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A bunch of chitchat, a pack of laughter, and a load of dynamic stares on few potential boyfriend (like Ave, Dickies, Doc-nurse, EJ, Justin, Kaka, and Roldan- mga true-blooded PAPALICIOUS) inside TUP campus, that’s what the TROPATITS are known for.
Tropatits’ cast is like chalk and cheese. There is Cheryl “The SixthBiomic Soldier;” Rona “The Undisputed Raconteur;” Beverly “The Sturdy Lass that Rarely Sleep;” Katherine “The Megaphone;” Ronalyn “The Tomboy turned Pretty Woman;” Bernadeth “The Walking Skeleton;” Raymond “The Barbeque Stick to Potential TV Host;” Rochelle “The Inventive Linguist;” Elenor “The Dimple and The Noisy;” and Michelle “The Kapuso Unregistered Lawyer.” In short, Tropatits is a mixture of gentle, jovial, naughty, stunning, and well-endowed creatures.
LET'S MEET TROPATITS, NOON AT NGAYON (DRUM ROLL)
Cheryl “The Sixth Biomic Soldier”
Noon.. Did you know that Cheryl is the sixth powerful being completing the Bioman? In fact, she owns the title “Lavender Six.” Look at the bag; the shirt; the umbrella and so on - always in Lavender. Armed with overbearing skills, she was able to bring out the hidden riches of BAM. Oh! That is SUPERPOWER. Her secret weapon? ALAXAN FR. So guys, take Alaxan FR everyday and discover your own special ability.
Ngayon… I have not seen her since we graduated in college (I think). Thank God for social media, I have seen her husband and son. And I believe she is a doting wife and a mother. I heard, long time ago, she works in a local bank in Batangas. Surprised?!!! A career related to money maybe her call. Wishin’ to see a new shoutout in FB, or better yet, hoping to see her soon with lots of money that can bring us to a place where we can harbat.
Rona “The Undisputed Raconteur ”
Noon... If Darna swallows “bato,” Rona takes "Everlasting Battery." She is a person who has not learned the gist of stillness; a person who doesn’t know how to whisper a single word; a person who usually shares her outrageous and so-so stories in “todo na ‘to!” manner. So watch out! Get ready to have your saliva dried out once you sit and have a chat with her. It seems that you are one of the listeners in a show entitled “Chikagalore with Rona.”
Ngayon… Still loveless but not hopeless (I hope). Maybe she has to talk some more to meet that One True Love. Or maybe it’s about time to stop and listen because Mr. OTL is already in front of her but has no chance to speak his heart out. Kidding aside, I’m glad she has not changed through the years. Her being a “chatterbox” is what makes us fall in love with her. That’s her Masteral Degree. How to Pause (sometimes) might be a good Doctorate. LOL!
Beverly “The Sturdy Lass that Rarely Sleep”
Noon... Bevs is a sturdy lass when it comes to “puyatan”. If for most people “Sleeping is the best medicine (to a tired specie),” her notion is different. Well surprisingly, she is someone who has not learned how to sleep. Maybe that’s the effect of drinking too much coffee or perhaps she dreamed of becoming a call center agent. Therefore, strong immunity plus some cups of coffee is equal to high paying job.
Ngayon… Just like Cheryl, I have not seen this girl in years. But the social media gives us a clue where she is – in a BPO company. Her ultimate skill is now producing financial wealth. But despite her busy schedule and less sleep, she looks perfectly happy. That’s the way to becoming rich. I bet she’s on the right track. Please, don’t forget to share your blessings!!! PM is free.
Kathy “The Megaphone”
Noon... Kathy’s name is synonymous to the word – Megaphone. Basically, her voice is the sum of five people battling for the Final Seat to a StarStruck gig. It seems that her tone is higher than the maximum volume of a voice amplification device. When she starts talking you can instantly feel the energy flowing in her blood streams and at once you would like to be quiet and just listen. Surely, you will be entertained more than you will become deaf.
Ngayon… The last time we met, I saw the same girl I know in college except for the girly girly skirt. Still full of stories to tell but more like a matured woman in her early twentys (Naks). Because she has learned how to control the volume. A voice that is more feminine. LOL! Seriously, I found out that she is more adventurous now. I actually envy her travel adventures while making money during weekdays and soon having money work for her. That’s the way girl!
Ronalyn “The Tomboy Turned Pretty Woman”
Noon... Have you seen a boyish gal turned pretty woman? Well, the drastic changes in this girl’s poise and bearing are the living evidence to this. Before, she projects a powerful character that every guy around her would hesitate to ask her name and celfone number. Surprisingly, she has transformed from being a typical lady contented with a simple infatuation into a young woman with consistent textmates - exclusive for Smart subscribers only.
