“I’m serving at the booth today. It’s my first major exposure – I’m a sophomore tourism student. I think I’ll learn something. I’m sure it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
“I’m part of the group of students from the UB School of International Hospitality and Tourism Management tasked to manage UB’s booth during the week-long Session Road in Bloom.”
“I’m from Bulacan. I could have gone to one of the schools in Manila – it’s closer to home. But my mom told me Baguio is a better choice, and so here I am. You know what? I think she’s right.”
“I’ve always wanted to be a flight attendant, you know. I want to see the world, explore the skies, catch a glimpse of the Earth – of the good world that God intended. We can never measure the vastness of His creations, but I figured if I could fly and see the world, I can have an idea of the enormity of His creations.”
What’s the highest grade you’ve earned so far in your tourism course?
“That would be 97. I don’t remember which subjects I got that grade in. Oh, wait, I think I have a 98. It’s in Eco-Tourism.”
How did you do it?
“I think you just have to be passionate. When you are passionate, everything will work out just fine. Of course you can’t undermine the huge impact of a well-integrated educational program. I believe UB excels at that.”
When was the last time you felt low?
“In November last year, I broke my knee while playing basketball. It hit me really hard. I thought of just dropping everything and heading back home. To me, it was the end – I couldn’t walk, couldn’t manage to take even a single step. It was frustrating.”
How did you pull through?
“I prayed about it. My mantra in life is, ‘Let go, let God.’ You know that good old ‘He-won’t-give-you-something-you-couldn’t-handle’ thing? It’s true.”
Photo by DONALD RENTIQUIANO
Interview & Text by RONA LIN