It’s Nicole everyone!!! How are you guys? I hope you are all well. This is the first time that I wrote a personal post. I want my blog to reflect who I really am and be more transparent. My blog is my haven so I want to be very comfortable writing my thoughts and ideas.

I finished my college degree last July but my graduation ceremony is in January. When I was in college, I was a member of a theater group. It is Tanghalang Saint Louis University or Tanghalang SLU (TSLU) for short. I miss being a member of this awesome group.

Let me share my story. When I was in my last year in elementary, I really wanted to try acting. I told my mom that I want to audition for the theater arts program in high school. She refused and told me that I should audion for the dance program instead. However, I did not pass and it’s ok because that is not what I really wanted in the first place. The theater program always performs in our school and our teachers will let us watch their productions. Every time I watch, I am amazed and jealous that they were given the opportunity to perform and show their talent.

Fast forward to my college days. I am a fan of Tanghalang SLU because it is a well-known group in my university. It won several awards and nominations. It won the Best Cultural Group, Hall of Fame in the 28th Aliw Awards. I was too chicken to audition because it was out of my league. But that doesn’t stop me to pursue theater arts. I joined a theater group in SABM, it was great and we joined the Drama Festival organized by TSLU. However, we lost and that made me heartbroken.

One day, when I was riding the jeepney to my school, a Tanghalang SLU member recognized me from the Drama Festival. She invited me to audition and I took that as a sign. My audition was the same day as my departmental examination in Accounting. I didn’t have much time to prepare. The audition was so hard that I just wanted it to end and cry. Luckily, I passed. Can you believe that?

(c) Ivan Icao

I thought the hardships ended after the audition but I was hell wrong. It was harder being a member. You have to please older members and go through bullies. You need to be strong emotionally and physically to survive being a member of TSLU. It is not rainbows and butterflies like I thought it would be. You need to crawl your way up and prove that you deserve to stay there. It all paid off because I received a scholarship and made my mom so happy.

I went through a lot there. But, I would never ever regret joining Tanghalang SLU. It played a big role on who I am today. I used to be oversensitive. Now, I am a very strong person emotionally. Of course, I would not forget all the wonderful people that I met. They gave color to my used to be monotonous life.

To my batchmates, I love you all so much. You guys lifted me up when I am on the verge of giving up. Motivated me to be the best I can be.

To my ates and kuyas, Thank you for teaching me the things you know.

To my adings, thank you for the love and respect. I know you guys will be great actors and actresses. I will always be your cutest ate haha.

To sir Dan, Thank you for believing in me. You opened a door of opportunities.

To ma’am Donna, thank you so much for being a great director, president, ate, and especially a friend. You have a very beautiful soul. I am so happy to see you living your dream. You deserve all the love and great things in your life. I wish you all the best <3.