Vision in a Cover

In March 2013, I had a principal with a strong vision for Canda National High School. Mr. Jessie V. Vasquez requested me to help put his vision in the yearbook cover. He had actually challenged me to be friends with Adobe Photoshop. That time, I was just starting to explore the program.

So it was a collaboration with the principal himself, Mark Glenn Beniten, a Fourth Year student who is a great artist, and Mr. Janlo Robil, my ever reliable friend (who is an Ateneo Professor). After the conceptualization and drawing and digital enhancement, the final product shown below was used as the cover of the yearbook.


The original sketches by Glenn:

Janlo Robil put the colors. I only finalized it with photos and other digital enhancements.

I was so happy to see the yearbook with this cover! And of course, so blissful to see that a vision was put in a cover to be seen by all.


“Pirates of the Silicon Valley”: A Short Review

“Pirates of the Silicon Valley” highlights the innovative minds of computer geniuses and artists. The film also shows that highly creative people have extreme polarisation in terms of temper and emotions. On other hand, these people make things happen no matter how hard and impossible things maybe. They are greatly motivated to succeed. And because Steve Jobs lived and Bill Gates has become so obsessed with computers, we have Apples in our hands and Windows on our lap. With twists and turns, lies and deceptions, they have succeeded in making the world go round through codes and systems. Truly amazing people with brilliant minds!

Aug 24, 2016 10:38pm

My Assumptions on Second Language Learning

As one of the final requirements in our subject ELT 501 Sociolinguistic and Psycholinguistic Foundations of Language Teaching taught by Prof. Alice Karaan at Philippine Normal University, I listed my assumptions on second language learning. So far, in my eight years of teaching, I have believed that these assumptions are true. These are also the bases of the activities and projects I designed for my classes. I wish to elaborate on these in more comprehensive posts.


Ms. Donna C. Regulto

ELT 501 (2:00-5:00 pm)

May 8, 2009

My Assumptions on Second Language Learning

  1. To make students participate actively, make them aware of the goals of each learning activity. I believe that if students understand why they do such activities, they will get involved very willingly.
  2. Teachers must adjust their wait time so that students could process the input well.
  3. Language learning activities must include real-life situations to create meaningful context and the language forms and skills would be more useful to students.
  4. Teachers need to design activities like games that encourage meaningful practice of the English patterns.
  5. In testing students’ language forms and skills, teachers can use performance-based test so that students could produce outputs in a communicative way.
  6. Teachers need to understand that learners, especially beginners, rely on their knowledge of their first language for the hypotheses about how English works so errors caused by the differences between L1 and L2 would be inevitable.
  7. Teachers need to respond carefully and appropriately to grammar errors that students commit when engaged in communication to avoid fossilization of these errors.
  8. In planning and preparing activities, teachers must assure that students can show and develop their different skills and interests.
  9. Teachers must encourage students and provide them opportunities that would help them develop their learning strategies so that learning will be easier, faster and more effective.
  10. Knowing their students’ style preferences will help teachers provide the needed instructions in various forms.

iKON finally debuts!

As I looked back to my high school days at the middle of my conversation with staffers, I remembered I was hip hop in my early teens (around 13-15) wearing caps, loose t-shirts, and rubber shoes. I also danced and was part of a girl group.

During late teens, I focused on studying and working. I barely had time to enjoy until I was 26. When I loosened up, I spent more time to enjoy music, drama, theatre, dance…and then I found myself admiring KPOP groups like Bigbang and 2ne1. And then I also watched WIN and Mix ‘n Match.

iKON is now my favorite boy group. Like a teenager admiring how good their voices are and how hip hop their moves are, I am a definitely a fan. They have just debuted last night after 3-5 years of training, one major failure at WIN and member addition in Mix ‘n Match. And I just wanna congratulate iKON and YG!!! Well, it’s not a crime to admire young boys, right? Hahaha.


