October 12, 2012.
September 27, 2012. As a requirement for one of our Evidence class in law school, some of us has to present a visual case report. One of our classmates asked some of us to pose in tableaus as policemen and criminal suspects, complete with costumes. SO after one of our evening classes, we went to some street perpendicular to España and shot some photos. It was a hilarity! And an embarrassment for those who posed, so I won’t upload them here.
Since we were all in this together, the block decided to have dinner together beforehand at everyone’s default go-to place for gatherings–Shakey’s España.
September 1, 2012. The end of our midterm exams always calls for a collective celebration with the class! Our modest venue for this particular party is one of the billiards room in Savory Restaurant along Earnshaw in Sampaloc, Manila, just a few blocks and a few minutes drive from the UST campus.
It was a night of drunken karaoke fun. We didn’t really play billiards. Haha. We instead converted the pool table it into our food table and bar, much to the horror of the restaurant owner perhaps.
May 4-5, 2012. I joined the traditional leadership training seminar (LTS) organized by the incoming UST Law student council, as a member of the outgoing council. It was held in a resort in Olongapo, Zambales.
April 20, 2012. Some friends from law school and I took a day from our summer break to go on a road trip east of Metro Manila to the western towns of Rizal.
Our first stop was the town of Rodriguez, just half an hour’s drive from Quezon City, to frolic in the waters of the the abandoned Wawa Dam and its reservoir.
Situated upstream from Marikina River, Wawa Dam is an American colonial-era infrastructure nestled at the foothills of the Sierra Madre mountains flanked by two majestic natural limestone walls covered in lush foliage. It used to supply water to Manila until the building of the Angat Dam in Bulacan. By legend, it was the infamous Bernardo Carpio who caused the separation of the limestone mountain which stood right where the dam is, as he was breaking free from bondage, and thus resulted in the flow of water creating the river that leads to Marikina.
We proceeded to Antipolo, further upland into Rizal where we paid a visit to Antipolo Church, a famous pilgrimage site, and to some waterfalls made infamous by a popular folk song, Hinulugang Taktak.
The falls, however, have all but lost its traditional charm, and nowhere is it near its folk song glory, having turned into a massive catch basin for detergent and other sewerage from residents upstream.
Before heading out of Antipolo, we dropped by the ‘pasalubong center’ to sample some local rice cakes to take home.
We were supposed to drive further east to the town of Tanay to end our day trip in the waterfalls of Daranak and Batlag, but my classmates didn’t think it was a good idea, as it was getting dark late in the afternoon.
As an alternative, we proceeded south of Antipolo to a town along the banks of Laguna Lake, Angono, famous for its artisan families. We ended our trip with some drinks at Nemiranda’s Arthouse’s restaurant.