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  • As children, we find joy in reading tales of princesses, kings and queens, dragons and magic, anything that tickles our imagination. We dream about dancing with princes and flying on magic carpets, we picture genies, gypsies, and at such an early age, loathe the evil witches that ruin the protagonists adventure. We would al-ways want to get to the best part, where the evil is finally defeated and the curse is lifted from the damsel in distress. Almost all of our wishes are made of fairy-tale endings and fairy dust, and growing up, we were made to believe that happy ever after does exist.

    But as we grew old and learned more about lifes ways, we eventually realize that storybook characters are mere fic-tions. Our perception of reality shifted from castles and enchanted forests to universities and concrete jungles. We find ourselves picking our future life plans over our seemingly unattainable dream of becoming princes or princesses. And soon enough, the child inside us dies, and the happy ending we have always dreamt of become distorted by the harsh realities of life.

    We soon have to accept the fact that these fantasies come and go in our lives, and that they would have to be forgotten and be left in the attic to age and collect dust.

    Schoolwork and stress replaced the make-shift world weve created out of crayons and colored paper. Little do we realize that we were most carefree and content during our age of believing in fairytales.

    Maybe we havent wondered how the most important things in life, like faith and hope, are appreciated during child-hood. As Peter Pan says all you need to fly is faith, trust, and pixie dust, we could always hold onto the kid inside our hearts and keep believing that soon we would achieve the magical endings weve pic-tured. Though it may not consist of myth-ical creatures, as long as we have faith in God, good company, and all the love we deserve, our storybook lives will not end with just a happy ever after, but with a happy, content, fulfilled and optimistic life forever and ever.

    Tahilan Trails

    Forever YoungJasmine Caragay

    The Official Newsletter of Tahilan Residence and Study Center


    BER 2012

  • Back in Grade 6, I badly wanted to join a camp, but my parents said no. I guess they thought I was too young to be on my own then, but I thought I was all grown up al-ready (at 12 years old! Haha!). Besides, my friends were going, why couldnt I? Well, they had a good time at camp, meeting other students, attending leader-ship workshops, having a pageant night, etc. I thought back then Id missed a lot. But the UNIV experience just last April made me realize there were better things in store.

    Instead of a traditional debut last year, I thought of asking my parents if I could go

    to the UNIV congress in Rome instead. To my pleasant surprise, they agreed! My friend Ate Mariz and I teamed up to write a paper for the congress. Our paper, en-titled Religious Formation among Uni-versity Students as a Path to Discovering the Beauty of Truth. was accepted in the International Congress, what luck!

    What followed after was just short of magical: Holy Week with the Holy Father in the seat of Christianity, get-togethers with the Prelate of Opus Dei, sightsee-ing in the Eternal City. We listened to engaging speakers Etsuro Sotoo, Ennio Morricone, and Scott Hahn as they talked

    about art, music, and theology, respec-tively, in the talks during the UNIV con-gress. Some of us presented our papers in round-table discussions (in English) with delegates from other countries. We also had a cultural night, with performances from the different countries delegations.

    Being part of UNiV 2012 was the best 18th birthday gift I could ever ask for, more than a thousand camps put together. Those two weeks in Italy was a great time for reflection, camaraderie, cultural ex-posure, and an experience in independ-ence, too. If I could, I would join UNIV over and over again.

    Evil triumphs when good men do noth-ing. This quote from Edmund Burke in-spired me to stand up and join the pro-lifers last August 4, 2012 at the EDSA Shrine in a prayer rally for the non-pas-sage of the Reproductive Health Bill (RH Bill), which is masked as the Responsible Parenthood Bill. This event was organ-

    ized by the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Family Life together with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila but pro-lifers from all over the Philippines, re-gardless of religion, age or social status, attended the event with their red shirts on, the churchs symbol for martyrdom.

