Sunday, October 27, 2019

Sexy talk with Sean Tupaz

Sean Tupaz on being sexy: 'Sexy means
 being confident.' Photo by Marlon Boloron
If you're a student and in the 'de alta sociedad',  you should know who Sean Garsuta Tupaz is. He's Sandugo Festival King 2016 second runner-up,  Mr BQ Mall 2017 first runner-up and Mister UB Personality 2018.

Sean, 20,  is as funny and as witty and, well, as a sexy model. He's articulate and in very rare times when he can't say it, his body language does the trick.

What keeps him busy?
"Academics, household chore responsibilities, and my hobbies," he said.

Sean said he wants to become a licensed aircraft mechanic or a pilot.

"I want to make my mom proud of me," said Sean whose inspirations are his mother and girlfriend.

Here's Sean's "list of sexiest":

Define sexy:
"Sexy means being confident of what you have whole heartedly and handling yourself with poise."

What makes you feel sexy?
"By doing things that Im comfortable of, and by showing my unique styles."

What do you consider the sexiest part of your body?
"My abs."

What part of a woman's body that you find sexiest?
"The hips."

Singer with a sexiest voice?
" Zayn Malkk." (Former One Direction member)

Sexiest movie?

Sexiest clothes?
"Tank tops."

Sexiest perfume?

Sexiest book (s)?
"Me Before You (by Jojo Moyes) and Slave to Sensation (by Nalini Singh)."

Sexiest song (s)?
 "Versace on The Floor by Bruno Mars and Let Me by Zayn Malik."

Sexiest fantasy?

Sexiest time of the day?
"Every time!"

Sexiest thing you've ever done to yourself?
"Going out to the gym five times a week."

Sexiest thing he has ever done to a girl?
"Make her fall in love even more."
Sean Tupaz on the sexiest thing he has ever done
 to a girl: 'Make her fall in love even more.'
Foreverday Photography of Event Planner Philippines

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Sensible quotes

A friend shared this quote: "If you are ugly, you are ugly. Stop talking about inner beauty because people don’t walk around with X-ray machines to see inner beauty."

Well, the quote is from the late Zimbabwe ex-President Robert Mugabe who  will be remembered for his great wit.
Here are some of his (witty) quotes:

1) "When your clothes are made of cassava leaves, you don’t take a goat as a friend."
2) "If you are ugly, you are ugly. Stop talking about inner beauty because men don’t walk around with X-ray machines to see inner beauty."
3) "When one’s goat gets missing, the aroma of a neighbour’s soup gets suspicious."
4) "Treat every part of your towel nicely because the part that wipes your buttocks today will wipe your face tomorrow."
5) "Sometimes you look back at girls you spent money on, rather than send it to your mum, and you realise witchcraft is real."
6) "If President Barack Obama wants me to allow marriage for same-sex couples in my country (Zimbabwe), he must come here so that I marry him first."
7) "What is the problem with deporting white men from Africa? We now have aeroplanes which can take them back quicker than the ships used by their ancestors."
8) "Cigarette is a pinch of tobacco rolled in a piece of paper with fire on one end and a fool on the other end."
9) Interviewer: "Mr President, when are you bidding the people of Zimbabwe farewell?"
Robert Mugabe: "Where are they going?"

AND FINALLY the 'piece de resistance'
10) "If I am given a chance to travel through time, I will go back to 1946, find Donald Trump's father and give him a condom."

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Milan and a few of her favorite things

Having seen her as a tot in the loving arms of her mom, Flor, I have to rub my eyes twice to make sure that the dainty young lady, still 15 years old, before me is, indeed, Milan Angelie Lawangon, who just recently joined the Runway search. How she has grown!

Budding model Milan Angelie Lawangon
on sunflowers: "Sunflowers really make me
 feel bright and cheerful.'  Photo Angel Baldapan 
Milan Angelie Lawangon, a Grade 10 student at Dr. Cecilio Putong National High School (DCPNHS), started her modeling and pageantry passion when she was chosen to represent their year level during the 2018 Miss English Personality. A newbie, she won two minor awards-Miss Photogenic and Best in Talent.

