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Musikahan 2013, a resounding success DAVAO’S UP-COMING GRADS Prepping Up for Real World March-April 2013

Revealing Bani Falls, The Mindanao’s Secret Jewel

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Ask Mom, Ask Son


• Back Problems • True Love or True Blues?


University News



San Pedro College of Nursing bags 8!

Featured Model


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Barangay Musikahan Victors Proclaimed

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Out of Town Revealing Bani Falls


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Log on, relax, read, unwind from all that you are doing and be entertained! With no limits and no bounds! So fasten your seat belts, scroll down the following pages and don’t miss the call! If this will not not satisfy you, just check your operator services. One doze of this E-zine will be worth your time spent on it. In our maiden issue, indulge and discover a lot about the entire Davao region, starting from the highly entertaining Musikahan Festival of Tagum City, Davao, del Norte. Learn about the hippest and hottest place to hang around in the city. Relive the exciting annual event “Awitenista” of Ateneo de Davao University. Be inspired to know the new and budding talents of Davao such as ACE, Michael Diamse and Michelle Canda. And because we truly want you, our valued readers to get more than just an E-zine, we also included, regular columns such as our advise column “Ask Mom, Ask Son” and get the best practical advises from two different perspective. Another is “Chick and Chuy” which features new faces of Davao’s modeling industry. In addition to this, we also have tons of articles that give you useful information from our reputable article contributors. Surely, this issue is worth the keeps.


Hope you’ll like it. Watch out, our next issue is coming out soon. Enjoy! -RICHARD DIONGSON

ACE, one of Davao’s newest singing groups; the band is composed of three Pinoys with foreign descent namely, Al Dylan Jaspers, Chemp Rana and Elton Edward Baranaskas. More on page



Musikahan 2013, a resounding success Words and Photos By Leo Timogan

City of Tagum Information Office

2nd Place, Musikahan sa Tagum Photography Contest“Music in Harmony” by Eden Jhan Licayan


5th Place, Musikahan sa Tagum Photography Contest“Romancing the Violin” by Bryan Guinto


Mrs. Alma L. Uy, chairperson of the City of Tagum Tourism Council, said the success of this year’s Musikahan inspires the city to surpass what it had achieved for 2013, acknowledging the huge contribution of the volunteers, sponsors, the participants and the general public in making Tagum’s premiere festival one for the history books. The Musikahan sported a new advocacy this year through the launching of its Cultural Action Project


anchored on the vision of helping disaster-stricken communities in Compostela Valley through music and the arts. Headlining this cause is the staging of several benefit shows, including that of highly-acclaimed Sunrise String Orchestra from the Kingdom of Thailand, renowned violinist Alfonso “Coke” Bolipata and the Grand Prix Winner of the Himig Handog 1st Asia Pacific Chorale Competition.

ITY OF TAGUM, DAVAO DEL NORTE—This city that prides itself as the “Music Capital of the South” wrapped up its 12th Musikahan Festival with flying colors, with event organizers promising a grander and more meaningful music festival next year.

HIMIG HANDOG WINNERS This year’s Himig Handog saw the rise of its first Grand Prix Winner: the Coro Amadeo from Cainta, Rizal bagging the 250, 000 pesos cash prize, aside from winning gold nominations in categories Pop/Jazz, Sacred, Period/Renaissance, with a cash prize of 25,000 pesos each; a silver nomination for the Folk/Traditional Music worth 15,000 pesos and the Best Interpretation of the

Contest Piece “Tigmo sa Dagat” worth 5,000 pesos. As such, Coro Amadeo received the contest’s 24-karat gold pin. All in all, they went home with an accumulated cash prize of 355,000 pesos. Silver nominations (with 15,000 pesos cash prize) for other categories include the New University of Makati Chorale for the Pop/Jazz, the Quezon City Performing Arts Children’s Choir for Sacred Music and USEP Harmonia Polifonica for Period/Renaissance Music.

USEP’s chorale group also got a gold nomination for Folk/ Traditional Music with 25,000 pesos cash prize. Most of the bronze nominations (with 10,000 pesos cash prize) are grabbed by the Quezon City Performing Arts Children’s Choir for Pop/Jazz, Folk/ Traditional, and Period/ Renaissance Music while the other one for Sacred Music was won by the New UMAK Chorale. Mr. Mark Anthony Babalcon of USEP Harmonica Polifonica was awarded by the jury the Special Conductor’s Prize.

comeback of Bukidnon State University which grabbed the championship prize for the grand showdown of Avenida Musika, going home with a cash prize of The Davao Youth Symphonic Band was proclaimed champion in Symphonic Serenade while claiming the top prize for the street parade competition was the Tagum City Unified Marching Band. Landing as the Top Prize Winner for the Symphonic Sere nade is the Davao City Youth Symphonic Band.

AVENIDA MUSIKA WINNERS As expected, Tagumeños from all walks of life braved Sunday’s heat to witness the Avenida Musika National Marching Brass Band Competition at the New City Hall Square, making it the largest crowd in the weeklong festival that ran from February 19-24.

The Tagum City Youth Symphonic Band was declared champion in the street parade component of the Avenida Musika National Marching Brass Band Competition.

The event saw the


3rd Place, Musikahan sa Tagum Photography Contest- “Drummer Boys” by Jeph Dava


1st Place, Musikahan sa Tagum Photography Contest- “In Unity, There’s Harmony” by Arjoy Ceniza

Judges of the 2nd Musikahan sa Tagum Photography Contest scrutinize the top 30 photos exhibited at the lobby of the New City Hall of Tagum. The panel includes award-winning photographers Rhonson Ng and Caroline Espejon and Mr. Ferdinand M. Galang of Hexat Mining Corporation.




The City Information Office also announced the winners of the 2nd Musikahan Photography Contest. Arjoy Ceniza from Mati City in Davao Oriental emerged as champion among the 88 participating photographers, going home with a 5,000 pesos cash prize, a trophy and a certificate of excellence. Following him is Eden Jhan Licayan, who is also from Mati City, finishing as second place with 4,000 pesos cash prize, Jeph Dava of Tagum City bagged 3,000 pesos for winning the 3rd place, Ric Randolph Coraje got 2,000 pesos for his 4th place win and 5th Placer Bryan Guinto received 1,000 pesos. Consolation prize winners are Coraje, Licayan, Jayson Kirk Arnaiz, Ramil Gregorio and Karl Lou Abapo. The said contest was made possible with the support from Canon Marketing Philippines

4th Place, Musikahan sa Tagum Photography Contest“Music Drama” by Ric Randolph Coraje

The Bukidnon State University from Malaybalay City in Bukidnon was adjudged Champion in the Brass Band Showdown of Avenida Musika, highlighting the finale of the 12th Musikahan sa Tagum Festival.

Madame Alma L. Uy, chairperson of the City of Tagum Tourism Council, congratulates one of the winners of the Musikahan sa Tagum Photography Contest.


The Coro Amadeo from Cainta, Rizal is the Grand Prix Winner of the Himig Handog 1st Asia Pacific Chorale Competition of the 12th Musikahan sa Tagum Festival. The group bagged a 24-karat gold pin and an accumulated cash prize of 355,000 pesos.


PhotoS by Leo Timogan of CIO Tagum

Julia Mica Serad of Barangay San Miguel sings after she was proclaimed grand winner in the Children’s Category of the Barangay Musikahan last February 22, 2012 at NCCC Food Cove.

Barangay Musikahan

victors proclaimed

Grand Winner for the Open Category—Dana Althea Algabre of Brgy. Apokon

Words and Photos By Leo Timogan City of Tagum Information Office


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fter almost two months of rigorous and grueling screening process, the Music City of the South finally rolled the red carpet for its newest barangay sensations after winners of the Barangay Musikahan Grand Showdown were officially proclaimed February 22, 2013 in the Food Cove Area of NCCC Mall.

