As Focus Bulacan starts its sixth year of existence and its membership roll reaches a hundred, the club also embarks on a transition of sorts. A new era has dawned with founding officers slowly but surely passing the torch to a fresh batch of leaders. Last year's Competition Officer and Focus Bulacan co-founder Jer Sandel has relinquished his leadership duties altogether starting 2019, preferring to focus on content creation for the club's social media accounts. Erstwhile Logistics Officer Amen Alcoriza also has taken a break for personal reasons.
In their place are the very capable tandem of Jing Calonge and Francesca Bengco who will handle Competition and Membership, respectively. Both are immersed in their careers (Jing is an environmental scientist while Francesca is a multimedia artist and a professional photographer on her own) but have courageously accepted the challenge of helping lead Focus Bulacan. Their willingness and perspective are very welcome boosts to the team of officers. Of course, there to guide them are the returning officers who have pledged to stay on to steer the ship, so to speak.
The success of Focus Bulacan is contingent on the efforts of the whole club - the initiatives and progressive planning of the officers, plus the active reaction of members. The officers need the members' participation while the members need the officers' direction. It's a synergy that Focus Bulacan has fortunately achieved in its start-up years, and one that the new era of officers are determined to sustain... and even surpass.
It's a new focus, a new design for life. Bursting with enthusiasm and always willing to learn, Jen is going through the process. As her favorite band would put it, there's a light that you'll find when you're in the shadow. She found that feeling within, an everglow.
As she looks forward to a happy future - with photography a central part of her plans - it is easy to see how much she values the concepts of love and preserving memories. Her creative instincts would tell us that she is well on her way to fulfilling her dream projects.
Years ago, she'll probably be the first to admit that she's stuck in reverse. But not anymore.
Lights have guided her home.
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