Rebyu ng Istatus Nation at Titser Pangkalawakan


Sir Joselito D. Delos Reyes, walang Facebook account si Tatay Batoy ko pero nakakarelate siya sa mga iSTATUS ‘nyo. Noong nabasa niya ang Dear Janet, lagi ko na kinukuwento sa kanya ang iba pang iSTATUS ‘nyo tungkol sa pulitika at kung anu-ano pa. Kaya gustong-gusto niya na makabasa pa ng iba pang sinusulat ‘nyo. Mahilig talaga siya magbasa at araw-araw niya binabasa ang mga iSTATUS ‘nyo ngayon. Kada hapon pagkatapos niya mag-asikaso ng kanyang sitawan at mga baka at kalabaw, mamahinga naman siya habang nagbabasa at tumatawa sa mga iSTATUS ‘nyo na puno ng talino, galing at katuwaan.

Anong iSTATUS ni Tatay Batoy ngayon? “Loko talaga itong si Sir. Kagaling ng sinusulat eh. Magaling siya at madaming alam. Tawa ako nang tawa sa binasa ko kanina”. Yan ang sinasabi niya kapag nakatapos siya ng pagbabasa ng ilang iSTATUS sa isang araw. Hindi daw niya babasahin agad lahat dahil masarap namnamin ang bawat kaisipan na nakukuha niya sa mga ISTATUS ‘nyo.

Yan ang rebyu ng aking ama, isang magsasaka, isang mambabasa. Salamat Sir sa iyong iSTATUS NATION.

Ang may pakana ng photoshoot: Daryl Jean Regulto

Originally Posted in FB on August 29, 2014.


Kung nakatapos ang tatay ko sa pag-aaral, siguro posible rin siyang maging guro. Magaling siyang magkuwento ng kababalaghan at kalokohan sa mga gabing walang kuryente noong bata pa kami. Mahilig siyang magbasa at magbahagi ng kanyang binasa. Dahil sa kanya, nahilig din ako sa pagbabasa. Marami pang bagay ang naituro niya sa aming magkakapatid lalo na sa pagtatanim ng halaman at sa pakikipagkapwa-tao. Ang pinakamahalaga sa lahat ng kanyang itinuro ay mabuhay nang may dangal at may takot sa Diyos.

Kaarawan niya ngayon. 54-anyos na ang tatay ko at malakas pa ding magbarik. Pero bago siya malasing ngayong gabi, kinunan ko muna siya ng litrato nang nagbabasa ng mga istatus ni Sir Joselito D. Delos Reyes sa librong Titser Pangkalawakan. Inihandog ko ito bilang regalo sa kanya kaninang umaga kaya nasimulan na niya basahin ang mga unang pahina. Malakas ang tama sa kanya ng mga istatus ni Sir Jowie noon pa man kaya nararapat lang na magkaroon muli siya ng aklat.

Titser Pangkalawakan si Sir Jowie. Ang tatay ko, titser ang mga anak sa kalawakang ito, at sa aking pananaw, titser din siya hindi man sa kalawakan ngunit sa sarili niyang tahanan.

Maligayang kaarawan Tatay! Itagay na yan!

Originally Posted in FB on July 31, 2015.


“Starting All Over Again”

“Ours began in a most unexciting way, as friends. Now, our love may be quiet and boring but it is sure. With the right amount of trust and love, and even an allowance for mistake. I love him Ginny and in love, there is no fear.” – Patty

Star Cinema’s Starting All Over Again offers a mature ending. Yey! Buti na lang. Not a fairy tale one which is always expected by people. It is a bite of reality. The reasons why we need to bump again with people whom we had unfinished business with shall be revealed only by facing that person, yourself in the past, and the pain and joy that were there between the two of you; not to change the future to continue and start all over again, but to put closure to what has been, to choose whom you wanted yourself to be, to get in touch with your heartaches, and finally heal them by forgiving yourself and the person who inflicted so much pain in you.

Just what I did. At least I knew the answers to the questions never asked, but always bothered me. Starting all over again with my life, with a new me, with the person I wish to love for the rest of your life.


“Single” by Judy Ford

One year ago, I was freed of the negative thoughts and feelings of being single by reading this book. I would like to commemorate those moments when I got clearer perspective of my womanhood and a stronger ground of my feminine whims and emotions. Then, somebody came, he who could appreciate my freedom and would love me and respect my womanhood. My marital status says ‘I am a satisfied, fulfilled and independent SINGLE’ but my relationship status spells a little different, ‘I am a satisfied, fulfilling, and independent GIRLFRIEND’. Woow, BIG WORD! Hahaha.


Oct 11, 2014 8:54pm