It turned out that both Barangay San Miguel and Barangay Magugpo East share the most number of winners based on the tally sheet. Miss Julia Mica Serad, who was given a rare opportunity to share the

stage with internationallyacclaimed violinist Alfonso “Coke” Bolipata during his one-night benefit concert here, was proclaimed the grand winner for Children’s Category. Following her was Angeli

Reposposa from Barangay La Filipina as second placer The grand winner for the Open Category is Miss Mariann Eross Vinculado (right) who is joined by her runners-up.

while Ma. Jona Cagyat from Barangay Magugpo East was proclaimed 3rd placer. In the Senior’s Category, Leopoldo Sarsonas of Barangay San Miguel clinched the top plum, followed by Visayan Village’s Bienvenido Mojado as second placer and Magugpo East’s Maria Vinculado finished third. Mariann Eross Vinculado of Magugpo East was proclaimed champion in the

open category. Joining her in the list were Dana Althea Algabre of Barangay Apokon who finished second and Marnelli Cervantes of Barangay San Miguel who claimed the top prize. This year’s Musikahan sa Barangay started its search for singing sensations in the grassroots level December 2012 in an anticipation to unravel singing talents of all

Grand Winner for the Senior’s Category— Leopoldo Sarsonas of Brgy. San Miguel barangays for them to actively participate in the grandiose event of the city. Describing Musikahan as an all-inclusive music festival that connects people, City of Tagum Tourism Council Chairperson Madame Alma L. Uy aptly underscored Musikahan as an effective venue to broaden audience participation on the diversity of music traditions. Tagum City’s first lady

also said this event also enables artists and cultural workers assert their vital contribution in realizing sustainable peace and development. The grand winners of this year’s Barangay Musikahan will once again conquer the stage—not for competition but for a night of a celebratory concert—on February 23, 2013 at the New City Hall Grounds.

Winners of the Senior’s Category of the Barangay Musikahan take a pose after the winners were proclaimed.


Grand Winner for the Children’s Category – Julia Mica Serad of Brgy. San Miguel.


Sync it! New in Musikahan:

Words and Photos By Leo Timogan



City of Tagum Information Office


he 12th Musikahan sa Tagum Festival made history anew as it introduced for the first time a new musical competition called Sync It.

But this competition is not using the traditional musical instruments but utilizes the power of information and communication technology, jumpstarting Tagum City Senior Councilor De Carlo “Oyo” the activities of the L. Uy stresses the importance of ICT in Musikahan @ ICT showcasing the talents of Tagumeño youth component of this year’s as well as boosting tourism information. The festival. young solon served as the guest speaker of Sync It is a music the opening ceremony of the Musikahan @ competition that uses ICT component of the Musikahan sa Tagum technology-operated Festival. devices where it showcases to the public that we can learn music through gadgets. This contest has been realized through the Tagum Information Communication Technology Academic Council (TICTAC) . Sync It is introduced for us to see the major role of Information Technology in imparting to the development of Tagum City as a Music Capital of the South, event IT Students exhibit their best during the Sync IT competition organizers said. using technology-operated devices such as tablets and Participating android phones. in the competition

are groups from University of Mindanao Tagum Campus (UMTC), Saint Mary’s College of Tagum (SMC), and AMA Computer Learning Center (ACLC) are the schools who participated the said competition. The UMTC participants used Real Guitar, Real Bass, Drums HD, Real Piano and Piano Perfect as applications, and also, they used Android Phones and Samsung Tablet as gadgets, thus, in order to comeup with that astonishing, brilliant and chilly presentation of Love Story by Taylor Swift which they rehearsed for 3 weeks. “Kulba, pero successful and satisfied man pud ko sa among performance,” Ric Kevin Conde of UM Tagum, one of the participants, said. “Musikahan 2013 featured the SYNC I.T. Competition for everyone to learn music through technology-advanced gadgets” quipped Engr. Ian Palijo, the Musikahan @ I.T. event chairperson. John Rey H. Jumangit of The Mover, TCNHS, Tagum.

Sunrise String Orchestra

holds successful benefit concert

The Sunrise String Orchestra from Bangkok, Thailand in action at the New City Hall of Tagum. The proceeds of their concert will help fund the City of Tagum Tourism Council’s Social Action Projects in Pablo-stricken communities in Comval.

Words and Photos By Leo Timogan City of Tagum Information Office

The said benefit concert is part of the 12th Musikahan Festival’s commitment to help Pablo-stricken communities in the Province of Compostela Valley by raising funds to push through its social action projects in Comval. “Instead of whining and pointing fingers at each other, we need to move on and do what we can to help and comfort our brothers and sisters regardless of race, color or religion,” said orchestra member Chirapatr Lertiendumrong during her speech of dedication delivered before the start of the concert. “We hope that somehow, in our small way, we’re able to

let you feel that we care,” she ended. Tagumeños were serenaded by the group considered to be “The King’s Orchestra” whose repertoire includes Thai classical music, international folk music, Broadway music and compositions by leading Thai artists. Among the music they played during the concert were “Duangkaew Kallaya” which is especially dedicated to the victims of the storm, “Sonata in C Major for Cello,” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” and “Ludwig’s Tango,” among others. Senior City Councilor De

City of Tagum Tourism Council President Madame Alma Uy receives a book containing the musical compositions of the King of Thailand as a token from the Sunrise String Orchestra. Looking on is Senior City Councilor De Carlo “Oyo” L. Uy, chair of the Committee on Tourism and Sisterhood Ties of the Sangguniang Panlungsod. Carlo “Oyo” L. Uy, chair of the Committee on Tourism of Sangguniang Panlungsod, thanked the SSO for coming to Tagum with no single centavo spent on the part of the city. The young solon also thanked His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej who is also a music aficionado and a composer for “helping and supporting our endeavor.” “I know we have enjoyed the night so let us continue to let music redeem what were lost, restore what were damaged and replenish what are lacking,” Uy said. As a sign of gratitude, the

City handed out bouquets and the official Musikahan token to members of the orchestra. ¬¬In return, the SSO also gave to the city a collection of the music compositions of the King of Thailand. Established in 2008, the Bangkok-based orchestra is composed of members aging from eight years old onwards and is trained by Mr. Poonchok Kularbong, Miss Usa Napawan and Mr. Rapee Napawan. The group is also scheduled to hold a concert in Gaisano Mall of Davao-Cinema 3 on February 24, 2013.

As a sign of gratitude, Tagum City gives a painting by Tagum City-based Visual Artist Jun Porlares to the Sunrise String Orchestra. Handing out the token are Senior City Councilor De Carlo “Oyo” L. Uy and Madame Alma L. Uy of the City of Tagum Tourism Council.



ITY OF TAGUM, DAVAO DEL NORTE— This city once again reaffirmed its claim as a rising hub for international music events with the successful one-night concert of the Sunrise String Orchestra (SSO) from Bangkok, Thailand last February 23, 2013 at the atrium of the New City Hall.



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UniversityNews MUSIC REDEFINED: Awitenista 26 By Asher Santa Agata


Photos by Iresha Generalao, Brian Congson, Kalasag Creative Team

Drum rolls beating. Flashes taking. Lights on. Cue cards ready. Let the Atenean music begin.


