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Jake
Advincula
Languages: 
English
Filipino
August, 1998
Bio: 
In the 17 years of my life, the things I care deeply about have influenced the choices I’ve made. Drawing has been my passion since I was two years old. It relaxes me and helps me release emotions. Winning an art contest in Grade School helped further that passion. The competition was on a national level, and I was one of the semi-finalists. I was even interviewed on national TV for it. Because of this experience, I was even more inspired to pursue drawing. Drawing is still something I do today and is part of my daily routine. Drawing also led me to volunteer in the campaign of a Philippine Senator in one of my summer vacations (April-May 2013). I was part of the creatives team, and participated in brainstorming ideas for the campaign. Being part of the campaign and being able to work with the team taught me that I wasn’t too young to be involved in shaping the history of my country. Unlike drawing, I didn’t really consider myself to be particularly skilled in writing as a kid. However, this all changed when my mom got the idea of having me sign up to be a correspondent of Junior Inquirer, the kids’ section of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, when I was Grade 4. Out of the hundreds of applicants, I was among the nine to be chosen. Having my articles published in a newspaper of general circulation and being recognized as a writer helped me discover my love for writing. This experience eventually led me to join Eaglet, the publication of my Grade School. Eventually, I joined Hilites, the official publication of my High School, where I was Associate Editor.. I also pursued my passion for writing by joining the Short Story Writing Contest in my High School. My entry, a short story entitled “My Father, the Soldier”, was about the life of a Filipino war hero, Jose Abad Santos. It won First Place. My winning story was published as a children’s book and launched as part of The Bookmark, Inc.’s “Modern Filipino Heroes” series the following year. Becoming a published author was a great personal achievement for myself; it also made me realize how fulfilling writing is. I graduated from my High School with Second Honors and a special award for the Arts. Recently, I was accepted to college with a scholarship. College starts in August and I hope to spend the remaining two months of my break doing volunteer work to help shape my view of the world.
Volunteering Experience: 
During my senior year in high school, I taught English to elementary school students in a school located in an impoverished area of Marikina. I made my own lesson plans and taught my students every Tuesday for the entire school year. This experience was very enriching for me and opened my eyes to the reality of poverty in the country.
Education: 
High school graduate (incoming college freshman)
Occupation: 
Student
Other Skills: 
Drawing
Writing
Teaching
Jake Advincula
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Philippines
Languages:
English, Filipino
August, 1998
Description
In the 17 years of my life, the things I care deeply about have influenced the choices I’ve made.

Drawing has been my passion since I was two years old. It relaxes me and helps me release emotions. Winning an art contest in Grade School helped further that passion. The competition was on a national level, and I was one of the semi-finalists. I was even interviewed on national TV for it. Because of this experience, I was even more inspired to pursue drawing. Drawing is still something I do today and is part of my daily routine.

Drawing also led me to volunteer in the campaign of a Philippine Senator in one of my summer vacations (April-May 2013). I was part of the creatives team, and participated in brainstorming ideas for the campaign. Being part of the campaign and being able to work with the team taught me that I wasn’t too young to be involved in shaping the history of my country.

Unlike drawing, I didn’t really consider myself to be particularly skilled in writing as a kid. However, this all changed when my mom got the idea of having me sign up to be a correspondent of Junior Inquirer, the kids’ section of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, when I was Grade 4. Out of the hundreds of applicants, I was among the nine to be chosen. Having my articles published in a newspaper of general circulation and being recognized as a writer helped me discover my love for writing. This experience eventually led me to join Eaglet, the publication of my Grade School. Eventually, I joined Hilites, the official publication of my High School, where I was Associate Editor..

I also pursued my passion for writing by joining the Short Story Writing Contest in my High School. My entry, a short story entitled “My Father, the Soldier”, was about the life of a Filipino war hero, Jose Abad Santos. It won First Place. My winning story was published as a children’s book and launched as part of The Bookmark, Inc.’s “Modern Filipino Heroes” series the following year. Becoming a published author was a great personal achievement for myself; it also made me realize how fulfilling writing is.

I graduated from my High School with Second Honors and a special award for the Arts. Recently, I was accepted to college with a scholarship. College starts in August and I hope to spend the remaining two months of my break doing volunteer work to help shape my view of the world.
Volunteering Experience
During my senior year in high school, I taught English to elementary school students in a school located in an impoverished area of Marikina. I made my own lesson plans and taught my students every Tuesday for the entire school year. This experience was very enriching for me and opened my eyes to the reality of poverty in the country.
Education
High school graduate (incoming college freshman)
Occupation
Student
Other Skills
Drawing, Writing, Teaching
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