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Some of My Thoughts — by Enzo Manzano of Group Castiglione

Enzo Manzano

So far, I find the XCE a very enjoyable experience. I find it fun when I’m always hanging out with my friends. But I’ve come across a problem. Some people have come to say that XCE is boring–that it isn’t worth it and that it isn’t fair. Actually, even I say these things to myself. But I always also say that XCE isn’t a time to have my vacation. Rather, it’s a time to develop responsibility in myself, to become more mature and more independent.

XCE involves a lot of sacrifice. One is in not being with my family. Whenever I think of my home and my parents and siblings, I start to get homesick. But I’ve already survived three weeks in XCE. I think to myself that this is still worth it–and that we can still learn to be more independent unlike when we’re at home. At home, we just command others to do what we want, or ask our household helpers to clean up the floor or wash our clothes or fix up our things. In the XCE, I’ve learned to be my own household help by cleaning up the floor, doing my own laundry, sometimes even hand-washing my clothes.

I’ve also learned to eat new food. The food in China and the Philippines are not the same. Unlike the Philippines, we can’t just tell the cooks, “Paluto ng…” There is a menu here of what to eat–and that’s what we eat. Nor can we just go to McDonald’s everyday. Here we are taught to bear with what might seem to be unusual food, but which is the ordinary food served in school. That takes discipline.

Some of us might think that the teachers are too strict because of the ‘No Room Hopping Except on Weekends’ rule and the curfew time. The teachers don’t seem to mind if we get mad at them or hate them because of these rules. All they want is for us to become better Xaverians, or as we say, ‘Men for Others.’

I have already written much. I would like to conclude with this: XCE is a way to develop my maturity and responsibility. We are being prepared to face greater difficulties as we grow up.

[Text by Enzo Manzano / Picture by TC Ang]

jC vilLanueva said,

September 13, 2008 @ 1:29 pm

_that was cool!_

-jC vilLanuEva-

jolo said,

February 19, 2008 @ 2:04 pm


jayson said,

December 5, 2007 @ 12:29 pm

hey enzo hows china ? see u back in the philippines!!!
oh ya your missing lots of stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Benz said,

November 26, 2007 @ 6:45 pm

wow looks like you’re enjoying and LEARNING NEW THINGS there, and is XCE is really helping you to develop your MATURITY?

jolo said,

November 26, 2007 @ 10:28 am

hey enzo…
watz up… you look so responsible and seems you have changed a lot…
hope you have fun over there…

Edrich Ty said,

November 21, 2007 @ 6:28 pm

Enzo I really miss you here in the philippines!

Tita Gina said,

November 18, 2007 @ 5:09 pm

Hi Enzo!

Your proud mother shared this with us… What can I say? You look all so grown up already and with this experience with XCE and living away from home will come great responsibility as well as great maturity! Way to go Enzo!!!

Love, Tita Gina, Kuya Migs and CJ

Neil said,

November 16, 2007 @ 9:49 pm

hey enzo!! we miss you so much. come back na.. i miss my PAPI..:)) takae care there aryt? love yah papi,.

trijay said,

November 16, 2007 @ 8:35 pm

hey enzo how r u? still green? hope u come back better than ever

Mom said,

November 16, 2007 @ 12:56 pm

Hello my son!
So proud of you! Keep up the good work during your XCE! Dad, Addie and I miss you so much!
See you on yr graduation! WE LOVE YOU

Renz Chua said,

November 16, 2007 @ 11:02 am

Enzo I like you man love you brothe

Renz Chua said,

November 16, 2007 @ 11:01 am

Hey Enzo,
Nice work in your blog.

Anton Santos said,

November 16, 2007 @ 10:53 am

Enzo how are ya there? =P

Duckie said,

November 16, 2007 @ 10:40 am


Robbie Lacuna said,

November 16, 2007 @ 10:15 am

Wow! Enzo! I can say that you are really becoming more responsible, how are you there? we miss you already. I hope you guyz are having fun there.

Mrs. Tan said,

November 15, 2007 @ 1:54 am

Way to go! I admire and envy all of you. I wish I was given the same opportunity when I was your age. All of you left as precocious boys and will surely return as mature and responsible teenagers.

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