Monday, March 03, 2008

Beginning the Transition

It has been a while since I was really able to write something worth reading in this Blog. I guess I am really just busy or maybe pretending that I am busy. Yes, graduation is really taking its toll in me but I guess I really have to write. I think as I say goodbye to my last days as a cadet, I just have to take some time to look back and be thankful for all of it.

Yesterday, when I came up to Baguio after four long days (and nights) of lay outing and editing the graduation issue of the Corps Magazine, I had a thought as I made the last stop over in Sison, Pangasinan. I realized that it would be the last time that I will be stopping in that stop over as a cadet. I mean, the next time that I will be stopping there would be because I really had the intention to come up to Baguio, maybe to visit some friends or just have a vacation. Gone are the days when I am forced to ride on a bus going up because I have to be at Baguio at a certain time. The feeling is not that good as I discuss it with another classmate who was with me. It was a weird feeling really. And so, I fell that somehow, although this blog can be full of all the many memories I had inside this Academy, it is still worth a few moments to really write about the things that made my stay hear special. I guess this maybe my form of saying goodbye to Baguio City, to PMA and more importantly to being a cadet.

In a comment by a frequent visitor to this Blog, he said that it was a good thing that I am able to share my life inside this academy. I guess, with his following my blog entries, I believe he has more or less a better idea of how things really are in this Academy, beyond the publicity and the perception that is attributed to this institution. I think that subconsciously, that was partly the reason why I kept on writing in this blog. I simply wanted to give people a glimpse of how we go about our lives here to somehow put a little humanity on the cadets. I feel that by doing that, the public will be more understanding and more importantly more supportive of the reasons why we do the things that we do. Of course, there have been times that I was criticized. There were occassions that I had to edit out entries or not publish it altogether for fear of exposing the things that I am not to expose. In the almost four years that I have been blogging inside the Academy, I have learned to censor myself on topics to write about without really sacrificing my independence on the way I perceive things. But with those limitations, I do think that this blog was still successful in being true to its name -- a diary inside Melchor Hall.

And so I continue to write. In the coming days, I will begin with the transition of this blog from inside my beloved Academy to that of the bigger organization I will be joining... the Armed Forces of the Philippines, more particularly the Philippine Army. I believe there will be more challenges ahead and the surprises will be more different. As I continue my journey, I am hoping that the learning process will be worthwhile and at the same time the message I am trying to communicate will be able to at least lead to an understanding of the person behind the soldiers that fight for this country.
At this point, I am opening people's comments about this blog, kindly comment on anything that you feel about this blog. Just say your honest opinion and perhaps I will be able to use that to improve myself and the way I write about my experiences. Thank you very much people...


MJ said...

I have been reading some of your blogs since Saturday (March 15, 2008). Your stories of PMA made me remember my cadet friend who passed away a few years back because of an airplane crash at Loakan airport.

Well, keep on writing your thoughts and congratulations on your graduation!

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