Ngayon… If having a family is not a solid evidence of her womanhood, ewan ko na! LOL! From being a typical lady with consistent textmates she is now a picture of a happy wife and mother. I am glad she has not moved far away, I can go to her house by just a jeepney ride and a kilometre walk. We can still talk about anything under the sun, including our favourite field reporter Joseph Morong. :D
Bernadeth “The Hopeful Framework”
Noon... When the Supreme Deity had showered fats and carbohydrates in the Philippines, she caught 0.01 percent only. Her body is just three times bigger than a Coca-cola can. For this reason, she was usually having a hard time picking clothes that could fit her slender body. But hey! The story doesn’t end there. Lately, her “bilbil” is noticeably building up around her waist. At last, Welcome to the club!
Ngayon… Unlike Ms. Che (now Mrs. Che) and Bevs, her twin’s baptismal rite was our last meeting. And unlike Rona, Kathy and Ronalyn, she has changed. She gained not only 0.01 carbohydrates but 0.01 exponentially raised to the nth power. However, her figure is way too far to qualify in FHHM of Eat Bulaga. Just, Welcome to our Club! where bilbil and slim body collide. Chos! Seriously, she radiates a contented woman - a very happy married, career woman.
Raymond “The Barbeque Stick to Potential TV Host”
Noon... Back in college days, Raymond looked like a barbeque stick wrapped in a white and black coverings. His physical appearance would remind you of Tita Swarding. But today, this unfound son of a famous showbiz radio reporter has digested more nutritious food. With chubbier cheeks, burlier body and more vibrant countenance, he is more suitable to take the place of Boy Abunda than be the next AM radio asset.
Ngayon… Like Berna, he has changed. From being a barbeque stick to a bamboo, is a major transformation. He is a stronger guy who falls down but rises quickly. Naks! Now that Boy Abunda is in indefinite leave, Gerolaga and Aquino Tonight isn’t bad, right? We, your Tropatits, promise to stay up late just to catch you chatting with the queen of all talk shows. Or maybe it’s more fun with "Gerolaga & Castillo Tonight?"
Rochelle “The Inventive Linguist”
Noon... “Expect the worst,” “You’re cha-cha fool,” “Superstisue (singular of superstitious),” “Buyuyog.” That is Rochelle – known for creating odd and mind-boggling language and lingo. Actually, she has a slight difficulty in pronouncing words. In short – “bulol." Many can dance and others can sing. Well, Chel can apparently turn simple words into everyone’s favorite expressions.
Ngayon… I have not seen this girl in years. So, I have not heard a single word turn into everyone’s favourite expression in years. But one thing is sure, she has spread her wings and in her way to the peak of her career. Thank God for social media we have few clues about her whereabouts. If ever I’d see her again, I don’t expect to hear an old Rochelle but comic punch lines are highly anticipated.
Elenor “The Dimple and The Noisy”
Noon... Elen is recognized for having cute dimples that shine when she smiles. But the bad news is, her dimples are sometimes more noticeable than her pretty face. She also owns the title “The Noisy.” A couple of times, she was caught relentlessly chatting with her seatmates. A gal known for her dimples is also one of the most loquacious species in class?! Is it something to be proud of or a regretful achievement?
Ngayon… With two healthy and smart kids and a loving husband, her dimples shine brighter. There’s a saying “Kung ano ang puno sya ang bunga.” But her “The Noisy” title has no match with her eldest. The adage is true. Just like the mother, the child is damn smart and gifted with dimple too. If it’s hard to debate with a sharp-witted mother, it’s harder with the child. You won’t win. LOL!
Michelle “The Kapuso Unregistered Lawyer”
Noon... Mitch is a certified GMA aficionado. There is no need to have a remote control because her TV monitor is already committed to this station. If there will be a debate on which TV station is the real number one (GMA or ABS), she is absolutely a great contender. She is not afraid to argue against those nasty people telling bad things about this TV network. Indeed, an unregistered lawyer. And a certified Kapuso!
Ngayon… Again, thank God for the gift of social media we can see old faces and know our friends whereabouts. Unfortunately, even with presence of FB you can hardly see, feel, smell and hear her. As far as I know, GMA Kapuso Network has not released a memorandum stating a new corporate lawyer. Definitely, however, she remains the ultimate defender of her growing family. And I know she’s doing a great job!
Every member of this group is absolutely different from the other. We all have totally unequal personalities; our own likes and dislikes; happy and sad moments. For this reason, a lot of trials, misunderstandings and petty quarrels have attested our friendship. But acceptance, laughter, camaraderie and sincerity are the vital ingredients to the Tropatits recipe. When we are together we can be our ugly selves without having to worry about the image we create. We can let our hair down, kick off our shoes and be our true selves without camouflage or pretense. Our bond is truly one of a kind. We are the craziest and the naughtiest. But still, we are proud to say “TROPA KO 'TO!!!”
And indeed, 100% Delectable Halo-Halo. Sarap!!!
(Note: All descriptions are created with exaggeration giving stress to hilarious features more than the positive ones. The “NOON” was written long long time ago. Purely for your eyes only. Bawal ang pikon. Katuwaan lang po. Peace!!!