8 Questions Successful People Ask Themselves

TIME

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We all know that having a mentor is one of those things you’re “supposed to do” to be successful. But, the reality is that there aren’t nearly as many good mentors out there as there are people who need them.

What’s a guy (or gal) to do?

We suggest looking to the greats. We scoured the web for advice from the mentors we wish we had to figure out what aspects of our lives they would be drilling us about. Read below for eight crucial questions that your mentor would ask you, if you had one. Answering them for yourself will help you identify the areas of your life that will most directly affect your success, productivity, and overall well-being.

1. What Time Do You Wake Up?

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TMA Most Admirable Bachelors

Blogging about my hometown is simply my way of promoting it and I thank those people who help me in one way or another. In my previous blogs, I wrote about the success of TMA project in collaboration with another virtual group headed by Ms. Kath Arcenas. Prior to that, I featured the winners of Milagros in My Mind Photo Contest. I am very happy seeing those pictures reminiscing how beautiful my hometown is and I’m very proud in promoting the products that we can market globally from the small scale businesses of Milagreños.

Now, I came up with this idea of featuring the young and not – so – young gentlemen to inspire us and simply show my appreciation because they are an epitome of goodness and success out of all their hardship in attaining their goals in life. They may not have the power and Christian Grey’s perfect body but what pushed me to pick them and dubbed as “Most Admirable Bachelors” are their attitude, intelligence, good looks and their unselfish contribution not only to Milagros but to our country as a whole. Warning: This may raise eyebrows at some point and I don’t welcome bashing. If you can’t stand it, don’t read further. Just kidding!

Who are these lucky TMA Most Admirable Bachelors for this year that captured my meticulous eyes? Some of them are still single, not complicated and that is for sure. Some are in relationship but definitely all of them are unmarried. So ladies, feast your eyes with their hot and sizzling photos and get to know them up close and personal. They were all exquisitely chosen, indeed!!

And here they are, they are all gonna raise the roof, drum roll please!!!

12. Paulo Esquillo Capili, 18, Student
12. Paulo Esquillo Capili, 18, Student

Paulo is a soccer football varsity player and is in his sophomore year at Bicol University College of Business, Economics and Management, finishing his Undergraduate Degree in Business Administration. He carries undeniably deadly good looks, tantalizing eyes, cute face and tempting handsome smile which is apparent when he uploads photos via his Facebook account, he will surely gets himself hundreds of “likes” after.

“He is super bait na bata,” according to a woman of his life. “I always tend to tease my classmates and do the crazy dance to make them happy when we are bored,” Paulo confesses. “Gusto ko sa babae simple lang pero kamukha ni Jessy Mendiola,”he added.

And oh!, actually what he really wanted is to become a Flight Attendant and that is our little secret. So, wish him the best and wish yourself too, that someday when you are on board in a plane, he will be the one to take good care of you up there with all the comfort and his handsome smile, definitely.

11. Leo Dalanon Miraya, 20, Student
11. Leo Dalanon Miraya, 20, Student

He was the Ginoong Pagdangan 2014 and Second Runner-up to the Ginoo Ng Lapay 2014. This man with a killer smile loves to join male pageant contests inside and outside the campus and he is in his senior year in his Degree in Business Administration. Leo is an active officer of the Supreme Student Council in Osmena Colleges where he is currently enrolled.

10. Gian Paulo Rebaya Martinez, 27, Bank Roving Teller
10. Gian Paulo Rebaya Martinez, 27, Bank Roving Teller

From a wimpy and shy person, Gian or “Biboy“ as he is fondly called, he now metamorphosed into a “hottie“ hunk and smart guy. He graduated from Divine Word College of Legazpi last 2010 with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Management and Accountancy. He is presently working in Chinabank in Cebu City as a Roving Teller.

9.  Julius Paulo D. Almodal, 22, Seafarer
9. Julius Paulo De Jesus Almodal, 22, Seafarer

He is fondly called “Jupao” or “Pawix” by the people closest to him. He graduated Valedictorian in Milagros West Central School, studied his secondary education in Masbate National Comprehensive High School and successfully completed his degree from Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP) in Mariveles, Bataan where he was a scholar.

After graduation, he passed the board exam for marine professionals and he is now working as a seaman onboard in a commercial vessel.

His face emanates happiness, because he is very jolly and cheerful. “He’s smart, responsible and business-minded person. I think his most attractive features are his lips, shoulders and abs ahaha,” said by a family member.

8. Christian Mortel Encamina, 29, Mountaineering Enthusiast
8. Christian Mortel Encamina, 29, Mountaineering Enthusiast

Mountaineering is his favorite pastime after a hectic schedule in metropolis. From Mt. Pulag, the highest summit of Luzon to the northeastern edge of Cordilleras (Mt. Amuyao), to a long steep slope of Mt. Tarak Ridge in Bataan, to a long ridge of Mt. Maculot in Batangas, to a muddy yet relaxing southern tip of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range (Mt. Romelo), his itchy feet surely enjoyed the journey to the top of every mountain in the country.

Tian is a graduate of Electronics and Communication Engineering from Adamson University and currently working as the Technical Engineer of Plus Cable Network, Inc. Unknown to us, this nature lover has helped some of our friends in Milagros to find job in Manila.

7. Edison Calupas Arciete, 32, Engineer
7. Edison Calupas Arciete, 32, Engineer

He may have an average Filipino height but he is gifted with cute dimples on his cheek. Edison was an Academic and CHED scholar in Central Colleges of the Philippines where he earned his Electronic Communication Engineering course. He graduated last 2004 and successfully passed the board examination on the same year. Currently, Edison is the Manufacturing Development Engineer of Analog Devices in Sta. Rosa City, Laguna.

