Wrapping up my 2015

Happy Holidays everyone!

This year has been a ride for everyone. Some may say this has been a great year for them, while some it may be on the down side – the opinion lies within each individual. So for this last article for this year, I would love to share my adventure throughout this year. I am going to wrap it up using my words, for this year has been giving me great rides.

Does anybody feel as if it was just like yesterday that 2015 has begun? I could still remember how I packed up some shirts to wear for a mass on the 24th of December. Then 5 minutes before midnight of the 31st , everybody is ready to light their firecrackers as we embrace the year 2015.


2015 was my most busiest, yet productive year ever! I was about to finish my college by the end of March. It was a tough ride – not only for me, but also to my fellow colleagues. All the nights we spent studying for the final exams and all the coffee I drank from four (4) different coffee shops in the city. We have surely burned the midnight oil for us to be able to achieve what we want – to graduate.

Next, graduation was up! We did it! For four (4) long years we made it! It was one of our great achievements that we have survived college. All the hard-work and sacrifices have paid off. On the other hand, it was both a personal goal and relationship goal for me and my girlfriend – Rosenblum Legaspi (search her up! :D). We have been through almost everything in school, from studying, hospital duties, having fun with friends, soccer games, and much other stuff.

Me and my Rosen :)

Next stop this year was our Nursing Licensure Exam. Approximately 2 months after our graduation, I and Rosen gambled to take the board exam earlier. This is unorthodox to what others usually do. To cut the long story short – we made it again! We passed the Licensure Exam – another seemingly a relationship goal again as to what the social media calls it. We were license nurses here in the Philippines and got our ID’s (1) one month after the result has been posted.

The two (2) paragraphs alone make it seems to be easy and smooth but In fact, these paragraphs consists a lot of sacrifices, happy, sad, full of anxiety moments. Moments which when I relinquish in my mind makes me want to pat my back and say “good job Stephen, you did it”.

When the year was about to end, my adolescence stage has slowly faded away as my 21st birthday has arrived. Transition, accomplishments and change sums up my 2015.

Now that 2015 is going to leave us for good soon, may we always remember to thank the people who surround us all year round. The people who have inspire us to do the unthinkable, the people who have made us smile and made us who we are for the next few years ahead.

Retreat to what we have learned from this year and keep eyeing on our goals for the 2016.




Xavier Days Recap

For the past years, Xavier University have been commemorating its seemingly like “anniversary” through festive celebration – called by many as “Xavier Days’. This year’s theme, Xavier Our Common Home, tries to remember that the University’s Premises has been the battle ground of a great number of individuals scattered around the world – and at least even just for few days in a year, we come together as a community to celebrate our origins.

Photo Courtesy to “Crusader Publication”


The “Xavier Days” celebration has been one of the most sought for events in the University. Booths are built throughout the campus; festive lights were hanged around – commencing also the advent of Christmas. Thus every year, the University’s celebration brings the pace of Christmas spirit in the city.
Significantly, this year’s Xavier Days brought a considerable amount of people than last year’s event. This is on account of the great social media advertising of the organizers; for example the University’s official Publication team – the “Crusader”.
The Opening day started at 3pm, December 2, 2015. A sprinkle of rain at that moment didn’t halt the celebration, in lieu there was unexpected increase number of crowd even on opening day.


Photo Courtesy to “Crusader Publication”

This year, like every year – we are received by the Xavier’s Band and a mass. A full length of line in the CIT building for the horror house, and the movie showing on the soccer field which is a newly thought idea since Fr. Bobby sat as the president in the year 2012. And indeed the most awaited Rave party and fireworks display on the last day by the increasing “party people” of Cagayan de Oro city.
Well, we shouldn’t denote the increase of visitors to how “fun” the festival went, in fact to those who were here in this University for almost all of their “School Life” like me – could undeniably compare each Xavier Day for one year to the other.



  1. No JIGS this year – again
    Who will forget the vibe the JIGS(Jesuit Invitational Games) brought – especially back on Xavier University’s 74th and 75th year. Ateneo students from other part of the country come together at the same ground to celebrate with us through invitational games.
    Hand in hand – these games brings back the times when Xavier Day’s “FUN” starts the whole day round, unlike these present years where people decides to go only at night, because what can we expect during the day?
  2.  FAQ’s
    -A statement from an alumnus (around 1990’s) – “naay dula -basketball karon buntag?”
    -Alumnus (2000) – “unsay lingaw sa XU karon?”
    -Alumnus (2014) – “sa Gabie(evening) rata adto XU”
    -Alumnus (2015) – “Unsay movie ipa show this year?’
    -Alumnus (2014) – “sa Gabie(evening) raman lingaw ang XU days’
    -Alumnus (2007) – “walay JIGS?”
    -Alumnus (2015) – “what if dili ko ‘RAVE’ person?”


Photo Courtesy to “Crusader Publication”


In the end, let us not forget the true motive of having these Festivals every year. For 80 years and more, Xavier University has been moulding individuals. Such individuals whom we see in every corner in the world; contributing from simple to great deeds. This university is indeed the battle ground of every Filipino, an institution nurturing great young individuals to be men and women for others and great leaders. Thus it is of great importance for us to at least ones a year commemorate our origins through these celebrations we call “Xavier Days” and to come home, relive and share the experiences we have with our Alma Mater.

Ad Majorem de Gloriam



Photos in the article – Courtesy to “Crusader Publication