44 wj facts @44

since it is my birthday, i decided to be a little intimate with you, my dearest friends, regular patrons, and visitors.

i’ll let you have a special tour of me via these facts (or myths to some…hahahaha) which made me realize how truly blessed i am as i continue to enjoy my existence.

FACT 1

my name in my birth certificate is MAURINE MEDIAVILLO, but i have been writing MAUREEN from the time i learned to scribble it. correction of my name had to undergo a legal process. on the other hand, my baptismal name is MA. MAURENE! (confusing, eh?)

FACT 2

i only learned that my real birth date is APRIL 20, 1969 when i decided to prepare my documents before i got married in 1997. for the past long years, i have been celebrating my natal day every 21st of APRIL. as i result, i have two birth dates to acknowledge. 🙂 🙂

FACT 3

 i am the youngest in the family but never did i experience how it is to be   a brat.

FACT 4

i was born in old albay but grew up in daraga town, thus making me master the daraga dialect first before legazpi dialect.

FACT 5

my favorite game is “TEACHER-TEACHERAN” since i was in grade one but tried changing my destiny after graduating in high school.

FACT 6

my favorite childhood playmates from ilawod dos were dalyn (she’s now my cousin-in-law), tinsoy and gigi. we’re all musically-inclined that’s why we’re able to earn a good amount of money every caroling season.

FACT 6

i was a regular figure at daraga park where i met an accident while playing on the see-saw.

FACT 7

 i loved climbing fruit trees especially aratilis.

FACT 8

when i was around 8 or 9 years old, i loved playing “baril-barilan” (war games) but i would only be allowed to play it if my older brother’s team lacked 1 member.

FACT 9

at an early age, i manifested talent in cooking already. what we cooked was sneakingly taken from our neighbor’s garden or solicited from the wet market’s vendors.

FACT 10

fishball has been my favorite street food.

FACT11

when i was in elementary, i could memorize a long poem and song in an hour.

FACT 12

 i loved singing imelda papin’s (ngiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!) songs during the jukebox era.

FACT 13

in my whole childhood life, i was able to own only one plastic doll (looking like a voodoo doll) bought by my sister olen during the daraga town fiesta. it was made of plastic and with it were a plastic tub and a plastic nursery bottle. i had to sew its dress because it was naked and it’s gender couldn’t be deciphered.

FACT 14

i hated sleeping during siesta hour but couldn’t do anything when told by my parents and grandfather.

FACT 15

i had also experienced having lice and would cry every time my mama would remove them because i could not go out and play. i would only agree if she would give me a five-centavo coin just to allow her to do it.

FACT 16

i was spanked by my father just once when i snuck out from our house to join my brother joseph and our first cousins in a swimming spree at the  fish pond near bicol university pilot elementary school (BUPES), my alma mater!

FACT 17

i was very fond of playing football when i was in grade four that’s why i would often bring a plastic ball with me and play it every break time.

FACT 18

i showed interest in business at an early age. i brought goodies (including white turnips!)  to be sold to my classmates. unluckily, it did not prosper.

FACT 19

 no boy classmate had ever made me cry. it’s the other way around. 🙂

FACT 20

i had my first and only birthday party ever when i turned 14.

FACT 21

i held two positions (president and monitor) in freshmen but regretted it when i decided for our section to leave the classroom after a 15-minute grace period for our late teacher.  our social studies teacher became very angry to the whole class (i would never forget her tearing all our paper after every quiz until she got tired).

FACT 22

i would always look forward to our intramurals because i got to play my fave sports – volleyball, softball, and soccer. i wanted to also play badminton but we had no money to buy me a racket.

FACT 23

my inclination in theater and performing arts was intensified when i was given the task to write scripts, direct plays and choreograph dances.

FACT 24

after second year, i thought i would transfer to manila with my family and continue my secondary education there. i was left in bicol and stayed with my eldest sister who became my guardian for two years.