After the show, talent scout and trainer Khim of The Art Noveau convinced her to join her team. But like other students, she was so busy  that she was unable to continue the trainings and workshops.

Last summer 2019, she decided to enroll  at FILCAN's modeling workshop held at the Island City Mall (ICM) Activity Center that helped her confidence on stage.  Even now and then,  she joined auditions on modeling industry and  she was chosen as one of the The Philippine Runway (TPR) models – Bohol edition. 

Last September 29, TPR's Catwalk for Hope, under the umbrella of Humanista International Charities Inc. Project, held a charity fashion show at Metro Center Ballroom. Milan won the Best Female Runway Crystal Coctail Concept Award.

Before that event,  at school she also represented their year level during the Science Competition of Futuristic Concept design. She won the major award as Best in Futuristic Outfit and Trashion Model 2019.

Get to know a little more about Milan as she "plays favorites."

• ACTOR (local): Daniel Padilla. ("Overload with cuteness. I like their team-up with Kathryn because he is loyal.")
• ACTRESS (local): Kathryn Bernardo. ("She is simple but elegant.")
• MOVIE:  Cinderella.  ("It is not impossible to marry a prince.")
• TV SHOWS (foreign): ELLEN
• TV SHOW (local): GGV
• SONG: MEMORIES by Maroon 5
• SINGER (foreign):  Billie Eilish
• SINGER (local): December Avenue
• CRUSH: He's Cole Sprouse! ("I like his personality, his characteristics, the black hair for sure, and just him as a person overall lead to me thinking about how cute he is.")
• HIDEAWAY:  Friend’s cribs or houses.
• HOBBIES: Rampa rampa!
• TIME OF DAY:  6 in the morning! ("It means a new beginning and a new opportunity.")
• DAY OF THE WEEK: Sunday.("It's restday and family day.")
• FOOD (Filipino): Adobo
• DRINK(s): Milk Tea
• FRUIT: Mango
• FLOWER: Sunflower. ("Sunflowers really make me feel bright and cheerful.")
• COLOR: White
• SUBJECTS (in school):  English
The sea of yellow sunflowers aRJ's Javier Tropical Farm
Barangay Cagawasan in Pilar town.

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Boholanos remember 2013 quake with 6.3 tremor in Mindanao

Flashes of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake came into the mind of Boholanos when a tremor shook parts of Mindanao on Wednesday night, Oct. 16.

They were anxious when they learned

that a 6.3 magnitude shook a large swath of Mindanao since most of their families and relatives live or work in Mindanao. 

Jeycelle Espejo-Inting, a Grade 7 teacher at Dr. Cecilio Putong National High School in Tagbilaran City, was worried. Her uncle Capt. Abito Espejo and his family live in Bansalan town in Davao Del Sur, while her aunt Tita Baloco Suib in General Santos City.

She felt relief to find out nothing bad happened to them during the quake.

The tremor in Mindanao happened a day after Boholanos remembered the 6th anniversary of the powerful quake that hit the province in 2013.

Prince Salamat, 42, of Baclayon town, was at Carmen Public Market in Davao Del Norte  to buy durian after his whole day field work on Socksargen and Region XI.

He said it was raining with thunder and lightning at the time when the ground shook.

"I saw people coming out from the stores screaming and children were crying. I was frozen from where I stood. The Bachelor bus going to Tagum was moving to the left and right because of the strong earthquake. Motorcycles fell," narrated Salamat who works as a human resource officer in Mindanao.

Flashes of Bohol earthquake came into his mind.  He was in Bohol when the quake shook Bohol on October 15, 2013.

"I remembered the very strong earthquakes and aftershocks in Bohol. I was thinking of my family back home in Baclayon. These made broke more into tears,"  said Salamat.

At least five persons were reported to have died. 

It prompted several local authorities to suspend classes for Thursday.

As of posting, 246 aftershocks have been recorded in several parts of Mindanao, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Trishia Libres: 'Beauty is what we see, feel and believe.'

Trishia Marie Castulo Libres is on cloud nine. She has won the Miss Silka Bohol 2019.

