SOCOperience

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TWELVE YEARS AGO WHEN I HAD A DREAM, A DREAM OF BEING AN EMPLOYEE IN ABS-CBN CORPORATION, ONE OF THE LEADING COMPANY IN THE PHILIPPINES.

I STARTED TO SET A GOAL, BY THE TIME I SWORN TO MYSELF THAT ONE DAY, ILL BE ONE OF THE BEST IN THAT COMPANY, ONE OF ITS PRIDE.

WILLIAM FAULKNER ONCE SAID THAT “Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. “ WHILE REACHING MY DREAM,I LEARNED THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW WHAT YOU WANT TO DO AND EVERYTHING THAT YOU CAN DO TO FULFILL YOUR DREAM.

FEBRUARY 2014, WHEN I TRIED MY LUCK IN ABS-CBN AS AN INTERN WITH THE HELP OF SOME PEOPLE  AS PART OF FULFILLING MY REQUIREMENTS THIS FIRST SEMESTER IN LPU-CAVITE.

FEBRUARY 06 2014 WHEN I MET MS.CHIE DIZON OF ABS-CBN HUMAN RESOURCE DEPARTMENT FOR AN INTERVIEW, THERE, SHE ASKED ME, “WHAT DO YOU WANT TO PURSUE AFTER YOU GRADUATED?” I SMILED AND SAY “ I  WANT TO BECOME A WRITER, A FIELD REPORTER, A FILM MAKER, A PHOTOGRAPHER, ANYTHING, EVERYTHING, BECAUSE IM OPEN IN EVERY OPPORTUNITY THAT MIGHT KNOCK MY DOOR  AND I AM TOTALLY WILLING TO GRAB IT. I WANT TO GROW IN AN ENVIRONMENT THAT WILL GIVE ME AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLORE. I DON’T WANT TO STAY IN AN ENVIRONMENT FOREVER THAT WILL ONLY GIVE ME FAME YET THERE IS NO SATISFACTION.I JUST LOVE BEING IN MEDIA.ESPECIALLY HERE IN YOUR COMPANY.”

IT WAS FEBRUARY 13,  WHEN MR.NOEL OF ABS-CBN HUMAN RESOURCE DEPARTMENT CALLED ME AND INFORMED ME FOR AN ORIENTATION THE FOLLOWING DAY AND BE READY TO SUBMMIT MY REQUIREMENTS.

I WANTED TO SHOUT! I ALMOST DID! ME? AS AN ABS-CBN INTERN?  IT’S A DREAM COME TRUE!

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FEBRUARY 27, 2014. IT WAS MY FIRST DAY IN ABS-CBN AS AN INTERN.  NOBODY CAN EXPLAIN HOW EXCITED I AM THAT DAY ^_^

I IMMEDIATELY LOOKED FOR THE OFFICE OF SOCO. WHEN I GOT THERE, I MET MS. MARGARITA DIGUANCO OR MISS APPLE FOR SHORT. SHE INSTRUCTED ME TO WAIT FOR MISS SMILE (MS.JOCELYN SAMBILAY) THE ASSOCIATE PRODUCER OF THE PROGRAM. LOOKING AROUND THE OFFICE, I WAS WONDERING…. WILL I BE ABLE TO FACE THE CHALLENGES HERE WITHOUT DOUBTING MYSELF?.. BUT OF COURSE I CAN! J

AFTER A COUPLE OF HOURS, MISS SMILE CAME IN AND GAVE ME A WELCOMING SMILE (HER NICKNAME ACTUALLY FITS HER ^_^ ) SHE ORIENTED US (WITH SANDRA) WHAT SHOULD WE DO DURING OUR 300 HOURS INTERNSHIP. 75 HOURS FOR PA WORKS ( PRODUCTION ASSISTANT ), ANOTHER 75 HOURS AS RESEARCHER AND THE REMAINING 150 HOURS FOR SP WORKS (SEGMENT PRODUCER). THAT SOUNDS EXCITING ACTUALLY.

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I SPENT MY FIRST 75 HOURS  IN PA WORKS (PRODUCTION ASSISTANT).

I MET SIR RIC, BUT I USED TO CALL HIM TATAY RIC J HE TAUGHT ME HOW TO INJEST THE MATERIALS FROM CF CARD TO THE MACHNE.HE ACTUALLY LET ME DO THE JOB AND I REALLY ENJOYED IT! HE ALSO SHARED SOME OF HIS EXPERIENCES IN ABS-CBN.

