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Effort! These Freshmen Faked A Twitter War Just To Stage A V-Day Surprise For Their Blockmates

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These days, ang hirap nang humanap ng taong mage-effort talaga para sa’yo. Just kidding! Hugot aside, this block from University of Santo Tomas will redefine what effort means. In a tweet, first year Communication student Julia Valencia explained on Twitter how the guys from her block staged a WHOLE social media war amongst themselves just so they could gather the ladies together and surprise them with flowers, chocolates, and personal handwritten letters—because handwritten notes just make you feel a certain type of way DMs could never make you feel.

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In an online conversation with Julia, she explained how the guys executed their plan for the surprise. “Basically the weekend after Valentine’s Day, the guys in our class started subtweeting each other on social media,” Julia says. “The tweets also led to IG stories na may patama, which stirred more speculation that they were fighting.”

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“The girls were also privately messaging the guys they were close to in class, sending screenshots of the tweets, IG stories, and other chat [messages] because we thought it was all real HAHA, and the guys played along with it.” Now that the girls are convinced, their class vice president (one of the schemers!) called for a mandatory moring meeting to “discuss urgent matters.” Smooth!

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Julia also shared how the class felt on the day of the meeting. “We thought we were going to witness him yell and rant for the next 30 minutes, but he actually started doing spoken poetry. The look on all our faces were a mix of (???) and (!!!) HAHA. They then played a video which turned out to be a vlog of them buying the roses, packing the chocolates, and writing us individual letters.”

When asked why the guys had planned the surprise, Julia explains, “The day before Valentine’s, one of our professors gave us chocolates. According to [one of my blockmates] Marius, the guy who initiated the surprise, he saw how genuinely happy and aliw the girls were when we received the chocolates, and that's where he got the idea of surprising us with the rest of the boys.”

TBH, that was the most thoughtful and most extra thing we’ve heard of this Valentine’s. Props to these students! Sana all talaga.

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I always caught feelings for someone, and hoped so much that one day there could a thing between the two of us. I'm usually the one that makes the effort to buy and/or make cute gifts, chats them every other day, and stays up all night with him.

When I was 16, my childhood crush suddenly came back into my life. We'd constantly send updates to each other, recommend favorite songs and talk even the most random things. He'd even text me as early as 6 to just greet me good morning almost everyday. I hoped so much that when I confessed, he suddenly stopped talking to me.

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After 7 years (it happened back in 2017), I thought he came back into my life to stay, but I guess he's just one of the guys who distanced. I felt a complete loser that time. But during this quarantine, everything was different. I caught feelings for someone else, but he treated me with the best kindness yet.

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It happened at 2 am, May 30, 2020, when I impulsively confessed my feelings through messaging him. After saying my feelings, he responded with genuine and kind words. We both even complimented each other. Although the feelings didn't reciprocate, I still found a connection that can't be replaced with any guy.

To my 16 year old self, here I am, 18 and happy. You may have felt that time was the biggest regret and loss, but I'm here to tell you, we won. Today, I won.

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Why our high school barkada is the best?

Remembering our high school years entails quite a lot reminiscing of the things we all been through when we were younger. You’ve experience a lot of new things during those 4 wonderful years and did most of them with the few people you consider your barkada. And through a series of all the lunch breaks you had together, the walks you took on the way home, and taking the same classes, you never thought you’d survive, you have made your life’s greatest friends.

Here are some of the reasons why your high school barkada is the best:

1. You figured out early teenage life together. The transition one have undergone from being a kid to a teenager wasn’t easy. For a moment you are not sure whether you should have played with your friends during recess or you should have just sat down and ate your food because you were too old for games. But whatever it is you chose to do, having friends who were as clueless as you make everything feel easier because you know, deep down, you’d figure things out eventually. You just need good company.

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2. They were with you during your “jeje“ days. I bet you have pictures taken with Camera360 and Retrica. You also have pictures edited using Pizap with embarrassing captions and you somehow kept some of them so you could have something to post online during their birthdays.

3. They know all your exes. They will never EVER forget the name of an ex-boyfriend, an ex-fling, an ex-crush, and an almost you had. They will remind you of your every questionable love decision but you’ll just laugh anyway while saying “Past is past”.

4. They never judge you. They have welcomed you to their lives when you thought jelly shoes and checkered polos were the bomb! They were quick to have told your teachers that you were not feeling well so you could go home when you really just needed to poop. You tell them every embarrassing story you have and were fine with it.

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5. You can always count on them. From the moment you first fell in love and the moment you first had your heart broken, they were with you. They were with you the moment you lost a parent and at moments when you thought you had nothing. Through every break-up and breakthrough, they were there to be your support system.

6. They are your family. Your high school friend’s family is your own family’s extension. Their parents are like your own. Don’t you feel a little kilig whenever your friend’s parents call you “anak”? And then eventually calling them mama and papa became so natural? I felt that, all the time.

7. They will always be your home. They are your place of refuge and security, the place who offers you their hands when you feel lost and the place you run to when you need saving. No matter how much time and distance separate you, they will be the one’s that you always long for and they are the one’s that you will always return to.

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