Re-post: Bos, Para Po sa Real World

antoinette jadaone, filmmaker, manila, ph

(Because it’s graduation season, I’m reposting something I wrote for my fresh grad self in 2006. That was ten years ago! But I think whatever I was feeling here as a fresh grad still rings true to at least one fresh grad today who used to think she cam change the world then started to doubt herself as soon as the first job rejection e-mail came. K lang ‘yan, gurl. Sabi nga ni Mace sa Tadhana-I know it’s so conceited of me to quote my own film, pero pagbigyan mo na ako, tutal alas-dose naman ng gabi, may excuse gumawa ng kabaliwan-“To the great people we will be.” See you at the Real World, fresh grad.)

Bos, Para Po sa Real World*

“I like dead end signs. I think they’re kind. They at least give the decency to let you know you’re going nowhere.” –Bugs Bunny

TSK, HINDI PA naman…

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An Open Letter to the Twenty-Something Who Wants to Change the World

very timely

antoinette jadaone, filmmaker, manila, ph

An Open Letter to the Twenty-Something Who Wants to Change the World
By Antoinette Jadaone

Dear Fresh Grad,

I think I saw you yesterday along Makati Avenue, clutching a brown envelope—inside are your resumés, right?—,wearing the most smart casual attire your closet will allow, waiting for the traffic light to change to red. You looked a little flustered. Why, did your job interview not go so well? It’s your fifth interview in six weeks, I hear? Don’t worry, they always say “don’t call us, we’ll call you” to almost everybody. Hindi ka nag-iisa. Oh, your best friend nailed her interview on the first try? And your other ka-barkada too? Well. Good for them. Wag ka lang inggitera.

I know, I know. You’ve already imagined yourself in your dream job immediately after graduation, getting paid—and a lot at that—doing what you love to do, so “it doesn’t feel like work at…

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