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Golden girl Saturday, Septermber 3, 2011

From tabliya to an online business, this girl has gone from the traditional to high-tech, and doing quite well at it. Cherry Claire C. Petiluna introduces us to a girl who received a prestigious scholarship and did her sponsors proud.


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CHERRY ANN LIM Managing Editor, Special Pages and Features JIGS ARQUIZA Editor

Golden Girl


y name is Dalareich but I’m still dollar-poor,” is her usual way of introducing herself to new acquaintances. Is it just me or does the name really sound pretty foreign? Nonetheless, Dalareich Polot corrects this, saying she was born and raised in Tagbilaran City, Bohol. There she finished her Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering degree from then-Central Visayas State College of Agriculture, Forestry and Technology when she marched up the stage, now the Bohol Island State University. With her okay, anyone can call her Dal. And to cut the long story short, she simply credits her uniqueness to a former politician who offered his name to the newborn baby that she was. He won the election (perhaps made luckier by that little charm?), but Dal could not be sure “if karemember siya nako (if he remembers me).” “I tried to search on the net for my name”, but Dal failed to find another one like hers. It was humorously easy to imagine her feeling lonely after that kind of discovery, so maybe that’s enough about picking on her name. How would this era define a typical youth? Enjoying nights out? Drinking lots of liquor? How about partying all the time? Not to say that these things are bad, but Dal prefers doing something else. One could imagine that she comes from another age, then. Instead of partying, Dal chooses to engage every second of her time taking care of business. She is 23, young and vibrant like anyone, but she is already worth an online company, a family business and an international business course scholarship. She takes everything seriously, obviously. She was not born with a silver spoon in her mouth. With her father a tricycle driver and her mother a housewife, their family of seven did just a little better than barely making ends meet. Thanks to their family business, the Dalareich Tableya, for always coming to their rescue when the rough times struck. “When I was young, sugu-on ko sa akong mama hatod ug tableya sa mall (my mother


would ask me to bring cocoa tablets to the mall),” recalls Dal, so that eventually running their family business has not been too difficult for her, albeit she finds it fun to do so. Anyway, that is her means of cherishing those childhood memories. While she allots Fridays and Saturdays for Dalareich Tableya, she is also busy Mondays to Thursdays, working on her IT company, Hcierd Web & IT Solutions. Think that sounds so tight for a week’s schedule? Actually, she still finds time somewhere to manage the Bohol Online Store and take advantage of her scholarship. She never complains, and says “I am just enjoying all my tasks even if I get pressured at times because it’s normal in running businesses.” That scholarship refers to the 10,000 Women Business Training Program, which is a five-year investment by Goldman Sachs, an American multinational bulge bracket investment banking and securities firm, to provide under-served women around the world with a business and management education. Certificates in Business and Entrepreneurship will be awarded to graduating scholars at the end of the program. In the Philippines, 450 slots have been opened though not complete yet. “Na-shock ko kay (I was shocked because) they all seemed older than me,” referring to her fellow scholars. Dal jokingly added “bisan unsaon nako akong attire, masakpan gihapon ko (Whatever I wear, they would still know that I was young),” noting her effort to visually blend with the group’s common age. She also added humorously on her claim that “I was the poorest” though she affirms to no discrimination while sharing, “the Goldman Sachs scholarship was a blessing to me, as they enlightened my mind on how to handle the business.” With all these things keeping her as busy as a bee, one can wonder if she still has time to enjoy life, like the real meaning of the word leisurely means. Dal proudly says “I’m enjoying my life right now. Running my business and working with people, laughing and crying with them. Solving problems is very enjoyable and, at the same time, very challenging as a young entrepreneur.” RALPH RHODDEN C. CAVERO Graphic Designer

