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QuestionCongratulations for being published in Youngblood! Heh. I read your article. Was browsing through the yb website and found your name and I was all, holy hell, yeah that's right publish the heck outta that piece. Answer

Thanks, man. I wonder who you are though.


I Want to Hold Your Hand

The Beatles

Oh please say to me, you’ll let me be your man.


So I received an e-mail stating that our undergraduate research paper/”thesis” was accepted for an international conference. What’s amusing is that the way I am excited for this is inversely proportional to the reactions of my group mates. I mean, the chance to present your research abroad is a once-in-a-lifetime chance that you surely wouldn’t want to miss out!

But as I realized what situation we entered ourselves into I felt how challenging will this be. How will we present our paper in an audience of international practitioners, professors and students who are mostly in graduate school? And when we will get the money to travel and stay for this event? (I myself have never been abroad, nor experienced riding a plane.)

Man, this will definitely be a ride. I shall talk to my adviser at the soonest.


Diary ng Panget (Diary of the Ugly)
Viva Films, 2014 - Based on the “Diary ng Panget” Series by HaveYouSeenThisGirl (PSICOM Publishing, 2013)
I watched Diary ng Panget not because I’m a fan of the book (honestly, I’ve never read the entire book yet) but to support a fellow Wattpad author. If you’re unfamiliar, Diary ng Panget is one of the most-read publications on Wattpad (18 million “reads” so far) and has been a hit in local bookstores. The movie adaptation is the first one for a Wattpad story as well.
Eya (Nadine Lustre) was left to fend for her own after she became an orphan, working for her aunt’s eatery to fund her needs. As she learns about a ridiculous offer for a maid, she sees herself in the Sandford mansion, meeting Cross (James Reid), a schoolmate at the posh Wilford Academy who has nothing to do but make the lives of his maids miserable. The story, written in a diary format, narrates how Eya deals with her master, and the unexpected romance that comes out of the experience.
There’s no doubt that DNP’s story is silly - cliche, doesn’t make sense, like the telenovelas you see in prime time. Even the author agrees with that. But what could have made DNP attract such a huge fan base is the way it’s relate-able to its audience. The title itself spills it out, though the movie rendition employs a character that isn’t really ugly but just suffering from pimples. In fact the movie circles around how Eya strives to deal with the problem with the help of her friends Lory (Yassi Pressman) and Ian (AJ Muhlach), who bring her to salons and gives her medications for they see the inner beauty Eya is hiding.
Take note that it’s the first time that the four actors were hired for a major mainstream movie. Lustre is an unknown until DNP, and for a first timer her acting is nice and natural. It has this vibe that triggers comparisons between her and Kathryn Bernardo (which coincidentally stars in another Wattpad movie adaptation). James Reid’s good as well, though you definitely see his struggle with the Filipino language. Andre Paras (Chad) and Pressman delivered better performances in my opinion, especially with the “breakdown scenes” they have to deliver as their characters.
What’s surprising about DNP is how Viva invested a lot with its cinematography. That’s something the film studio’s known for doing since the ’80s: emphasis on color, sound and framing, with so many takes worthy for screenshots. And you definitely see the advantage of a film company having an extensive music collection, with DNP having a lot of songs that are potential chart-toppers. “No Erase”, its theme song, is definitely poised to be a “LSS”.
On the down side, the few abrupt cuts spills out the fact that the movie was rushed for the Summer deadline. Wattpad fans would be disappointed that certain important scenes were cut out, if not rushed to fit the two-hour time-frame. (I’m personally disappointed that the “Boy Bawang” scene was watered down.) And it seems Viva made the movie to appeal more to existing readers than those who haven’t read it, with the over-dependence on context clues that will make non-readers confused (such as the fact that Cross is a Student Council president and a model for Bench.) Reid was portrayed too much as a hot guy to the point of annoyance, especially when it’s imminent that the guy has a lot of potential other than showing his abs. Andre’s character was too rushed for me, not giving enough context on how he became friends with Eya.
