Dankë, merci, gracias, grazie, arigato, toda, mahalo, thank you, maraming salamat–here are international ways saying how grateful we are for making our event, BT@20: Going Neh-she-nuhl (“National”) a huge success! With just about two months of “gestation period”, we were able to fill the 700-seat capacity of DL Umali Hall…in fact, there were even some who were already sitting on the aisles! Puno kung puno!
Ever since I heard that there is a movie inspired by the UP College Admission Test, I’ve wanted to watch it! And and and, surprise!!! One of the lead stars is Joseph Roble, a former Brain Train UPCAT Review student. And NOT just a former student–when he was reviewing with us, I already adored him! Not just because I love Magnifico (where he played the matakaw best friend of Jiro Manio), but more because he was an ideal student: attentive, appreciative, and smart. Aaaaaaand, ang ganda ng evaluation niya sa akin (I’m not surprised though, hehe)!
And then last November, we saw Joseph at a church. I asked him whether he’d be interested to teach at BRAIN TRAIN, and he gave an affirmative reply. He gave a demo and of course it was a darn good teaching demo, and he’s in! When Jacob Elicon of the Academic0Clinic.com learned that Joseph of UPCAT the Movie is joining the Brain Train team, he strongly suggested that I arrange a film showing of UPCAT the Movie, because so many people are clamoring to watch it, himself included. I took mental note of Jacob’s suggestion.
Last summer, when all of us at BRAIN TRAIN were working our butts off, some teachers who were teaching the Introduction/Orientation handout realized that it is BRAIN TRAIN’s 20th year. And then, Eureka!: Why not have a film showing to celebrate BRAIN TRAIN’s 2nd decade of existence? I too realized that BRAIN TRAIN somehow “owns” UPCAT the Movie because, hey, one of the stars reviewed with us, passed the UPCAT, and is now part of our teaching team!
When I pitched in the idea to my colleague and Raviv’s ninong Irvin “John Lloyd” Domingo, he was ecstatic! And being Irvin, he said, “Pero ay, si Joseph lang ang bida! Hindi ako payag! Ako ang host para bida rin ako!”
But since, as I’ve said, we were working our butts off last summer, we were not able to discuss it again until after our Anvaya Cove getaway.
Before I knew it, it was already the third week of June! I had to stop procrastinating and start. Regina Martinez suggested I get Sargei Azurin to be the overall coordinator of the event. We also sought the services of Joseph Roble to create audio-visual materials and advertising posters. Of course, Irvin was to host it. I immediately called a meeting; Sargei, Joseph, Irvin, Regina, and I were in attendance. In fairness, first meeting pa lang, productive na! We were able to name the event, conceptualize the teasers, and suggest the “Irvin Oblation” logo.
We were also able to agree on the highlights of the program: AVP, performance from the teachers, awarding of UPCAT simulations topnotchers, and the film showing.
Part 2 tomorrow 🙂
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