Gave a talk at the Ateneo last week!
Was one of three speakers during the workshop Works of Heart! :)
Had a really nice time with all the really nice people who listened to my talk and laughed at my corny jokes (or had patience, haha just kidding!) I really really don’t like speaking in front of a lot of people because it reminds me of thesis defense or reporting in class, but it is always such a privilege to share about my passion and my God.
Speaking of talks, anybody here a member of Grace Gospel? My husband and I will be sharing about boy-girl relationships (Bible based!) this July! Hope to see you guys there!
By the way, If we have a photo together during the event, please email them to me at email@example.com! It’s always fun to meet in person people who follow me here online hehe!
My yearbook write-up! Huge thanks to my good friend Isa!
I just got my yearbook recently (I completely forgot about it haha!) and was happy to once again read the write-up that Isa made for me. I know that judging by the text alone, I seem very perky and very Little Miss Sunshine-ish (which may or may not be true…haha!) But I really like it so yay! Thanks again Isa!
Photos from the YFC talk that I was invited to be a guest speaker in. Thanks for the photos and thanks for attending you guys!
Just came home from the YFC-Ateneo talk where I was invited to speak and they gave me this super cute shirt, which I love! I love it so much, I’m blogging about it already, just an hour or so after! Haha! Hi, you guys!
I didn’t expect so much people to attend so I was really nervous when I saw people coming in (hehe) but it was all good. The people were so nice and we took photos and I signed some stuff after, and it was really fun! Yaaay! I’m excited for them to post the photos on Tumblr!
“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” (Romans 10:14)
I feel so privileged that I am given the chance to share about my God to so many people. I am one of the least worthy to do so and of that I’m sure, but still, God has been using me to reach out to others and it is all only through His grace that I am able to do it successfully . I really really love what I am doing right now. Praise God. ♥
1’m excited for this! :) I invited Sheena Sy to be the speaker. Perfect eh? A person who serves Him through art. Yaaaay! :)
I got invited to speak for next Monday at the Ateneo! I’m so excited to share with you guys about my passion for art and my love for my one and only God!
By the way, I’m still in Vietnam! So I’m really sorry if I haven’t been able to reply to your emails. Will do so soon!
Will be giving a talk at ADMU on Sept 13!
I was asked to give a talk at the Ateneo de Manila University on September 13 for YFC! I’m really excited about this talk because I’ll be sharing about serving God through illustrating and designing. I feel very honored to have been invited. Thank you. ♥
Venue is still TBA but it starts at 4:30pm. Will keep you guys posted. Hope to see you there! Would love to meet you all. Who can make it? :)
This is the second time that I got invited to speak, but the first time I’d be doing this alone, so I’m still very nervous! Haha! (First time was for this, with Mark Gosingtian.) Please pray for me, thank you!
Mark Gosingtian and I were invited to be guest speakers for a talk on graphic design today and it was pretty fun! Rob Cham attended, even though he needs no such talks because he’s already really awesome (yup, he’s the one in red!) And then I got to meet the amazingly talented Regine David because she was speaking about photography on the other room! *u*
Ateneo life is officially complete! ♥ Len and I had a photo-op with Fr. Ben, Ateneo de Manila University’s President right after the graduation ceremonies last Friday! Hehe! Life is fun!
“Through the joys and tears, through the laughing years…” ♥
Graduation yesterday was so surreal. I’ve dreamed about it for so long and now that the day has come, I can’t believe I’m actually leaving what has been like a second home to me for the past 4 years.
(Disclaimer: this post will be very long and very Ateneo-related, obviously haha.)
They showed us a video of the different buildings at the Ateneo and it almost made me cry. Each of them, full of memories: Places where I stayed hours on to study or to work on projects (Matteo and Lib), places where I would laugh with my friends (Caf and SOM Mall), places where I would take 3-hour tests (SOM), places where I would just stay still and watch people and time pass (SEC Walk) and places, which hold memories beyond compare (Zen Garden).
It was here that I had teachers who inspired me (Lailani Gotao, Missy Maramara), teachers who made me love the things I never thought I would (Joseph Santiago), teachers who gave really low grades but from whom you learn the most (Mike Mariano, Dickie Soriano) and most of all, teachers who spoke everything my heart and soul already knew about but only forgot (Bobby Guevara).