DNP might be a silly story but the way Viva portrayed it made it more worthy of attention. It was light and fun to watch, and faithful to the book and the author’s wishes as if you imagine it the same way the author thought of the scenes as she was writing it. Anyway, I’m spoiling the ending: it’s neither of those published in Wattpad nor in the printed book. You have to watch the movie to find out what actually happened. Diary ng Panget (Diary of the Ugly)
Viva Films, 2014 - Based on the “Diary ng Panget” Series by HaveYouSeenThisGirl (PSICOM Publishing, 2013)
I watched Diary ng Panget not because I’m a fan of the book (honestly, I’ve never read the entire book yet) but to support a fellow Wattpad author. If you’re unfamiliar, Diary ng Panget is one of the most-read publications on Wattpad (18 million “reads” so far) and has been a hit in local bookstores. The movie adaptation is the first one for a Wattpad story as well.
Eya (Nadine Lustre) was left to fend for her own after she became an orphan, working for her aunt’s eatery to fund her needs. As she learns about a ridiculous offer for a maid, she sees herself in the Sandford mansion, meeting Cross (James Reid), a schoolmate at the posh Wilford Academy who has nothing to do but make the lives of his maids miserable. The story, written in a diary format, narrates how Eya deals with her master, and the unexpected romance that comes out of the experience.
There’s no doubt that DNP’s story is silly - cliche, doesn’t make sense, like the telenovelas you see in prime time. Even the author agrees with that. But what could have made DNP attract such a huge fan base is the way it’s relate-able to its audience. The title itself spills it out, though the movie rendition employs a character that isn’t really ugly but just suffering from pimples. In fact the movie circles around how Eya strives to deal with the problem with the help of her friends Lory (Yassi Pressman) and Ian (AJ Muhlach), who bring her to salons and gives her medications for they see the inner beauty Eya is hiding.
Take note that it’s the first time that the four actors were hired for a major mainstream movie. Lustre is an unknown until DNP, and for a first timer her acting is nice and natural. It has this vibe that triggers comparisons between her and Kathryn Bernardo (which coincidentally stars in another Wattpad movie adaptation). James Reid’s good as well, though you definitely see his struggle with the Filipino language. Andre Paras (Chad) and Pressman delivered better performances in my opinion, especially with the “breakdown scenes” they have to deliver as their characters.
What’s surprising about DNP is how Viva invested a lot with its cinematography. That’s something the film studio’s known for doing since the ’80s: emphasis on color, sound and framing, with so many takes worthy for screenshots. And you definitely see the advantage of a film company having an extensive music collection, with DNP having a lot of songs that are potential chart-toppers. “No Erase”, its theme song, is definitely poised to be a “LSS”.
On the down side, the few abrupt cuts spills out the fact that the movie was rushed for the Summer deadline. Wattpad fans would be disappointed that certain important scenes were cut out, if not rushed to fit the two-hour time-frame. (I’m personally disappointed that the “Boy Bawang” scene was watered down.) And it seems Viva made the movie to appeal more to existing readers than those who haven’t read it, with the over-dependence on context clues that will make non-readers confused (such as the fact that Cross is a Student Council president and a model for Bench.) Reid was portrayed too much as a hot guy to the point of annoyance, especially when it’s imminent that the guy has a lot of potential other than showing his abs. Andre’s character was too rushed for me, not giving enough context on how he became friends with Eya.
