Most people think that 2016 will be remembered as a tragic year. Brexit happened. The best president the Philippines never had passed away. UST Growling Tigers team absorbed its worst UAAP season coming from a silver title last year (lol biased). Obama’s term was over. Not everyone was delighted by the results of votes in the US. Marcos was buried in the LNMB. Philippine peso continues to hit low. Death upon death of innocent children were disrupted.

But perhaps, despite all the bad things that took place this year, I may cheer us up by mentioning the good that has happened to me through the help of the people around me (hey, you may be included right here):

To our dear Lord. I have made lots of bad decisions this year but You still guided me throughout the whole process. You didn’t fail to amaze me with Your grace every time I fail even though I thought I’d succeed. You continue to shower me with blessings despite all the mistakes I’ve committed. Thank You thank You for sparing me another year of existence!

To my mentors/professors, for imparting us the knowledge in the field we’re taking and those life lessons that won’t be taught in a lecture from Fluid Mechanics nor Transportation Engineering. You really pushed us hard to possibly become the best version of ourselves.

To my OJT buddies (Gail, Kim, Jirah, Kris), can’t believe that we actually outlived that tedious day-to-day site internship at MDC. From 7am pasok pero 7-8am kain lang talaga sa Mcdo/Jollibee (to) 8am di alam ano gagawin (to) akyat 22 floors without alimak so hello leg day – ladders and stairs gaming (to) hearing heartbreak stories and real husband-wife problems from the engineers (to) witnessing actual damn mad engineers towards the laborers (to) ayoko na mag-cutting list nakakabaliw na (to) long lecture sessions with Sir Lorenz na idol ko haha (to) site visits with Sir Gero na main mentor namin (to) site visit to another location with Sir Gerald (to) wasted faces everyday while riding a jeep on the way home cos tipid gaming (to) anong papakain natin sakanila eh di naman nila tayo pinakain huhu lol and (to) all the serious advises they gave us before bidding our last good bye huhuhu i somehow miss the ojt life, somehow lang.

To my blockmates (4th year second sem), we survived the most brutal term [as what upperclassmen and alumni always remind us] in our civil engineering life! I, for one, had to take a removal exam. Lucky for me, I only had to take one exam [passed it the first time thank the heavens] because there are some who need to pass three exams plus a special project. But hey, cheer up now! We surpassed all of that and look at us right now, we’re on our last sem this coming 2017!

To my present blockmates (may isang sem pa tayo!), you guys are one of the best! I never thought we would be this close and happy. This all started during our retreat and all the days preparing for our GA (from the AVP shooting, poster, props making and sabog practices). I’ve listened to the stories from each one of you and it’s heartwarming that we have shared those without holding anything back. We’ve cried and laughed together and that’s all I’m looking forward to the last time we’re gonna be together. Thank you for believing in me, especially our thesis group, that we deserve all the best to put us in the position where we should be. But don’t forget that you all, too, deserve what we deserve! We are one and I hope that we should all march our way through the Arch of the Centuries come this May/June!

To my prayer warrior (Bryan), I’m so grateful for the things that has occurred to me since you became my prayer warrior. Sana nga lang pinagdadasal mo talaga ako hahaha joke

To my thesismates (Lorenz, Norman, Patrice, Dui), I believe now that we are a dream team! We’ve always supported each other along the way, not just with our thesis but with almost everything! We always give a helping hand and pull up each other. We share the same sentiment of accomplishing things above mediocrity. We did great last semester and I hope we’ll be do even better next term.

To my ACES fam, can’t believe I would come to the point that I’ll belong to my mother org! Thank you for trusting me the position I’m holding my name into. We all share the same goal and that is to serve the Civil Engineering community. Here’s to our remaining days; hustling for the fun-filled activities, brainstorming for a captivating caption (which I think is naging major role ko haha kidding), and more bonding moments together! We’ve been together since the ups and downs we’ve experienced before but we’re still together. Our semplanning at Bolinao last August was one for the books! Totally enjoyed it with you, guys. So yeah, God bless our last term! See y’all sa (less stressful sana) pre-sec and semplanning weee

To my dear college friends [won’t name them; I’m afraid I might forget someone again and then they’ll bully me for not mentioning them lol], you were one of my sources of strength! From cramming everything to reviewing together ’til morning to attending a mass at St. Jude for a quick escape to celebrating a birthday in the midst of a hell week to writing notes for the other! Twas hell of a year for us especially now that we’re graduating (yes, I’m claiming it!) but we’re just a step away yay! #RoadToQPav2017 #RoadToJune3 Let’s do that Pansol getaway again next year, that ang-lakas-ng-loob-kumawala-sa-acads gala just because the sem has just started and stress already paved way through our systems hahahahaha

To Wryza (wew special mention haha don’t tell this post to her, baka maiyak sya jk), you are one of the good things 2016 has given me [and you will always be even for the years to come;  yep iz u hahaha]. You became one of my constants in college, probably the one I’m closest with. Thanks for being considerate to my rants and kalandian sa lyf (ganun ka rin naman sa’kin hay). I appreciate you from hearing me out (lalo na sa facebook chat) because I just felt like you’re the one I trust with all the craziness that’s been happening in Ram’s life (you’ll be the second if I have a girlfriend by now but sad wala eh hahaha huhu). We’ve been friends for four years already and I think this year, we totally became the closest even though you hated me recently for watching Moana with my other buddies while you were fighting for Soil huhu (my bad, really). I hope  you won’t get tired sending me random facebook links or whatever you send me hahaha. Sorry for always (not always) unseen-ing you (I do that to everybody naman you know it hahahahha)

To my high school friends. Hi mga bok! We seldom see each other this year (as in kailan ba tayo nakumpleto ulit????) huhu because our scheds just won’t match. We’re adults now; some of us are studying for boards, there are still fighting in school and those already working! Look at that. I can’t stress enough that I miss you all kasi sina Edzi at Gegs lang madalas ko makasama (hello sa mga night out sessions natin with new found friends haha). We started this year complete (sa EK hahahaha) and I’m looking forward for another hangout, kahit na hindi this year basta makumpleto tayo huhu, where we can catch up with one another’s busy lives!!! I’m also so so so happy that you’re meeting someone that makes you happy one by one now huhu bakit hindi nyo ‘ko inantay magka-love life jk.

To my family. This year really tested us emotionally, financially, you name it. But thank God that we’re still tight together and pieces are being picked up to where it should be. Father celebrated his golden year with us and the family had lots of food trips together during his stay here (i miss crispy pata huhu i miss eating crispy pata three times in a week lol).

To the girl I like who gets prettier and prettier every time she gets a haircut, thank you for being with you and your friends a day before the couple’s day. Sorry for being so so so late that time (i think I made you wait alone for 2 hours huhu really not cool, Ram) but I sensed that we really had a great time eating pizzas way back then, and of course, the stories each of you had. I remember J trouncing her defense that time hehe. Our paths may have not crossed again after that encounter, but I still hope that we can next year (you said you’ll be busy kasi til the end of this year sad). I couldn’t be more proud of you overcoming your internship and presenting a paper abroad! You really are blessed for having these achievements. I just hope that the next time you have another accomplishment, we are already becoming something lol jk. Always remember that I’ll always look upon the best in you and I’m just always here! God bless you always and your family :-))

I guess that wraps up my year. In any case, I forgot someone or something to be thankful for, thank you and I apologize.

We may have suffered tremendous losses in life in 2016; let’s turn these defeats into welcoming 2017 by conquering new goals and seeking greater heights. Cheers to 2017!