TMA Most Admirable Bachelors Batch 2

I believe that the first ever set of the most admirable bachelors of Milagros was truly and incredibly successful. Little did we know, Milagros is actually teeming with equally admirable and amazing bachelors, who, on their own unique ways are successful, head turners, and more than deserving a deafening round of applause. The ones that we have generated can be just the tip of the iceberg and we have not tapped the whole resources we might have, who knows. The first group of young and good looking bachelors is continually thriving. Some had materialized “fairy tales” on their own rights. Gian Paulo Martinez, Atty. Anthony Villasis and Mark Dorongon are now all, unfortunately off the hook. Sorry ladies to break your hearts. Meanwhile, Paul Espinas recently launched his very own Vietnam-based company. But hey, cheer up, here is another set of young, full of character, beautiful faces and fresh admirable Milagreños to tease your hearts and maybe the answer to prayer to find someone who can live on the dream of your I Dos to “forever and eternity”.

If you would ask ladies what would be their standards for their ideal man – expect this four word answer – “Tall, Dark and Handsome” – but pretty much, this has become more of a cliché. Down the road, the deeper personality gives more weight when it comes to choosing a partner. The next roster of fine Milagreño gentlemen bear all these qualities, some with TDH and others, way more skin deep or the combination of both.

While both the first group and these fresh faces of the second have equal qualities, all of them are way unique from each other. The first batch of gentlemen were chosen solely by appointment and did not involve our ever active online community, so we decided to get everybody involved in the selection and searching process for Milagros’ hidden gems waiting to be mined. So, the process was to let the members of our online community, the TMA, to identify names, and put them on our walls for people to decide and vote via the number of likes, and individuals who got the most number of likes were boosted to be on top of the list, hence, “Most Admirable Bachelors”. A surprise of forty-eight (48) names of incredible young, hot, and lovely gentlemen surfaced, and the girls went gaga.  However, we narrowed down to forty-two as six of the gentlemen did not meet our initial requirements for inclusion in the second elimination. There were others who have chosen to respectfully decline as they wanted to be more private of their personal lives, which we certainly respect. TMA respects personal space and privacy. After the second step, we have finally decided to put on a show, and so the fun began when members started casting their votes and there was even serious campaign in favor of their most favorite ones. But, at the end of the day, the best of the best rises up. The criteria was simple: 20% of the weight for the number of likes and 80% for personal character, intelligence and contribution to Milagros. Finally, the list was narrowed down to 12 Most Admirable Gentlemen of Milagros for the year 2017.

Due to distance, time zone, and availability of everyone for interviewing, these factors have made this writing bit challenging but worth waiting for. My own challenge having to work and write this up could have been a road block to not make this possible but hey, I am finally making it happen. In order for me to get to know these gentlemen better, I started chatting with them, trying to dig deeper and understand their substance, values, and things that make them happy, motivated, and positive person. Physically blessed they are yet we know that a person can be more attractive if they have the substance, that inner glow of a wonderful person that they may innately possess.

Without much further ado, here they are – YOUR CHOSEN ONES – the TMA’s next batch of MOST ADMIRABLE BACHELORS. Oozing with hotness, empowering, inspiring, dreamers, achievers, daring, bold with their dreams, astounding, marvelous, and most of all, admirable.

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12. Jose Alex Azuelo Cedillo, 23, Student/Artist    (Sitio Bato, Tinaclipan, Milagros)

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Alex was very busy with guesting and performing in different radio and mall tours, concerts and TV show appearances together with his co-members of the Four Dimension (4D) boyband. It was a dream come true for him to perform in front of a big crowd. Tempting a show business life can be but Alex made a stand, choosing between a blooming career and pursuing education as he believes, education is essential to one’s personal growth. He temporarily left his boy band group. He is currently on his first year on his Bachelor of Secondary Education at Dr. Emilio B. Espinosa Sr. Memorial State College of Agriculture and Technology (DEBESMSCAT).

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This 2015 Ginoong Pagdangan 4th Runner-Up from Sitio Bato, Tinaclipan, was once a volunteer in TMA Clean-Up activity in Brgy. Tawad cemetery. Alex also worked with me in “Rediscovering Guinluthangan” and I can attest that he is very humble, friendly, fun-loving, and kind-hearted person. Who can ever forget his viral video on social media sites where he was sharing some pure love in Quezon City, he was distributing clothes and blankets to homeless families. He is family oriented and very independent person.

 

11. Cris Odeña Aganan, 31, Business Process Associate  (Sitio Talisay, Calasuche, Milagros)

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Cris is such a big photography fan. The photos he snapped were all amazing and visually stimulating. Among his collections of the pretty photoshe snapped himself were that mesmerizing sunset shot from his village in Talisay, Calasuche, one being in “pasil” (sand bar) and the organic ricefield shot he took which was by their house he grew up. With his love of photography, he clicks his camera where he finds serenity, calmness and inner joy.

Cris loves to climb mountains. He climbed Mt. Ulap (Itogon, Benguet), Mt. Daraitan, Mt. Batolusong and Mt. Maynuba (Tanay, Rizal), Mt. Pamitinan and Mt Binacayan (Rodriguez, Rizal), Mt. Maculot (Cuenca, Batangas), Mt. Batulao (Nasugbo, Batangas). His love of nature, adventure and photography is just perfect combination for everything he does. Mountains can be perfect for landscape photography and everything that surrounds it. He also can ensure that he gets his dose of calmness and serenity while doing all of the three. On top of this, Cris advocates love for the mother nature. Everytime he climbs the mountain, he makes sure that he picks up the garbages he found along the trek. He does the same with his garbages while on top of the mountain, camping. Music is another soul of this creative gentleman.

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He graduated with honors in Milagros East Central School and Liceo de San Jose in 1998 and 2002, respectively. He successfully completed his BS Computer Science degree from Osmeña Colleges in 2009. He is now working as Business Process Associate in a BPO Company.

