2005; Circulation Manager/Sport Editor, 2005-2006; Circulation Manager, 2006-2007), Engr. Marfe Antoniette B. Bermudo (Junior Staffer, 2003-2004; Senior Staffer, 2004-2005; Features and Entertainment Editor, 2005-2006; News Editor, 2006-2007), and Ms. Ma. Romeila Joise S. Jusay (Junior Staffer, 2002-2003; Senior Staffer, 2003-2005).
They are planning to have another reunion after four or five years from now or if time permits. They said they expect for a bigger group on the next reunion.
It is indeed essential to surround yourself with smart, talented and true people for they do not just become part of your life but they help you establish an evocative one. (AAP)