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Championing professionalism businesses and sectors involved in earthmoving, quarrying, waste and ore mining, equipment leasing and land development cementing its reputation as one of most reliable in the country. “It’s a different ball game,” said Dino. “When you’re placed in this position, it’s no longer yourself that you’re bound to think about. It’s the business, its opportunities. More importantly, it’s the people who takes care of the business, that they too have families to take care of.” The position did not come as an easy and convenient reward for Dino. Rather, he earned it early on even working on the company’s storage bunk piling one heavy metal part to another. This early exposure to the business allowed Dino to appreciate human resource. “For most, Anseca is a big family. Oftentimes we have people in the immediate community and we feel that they have more at stake and they value the business more. So if your people are working hard, you’re obliged to work twice as hard!” Dino said. Championing environment


HE woe of most family-sown enterprises is the succeeding generations’ lack of appetite for hard work. This virtue is often conveniently lost through time when progenies are left to haplessly experience wealth without being exposed to labor. Dino Selma, chief operations officer of Anseca Development Corporation defies this usual misfortune by taking on his role rather viciously well. For more than twenty years now, Anseca caters to different

With the business of moving earth that involves quarrying and mining, naturally, could be a plague to the environment if not carefully managed. “This industry stipulates very stringent rules when it comes to environmental stewardship, more than that our company has been around for more than two decades and we’ve established strong relationships and we’re not keen at sacrificing all that just because we failed on this very important

aspect,” said Dino. Anseca doesn’t abandon project sites, leaving them in a bad way, Dino said. He explained that while projects are ongoing, seedlings are prepared for future replanting. “We move back the earth to where dug it and we plant trees on it and ensure that nature will once again take over and thrive.” “We are very keen about the environment not only to make a meaningless slogan. Doing what is good for the environment is also rewarding business-wise as it gives confidence to the institutions we deal with who are also environmentally sensitive,” Dino explained. Towards professionalism Poised to become more attuned with the modern business landscape, Dino shared Anseca’s direction towards further professionalizing the company’s staff. “We want to fill the positions with qualified people, those who can really propel the company to move forward.”


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o one ever turns into a giant snake in the new “Conan the Barbarian.” That, in a nutshell, is what’s wrong with this remake: The knowing sense of big, ridiculous fun that marked the 1982 original is gone, and in its place we get a self-serious series of generic sword battles and expository conversations. Fight, talk, fight, talk, fight, talk, then an enormous throwdown followed by a denouement that dangles the possibility of a sequel (dear God, no) – that’s the basic structure here. And yet, despite seeming so simplistic, director Marcus Nispel’s film is mind-numbingly convoluted. The fact that it’s been converted to a murky, smudgy, barely-used 3-D doesn’t help matters. At one point, I scrawled in my notes: “Incomprehensible underwater serpent attack.” There you have it. The script is credited to three writers, based on Robert E. Howard’s Conan character, but everyone involved would probably prefer that you not think of this as a remake. Remakes have become Nispel’s bread and butter in recent years. The longtime music-video director also

made the 2003 version of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and the 2009 version of “Friday the 13th.” But while the original “Conan” – the movie that signaled the arrival of Arnold Schwarzenegger as a bona fide movie star – looks extremely dated nearly 30 years later, it still functions just fine as both an epic adventure tale and an admitted guilty pleasure. There’s very little that’s pleasurable in this new “Conan,” aside from allowing us to ogle the muscular, 6-foot-5 physique of up-and-coming action star Jason Momoa. If you’re into that kind of thing, that is – he is a spectacle to behold, albeit in a romance-novel cover-model kind of way. “I live. I love. I slay ... I am content,” Conan says to the innocent Tamara (Rachel Nichols), whom he’s been tasked with protecting. Not quite as poetic as one of Schwarzenegger’s most famous lines: “To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women,” but at least we know he’s confident enough to avoid suffering an existential crisis. Good for him. He also doesn’t evolve, though, which doesn’t make him terribly compelling. It didn’t seem possible for there to be even less characterization than there was in the original “Conan,” but voila. Once again, the Cimmerian warrior is on a mission to avenge the deaths of his father (Ron Perlman, who’s in no way being put to his best use) and the rest of his village. He’s after the evil warlord Khalar Zym (Stephen Lang), who’s after the Mask of Acheron, which resembles a driedup octopus. But it can spring to life and provide unlimited power to the wearer with the help of some drops of pure blood – which Tamara has. Hence, she’s in demand. Khalar Zym is aided in his quest by his half-witch daughter Marique, played by an over-the-top Rose McGowan in the kind of daring, skin-baring outfits she

