I’m reading old text messages, going through old memories, and I’m shocked… My life back then was ridiculous. Every 5 texts messages were “I love you”, “I miss you”, “Fuck her”, “I hate this”, “I tried..”… They were extreme coaster rides….
Philippine Independence Day Parade-Preparation for the parade was nothing too strenuous or stressful. Picking and planning the shirts and photoshoot prior to the parade was definitely more challenging. When it came to the parade, I attended one meeting for the parade council, and after that, all we really had to do was PR the event. We had some amazing shirts, and all we could do was get people to come out. And that is something we surely did.
Before walking I had a talk with eboard, including the ND’s. I just wanted to reiterate to them what a great thing we had all accomplished. This year wasn’t just D3 at Philippine Independence Day Parade. It was District 3 accompanied by Districts 4, 5, and 6. Not every district rolled deep, but that’s not what matters. What matters is that they were there. What matters is that we reached out to the rest of FIND, Inc. and made our ties even stronger, allowing for even more growth after this. As we were discussing what different things to chant, I told them, “I don’t want to just cheer for D3…it’s not just us guys.” And that’s something I said proudly. We enter the parade under the Filipino Intercollegiate Networking Dialogue, Inc., not as D3. And yesterday we were truly represented that way. I am so honored to have met the people I did, even encounter some faces I had already known and haven’t seen for a while. I know that the future is bright for all those people, and because of yesterday, the future for our inter-district relationships are brighter than ever before. So thank you and congratulations for that, eboard.
This year’s t-shirt, or rather, the process of choosing and acquiring this year’s t-shirt was truly a unique experience for me. From eboard’s first casual meeting, we had to make important decisions. We had to set deadlines, decide on final quantities, etc. Although we got a lot accomplished the first time talking about it in person together, the planning was nowhere near its end. For more than a month, eboard was in constant contact with each other via email, facebook, and phone. There were times I got annoyed; there were times I wish I could have just made executive decisions just to get things over with. But that’s not how it’s done. After much debate, we finally decided on the design we did. And honestly, it was a risk; that is why there was so much debate. But from the time of the photoshoot, I knew we had surely made the right decision. We came to the parade with only 90 shirts, we were more afraid than anything that we would sell out, although most of those with experience made it seem like that wasn’t too likely to happen. Regardless, you want to sell shirts. You want to sell as many as you can as fast as you can. Having extra shirts lie around are assets, but that they are also a liability as well. (sorry accounting major ;p) We are obligated to sell those shirts. Eboard has and always will be worrying about those kind of things. After coming into the city with just 90 shirts, we walked away at the end of the day with just 10. 10 mediums, probably the best size to have left. We sold 80 shirts in the time span of 2-3 hours, for one single event. After realizing that’s all we had left, I was so in shock. I went around telling all the ND’s and old eboard, because that’s just how proud I was. Not only did that show that FIND rolled deep to the parade, but that showed that people came out and truly wanted the shirt; they truly wanted to be a part of the district. If we sold to 80 people, add in the people who had previously bought the shirt, plus those who didn’t wear them.. we easily had over 100 people representing FIND that day. 100 people that I was in charge of. 100 people that when asked, “who is your leader?” by the parade committee, answered that it was me. Just thinking about it leaves me speechless.
To eboard.. yesterday was amazing. Seeing all of you guys doing work always leaves me in amazement. You have all been so extremely helpful, supportive, active, and dedicated in the short time it’s been since we were elected. I really could not ask for a better team. Everything we’ve done so far has already left people impressed.. it’s already given people confidence in the upcoming years. This is truly a new era for d3 eboard. And as far as our relationships, I really did not expect us to grow as close as we have. Yea, that’s mainly due to the fact that we get drunk as shit every time we meet or are together in general. Lol. But I am still in awe of how close we’ve gotten. You guys know some of my deepest stuff already, and I genuinely trust you. This is our family. Even though I HATE you guys for my nickname. It’s to the point where I text you guys cause I’m bored, or I try to make plans just cause you’re the people I wanna hang out with. It’s to the point where you pretty much know my love life and are just as happy for me. And make fun of me just as much too. -_____- Like I said last night, I honestly love the relationships we’ve formed. I do wanna be your friend; I do want us to lean on each other if we have no one else. But I also do need the respect from you guys. I only hope that I do a good job of separating that personal and professional in the future.
Anyway, this is WAY too long. But that’s just how much love and appreciation I have for this district as well as eboard. I can’t wait to see how this year turns out. Something tells me it’s gonna be one of the best yet.
Thank you FIND, thank you District 3, thank you eboard. I couldn’t do what I do without every single one of you.
i should have always felt this way. i should have heard these kind of words. i know from here it’ll only grow. sure, maybe things won’t work out.. we never have a way of knowing. but for now, i know that this is how it should have always been. i shouldn’t have put up with what i did. and thanks to this, i’m learning. i’m learning who i was then and who i am now. and although i’ve grown a lot, some of my stupidity hasn’t changed. even though i say i never have regrets because everything that has happened in your past makes you who you are now.. i honestly do regret a lot.