Silvie Jasmin Bandiola Agravante

Development Communicator

BS Mass Communications


Silvie Jasmin Bandiola-Agravante calls herself a public servant. Even before graduation, she has been involved in community development, specifically Development Communication. This involvement has taken the form of government service.  At various times, she worked at the National Youth Commission in Quezon City, as congressional staff at the House of Representatives. Now, she is a junior executive at the Office of the City Mayor of Zamboanga City.  She teaches part time at the ADZU Department of Communication while finishing her MA in Development Communication at UP Los Banos Open University.

What is your present state of mind?

My present state of mind is stable. Stability means I think giving the right reactions to situations. Laughing when there is a reason to laugh, crying when it calls for it. For me, it has been a rollercoaster for the past almost 2 years in the City Government. But I think it is when we are placed in difficult situations that we realize what we are made of.


What was your course in college and why did you choose it?

Initially I was enrolled in my first year as a BS Accountancy student. My first love is Communications but I thought that giving in to my father's dream can sustain me all throughout college. But I guess first love never dies so by summer of my first year in college, I shifted to BS Mass Communication.


How is your course relevant to the work that you do now?

My work now as Executive Assistant II to the City Mayor allows me to meet different kinds of people. The job also requires a lot of writing and public relations so I find that my chosen course is relevant to the work that I do.


Favorite subject

Ever since my Mass Communication days I have an attachment with Development Communication. It is my favorite because I feel that this one allows me to push for my passion/advocacies while trying to earn a good grade. As always I regard this as the "heart" of Communication.


Favorite teacher

I am one of the many who admire and look up to Mr. Emir Españo in Religious Studies. In the department of communication, I felt that my prospectus was overflowing because of the late Mr. Rene Fernandez, who made me realize how poor I was in writing.  I learned from him big time. His grade was the one that mattered so much.


What kind of student were you?

I am a law-abiding student, I think. I attribute it to my being part of the student council before so I don't have so much of a choice but be a good example.


When you weren’t attending classes, what were you doing?

When I was not attending classes, I was sent to different conferences. I even had one travel with (then university president) Fr. Bill Kreutz in Singapore and Indonesia to represent the school in a Catholic Universities meeting. It was during that year as well that Ateneo was conferred the university status, so we were both in cloud nine when we attended the conference. My involvement in extracurricular activities likewise brought me to different parts of the country. It was a very active school life I got years back.


Organizations and why did you choose them?

I was automatically part of Ateneo Communicators (ATCOMM). I have been part of the Sanggunian ng mga Mag-aaral ng ADZU, the student council serving in the different branches, was active with the Ateneo Lectors Society, and had been part of the Western Mindanao Alliance of Student Councils.

I founded, together with other student leaders, the Iñigo Youth Organization, where children's rights and advocacies were among our thrust. This paved the way to work with the Bantay Bata of ABS-CBN. I spent a year with the Ateneo Debate Union and then all my life, I was part of the Society of Ateneo Scholars.

I had stints in writing as well. And perhaps one of the most important milestone in my college life was when I was chosen to be part of the 2002 Ayala Young Leaders Congress.


Best memory from your time at Ateneo

The best memory from my ATENEO experience -- too many. But I think what made me love Ateneo the best was during my high school. I had my first heartbreak in high school and I have met the best people in the world --my high school classmates. I will never forget our fourth year high school when our moderator was on maternity leave and family day was just a week away. It was through class effort that we pulled it off and got 100% parents' attendance.


Favorite ADZU song      

Hail Ateneo, Hail!


Favorite place to hang out at ADZU

At the back of the then High School Principal’s Office, where the stone benches were.


Favorite food to buy at the canteen

The cheese cupcake.


Aside from teachers, name three who made a great impact on you during your time at ADZU.

Manong Oscar -- the HS janitor, Manong Bert -- our audio technician then at the Brebeuf gym and of course Sir Felix, our MassComm technician.


Who/what are the three most important things in your life now?

Taking care of my family, loving learning and teaching and losing weight



What advice would you give current ADZU students?

As always three things that I say in class: a.) Respect - very self explanatory in all fields. Learn to give respect so you'd be respected. b.) Quit Begging - Normally I tell them to quit begging for papers and answers. But this means quitting begging is to push yourself to work hard so you get to earn what you want to have in the future. c.) Comprehend enormity. - Whatever you do look at the enormous effect of whatever little that you have done. There is a big picture out there and it simply begins with a tiny dot that you want to make in this world.


ADZU 15 Questions is a Q & A series with ADZU alumni. As you can already guess, alumni will be asked 15 questions about their present lives as well as their lives during their time as an ADZU student.


This interview was conducted by ADZU communications officer Yen Blanco-Delgado via an intermittent Facebook chat that took place over the course of two weeks, from the end of April to the early days of May 2015.


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