Cris is absolutely correct that best images can be captured from nature. Simple, nature lover, and adventurous person is truly admirable.

GDR: What’s your favorite thing about yourself?

COA: Aside from being simple and contented with what I have, my favorite thing about myself is that, I always care and appreciate nature.

10. Jofran Aganan Quinatagcan, 22, Cruise Ship Cabin Steward (Brgy. Magsalangi,Milagros)

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Two of his wishes when he was a small boy were to travel the world and to help his family financially. Exactly the same wishes were granted to him because right now he is enjoying his work as a Ship Cabin Steward of Magsaysay Costa Crociere. “I really love my job because aside from seeing the world for free, I get to meet different people,” he said.

Joffran started his studies in Magsalangi Elem School and in 2011 he got his high school diploma from Liceo de San Jose. He took Associate in Marine Engineering from Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College, Estancia, Iloilo and completed it last 2014.JofranQ

“He is a family oriented, loves to travel and an independent person. He has a lot of plans for the family that he prefers to be single for now,” shared by his half-sister.

This happy go lucky man always spends time with his family and friends whenever he is off shore. His honesty and perseverance to help his parents and siblings is really admirable.

GDR: What’s your favorite thing about yourself?                                                                     JAQ: Being an independent person.

GDR: Do you have any special talents?

JAQ: Wala po akong talent, kumain lang po (laughs).

GDR: You’re funny and that’s a talent, lol.

JAQ: Kaya gani nakatawa ako san nakita ko an post sa TMA kahuna ko nagadamgo lang ako.

GDR: What talent do you wish you’d been born with?

JAQ: A good rapper (laughs)

GDR: So you can sing pala?

JAQ: Dyos ko po kung alam mo lang guinapamalhas ako dati pag makahuyot microphone.

GDR: If you could only hear one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?

JAQ: “Jesus takes the wheel”

GDR: By the way, are you in a relationship?

JAQ: I’m single.

GDR: Ano ba hinahanap mo sa babae?

JAQ: She must be simple and faithful to me.

           9. Adriene Arcenas Buchacek, 24, Freelancer  (California, USA)

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Globetrotter, foodie, and talented are few best words to describe this Czech – Filipino lad, born and raised in United States.  “He travels a lot and knows much about food, can tell never ending stories about all kinds of taste of food from different countries. He can’t forget his experience in the Philippines eating bulad (dried fish) with rice. He always make sure he has stew or soup with his meal as he doesn’t like his food dry. And most of all, he really loves seafoods!” revealed by his travel buddy.

Adriene was an academic scholar at California State University of Fullerton (CSUF) where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts with double major in Communication and Business Marketing. He likes to watch fantasy movies, addicted to fiction books, in fact, he collected all the Harry Potter book series. You’ll love his different piano renditions, so if you are bored just check him out in YouTube and watch how awesome his hands move as he plays piano. But what inspires me more about Adriene is his Filipino attitude. He is very polite, hardworking, family oriented and frugal.

He believes his family should give something back to Milagros which his mom had already started. He was part of the amBAG ideas project and I’m excited that he will be going back to Milagros to personally distribute the bags comes May 2018.

GDR: Would you rather have unlimited money or love?                                                      AAB: Unlimited love because you can find money.

GDR:  What is your special talent?                                                                                                  AAB: I can play piano.

GDR: What talent you wish you would have been born with?                                              AAB: I wish I can dance that well.

GDR: How do you like your eggs cooked?                                                                                  AAB: Scrambled eggs would make my day.

 

     8. John Glenn Vila Danao, 22, Law Student (Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila)

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He now lives independently since his parents and brother moved abroad. Being alone is not an issue as it helps him to manage his time, to focus and to be more responsible person.

John Glenn was born and grew up in Manila. He finished his elementary education in San Felipe Neri Parochial School in Mandaluyong. He went to Don Bosco Technical College (Mandaluyong) for his high school and took Political Science in San Sebastian College – Manila.

During his elementary days, he really wanted to be on a spotlight that he tried to audition and did a photoshoot fir a tv program in Kapamilya Network. However, his dad disagreed because he worried that this might affect his studies. He then focused on his favorite sport which was swimming. He represented his school in an inter-school swimming competition and nailed it. This guy is really into sports, aside from swimming, cycling and playing basketball are next to his top list of sport activities.

According to his cousin, “Glenn is a very sweet guy! He manages his family business very well and whenever he is free he would spend time with us. He always motivates his nieces and nephews to do whatever their dreams are.” She revealed also that he wanted to enter the PBB House. “He visits Milagros during summer just to see his Lola Sana,” she added.GlennFinal1

He is currently on his second year for the Juris Doctor program at San Sebastian College Recoletos – College of Law. He wants to be successful in his law practice, however, politics is never in his future plan. Another consideration, if he successfully passes the Bar Examination, he will immigrate to Canada, where the whole family is residing now.

This man with tantalizing eyes is admirable because he is a good and responsible son, sweet and caring.

7. Paul Jowen Rosero Blancaver, 26, Senior High School Teacher (Brgy. Narangasan, Milagros)

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He believes that sharing knowledge and educating the kids is his passion that he chose the noblest profession. When he passed the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) in 2011 all he wanted was to start serving his fellow Narangaseños. He was born at Narangasan, in Milagros.

Sir Paul Jowen went to Narangasan Elementary School and Masbate National Comprehensive High School in 2003 and 2007, respectively. He finished his Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education major in English from Dr. Emilio B. Espinosa Sr. Memorial State College of Agriculture and Technology (DEBESMSCAT) where he also earned his Master of Arts in Education.

