The volunteers – Jian, Royce Salen, me, Cheena Ng Lio, Ice Salvador, Charlene Velas, and Henry:
Prayer lead by the adorable Melissa:
Packed lunch courtesy of Tracy Trinidad and Jasmin Fajardo:
Games! Stop dance with a twist!
Prizes courtesy of Cheena Ng Lio:
Giveaways (lunchbox, lanyard, shirt, and bag):
The parents watching the program from outside:
The super adorable kid, Melissa! I really wanna adopt her!
The volunteers with the teachers and Tita Ning Abilagoyo:
Thank you for giving us an opportunity to share what we have and to be able to spend time with the kids. We really had a great time!
Designer Show B
Designer: Lizanne Cua
Magnum presents LUXEWEAR and Katutubo Collections
Designer: Delby Bragais
Designer: Ronaldo Arnaldo
Designer: Peter Lim
Designer: Harley Ruedas
Photos from: Status Magazine
BridalBook Ad on Cosmopolitan Magazine (January 2013) and fashion editorials on BridalBook’s website
Designer: Camille Garcia
Make-up: Pong Niu (MAC Cosmetics)
Photography: Cherryblocks Wedding and Lifestyle Photography
Designer: Dotie Diaz
It has been a life-long dream of mine to have a bridal shoot simply because I’d get to smile. Haha! Thank you so much Keisha Uy and Dakki Bautista of BridalBook!
Madhouse Manila (January 2013)
Stylist, Art Director.: Shandii J
Hair & Make-up Artist: Abby Maglaya
Model: Farah Ramos at Yeoh Models
My barkada (we call ourselves KSP) organizes an outreach program every year. For two consecutive years, we’ve helped out families from Payatas. This time around, we thought of giving back to the elders of Kanlungan ni Maria (Home for the Aged) in Antipolo. We wanted to make them smile, we wanted to make them feel that they still have a family… even just for one day (or so we thought).
January 13, 2013 – More than 20 volunteers joined us. It was truly amazing to witness my friends being so selfless and happy to be of help. Here’s a photo of us during the preparation for the program:
We prepared some games for them such as Guess This Song, Pinoy Henyo, and Trivia Questions. This photo was taken when we were thinking of questions:
A photo of me interviewing Fr. Dari Dioquino. This was when he was describing how their normal day goes in Kanlungan. He also told me that students from Miriam College frequently visit them and they would take the elders around for a field trip. Basically, they have an active lifestyle. People would come in and out to visit, give some donations, and some would simply just have a chat with the elders. I personally like what I saw when I was there. The Diocese of Antipolo created a homey environment for the elders. I didn’t feel like I was in a typical Home for the Aged… I felt like I was in a real home where they treat each other as a family. I never felt pity… in fact I was deeply touched. They’re happy people. I never felt they were abandoned because they have one another.
Interaction with the elders. We assigned at least one (1) volunteer per elder to have a chat with them and get to know them. One of them showed me photos of her youth and all the volunteers she met in her life. She even recited the addresses of the houses where she used to work as a helper. Sharp mind indeed. Another elder was an athlete and coincidentally, Jian, who’s also an athlete was the one assigned for her. Another elder was a comedienne. She threw pick-up lines from time to time.
Of course, it was hosted by Angelia Ong and Daniel Duma:
Opening prayer by Grace Manalo:
Exercise facilitated by Jian Alvarez. As you can see Nanay Lina is standing up to prove that she is still strong!
The elders. They prefer being called “Nanay” or “Tatay.”
The games! They were participative. All of them wanted to join and get prizes. I was touched when one of them answered a question and gave the prize to the one beside her because she didn’t have a chance to participate.
It was food for the soul. We are grateful for Fr. Dari for giving all of us a chance to give back and not think of our own welfare for once. At Kanlungan ni Maria, it was very evident that they are treated properly by the caregivers and all the volunteers. No wonder they are full of positivity which is the reason why people are encouraged to go back from time to time. We had a great time with the elders! It’s truly an amazing experience we would never ever forget.
We would also like to thank the following for the food, prizes, diapers, medicines, face masks, trash bags, and all that we donated:
Jhenn Olivar, Dos Alvarez, Sheila del Rosario, Thea Altoveros, Ladylyn Riva, Grace Manalo, Thina Abando, Ken Cabonce, Mel Cabonce, Patrick Macapugay, Alfie Martirez, Rich Marasigan, Darlene Sasan, Cong. Irwin Tieng, Daniel Duma, Victor Claridad
Special thanks to: Toby’s and Vans Philippines
September 27 – 30, 2012 — Ten (10) contestants with different personalities were chosen by Jack TV to be part of Surviving Caramoan. Luckily, I was one of those 10, yey!
My adventurous side kicked in once again. I agreed to join a competition where I had to be with total strangers for three (3) days. Even the fact that I wasn’t physically ready for any sports competition wasn’t a hindrance, haha! I just packed my stuff (and we weren’t informed about the entire itinerary so I didn’t know what exactly to bring… I packed whatever I thought I’d need anyway!), went to work then proceeded to Solar Entertainment’s office in Mandaluyong.