The final hour has arrived last March 3 as 14 original song compositions clashed head to head for one supreme title - the 26th Awitenista Grand Champion. Thousands crowded CAP Grand Auditorium yearning to witness the anticipated musical event. From a humble songwriting competition way back in 1987 produced by KALASAG, Official

Yearbook Publication of Ateneo de Davao University whose among the pioneers was Joey Ayala, flash forward to 2013, AWITENISTA surely created its legacy where countless of potential hit songs could be bragged by every Davaoeños. For this year’s edition of Awitenista, it has featured 3 categories namely, Religious, Nationalistic and Contemporary song categories.

by Jayce San Rafael, “Sana Ba” by The Outlet, and “Silya at Tadhana” by Earl John Dumanon. Aside from the performance of our contenders, one special guest graces the stage for the said event. The much-awaited number of Mr. Duncan Ramos of ASAP Sessionistas and a former vocalist of Southborder. The audience went wild and joined the chorus with his rendition of hit singles Rainbow and Love Of My Life . He has also performed a RnB cover of Bruno Mars’ “Just The Way You Are” which is also included in his new album “Flaunt”. According to Mr. Duncan Ramos, he has been honored as one of the special


Competing for the Religious category are song entries “Your Presence” by Jay Mark Fernan, “All These Years” by Art N Soul and “Believe” by Jayce San Rafael. On the other hand, “Bayani Si Juan” by Charliemagne Uy, “Ang Pagbangon” by Jayce San Rafael and “Inang Bayan” by Project Blue pitted for the Nationalistic category which has a theme about environmental concerns. Contemporary categoy has the most number of song entries namely “Di Magtatagal” by Mikhail Tuboro, “Home” by Kim Fabular, “Iiisang Laban” by Republica Rasta , “Pursigido” by Bliss and Dwight Ian Perez, “Sana”



judge and performer for the Awitenista 26 because some great musicians in the country hailed from Davao City. And the night has just begun. The climax has reached with the announcement of the successful song entries for the awards. “Bayani Si Juan” by Charliemagne Uy bagged the 26th Awitenista People’s Choice Award. In addition, Religious Category Winner is given to “Believe” by Jayce San Rafael. Nationalistic Award is proudly won by “Ang Pagbangon” by Jayce San Rafael.


On the other hand, “Sana Ba” by The Outlet succeed in their Contemporary Category Award. And the most exciting 26th Awitenista Grand Champion triumphed by “Ang Pagbangon” by Jayce San Rafael. “It was a roller coaster experience. Marami kaming naexperience na challenges before submission ng entries sa preliminaries. Literally, nawalan ako ng boses” said Jayce in an interview recalling the days before the Grand Finals. “During the Grand Finals, it was unexpected”


he added. According to the group, they’ve just prayed a lot backstage and played cover songs before the announcement to release their tension. “The edge may be of the song (Ang Pagbangon) among others is the lyrics” he said. “Ang Pagbangon is about bringing up the experience of Filipino. Parang sama sama tayong bumangon, walang kami, walang sila.” alleged Jayce. KALASAG and the Awitenista Producitions is also now working for the launching of 26th Awitenista Album, after the successful grand finals night. Definitely, Awitenista reflects not just the rich history of Davaoeños passion for music but the deep-rooted history of Davao as home of music legends in the country. A whole night of ultimate showcase of not just Atenean pride but being a Filipino as well. It has redefined music through generations and generations. After all, Awitenista just proved how far it has reached today as ATENEO’S BIGGEST MUSICAL EVENT.


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DAVAO in By Anne Marielle Gantuangco


lot of people would ask what is it with Davao? Why do people keep going back there? Well… You are about to find out. Out of the numerous things you can possibly do in the conurbation it all boils down to ten.

Top on the list? Food. Everywhere you go you see restaurants, food stalls, street food… Name it, we have it. Make sure that you won’t miss out the famous Davao Punch when you arrive at the airport or you can have it on selected restaurants. If you’re updated with news and current affairs I think you’d know the story behind this drink. Davao has a wide range of home grown restaurants that are certainly to die for. To name some, we have Harana, Dencia’s, and Bistro Rosario and a lot more. Travel tip:


Create a list of the restaurants you want to try and always go for the best sellers because surely you will never go wrong. Try new things!

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Durian is a must when you’re in Davao. You should never leave the city without ingesting even just a little bit of it. It’s famous

for the undesirable scent but as they say… It may smell like hell but it tastes like heaven. If you can’t bear to take the fruit itself you can always try it in

different forms like pastries and coffee. Blugre offers one of the best durian coffees in the metro and I speak from the different people I’ve conversed with from different parts of the country or maybe even the world. A tourist does not go home empty handed. Shopping is a must! Recently a lot of establishments commenced and gave way for a lot of stores to open both local and international brands. There are a lot of shopping centers in the city. You can choose from different malls and specialty stores like Gaisano, SM, Chimes, Abreeza and the newly opened SM Lanang… But shopping is not only limited to these areas. If you’re looking for cheap finds you can go for China Town Uyanguren. Mind you! There are a lot of good finds for very reasonable prices. Travel tip: It’s cheaper to buy the pasalubong from where it really came from. If you’re rushing and don’t have enough time you can always grab some at the airport but it may cost you little bit more than the usual.



Take a break from the city life and enjoy the white sand beaches of Samal




If you’re not fond of water related activities then you can always go for hiking at Mt. Apo, the highest peak in the country, and feel the sense of fulfilment when you reach the top. It may be tiring but it’s very rewarding. After all the adventure

why don’t you try to reconnect with nature and visit Eden or Malagos. Experience the fresh air of Davao and satisfy your tummies with fresh food. It’s really a different vibe when you are in this kind of environment. It’s like the other side of Davao very relaxing and just pure love of nature.

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If you’re really in for an adventure of a lifetime go for wild water rafting. This activity may seem a little bit risky but it really is a must try. Don’t worry because you’ll get trained and oriented before proceeding to the actual activity and you won’t be allowed to get in the boat if you’re not capable of finishing it anyway. Once you’re ready, you’re in for a ride of a lifetime! Before heading out to the wild waters make sure to drop by Crocodile Park and enjoy the companion of the animals and allow yourself to experience the awe of it.


The Davao Night Life. Davao is somewhat nocturnal. People are still alive and kicking at night time. To appreciate the beauty of the city at night you can always go to Jack’s Ridge/Hill top and grab

Festivity? There are two major events that the city conducts annually Kadayawan and Araw ng Davao which is on March 16. I think these are the liveliest centenaries of the city. There are a lot of fun filled activities during these times like street dancing, to caravans, variety shows, contest, and many more! Just take your pick! Travel tip: To enjoy… don’t just go lurking. Participate! Dance or sing if you must! Besides the massive flock of celebrities coming for a visit there’s also immense drop of prices! Grab the opportunity when items are almost all in sale.


churches to choose from. Just a fun fact… Don’t you know that you’re entitled to one wish when you visit a church for the very first time?

