Maritonie Lagman: Your future filmmaker
When I was a child, I wanted to be a teacher, police, a lawyer or a chef. During that time I was interested in everything around me. As the time goes by, I’ve realized that there’s so much more to explore. I’m an adventurous person; I want to discover something new that will challenge me.
I noticed that I loved taking photos and would like to be part of a theatre or film production. But unfortunately, we couldn’t afford it; I took up Bachelor of Science in Hotel Restaurant Management major in Hospitality Management instead. I had no choice that time but I learned to love the course anyway and I know that everything happens for a reason. I know that my parents are working hard to send me to school and I also don’t want to add burden to my family.
I feel so blessed because somehow I got to experience my dream through the help of Children International Quezon City (Inc.) I joined the Community Youth Reporter program (CYR). This program teaches us basic journalism and I got to be part of a production team that tells different stories about our communities through photos, videos and write-ups.
I’m an incoming 4th year student and I feel really happy with what I have right now because I am able to finish my course and I also got to experience being part of a production team. I’m Maritonie C. Lagman, soon to be a Bachelor’s degree holder in Hospitality Management. And I hope God will guide me in my journey.
Rhonapen Roxas: Your future detective
My dream job is to be a detective.
It is exciting and unpredictable because adventure is part of it. Finding evidence and searching for clues— rewarding but a bit dangerous.
I love mystery novels and movies about solving crimes. Sherlock Holmes is my role model, one of the most well-known. For me, he made solving cases fun and easy!
Learning to read people and making observations are the two very important factors in becoming a great detective.
Some of the essential skills I possess are problem-solving and making observations. My friends ask for my advice whenever they have problems and I usually help them find solutions.
To become a detective requires time and effort.
Rinzo Miguel Vista: Your future engineer
I’m about to enter another chapter in my life – Senior high school.
I'll be taking up STEM because I want to take an engineering-related course in college.
Science is my first love. I always participate during science fair and won awards.
I wasn’t even scared during the first time we dissected and studied the parts of a chick, frog and lizard because I love to explore new things!
When it comes to figures and numbers, I know I have enough knowledge to solve and compute. I participate a lot in class.
I want to become an engineer because I want to use my knowledge to build infrastructures such as schools, roads, and hospitals. I want to help the next generation by building a nation that will help them in their studies, health, and daily living.
I want to become an engineer because in our community, many houses are not strongly built which makes it unsafe for them and their families especially during typhoons.
I want to become an engineer because I want to be part of something that will help my community.
Queen Exodia Torrente: Your future photojournalist
I am Queen Exodia Torrente, 12 years old.
I was unsure of my dream until I joined the Community Youth Reporter program of Children International and fell in love with writing and photography. It really helped me decide what I want to pursue in the future. I realized that I want to be a photojournalist someday. I want to change, inform, inspire others through my photographs.
Bea Lagman: Your future nurse
Everyone has a dream, we dream about our future. My dream is what keeps me going.
My name is Bea, I’m 12 years old. I’m the youngest in our family. I am a high school student and I love going to school. I feel excited about school works and school activities.
I feel so blessed to be part of Children International’s Community Youth Reporter program. We write, take photos, shoot videos and edit. It helped a lot because I am also a writer for our school paper. The program helped boost my confidence especially dealing with different personality types.
With the help of my family and friends, I’m thinking that I should pursue a career in nursing. I want to give my patients hope when they are hopeless; I want to be their medicine when they feel pain and I want them to feel that they are not alone.
I’m really doing my best at school because I want my family to be proud of me.
Mary Rose Palceso: Your future chef
I’m Mary Rose Palceso, 16 years old and I want to be professional chef.
I know the career path that I want to take is not easy because you need to have patience for you to do your responsibities well. And also, it’s so expensive to build your own restaurant. There may be a lot of obstacles in getting my desired profession, but I’m also pretty sure that it will be worth it.
My parents sacrificed a lot for me and I want to pay them back, I want to give my family a better life. And most especially, I want to help my little brother finish school.
Never lose hope, always be optimistic and remember to put God first in everything you do.
Darell Sarcilla: Your future photographer
I'm Darell, taking up a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Information Technology.
Aside from being a professional computer programmer, I want to be a videographer and photographer. Yes, it is too far from the course I'm taking now but, I really love taking videos and photos. I want to know how photographers capture amazing photos and how videographers are able to tell stories through their videos.
One day, I heard about Children International’s program called Community Youth Reporter (CYR), I joined the program because they offer basic journalism that I know would help me achieve my dreams.
Now that I'm one of the members of the CYR program, I’m glad that I’m able to do my job well. I really appreciate the lessons that I’ve learned and the lessons that I have yet to learn. I applied it in every video and photo that we created. Hoping that someday, it may inspire whoever watches them.
Ma. Jesusa Torres: Your future teacher
"All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them." Walt Disney
Everyone has an ambition, let me tell you mine.
In the future, I want to wake up early in the morning not only for my family and not only to earn a living. I want to wake up knowing that my students are their inside the classroom waiting for me – their teacher.
Others say that becoming a teacher will not make you rich, but let me tell you this, it’s not really about how much I’ll earn, I want to become a teacher because I want to inspire. I will teach because I find teaching fun, because I love public speaking and more importantly, I’m so sure that this is the only job that I want to do.