This very down-to-earth and friendly mentor added another feather on his cap when he passed Civil Service Examination for Professional in 2012. Currently, he is teaching in Serafin C. Rosero Memorial High School.
PaulJowenFinalHis dedication to impart his ideas to his students, his being cool and respectful teacher is definitely admirable.

GDR: What’s your favorite thing about yourself?                                                                    PRB: I am willing to learn [new] things. I can place myself to other’s shoes.

 

6. Kenneth James Rosello Valenzuel, 23, Hotel Business Centre Service Associate (Brgy. Bacolod, Milagros)KennethFinal

He is gifted with such good looks and captivating smile which will surely capture your heart. Evidently, he got most number of votes (152 likes). This “crush ng bayan” is hopeful that someday his co-Milagreños will see him on TV as an endorser or a commercial model.

Kenneth grew up in Milagros and finished his elementary and secondary education from Milagros West Central School and Liceo De San Jose, respectively. In 2014, he completed his Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Management from Osmeña Colleges and was presented a Leadership Award. After graduation, he worked in different hotels in Cebu and Boracay. Currently, he works in The Peninsula Manila in Makati as Hotel Business Centre Associate.KennethFinal1

What makes him admirable? Aside from being “gwapo” and “stylish”, he is always willing to make a difference by involving himself in charity activities. Among them is regularly donating blood at blood banks every three months to save lives. He was also one of the volunteers of TMA’s first ever amBAG project held in Nagurang Island. Kenneth enjoys photography during his spare time and takes great selfies.

GDR   : Do you have any special talent?                                                                                          KJV   : Singing.

GDR  : That’s wonderful! If you could only sing one song for the rest of your life,                      what would it be and why?                                                                                                        KJV   : I would love to sing John Legend’s  “All of Me” because the lyrics sayss                          everything.

GDR   : Are you currently in a relationship status?                                                                    KJV   : I’m single.

GDR   : Are you usually the heart breaker or the heart broken?                                              KJV   : Heart breaker with valid reasons. I don’t keep someone who is a cheater.

GDR   : Has someone ever spread a nasty rumor about you?                                                        KJV   : Nasty? Wala naman so far kay maayo ako na tawo sa tanan.

GDR   : What is something most people don’t know about you?                                              KJV   :  Maka Diyos ako. I go to church almost everyday.

 5. Antonio Tan Romero, 27, Seafarer  (Brgy. Bangad, Milagros)

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The 5th spot goes to this gentleman from Barangay Bangad. The youngest in the family of five and currently working as able-bodied seaman of Maersk Line for four years already.

“Toni” as he is fondly called by his family and friends, is also very skilled person. During his high school days in Masbate National Comprehensive High School (MNCHS), he represented Masbate Province and won as champion in “Asexual Propagation Competitions” held in Polangui, Albay and Tabaco City, Albay last 2006 and 2007, respectively. He won also in “Guhit for a Cause – Championship Competition 2015” held in Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City.         ToniFinal1This Mr. Maritime 2009 first runner-up of University of Cebu Maritime Training Center where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation loves to share chocolates to kids in his compound whenever he is on vacation, “yun lang ang kaya ko for now para mapasaya sila at minsan lang sila makatikim ng chocolates,” he confessed.

Now, he is enjoying his life as a single. “I am starting to love hiking, I realized we have to appreciate every God’s creation here. I keep on doing this to forget what happened with my past relationship,” he said.

GDR : What’s your favorite thing about yourself?                                                                    ATR  : My talents… I can draw and sing. Bunos na la an pagsayaw.

GDR : Astig! You can sing and dance huh.                                                                                  ATR  : You want sample? (sent singing voice clip – Bakit Kung Sino Pa)

GDR : oh that was a nice rendition of yours (laughs)                                                              ATR  : Thanks. Team sawi ako eh.

GDR : Last movie you watched?                                                                                                    ATR  : “The Flowers of War,” I suggest you to watch it.

GDR : What is something most people don’t know about you?                                            ATR  : That I have a sense of humor and golden hands…

GDR : How do you like your eggs cooked?                                                                                ATR  : Half boiled egg, malasado. Amon permi ginakaon ko pag naga gym ako.

4. Brian Vasquez Borja, 30, Bank Relationship Officer (Brgy. Calasuche, Milagros)

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Another brave and goal-getter Filipino expat in Doha, Qatar continuously shines in his chosen career. Brian always exceeds the company’s expectations whether in the Philippines or in abroad because of his hard work and determination. Like his present organization’s tag line “we make possible”, he ensures that he will be a quota buster again this year same as he did in the past couple of years.

Undeniably, this be-dimpled charming guy is an achiever. As a matter of fact, he was their class Valedictorian in Calasuche Elementary School in 1999, he was an honor student when he finished high school, and graduated Cum Laude in Osmena College. He earned Bachelor of Science in Commerce Major in Management. Aside from academic excellence, he also is an artist and a genuine young leader. He won in different mural painting, poster, abstract and slogan contests. He effectively served and empowered the youth when he was the SK Chairman in Brgy. Calasuche from 2002 to 2007.

Despite of his hectic schedules in his work, he always finds time to share God’s word by being an active member of Single For Christ -Doha. Right now, Brian is enjoying his job as Relationship Officer in one of the leading banking institutions in Qatar, The Mashreq Bank.

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His being bold, career oriented, being congenial person and his faith in God is indeed admirable.

“For those who really don’t know me they say that I am an extrovert but I myself can say that I am an introvert too. Having both characteristics is kind of weird. “- Brian

3. Ace Alvin Mortel Tan, 24, Civil Engineer (Brgy. Poblacion East, Milagros)

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Hard work, brilliance, humility and focus, these are important attitudes that made Ace a well-sought Civil Engineer in the Province of Masbate.