After your sinful delights you can always go visit the different churches. After all, you should always start and end the day with a prayer. Visita Iglesia is very common for tourists. There are a lot of

Last but irrefutably not the least… The people. Filipinos are known for being hospitable The people in Davao, may I say, is something a little bit more special. There’s a distinct character of a Davaoeño. I cannot pinpoint but it’s there. The honesty, discipline, kindness, hospitability… It’s a package deal! And speaking of people… People’s Park is the place to be! It can be a venue to meet new people. Enjoy the wonderful creations of Kublai Millan while you do this. It’s

already recognized by some tv shows as one of the must-sees in Davao. A lot of activities are also held here. The people just come and go to this place, so feel free to drop by! It will only take few minutes of your time. There’s really a lot more in Davao. These are just some of them but if you get to experience everything on this list then rest assured that you made the most out of your visit! But all of these would never be fun if you’re not in good company. Make sure to bring your family or your good friends with you and experience Davao together! Up to this day and in the years to come Davao will live up to this… Life is indeed here.

dinner there while enjoying the view of the city lights. The scenery is just breath taking. Cameras should be on your “To Bring” lists. Are you a party person or a music junkie? Whatever your interests are you indubitably

have your place here. For party or clubbing there’s a wide range of choices – Starr, Hybrid, and a lot more lined up at Torres Street. For music junkies MTS is the place to be! With live bands and acoustic jams almost found in every corner of the place your ears won’t have

the time to rest. If you’re the chill type, what better way to chill than getting a cup of coffee in a coffee shop? I will not mention the expansive range of preferences anymore but surely you can easily spot them while driving around the city.





island just minutes away from the city. Nothing can beat the relaxing sound of the waves and watching the perfect sunset. If you’re looking for a little adventure you can always go for water sports or go snorkelling and discover the beauty underneath the crystal clear waters of the beach. Clarity, peace, serenity? Yep! It’s all here in this island.


Out of Town Revealing

Bani Falls,

The Mindanao’s Secret Jewel Words and Photos by Edwin B. Lasquite, MM



adayaw” explores the north most falls in Mindanao region and Embrace the Charm of the green valley of Arakan, the Bani Falls!   “How many of us have waiting for the perfect moment actually visited the Island for the shot, scoping out an area Mindanao? Well enough to for the best position point and know that we have quite a then bearing in mind the way treasure of place, blessed with that the light changed a scene nature’s gift, just sitting right over a few hours will TELL. under our ears and There is so much eyes?” beauty and destinations our There’s motherland has to offer to its something about own people and to the world. getting out in A lot of times, we take this for nature with the granted, although certainly CHALLENGE there’s nothing wrong if we of want to explore places outside CAPTURING our own as long as … TARA some of the NA! wonderful An estimated (3½) three beauty that I and half hours travel time by a see. Perhaps it fits vehicle following from Tagum with my personality City-Davao City to via Buda type – but I loved the Road to reached Sitio Inamong, gentleness and quietness of Barangay Datu Labayon,


THE JOURNEY 02:00 - Departure from Tagum City to Davao (P 110.00 air) 05:40 - Departure from Ecoland Terminal, Davao City via Rural Transit Bus (P 100.00 non-air) 07:30 - Stopover for a Breakfast at Barangay Marilog, Davao City (P 60.00 in restaurant) 07:45 - Arrived at Barangay Datu Ladayon, Municipality of Arakan, North Cotabato (P 50.00 biscuits and breads for the community and P50.00 via single motor)

08:10 - Arrived at the community Sitio Inamong and met Datu Sario Dyunog, one of the Barangay Kagawad and Committee Chair on Peace and Order (P 25.00 entrance fee) 08:35 - Start trekking and we reached at the Top of the Matigol Falls in Sitio Matigol, Barangay Ladayon, Arakan Valley 13:00 - Lunch Time at the Bottom of Bani Falls at the last station 4th level of the falls at Sitio Inamong (P 60.00) 14:30 - Trekking back to community of Sitio Inamong  15:00 - Back to Barangay Datu Ladayon (P 50.00 single motor) 15:30 - Travel back to Davao City (P 80.00 via van) 16:40 - Arrived at Ecoland Terminal, Davao City and Dinner (P 55.00)

Municipality of Arakan, North Cotabao, Island Mindanao, Philippines and another (1) one hour of trekking going top of Matigol Falls plus an additional (2½) two and half hours lies at the bottom of Bani Water Falls. As local traveler’s grows overcrowding has plagued most of the known falls in the country. Cotabato’s spots, although spoken about in whispered tones, have seen its share of hardcore flow of water who welcome its rustic ambience, unlimited road network to walked with, unexplored fall and the absence of people crowds.  The emerald rugged falls location gives it three things: -     Great trekking potentials -     Fabulous scenery panoramas -     and Absence of Crowds.   We and my travel companions (Louie Bryan Mirafuentes Lapat, Leo Timogan, Keir Ashley C. Lim, Sarah Razeli) conquer the Bani Falls with Pride and Sacrifice… We all dare explored, discovered, climbed and delve

the depths in reaching the falls. This water fall is composed of five major cascading drops and each of them has a basin in the center that acts like natural pool. The entire (more than 6 hours) trekking occurrence you can experience and see the beauty behind the fabulous scenery of greens with an astounding height of approximately 500 meters (from top to bottom) you can see while on walking the almost 21 kilometers. The good thing about this waterfall is that you can enjoy taking a splash in one of its basins and going below the water drops for a soothing massage at bottom of the falls and also you can drink the water as fresh purified. Ended, if you are just contented on sightseeing and picture taking on the landscape, there is a perfect spot where you can sit there for as long as you want and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the whole water falls in front of you.


20:45 - Arrived at Tagum City (P 54.00 aircon via vip pass)


December 2012 Nursing Board Exams:

San Pedro College of Nursing bags 8!


Mid noon of January 30 of 2013, an outrageous event is bound to happen. Out of 49,066 students who took the Nurse Licensure Exam last December 16 and 17 of 2012, 16,908 were lucky enough to bag their anticipated “RN” title.

San Pedro College of Davao, considered the best nursing school in Mindanao, was hail as the Top 8 Best Performing Nursing School in the Philippines. And truly, 8 is a lucky number. SPC placed 8 Topnotchers in the said examination. SPC is also has one of the most numbers of examinees: 500 first taker and 29 retakers. Out of the said number 473 passed with the total percentage of 89.41%. Surprisingly, 93% of the first takers were able to make it that is why being a top nursing school was never a question.


Jeannie H. Bibera, RN, MSN, the Dean of Nursing of San Pedro College expressed her feelings just moments after the results released. “Of course it is very overwhelming in our part, the SPC community. It is a great blessing from the Lord because we prayed for that and our graduates also exerted their effort to meet their goal to be registered


nurses”, stated Mrs. Bibera. When asked if she has any message to all the board passers, she said “The Nursing Faculty and the whole San Pedro Community is very happy and truly proud of your achievement. Again, you have placed SPC on the map. We are very thankful of what you have done to place our level as San Pedro College: a Center of Excellence.” Mrs. Bibera also stated how proud she was for having 8 topnotchers from the school.

“I hope they will serve as inspiration for the undergraduates especially the graduating class. Keep up the good work!” As I reflect on the events that happened, one thing is for sure. As long there are people, there will still be nurses.



By Erique Mendoza

avao City is known to be the largest and one of the most livable cities in Asia, and It is one of the most successful business central city in Mindanao. Davao City alone has around 23 Colleges and Universities that produce approximately 10,000 to 15,000 graduate students from small colleges to big universities annually. Therefore, this number of students coming from different courses will soon look for jobs that suit their qualifications. During this first quarter of the year, DOLE and PESO will be working with Colleges and Universities in conducting job fairs for these graduating students to be deployed and hopefully get the careers that are apt for them. Given the volume of job seekers from these number of graduates, competition will be stiff and these newly grads has to really step up to be in the game of the real world.