FACT 25

i experienced leaving my sister’s house out of anger and hurt feelings and stayed with my grandparents (my mother’s aunts) for two days. main cause: she did not agree to pay my CAT uniform.

FACT 26

CAT period was my favorite in fourth year because it’s time to be militaristic in my bearing during drills in the football field.

FACT 27

i was courted formally by a fourth year electrical engineering student when i was in my last year in high school. it took him 5 years before i finally answered him making him my first official boyfriend but in a long-distance relationship.

FACT 28

after graduating in high school, our being financially challenged had me stopping for a year which made me value education more. 

FACT 29

my first course in college was BS CHEMISTRY but i had to shift to AB/BSE  the next semester when my first choice was dissolved due to failure of the institution to produce board passers.

FACT 30

my tuition fee for 21 units at philippine normal college (now philippine normal university) in 1987 was around php 250.00 only! my sister nano, who was already working at that time, became my benefactor but she did not know that i qualified for a scholarship in two semesters afterwards.

FACT 31

generally i was a straight college student whose routine was always house-school-house that’s why when the 1990 earthquake occurred, i was already home while my other classmates were still at pnc doing monkey businesses.

FACT 32

i had my second boyfriend when i was in third year college but i did not have the courage to introduce him to my family since having a boyfriend while i was still studying was taboo!

FACT 33

my treasured people in college were my friends  – francis, soc and beth whose goals in life were almost the same as mine: TO FINISH COLLEGE AND LAND A TEACHING JOB AT ONCE.

FACT 34

i was earning php 7,000/month in 1991 in the very first school where i taught. that year, it was the highest-paying chinese-filipino school in manila until our founder-director died.

FACT 35

i was honed to be a seasoned teacher for 18 years in a school which  taught me to open my hearts to the yellow race.

FACT 36

i enjoyed my single-blessedness to the fullest via out-of-town escapades, concert watching, film viewing and discoing with one of my best friends, beng.

FACT 37

i met my third boyfriend in 1995 through an ex-suitor. i had no inkling that my third beau is destined to be my future husband.

FACT 38

at age 28, i had a curfew every time i would go out on a date with larry. my sister nano was the one who set it.

FACT 39

my wedding date was changed from december 22 to december 30, 1997 due to a superstitious belief that it’s better to get married when there’s a full moon (not a tummy that is full-blown).

FACT 40

i wished to have twin children and it was granted when i had my first pregnancy.

FACT 41

i was thankful that i was able to tell my father that i loved him very much before he joined our Creator but failed expressing it to my mother.

FACT 42

i had my running as one of my passions which had led me to a lot of beautiful changes including the realizations of several fantasies.

FACT 43

i found a new family in san beda college alabang which was my dream school to teach for more than a decade.

FACT (OR MYTH) 44

i am 44 today, but i feel like i am only 35! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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2 thoughts on “44 wj facts @44

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  1. It’s refreshing to read those significant facts in your years of existence. love you clincher at fact no. 44. As one of those closest to you, I regret not being able to hear some of those amusing stories from you because the best part of our friendship was spent on listening to our own personal woes, building each other’s morale in the face of challenges and sharing both our interests.

    It’s 1:40 am while I was typing this post for April 21–the day I’ve known your birth date. Though you mentioned to me once that April 20 is your real bday, I stick with the 21st because that is what is recorded in my mind. ( btw, nobody told you that for the past 28 years? Oh my G!)

    Anyway FRIEND, here’s something for you. I collected some photos in your blog to make a video for you. Unfortunately, circumstances didn’t permit me.

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    1. in whatever way you do to make me feel thought of and loved, i am always appreciative of it, friend.

      thank you so much for taking time to read these facts. yes, the LISTENING, BUILDING and SHARING were the reasons why up to now, our friendship has remained strong.

      for my family and me, it’s also april 21. the force of habit of remembering my birthday every 21st is difficult to change.

      wow. soooo feminine. love the flowers, the color and of course the message.

      thank you, thank you and thank you. 🙂

      Like

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