6 Things I Learned from taking a Communication and Society class

I have to admit, at first I definitely wanted to drop this course. As a Development Communication student, I felt like I had enough of Communication. I mean, we’ve been talking about this ever since we started, and I believe we’ll be talking about this also until college would end (and more and more years after. LOL). I wanted a breather, I wanted to take more electives about different fields of interest this semester, you know like, Astronomy or Witchcraft but fate plays a tricky game (Also SAIS is to be blamed) and I ended  up enrolling in DEVC80 titled: Communication and Society.

It was funny though how much I transitioned from the I’m not having fun in this class to the I’m so excited for my DEVC80 class later. I started out wanting the one and a half hours of communications class to end immediately, but then slowly wanting it to go slower. The class was fun. It had a dynamic in which, we were all having fun and at the same time getting to know much about the lessons in a more critical depth.

And I say this out of love and honesty that one of the reasons why it was an amazing experience was because of our professor. (She was as my friends say, “Hell’a funny) Our Professor had many interesting activities for us to tackle, from organizing events to presentations to pop quizzes to role plays, my classmates never had a chance to sleep, as every meeting had something to keep us awake and occupied. It was an awesome experience, one that I don’t seem to remember why I wanted to drop out off. I definitely don’t want to repeat it but yes, I would if it didn’t mean failure and it was just for the sake of learning.

Here are the Top 6 Things I learned from taking my Communication and Society Class

  1. Be careful what you look at Online

Do not look at Facebook Political post’s Comments section, you will hate everyone there or yourself—for even attempting to read that section. I don’t think I really have to expound on this. The internet is a vast network. There are all sorts of different things, people, people with different thoughts and beliefs and more, these information has the ability to make you feel things, think and see ideas differently and may enrage you or make you laugh. Be careful because not everything is real and is the truth. There are  trolls and satire news that will deceive you intentionally and for the sake of just making people think worst of the world. Don’t believe everything you see online. Strive to investigate and look for proofs, it will protect you and your online image (LOL)

2. MEDIA is POWER

Whoever controls media, controls the society and what they believe. Media is powerful. No matter what form or shape it takes after, media will always have the power to encourage people, empower citizens to move and take action or gather people and make a storm. It’s best not to underestimate Media and what it can do. Elections are won by those who know how to take advantage of media and businessmen earn billions of profit with a quick consultation in advertising and media. We must learn of it’s value and it’s massive potential. Media can be your Best friend or your worst enemy.

3.Communication and Media takes different forms over periods of time

There are many forms pf media, may it be print, radio, television or online. Communication however will always have two sides, there will always be a sender of a message and a receiever. What is important is that there must be an understanding between the two and that they should be able to find meaning in the messages that are sent and received.

4.MEDIA is POWERFUL but it can be regulated and contained

5.MEDIA is POWER yet it is only a tool

6.Difficulty is relative, We decide what is difficult.

Last but not the least, Difficulty is relative. It depends on who is looking at it and what that person has experienced and discovered. Some people may find Communications and Society difficult and intimidating at first like me, but after a while you just find yourself enjoying it and wanting more. This is for me the most important lesson, Don;t ever give up until you have tried it and lastly, never see things more than what they seem, Look carefully and strive for the truth. It’s worth the time.

Photo Walk: The Beautiful city of Sorsogon

You can never really know the beauty of a place until you have been there and had seen it for yourself. Pictures and videos are not enough to capture how amazing the location is — it must be experienced, it must be felt. This is what I had proven last Friday, September 16, 2016, when me and 22 other students from the College of Development Communication, UPLB had traveled to the city of Sorsogon, Bicol for an academic requirement and also for us to be exposed to the things happening in the “outside world” of our University, and for our Participatory Journalism class.

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Getting there:

We started our journey to Sorsogon city by first riding a rented Jeepney from the UPLB Campus to the DLTB Station at the Turbina Terminal. We arrived there at 6PM and left immediately as traffic was already worsening and the travel duration was 10-12 hours. The DLTB bus was comfortable, aside from the horrific and bloody movies being shown on the TV screen, the travel was a breeze. No hassle, no problems! #ThanksDLTB.