The first thing a job seeker must have is the actual key to the real world; this “Key” is composed of two powerful tools to make a big first impression. These tools are, 1) a concise cover letter and, 2) an effective resume. First of all, most schools and universities have several programs or workshops on how to prepare these tools; however, most of these are based on theoretical orthodox and most often it is not based on a recruiter’s perspective thus, making a cliché of cover letters and resumes that will waste not only the applicant’s effort but the recruiter’s valuable time. Writing a cover letter is not just giving a brief summary of an applicant’s intention to apply and its qualifications, but it has to make an impressive impact for the recruiter to be interested to further review the applicant’s attached resume. The Second tool which is the RESUME, must also be equally impressive not only on its contents but in presentation format as well, giving the job seeker an advantage to receive a callback for a scheduled job interview. Here are some helpful tips to help these fresh young talents

of Davao on how to properly write a nice and concise cover letter; and an impressive and effective resume. COVER LETTERS: The first rule in writing a cover letter is to give enough information to interest the reader, but don’t overwhelm. Give only necessary information that is related to your objective – To APPLY for a Job. Second rule is to research about the company, know everything about the company. Its Mission and Vision, their type of industry and business, address and contact number and most especially the name of the person to whom an applicant should address the cover letter. All these information will come in handy once an applicant is in a job interview. Third rule is to make sure that it has to mention or answer a Job Ad if an applicant thinks he has at least 50% of the qualifications, skill or background that the ad requires. These means making sure that you connect your qualifications and relate them to the ads requirements. If an applicant is referred by somebody, it would be necessary to also mention

the name and details of that particular person. Now that we have the Rules covered, let us proceed in making sure that the cover letter is followed properly. First, ensure that on the top left side of the letter the applicants name and address is properly typed/ written (applicants’ address, city, state, zip, and telephone number). Three spaces below that, the current date should be typed/written; give another three spaces down, and type the name, job title, company, address, city, state, and zip of person an applicant is writing to. Then three spaces below these information; an applicant should type in there greetings making sure that they address it properly to the receiver by using the proper salutation and the receiver’s family name, followed by a colon. These Initial formats have to be left aligned to have a formal and corporate impression to the reader. The first paragraph of the cover letter should contain basic and pertinent information about the applicant. In addition, knowing how an applicant knew about the

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company and its job vacancies will create an impression that the applicant is persistent in landing a job. The applicant should also mention what they want or their objective in a brief but direct to the point manner. Furthermore, in this paragraph an applicant must mention the enclosure of their resume for the recruiting officer’s perusal. The second paragraph should be solely dedicated discussing an applicant’s qualifications for newly graduates or a concise overview of work history and skills that will help the applicant perform the job he or she is applying for. Be mindful that we should not overwhelm the reader so information like dates of work covered are not necessary required, since that information will be included in the applicants resume. Making a brief, accurate and chronological run down of the applicants work history or qualification will be enough. The third paragraph has to be equally impressive as the second paragraph, simply because this is where an applicant has to express and state their confidence in their skills and abilities and convince the reader that they have more to offer the company. An applicant may also use this paragraph to inform the reader on how he/she can be contacted, just make sure all possible contact medium is stated such as Landline number, Mobile number, and Email address. The fourth and last paragraph, an applicant must focus on expressing his/her appreciation for giving time in reading his/her letter. An applicant may also express his/ her hope of hearing back from the recipient of the letter.


Prepping Up for Real World


Carmen Smith

Chick &

Make Up Artistry

Enhancing Your

Natural Beauty W


ho says beauty cannot be contagious? Well maybe the germ theory got you all wrong and ended up confusing you.


22-year-old Carmen Smith might be a pretty face and all. However, surprisingly, she also the gift to produce gorgeous faces with just a few flicks of her hands. Carmen is a professional make-up artist having to produce creations from Bridal, Commercial to High Fashion. This women is really a sought-after having clients from different known companies.

Now, Carmen is a senior student from the University of Mindanao taking up Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications. She was able to bag the First runner up with her thesis and will soon graduate on March. Apparently, “Beauty and Brains” is an understatement for this Mutya ng Davao 2011 runnerup.

Quiet an achiever she is but this pretty lass ain’t stopping there. She has big dreams for the future such as having to work in Manila, take her Masters in Business Administration and hopefully to travel.


rom the clusters of the brightest stars, a few outstanding shined the most.

JM, as commonly called by the public, is a senior student in San Pedro College taking up Bachelor in Medical Laboratory Science. He is currently taking his internship and will soon graduate from the said institution. Photos by Koii Canarias

JM Dangane

This multi-talented lad seems to have it all. From being the winner of Mr. Intramurals of SPC to being a performer as a member of the boy group, ICON+, he definitely can ramp, sing and dance. Currently he is affiliated with Glam Model House, AOCAI Management, D12 Dance Crew above the said mentioned. 2012 has been a blast for this dude. His group ICON +Project had a chance to show what they got during their

in motion

auditions in Kapamilya Talent Shows such as X-Factor Philippines and Pilipinas Got Talent. He also was the opening act and got the chance to ramp during Vice Ganda’s Fashion Concert. When asked what does it feels like to be on our list, he answered, “I feel overwhelmed but more than that. I feel inspired to be a better person. I think this kind of acknowledgement challenges me to prove to people that I’m more than just a pretty face”. JM has high hopes for the future. After graduating from BMLS, he aspires to enter Med School soon. Indeed, he is more than just the pretty face that we see on stage and photos.





Michael Diamse: on e th


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aniel Padilla who? Seems legit. Michael Diamse might look like the young crooner but this guy is about to set some records on his own.


set the crowd on fire during his performances on huge venues such as in Davao Doctors College, DMMA College of Southern Philippines, John Paul II College of Davao, Holy Trinity College of General Santos City Inc. and MSU Tambler Campus. What’s next for Michael? We surely wanna know.


This debonair has already melt the hearts of his audiences with his soothing voice from the heavens. He is a sought after performer which was already applauded during events like Mintal Cheerdance Competition during their Fiesta, Cute Boys of Davao Funshow and En Bloc Fashion Festival. He also had


resco f By Patet Fermin, Sweet Pateto Project


John Cyril Miguel

(Outcast) – what makes this photo stand out I think is the simplicity of it. The colored stripes on both the shirt and the bonnet blended well. And who could not resist that divine face of Cyril. For me, this one tops my list.

Miggy Bonleon

(Coverboy- Jan2013) – SEXAPPEAL. A word I can described to this young lad. Killer Smile, Piercing Eyes, the noticeable moves… name it. I first notice him on a group picture with CBD members during an event in the mall where I took it. From that moment, I was hook on his smile and I was like… OK, I want this guy to be my next model.



D B C Cute



Michael Labajo

(Coverboy-Feb2013)Shot right in time for his prom. FYI, this is not his style and this is far-away from his easy-go lucky looks I usually see on him. I just want to create a different Michael on that shoot with a picture that could land on the pages of fashion magazines.

Edsam Lerin Andit (GQ


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(cover)CBD Special)- Talking about PROFESSIONALISM, I think Edsam has it. I salute him for being so good on the shoots. I truly Love this guy, he knows what’s his into (modeling) and that same time he does focus on his studies (where he is a scho lar in Ateneo).


Eric Dulay

(CBD First Fashion Show Promotion) – The Prince of the hardcourt. Well, I didn’t know about this whole story about him being ‘The Crush ng Bayan’ on that first shoot. But those pictures proved it by the way. He has this natural charisma that makes you drool (sorry for the term) especially when his playing basketball.


Earl Kin Franco

(Being Francisco) – the shot was inspired from my favorite international Brazilian super in demand (lol) model Francisco Lachowski from Fiasco Magazine. From the first time I saw the picture of him on the cover, I promise myself to recreate or have my version of that and I offered it to Kin and he’s also excited for that. And I think we give justice to in recreating it.

Heart & Fall Out Boy) – The closest to me. When I think of a a new concept for a shoot, one thing that could pop out of my mind is him. He’s my muse, the one that I could use to practice my imagination in capturing a subject. We’re very compatible ‘I told him about that and he agreed.

J-jay Roxas

(GQ Special)- probably my favorite shot of him. Done this for the promotion of CBD Fun/Fashion Show. GQ idea was nowhere back then during the shoot. It just came out during the time when I post processed the whole pictures upon seeing this picture of Harry Shum Jr. of Glee on GQ magazine.

