Thursday, April 14, 2016

Thesis Acknowledgments

There are too many people to thank, too many I owe this thesis to.

To Sir Chua, my thesis faculty. For his undying effort in looking after us. Generally, thesis faculty don’t conduct individual thesis consultations anymore during the design stage – that’s what the thesis adviser is for, but Sir Chua was really hands on with us that we had required consultations until the very end of the thesis proper. He always made himself available to us, and he would always reply so quick whenever we consulted with him online through Facebook. Sometimes I’d send him paragraphs of questions on FB but he would still be so quick to reply. He was genuinely concerned for us which I really appreciated. If not for him, I dont think I would have pushed myself as much as I did.

To Ma’am Araneta, my thesis adviser. For being so supportive and giving the best advice, design wise. Like I mentioned during my delibs “If only you saw my initial design.. it has indeed gone a long way and definitely improved because my faculty and adviser who gave the best advice.” I will always remember what Ma’am Araneta told me. She said I was trying too hard to impress her and my faculty --that I was always following whatever she and Sir Chua said just to make them happy. “I feel like you’re trying so hard to impress us. Don’t design what you think Sir Chua and I will like. Base it on your style aesthetic. Don’t think about what we’ll think. Just do you.” From these words I reconstructed my design, and eventually came up with the final form for my presentation.

To my panel, Dean Espina, Sir Meonada, Sir Yazon, and Sir Sarthou for being so kind. I guess it was also because I did my part such that I really prepared for their questions, but it was still very refreshing that it didn’t feel as if I was being grilled which happens often during deliberations. Again, I have my adviser Ma’am Araneta to thank for this, “Don’t treat it as a question and answer portion, treat it like a conversation. Communicate with your panel.”

To Sir Manaloto, for helping us out with our structural concerns with thesis. He was a big help with the technical aspects of our designs, and I was surprised by how accommodating he was. Kami na nga yung nagpaconsult, kami pa yung nilibre niya ng food! Thank you Sir, I will miss structurals class with you!

To Don and Mikee.. you guys know this already because I cried during deliberations acknowledgments because of you two. But seriously from the bottom of my heart, I will never forget the help and support you two have given me. Mikee, honestly sayo ko lang talaga nakuha yung support na binigay mo. Yung mga “Hindi ka nga magreredelibs! Wag mo isipin na magreredelibs ka!” Kahit sa pamilya ko, wala akong nakuhang support na ganun. Kaya nga sabi ko, sa inyo ko lang talaga nakuha yung confidence to push through. The support was only from one person, but it was enough to keep me going. Even if I had mediocre designs, you still believed I could do it, and that’s what made me push myself more. To Don, for always being there to suffer with me, and also being my support system. You were there at my lowest and highest, so thank you for that. You were there during my panic moments, and ~almost-breakdown~ moments. Thank you for all the advice and tips you gave about thesis and always being there to answer my queries to anything thesis related.

To AF Sepanx, this is one of the moments when I realized how friendship can surpass just mere friendship. Never in my life did I think I would ask for anything from you guys other than friendship. I really didn’t think that a friendship I made in an org would actually help me finish thesis. Like Don, I don’t like asking help from people because I didn’t like the feeling of bothering others. I was surprised that sometimes I didn’t even have to ask, but you guys were the ones who actually offered to help. The amount of help you guys offered and gave was overwhelming. This thesis became presentable because of you guys. Thank you to Nina, Berns, and Mikee for helping out with perspectives, Kor and Mikee (again) for sending their sample thesis files from last year for us to base ours on, Drew for helping with my SDP, and Sophie who offered her house as a semi-thesis house. Also shoutout to Tin, who is not AF but practically fits in this category of friends. You were one of the friends who offered to help and I really appreciate that (also my favorite perspective was yours! Hehe kilig ka ba. Ang ganda talaga!). The perspectives you guys helped with really brought my design to life so thank you for that.

To AF Undergrad, again, I never knew how an org could help me so much.  I did not expect the help I received from AF Undergrad at all. You guys are younger and since I haven’t been active in AF and not so close with a lot of you, I didn’t think anyone would actually help me out. I was surprised by how so many of you were so willing to help and really went out of your way to help us. For those who stayed overnight in Arki to help with our models, for those who helped with my perspectives: Japhet and Juami,  and a few other honorable mentions: Joanna, Maidy, Anna, Lance, Ronn, and Domeng.  The help was heartwarming coming from the younger batches. When its your time to do thesis, I’m sure the favor will be returned.

To Gerard and Poncho, mga besh tapos na tayo. Can you believe it???? Thank you for being a huge support system and panicking with me, sharing all the information you know about thesis, and just simply being there to calm me down when I’m on the verge. Although we never actually worked together, it felt as if sabay pa rin tayo gumagawa from the constant updates we have with each other. It feels so good to be able to celebrate this victory with you guys because we went through the experience together. Thank you!

To Kevin, Gab, Robbie, Kiel, and Christa, for allowing me to present to you my initial thesis in its early stages. I presented to you guys at different times in Starbucks, Kev and Gab on one time, then Robbie, Kiel, and Christa on another. Napagkamalan pa nga na nag-nnetworking tayo =))) Thank you for the support and analyzing my design even if you guys arent Architecture students. You guys being there to listen was enough.

To my highschool  barkada, for letting me present my thesis to you guys multiple times. I still remember the first day I ever presented my initial design and I was grilled by Karl and Ricky. To be fair, that session improved my thesis a lot more. Despite Karl being the only Architecture graduate in the barkada, all of you still listened to my presentation and gave all the possible feedback and advice you could give. Practicing even my final presentation with you guys calmed down all my nerves and made me more confident. Thank you guys for believing in me.

To STARBUCKS, for being my number one and only sponsor in this thesis. Every single thesis all nighter was spent with Starbucks. I could say I spent ATLEAST 70% of my thesis year in Starbucks. Sometimes I would have breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the joint. I would be at there almost everyday with a schedule of 3pm-12mn just doing thesis, sometimes even earlier than 3pm. This thesis was sponsored by Starbucks to the point that even the coffee and food I served for my 9am deliberations was from Starbucks. (Thanks to Ronn and Don for helping me carry 8 cups of coffee and 8 sandwiches to my delibs that day!) Shout out to Starbucks, Katipunan branch because that was my homebase, with the best baristas, and friendliest security guards!

And last but not least, to my family, who I would not be here without. To my dad for being so understanding of my thesis schedule, and allowing me to go home late from Starbucks even on weekdays, and mostly for just knowing when to leave me alone when I’m stressed, to my mom for being supportive, more about my lovelife than thesis lol but she’s always been supportive anyway and I will always appreciate her for that, and to my sister who never fails to praise my work which always encourages me to work harder every time.

Before I go, may I present my undergraduate thesis which I presented on the 13th of April 2016, the Center for Fashion Technology, Merchandising, and Research. I will always remember this day as the mark of the culmination of everything I ever learned in UP Architecture. The end of another chapter in my life.

Thank you everyone for the support and believing in me. This thesis would be nothing without all of you. I hope in some way, I made a few of you proud.

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