She said joining pageants isn't an easy task.

"My preparation before the pageant is to come prepared," she said with a smile.

She said her victory is not just for herself but also for her hometown.

"I come by giving full efforts and pride in my hometown," she added.

She will compete in the Miss Silka Philippines 2019 on Nov. 29 in Manila.

Trishia, 19, who hails from Barangay Canhaway, Guindulman town, wants to become a flight attendant someday.

Here's my chat with Trishia:
Describe your self: I am a kind-hearted, family-oriented, and independent person. I am always ready to face any challenges and also to help others in need. I can be quiet at first, but I have unending stories to tell. One aspect that helped me grow is being a leader of the Youth for Christ organization which deepened my faith in God.

What are your preparations for the upcoming Miss Silka Philippines 2019?  To be one of the candidates of Miss Silka Philippines is such an honor.  This pageant may be different from my past experiences because this time, I am bringing the pride of my beloved province, Bohol. Just like any preparation, I will come prepared. I undergo trainings and identify room for improvements and sharpen things up. It will be hard because I am a student and balancing both of these things is essential. But I believe, through the help of G-d, family, and friends, I know I can.

Who are your inspirations? There's no other group of people that inspired me more than my Family, the Youth for Christ organization,  The Art Nouveau, and to everyone who's always been there since day one. I wouldn't be here without these people.

What dreams do you want to achieve? Science experts say that the brain is a goal-seeking organism. Whatever personal goals you give to the subconscious mind, it will work night and day to achieve them. Which is why my dream is to wake up. A dream remains a dream if we don't start working for it. Waking up is at the top of my priority. To face any challenges that come my way. And one day, when that dream becomes a reality, I will have the freedom that comes with intentions. To inspire the youth, and to act as what I say I will do.  Because a queen does not only wear the crown, she wears it with a purpose.

Likes? Hates?  I like being the person who has a privilege to be open-minded, to understand a soul behind any masks that people wear. And I hate people who are hypocrites and don't even make a single attempt on making this world a better place. 

Future Plans? I may have future plans but I believe that God's plan is way better than mine. His will be done.
How were you  discovered by Khim of The Art Nouveau? I was discovered by Ate Khim through my Facebook account way back year 2014. But I wasn't an active member of The Art Nouveau Models since my hometown Guindulman is far from Tagbilaran. Just this July 2019, Ate Khim and I crossed paths once again and that was the time my journey with her begun.

How do you define beauty? People often define beauty according to what a person looks like.
But I define beauty in a way that cannot be seen only by sight but with the heart and soul. Beauty is a combination of what we see, what we feel and what we believe.

How do you define a modern Boholana? I can say that a modern Boholana has found their voice, power, and purpose in life. Many times, we are neglected because we come from a province that is not very popular compared to the major cities in the Philippines. But today, I come as one of those modern Boholanas, and we came here to fight and show the world that we are more than just any probinsyana.

How Miss Silka Bohol 2019 experience is?It was a challenging but worthwhile experience. I situated myself in a place that I know that I can possibly receive both negative and positive comments. But receiving it was a gift, It inspired me to improve more and proving them that I am more than just what meets the eye. With all that being said, I did surpass it all with the guidance of everyone and I am very thankful than ever.

What is your message to those young girls who aspire  to become beauty queens? To the youth who always dreamt of being a beauty queen, don't give up.  Always live up to the dream you want to achieve but do it together with the people who were always there since you started. Be the role model that the future generations will look upon to. Be the positive change.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019


Ninety-three countries have submitted films for consideration in the International Feature Film category for the 92nd Academy Awards.

 An international feature film is defined as a feature-length motion picture (more than 40 minutes) produced outside the United States with a predominantly non-English dialogue track. Ghana, Nigeria and Uzbekistan are first-time entrants.

Earlier this year, the Academy’s Board of Governors voted to rename the Foreign Language Film category to International Feature Film and expand the shortlist from nine to 10 films.