Jac Abella


(portrait) -I wish he was taller. This kid has the looks. During the shoot, I can’t focus because he moved a lot. He told me that he’s not used to it and told him to be just relaxed.


Melrenz Galeos

(portrait)- Melrenz is just like Jac during the first shoot. Like Jac, he surprised me also. A lot said that his looks can pass a girl. Yeah right… that angelic face.




Earl Kim Franco (Shattered Dreams, Shattered






t was in the early 2000 that there had been a need for companies and consumer brand and products to intensify their product campaigns and promotions outside of GMA and Luzon . Instead of starting an advertising agency, which did not prosper since Davao companies do not believe in advertising and promotions, we capitalized on our model looking friends and acquaintances. Thus, a modeling agency was started and companies started calling on them for their shortterm events and fashion designers started using these models for their fashion shows.

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The year 2000 was a turn around as two of our models joined and won the Supermodel of the World Philippines and the Body Shots Model Competition, both held in Manila . From

then ‘til recently, our models are chosen to represent the region in this annual modeling tilts. Among the other beauty titles, our models bagged The Binibining Pilipinas, Miss Philippines ,

Mutya ng Pilipinas, Mutya ng Dabaw, Hiyas sa Kadayawan, Mutya ng Mindanao , Perlas ng Kaliguan, Reyna ng Aliwan and most recently, Miss Bikini World and International. Collectively, these models have done the campaigns for such brands as:

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Bench Nike Adidas Toni Galang Rajo Laurel Pearl Farm Beach Resort Frederick Peralta Kate Torralba, Havaianas Moissanite Jewelry Fila Kawasaki Nokia Sony Ericsson Globe Smart Sun Cellular Johnson’s & Johnson’s

Caltex Pond’s Creamsilk Sunsilk Royal Casino Casino Filipino Folded & Hung B.U.M Equipment RRJ Puma San Miguel Corp. and the Davao Designers malls and boutiques, to name a few.

Although these models are professional in their field, still education has been their top priority. Thus far, 13 have graduated Cum Laude and Magna Cum Laude standings. Everyone of these

male and female models are bent in making a great name for themselves in the future. Thus, the lagacy of Glam of discovering and making these young dreams come true continues.Esteemed Professional Services: • • • • • •

Ramp Promotional TV and Print Commercials Hosting Ushering Image-modeling.

Most of these models have beauty titles and a number of workshops and trainings under them. Some can even do show direction and choreography.

The group includes professional male and female models, show director and choreographers, stylists, designers, writers, complete production crew, music directors, hair & make up artists. We do show conceptualization, modeling workshops for kids & teens, personality development, weddings & debut coordination and other special events.


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FeaturedModel JANINE JOY FRIAS as

Knock Out Beauty




anine has been giving the audience the drool-worthy X-Factor that most look for in a ramp model. With numerous fashion shows involvement, it is a fair to say that this angelic temptress is in demand. She is an AB International Studies major in Asian Studies student from Ateneo de Davao University. She has beauty, talent and brains!

Photos by: JerFlo Photography, Lemuel Costan Pinoytography, Gerald Elid Photography and Jhay de Guzman

Riding on the waves of fierce ambition, this Davaoeña beauty is out on her way to reach the top! Meet Janine, the fearless head turner who has conquered all odds to reach her dream. An AB International Studies student of the prestigious Ateneo de Davao University, Janine proves that she is not just one hot chick, she’s an intellectual bombshell as well. Behind her alluring smiles however, is a story of a girl who had aspired and struggled hard to be where she is now. It may not seem like it, but this daring model has had to combat with her innate shyness. “I was really a shy person, and that was the reason why I didn’t enter the world of modeling earlier”, admits the 21-year old model. She continues, “When I finally

decided to join workshops, I was scared and hesitant. I felt that I couldn’t pull myself through. But then every time I begin to doubt, a small voice at the back of my head would tell me that I could do it, that I just had to try. So I did, and I have never stopped doing my best since.” Janine continues, “The more I immersed myself into my modeling career, the more difficult the path I have taken seemed to be. Time and again, I had to fight feelings of negativity that came with all the discouragements hurled along my way. Every time I felt like quitting, I just remember that no one succeeds by having it all easy. Through all the pessimism I had to fight, I learned how to find my strength in my weaknesses, to be flexible in tough situations, to remain balanced even in the most unsettling conditions, and to remain humble even in the most daunting times.”

Her intense passion for modeling is what has helped her keep going through all the times when she felt like giving up on her dreams—a passion borne from inspiration. “A lot of people have inspired me to become who I am right now”, she reveals, “especially my Aunt Aida Laurel, who I have always looked up to for being such a good adviser. She has helped me realize the need to set the balance right between my studies and my career and has constantly reminded me to remain humble no matter how successful I turn out to be. I am also thankful to Kendrick Lao, who has unfailingly shown me his effort and support through good times and bad. My mother too, Alma Laurel, has become a source of inspiration to me. Although she used to laugh at me, now she is proud to support me, just as I am proud of her. Most of all,

I owe everything—every single success to God, who has never failed to give me the courage every time I needed it the most. I am ever grateful for their presence. Knowing that the people who matter most to me are rooting out for me despite everything fuels in me the strength I never thought I have. I wouldn’t be where I am now without them. They are the reason why until now, I have kept fighting and keeping the flame of determination to continue what I have begun, burning in my heart.” Her story may just be one of the many success stories we hear of constantly, but what makes it wonderful is the realization that our young and dashing lady is not just another beautiful face, but a woman of substance as well. Davaoeños are rightly proud of her!


By Cara Sophia


Ask Mom, Ask Son Dear Ask Mom- Ask Son, I know this may not really pertain about a real emotional issue, but my problem is that I seem to look really great outside. Like I have nice facial skin, fair complexion and all, but the only problem is that I tend to have a lot of pimples and whiteheads at my back. Now being a maritime student in one of the schools here in Davao. We are required to attend swing lessons and I feel insecure because of these pimples. Do have any tips on how I can resolve this? Thanks. Sincerely, Rommel Answers: Hi Rommel, Thank you for writing. I used to have the same prob-

“Back Problems”

lem when I was in high school. These pimples are often caused by bacteria from our sweat. Most of the time, of we are in a hurry we tend to forget to scrub our backs and sometimes not even properly wash it with soap when taking a bath, that is why we then to have these type of problems. Well, base in my experience. What I did was, I bought a back scrub stick, and so every time I wash my body with soap, I see to it that I scrub my back daily. This will help you remove dead skin cells on you back and it will also remove clogs on your pores. This could be slight irritating and uncomfy during the first week but once you get used to it, you will surely make sure you never forget to scrub your back. Another thing that I do is that every after bath. I put Prickly heat powder on my back. This powered contains salicylic acids and zinc to help heal your pimples for as short

Letter Sender of the week

True love or blues?


Dear Ask Mom-Ask Son, Hi, Hello po!