used to wear on the red carpet when she was still dating Marilyn Manson. Marique tries out her burgeoning supernatural powers in a battle with Conan himself, but when it comes time to fight Tamara as part of the film’s climax, it’s all mano-a-mano. Why? Because it’s sexier for them to be writhing around on the ground with each other.

If only the rest of the movie had such an unabashed sense of camp, we might have been onto something. (AP)

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Jeff Bridges, “Jeff Bridges” (Blue Note)

The Future

“The Future,” the second film of director-writer-actor and performance artist Miranda July following 2005’s “Me and You and Everyone We Know,” ultimately wins you over with its persistent curiosity. It matches glances at commonplace details with the tug of metaphysical confusion. The movie begins with the voice of a cat named Paw-Paw (voiced by July). In a scratchy, fragile voice, it wonders, “Have you ever been outside?” Rooted to their sofa and tethered to their laptops, the earnest, thirty-something couple Sophie (July) and Jason (Hamish Linklater) treat “outside” as merely an option worth avoiding, like non-Apple products. Lounging next to each other, the two, both lanky and topped by shaggy dark hair, look like mops carelessly stored. (AP)

If Bad Blake, the boozy country singer Jeff Bridges played in 2009’s “Crazy Heart,” could make albums, he may have made something like “Jeff Bridges.” The actor’s self-titled album is decidedly country, at once sad and hopeful, laced with heartfelt harmonies and slide guitars. Perhaps inspired by the movie and certainly made possible by his Oscar win, Bridges sought out his longtime friend (and “Crazy Heart” songwriter and producer) T Bone Burnett to produce the 10-song collection, which features tracks penned by other contributors to the film. Bridges wrote two of the songs himself and co-wrote another with Burnett. The actor’s two self-penned tracks, “Falling Short” and Tumbling Vine,” are among the album’s most haunting and contemplative, as the 61-year-old sings about what it

means to be alive. He continues that theme on “Slow Boat,” the song he wrote with Burnett, and throughout the CD. “If it’s as bad or good as it can get, well, you ain’t seen nothing yet,” he sings on one track. “I wasn’t born to be standing still long,” he sings on another. “You know one day my tombstone will say born to be gone.” The Dude is a deep guy, but Bridges is at his best when he’s singing about love. He’s earnest on “Either Way,” and downright heart-wrenching on “Everything But Love,” singing, “The moon cries on the mountains/When it looks down from above/and it sees everything but love.” Bridges, Burnett and Bad Blake should be proud of the actor’s eponymous CD. Its 10 songs are solid, if sometimes sad, establishing Bridges as a bonafide musician, not just a guy who plays one on screen. (AP)

CHECK OUT THIS TRACK: On the opening track, “What a Little Bit of Love Can Do,” Bridges sounds like the cheeryeyed uncle everyone wishes they had. Written by his close friend who died in 2009, Bridges played the song informally for years before leading off his album with it. Upbeat and sweet, the song offers a taste of Bridges’ country style and big-hearted vocals.

The Boor at the CAP Support Cebu theater! Anton Chekhov’s rib-tickling comedy twin bill “The Boor and The Proposal” goes onstage today and tomorrow at 1:00 PM at the CAP Art Center Auditorium. Directed By Niel Kintanar and produced by Little Boy Productions, the show stars Seth Bacalso, Kristian Malintad, Rhea Fantonial Bautista, Alden Reambonanza, Penny Gavino, and Thomas Pua. For more information, please contact (0917) 815 5794.


