My initial goal for joining the DICT-RIS Technical Training was to connect with a network of freelancers whom I could share experiences with. These were selfish goals. I was looking for a network of freelancers who knew what it was like and who could share their valuables tips and diskartes with me. I was also looking for a network who could refer me to better-paying jobs.

Who would have thought that in the process of looking for a network, I would find something better?

I never knew I would find a mentor who not only inspired me to become a better version of myself. He actually pushed me to it. You know how somebody takes you to the edge of a cliff, shows you how far you could fall, and then demonstrates kung pano magkakandalasug-lasog ang katawan mo if you just let yourself fall? That’s what he did to me. He took me to that cliff. He told me “You can do it. I believe in you.”

Then he let go.

I was screaming and raging at him. I couldn’t believe he would do that to me. I didn’t know then what he could clearly see: that I could fly if I wanted to. I already had my own wings but they were tucked away in defeat.

Then just as I was about to hit rock bottom, I finally found the strength to unfurl those great wings. And now I soar. I haven’t reached the summit yet. I’m not even halfway there. My ascent is slow. My wings are unused. But I can see him up there, cheering me on. Waiting for me to finally reach the peak so we can share the view together. Well, sometimes he does take the time to get down from his high perch to knock me senseless whenever I make a mistake. But that’s par for the course.

I never knew I would find friends who are just as awesome as I am. Who can share their stories with me and who would listen to my stories and can give me the kind of advice that’s completely devoid of judgement. Friends who know when to have a good time, when to be serious, and when to be meh. Friends who got my back. Angels who can neutralize my demons.

I never knew I would find inspiring people whose passion, commitment and dedication far surpass mine. When we all started, most of them were as green as the young leaves growing on the guava tree by the side of my house. But today, those same people are making better graphics than I can ever make in my lifetime. Those people know more about Photoshop CS6 than I do. Oh, how they’ve grown. And how they inspire me.

I am well and truly overwhelmed by this experience. I found my strengths. I’ve learned my limits. I’ve learned what I’m capable of and what I’m not.

But most of all, I’ve learned to trust in the goodness of people again.



Check the links below to get a good view of the websites that my fellow trainees and I have been working on for almost 2 months: