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Citizenship Advancement Training (CAT) is where it all started. Joe and May are schoolmates of the same batch. Pareho silang sumali sa training dahil akala nila napaka cool magsuot ng camouflage. But here they are, napagdiskitahang magpresent ng sayaw in fron of the seniors. For sure gagawin silang katatawanan sa oras na ito.
May is the "mahinhin" at shy type girl. Napakaseryoso nito dahil she belongs to the highest section. Despite her tahimik na attitude she has sense of humor, kaya lang di sya sanay mag joke at once in a blue moon lang lumalabas ang talent niya sa ganito.
Same with Joe. Napakatahimik, smiling at sobrang bait. He is from the 3rd highest section. During their training, napaka gentleman nito sa kahit sinong babae. Iyong tipong kapag kasama mo siya, dapat ikaw lagi ang nauuna at priority. Maingat sya sa mga babae.
There was one time na one of their activities ay required sila magslide sa isang mataas na slope. Isa ito sa mga obstacle course na dadaanan. He took the first step at naghintay sa baba para saluhin si May at iba pang girls na kasabayan nito.
During their training, ganito sya ka concerned sa girls lalo na kay May. Until finally, they became CAT officers. May got a higher rank since nag top sya sa theoretical exams at isa din sa nangunguna sa drills. Isa sya sa batallion staff which she aimed dati pa. Her father is a soldier kaya ganoon sya ka determined na sumali sa army training kasi gusto niyang iapply ang natutunan nya sa ama.
Platoon commander naman si Joe. 4th year high school na sila by this time. Finally, natapos din ang training but the drills will remain and this time, they will be the ones to train the newbies.
CAT is not just training cadets to become officers. They take charge of leading every school activities and events and keeping it in order and peaceful. They act as real armies in school. Napaka active ng batch nila. This group was even recognized and awarded for having the most snappy officers during community parades and events. Even the police officers were impressed by this group.
Marami silang community services na nagampanan, like tree plantings, cleanup sa iba't ibang bahagi ng city and they were even requested to guard at fiestas. It's because they established a good name and trust sa kanilang LGU, bagay na ikinakaproud ng buong skwelahan.
Maraming kulitan even when they are still under training and this CAT batch ang matatawag na pinakamasaya at bonded na group since they learned to protect each other kahit sa labas ng school. Lahat ng batchmates, naging parang magkakapatid.
May somehow transformed from shy to being funny. Her sense of humor naturally came out with the right company. Joe at the same time, gained more friends especially girls. He became close to some girls which is unusual for him.
As they became one of the superiors in the campus, hindi na sila masyadong nahihiyang maglibot sa school and more students ang gustong makipagkaibigan sa kanila.
One day, Joe and his group of friends who are also CAT officers came to visit May's room out of the blue. Her heart skipped a bit kasi kasama ni Joe si Ken who happened to be her "ex-crush" and Lloyd her "new crush" 😜.
Ken and the whole neighborhood knew that she's so attracted to him. Mahilig kasi sya sa basketball and he plays the guitar kaya naman she went so kilig with him everytime. 😍
But that didn't last for long since hindi naman talaga sya baliw dito at mga nakapalibot lang sa kanila ang nagpapalaki ng issue. Nainis si May when one of his cousins confronted her as if talagang naghahabol ito sa lalaki. Yes, she was too young but she knows her limits. Akala naman kasi nila nababaliw na sya when in fact gusto niya lang makipagkaibigan and not to become his girlfriend. Wala syang time sa ganito and it's not her priority.
While they were on training, finally, naging mag friends din sila. They can now, smile to each other na walang hiyaan. They can even hold hands na walang malisya. Kahit alam ng lahat na may "past feelings of affection" sya dito. And now, here they are with her new crush. Naadmire lang din sya sa pagiging kwela at pagkagentleman ni Lloyd. Napakaseryoso nito at caring sa mga babae. Mabait at hindi trouble maker.
Kung dati ay awkward sya in front of her crush na si Ken, this time magaling na sya magtago ng feelings. She learned her lesson kaya ngayon, she will never trust or tell anyone about her feelings. Mas gusto niyang mafeel ang care ni Lloyd na walang malisya sa iba kasi he cares for all his girl batcmates. Sweet sya sa lahat including her.
Tumayo si May at nilapitan ang tatlo. "Ano'ng kailangan niyo dito? Wala si Ian". Ian is one of the highest officers na classmate ni May. Sila lang dalawa ang CAT officers sa klaseng iyon at isa ito sa mga kagrupo nila Joe.
Joe looked straight to her eyes smiling, parang may gustong sabihin pero dahil shy type, hanggang smile na lang. Lloyd tapped her shoulder, "Nangungumusta lang si Joe sa friend mong si Shane". Her eyes grew wide and she got the point, may gusto si Joe sa kaklase niya. She giggled at excited na sinabing "Sure, you want me to call her?". Tawa ang tatlo and they refused. Nagtaka sya nang umalis din ito pagkasabi.
Every Friday is formation day in every section's MAPEH class. It's the officer's duty to gather these students for a short drill. During break time, since natapat ang room ni Joe sa court where the drill is being performed, lumalabas sya to check on May's section. He waves at her every time with a big smile. May thinks gusto nya lang magpacute kay Shane kaya she tells her to say hi to him.
This sweet girl Shane, everyone loves her as she's so friendly kaya di maikakaila na maraming magkakagusto sa kanya. May and Shane are really good friends.
As CAT officers, they report every Saturday to train aspiring cadets and regular military police na kabatch pa rin nila pero lower class kumbaga.
In every Saturday's activity, ang daming ganap. May pa games din during happy hour. Basketball, volleyball at simpleng habulan. Ang saya ng moment. At dahil nalaman ni May na crush ni Joe si Shane, ito ang palaging topic nila at naging tulay ito para maging mas close ang dalawa.
There was one time the lady MP's were playing basketball. Nasa isang sulok ang dalawa, nagkukuwentuhan. They were so busy talking alone in that one spot. Sa sobrang close nila, wala sa malisyang napahiga si Joe sa lap ni May while they were talking and taking a rest. Palaging topic nila si Shane. Actually may mga tao naman sa spot na iyon. Kumakain sila kanina ng chips at bigla bigla nawala yung mga kasamahan nila at naiwan ang dalawa na walang malay habang tawa lang sila ng tawa.
Late na when she realized sila na lang dalawa doon at naisip ni May na umalis sila pagkatapos ubusin ang chips na dala niya. 😁 She saw the other guys on the other side smiling at them at inaya si Joe na lumapit na sa kagrupo nila.
One morning, May went to their office to submit some records. Pagbalik niya, she passed by Joe's classroom. Bigla syang hinablot ni Lloyd papasok sa classroom "harsh" 🙄, sa isip niya. They were teasing him. Almost all students from that class are CAT officers. Hiyawan ang mga tao sa loob. Someone came and held her hand and gave it to Joe. "Joe wants to tell you something", May thought he wanted to just ask about Shane so she whispered to him "see you later at the park, I'll bring her there". Everyone shouted and he let go of her hand so she could go back to her classroom.
After a few months, Joe and Shane were finally lovers. May was so happy for her friends. Naging bridge sya and she was able to help Joe with his mahiyain moves. 😂. They usually hang out at her place since medyo tago ang relasyon ng dalawa from Shanes parents. Her mom's a faculty teacher and kind of turned off kay Joe since they are from a different religion.
There was one time, they escaped from the Math camp to go on a date. May took part of that escape but the mother has too many connections that she was able to discover the incident. Shane got grounded for two weeks at nagkasakit pa ito kaya after that hindi na sila nagkita.
Shane's phone was taken and so May kept them connected by letting her friend borrow her other phone. She's not allowed to text or call Joe kaya sya ang katext nito and every officer's formation tumatabi si Joe sa kanya para gamitin ang phone nya para matawagan at matext niya ito.
The group seemed to have misunderstood kaya sila ang nakantyawan. One time, nag agawan ng nilagang mais ang mga officers and it so happened that isa na lang ang natira. Joe took it, binalatan at inabot niya ito kay May. Naghiyawan ang lahat while May cut the corn into half para maishare sa kaibigan niyang si Joe. Walang malisya na nakisigaw na rin sya kahit di niya alam ang dahilan 😂.
Tahimik silang dalawang magkatabing kumain sa isang sulok habang kinikilig ang ibang officers na nakatanaw sa kanila.
"What's wrong with these people, bakit sila sumisigaw, I don't get it. Naghati lang naman tayo ng mais?" 😅
Tumawa lang si Joe "bagay daw kasi tayo". Pinalo niya ito sa balikat "gagi, sumbong kita kay Shane, di tayo talo! ". He smirked, inakbayan sya nito at sigawan ulit ang mga tao. Sinabayan ito ni May at pinisil ng malakas ang dalawang pisngi niya.
After two weeks, Shane and Joe finally saw each other. Still nakatago sila palagi and they go to May's house para magkita. Not in school kasi nakaabang si momsh. 😂.
Their relationship didn't affect Joe and May's friendship. Her friends were both happy with each other. On the other hand, Joe can freely hug May in front of his girlfriend kasi they are true friends.
Joe sometimes go out with May when Shane is not around dahil sa religion niya. Ang daming restrictions and they both respect that. Kapag magkasama naman ang dalawa, May is always there as a third wheel. Ginagawa syang bridge ng dalawa, human sheild sa mama ni Shane 😂.