DNP might be a silly story but the way Viva portrayed it made it more worthy of attention. It was light and fun to watch, and faithful to the book and the author’s wishes as if you imagine it the same way the author thought of the scenes as she was writing it. Anyway, I’m spoiling the ending: it’s neither of those published in Wattpad nor in the printed book. You have to watch the movie to find out what actually happened. Diary ng Panget (Diary of the Ugly)
Viva Films, 2014 - Based on the “Diary ng Panget” Series by HaveYouSeenThisGirl (PSICOM Publishing, 2013)
I watched Diary ng Panget not because I’m a fan of the book (honestly, I’ve never read the entire book yet) but to support a fellow Wattpad author. If you’re unfamiliar, Diary ng Panget is one of the most-read publications on Wattpad (18 million “reads” so far) and has been a hit in local bookstores. The movie adaptation is the first one for a Wattpad story as well.
Eya (Nadine Lustre) was left to fend for her own after she became an orphan, working for her aunt’s eatery to fund her needs. As she learns about a ridiculous offer for a maid, she sees herself in the Sandford mansion, meeting Cross (James Reid), a schoolmate at the posh Wilford Academy who has nothing to do but make the lives of his maids miserable. The story, written in a diary format, narrates how Eya deals with her master, and the unexpected romance that comes out of the experience.
There’s no doubt that DNP’s story is silly - cliche, doesn’t make sense, like the telenovelas you see in prime time. Even the author agrees with that. But what could have made DNP attract such a huge fan base is the way it’s relate-able to its audience. The title itself spills it out, though the movie rendition employs a character that isn’t really ugly but just suffering from pimples. In fact the movie circles around how Eya strives to deal with the problem with the help of her friends Lory (Yassi Pressman) and Ian (AJ Muhlach), who bring her to salons and gives her medications for they see the inner beauty Eya is hiding.
Take note that it’s the first time that the four actors were hired for a major mainstream movie. Lustre is an unknown until DNP, and for a first timer her acting is nice and natural. It has this vibe that triggers comparisons between her and Kathryn Bernardo (which coincidentally stars in another Wattpad movie adaptation). James Reid’s good as well, though you definitely see his struggle with the Filipino language. Andre Paras (Chad) and Pressman delivered better performances in my opinion, especially with the “breakdown scenes” they have to deliver as their characters.
What’s surprising about DNP is how Viva invested a lot with its cinematography. That’s something the film studio’s known for doing since the ’80s: emphasis on color, sound and framing, with so many takes worthy for screenshots. And you definitely see the advantage of a film company having an extensive music collection, with DNP having a lot of songs that are potential chart-toppers. “No Erase”, its theme song, is definitely poised to be a “LSS”.
On the down side, the few abrupt cuts spills out the fact that the movie was rushed for the Summer deadline. Wattpad fans would be disappointed that certain important scenes were cut out, if not rushed to fit the two-hour time-frame. (I’m personally disappointed that the “Boy Bawang” scene was watered down.) And it seems Viva made the movie to appeal more to existing readers than those who haven’t read it, with the over-dependence on context clues that will make non-readers confused (such as the fact that Cross is a Student Council president and a model for Bench.) Reid was portrayed too much as a hot guy to the point of annoyance, especially when it’s imminent that the guy has a lot of potential other than showing his abs. Andre’s character was too rushed for me, not giving enough context on how he became friends with Eya.
DNP might be a silly story but the way Viva portrayed it made it more worthy of attention. It was light and fun to watch, and faithful to the book and the author’s wishes as if you imagine it the same way the author thought of the scenes as she was writing it. Anyway, I’m spoiling the ending: it’s neither of those published in Wattpad nor in the printed book. You have to watch the movie to find out what actually happened.

