May is always exciting. I think of it as Oneal’s month. It starts off with May the Fourth, then there’s his birthday, and the anniversary of the opening day of Star Wars in 1977. It’s also the month of my dad’s birthday!
May the Fourth
Star Wars weekend! Two days of Star Wars in SM Southmall!
Zamboanga for HIV
My work takes me to all sorts of places. The Philippine Legislators Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD) contracted Mulat Pinoy-Kabataan News Network to provide live social media coverage for an HIV event. It was Zamboanga City’s First AIDS Congress, and I was there to live Tweet. It was also my first time in Zamboanga!
Many years ago, Oneal and I and our geek friends organized a science fiction and fantasy convention called New Worlds. We managed that for about five years, before real life took over.
There was always Toy Con, and Cosplay Mania, but I guess there was still something missing. So our friends Aids and Macy, together with Cosplay Mania organizers Tanya and Pablo, put together NexCon.
The first one was held in Bayanihan Center, Pasig, in 2014. In May 2015, it was in SM Aura. Of course, we trooped!
Dumaguete for Oneal’s birthday
I love Dumaguete. Even if I don’t speak the language, I just feel at home there. The people are so nice. Every time I go there for work, I think, I wish Oneal were here.
Finally, I was able to go back with Oneal. There was a Cebu Pacific fare sale some months back, and I got tickets!
It was quite nice to celebrate Oneal’s birthday away from our hectic lives. We celebrated at Sans Rival Bistro, and Oneal feasted on their famous sans rival. That was pretty much the only thing on our to-do list. Really, that trip was aimless. We went there with no agenda but to relax, eat, and do nothing. And we did pretty much that!
As soon as we returned to Manila, we got back to work! I helped out with a Mulat Pinoy-Kabataan News Network workshop called Human Rights: For Youth Info. Youth reporters were given a crash course in human rights, and during the workshop they produced videos about human rights from a youth perspective. The videos were edited together into a documentary, which we later screened at schools around Metro Manila.
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