Since this school year, I’m back to square one, I’m changing my title design. So long, mustache! New year, new school, new friends, new life, new blog! :)
Yesterday was the Frosh Orientation, which is now known as Interaktiv 2013. They kicked the day off with gathering us all by our courses and when they finally led us into the campus, all the upperclassmen were there shouting “WELCOME FROSH! WELCOME FROSH!”, boosting our confidence level. Trust me, we needed it. I could see everyone’s nervous-but-excited faces as they were lining up to register. Upon the registration, they gave us lanyards, name tags and this BXO (I have no idea what that meant) whistle. I don’t really know what the whistle was for (FROSH IGNORANCE LEVEL: ME) since we never really used it yesterday but one thing I do know is that they held Day of Whistles for Advocacy last May 10.
LET INTERAKTIV 2013 BEGIN!
After registering, they formed us into groups and gave us a mini tour, told us a bit of history and the achievements their students got for the past years. After that they led us to their auditorium which kind of reminded me of STC. We were seated by course, but different blocks. I sat there silently as I was looking for Janica, the one I met during enrollment. When I finally found her, I stood up and sat beside her other new found friends. We started talking, laughing and exchanging schedules, when this guy sat beside me. REMEMBER HIM, GUYS. He’s very important in this post. I probably shouldn’t say his REAL name but let’s call him Mark. So Mark sat beside me and damn right he’s cute (and he smells good! <3). After the loooong and awkward silence between the both of us, he finally stared right at me and talked to me. I was really blown out of the water when he asked me if this was where the Fashion Design students were seated cause he’s taking up FDM, too. He’s actually the first ever straight guy in the FDM section. He shook out his seriously cold but soft hand and grabbed mine as we introduced each other. He told me how he didn’t know how to talk to me because he actually thought I was a foreigner (NUMBER 1) and that he was shocked to actually hear me talk in Filipino. Then awkward silence. “Seriously? Are you sure you’re not American? Kasi hind ako makapaniwala” and we both laughed and I was like “Yes, I’m sure.” then he was like “Sure?” He asked again with a smirk on his face. “YES, SURE NA SURE.” “Sure??” Again, he asked, laughing. “Hahahaha! Yess!” I found that moment really cute. <3 My friends were teasing me and I feel my face turning red!
Moving on! They started the orientation in the audi with a prayer and then the National Anthem with a girl FSL-ing the anthem. It was pretty cool! It was like watching SAB live, but Filipino version. It reminded me of my friends in Cebu, how sometimes we ASL (Not FSL) our secrets, chikas and etc. It was heartbreaking, I miss them. So anyway. After that the emcees came in and showed us a video of the Student Life in Benilde and another video for the history of the school and another one for the hearing impaired. It was a simple but striking video of a girl FLS-ing the life of a deaf person. After that, someone from the back blew the whistle, stood up and shouted “I AM PROUD TO BE A BENILDEAN!” everyone was shocked. Then another girl did the same thing, and another, and another and then Mark (remember mark? The cutie who sat beside me?) he stood up and did the same thing. They all ran around the place and went up on stage and did a skit on their core values. I. WAS. SHOCKED. I JUST HELD HANDS WITH AN UPPERCLASSMEN. A HOT UPPERCLASSMEN. Smooth move, Jan. Really smooth. So they were basically pretending to be a Frosh, complete with the name tags and everything.
So they did a skit. Okaay, a great skit. A really hilarious skit. They can turn one simple sentence into any joke. That’s how great it was! I just stared at Mark, my face still in disbelief. KILL. ME. NOW.
After they did the skit, there was a fashion show on the what-not-to-wear in Benilde. Their way of telling us what the dress code is. Then a few more videos and then these 3 hotties went up on stage.
Meet Charlie, Matt and David. They’re actually from Cebu and Bohol. Believe it or not, CEBU HAS A BRITISH HOTTIE LIVING AROUND THE CITY, CHARLIE! Charlie looks like Louis from One Direction. Well, they all look like the One Direction but only way hotter. More buff and sexy. <3 Charlie’s accent was heaven! “Hi, I’m Chawley” I swear, I could feel the girls and the feeling girls melting away. BWAHAHA SORRY GUYS. This is our eye candy. :D
After everything, they led us into the classroom by block, discussed stuff, talked about random stuff, made me sing which was pretty embarrassing. Wanna know why they made me sing? I was actually asking our “mommy” (upperclassmen facilitator) about when the auditions for Coro San Benildo, the resident chorale group in Benilde. She asked me if I could sing well and I nodded and she made me do a sample for her cause if I wont sing, then I wont get the answer I wanted. So she called up Block 1 and was like “HEY BABIES! DO YOU WANNA HEAR HER SING?” And everyone went all “SAMPLE! SAMPLE! GO JAN!” and I hesitated for a while but I gave in so I sang and everyone’s faces were shocked. I dunno what I did or something but they were shocked, eyes wide open, smiles everywhere. And they wanted another one but I didn’t go for it anymore. So our mommy told me that she wil refer me to her friend inside the Coro. When people refer you to someone INSIDE the org, it’s easier for you to get in. WOHOO!
We went out of the classroom after the show I did (char) and went to see the pep squad.
They taught us cheers like “Rektikano” which they use in games and other cheers. Then there was this mechanical bull, photo booths and a velcro wall. I guess you guys know how that works already so no need to explain. It was like a mini-fair complete with free food! And here are some of my block mates :)
*blows whistle* I’m proud to be a Benildean! LEGGO BATCH 113!
We don’t say “Batch 2013-2014” anymore, we say “Batch 113” cause it’s the first 3 digits of our ID number. Next year will be a new batch and it will be called “Bacth 114” And that’s how it works in La Salle. Just like how they call Freshmen “The Frosh” :)