The 2019 submissions, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:
Albania, “The Delegation,” Bujar Alimani, director;
Algeria, “Papicha,” Mounia Meddour, director;
Argentina, “Heroic Losers,” Sebastián Borensztein, director;
Armenia, “Lengthy Night,” Edgar Baghdasaryan, director;
Australia, “Buoyancy,” Rodd Rathjen, director;
Austria, “Joy,” Sudabeh Mortezai, director;
Bangladesh, “Alpha,” Nasiruddin Yousuff, director;
Belarus, “Debut,” Anastasiya Miroshnichenko, director;
Belgium, “Our Mothers,” César Díaz, director;
Bolivia, “I Miss You,” Rodrigo Bellott, director;
Bosnia and Herzegovina, “The Son,” Ines Tanovic, director;
Brazil, “Invisible Life,” Karim Aïnouz, director;
Bulgaria, “Ága,” Milko Lazarov, director;
Cambodia, “In the Life of Music,” Caylee So, Sok Visal, directors;
Canada, “Antigone,” Sophie Deraspe, director;
Chile, “Spider,” Andrés Wood, director;
China, “Ne Zha,” Yu Yang, director;
Colombia, “Monos,” Alejandro Landes, director;
Costa Rica, “The Awakening of the Ants,” Antonella Sudasassi Furniss, director;
Croatia, “Mali,” Antonio Nuic, director;
Cuba, “A Translator,” Rodrigo Barriuso, Sebastián Barriuso, directors;
Czech Republic, “The Painted Bird,” Václav Marhoul, director;
Denmark, “Queen of Hearts,” May el-Toukhy, director;
Dominican Republic, “The Projectionist,” José María Cabral, director;
Ecuador, “The Longest Night,” Gabriela Calvache, director;
Egypt, “Poisonous Roses,” Ahmed Fawzi Saleh, director;
Estonia, “Truth and Justice,” Tanel Toom, director;
Ethiopia, “Running against the Wind,” Jan Philipp Weyl, director;
Finland, “Stupid Young Heart,” Selma Vilhunen, director;
France, “Les Misérables,” Ladj Ly, director;
Georgia, “Shindisi,” Dimitri Tsintsadze, director;
Germany, “System Crasher,” Nora Fingscheidt, director;
Ghana, “Azali,” Kwabena Gyansah, director;
Greece, “When Tomatoes Met Wagner,” Marianna Economou, director;
Honduras, “Blood, Passion, and Coffee,” Carlos Membreño, director;
Hong Kong, “The White Storm 2 Drug Lords,” Herman Yau, director;
Hungary, “Those Who Remained,” Barnabás Tóth, director;
Iceland, “A White, White Day,” Hlynur Pálmason, director;
India, “Gully Boy,” Zoya Akhtar, director;
Indonesia, “Memories of My Body,” Garin Nugroho, director;
Iran, “Finding Farideh,” Azadeh Moussavi, Kourosh Ataee, directors;
Ireland, “Gaza,” Garry Keane, Andrew McConnell, directors;
Israel, “Incitement,” Yaron Zilberman, director;
Italy, “The Traitor,” Marco Bellocchio, director;
Japan, “Weathering with You,” Makoto Shinkai, director;
Kazakhstan, “Kazakh Khanate. The Golden Throne,” Rustem Abdrashov, director;
Kenya, “Subira,” Ravneet Singh (Sippy) Chadha, director;
Kosovo, “Zana,” Antoneta Kastrati, director;
Kyrgyzstan, “Aurora,” Bekzat Pirmatov, director;
Latvia, “The Mover,” Davis Simanis, director;
Lebanon, “1982,” Oualid Mouaness, director;
Lithuania, “Bridges of Time,” Audrius Stonys, Kristine Briede, directors;
Luxembourg, “Tel Aviv on Fire,” Sameh Zoabi, director;
Malaysia, “M for Malaysia,” Dian Lee, Ineza Roussille, directors;
Mexico, “The Chambermaid,” Lila Avilés, director;
Mongolia, “The Steed,” Erdenebileg Ganbold, director;
Montenegro, “Neverending Past,” Andro Martinović, director;
Morocco, “Adam,” Maryam Touzani, director;
Nepal, “Bulbul,” Binod Paudel, director;
Netherlands, “Instinct,” Halina Reijn, director;
Nigeria, “Lionheart,” Genevieve Nnaji, director;
North Macedonia, “Honeyland,” Ljubo Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska, directors;
Norway, “Out Stealing Horses,” Hans Petter Moland, director;
Pakistan, “Laal Kabootar,” Kamal Khan, director;
Palestine, “It Must Be Heaven,” Elia Suleiman, director;
Panama, “Everybody Changes,” Arturo Montenegro, director;
Peru, “Retablo,” Alvaro Delgado Aparicio, director;
Philippines, “Verdict,” Raymund Ribay Gutierrez, director;
Poland, “Corpus Christi,” Jan Komasa, director;
Portugal, “The Domain,” Tiago Guedes, director;
Romania, “The Whistlers,” Corneliu Porumboiu, director;
Russia, “Beanpole,” Kantemir Balagov, director;
Saudi Arabia, “The Perfect Candidate,” Haifaa Al Mansour, director;
Senegal, “Atlantics,” Mati Diop, director;
Serbia, “King Petar the First,” Petar Ristovski, director;
Singapore, “A Land Imagined,” Yeo Siew Hua, director;
Slovakia, “Let There Be Light,” Marko Skop, director;
Slovenia, “History of Love,” Sonja Prosenc, director;
South Africa, “Knuckle City,” Jahmil X.T. Qubeka, director;
South Korea, “Parasite,” Bong Joon Ho, director;
Spain, “Pain and Glory,” Pedro Almodóvar, director;
Sweden, “And Then We Danced,” Levan Akin, director;
Switzerland, “Wolkenbruch’s Wondrous Journey into the Arms of a Shiksa,” Michael Steiner, director;
Taiwan, “Dear Ex,” Mag Hsu, Chih-Yen Hsu, directors;
Thailand, “Krasue: Inhuman Kiss,” Sitisiri Mongkolsiri, director;
Tunisia, “Dear Son,” Mohamed Ben Attia, director;
Turkey, “Commitment Asli,” Semih Kaplanoglu, director;
Ukraine, “Homeward,” Nariman Aliev, director;
United Kingdom, “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,” Chiwetel Ejiofor, director;
Uruguay, “The Moneychanger,” Federico Veiroj, director;
Uzbekistan, “Hot Bread,” Umid Khamdamov, director;
Venezuela, “Being Impossible,” Patricia Ortega, director;
Vietnam, “Furie,” Le Van Kiet, director.