We had a total of 3 Bus stops: One at Tagbilao Quezon, the next at Camsur and the last, at Naga City Bus Terminal. At 4 AM we arrived at Sorsogon City and headed immediately to Novotel (Thanks Novotel!) to rest.

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The Purpose of our Visit

Our trip, because of the amount of work and requirement that we had to do, had very few chances to visit tourist attractions. The areas that we covered are mainly located at the Sorsogon City proper and sadly, we did not have the chance to visit the famous tourist destinations here like: The Donsol Whale sharks attractions, Bulusan Mountains and Volcano, Barcelona Historical Churches and the Irosin Hot springs.

But nonetheless, me being an avid fan of beautiful locations and amazing food, still had the opportunity to take snapshots of the amazing city of Sorsogon and all the fun things you can see here. Below are the photos that I took while touring the city of Pili Nuts.

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The locals, enjoying the windy breeze at the Capitol park.
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A wider view of the park.
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The Majestic Government of Sorsogon City Building.
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The Sorsogon City Hall. Beautiful right?
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Jose Rizal’s Statue. Erected at the center of the Capitol park.
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Sorsogon City’s Welcome Ark.

Quick Trip # 1 – Rompeolas, Sorsogon City

Just a few meters of walking or less than 5 minutes tricycle ride from the city is the popular family destination in Sorsogon, the Rompeolas. Buzzing with families, children playing and lovers holding hands, the Rompeolas is a place where people, young and old alike visit to refresh and relax. Families take their time strolling the long street filled with food stores, restaurants, grills and karaoke spots. Visitors can also see the view of the sea, the nearby islands and ofcourse, the enormous MT. Bulusan (The volcano that erupted while we were at the place). If you’re into eating street food and Pancit while enjoying the sea breeze, then the Rompeolas should be on your bucket list.

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Friends riding a motorbike around the Rompeolas. (Tried taking silhouettes)
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The large Pili Nut statue that is at the center of the place.
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Small boats nearby.
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The scenery.
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This is where visitors hang out. There are more around the place.
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The View of the Mountain.

Quick Trip #2 – Paguriran Island, Bacon, Sorsogon City

As a reward for completing all the class tasks for the day, our adviser, rewarded us with an unforgettable visit to the beach. The place was beautiful. No words can truly capture and describe the island of Paguriran. The resort had no entrance fee, this means that everyone can enter and swim at the place. However, the cabins and cottages have to be rented. Ours was 200php for the whole stay. There were a few shops nearby and a canteen was located at the entrance, this is where our team had rice cooked.

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The beach was the best part of our whole trip. The sands were white and clean, the water was  clear and cold. Not one of my classmates were able to resist swimming at the beach.

Also, Take note that the time you visit the island is really crucial as the high tide and low tide drastically changes the views of island. We arrived at the time when high tide was hapening, so we weren’t able to see much of the rocky island exterior and the much talked about land bridge that you can walk at to get to the island when there is a low tide. The place is crawling with Instagram-worthy shots and locations so you better charge your gadgets first before you visit.

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My classmates, crossing  the beach to the Island of Paguriran.
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The serene atmosphere of the beach.

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The huts that surrounds the beach and the visitors.

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Blurred image that focuses on the lining of the clouds.

To end

Over-all, the trip to Sorsogon city was filled with educational and recreational activities that marked me and changed my perspective so much. The place not only has remarkable destinations for tourists, their food is also worth every penny (To be blogged about soon).

I am definitely going back here as there are still many places in Sorsogon that are raving in reviews from tourists that I have to see for myself. What about you? Do you know any tourist destination is Sorsogon that you would like to share with us? Or do you have any inquiries about my experience/adventure?

Hit me up with your kwento/comment/questions below! <3

Thanks for dropping by!