Diary ng Panget (Diary of the Ugly)

Viva Films, 2014 - Based on the “Diary ng Panget” Series by HaveYouSeenThisGirl (PSICOM Publishing, 2013)

I watched Diary ng Panget not because I’m a fan of the book (honestly, I’ve never read the entire book yet) but to support a fellow Wattpad author. If you’re unfamiliar, Diary ng Panget is one of the most-read publications on Wattpad (18 million “reads” so far) and has been a hit in local bookstores. The movie adaptation is the first one for a Wattpad story as well.

Eya (Nadine Lustre) was left to fend for her own after she became an orphan, working for her aunt’s eatery to fund her needs. As she learns about a ridiculous offer for a maid, she sees herself in the Sandford mansion, meeting Cross (James Reid), a schoolmate at the posh Wilford Academy who has nothing to do but make the lives of his maids miserable. The story, written in a diary format, narrates how Eya deals with her master, and the unexpected romance that comes out of the experience.

There’s no doubt that DNP’s story is silly - cliche, doesn’t make sense, like the telenovelas you see in prime time. Even the author agrees with that. But what could have made DNP attract such a huge fan base is the way it’s relate-able to its audience. The title itself spills it out, though the movie rendition employs a character that isn’t really ugly but just suffering from pimples. In fact the movie circles around how Eya strives to deal with the problem with the help of her friends Lory (Yassi Pressman) and Ian (AJ Muhlach), who bring her to salons and gives her medications for they see the inner beauty Eya is hiding.

Take note that it’s the first time that the four actors were hired for a major mainstream movie. Lustre is an unknown until DNP, and for a first timer her acting is nice and natural. It has this vibe that triggers comparisons between her and Kathryn Bernardo (which coincidentally stars in another Wattpad movie adaptation). James Reid’s good as well, though you definitely see his struggle with the Filipino language. Andre Paras (Chad) and Pressman delivered better performances in my opinion, especially with the “breakdown scenes” they have to deliver as their characters.

What’s surprising about DNP is how Viva invested a lot with its cinematography. That’s something the film studio’s known for doing since the ’80s: emphasis on color, sound and framing, with so many takes worthy for screenshots. And you definitely see the advantage of a film company having an extensive music collection, with DNP having a lot of songs that are potential chart-toppers. “No Erase”, its theme song, is definitely poised to be a “LSS”.

On the down side, the few abrupt cuts spills out the fact that the movie was rushed for the Summer deadline. Wattpad fans would be disappointed that certain important scenes were cut out, if not rushed to fit the two-hour time-frame. (I’m personally disappointed that the “Boy Bawang” scene was watered down.) And it seems Viva made the movie to appeal more to existing readers than those who haven’t read it, with the over-dependence on context clues that will make non-readers confused (such as the fact that Cross is a Student Council president and a model for Bench.) Reid was portrayed too much as a hot guy to the point of annoyance, especially when it’s imminent that the guy has a lot of potential other than showing his abs. Andre’s character was too rushed for me, not giving enough context on how he became friends with Eya.

DNP might be a silly story but the way Viva portrayed it made it more worthy of attention. It was light and fun to watch, and faithful to the book and the author’s wishes as if you imagine it the same way the author thought of the scenes as she was writing it. Anyway, I’m spoiling the ending: it’s neither of those published in Wattpad nor in the printed book. You have to watch the movie to find out what actually happened.


  1. Love who you want to and not a person someone told you to love. If you’re lucky enough to find your significant other, don’t you walk away from it.
  2. You have to remember that relationships are scary, but that shouldn’t hinder you talking to people and let them be a part of you. Don’t let your past relationship dictate your life - both present and future.
  3. Guard your heart.
  4. Don’t expect someone to be immediately happy when you told them to be. Learn that it’s okay to be sad sometimes and learn how to stop making someone feel bad for being sad.
  5. Surround yourself with people with good intentions.
  6. Respect and love your parents, because no matter what happens, whether good or bad, they’re always there for you.
  7. Being alone and being lonely are two different things. Being alone could be healthy, but no one deserves to be lonely. 
  8. Take care of yourself like how you take care of other people.
  9. It’s okay to fail at things every once in a while. It makes you learn and be better the next time around.
  10. Plan ahead, but it’s okay to be spontaneous, too. It gives out a little excitement.
  11. Take a risk. It’s one of the few things you somehow owe yourself. It gives out a rush.
  12. You don’t need anyone else’s permission to do that things that you want. If you want something and it makes you happy, claim it. 
  13. You don’t need someone else to save you. You are strong and you just need to be reminded that you could win all of your battles.
  14. Let people in and be a part of your life. You can never imagine what good it can provide you.
  15. Pray.