TATAY RIC IS ONE OF THE PEOPLE IN SOCO THAT I WILL NEVER EVER FORGET. HE ALWAYS REMIND ME TO VALUE MY EDUCATION AND TO STRIVE MORE TO ACHIEVE MY GOALS.

HONESTLY? I LEARNED SOMETHING FROM THAT SMALL TASK. THAT I SHOULD ALWAYS TRY TO BE THE BEST AT WHAT YOU DO EVEN IF YOU ARE DOING SOMETHING THAT SEEMS MEANINGLESS.

APRIL 01 2013 WHEN THE TEAM WENT TO STA.ROSA LAGUNA TO REENACT THE STORY OF A GIRL WHO WAS RAPED BY A GANG. (I PLAYED THE ROLE OF ONE OF THE VICTIM’S FRIEND THERE 😀 )

THEN I MET THE DIRECTOR OF SOCO FOR ALMOST 8 YEARS! WATCHING HIM HOW HE WORKS, I LEARNED THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING RESOURCEFUL. HE REMINDS US THAT WE CAN STILL MAKE A GOOD PRODUCT USING SMALL AND UNEXPECTED DETAILS IF YOU JUST THINK OUT OF THE BOX.

I WAS ONE OF THE INTERNS THAT WAS ASSIGNED IN THE CROWD CONTROL AND I MUST SAY,THAT IT TAKES A LOT OF PATIENCE TO DEAL WITH THOSE PEOPLE.

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APRIL 08 2014 WE WENT TO UP VILLAGE FOR ANOTHER REENACTMENT FOR THE STORY OF MS. RAQUEL VALERIO,ONE OF THE SEGMENT PRODUCER IN SOCO.

I VOLUNTEERED TO HER TO BECOME HER ASSISTANT DURING THE PRODUCTION AND I ENJOYED MY JOB. I ALWAYS RUN! 😀 TO LOOK FOR “THIS”, TO LOOK FOR “THAT”. TO LOOK FOR “HER”, TO LOOK FOR ”HIM” “WHAT SHOULD WE DO?” “WHAT MUST BE DONE?” “WHAT IS NEXT? “ ETC.  IT’S A VERY EXHAUSTING TASK YET SO WORTH IT BECAUSE I LEARNED A LOT FROM MISS RAQUEL.

AND I REALLY APPRECIATE WHEN SHE TOLD TO THE TEAM “AKO ANG MENTOR NYAN” WHEN SOMEONE TOLD ME “ ANG GALING MONG ASSISTANT AH?”

DURING THE PRODUCTION, I REALIZED THAT IT WOULDN’ T ALWAYS BE AS PERFECT AS WE EXPECT. I LEARNED THAT DURING THOSE FLAWS YOU HAVE TO THINK FAST. YOU HAVE TO BE BRIGHT ACTUALLY.

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MY LAST REENACTMENT IN SOCO IS THE STORY OF A 15 YEARS OLD GIRL KILLED BY HIS EX-BOYFRIEND AFTER HER JS PROM. IT’S ONE OF THE COOLESTREENACTMENT I EVER HAD BECAUSE WE ARE ASKED TO BE IN OUR COCKTAIL DRESS 😀 I ALSO PLAYED THE ROLE OF “MYRA” ONE OF THE VICTIMS FRIEND.

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I SPENT MY REMAINING 150 HOURS IN SP WORKS (SEGMENT PRODUCER) AND MY FIRST COVERAGE WAS IN ATIMONAN QUEZON!

THEN I SPENT MY ANOTHER 75 HOURS IN RESEARCH WORK. BEING A RESEARCHER IS ONE OF THE HARDEST JOB FOR ME BECAUSE ITS NOT EASY TO FIND A STORY THAT WILL CATCH YOUR VIEWERS ATTENTION. IT TAKES A LOT OF TIME,RESEARCH AND PATIENCE DEALING WITH DIFFERENT PEOPLE

OBSERVING MR. LITO PATERNO ONE OF THE RESEARCHER OF SOCO, I SAW HOW HE TALKS TO THE PEOPLE. HOW HE GETS THE INTEREST OF THE PEOPLE TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO COOPERATE WITH THE PROGRAM.

ACCORDING TO HIM, AS A RESEARCHER YOU SHOULD MASTER THE ART OF DEALING WITH DIFFERENT KINDS PEOPLE BECAUSE SOME WILL COOPERATE AND SOME ARE NOT.