Ace finished his grade school at Milagros West Central School and secondary from the Masbate National Comprehensive High School. He was successful in making his way in the world of politics in a very young age. In 2010, the SK Chairmanship in Poblacion East and consequently elected as President of the Municipal SK Federation. In effect, as SK President of the Municipal Federation, he was bound to sit on a position in the Municipal Legislative body as Ex-Officio, represented the young Milagreños as their voice in the council. He faithfully served until 2013.

He graduated from Mapua Institute of Technology last 2014 where he earned his undergraduate degree and successfully passed the board examinations the following year. He was an in-campus volunteer and officer for the Philippine Red Cross.  AceFinal“He is not kuripot, he is just matipid but very generous and always nanlilibre,” revealed by his sister. “He plans to get his MBA degree very soon,” she added. His sense of patriotism, optimism, creativity and true young leader were the most admirable qualities that Ace Alvin possess.

“No matter what your profession is, don’t forget to at least serve your beloved land..Masbate” -Ace

 

                        2. Arwin Escala Almodal, 31, Health & Safety Engineer Manager                                       Brgy. Jamorawon, Milagros

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Second spot goes to this approachable and motivated OFW from Qatar. He is one of the most successful bachelors from our hometown. Beautiful house, luxury car, huge farm, and newly opened businesses are the manifestations that his hard work and perseverance were paid off. In spite of his accomplishments and outpouring blessings, his feet remain on the ground.

Arwin attended Jamorawon Elementary School and Jamorawon National High School. In 2008, he finished his 2 years Practical Nursing from Tojong College in Cebu and worked in Mactan Doctors Hospital for a year. An opportunity came in 2009 when Drydocks World Dubai hired him from the Philippines. Unfortunately, he was not happy with his job’s environment and compensation. He was about to give up but someone encouraged him to take up a course on health and safety. In 2011, he earned his diploma in Safety and Fire Engineering from Central State University of New York – Dubai. Upon graduation he moved to another company and worked as Health and Safety Advisor. And in 2015 he decided to grab the offer of Abu Dhabi Commercial Energy System LLC where he is presently working as Health and Safety Engineer Manager.ArwinA

This basketball enthusiast has a big heart not only for his family but for Milagreños. Early this year, Arwin and another OFW from Masbate initiated an activity not only to support TMA’s advocacy for equality but to give joy to the people of Jamorawon. He sponsored a pageant for LGBT community. Arwin has always been generous to TMA as everytime we have projects, he would gladly share his blessings with us.

His altruistic and prompt support to the organization, his being cheerful and down-to-earth attitude is absolutely admirable.

“Grabe inaguihan ko sa Dubai, tika-surrender na ako sadto. Inungod-ungod ko na lang pag adal kag sa training. Nagbunga man tanan na sacrifices ko.”  -Arwin

1.Vince Noel Llamazares Lupango, 23, Financial Adviser/ Law Student  (Brgy. Tigbao, Milagros)

VinceVersatile leader, intelligent, caring, handsome and straightforward are Vince’s dominant qualities. No doubt, it is agreable indeed that the top spot for the 2017 edition of TMAs Most Admirable Bachelors is reserved for him. Confettis, please!

Vince was an academic scholar at Far  Eastern University where he had his BS Psychology undergraduate degree. Perhaps, he was the first Milagreño to graduate from this university taking home the Magna Cum Laude honors.

He represented Milagros in 2014 Mr and Miss Rodeo where he placed second runner-up. He is an active member and coordinator for Luzon of Let’s Do It Philippines, a movement for environmental care. He was a co-founder of One Youth Philippines. He is pursuing his law studies a San Beda College of Law.

I really admire his low profile personality, versatility, intelligence and attitude.

“To live up to my credo of letting my light shine and being a blessing to others, by applying my God-given talents and knowledge for the betterment of my fellow youth, our  country as a whole,” – Vince

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Milagros Vice-Mayor faces suspension pendente lite.

Love4Dr. Natividad Isabel Revil Magbalon, the incumbent vice-mayor of the municipality of Milagros was ordered suspended pendente lite for 90 days by the Sandigan Bayan in connection with her trial for withholding the representation and transportation allowance (RATA) allotted for the Office of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (OMSWD) in 2013, in violation of Section 3(e) of Republic Act No. 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act).

In a three-page Resolution issued by Associate Justice Rafael R. Lagos, the anti-graft court ordered Magbalon to be suspended from performing any public office which she may now or hereafter holding for a period of 90days, such as functions, duties and privileges as vice-mayor of Milagros.

On August 10, 2016, the office of the Ombudsman posted that Magbalon was indicted for withholding allowance of Mrs. Diodidita Arcenas , who was the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer (MSWDO) of the said town. The Ombudsman said that Magbalon’s act was tainted with malice and bad faith because “no proof was adduced to prove such allegation [partisan political activity] nor did she notify complainant of her removal as MSWDO.”

Copy of Sandigan Bayan resolution was furnished to Masbate Governor Antonio Kho, for the implementation of the said suspension.

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Miss Universe 2016 Winners

Miss Universe 2016   –   Miss France

First Runner-Up        –   Miss Haiti

Second Runner-Up   –   Miss Columbia

Top 6

  1. Miss France
  2. Miss Kenya
  3. Miss Colombia
  4. Miss Philippines
  5. Miss Thailand
  6. Miss Haiti

Top 9

  1. Miss USA
  2. Miss Thailand
  3. Miss France
  4. Miss Mexico
  5. Miss Kenya
  6. Miss Colombia
  7. Miss Canada
  8. Miss Haiti
  9. Miss Philippines

Top 12

1. Miss Kenya

2. Miss Indonesia

3. Miss USA

4. Miss Mexico

5. Miss Peru

6. Miss Panama

7. Miss Colombia

8. Miss Philippines

9. Miss Canada

10. Miss Brazil

11. Miss France

12. Miss Haiti

13. Miss Thailand

Best In National Costume : Miss Myanmar

Miss Congeniality : Miss Korea (Jenny Kim)

