VC-SSC Leadership Training

FAMILY. Wacky photo with my fellow officers of the Velez College-Supreme Student Council. Photo by: Grace Noelle B. Te

FAMILY. Wacky photo with my fellow officers of the Velez College-Supreme Student Council. Photo by: Grace Noelle B. Te

It was a dark, long and winding road. It was my first time passing through Cebu’s Trancentral Highway. I expected more from it though; something similar with how Baguio welcomed me when I first set foot there. Fogs, high altitude, more fogs. Almost similar to Baguio…just almost.

But really, there’s no beauty in comparisons. So I thought of forgetting the things I had in mind. Things about Baguio and its fogs or cooler environment. This is paradise in its own right, this is Balamban, Cebu.

HEAVEN. The Haven Cafe of West 35 on top of a mountain. Photo by: James Annjo Salomon.

HEAVEN. The Haven Cafe of West 35 on top of a mountain. Photo by: James Annjo Salomon.

We arrived there around 9 pm. Almost every part of the road was deserted. Only a few animals you can see wandering. Dogs barking, but their barks were inaudible from inside the car or cows taking refuge on green grasses, those that they will de devouring when the sun rises the next day.

“The beauty of nature”, I told myself. So laid back, and so different from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis. This is surely what I miss the most after having lived in Cebu City for more than 4 years.

VERDANT FOREST. The beauty outside our room at West 35 Ecomountain Resort, Balamban. Photo by: Grace Noelle Te.

VERDANT FOREST. The beauty outside our room at West 35 Ecomountain Resort, Balamban. Photo by: Grace Noelle Te.

No, nature tripping is only secondary to what we’re here for. More than appreciating what Mother Nature endowed to us, more than listening to the chirping of birds, and the awkward sound of crickets at night, what we’re really here for is to perhaps create a bond (sorry for the cheesiness) and build a team from among ourselves that would hopefully withstand a year’s worth of term in the council.

Along with Fitz, Stacy, Dennis, Grace, Tinee, Njay and our adviser Ben, we spent the whole night discovering our own selves and how we can contribute this to the council. From the lecture of Ben to the different things we have talked about, surely I can say that we have taken the bond to another level. But what’s the best thing that happened during that night were the “euphoria” moments. Needless to say, it drew a lot of laughter from us. We went to bed happy, and excited for the day to come.

The second day broke our sleep too early, or was that my alarm clock incessantly ringing? Nevertheless, it was good we were able to wake up and witness the beauty of the mountain ranges in its pristine form.

I never expected the day ahead of us would be too physical. Very physical. It was good that we had a heavy (or at least I had) breakfast that prepared me for the strenuous activity that will come our way.

ALL SMILES. Despite the exhausting way going to the cave, we still managed to smile for the camera. Photo by: Grace Noelle Te.

ALL SMILES. Despite the exhausting way going to the cave, we still managed to smile for the camera. Photo by: Grace Noelle Te.

After checking out from the West 35 (did I mention how great the place was??), we went to this cave which the locals call as “Li-lian Cave”. Reaching the cave was effort itself for you had to go down a mountain, and pass through a stream. What I felt upon seeing the cave replaced the exhaustion that seemed to have consumed me. Indeed, it was a nice cave, and I’m really hoping the local government of Balamban would develop or maintain it.

SPIDERMAN. Our SSC President, Fitz enjoying the spider web in the rope course of Adventure Park, Busay. Photo by: Dennis Gan.

SPIDERMAN. Our SSC President, Fitz enjoying the spider web in the rope course of Adventure Park, Busay. Photo by: Dennis Gan.

Next came the rope course in Adventure Park, Busay that I didn’t see coming. I thought we will just go to some other place in Balamban to do zipline. But I thought wrong. The rope course in Adventure Park was hard, especially when you had consumed almost all of your energy climbing a mountain. But fighters as we are, we didn’t concede but instead finished the course with smile and grace tucked in.

We then capped the 2-day activity with good food, and a scenic view from Lantaw, Busay.

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HERE'S TO A GREAT YEAR AHEAD. All smiles before we leave the villa. Photo by: Grace Noelle Te.

HERE’S TO A GREAT YEAR AHEAD. All smiles before we leave the villa. Photo by: Grace Noelle Te.

What was special with this 2-day activity was that we were able to get to know ourselves more. I admit, I barely know these people and experience-wise, it’s really hard working with people you barely know. After the activity, it felt like we’ve been working together for a long time already. That’s how it was life-changing.

The LTS became a venue for us to foster camaraderie that goes beyond the four walls of the SSC Office.

To my SSC Family, I am really thankful, guys, although there were ups and downs that came our way, I’m glad we were able to get through those and pushed through as planned.

Here’s to more activities and bonding moments this year!

Always,

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