I want to teach because teaching has its own priceless rewards. You will get to see future leaders, maybe the next great scientists, or maybe some of them would get inspired by me and choose to become a teacher too!
I want to teach because teaching is more than just a job to me, it’s a calling. I will have the power to influence my students; to let them feel that learning can be fun.
I am currently taking up Education, I’ve realized a lot of things and no words can describe the gratitude of having this burning passion in my heart. Being a teacher is my ambition. I am a future teacher – without limits.
Mary Joy Bermas: Your future teacher
My name is Mary Joy Bermas, a 15- year- old girl with many ambitions in life.
I want to be a teacher, an architect, fashion designer, and animator, and sometimes I dream of becoming the next president of the Philippines. I have many ambitions because I want to be successful and I believe that it’s okay to have more than one dream.
But a big part in my heart wants to be a teacher because I want to embark knowledge on children. I want to help especially those who can’t afford to go to school.
I want to be an architect also, because I’m fond of drawing and I want to live in a house that I designed together with my family someday.
Renato Andias Jr: Your future computer programmer
Everybody should have their own ambition or else, they will not succeed in whatever they do. I'm Renato Andias Jr., 19 years old.
As a youth, my ambition is to become a successful Computer Programmer. I took up Information Technology because this course will help me achieve my ambition. I need to be good in terms of programming which is also known as coding.
I want to design my very own computer software that would bring convenience to people all around the world. I want all the big computer company to like my software and start selling it. I also wish that one day I would become the most popular and successful computer programmer. I want my family and also my school to be proud of me.
I will need to study hard in order to fulfill my ambition. I will pay more attention in class and concentrate more in my studies.
Mia Daiz: Your future photographer
I heard stories about my grandfather…
He was a soldier.
He used his camera as his weapon; he didn’t just captured opponents but also real moments. He made it as a subject for photography. It was really amazing.
Everything was black and white— but he was able to turn them into color.
I then realized that I wanted to be like my grandfather.
I wanted to become a photographer.
There was a fire inside of me; a fire burning for this.
Then I joined Children International’s Community Youth Reporter Program, and the fire burned even more. I felt great. The opportunity turned out to be a big thing for me. I was overjoyed.
It was a spark inside of my heart, a dream I wanted so much to fulfill. And by that, I know this would be my life passion—particularly landscape photography.
Nature is classic and ecofriendly because you can use it as background for your shots. It is an environmental art.
Not only that, the smiles on people’s faces also caught me. I wanted to bring them into my memory.
And I wanted to let photographs do the job.
They are really beautiful. You get to read people’s expressions and emotions, even if they’re not moving.
I can feel what they’re feeling.
For me photography is an expression of myself, the people’s emotions are the reflection of what I feel on the inside. I get to feel them, even if I was not the one being photographed.
And when I see photos captured from distant places, it seems like I was actually in there. It’s like you have traveled from here to there in just a snap. What a wonderful feeling.
If I am to compare photography into something, it would be the way I study. Because when I study, I give my all. When I study, I exert much effort for the best outcome.
I feel overwhelmed whenever I get myself behind a camera. I feel like I am making my dreams come true. Holding it between my hands is like holding my dreams and making them alive.
Kimberly: Your future fashion designer
I am Kimberly Anne, a college student who wants to become a fashion designer someday with creative ways on how to search new and improve techniques.
I want to express my thoughts through my designs. I am taking my Bachelor’s degree in Marketing Management. I took this course for me to know the fundamentals in business and its techniques that would help me in my future business in the fashion industry.
Someday, I want to have my own clothing line, It would be awesome to see my designs worn by different people. I want my designs to mirror the person wearing it. I want to see them wear my dress and suit confidently. I want them to know that fashion is for all – especially my designs.
Even if you cannot buy as much as you want, all you have to do is mix and match. I love to mix and match!
Wykha Bernabe: Your future writer
Heart. Hands. Eyes. Feet. Face.
We could go a whole night enumerating all parts we are collaged in.
The outer. The inner. The tendons. The muscles. The veins.
Arteries. Capillaries. Tissues. Everything.
And we believe these are the only things we are made up of.
But no, we're more than this human framework we are in. For we are a canvass. A paper. A book.
A story. Each one of us is a story.
We are made up of words. Every ounce of blood that streams in every vein is a letter. Each neuron that stimulates another is a phrase. Every pump the heart makes is a sentence.
There is a world behind the retina of our eyes. There are dreams between the tips of our fingers. There are sounds that this planet has never heard, carefully tucked inside our earlobes.
We are an entire universe. More than a thousand paged novel. We just don't get written.
We keep everything in. There is the usual silence. But this I tell you, that this does not justify loss. They're reserved, waiting to get laid on paper. Waiting to be told. Waiting to get heard.
They are in those eyes, living and speaking.
And I want to be the potter of their story. The writer of their words.
I want to make their stories come to life. I want every phrase underneath their skin-- to unravel.
I want to make the world see galaxies out of glances. That they are no drizzle. They’re an outpour of rain, pain, longing, suffering.
They're not just plain hands; but the unfolding of dreams between palms.
Not just pretty faces; but beautiful souls.
Not just bare feet; they are the length of roads.
I wanted poetry to leak out of their cheeks. To make verses out of tears. Lines out of bleeding.
Rhymes out of memories.
For each one is a poem. A kept story.
They do not deserve to look blank.
They are meant to get inked.
They are meant to get written.