The shortlist of 10 films will be announced on Monday, December 16, 2019. Nominations for the 92nd Oscars® will be announced on Monday, January 13, 2020.

The 92nd Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Beauty queens turned doctors

Tubignons celebrate the recent milestones of their beauty queens who passed the September 2019 licensure examination for physicians during the thanksgiving party held last night at the Tubigon Cultural and Sports Center.

The thanksgiving party was attended by their close family relatives, friends, well-wishers and townmates.

Among  this  young generation of Tubignon, they are the first beauty queens turned physicians.

Both graduates of the Cebu Institute of Medicine who epitomize “beauty with a purpose” – saving lives, Dr. Clarice Elaine Falcon Radoc (Miss BACS Personality 2008 and Anyag sa Tubigon 2008) and Dr. Farrah Faye Abarquez Mian (Miss BACS Personality 2009, Miss CVIRAA 2010, Anyag sa Tubigon 2010, and Miss Bohol Sandugo 2011) have been classmates since prep.

They have undoubtedly inherited their beauty, charm, and bearing from their grandmother, erstwhile Maribojoc Mayor Paula Raagas Valles, who was Miss Bohol High School and Miss Bohol respectively in her younger years.

Wonderful Wincie at 80
In 1961, she was a gymnast who placed first in the regional swimming competition held in Cebu City to recruit members for the Philippine Swimming Team.

In 1979, she founded the Bukang Liwayway Dance Troupe (BLDT), a folkloric group based at Bohol National High School. In 1980, she choreographed the first-ever Sandugo re-enactment performed in Bohol for the Spanish Ambassador to the Philippines and Philippine Diplomat Carlos P. Romulo during the Blood Compact Anniversary, which also became the champion in the 1981 “Alay sa Pangulo” in Cebu City.