Miss Photogenic : Miss Albania (Lindita Idrizi)

 

Miss World 2016 Winners

Miss World 2016 — Miss Puerto Rico

Fist Princess — Miss Dominican Republic

Second Princess — Miss Indonesia

 

Top 5:

Miss Kenya

Miss Puerto Rico

Miss Indonesia

Miss Dominican Republic

Miss Philippines

Top 11:

Miss Philippines

Miss Indonesia

Miss Belgium

Miss Brazil

Miss Kenya

Miss USA

Miss China

Miss Dominican Republic

Miss Puerto Rico

Miss Korea

Miss Mongolia (People’s Choice)

 

Top 20:

Miss China

Miss Philippines

Miss Cook Islands

Miss Mongolia

Miss Indonesia

Miss France

Miss Kenya

Miss USA

Miss India

Miss Slovakia

Miss Belgium

Miss Puerto Rico

Miss Australia

Miss Thailand

Miss Brazil

Miss Ghana

Miss Japan

Miss Dominican Republic

Miss Hungary

Miss Korea

Beauty With A Purpose Winner : Miss Indonesia

Talent Winner: Miss Mongolia

Multimedia Winner : Miss Philippines

Top Model Winner : Miss China

Sport Winner : Miss Cook Island

20 Most Beautiful Bachelorettes of Milagros 2016

After enjoying and served with extremely sizzling hot plateful of handsome Milagreño bachelors (so far!!), TMA members are now craving for something even better, their counterpart, the most eligible, gorgeous and sought-after Bachelorettes of Milagros. Well, before they even demanded it, I was already considering it definitely. Undoubtedly, Milagros is gifted and flourished with beautiful and talented women. Beautiful not because they are drop gorgeous and whatever attractive physical attributes but most importantly the impact they have done to their families, friends and community that they should be proud of. The success they achieved for themselves have made them very inspiring and remarkable role model of their own rights. Not to mention, the virtues that they valued.20

Last February 2016, We posted a challenge to come up with nominations for the most eligible, beautiful, young and talented ladies of Milagros. You have provided an overwhelming turn-out of seventy one (71) personalities and we cut it down to sixty one (61) as we laid out beforehand some requirements like age, status and the likes. The decision-making stage was not really fun at all and honestly a tough job. Good thing we have friends who know how to scrutinize the looks and the real meaning of beauty. To the rescue, here they go. We all agreed to trim down the ladies into twenty (20). These equally gorgeous ladies were rated accordingly to their Personal appearance (50%), Personality (30%) and Facebook Likes (20%).
Without much ado, here they are!! The chosen ones, the inspiring, the admirable, the most voted, the most gorgeous and the most eligible bachelorettes of Milagros!! First time ever in the history of Milagros and TMA!!

Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy their beauties. Be inspired!!

20B                20 Jayda Francisco Montuerto, 25
Parents: Mrs. Gina Francisco and Mr. Dominico Montuerto

Jayda hails from Cawayan but her family migrated to Milagros in 1996. She finished her elementary education in Calasuche Elementary School and received her high school diploma in Masbate School of Fisheries. She took up BS Commerce major in Management at Masbate Colleges and finished it in 2012.

          She is now the Business Client Relation Assistant at Cebuana Mlhuillier in Milagros.

GAS: What is the most beautiful thing about you?
Jayda: My attitude

GAS: Name one person you dislike.
Jayda: Mystica

GAS: Book or Facebook?
Jayda: Book.

Bache19              #19 Mary Jean Barruga Cervantes,22
Parents: Mrs. Shirley Barruga and Mr. Julie Cervantes Sr.

Mary Jean is the most silent type among her siblings. She is very friendly and funny to her circle of friends. She’s very helpful to her mother who is making one of the best and tastiest “carmelados” in town. She used to seal and pack the products whenever she is free because she knows that through this business her parents were able to send them to school.
This appealing lady graduated last 2015 from Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College (NIPSC) in Estancia, Iloilo with the degree of BS Computer Science. Right now, she is working as a teller at MLhuillier – Milagros.

GAS: What is the most beautiful thing about you?
Jean: The most beautiful thing about myself is being true to everyone.

GAS: Name one person you dislike.
Jean: Reeve

GAS: Book or Facebook?
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Parents: Mrs. Linda Mortel and Joseleo Tan

Hanna is an engineer by profession, an entrepreneur and fascinating. She grew up in Poblacion East where her father is the Barangay Captain. She believes that a single lady like her should try all the possibilities that come her way. Despite of her achievements, she keeps her feet on the ground. She is approachable and generous in fact, she’s one of the silent sponsors of TMA projects. She’s always on the go and loves swimming and outdoor adventures.
After finishing her elementary education in Milagros West Central School, she moved to Cebu to pursue her high school studies in St. Louis School of Mandaue. In 2012, she got her diploma from the University of San Carlos and passed the Electronics Engineer Licensure Examination the same year.

GAS: What is the most beautiful thing about you?
Hanna: I guess my attitude, I’m passionate on helping kids specially in our
town.

GAS: Name one person you dislike.
Hanna: The addicts and criminals.

GAS: Book or Facebook?
Hanna: I’m not really a book person so I prefer Facebook.

Bache17               #17 Jade Oliva Young, 23
Parents: Mrs. Oliva and Mr. Marlon Young
Jade was born and raised in Barangay Bangad. She graduated from Masbate National Comprehensive High School and went to Bicol University for her degree. She wanted to reach out the less privileged, to understand the real issues not only in our town but our country as whole, that she took up BS Social Work. In 2014 she passed the Social Worker Board Exam. Currently, she is working in LGU-Milagros as Social Welfare Officer.
Bache16               #16 Bianca Franziska Zafra Wolz, 18
Parents: Mrs. Grace Zafra & Mr. Uwe Wolz

The secret of her classy beauty is the mixture of German and Filipino features. Bianca was born and raised in Germany but her heart will always be for Philippines. This Eurasian lady who just turned 18 last month loves baking, dancing, playing piano and has special heart for animals also.
Lately, she enrolled in one of the prestigious schools in Germany (Wirtschaftsgymnasium Göppingen ) and decided to take up International Business course instead of Fashion Designing.

