I never thought that I would ever do something so courageous my final year of college. Starring as the lead role for Pangkat Pilipino’s 17th Annual Pilipino American Cultural Night was something that I never in a million years thought I had the guts to do.
But I did it. And I loved every second of it.
I dove in head first when I decided to audition for this play. I went in knowing I tried to do something different and did the best I could. It paid off because I got the part! Even through all the doubters and haters, I busted my ass and gave it my all to prove them wrong. All the stress, late nights, sweat, tears and hecticness PACN has thrown me in, it was all worth it. The lights, the music, the dancing, the acting, the energy of the crowd was amazing. It gave me a high. I would do it all over again.
I am so proud of myself for doing something out-of-character. Every PACN year, I told myself I want to be a bigger part of it. And finally, I am. Executive Board, Public Relations. The lead role. I feel like I have grown so much since my freshmen year. It’s like I’ve started from the bottom now, I’m here. I did it big and I did it with a bang.
I just want to say thank you to everyone who came out to support me, especially my friends and family. I did this for you.
To my co-star, Ed. I honestly could not have done this without you. Thank you for being patient and working with me through this. I know I am an awkward turtle. Thank you for helping me come out of my shell and making my last PACN the best.
Thank you to my Brady Bunch, Myra and Jan, for believing in me, when I had doubts for myself. Thank you for the reassurance and unconditional support. I couldn’t have done it and made it through without you.
Last but not least, I never got the chance to thank the cultural coordinators of the show, my best friends, my blood, my team, my family, Joan and Candice for being the driving force, my inspiration and motivation. Thank you for all the late nights, blood, sweat, tears and heart you put into this PACN. I wouldn’t have my last any other way. Because of you, I was able to do something no wallflower would do and put myself under the spotlight. Maraming maraming maraming salamat. I love you.