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#VacantChallenge: From School to the Beach Real Quick

"Hanggang saan aabot ang vacant mo?"
IMAGE Jean-Michel Fuentes

When your feed is peppered with pics of friends spending the summer at the beach, but you still have classes because of the newly adjusted school calendar, you take whatever break you can from your vacant period in school and head to the beach—while still in uniform! That's what these guys did to answer the now viral question, "Hanggang saan aabot ang vacant mo?" and accept the #VacantChallenge.

  1. Go surfing in San Juan, La Union

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Have board, will surf.

  1. Pretend you're Moana in Infanta, Quezon

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Be in the water instead of just staring at the edge of the water! 

  1. Catch up on your reading in Hundred Islands, Pangasinan

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Because acads is life, but the beach is life-r.

  1. Catch up with your barkada in Caramoan Islands, Camarines Sur

The more, the merrier!

  1. Study in Aringay, La Union

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Multi-tasking level: 100%

  1. Spend your lunch break in Anilao, Batangas

Don't underestimate the power of a one hour break.

  1. Finish your thesis in Mariveles, Bataan

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When you're almost done with your requirements, but not quite.

  1. Achieve your #feedgoals in Pundaquit, Zambales

Pics or it didn't happen!

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Elaine Dela Cruz 21 hours ago

When everything around you suddenly turns dark, the first thing we'd prolly do, as humans, is to find and grab anything that is closest and nearest to us. We'll hold onto them for as long as we can, trying to collect ourselves and gather courage to adjust our eyesights to the pitch black environment that's consuming us minute by minute. And then you'd hear nothing. Your sense of hearing would somehow go off after not seeing anything for quite awhile. You'll let loose. Cry. Panic. You'll be exhausted for fighting your way out. Then just when you're about to stop and give up, you're no longer afraid. There's only this deafening silence and pithole of darkness that's gonna eat you up alive. And surprisingly, you'll make a home out of it.

You'll make a home out of the darkness that when a ray of light suddenly hits you, you'll try to avoid it. You'll try to cover your eyes. You'll try to cover your ears from the voices trying to help you get out of it. You'll try to hide because your mind and body will go against your will to come out and live. Because the darkness that used to scare you, now comforts you in a way you thought has helped you survived life. And you'll try to live. Day by day. In the darkness. Not knowing where to go. Not knowing where to start. Not knowing who is with you. You will try to live until the darkness that once surrounds you is now within you. And everyday, it's gonna be a cycle of subtle torture. But let me tell you a secret. The darkness won't make you whole.

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You'll be broken. And in those hair-like cracks, the light will stubbornly fight its way through until it warms you up. Until you realize to check the switch and turn it on. Until you allow other people to help you find your way back in the light. Until you realize you're ready to live in light again. There's a light at the end of this long and dreading tunnel. The only question that matters: will you let them in?

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