In 1990, she was second placer and the only solo entry in the 2nd Philippine Annual Philippine Folk Dance Festival held at Pace University, Manhattan, New York City.

These are just some of the highlights in the life of Wincesa Espejo Araoarao, the eldest child of former Cogon Barangay Captain Hilario Araro Espejo and homemaker Josefina Mercader Balatero.

Even at a young age, she has been accustomed to working hard, helping her parents in their simple carenderia at the pantalan and taking care of her younger siblings while her parents were away.

Her terpsichorean prowess and grace ushered her way towards  taking up Bachelor of Science in Education – Major in Physical Education at the University of Southern Philippines in Cebu City. Following her initial teaching stint at St. Mary’s High School in Marawi City, Lanao del Norte in 1963, she welcomed the opportunity to teach at her Alma Mater – Bohol High School.

In 1969, she married Derclo Reparato Bongoyan Araoarao, a Philippine Banking Corporation employee.
Their union was blessed with five offsprings: Fiel Angeli A. Gabin (Tagbilaran City, Bohol), Hannah Gay (died of meningitis in 1974), Reparato Anthony (Pearland, Texas, USA), Ann Claire A. Young (Haymarket, Virginia, USA), and Coeli Marie A. Ruiz (Salem, Oregon, USA).

Being the First Lady of Panglao when her husband “Rep” served as Mayor of Panglao from 1980 to 1986, “Wincie’s” passion for culture and performing arts never waned.

This unrelenting dedication for her advocacy to selflessly share her talent to preserve and promote culture and the arts has made her withstand life’s challenges, anchoring on God as her main source of strength.

Her 80th birthday celebration last September 28, 2019 was made more meaningful with the reunion of her children 23 years after her daughter Fiel’s August 10, 1996 wedding to Jerome John J. Gabin from Siquijor.
According to Albert Einstein, “Only a life lived for others is a life well lived.”

Dalareich wins Best Family Support Award for APEC Best Award 2019

After winning in the Academy of Chocolate Awards in London, Bohol’s Chocolate Princess, Dalareich Polot of Dalareich Chocolate House won the “Best Family Support" Award for APEC “Business Efficiency and Success Target” Award 2019 (APEC BEST Award) during the Women and the Economy Forum in La Serena, Chile.
Dalareich competed with other nominees from 21 other APEC economies.

The Philippine Commission on Women nominated her on this.

“I didn’t expect any award because I feel like it’s lesser chance for Philippines to win because I only presented online," said Dalareich whose business model presentation was done via Skype.

She was given seven minutes for her presentation and another five minutes for the Q and A.

"God is good! This is not my award. I owed this to people who believe and support us all the way. Receiving 3 international awards this year 2019 are all His plans. I'm forever grateful," Polot said.

The award was received by Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region VII Director Aster Caberte, who represented the Department of Trade and Industry in the APEC Ministerial Meeting from October 2-9, 2019.

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Friday, October 4, 2019

Amalia Fuentes dies, 79

Amalia Fuentes, the former Movie Queen of Philippine cinema, passed away on Saturday. She was 79.

Her nephew, former child star Niño Muhlach, confirmed her passing in an Instagram post.

Fuentes’ granddaughter, Alyanna Martinez, also announced the late actress’ demise via her own post.
“It is with great sadness that I together with my siblings Alfonso and Alissa, inform you that our Grandmother, Amalia Amador Muhlach has taken her last breath this morning in the Philippines,” she wrote.

According to Muhlach, Fuentes succumbed to cardiac arrest at 4 a.m.

Muhlach added that the veteran actress was “paralyzed” and “bed-ridden” over the past four years.

Details of the actress’ wake would later be announced, Muhlach added.

Dubbed as the “Elizabeth Taylor of the Philippines” for her striking resemblance with the legendary Hollywood actress, Fuentes achieved leading lady status as she starred in various films for Sampaguita Pictures during the late ’50s to ‘60s.