Showing posts from October, 2011

Surviving Cancer: Early Detection

It started with a lump in her right breast in 2003. After undergoing ultrasound and mammogram and a biopsy in 2004, Editha dela Cruz’s doctor diagnosed her with stage 2 cancer.

“That night, I couldn’t sleep. I was also alone because I was in Manila and my family’s in Iloilo. I don’t want to call the house because I didn’t know how to explain. But because of my strong faith, I offered myself to God, knowing that He will take care of me. Somehow, that gave me strength. Although at that time, I thought that I will die,” she said.

“When you say cancer, the notion of death is the first thing that comes to one’s mind. My children started going to their school’s chapel to pray for me. And I saw that my husband was really fearful of losing me,” she added.

But sometimes, our fears are rooted from ignorance. So, the dela Cruz couple visited Dr. Jesena, a famous oncologist in Iloilo City. Jesena assured Editha that her cancer is curable because it was discovered during its early stage.

“She told me …

Tuna Talk at Marinatuna, Davao

In the 1970’s, Japanese traders were looking for sashimi-grade yellowfin tuna and found that this fish is abundant in General Santos.

Because of the high price commanded by such variety in the Japanese market, some individuals in this city of Mindanao were encouraged to venture into tuna fishing.

One of these fishermen is Domingo Ang, now chief executive officer of Marinatuna Corporation and based in Davao City.

Ang and his crew shipped yellowfin tuna from General Santos to Japan in 1979. This triggered the boom of the Philippine tuna industry wherein 5,000 units of tuna handline boats were built and manned by 50,000 sustenance fishermen.

The tuna industry attracted the Taiwanese as well. In 1994, Ang initiated the monumental trans-shipment of tuna in the Davao Fish Port Complex by about 300 units of Taiwanese fishing boats that ply the Western Pacific sea.

With the Philippines ranking fourth in the world, after China, Japan and Indonesia in the production of tuna and tuna-like spec…

Davao Beauty: Malagos Garden Resort

I was in Davao City early last September with other members of the media for the Cebu Pacific Familiarization Tour. It was a collaborative project with the Department of Tourism of Davao and was supported by varied resorts, hotels, restaurants and Selrahco Management and Consultancy Services.

Personally, one of the most interesting part of the trip was the visit to Malagos Garden Resort located in Brgy. Malagos, Baguio District of Davao City. The resort is situated 1,180 feet above sea level.

It is owned by siblings Dr. Bo and Charisse Puentespina, who are both of Ilonggo descent. Their mother is a Passinhon while their father is from Molo.

At MGR, one will witness a funny, interactive and full production bird show. Hosted by Dr. Bo himself, this show aims to create awareness on the plight of our birds and present simple ways people can help protect and conserve the environment. There were at least 10 species and 75 birds that performed individually or as a group. At the end of the bird …

Joesyl dela Cruz and success

“Success is failure turned upside down. It is like a spot of light amid total darkness.” – Joesyl Marie de la Cruz

Outstanding individuals are those who go out of their way to achieve many things – excellence in their field and concern for the outside world.

For Ten Outstanding Students of Iloilo Awardee Joesyl Marie dela Cruz, passion for knowing the road to take and achieving it successfully as well as the determination to keep that passion burning are what led her to do just that – excel in school and in the community.

Joesyl is the most outstanding graduate for her batch. Another feat is being a student ambassador of the Japan East-Asia Network Exchange for Students and Youths (Jenesys) program to Japan and the WVSU alumni distinction for Campus Hero Awardee. She’s also an environmental advocate, being the chairperson of the Environmental Conservation Guild (ECoGuild).

Now, Joesyl works as an events staff and graphic designer for Red 8 Events Services.

