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

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

Extra! Extra! Encounter with Miss Miriam Quiambao

“Ever since I tripped and fell down at the Miss Universe coronation night, God has always been there to pick me up and redeem all the mistakes and falls I’ve made in the hope that it will inspire many to trust that, indeed, God can catch you when you fall.” – Miriam Quiambao Roberto

I have long planned to give myself a birthday treat of visiting the 35th Manila International Book Fair at SMX Mall of Asia, Pasay City. Yesterday, September 20, 2014, I went there nearly lunch time and delighted myself at browsing through the books at the booths of various publication companies such as Shepherd’s Voice, Precious Pages, and Vibal.

Then, I heard a voice over telling that 1999 Miss Universe First Runner Up Miriam Quiambao would be gracing the booth of CSM Publishing (Church Strengthening Ministry, Inc.) at around 1:30 pm. She would launch her first ever book about her life story and would share her inspiring stories in a small talk. I was actually looking for this booth because of their P100 per book promo. Last year, I bought 8 books such as Chinkee Tan’s books and Five Languages of Love for just P100.00 each.

I went straight to the CSM booth to look for more inspirational books. Their effective marketing strategy is Books All You Can for Only P100 Each. I got thrilled once again and looked for some books to buy. Meanwhile, I waited for Miss Miriam Quiambao and her husband, Ardy Roberto to arrive at the book launch area of the booth.

I was remembering where I have read the name of her husband. At last, I got a copy of his book entitled, “Money and Marriage”. This book was a collaboration with his wife, Tingting Roberto, who died last year. I read on the cover that Ardy Roberto is the author of “Ang Pera na Hindi Bitin”, a book on financial literacy. This book which only costs P50.00 is a very practical book on money management and investment. Because of this book which I read in 2013, I got more interested in financial literacy. I loved how this book explained difficult concepts on money very easily in Filipino language. I also learned here how he and his wife started their company, Salt and Light Ventures.

At last, Miss Miriam Quiambao arrived at the booth but without her husband, Ardy Roberto. Before we could have her book signed, of course, we needed to pay for her book, “He Can Catch You When You Fall”, for P100.00 only during this Manila Book Fair. She would launch this book a little while after her talk on how she came up with writing her continuing life story. I got more and more excited while queuing at the cashier area to pay for her book (which would be sold for almost P300.00 in bookstores nationwide).

And then, Miss Miriam was finally introduced by the host. I got my place right in front of the crowd around her. She talked about her life experiences from her rise to fame and fortune after joining Miss Universe 1999 and winning First Runner up to her marriage with an Italian businessman which ended up with divorce and her roller coaster ride into life’s ups and downs in showbiz, real estate investments, and love life. At the core of her struggle to the seemingly insurmountable challenges she encountered in her life was her endless and bottomless pursuit for her self-identity that she lost along the way. After suffering psychological distress and being suicidal for some time, she related that she only found her soul when she found Jesus and recognized Him as her Savior and Protector. (For her complete testimony, check out my youtube account, I haven’t finished uploading it yet.)

After the talk, the crowd lined up for book signing. At last, I could take a closer look to a beauty queen, to my favorite “Extra! Extra!” host, and to the woman whom I admired because of her wit, her Filipina color and beauty, and her talents in hosting and acting.


She signs my books and smiles for a photo souvenir from a fan. Hihihi.

What was remarkable in her overall personality was the way she smiled. On her book, she related that it was her smile that brought her into joining the Binibining Pilipinas pageant. I like her smile and she generously gave it to all of us there.


She generously smiles for a photo. I am thrilled by her captivating smile, the smile of a true beauty queen.

I almost finished reading the book during my ride home from Manila to Sariaya earlier this morning. I finished it quickly when I arrived home and now I am writing a review. While reading her book, I found myself shedding some tears while reading how she fought and won First Runner Up in the 1999 Miss Universe. I felt how she struggled and really understood what the candidates needed to go through during the competitions. I am fond of watching Miss Universe pageants on TV and reading her account brought me to the back stage of the most prestigious beauty pageant in the world. Another chapter that really took me deeper into her soul was about her failed marriage with a super rich Italian businessman who brought her in the different parts of the world and offered her a very luxurious life every woman dreams of having. Sadly and depressingly, her married life in Hong Kong which she chose at the height of her showbiz career in the Philippines ended in divorce. How depressing this could be that she lost herself and thought of suicide!

The Good Lord Jesus Christ resurrected her from this pit as He put another chance in her career and love life. I could not tell you more about her struggles and how she coped up and was saved in this write up because I want you to buy her book. Find this book at our local book stores and make sure to have a copy! You’re going to read Miriam Quiambao’s soul in this book! Highly recommended for all the women out there indeed!


Her first ever book is very inspiring. Buy your copy now, ladies…and gentlemen.