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Tryst 2016: Ambrosia

In anticipation of our 83rd year, UP Portia Sorority threw a gigantic party last Friday, April 8. This year's Tryst, Ambrosia, was held at URBN BGC and was sponsored by Jose Cuervo and Smirnoff Mule, along with Uber, So-En, Giordano, and Monster Radio RX 93.1. 

You can pretty much say it was an epic night! By far the best Tryst I've attended in all my years as a law student (and as a resident sister.) No doubt, good girls can throw the "baddest" parties! We partnered with UP's Sigma Rho Fraternity, DLSU Law's Juan De La Salle, and UST Med's Tau Mu Sigma Phi - and boy, what a crowd we drew! Kudos to this year's Tryst team, headed again by the formidable Monique Lee! 

It was a night of foregoing our inhibitions and finally letting go of the post-Holy Week Hell Week stress we've all had to trudge through. Almost everyone had midterms and thesis submissions to worry about. I, for one, had to rush my SLR (Supervised Legal Research) as I had two exams on the same week as my deadline. I had to forego a family vacation, spending time instead all holed up in Batangas to finish drafting and studying - but all worth it. There is indeed a light at the end of the tunnel - and a few bottles of beer too!

Portians at our VIP table / booth

Stress? What stress?

"Have you ever seen a night flower bloom?" was this year's tagline, along with the hashtag #BreatheDeep. I think we took that too much to heart when we did this crazy thing of performing a short number, originally composed of mostly seniors. It all just started out as a funny retort thrown around in the Portia room, but one thing led to another, and before you know it we were spending our Saturday practicing a short two-minute remix of Yonce and Sorry. LOOOL, talk about taking our jokes and taglines seriously! :))) Ayan tuloy, we forced our inner night flowers to bloom! :))

For the record, I don't dance - or rather, I don't dance well. :)) I like to move around a lot, but that hardly qualifies as dancing. But, you know how when you get older you learn to just go with the flow and push? Funny thing is ever since senior year began, I've made friends with almost everyone in my batch. Thanks to our internships at OLA and OGCC, and our elective classes, we've all gotten to know each other - and that meant seeing each other at our weakest and most stressed, but also at our most victorious. It's great to finally be able to make friends with people outside your block and to actually feel at home. And since we're all quite near the finish line, we've learned to let our guards down even in front of each other. That means finally getting a kick out of seeing each other make complete fools of ourselves and / or have an incredibly good time :))

Can't believe we spent hours practicing for just a two-minute dance (and I had to forego my yoga because I felt so exhausted after practice! How very unfit tita, hahaha!) I think I fared well as far as ASAP standards go - that is, I think I looked cute enough despite my basic white girl dancing skills :)) But that's the Boyfriend's assessment of the dance, so you'll just have to take it with a grain of salt. :P 

Needless to say, I had fun! 

Portia dance crew caption suggestions: 'We just filed our Motions' :))

Speaking of the Boyfriend, we actually owe Louie for this party. Some of his bosses owned shares iin URBN, so the ties helped in booking the place and getting a pretty solid deal. Ah, adult-life networks! Too bad his bosses were in Tagaytay to attend a wedding that weekend; it would have been great to have them around and actually thank them. Since the party was a bit of a Law-Med mixer, it would have been interesting to have a few engineers thrown in the fray!

Perennial date :)

I brought my Re again this time, and though I didn't expect great photos, as usual I ended up being surprised with how decent some of them turned out! Considering that the club was dark, the lights were blinking ablaze, and the camera had no flash, I had quite a number of pretty cool-looking shots.

Since last year's Tryst, I've dubbed it as my #tiwala cam for parties because you don't really have time to check the viewfinder in the app when you have a shot glass in one hand and your boyfriend's hand in the other. But it's great for capturing things as they happen, and not worrying about how they turn out. It lets you be in the moment while still taking a slice of it.

(I really should start asking HTC for promo fees now! Haha!)

Indigo-tinged photos, coming up:

Pam, me, Kat, and Chrissa by the Portia booth

Louie, Des, Kat and I claiming our Cuervo shots first thing upon arriving! 

Des, my spirit animal: fellow only child and perpetual appreciator of Eng'g students, hehe

With Kat and Bec, and the spirit of Ellie Goulding after an epic set of her songs

Tax and Credit classmates from what used to be 3E! 
Best thing about being an "international" is meeting more people!

It's summer already for almost everyone else outside law school, while we're a month-and-a-half away from finals. But weekends like this make the climb bearable - and enjoyable, even. It's always great to spend a fun night out with friends, old and new, but even better to do so with free drinks, sick beats, and fancy lingerie! (Shoutout to So-En - I swear they were the highlight of my night! I love their giveaway, so pretty!)

We're turning three in a month!


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