One of the perks of working for t…

The Power of Three: Robinsons Campus Fashionista 2011

The Robinsons Campus Fashionista search aims for the best model look, X-factor and model walk. And for this year, three persons possess these, thus they are worthy to be called as the Robinsons Campus Fashionista 2011 winners.
Campus Fashionista 2011 for the Female Category is Krista Jhoanne Tanada while for the Male Category, the winners are Mon Ryann Deloso Depasupil and Kent Lim.
The three didn’t expect to win especially when they had none or limited experience in modeling compared to the other contestants.
“Joining Robinsons Campus Fashionista was my first stint in modeling,” according to Tanada. “In fact, I didn’t even prepare much for it because of my hectic schedule in school. I just practiced walking, I just prayed and did my best,” she added.
She is planning to use her cash prize of P20,000 as payment for their coming media tour in Manila. “This way, I could lessen my parents’ financial problems,” she said.
Meanwhile, Depasupil had previous modeling stints but he considers t…

Gary Sintin: Born for Fashion


It’s human nature to sometimes treat with nonchalance things that we encounter on a daily manner.

This was the case with Gary Surmion Sintin when he was growing up.
He’s the son of Heidi Arguelles Surmion–Sintin, a dressmaker in Brgy. Baclayan, Lucena, Iloilo but it was in dancing and singing that he had passion for.

He was champion during the Super Ferry Kampeon sa Kantahan Zone 5 competition, a Blue Pass finalist in Philippine Idol, a performer in GMA Iloilo’s ‘Bongga’, recording artist of the album ‘The Soul of Magapa-Suage’ by the Panay Rural Development Center, Inc., a conductor and teacher in music in Oton National High School, a voice coach and a dance choreographer.

“Before, I never paid attention to designing because I considered it as a common thing that I encounter everyday at home,” he said.

But if you were born to a certain kind of trade, you naturally imbibe the skills because you were exposed to that your whole life.

“I helped my mother by giving a critique on what design …

Set up a trust fund

A young professional should start thinking about financial protection and security while he/she doesn’t have a spouse and children to spend money on.
One option is the trust fund.

When “trust fund” is mentioned, we automatically think that it’s only for the rich who want to provide money for their kin. But, there are different kinds of trust funds that cater to people of varied financial capacities. After all, not only the rich need financial protection.

A trust fund is a unique investment. “If you put up a trust fund, you become like an investor. We pool the funds from different investors and look for an investment outlet that would cater to your type of market,” according to Sheila Uygongco, manager of BDO Molo Branch.

She likened it to investing in a stock market with value that changes every day.
“The fund manager has the option where he or she will invest the money based on your preference. If he or she sees there’s an opportunity with government securities, for example, he or she wil…

Why kill so you could live?

Killing of other animals is not part of God’s plan.
So, a person who wishes to live a spiritual life does not need to kill other animals to satisfy his appetite.
A plant-based diet does not only save the planet from a lot of problems, it also enables a person to live a longer and healthier life. And if he is healthy, he can learn more about religion.
This was shared by Glenn Maypa of the Seventh Day Adventist during the start of their one-year celebration of 100 years of Adventism in Panay held recently at Robinsons Place Iloilo.
At the booth, they allowed mallers to taste varied vegetarian dishes like veggie siomai, nuggets, monggo bars, soya drink and valenciana.
One visitor said it was her first time to eat veggie siomai and was quite happy that there are healthy alternatives to her red meat favourites. “Now, I can get rid of the red meat and eat vege-meat,” she said. Vege-meat is made of either gluten or soya, which are plant-based.
“Vegetarianism is a unique teaching of the Adven…

Think before you click or post on social media

Thanks to the internet and social media, we are able to express ourselves.
“I’m watching Soul Surfer now.” “Check out the food in this restaurant, it’s great.” “It’s raining and I just want to sleep the whole day.” “My cat, who had been my companion for 10 years, died today.” “I love you babyyy, mwah mwah mwah!!!” “I hate backstabbers!” “In this party I attended, there was this socialite who talked like trash.” “Go to hell tramp!” “I think other people should mind their own business!” “People judged me without hearing the whole story!”

At one time or another, we read these threads on Facebook or Twitter. We love to share our enjoyment, pain, and anger. That’s self-expression.

