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Ok, for those who don’t know what UP is, it stands for the University of the Philippines and it was founded when the Americans invaded the Philippines (CENTENNIAL, PEOPLE!). OK? OK.

I was born into a family of teachers and doctors who are the occasional musicians(family thing, alright?) and I’ve got two sets of aunts and uncles. My uncle and my aunt(who are married to each other, DUH.) are doctors and my aunt is a professor at the UP college of Medicine while my Uncle is a practicing Orthopedic. My other Aunt is a professor at the Department of Arts and letters, and so are my parents. My other uncle is an executive for Mitsubish electric, but that’s a bit off topic. My cousins have all studied in UP from kinder all the way up to college and the eldest is coming home this May to start teaching molecular biology. So I guess we’re a dynasty here in UP, the Rivera-Mirano dynasty.

Why will I be in UP forever? Well, maybe not forever but until I graduate, at least. I got into the elementary/high school of UP, which gives me an 80% chance of getting into UP, not that I wouldn’t want to, I mean it is the best school in the country.

I practically live in the school. During summer, I’m always crashing at my parents’ office because it’s air conditioned and UP internet is not so bad(OK, I’m under reacting, IT’S HORRIBLE.).

My only complaint with UP is the crappy food. OK, you’ve got the college canteen and all and then you’ve got Casaa and Chocolate Kiss and those other home-cooked places, but after spending the first thirteen years of my life eating that for lunch about 75% of the time, I get sick of it, wouldn’t you?

People may think that UP is about academics and quality and expressing yourself and freedom but it’s the opposite. After a year of sitting in the back seat of my parents’ car listening to my mom ranting about her post as the curator of the Vargas Museum, I saw UP in a different light. Politics and power-hungry people are behind that impression that UP gives. My mom has had to deal with bosses and unsavory people who get on her last nerve, we haven’t been able to have a family dinner 100% of the time because she’s in front of the computer and/or on the phone fixing some big problem or shouting at someone. The UP I saw when I first saw it back when I was three was just a cover-up.

Even with that firmly implanted on my mind, UP is still the best in the country and I wouldn’t trade the opportunity I’ve been given, the opportunity to get the best education possible, for the world. Let’s just hope sophomore year in UP high school isn’t as traumatic as freshman year.

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My taste is very, well, strange. At least it is for my classmates, which is why they never, ever borrow my iPod or my music phone.

What makes it strange? Well have you ever heard of the song ‘Running Away’ by Jesse McCartney? Jesse McCartney you may have heard of, but unless you have his whole sophomore release, including all the bonus tracks, you wouldn’t know that song and it’s my current favorite track.

My classmates music players are filled with the hits, ‘Touch My Body’ which I absolutely hate, ‘Bleeding Love’ which is getting annoying now, ‘Low’ which just sucks big time and all those other hits and I hate them. I hate them, I hate them, I hate them. I don’t understand why they only listen to what’s given to them and don’t bother to look for tracks that aren’t hits but deserve attention.

Ever heard of a girl named Britt Nicole? How about a band called D-Side? Girls Aloud? LAX Girlz? I bet not. Those are the artists on my iPod that get listened to, too much. I’m sure you’ve heard of Mariah Carey, but have you heard of the song ‘Love Story’ from her new album? Nah, not unless you’re a fan or you bought her album.

Westlife. I absolutely adore their songs, but not their singles, I cannot stand ‘Flying Without Wings’ and I call myself a fan why? Because I love ‘Don’t Get Me Wrong’, ‘Get Away’, ‘Let’s Make Tonight Special’, ‘Written In The Stars’, ‘Somebody Needs You’, ‘Where We Belong’, ‘Still Here’ and a host of other underrated Westlife tracks. I like them for the songs they write, for their creations, for the b-sides which the general public neglect. Most of all, for the albums the critics shun, even if they’ve only heard the singles that really suck because believe it or not, there are quite a lot of gems hidden in a Westlife album.

I love Swing Out Sister, I grew up with that duo, I grew up listening to them in the car with my dad and every time I heard their songs, I remember my dad. Their songs are nostalgic for me and I’m sure that only one or two of my classmates know of them. I love their songs, the melodies are timeless and the arrangements are stuck in the 80’s, they balance each other out.

I love this girl band called ‘Play’. They’re Swedish and they had limited success for three studio albums, I love their songs and they can sing for sure. Of course, they’re history but they’re good, one of the best girl bands Sweden has churned out for a few years.

All in all, I hate the hits, I love the undiscovered songs, because I know only a few people have heard them, and only a few actually like them.

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