Salvation Boulevard

A film with just half of the cast of “Salvation Boulevard” would be well worth seeing. But despite the talents of Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan, Marisa Tomei, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Ciaran Hinds, Yul Vazquez and Jim Gaffigan, “Salvation Boulevard” is far less than the sum of its fine, character-actor parts. And it seems so promising. A religious satire based on the book by Larry Beinhart (“Wag the Dog”), “Salvation Boulevard” gathers an intriguing group of characters – evangelist zealots, aging Deadheads, academic nonbelievers – in a murder plot that somehow steers clear of both real comedy and interesting parody. (AP) IMAGES FROM THE INTERNET

From the producers who brought you DJ Chris Garcia, the man behind “IN DE GUETTO” and “The Rhythm of the Night” and 2011 Nightclub and Bar Awards’ Best Resident DJ in the U.S., LUXX at VUDU and AMD Productions bring you another much awaited collaboration this Saturday, September 3, 2011 with “Party Crazy” featuring DJ Flowfly, flying in straight from Las Vegas for his debut performance in Cebu. Touted as one of France’s top 10 hiphop and house DJs, DJ Flowfly, who is currently based in the U.S., is a resident DJ of the famed Drai’s Afterhours (Las Vegas) and Greenhouse (New York) “One Night in Paris” Party as well as the official DJ of the “French Connexion” Party at the Miami Music Conference and the FBI Show on Trace Radio. He has traveled to some of the most vibrant clubbing capitals of the world and has
played at some of the best clubs and events such as Karement (Monaco), Drgilev (Moscow), Queen (Paris), Bora (Cap d’Agde), Space (Valencia) , Tryst (Las Vegas), Vip Room (Paris), Marquee (New-York), Butter (New-York), Actuel (Marseille), Le Carre (Brussels), Network (Lille), Ocean’s Ten at WMC and Memorial Day Weekend (Miami). His track “Party Crazy” featuring Vybrate, vocalist of Bob Sinclair’s “New

New New” was in the French Top 40 for many weeks. Catch DJ Flowfly’s mad skills and open format hiphop and house stylings exclusively at Luxx, VUDU. Doors open at 9 p.m. with a cover charge of P300. This monthly collaboration is powered by Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino and bigseed Media & Marketing Solutions. Watch for the coming of djs FABIAN ARCHE, FRED PELLICHERO and the return of CHRIS GARCIA. LX (LUXX) is located at VUDU, Cebu’s

definitive night lifestyle institution at the Crossroads, Banilad, Cebu City. It is open Tuesdays - Saturdays from 9 p.m. onwards and features the following weekly club nights: VUDUeoke Tuesdays, Ladies Night Wednesdays, Band Night Thursdays, Reunions 80s | 90s Fridays and The House of Luxx Mashup Saturdays. For more information, log on to, VUDUcebu, or contact 0917 7100 400 for table reservations and inquiries.


Sun.Star Weekend | Saturday , September 3, 2011 CHERRY ANN LIM Managing Editor, Special Pages and Features JIGS ARQUIZA Editor

Shout “Fore!” at the Shangri-La by Jigs Arquiza

“Start him young,” a golfer friend of mine told me. This after I told him my four-year-old son Marty was nuts about golf. Thinking about how expensive country club shares are nowadays made me a bit apprehensive, but wanting to give my son everything he wanted gave me the resolve to find ways to indulge him in his interests. Even knowing that my son, at his age, could never finish the front nine at any golf course in the country didn’t stop me from looking for ways for Marty to pursue his interests. To my delight, I learned that Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa had mini-golf! The brainchild of the resort’s general manager

Joachim Schutte, Shangri-La’s mini-golf course is a Philippine geography lesson and a fun time rolled into one. At present, the course has only nine holes (the front nine), but nine more holes are planned (the back nine) for a total of eighteen holes, the actual number a regular golf course has. Designed for both kids and adults, Shangri-La’s mini-golf course boasts representations of famous Philippines landmarks, and a golf game costs far less than a Class A golf share at even the lowliest club in the country. Of course, there’s the drive to Mactan, but a small thing like that would never deter anyone

dedicated to whacking a small, dimpled white ball with the goal of sinking it into a whole in the least number of strokes. So, one afternoon, I decided to give Marty a treat and let him play nine holes of golf. Off we went to Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa, and off he played. We had the whole afternoon together, and after finishing nine holes in less than thirty minutes, Marty decided he wanted to play again. Four golf games later, he decided to call it a day. It was a really fun afternoon, and to top it all of, Marty actually made a hole-in-one! Not bad for a four-year-old golf bum-to-be.

