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Iti Nagsangaan ti Dalan 3f (Tuloyna)

Nagsasanga dagiti direksion a tinurong ni Jasper iti panangtuntonna iti kaikarianna iti biag. Agingga ita, diak kapkapnekan no ania a talaga ti kayatna a turongen. Mangnamnamaak laengen a mapneken iti agdama a pagsapulanna ken propesionna.

Kinapudno, adu ti masdaaw no kasano a nagtinnag ni Jasper a maysa a freelance web designer iti baet a dakkel ti sueldona kadagiti immun-una a nastrekna a panggedan.

Idi damo, panagriknak ni Jasper ti agbalin a doktor ti pamilia. Idi nagkolehio iti St. Louis University, Medical Technology ti pinilina a kursona. Preparatory daytoy iti Medisina.

Idi damo, nairaman ni Jasper iti Dean’s list kadagiti maikkan iti scholarship. Ngem nagsakit ti baromi ket nakaapektar dayta iti panagbasana ket naarus a kas iskolar ti pagadalan.

Nupay kasta, idi nagtest ni Jasper iti board apaman a naggraduar, isu ti maikapito a kangatuan ti nagun-od a rating kadagiti amin nga examinees iti intero a pagilian. Iti dayta a tawen, lima pay kadagiti kinaklaseanna ti nakagun-od met iti top ten. Arigna nagpiesta ti St. Louis University gapu iti kinaadu dagiti napatanorna iti top ten iti board examination. Manmano a mapasamak dayta iti maysa a unibersidad.

Idi nakaruar ni Jasper, inurayko ti panangibagana dagiti planona iti masakbayan. Ninamnamak nga agbirok iti panggedanna ket ammok a nadaras laeng a makabirok agsipud iti kinangato ti naalana iti eksaminasion.

Maysa a malem, inasitgannak ni Jasper.

“Malagipmo daydi nagpatanganta idi kanikadua a tawen, ‘Dy?” kinunana.

“Ania kadi daydiay?” sinaludsodko nupay ammokon ti tumtumbokenna.

“Ituloyko ti mangala iti Fine Arts iti UP Baguio,” kinunana.

Idi ngamin addan iti maikadua a tawen ti  Medical Technology, imbagan ni Jasper a saanen nga agtuloy ta mapan mangala iti Fine Arts iti UP Baguio.

“Ituloymon a ti narugiam a kurso,” nakunak idi. “Ket no talaga a Fine Arts latta ti pagduyosam, sakanto mapan agbasa dita UP Baguio.”

Tinungpalnak met ni Jasper. Ngem nangnamnamaak a malipatanna ti panagduyosna iti Fine Arts. Maiwagatnanto, nakunkunak. Ta uray ni Jasper, ammona nga awan ti masapulan iti kinapintor. Ngem inkalinteganna nga iti kinapintor ti yan ti naan-anay a pagduyosanna ken pagragsakanna.

Agingga ita, kasla mangmangegko pay la ti kinunana kaniak: “Pinadakkeldakami, ‘Dy, a mamati nga ad-adda a napateg ti panangtun-oy iti pakapnekan ti bagi ken kararua ngem iti pirak.”

Kasano koma a masungbatak ni Jasper ket agpayso met a dayta ti prinsipio ken kapanunotan nga inmulak iti kaungganda?

Idi naturpos ni Jasper ti Certificate in Fine Arts, saannan nga intuloy ti panagbasana iti University of the Philippines, Diliman. Nagtrabaho ketdi ken ni Santiago Bose, maysa a pintor ken nangmanehar idi iti Baguio Arts Guild.

Ngem idi mabasak ti  website ni Jasper, naduktalak dagiti kangrunaan a gapu no apay a saan a nagtuloy kadagiti kurso nga inadalna. Adtoy ti inlanadna iti websitena:

I am a freelance web designer living in Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

I have lived in the city for several years, although I grew up in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, a town north of Manila. Vigan is a beautiful town, listed as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Village because of the Spanish colonial houses and the old baroque church in the town center.

I studied medical technology but realized later that I hate hospitals. So I enrolled again in another course, fine arts, but realized again later that there’s not much money in it if you’re not exceptionally talented.

Then I went to work for the late Santiago Bose. Helping him create his large paintings in the late 90s was perhaps the peak of my very short career in the arts. He was the first person I met who had a laptop and internet connection at home. He let me play with it when we were not working.

Clicking around the installed programs, I came upon Netscape Composer and learned that (wow!) it let me create my web pages. I searched the net for tutorials and stumbled upon Webmonkey (whadya know the site is still around) where I religiously read about html. I decided right then that I wanted to learn this new technology. To push me further, Santi decided that we should make a website for Baguio Arts Guild.

A few weeks of self-study resulted to this: http://members.tripod.com/in_the_bag/ (WARNING: the browser might popup an old realplayer plugin, that’s no virus so don’t panic.)

That is one ugly website. But that is where all this started.

Three years later, my new skill brought me to Manila, to work for an American expat. Another year later, my awesome skills brought me to Kuala Lumpur for a two-year stint in a market research company, as in-house web manager.

More than ten years later, I am working from home helping foreign clients bring their businesses online.

The internet has changed dramatically since I typed my first lines of code in Netscape Composer. Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with new technologies. No wonder the young ones now have to go to school to learn a trade that took me only a few weeks to master over 14 years ago.

My parents–who belong to a generation that believes a proper job needs a title and an office cubicle, does not allow for so many vacations in a year or waking up late in the morning–think that I haven’t progressed much in life.

I believe that this is a happier ending than being stuck in a hospital lab peeking at someone’s poop in a microscope.

Nupay diak naan-anay nga umayon iti dayta a paniriganna, binay-ak ni Jas a mangtalunton iti direksion a namnamaenna a pakasarakanna iti kinatalinaay iti rikna, panunot ken kararuana.

Ngem ammok, kas pammaliiwko kenkuana, a naragsak iti agdama a kasasaadna, daytay biag a nupay medio makurkurangan no dadduma iti pinansial a kasapulan, mabussogna met ti bagina iti espiritual ken mental a pagragsakan.

Kaniak a biang, dayta a lubong ti kayat ni Jasper a paggarawan ket no ditoy ti yan ti pakapnekanna, palubosanmi a mangsurot iti dayta a direksion.#

(Adda tuloyna)