Edison loves surfing. “I tried surfing once and I started to love it,” he said. What are the qualities of a woman he is looking for? “Chinita, long hair and religious one, that’s my weakness,” he added without hesitation.

6. Neil Villegas Dalanon, 29, Entrepreneur
6. Neil Villegas Dalanon, 29, Entrepreneur

Neil is a graduate of Bachelor of Arts major in Creative Writing with units in Landscape Architecture and currently finishing up his Master’s Degree in Educational Technology at the University of the Philippines – Diliman where he also successfully finished his undergraduate degree. After graduation, he then worked for C&E Publishing Inc. as a writer/editor.

Photography is his forte and he really enjoys the versatility of his camera lenses whenever he is in his work as photographer. As a proof, he won several on-the-spot-photo contests and other competitions for professional photographers.

He is one of the owners of MagayonMedia.com, a multimedia, photography and videography company in Quezon City. “I conduct workshops on landscaping, photography, videography, and multimedia,” Neil said.

5. Mark H. Dorongon, 30, Operation Specialist
5. Mark H. Dorongon, 30, Operation Specialist

“For many are called, but few are chosen,” this was one of his favorite bible verses during his days in St. Camillus College Seminary (Philippines) but there are some things in this world that we cannot control. There are things that we are specially designed, and Mark wasn’t designed by God to be a priest. But for sure Mark has the values that the Seminary had instilled into him until now. In 2006, he graduated in the same school with the degree in Philosophy.

He grew up in Bara, Milagros where his family is deeply rooted and where fishponds are common scenery, no wonder why he’s into fishing and despite of his hectic schedule he would try to find a time to do some fishing and enjoys his catch after.

Mark is presently the CAFM Operation Specialist at Musanada where he handles all big government projects of Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Western region of UAE. “Mark is very simple, he is a man with limited words but when he says something it will surely strike through the bone. What you see is not what you get,” claimed by his girlfriend.

4. Jairus Daclan Labastida, 28, Registered Nurse
4. Jairus Daclan Labastida, 28, Registered Nurse

Jairus went to University of Auckland last 2012 to pursue his Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Education (PGCertClinEd) where he was a university scholar. Currently, he is the Clinical Nurse Manager of Oceania Group in Victoria Place, New Zealand. He finished his Bachelor of Science in Nursing last 2007 from Southwestern University in Cebu City and successfully passed the board exam on the same year. In 2010, he earned his Master’s in Nursing from Cebu Normal University. Before moving abroad, he was an Assistant Dean of College of Nursing at Southern Bicol Colleges in Masbate City.

“I love outdoor activities and meeting new people from different background,” he said.

3. Paolo Dorongon, 27, Licensed Teacher
3. Paolo Dorongon, 27, Licensed Teacher

Just recently Paulo was in Yale and Harvard Universities in the United States for an academic event. He took his Bachelor of Education major in English with specialization in Language and Literature from Holy Angel University in Angeles City, Pampanga. He is a licensed Secondary Education teacher.

Paolo is presently the Head of English Department of Cambridge IGCSE at Melaka International School in Melaka City, Malaysia. He was the representative of their school during international competitions held last year in Singapore, India and Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, United States. “I am in the terminal year of my Master of Arts in Educational major in English Language Teaching at the Philippine Normal University (the country’s national center for teacher education). Also, I have an international certificate in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from International TESOL education with accreditation from the UK,” he emphasized.

He served as one of the adjudicators during the International Debate Tournament of the World Scholar’s Cup held in Malaysia, Singapore and at Yale University in the US. His job as head of English in the said school has brought him to different places in Asia and the US.

2. Paul Gemar C. Espinas, 26, Multi-Brand Manager
2. Paul Gemar C. Espinas, 26, Multi-Brand Manager

After finishing his degree in Developmental Communication major in Communication & Media Studies in UP Los Baños, Paul worked as a Marketing Research Executive for Procter & Gamble Philippines. This gave him an opportunity to study the market activity of consumer brands across Asia and selected Pacific Countries. In 2008, he took his masters in Media and Communication Research program through distance education of the University of Melbourne, Australia.

He is a well-traveled person not because of his work but because this is how he treats his self after all his hard work. He is scheduled to travel Europe and Peru this Feb. 11-24 for pleasure. Today, he is the Director of Marketing at VietnamWorks, a leading marketing and advertising company in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Aside from his regular work, he owns two companies. “Despite his achievements, Kuya remained humble and down to earth. He is serious and focus when it comes to his business and works,” shared by his sister.

1. Anthony Escallante Villasis, 35, Lawyer
1. Anthony Escallante Villasis, 35, Lawyer

Atty. Villasis finished his pre-law degree in San Beda Colleges and finished his law degree at Arellano University School of Law. Right after ”Ton-ton” passed the bar exam, he joined the political arena and was elected as Municipal Councilor of Milagros for one term. This very down to earth gentleman is an active fund raiser for Gawad Kalinga-Milagros and other non-profit organizations that Milagros is a beneficiary.

He has been appointed by the Commission on Elections as the City Election Officer for Masbate City for almost 5 years now turning his back from away the shadows of the politics and attractive offers from different big law firm in Manila. He chose to be in service for his fellow Masbateños than to be under the glamour of the corporate world.

the glamour of the corporate world.
Anthony is a health buff; he would ride his bicycle from the city on his way home to Milagros if he feels doing it or stay at the gym after a tough day at the office to tone down his body. Recently, he had his professional underwater scuba diving lessons in Cebu for almost a month. He is now holding a license for professional scuba diving.

Note: All Photos were taken from their respective Facebook Accounts. Thank you for reading 🙂

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