GAS: What is the most beautiful thing about you?
Bianca: I’m a very patient person.

GAS: Name one person you dislike.
Bianca: Justin Bieber!

GAS: Book or Facebook?
Bianca: I love Facebook.

GAS: Do you know some Tagalog/Masbate words?
Bianca: Yes like “salamat po, kaon na kita, sobra init, grabe.”

GAS: Give me Filipino habits you also practice in Germany.
Bianca: I used to point on something using my lips, sometimes I’m sitting with my own feet (Kating-Kating) while eating. And of course, the very common “Filipino time” (laughs).

Bache15                  #15 Gellen Del Valle Gatuteo, 26
Parents: Mrs. Evelyn Del Valle & Mr. Glenn Gatuteo

Gellen is an independent woman, she fights for what she believes in specially if it is about her love. But despite of her strong personality she has a good heart and very friendly. I bet, you will agree with me that the most scrumptious thing on her face is her smile paired with dimples.
In 2011, she graduated from Asian College of Technology in Cebu City with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Information Technology major in Programming. Currently, she works as Receptionist in RPM Luxury Cars in Dubai, UAE.

GAS: What is the most beautiful thing about you?
Gellen: My contentment…I’m happy even a simple thing.

GAS: Name one person you dislike.
Gellen: I cannot give you now.

GAS: Book or Facebook?
Gellen: I enjoy Facebook

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#14 Judith Evangelista Doctolero, 21
Parents: Mrs. Julma Evangelista & Mr. Edwin Doctolero

Judith was a representative of Milagros to the first Miss Masbate Province pageant 2016. It was not her first time to join a beauty contest because she was the Miss Pagdangan 2013 2nd Runner-up, Miss DEBESMCAT 2013, Miss SCUAA 2014 Finalist and Mutya ng Turismo 2016 First Runner-Up held in Mandaon, Masbate.
She just finished her college education at DEBESMCAT with the degree in Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education. Judith is now busy reviewing for the upcoming LET exam. This long-legged and confident lady from Barangay Tawad is really beautiful and extremely sexy who wishes to get the major title like Binibining Pilipinas in her next fight.

GAS: What is the most beautiful thing about you?
Judith: I think the most beautiful thing about me is having a good and loving
heart.

GAS: Name one person you dislike.
Judith: Mendoy Tayawan.

GAS: Book or Facebook?
Judith: Book and Facebook.

Bache13              #13 Abbygale Montecillo Zaragoza, 19
Parents: Mrs. Riezl Montecillo & Mr. Vic Zaragoza

She appeared in various TV commercial such as Bingbing Choco bar, Holiday Cheese and also played as main character in “Gilid” music video of Moonstar 88.
Abbygale is a senior student at Lyceum of the Philippines University-Cavite taking up BS in International Tourism and Travel Management. This mestiza was among the finalists for Miss Teen Tourism Philippines 2013 held at PAGCOR in the City of Parañaque.

GAS: What is the most beautiful thing about you?
Abby: My personality, I know how to get along with different people with different attitudes.

GAS: Name one person you dislike.
Abby: I dislike those who are not true and loyal.

GAS: Book or Facebook?
Abby: I love reading books generally fiction and specifically romantic novels.

GAS: What’s your plan after graduation?
Abby: I am planning to go back to California and have my Internship there and probably go to Dubai after, to be with my Dad and eventually get myself a job.

GAS: Any plan to enter showbiz?
Abby: If there is a chance, why not!

Bache12              #12 Leslie Sujede Rocia, 22
Parents: Mrs. Judy Sujede and Mr. Leonerico Rocia

At first glance you’ll say that this lovely lady is a shy type person. Well, that statement is partly not true because she is actually friendly and fun to be with.

Leslie is the second child of the present Barangay Captain of Matagbac. In 2015, she finished her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education major in Physical Science in Bicol University and passed the Licensure Examination for Teachers on the same year. Right now, she is doing her Master’s Program in Chemistry at the same university.

Bache11                #11 Jade Villa Zafra, 26
Parents: Mrs. Julie Villa & Mr. Rey Zafra

2013 SEA Games gold medalist Jade V. Zafra proved to herself that determination, discipline and perseverance are important to make her dreams come true. She is one of the best among the current crop of Filipino fighters for Taekwondo who competed locally and internationally. However, she suffered in a freak accident while on training in preparation to the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. She was supposed to bring gold again for The Philippines.

Jade is not only a sporty woman, she is lovely, beautiful and intelligent, as well. She graduated last 2013 from the University of Santo Tomas with the degree in BS Journalism. She received several awards and recognitions such as “UST Benavides Outstanding Achievement Award” in 2009 and “Rookie of the Year” for Taekwondo Women’s Division by the University Athletic Association of the Philippines in 2014. She was honored by the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) for her victory in the 27th SEA games held in Myanmar.

Her statuesque beauty should be in a world of beauty pageant but her interest is for Taekwondo. Aside from being a professional coach for a Taekwondo enthusiast, Jade is also enjoying her life as a blogger and sports contributor in Spin.ph.

Bache10             #10 Adhora Jean Medina Aganan, 23
Parents: Mrs. Mevida Medina & Jimmy Victor Aganan

Her name tells how adorable she is. This fifth child of Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Aganan of Sitio Mapili, Barangay Tawad, is very sweet and loving daughter.