The Hundred Islands

Magellan’s Cross Ifugao Rice Terraces

Taal Volcano The Chocolate Hills

Lapu-Lapu Shrine

The Shangri-La Mactan Marine Sanctuary Paoay Church Intramuros

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poetry crossline

Of Bravery and “Firsts” by Golda Bless G. Tan


by Leo E. Repollo

Like any other Saturday, it was a happy one. On second thought, maybe not. I must admit that the tremendous pace of my affinity for the social networking site has been driven by my hunger for the current events. With Twitter, the search for the latest on different issues (and even people) feeds you in an instant. News speedily spreads not by mouth nowadays, but by a single click. Not unless your Internet connection is retarded. Typing the hitherto clamoring topics like the RH Bill fight, the Mideo Cruz’ “Poleteismo,” the CBCP SUV scandal, the Davao Mayor Sara Duterte punch, or even to the socio-political irrelevant issues such as siesta or hug, hash tags (#) land you to satirical tweets, numerous debates and nonsensical rants of less than or equal to 140 characters. Even the quest for the truth of Hayden Kho-Vicky Belo engagement accompanies the perks or nuisances of discovering what random people have to say. That particular Saturday when Twitter had served me right, I discovered there was one cause for every Filipino to be proud of, and another for every beneficiary of the Internet to be grateful for. First, our passionate but government-ignored Philippine Dragon Boat Team (a.k.a. the Dragon Warriors) garnered three Golds and one Silver as of that period in the IDBF Tournament in Tampa Bay, Florida. Second, the date marked the publishing of the first ever website 20 years ago. Thanks to a specific Tim Berners-Lee bloke who made YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Google available. Without the man, plankers would have inconvenience in exposing their photos, or even worse, there would have been no such planking fever at all. No information superhighway. Nil. But what I was to become aware of later that afternoon made the day a nonconformist of my typical Saturdays. Inevitably, there was a potpourri of emotions. This year’s sixth of August, the well-lived life of the almost-centenarian Dr. Fe del Mundo, the missus who made a substantial impact on Philippine Pediatrics, came to a close. It was sad, but it was time to rest. Dubbed as “a woman of many firsts”, her ‘first’ that overwhelmed me the most is her being the first Filipina and Asian admitted as a student at the Harvard Medical School. In a sea of nearly 6-ft. men, a barely 5-ft. woman must have felt daunted and drowning with

the difference in culture, sex and demographics. Her creation of the makeshift incubator (which is in reality composed of native laundry baskets of different sizes, the smaller one placed inside the other with hot water bottles all around) is a paradigm of resourcefulness - a quality that this Third World country should have persistence to exercise. The 1st female national scientist surely knew that monetary aspects are not hindrances in life. Coming from a medical course, I cannot help but commend her for choosing a difficult profession. Last time, my checklist showed doctors are primarily the most difficult patients one can ever have. If you’re the doctor, expect their noses in your charts of them, and pray with all your might that you hit the mark. If you don’t, chances are they’re going to ask you how the hell did you earn your license. Second to that checklist were the kids who do not have a clear understanding on the necessity of tolerance for a painful procedure essential for treatment or prevention of diseases. Yes, kids have no understanding of immunization and phlebotomy yet. And when these kids sob of pain, again chances are some parents who seem to forget needles are naturally painful will give you that are-you-a-doctor? look. In her 99 years of existence, I could perhaps imagine how many kids had been her patients. Had she been an RH Bill advocate? I think so. Her statement, “I think that we can control population but still remain true to our religion,” is an affirmation. To shed more light on her stand, she had been teaching family planning, reproductive and sexual health in Palawan and Marinduque decades ago. It is melancholic to lose such a person in our society.  But how amazing it is that a woman, whose name had been printed along with the names of many deceased inventors such as Eduardo San Juan in the 1st Chapters of our Elementary and High School Science Textbooks, had lived so long, and died after I graduated College. Living, says Professor Shin Young-Bok, is of endless new beginnings, a string of many ‘firsts.’ I am akin to thinking of Dr. Fe del Mundo as a woman who braved many ‘firsts’ in our society. And her 99 years of living forcibly breaches the “ang masamang damo, matagal namamatay” belief. Other than that, Jesse James died young.

