Recognising the Non-Awardees of Batch 2015!

This is to recognise those who did not end up getting any awards or special mentions. Your dream is only as good as those who have gold or silver or whatever-its-made-up-of medals in their necks. And your fate is only as good as how hard you try and compete in the bigger world.

CONGRATULATIONS, BATCH 2015!

A big shoutout to the graduating students with no honours, special mentions, honourable mentions, and other special awards. It is important to note that you make up the vast majority of the graduating class and without you there will be no gauge for top performers and criteria for the best in something-something.

Trained to get high grades, win that Math wiz challenge, spelling competition, declamation contest, and quiz bees — it is a different competition out there. It is high time to get real. And the real world would never ask what award you received back in school. The real world would require you to interact, learn, cooperate, and mingle with other people.

Welcome to an even playing field. One where you do not sit and listen from morning to afternoon, opening workbooks and taking examinations in between but solving real-world problems and work in an environment where your performance is based on how efficient you do tasks and how well you blend with people in your team. One where at the end of day you do not expect home works but be able to go out try to get work and life balance as much as you can. One where you do not always end up asking allowances from your parents’ hard-earned money but being given that chance to get your own bucks and treat them back.

Coming from someone whose only award was “Most Behave” in preschool and “Gold Loyalty Award” in high school (for being in the same institution for, like, erm, forever), NO, this is not a spark-your-bitterness and snub the ceremonies.

This is to recognise those who did not end up getting any awards or special mentions. Your dream is only as good as those who have gold or silver or whatever-its-made-up-of medals in their necks. And your fate is only as good as how hard you try and compete in the bigger world.

Get up from your bed, be at your best look, wear your favourite outfit, glam up, strike a pose with your best buds, walk that aisle to your seat, and most importantly, thank your parents for being there with you – with awards or naught.

Go Get It: Learning from the Teachings of Pastor Julia A’Bell

“[DO] NOT hesitate to call for the second time if no response was received during the first. Don’t hold back to actively pursue Jesus.”

LUKE 18:35-43 shows a parable of a blind beggar who receives sight after believing in Jesus. As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting at the road side. He asked the crowd what was happening and they told him that it was Jesus.

The blind beggar called out to Jesus but was rebuked by the crowd and was told to be quiet. But he shouted more. Jesus heard his call and asked that he be brought to Him. The parable ended with the blind beggar regaining his sight and followed Jesus, praising God.

Hillsong pastor Julia A’Bell reveals three lessons from this parable:

1. BE INQUISITIVE. And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging: (Luke 18:35). Questions leads to answers. Hence, to get response, one must ask.

2. BE AGGRESSIVE. And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me. (Luke 18:38). This is being aggressive for the presence of God in finding out what His plans for us but not sacrificing humility. Matthew 6:33 tells “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” This, however, should not be mistaken as giving up things we want, such as career BUT to seek  God first before anything else. And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me. (Luke 18:39) tells us to not hesitate to call for the second time if no response was received during the first. Don’t hold back to actively pursue Jesus.

3. BE BOLD. Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight. (Luke 18:41). Ask God what we want in confidence and with a pure heart.

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JULIA A’BELL. Julia, alongside her husband Joel, is the Lead Pastor of Hillsong Australia. She is responsible for the outworking of the vision in the Australian campuses, including Hillsong Sisterhood. Julia is passionate about empowering people and building the local church. She has an enthusiasm for life which is evident in her communication style. She has been married to her best friend Joel for 21 years and adores being the mum of Harmony and Eli.

Amalayer, Amaladygard, at Amangatao

…Amangatao — who are now being motivated to become citizen journalists — are not just given the power to move our nation but also given the responsibility to move on a positive direction, one that moves towards progress.

A pissed off lady. A lady guard. A “kuya” trying to calm her down. A person who took a video and uploaded it to the Internet for the world to see. And a lot of people dipping themselves into this event. That’s all it would take to make a worldwide trend on Twitter.

Why Amalayer? A play of word on the most pronounced phrase, “I’m a liar?”, throughout the video, where a lady passenger is seen pissed off with a lady security guard on a train station. According to the official statement of the transit’s management, the lady passenger did not go through the standard procedure of having bags checked prior entry for security reasons.

The passenger, insisted however, that the security personnel, whom netizens tagged as ‘Amaladygard’, Amalayer’s nemesis and a wordplay of “I’m a lady guard,” was the first one to be rude when she tried to catch Amalayer’s attention.

This resulted to a whole bunch of online ridicule casted against Amalayer. From grammar, to pronunciation, and up to the point where she invoked her status being an educated person — nothing was spared. The video went viral, along with video spoofs, which I find funny, but looking into Amalayer’s side, has become very demeaning.

Is Amalayer a victim? Definitely. The video does not present the other side — which puts into question: what did Amaladygard do to piss Amalayer in such manner that she had led herself into public humiliation?

We all have our own share of bad days or even blown out of proportion reactions. Lucky for most of us, no man has caught it on video and uploaded it on the web. However, this is a precaution that Amangatao — who are now being motivated to become citizen journalists — are not just given the power to move our nation but also given the responsibility to move on a positive direction, one that moves towards progress.

The ultimate lesson from this Amalayer incident? Simple. Conduct yourself properly in public. I agree she is yet another victim of cyberbullying, yet I see it as a wake up call to all of us — politicians, celebrities, public personalities AND EVEN PRIVATE CITIZENS — we are accountable for our actions, and in this case our reactions, in public.

This is Xy, #breakingthesilence.

P.S. Author intentionally opted not to mention the real name of Amalayer not to make fun of her, but to at least not to make her name more public than it is now. Amangatao is a wordplay of “Ang mga Tao”, or “The People.”