    United by the same principles, we are all saying no to the RH bill because of its in-trinsic flaws and its redundancy (in ref-erence to the Magna Carta for Women). We do not need the bill because: (1) our country is not overpopulated; (2) popula-tion control will only cause a demograph-ic shift leading to an aging population, which is anti-sustainable growth; (3) con-traceptive mentality gives a false sense of security; (4) pregnancy is not a disease to be prevented; and (5) the solution to pov-erty is not contraception but education.

    There are a lot more other reasons why we do not want the bill to be passed but they all lead to the con-clusion that the bill is anti-life and anti-Filipino.

    Upon seeing everyones well-founded spirit, I realized that the Philippines cul-ture of life is a treasure that we must fight for. The rest of the world may be against us but we have to constantly remind our-selves that morality and truth is not de-termined by the majority but by the infal-lible laws of God. With me in the prayer rally are friends from Tahilan who share the same firm stance that RH bill is not needed in the Philippines, therefore we must make our voices heard that the only thing that we need to do with this bill is IBASURA!

    UNIV Rome angela marie Cielo

    A Firm "NO"erin Fernandez

  • My Hi-5 JournalmiCa maliJan

    I have been attending the activities of Hi-5 since I was in first year high school. I am currently in my last year in high school and my Hi-5 days will be over in a few months. I would just like to share my experiences in Hi-5 that could possibly attract every high school girl out there.

    One unforgettable activity is a trip to Bahay Tsinoy in Intramuros where we learned about the Chinese culture. An-other is when we went to Binondo for a food trip. We tried different kinds of Chinese food and we even tasted an exotic food which many people are not used to eating: frog legs! There was also a time when we went to Palace in the Sky in Tagaytay for a pilgrimage to Our Lady of Fair Love. The statue of our Lady has a unique story which amazes everyone who has been there.

    These are just a few of the activities that one would not want to miss. Ac-tivities like these share one thing in common. That is, there is a doctrine class given fifteen minutes before an activity starts. This aims to increase ones knowledge about her faith so that she can also live it well.

    Aside from all of these things, mentor-ing is also a regular activity. Having a mentor has helped me become a bet-ter person by helping me get through difficulties and achieve life goals. An-other is the visit to the poor and the sick which has enabled me to help those who are less privileged through simple chat. This has made me realize that I am really lucky because I have everything I should be thankful for.

    In Hi-5, high school students are nur-tured to grow as holistic women, ac-tivities are designed for girls to grow in five aspects: cultural, spiritual, pro-fessional, doctrinal and apostolic. Be-ing in Hi-5 can prepare us so we can confidently face life after high school and soar high towards are dreams.

    The Students Portfolio is a series of talks offered for both residents and non-resi-dents of Tahilan. They aim to help college students primarily, but some can also be of help to high schoolers. They mainly focus on understanding what college is like to guide and help us. We learn more about transitioning from high school to college.

    Some of the topics such as good study habits and good time management, are well-known to us but which we usually forget. The Students Portfolio serves to remind us not only to focus but to be ef-ficient as well.

    I myself have gotten quite a lot of use-ful tips and information from the differ-ent speakers in the many talks weve had so far. Judging from my performance in the last term, I think the talks have re-ally helped me in sorting out my learn-ing techniques. Honestly, it takes time to get things like your study habits sorted out, especially if you are being exposed to a new environment, but it all comes together eventually.

    Aside from helping me academically, the talks also helped me realize that some-times its not all about academics. What we learn cant just come from our books because we honestly wont be able to remember and use all these things once we graduate. College isnt just about get-ting good grades. It is also about forming

    who you are as a person as you slowly move to the next big step in your life.

    Student's Portfolio

    ChesCa guiCo

  • College what a daunting word, but at the same time exciting. After graduating high school and being accepted in my dream school, I was confronted with a lot of prob-lems, and one of them was finding a closer place to stay. I knew that sooner or later, I must break away from my comfort zone I call my home, and explore the twists and turns of Manila. Tahilan was recommended by a fel-low friend of my mother, and we instantly checked it out; perhaps, it was love at first sight and my parents and I all decided that Tahilan is the final choice for a dorm. Four months had passed and a lot of things already happened; college was exhausting, but quite challenging and fun! I met new fr