This place, this time Will be forever gone The world moves ahead Buries everything that’s dead Tick, tick, goes the clock It will never come back Seize each moment For quickly it will pass Nothing to remember Nothing to forget Nothing to regret From here to the next Listen to the bells toll Sing a song to soothe your soul See the sunlight smother the night Cradle a child smiling at the light Walk in the rain Or just sit in the park Images big and small Happy faces and all Disappear on the wall When darkness falls.


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UAP Formal Night with Alan Choachuy A few Saturdays ago, Cebuano architects, members of the United Architects of the Philippines Regional District C1 (UAP RD-C1) held its annual induction and turnover ceremonies. Taking the seat as UAP RD-C1 District Director is Maria Sarah Abadia, past president of the UAP’s first chapter in the country, UAP-Cebu. She leads a young and dynamic team of officers from Cebu, Bohol and Dumaguete. Officers of

Presidential table people BJ Alino, Karl Cabilao, Alan Choachuy and Sarah Abadia

the UAP RD-C1’s seven chapters as well as new members were also inducted by the organization’s national officers led by UAP National President Ramon Mendoza. Also in attendance was the new Vice-President for Area-C (Visayas) and Pinoy Biggest Loser contestant Alan Choachuy.

UAP Cebu Chapter architects Malou dela Rosa, Ann Cuizon, president Francis Rodriguez, JR Decatoria (seated) Raya Espinosa, Hanna Espinosa and Racquel Orenia of UAP Secretariat

UAP Sugbu Chapter officers Madz Cayanong, Yarmen del Mar, Gus Lee, Dennis Mayo and Buck Sia

Friends of the industry led by former NCAA player Cesar Erfe (left)

Partying in Dumaguete The long weekend of August 26 to 30 was a rare treat for a lot of Cebuanos, and coincidentally, Silliman University held its 110th anniversary. Several Cebuanos (and some transplanted ones) found their way to Dumaguete to help celebrate, and of course, party! Hayahay bar was the nightspot of choice for the Cebuanos, where they made friends with the local partiers, listened to band after band play, and generally had fun until the wee hours of the morning. Andoni Goni, Blake Go, Sun.Star’s Roselle Reyes, Rima Ostwani, Jello Cubelo and Waldo Figuracion at Hayahay bar.

Divemaster diva Cathy Sarte with Sun.Star’s Jig Arquiza.

Party here! Thursday night of September 1 found the cast of Y101’s popular radio talk show Rock Bottom Radio celebrating their fifth anniversary at Yo.U Restobar in One Mango Avenue. The place was packed with Y101 listeners as well as regular Yo.U customers enjoying a seemingly endless supply of food and drinks. The highlight of the night was the awarding of the grand prize of the radio station’s lottery. Winner Fernando Perales received his prize from Y101’s Martha Tuazon and Joseph Stevens. Several other prizes were given away that night, with a surprise number from Manilabased punk band Republika de Lata.

Republika de Lata proving that punk’s not dead.

Sugar Jonas, John M and Fernando Perales

Republika de Lata

Vera Flores and friend

Chassy Cortes and AStrud Erasga

Jack Jakosalem, Joesph Stevens and Martha Tuazon

Jiggy and Iron Man

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