Dreams do come true

The Foghorn - The Official Student Publication of the University of San Francisco

My piece on communication came out in The Foghorn today! It’s my first time to get published internationally and I am truly humbled by this experience.

“There are times where I spoke in class and couldn’t get my point across as I was struggling to find the perfect Tagalog-to-English translation. After watching certain emotional videos or heart-wrenching readings, I would find it difficult to relay my thoughts because the words I knew didn’t have an English equivalent.

It’s not a case of not knowing how to construct sentences properly or misusing the rules of grammar. The barrier stems from my personal history and my identity, just as someone from Europe, let’s say, might have trouble understanding a person of Asian descent. The difficulty for me begins when the clash of cultures make it impossible for a fluid communication to occur—that is, when the context from which we’re speaking differs in so many ways.”

Full article here: http://foghorn.usfca.edu/2012/04/filipina-exchange-student-tongue-tied-in-sf/

asianTraveler’s 10th Anniversary Issue: OUT NOW!

Tweetie de Leon-Gonzales poses for asianTraveler in this month's Passion Capitals issue

From October-December of last year, I have worked closely with the team of asianTraveler Magazine and helped produce their 10th anniversary issue, with the theme  being ‘Passion Capitals’.

The issue is out today, so I do hope all you folks in Manila and those taking flights in Singapore and Malaysian Airlines, secure a copy right now. I’ve done a couple of pieces, with my recent trip to India being one of the highlights of this release.

I do hope you guys enjoy this issue. I’ve had so much fun working for this publication and I’m sure it’s evident in the pieces that I’ve written. I can’t wait to get back home and hopefully find work again!


The ‘working’ girl (October 18-26, 2011)

I walked the streets of Makati after attending the Rags2Riches Masaya Collection Launch by Oliver Tolentino and only one thing was going through my mind: Gusto ko nang magtrabaho.” After graduation, I bet I would most definitely disagree with my statement above, but as of the moment, I couldn’t have asked for anything more than what I’m doing.

I started working last week for asianTraveler Magazine as an account executive trainee handling client relations before moving on as part of the editorial / writing team. Although I enjoyed managing accounts and doing media visits, I instantly found my comfort zone in being absorbed into the publication.

The photo above contains some of the snapshots I’ve taken throughout the entire week. My officemates, Argie and Mia, made it so easy for me to settle in and I could not have asked for better co-workers ever! They made my first week a smooth-sailing ride and made sure the first job jitters were things I wouldn’t have to deal with anytime during my stay.

The Foto a Foto Exhibit in the Metropolitan Museum of Manila was one experience I’ve added to my list of forget-me-nots. Getting to meet President Aquino III (from afar, though) and the Ambassador of Spain, Jorge Domecq (with photos, too!) in person is probably one of the many highlights this job will get to give me. The Rags2Riches Launch was something interesting, too. As it was my first time to watch a fashion show seated in prime seats, I was definitely awed when the models who graced the stage were right within my reach. Talk about tangible beauty!

This was real, I thought to myself, and it felt so great. I’m pretty excited for the duration of my stay with asianTraveler. I will be eternally grateful to the entire publication, board, and staff for giving me the perfect training ground that I have been long in search for.

Until my next (and hopefully more exciting) post, safe travels ahead! 


The GUIDON goes Lacoste, et. al.

Yesterday was a bucketful of happy hormones for myself yet again. I spent the entire afternoon with amazing people and went on a shoot for this academic year’s column profile photos for The GUIDON. We headed off to Camera Cart Studios in Maginhawa and needless to say, it was quite the experience. I tried to take a few (awfully blurry) camera phone photos here and there, but of course nothing can beat the magic of my friend and Photo Editor, Pia Guballa.

Without further ado, here’s my wonderful day in photos!

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