Retzel Orquiza was the first contestant that I met. We arrived at the same time… boy was he prepared! He brought a camping bag, haha! I totally didn’t look like I was one of the contestants beside this tall guy. He looked like he really do join competitions like this. I didn’t look like I was part of the said compeition (especially with make-up on since I came from fitting), haha!
At around 6pm, we were off to Bicol! It was a 14-hour bus ride to Sabang. I must say it was the most comfortable bus ride I’ve ever had thanks to LazyBoy!
L-R: Alex Pancho, Randy Vitales, Joseph Avisa, and I
First stop-over in McDonald’s for dinner. L-R: Me, Alex Pancho, Joseph Avisa, and Marlo Naval
The most uncomfy ride! Couldn’t position myself and couldn’t help myself from being jealous for Joseph’s space at the back. He slept like a baby!
GOTA VILLAGE RESORT – where Surviving Caramoan was held.
After the boat ride was a land trip to Gota Village Resort! At last, we thought we could already take a rest but no. We were given 5 minutes to prepare and get the stuff that we’d like to bring to the island.
This photo was shot right before the first challenge!
After this photo, we were on a boat again but still had no idea about what was going to happen. In the middle of the sea, Steve Patrick, the host, announced our first challenge: to swim 200 meters to the next island and find Surviving Caramoan flags. I was doomed. I didn’t know how to swim! )
I was the first one to jump into the water because I really had to since I don’t have the skills! I competed against a triathlete, swimmers, and other athletic people. All of them could swim. I wasn’t the last to get out of the water but because of the effort I put in, I couldn’t move my legs anymore. I was so darn exhausted to find the Surviving Caramoan flags. Retzel Orquiza won this challenge while Me and Mark Que were eliminated.
The second challenge was the mind game. They had to remember characters. This time RV Mitra won while Jacqueline Fuentebella, Randy Vitales and Alex Pancho were eliminated.
Third challenge: Dig using a paddle, look for 5 rings made up of rope, and shoot in the basket that was tied to their waste. We were the cheerleaders of the remaining five (5): RV Mitra, Marlo Naval, Shane Smith, Retzel Orquiza, and Joseph Avisa. Shane Smith won this challenge, Retzel Orquiza came in second. Twenty (20) minutes later, Joseph Avisa found his 5th ring. RV Mitra and Marlo Naval were eliminated.
L-R: Me, Randy Vitales, Jacqueline Fuentebella, and Jade
Fourth and Final Challenge: Balancing. Retzel Orquiza, Shane Smith, and Joseph Avisa were fighting for P100,000! First one to give up was Retzel Orquiza then Shane Smith. It was Joseph Avisa who brought the cash prize home!
In the interview, I remember saying it’s very important to be prepared when you’re competing and I must admit that I wasn’t. I didn’t have any physical training since the start of the year. No gym, no running, no anything. I do agree with Daddy Alex when he said being one of the ten (10) contestants, going to Caramoan, and CWC were already enough for us. And the best part was meeting the other 9 finalists. It was evident at first that we had different personalities. I never thought I’d build a strong relationship with them. We all joined the competition as strangers and went home as a barkada!
Here’s a photo of the ten (10) finalists of Surviving Caramoan: RV Mitra (businessman), Farah Ramos, Mark Que (student), Alex Pancho (father), Randy Vitales (Marketing Officer), Shane Smith (military trainee and model), Jacqueline Fuentebella (travel agent), Joseph Avisa (HP Manager), Retzel Orquiza (triathlete), and Marlo Naval (DJ)
BONDING with the finalists, medical team, Jack TV staff and crew!
Waiting for the van… we were off to Camsur Watersports Complex for the awarding ceremonies! Whoohooo!
Day 2: Camsur Watersports Complex (CWC)
Dinner and Awarding Ceremony:
The winner with his big, fat cheque!
Thank you Jack TV, Sun Cellular, and Swish!
After-party at Happy Ending where Retzel was the only one who had a happy ending, LOL! )
A few months ago, I did a photo shoot for ELI GONZALES, a Filipino designer and professor at Raffles in Jakarta, Indonesia. Eli has a wide range of designs from casual wear, smart casual to formal wear. My favorite piece is, of course, the gold red carpet – worthy gown at the right.
The highlight of the shoot was when Iza Calzado (a famous Filipino celebrity) arrived to also model for Eli. How cool right? I enjoyed watching her move. It was as if she was doing a motion film. She just kept moving with full of emotions. It was as if I was watching her filming a teleserye live.
PETROL PHILIPPINES dominated 7th High last December 7 and 8! It all started with a fashion show where I was one of the models followed by a flash mob dance.
What’s a party without free booze? We, the models, facilitated some drinking games for the brave ones! We gathered 14 contestants for “Spinners” where one starts the game by flicking a coin. The next person should either stop the coin from spinning by capturing it with the tip of his/ her index finger or hit the coin with his/ her finger so it continues spinning. Whoever causes the coin to stop spinning or go off the table drinks a shot of Bacardi.
It was so much fun watching these competitive men who were so serious about the game… and it was so funny to see the other group where two (2) gentlemen didn’t understand the mechanics at first so they ended up waiting for their turn to drink. They almost emptied the bottle!
And what did we do to get the people drunk? Beer chug! We went around looking for thirsty males and females and ended up on the ledge!