Adhora definitely got the look and slenderness, no wonder why she is one of the models of the Philippine Ambassador of Fashion and was chosen to cover the Asia’s Next Top Fashion Star ads. Last year, she bagged Miss Photogenic and placed second runner-up in Miss Magdalena 2015 pageant.
She studied in Tawad Elementary School and Masbate School of Fisheries. In 2013, she obtained her Computer Science major in Programming Degree from Metro Business College in Manila. Right now, she is working as Pharmacy Assistant at Mercury Drugs.

GAS: What is the most beautiful thing about you?
Adhora: They say I’m a very kind person.

GAS: Name one person you dislike.
Adhora: My workmate…Joemar.

GAS: Book or Facebook?
Adhora: Facebook and book.

GAS: I almost failed my training because I always mispronounce
Phenylpropanolamine HCL. What drug generic name you find very hard to say?
Adhora: PROPYLTHIOURACIL so most of us say it PTU.

GAS: Apart from modelling, are you wishing also to enter showbiz?
Adhora: Yes, in fact I auditioned in PBB (laughs), I will always try my luck if there’s an opportunity.

Bache9                 #9 Kriziah Chloe Zurbito Danao, 25
Parents: Mrs. Evelyn Zurbito & Mr. Thomas Danao

Kriziah for me is simply an epitome of a natural Filipina. Gorgeous beyond compare, “morena” but don’t get her wrong if she’s quiet and shy because in contrast, she has totally a strong personality. She presently works as Human Resources Administrative Assistant at Aboitiz-Jebsen Company Inc. in Manila. She graduated Cum Laude from Far Eastern University with BS Psychology degree.

GAS: What is the most beautiful thing about you?
Kriziah: Being compassionate, as I sincerely felt that a person is in need, I instantly find way to reach out and help in any way I can, be it time, money or knowledge.

GAS: Name one person you dislike.
Kriziah: Irresponsible people.

GAS: Book or Facebook?
Kriziah: Book and Facebook.

Bache8                 #8 Dawn Hope Alburo Bantillo, 20
Parents: Mrs. Epifania Alburo Bantillo & Mr. Nelson Bantillo

Dawn is the first and only female from Milagros who entered the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) and is actually now on her third year. She spent a year in Bicol University as a Biology student before entering the Academy.

This opinionated and strong woman graduated Salutatorian in Milagros West Central School and Valedictorian in Masbate School of Fisheries. If your sport is badminton then I suggest you to play with her, she is our local version of Carolina Marin of Spain.

Bache7                 #7 Jazztine Masangkay Artizuela, 20
Parents: Mrs. Sherly Masangkay & Mr. Andres Artizuela

Without a doubt Jazztine is not only a beautiful woman, she’s smart and multi-talented. She can dance, sing well, and play instruments. She’s a freelance writer, a Disc Jockey at Spirit FM 98.3 Masbate and a blogger. After winning Mutya ng Pagdangan 2014, she represented Milagros in Mutya ng Lapay 2014 where she landed First Runner Up.

In 2015, Jazztine graduated cum laude from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. She earned herself a Journalism Degree. Currently, she is on her second year at San Sebastian Law School in Manila.

GAS: What is the most beautiful thing about you?
Jazztine: I believe the most beautiful thing about me is my character.

GAS: Name one person you dislike.
Jazztine: Manny Pacquiao (blind adherent to his faith, homophobic)

GAS: Book or Facebook?
Jazztine: Books

GAS: What’s your plan after you pass the bar exam?
Jazztine: I want to work in Supreme Court and maybe later on put up my own law firm.

GAS: What about joining the political arena?
Jazztine: I’ve had it in my mind when I was younger, but I was discouraged seeing how dirty it is (laughs). But once we are in a federal form of government I will.

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#6 Kristine Torrefiel Cristobal, 24
Parents: Mrs. Eleanor Torrefiel & Mr. Ramon Cristobal

She has a captivating smile and charming face that will definitely change your mood. Kristine is a member of Singles for Christ- Milagros and she is a former SK Kagawad of Brgy. Tagbon. She earned her BS Computer Science degree from Osmeña Colleges in Masbate City. This CSC Professional Passer is currently working as Crime Registrar in PNP Milagros since 2014.

GAS: What is the most beautiful thing about you?
Kristine: I think the most beautiful thing about me is my ability to seek the goodness in others and how I value my family.

GAS: Name one person you dislike.
Kristine: Donald Trump.

GAS: Book or Facebook?
Kristine: Book.

GAS: Did you know anyone from those guys who bowed down to President Duterte’s war on drugs in our hometown?
Kristine: Yeah, but it’s confidential.

GAS: Were you surprised that this particular person surrendered?
Kristine: Not that much! Heard stories about him before even this madness right now.

Bache5                 #5 Ronalyn Bisnar Fajardo, 25
Parents: Mrs. Nanily Bisnar & Mr. Ronald Fajardo Sr.

She started her career in television in 2011 as part of the popular gag show “Wow Mali” of TV5. In 2012, she moved to ABS-CBN’s top-rating game show “Kapamilya: Deal or No Deal” as one of the 24K girls with Kris Aquino.
Cute-Cute as she is fondly called is not only an actress and model. She is also a beauty queen, in fact she was the first ever Mutya ng Pagdangan winner in 2008. She graduated at Trinity University of Asia in 2012 with the degree of BS Psychology. While in university, she worked as a freelance model and endorser of SkinDiva.

She worked in Air Asia as flight attendant from 2014 to 2016. As of this writing, Cute-cute is enjoying her new company, the Oman Air.

GAS: What is the most beautiful thing about you?
Renee: I can say that the most beautiful thing about me is my faith in God. God as the author and finisher of my life makes all things beautiful in His time.

GAS: Name one person you dislike.
Renee: I specifically don’t hate anyone, maybe a person who doesn’t know how to be humble.

