TIPPY DOS SAN­TOS

The 21 year-old MYX VJ shares the joys of work­ing with kids and mak­ing a dif­fer­ence.

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DO­ING WHAT YOU LOVE When I get on set at MYX, it doesn’t even feel like it’s work. When I first started out, I was al­ways ner­vous about go­ing in front of the cam­era— some­times you read a script and some­times you just make up ev­ery­thing. I en­joy what I do be­cause it’s taught me to be more spon­ta­neous and to trust my­self when­ever I have to talk about any­thing. And the peo­ple at the stu­dio, from the sounds peo­ple and cam­era men to the pro­duc­tion staff and VJS, so­brangsayanaminglahat. It’s re­ally a fam­ily. cam­era or I have to do some­thing, I shut them off and then af­ter, I let my­self feel them again.

STAY­ING OR­GA­NIZED

Jug­gling school and work was re­ally very dif­fi­cult, es­pe­cially when I took 26 units in one se­mes­ter. I got through it by mak­ing check­lists for ev­ery­thing, and ev­ery box had its own sub­check­list. I had to be re­ally or­ga­nized when it came to man­ag­ing my time. ’Pag­walaakong guide, magkak­ag­u­logu­lon­alang­ta­la­gala­hat. And it was a mat­ter of know­ing what was re­ally im­por­tant to me. Ang­damikong shows that I had to say no to be­cause school was al­ways my Num­ber One pri­or­ity. If the sched­ule worked out in a way that I got to do school first and then the job, then I’d do it.

WORK­ING WITH KIDS

My course in U.P. was Fam­ily Life and Child­hood Devel­op­ment be­cause I want to work with chil­dren, and if I ever go into medicine, I want to be a pe­di­a­tri­cian. I feel like kids are so de­pen­dent on you, but your job is get­ting them to be in­de­pen­dent. So there’s give and take: even though they’re smaller than you are, their brains aren’t as de­vel­oped, and their un­der­stand­ing of the world is dif­fer­ent, you don’t re­ally know— there are so many sit­u­a­tions where you ac­tu­ally learn from the child, so angsara­plangng give and take na hindi­moine- ex­pect.

SPREAD­ING AWARE­NESS

I’ve been a World Vi­sion am­bas­sador for four years. In high school, we vis­ited dif­fer­ent prov­inces, and those were my most eye­open­ing ex­pe­ri­ences. You know there are a lot of peo­ple liv­ing un­der the poverty line, but you don’t know what poor is un­til you’re in a com­mu­nity where ni­walasi­lang floor­ing, putikan­langyung­ba­hay. It’s im­por­tant for me to do more World Vi­sion work now that I’ve grad­u­ated, kasi­mas­mabutina maram­ing­nakakaalamkunganoba ta­la­gayungkailan­gang­gawin for peo­ple who are in that po­si­tion. It’s such a great way to help out chil­dren who want to go to school, so my heart is re­ally close to World Vi­sion.

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