There were times when I wanted to give up (accounting exams), times when I thought I’d actually failed (some orals), times when I realized that there really is more to this world than the world that we see (immersion trip, working as a fish vendor), times when I had to make choices that would actually change my life (the dilemma between JTA or org position) and times where I got more than what I deserved.
It was here that I first learned how to love. It was here where I learned what it means to work hard and yes, lose, but sometimes also win. It was here that I met people who literally changed lives, people whose great passion moved many, people who stuck to their convictions, and people who dreamed big just because they can.
Four years ago, when I made the decision to come to this school, there was so much pride in my heart; I am officially an “Atenean”. But I realized that you only become an Atenean, truly, after everything. Today, I am officially a graduate of the Ateneo. I am something, or maybe nothing, compared to everyone. And yet I am humbled, honored and truly blessed, because I have lived, laughed and loved here. And I am hopeful that whatever my life’s course will be, that I will be indeed worthy of the title “Atenean”.
(These are photos from my camera after the ceremony. I have loads of other photos with loads of people, but it’s not with me right now. I’ll be posting them once I steal them from my friends’ Facebook. HEE! ♥)
I now officially have a minor in Chinese Studies!
I’m graduating (this Friday!) with a major degree in Management and a minor degree in Chinese Studies! Today was the ceremony for minors in the Social Science Department and it was some sort of short reunion also for me and my tourmates from the China Summer Program (some photos can be found here!)
I still cannot speak in straight Mandarin, but I know enough to ask whether I’m on the right bus or not (has happened!) and to get me through shopping in China. Hehe. Bargaining powers!
(Oh! And Karen aka musingsofanymph is the one on purple! Heehee!)
Mangyari Lamang by Rico Abelardo
I would like to share one of the best things I’ve learned throughout my stay at the Ateneo de Manila University.
Always love. Yes, you will sometimes lose. But always love, nevertheless.
Mangyari lamang ay tumayo ang mga nagmahal
nang makita ng lahat ang mukha ng pag- ibig.
Ipamalas ang tamis ng malalim na pagkakaunawaan
sa mga malabo ang paningin.
Mangyari lamang ay tumayo rin ang mga nagmahal at nasawi
nang makita ng lahat ang mga sugat ng isang bayani.
Ipadama ang pait ng kabiguan habang ipinagbubunyi
ang walang katulad na kagitingan ng isang nagtaya.
Mangyari lamang ay tumayo ang mga nangangambang magmahal
nang makita ng lahat ang kilos ng isang bata.
Ipamalas ang katapatan ng damdamin na pilit ikinukubli
ng pusong lumaki sa mga engkanto at diwata.
Mangyari lamang ay tumayo ang mga nagmahal,
minahal at iniwan ngunit handa pa ring magmahal
nang makita ng lahat ang yaman ng karanasan.
Ipamalas ang katotohanang nasaksihan
nang maging makahulugan ang mga paghagulgol sa dilim.
At sa mga nananatiling nakaupo mangyari lamang
ay dahan-dahang tumalilis papalabas sa nakangangang pinto.
Umuwi na kayo at sumbatan ang mga magulang
na nagpalaki ng isang halimaw!
At sa lahat ng naiwang nakatayo mangyari lamang
ay hagkan ang isa’t isa at yakapin ang mga sugatan.
Mabuhay tayong lahat na nagsisikap na makabalik sa ating pinagmulan!
Manatiling masaya at higit sa lahat magpatuloy sa pagmamahal.
Meet The Amazing Moofstash! Hee! Made him during Philo class! ♥
Okay, this is my REAL, actual final doodle in class. FOREVER! I had my last day of official classes today! Next week is finals week and my last finals is on Wednesday so I’m extremely excited for that! I’M SO GLAD I’M A SENIOR!
Sorry I just keep posting doodles from class lately. That’s all the drawing I’ve been able to do because things are getting so hectic. I promise to spam your dashboards with drawings once school is over. Heehee! *u*
Currently at the Ateneo Rizal Library spending time with Luke (my Macbook, who is sort of on coma because he cannot breathe without being plugged.) I have been here since 10:30am and will be staying here until 3:00pm because that is when my next class will be.
I only left for around 15 minutes to eat my lunch. Alone. I am a loner today.
Sheena Sy-Gonzales is a 24-yr old illustrator & designer from Narnia.
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