But, this freedom of expression is one of the reasons why social media causes stress, especially when you read threads that are irritating and are meant to harm. Most often, we’re tempted to give the writer an opinion. Some would. Some wouldn’t and will just move on to threads that are not ‘nega’.

“I use Facebook for…

Pizza talk with Afrique's Miguel Cordova

What makes a certain pizza stand out from the others?

First is the crust, according to Miguel Cordova, chef and owner of Afrique’s which has branches in Jaro, Smallville, Valeria and Robinsons Place Iloilo. “Making a pizza crust is a hit-and-miss experience until you get it right,” he adds.

Afrique’s has two kinds of pizza crust – regular and thin. Cordova is now experimenting on the perfect thick crust which will be launched to the public on September.

A pizza crust is made of yeast, sugar, salt and oil. “It’s the oil that makes the crust crunchy,” Cordova said.

The second element of a good pizza is the combination of ingredients. “Your toppings have to blend well. There are pizza combinations that are loaded with toppings but they don’t taste so good,” he said. He added that the ingredients have to be well-seasoned, too.

Afrique’s has created varied pizza combinations to the delight of its habitu├ęs. Taste is relative, after all. And for Cordova, nothing beats the Neopolitan combination o…

Young diva Irish D.

For a 16-year-old, her confidence is amazing. This is how Ronelo Ladiao, writer and artist, describes Ilongga singing sensation Irish D. (Dinopol) when he saw her perform during one contest.

That confidence earned her the first prize and it was the start of her big break.

Since then, she performs in different concerts together with her fellow Ilongga Divas Sheila Barrios and Cherry Callao, who were also discovered by Ladiao.

Irish revealed that she had been joining singing contests since Grade 2 and she always won.
She came from a family of singers. Her father, mother and sister all sing but it was Irish who really became serious about this talent.

Those who have heard her sing will definitely believe that Irish can become another Angeline Quinto. “I like her a lot,” said Irish.

Irish is passionate about music that she took up Music Education in West Visayas State University.

So, how do her classmates deal with her being popular? “Some of them couldn’t believe it. They asked me if I’m that p…

The unexpected singer in Sheila Barrios

There are some who are gifted with a voice that can eventually launch a platinum record, but they’re too shy to sing.

Such is the case for Sheila Barrios, singer of “Ginpalangga”, a popular Ilonggo song being played by radio stations in Iloilo and Bacolod.

Sheila came from a musically-inclined family. One time, Ronelo Ladiao, an artist, was looking for a female singer in a karaoke contest. His friend Rein Callao, recommended Sheila, who happens to be his cousin.

“When she sang, we realized she has a really beautiful voice,” said Ronelo.

“He told me my voice is unique. So he suggested I try singing the Ilonggo version of Rihanna’s ‘Unfaithful’. He let me practice for one month. Then, we recorded it and sent it to radio stations. The stations liked it,” Sheila said of the birth of her first song, “Ginpalangga.”

The success of “Ginpalangga” inspired Sheila to venture to her second song, “Handum Na Gid Lang” with the help of Ronelo.

The song tells of Sheila’s failed romance after she found out …

Sexy Diva Cherry Callao

Cherry Callao is the latest addition to Ilonggo entertainers who will boost the city’s reputation of being a rich source of musical talents.

Even at a very young age, Cherry, now 20 years old, loved to dance, especially ballroom dancing.

Cherry is a good singer, too. This talent was enhanced further during her trip to Manila last year wherein she jammed with the Graphix Band, the band of her brother Val. (She came from a family of musicians, with her dad as a band member, her mother a singer and another brother Rein a member of the Zoo Band). “I was jamming with them and that was when Ronelo (Ladiao) discovered me,” she said.

So, with much prodding from Ronelo, Cherry recorded her first song entitled “Ikaw Gid Lang.”

“We sent copies of the song to varied stations and it was in Bacolod that her song became a hit,” said Ronelo, who co-wrote the song. “Many Ilonggo artists are popular in Bacolod because the city is more open to local entertainers,” he added.

“Ikaw Gid Lang” talks about Cherr…