Is it true that first love never dies? I have a classmate way back in 1st year college that really caught my attention the first day I saw him. Yes, he’s really cute. From that day, I felt that I am so interested to be friends with him. However, every time I tried to, I just end up getting mad on him. He’s nice, but at times he’s immature. Our friendship went deeper when we reached 2nd year, but the special attachment and mutual emotional feelings stopped when the 2nd semester came. Bigla kasi akong lumipat sa special section. I broke my promise to him na hindi ako

lilipat and that we’ll be classmates always. Hindi ko naman sinasadya na lumipat ng special section, classmate ko lang kasi ang nakialam at wala akong nagawa dahil nafinalize agad ang changing of subject codes. Mula noon, bihira na lang kaming magkita although we’re still in the same school and same building. He also left our common close friends because I departed from the group. Mula rin noon, naging pabaya na siya sa studies niya. Minsan na lang kami nagiging classmates- sa minor subjects. At nagkakalapit na lang kami dahil sa ibang friends namin na gumagawa ng way for us to be closer. Na-miss ko talaga siya nung mga times na yun. I just

as 2weeks. Do these regular for a month and you will notice that not only that you get rid of your pimples but you will also remove the dark pimple marks to be visibly lighter. Hope this helps. It worked for me and I hope it works for you too. Regards, SON


Rommel, I would advise you seek the help of a dermatologist. I have a few tips that might be of help to you but eventually, you might really need the help of a skin specialist. 1) Try applying toothpaste on your pimples and whiteheads overnight. Not the gel type of toothpaste that is. Never apply gel toothpaste. you might see results immediately, depends on the severity of your

always look at his first ever gift sa akin noon, isang keychain na slippers + picture frame. I don’t know kung may meaning yun o baka talagang wala lang siyang naisip na iregalo. Dumating ang fourth year at nalaman ko na may iba siyang nililigawan outside the school. So para iwasan ko ang sobrang masaktan pa, pilit ko siyang iniwasan. At para masunod ang gusto ko, kinausap ko siya at sinabi ko ang tunay na dahilan kung bakit kailangan naming iwasan ang isa’t isa, lalo na at nung time na yun, hindi ako pwedeng magpakalunod sa kakaiyak dahil hindi ko pwedeng pabayaan ang pagaaral ko nun. Nagulat siya at sinabi ko na siguro maling akala lang ako at inisip ko na may pagtingin din siya sa akin. Naisip ko yun dahil ilang beses ko rin siyang nahuhuli noon na tumitingin nang lihim sa akin at tinatanaw niya ako kahit

pimples. You can repeat the process if the pimples won’t dry easily. 2) Another option is applying lavender oil on your pimples and whiteheads several times a day, and before going to bed. The oil will help to dry up the spots. 3) The third option is applying fresh lemon juice on your pimples and whiteheads before going to sleep. The juice can also dry your pimples easily. 4) Another option is mixing honey and cinnamon. Apply on pimples. Leave for about ten minutes, then rinse. 5) Another option is applying salicylic acid(1 to 2% only) on pimples and whiteheads to dry them up. These tips may help but I still advice you to ask a dermatologist with regards to your problem. Good luck, Ask Mom nasa malayo ako nakapuwesto. Sweet din ang mga texts niya at sa tuwing magkikita kami ay lagi niya ako kinakausap at may mga times noon na hindi namin namamalayan ay magkahawak na pala ang kamay namin. Nung sinabi ko yun, hindi naman siya nagsabi kung bakit ganoon ang pakitungo niya sa akin. Naisip ko na umasa lang ako sa wala. Hindi ko rin alam kung baka pinaglaruan lang niya ako although hindi naman ganun ang personality niya. Sumunod naman siya sa sinabi ko na mag-iwasan na lang kami. Isang araw, may common friend kami na nagustuhan ko. Mula noon, mas lalo na akong naging malayo sa kanya. However, that possible relationship with that friend did not prosper. After a week, walang nangyari. Nagtaka pa nga siya na kami raw pala ng common friend nmin and I told him na

na medyo same profile like me: matalino compare to him, simple, mas may edad nang konti kesa sa kanya, slightly chubby, and with same birth month, bread winner din sa family. Nakaramdam ako ng konting selos nun, pero kalaunan ay wala na ako pakialam. Akala ko noon ay nakalimutan ko na siya. Pero ngayon na ikakasal na siya, nakakaramdam ako ng sakit. Hindi ako naiyak pero sobra akong distracted. Lagi ko siyang naiisip at ung mga pinagsamahan namin. Labis akong naiinis, nagtataka at nanghihinayang na hindi ako nag end up with him. Mabigat na sa puso ko ang agony na ito. Iba na kasi ang sitwasyon ngayon. I don’t want to be attached to him still dahil mali. 1 week na lang at siya ay legally married na. Ako rin ay malapit na this year. Gusto ko na makalimutan na siya. Pero hindi ko alam kung paano siya lilimutin nang seryosohan at panghabambuhay. Hindi ko alam kung kaya ba ako naiinis ay dahil nauna siyang ikinasal sa akin or what. Matagal ko nman ng alam na live in sila ng soon to be wife nya at imposible nman na walang nangyayari sa kanila pero hindi ako nakaramdam ng selos. Nung mga panahon na yun ay masaya naman ako para sa kanya pero bakit biglang ngayon ay hindi na. Malaking kasalanan ang magkaron pa rin ng feelings sa tao na nakatali na, at yun ang gusto kong paglabanan. Sa tingin niyo ba may pag-asa na malimot ko siya at ano ang dapat kong gawin? Maraming salamat po. Jen-Jen ANSWERS: Dear Jen-Jen, First of all thank you giving us the opportunity to help you with issue. I hope that I can give you an insight to help you decide on the best path to take with regards to your problem. Now focusing on your issue, I can clearly understand why you have such confusions about this matter. The fact that you both became good friends, have to go through the good and the bad times regardless of how you both react on the circumstances, both of you

were able to manage to stay as friends. However, the fact that you have feeling for him yet you keep on denying such feelings made you lose the opportunity to really know whether he has feelings for you or not. Sometimes, people tend to over think, and if they do, the assume things, not knowing that they are complicating things and worst is losing an opportunity of a lifetime. Sad to say that the worries and doubts and that pain you are feeling right now is from the fact that you are living a life of “WHAT IF”. You are still thinking of how life could have been different if you and you first crush/love ended up together. I would love to give you my views on how you should have reacted and carry out the situation but doing so will only make you feel more sorry for yourself. Nothing can ever make you guys fall back on each other’s arms since you both are too proud or too shy to admin and confess your feelings for each other. Instead let me tell you this, people make mistakes, and most often than not we suffer the end results of our reckless actions, but what a profound person can only do is move forward and forget the past and learn from it, since whatever we do today, we cannot bring the past back to the present. Perhaps it would be better if you focus more on what you have now than thinking of what you could have had if you and your first crush/love had ended up together. You mentioned that you are about to be married with your current boyfriend, right? So focus on the happy moments you have with him. I also suggest to keep away all the things that will remind you of your first crush/love for the sole purpose if preventing you to wander again to the “whatif ’s” of your life. This will be healthier in your part and it would be fair for your current partner as well. As per your first crush/love, he had one too many chance to confess his true feelings for you but he was too weak to overcome his doubts and uncertainty, but he has moved on and decided to marry a different woman. To me, this is also a sign that you just have to move on. As the old saying goes “Pag gusto madaming paraan, Pag ayaw