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WE WENT TO ATIMONAN QUEZON WITH MISS JOANE PAYUMO,ONE OF THE SEGMENT PRODUCER OF SOCO TO INTERVIEW THE FAMILY OF THE VICTIM OF A GIRL KILLED BY HIS EX-BOYFRIEND AFTER HER JS PROM ALSO THE WITNESS AND THE POLICE INVESTIGATOR OF THE CASE. I ENJOYED WATCHING HER WHILE SHE WAS INTERVIEWING THESE PEOPLE BECAUSE SHE KNOWS HOW TO SETS A WARM CONVERSATION THAT MAKES THE INTERVIEWEE COMFORTABLE.

ALONG THE WAY, MISS JOANE, SHARED HER EXPERIENCES IN SOCO, HOW SHE HANDLE PRESSURE AND THE CHALLENGE OF WRITING A STORY.

AND THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS WHEN YOU ARE ENJOYING A VERY TIRING DAY BECAUSE YOU LOVE WHAT YOU ARE DOING.

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AND THEN WE WENT TO BATANGAS WITH MR.DENNIS GUTTIEREZ TO SEE THE ARRESTED SUSPECT IN HONYLYN LIM RAPE CASE.

DURING HIS COVERAGE, I SUDDENLY REALIZED THAT WHEN YOU ARE IN MEDIA,YOUR JOB IS NOT JUST TO DELIVER INFORMATION ANG SEEK FOR THE TRUTH BUT PART OF YOUR JOB IS TO HELP THE PEOPLE.

I REMEMBER WHEN I HAD THIS LITTLE CONVERSATION WITH HIM LAST MARCH 13. SHARING HIS EXPERIENCES, I LEARNED THAT IT’S ALWAYS ABOUT PASSION AND YOUR WILLINGNESS TO TAKE THE RISK AND TO GO TO THE EXTRA MILE WITH EXCELLENCE.

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ASIDE FROM PA WORKS, RESEACH WORKS AND SP WORKS, WE ALSO HAD A CHANCE TO WATCH MR. GUS ABELGAS, SPIELS EVERY WEDNESDAY. I SAW HOW THE TEAM WORKS TO PRODUCE A GOOD PRODUCT.

SIR GUS IS SO AMAZING. HE’S FUNNY ON HIS OWN WAY AND THE DIRECTOR IS SOBRILLIANT, REALLY. FOR ME 😀

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AND THE BEST THINGS IS, I HAD THIS “PHOTO” AND “SELFIE OPPORTUNITY” WITH MR.GUS ABELGAS!

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I LEARNED A LOT OF THINGS AND REALIZATION IN MY ALMOST 8 WEEKS OF STAY IN SOCO AS AN INTERN. I HAVE A LOT OF THINGS TO BE THANK FOR.. AND ONE OF THIS, IS MEETING THESE PEOPLE.

WITHOUT THEM, I WOULDN’T ENJOY MY INTERNSHIP. I WOULDN’T REALIZE HOW HAPPY IT IS TO BE IN AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE PEOPLE WILL SUPPORT YOU ALL THE WAY!

JUST LIKE JOHN LENNON SAYS “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”

NO MAN IS AN ISLAND. YOU NEED PEOPLE AROUND YOU AND MAKE YOUR LIFE WORTH IT.

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I AM VERY THANKFUL TO MEET THE PEOPLE BEHIND THIS PROGRAM. ESPECIALLY TO MISS SMILE THAT GAVE ME AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPERIENCE THINGS OUT OF MY EXPECTATIONS. SHE GAVE ME A CHANCE TO TEST MYSELF AND KNOW MY LIMITS AND FROM THERE, I LEARNED THAT THERE SHOULDN’T BE LIMITS WHEN YOU ARE PURSUING YOUR DREAM.

FOR ME, SCHOOL IS NOT ENOUGH TO KNOW AND LEARN EVERYTHING. THERE MUST BE AN APPLICATION. ALWAYS. SO I’M GLAD THAT I WAS GIVEN THIS OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE MY INTERNSHIP IN SUCH PROGRAM THAT FOR SURE WILL HELP ME TO ESTABLISH A STRONGER PERSONALITY AND SMART ABILITY TO BECOME PART OF THE MEDIA WORLD.

ALWAYS REMEMBER, EVERY GREAT DREAM BEGINS WITH A DREAMER! JUSTKEEP YOUR EYES OPEN AND NEVER QUIT! NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS OR HOW MANY TIMES YOU GET KNOCKED DOWN.#

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