madaming dahilan”. With this, it’s clear that he could have done many things to have you as his special one but he never did. So move on, I am pretty sure that your fiancé is worth your time and love for he is more willing to give you his name. I hope that I was able to help you out. Good Luck, SON --ooOoo-Dear Jenni, You are a wise woman. A bright woman like you is supposed to be in her right senses. Ikaw na rin ang nagsabi na hindi naging kayo, and he never admitted then that he loves you. Sinabi mo rin na di ka nakaramdam ng selos even if you knew for quite a while that he was living in with his soon-tobe wife. In my analysis of what you have related, you were only attracted to him. Sometimes, attraction is mistaken for love, and that’s what happened to you. There was no mutual feeling between the two of you. You only assumed there was, but the truth is there was none. Yung itinatanong mong pag-asa na malimot mo sya ay napakalaki. Ang lahat kasi ay nasa isip mo lang. Nasaktan lang kasi ang ego mo dahil mas mauuna siyang ikasal kaysa sa iyo. Focus your mind and attention to your present boyfriend. Sinabi mo rin naman na masaya ka sa kanya. Isa pa, sabi mo ay malapit na rin kayong ikasal. So, bakit mo pa guguluhin ang isip mo, higit ang buhay mo, sa kakaisip sa isang taong hindi naman ikaw ang iniisip? Mag-concentrate ka na lang sa taong nagmamahal sa iyo ngayon at sa mga bagay na nagpapaligaya sa iyo habang nasa piling nya. Alisin mo ang thoughts ng past ninyo ng lalaking tinutukoy mo. Di man siya mawala ng mabilis sa isip mo, but in the long run, you will definitely forget him. Try it now...kaysa naman masira pa ang smooth relationship ninyo ng present boyfriend mo. It is not worth breaking because of someone who doesn’t love you. Sincerely, Mom


hindi, we did not work out. Dumating ang graduation at muntik pala siyang hindi makagraduate. Wala akong alam non dahil nga sa naging malayo na kami sa isa’t isa at hindi nman siya humingi ng academic help sa akin. Cumlaude ako noon samantalang siya ay lumuhod lang sa dean namin just to graduate. Hindi ko alam kung baka dahil sa magkalayong estado namin sa school ang lihim na dahilan kung bakit hindi kami pwede. May mga panahon pa nga noon na lagi raw niya akong ipinagmamalaki sa mga classmates namin kahit hindi naman siya tinatanong. Kaya naisip ng lahat na may gusto siya sa akin. Pero nung malapit na ang graduation, sinabi raw niya na kaya lang ako nagiging honor student ay dahil magaling lang ako sa minor subjects at binabalanse ko lang ang average. Nang tinanong ko siya ay itinanggi niya un. Marami ring beses na binalak niya akong sundan sa lahat ng organizations na kasali ako. Yun nga lang yung pinakasikat na organization ng honor students ay nabigo siyang sumali. He never made it to dean’s list. Nung pinayagan siya ng dean na makagraduate, he immediately texted me. nagulat ako dahil ako lang pala tinext niya. Pero hindi ko na pinansin un. I said it’s too late for us. Un ngang araw2x kmi nagkikita ay walang nangyari ano pa kaya after graduation. Then days after graduation, our common friends and the two of us went to our friend’s province for a small graduation party. Pinilit nila na sumama ako kasi may sasabihin daw siya sa akin. Pero hanggang sa nakabalik kami ng Davao ay hindi rin niya nasabi. Tinanong nila kung bakit at sinabi nila na sab niya hindi niya nasabi dahil baka daw may makarinig. 1 year later, nakahanap ako ng special someone, at yun ang nobyo ko until now. Masaya naman ako sa kanya. Simple lang siya. Hindi siya college graduate. Malayo ang itsura niya sa taong kinahumalingan ko sa mahabang panahon. Sobrang bait nya at maalaga. So after few months, sinagot ko ang aking present boyfriend. Mula noon, hindi ko na masyadong naiisip ang tungkol sa kanya hanggang sa nalaman ko na may girlfriend na rin siya


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B L U GR é

We are not just a cup of coffee; we are a global brand, a lifestyle and a brand that gives back




lugré is now under a new management which they took over January 9th of 2012 and in only a year after the turnover, the brand has already added six branches all over Mindanao. On top of that, two more branches will open Blugre Tagum City on February 22, and at Blugre Davao Doctor’s College on February 28, respectively.

“Our vision is beyond building an enormous conglomerate. We see Blugre Coffee as an avenue where people and experiences can converge to give life a deeper meaning across all the people involved in our company; the stakeholders, the employees and most importantly the customers. And we positively impact the world by celebrating life in every cup of coffee.”

the Philippine Islands. With their continuous expansion, the brand will also be offering new drinks and desserts that would showcase the flavors of Davao-The King of Fruit-Our very own Durian. “We are not just a cup of coffee; we are a global brand, a lifestyle and a brand that gives back�


This year, Blugre aims to bring the brand to the global market by putting up a branch in Las Vegas, Nevada and Los Angeles, California and Australia by the end of the 2013. Other global expansion includes Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, But of course, the brand will also put up more stores across



CE, one of Davao’s newest singing groups; the band is composed of three Pinoys with foreign descent namely, Al Dylan Jaspers, Chemp Rana and Elton Edward Baranaskas.


Al (age 20) originated from the Netherlands, where he has a fine history of music. He dubbed to be the bad boy of the group, for his alternative rock voice. Chemp (age 18), is half Jewish – half Filipino, because of his indie pop, and scream voice he is known to be the heart throb of the group. Elton or aka Edward, (age 18) is the half American of the group. He is the boy next door amongst the group and has indie


pop and alternative musical influence when it comes to his performance. The group had just made their first live performance last Feb, 16, 2013 at SM City Davao. ACE was formed around January 2013 where they had their first TV Appearance on ABS-CBN’s Kapamilya Mas Winner Ka show. The trio shows their talents and skills by being versatile, there genres consist of pop, alternative pop, indie,

Al Chemp

acoustic and alternative rock. Because of the group’s uniqueness, they were able to capture the hearts of girls from all ages during their live performance at SM City; as they sang

songs from Jason Mraz, the Jonas Brothers, The Wanted and many more. They will be having more live performances soon, so be prepared! These boys will surely astound you.





Photography is my passion, it’s my form of expressive art. I’m into Portrait photography. I enjoy a lot, taking photographs of individuals, couples, models and groups. It’s very competitive and challenging work, for me a picture might be worth a thousand words.”

Michelle Canda FRESCO



Q3. When you go in one of your travels, what all you Q1. What kind of gear do you take with you? 18-200mm use? Why? • Camera body – Nikon It’s an all around lens, 18mm D5100 and Nikon D7000 you can use it landscape and • Lens – 18-200mm VRII, zoom it to 200mm for a better 50mm 1.8G, 18-55mm capture of the view and subject. kitlens and 70-200mm f2.8 • Tripod - Benro Q4. Among the camera that • Filters – Kenko XD-1 Digi- you own, is there something tal Filters that you wish you hadn’t • Flash – Nikon SB 700 and bought? Yongnuo 560II Wishing for Nikon 24-70mm • Camera bag – Manfrotto f2.8 Lenses and Nikon • Mention others, if any. Q5. In the field, what are your settings? Q2. Which is your favorite • Aperture – It depends on lens? 18-200mm, 50mm 1.8G the light situation whether and 70-200mm f2.8 Why? if your Indoor or Outdoor, 18-200mm for all around lens, Ambient light or Strobe. for 50mm 1.8G and 70-200 f2.8, • Shutter Speed –I do use I usually use in Portraiture for manual settings so I just its sharpness and bokehlicious adjust it depends in the thing. situation.

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ISO – It also depends on the light situation in the area. White Balance – It depends on the settings on the area. Focus – Manual Image Format – JPEG, I only use RAW file format for Large Billboards

Q6. What kind of tools do you use for post processing? Adobe Photoshop CS6, sometimes I do Lightroom 4 Q7. How do you educate yourself to take better pictures? I just remember what I learned from the workshops I attended and from the fellow photographers around who are masters in photography.

Q8. Among your works, which one is your favorite? To be fair all my works are my favorite. Q9. Whose work has influenced you most? Manny Librodo and Daniel Tam Q10. What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos? In portraiture photography one thing we wish we knew before we take photos was the Concept, if it will suit to the model or to a person. The important is the personality of the model and the photographer will established a rapport. Read more:


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