GAS: Book or Facebook?
Renee: I prefer book.

GAS: What precipitate your decision to leave Air Asia?
Renee: I left Air Asia simply because I want to broaden and enhance my knowledge better. I believe there’s more instore for me where I can travel the world and to provide for my family better. However, I will never forget where it all started, my first love, which is Air Asia.

GAS: What’s in your mind whenever the plane takes off?
Renee: Whenever the plane takes off, I think of coming back home safely.

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#4 Vanessa Jane Gatpatan Villasis, 25
Parents: Luisa Gatpatan & Mr. Narcisso Villasis

After winning Mutya ng Pagdangan in 2011, Vanessa represented Milagros in Miss Rodeo Masbateño 2012 and won the title. The following year, she represented Masbate Province in Mutya ng Daraga 2013.

She attended Cayabon Elementary School and Masbate School of Fisheries during her elementary and high school years and went to Quezon City Polytechnic University where she obtained her degree on BS Information Technology major in Management Information System.

This glamorous lady is now working as a Customer Service Representative at Concentrix in Quezon City.

GAS: What is the most beautiful thing about you?
Vanessa: I always remind myself to look into the positive traits of a person.

GAS: Name one person you dislike.
Vanessa: Vice Ganda.

GAS: Book or Facebook?
Vanessa: Book

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#3 Maritoni Paglinawan De Jesus, 25
Parents: Mrs. Tessie Paglinawan and Mr. Ramon De Jesus

Third spot was coveted by this bubbly, flawless and adventurer lady who works under the NDP (Nurse Deployment Program, formerly RNHeals) of Department of Health. She has worked as a Nurse in Milagros since 2012. Her altruistic act and great community service together with other RHU staff is obviously worthy of commendation. Unfortunately, this amazing opportunity to serve her people is a bit shaky due to politicized issues out of her control. The chance of being relocated is strong.

She brought honor not only to her De Jesus and Paglinawan Family but to Milagros as well, when she placed top 18th in the 2011 Nursing Licensure Examination. Maritoni graduated as Salutatorian at Milagros West Central School and Masbate National Comprehensive High School (BEC Curriculum) in 2003 and 2007, respectively. She earned her degree from Bicol University College of Nursing in Legazpi City, Albay.

GAS: What is the most beautiful thing about you?
Maritoni: My sense of humor

GAS: Name one person you dislike.
Maritoni: I have two in my mind…MJ and MT

GAS: Book or Facebook?
Maritoni: (Pocket)book, I love reading novels.

GAS: Your thoughts on Mayor Magbalon’s demand of re-assigning you to another municipality instead?
Maritoni: It’s not my loss (laughs) but kidding aside I would love to work here in our hometown and serve my fellow Milagreños.

GAS: Coincidentally, you and the persons you dislike are on the same pew in the church. They stared, glared at you and gave you a poker face as you exchange the peace sign with them. What would you do?
Maritoni: I’ll just smile!

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#2 Shiela Marie Cañete Sasuman, 22
Parents: Mrs. Salvacion Canete & Mr. Silverio Sasuman

Her natural beauty and her beatific smile captured the heart of TMA members; as a matter of fact she got the highest number of Facebook likes (352 likes) among the nominees.

Shiela won several pageant crowns like Mutya ng Pagdangan 2009 (Milagros), Miss University of the Philippines – College of Arts and Sciences 2013 (Iloilo City) and a finalist in Miss Rodeo Masbateño 2010 (Masbate City). She was also a model for University of the Philippines – Visayas Hinugyaw. Just very recently, she strutted at the catwalk as one of the models for “To Infinity and Beyond Bridal Fair” Fashion Show in Manila.

She finished her elementary and secondary education in Milagros East Central School and Masbate School of Fisheries, respectively. She took her Bachelor of Science in Statistics from the University of the Philippines in Visayas, Miag-ao, Iloilo. Currently, she now enjoys her job as Statistician at Department of Health in Manila.

Bache1#1 Cathy Shane Llamazares Lupango, 20
Parents: Mrs. Estrellita Llamazares & Mr. Noel Lupango

Taking the number one spot on our list is a natural beauty and is a sweet princess inside. Born in Barangay Tigbao and grew up in Poblacion Milagros where her parents has a small business. She studied grade school in Milagros West Central School while finished as one of the 10 most outstanding graduates of Masbate National Comprehensive High School. Shane joined the MNCHS Drum and Bugle Corps as a majorette. She was an active member of SPA (Special Program in the Arts) where her dancing skills was developed.

Graduating last April 2016 with Cum Laude Honors from Far Eastern University, Shane has now a degree in Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management under her collar. She earned this degree enjoying a Full Scholarship Program. Right after graduation she applied at Cebu Pacific Air and as expected, she passed all the hiring procedures and got the job offer but has not made a decision yet as she is still awaiting the results from her job application with Philippine Airlines, too. From there she could figure herself out what are her best options.

What inspires me most about Shane is her character and extraordinary passion to help our fellow Milagreños by sharing her blessings. Every first day of the year, Shane celebrates her birthday with the less fortunate kids in selected barangays of Milagros like Tigbao, Bacolod and Bangad. She’s been doing it for the past five years and she plans to continue it. “Gusto ko mag start yung year nila na masaya. Seeing those beautiful smiles from the kids because of happiness is definitely priceless!” she said. Her family supports her charitable projects and she sees herself as future Philanthropist and people of Milagros as the beneficiary.

GAS: What is the most beautiful thing about you?
Shane: My sense of humor.

GAS: Name one person you dislike.
Shane: Maine Mendoza

GAS: Book or Facebook?
Shane: Book.

GAS: You dislike Maine but you made yourself dub smash video, too. I saw it and it was cool.
Shane: Thank you, but I did that just for fun.

GAS: You’re pretty, you should join a beauty contest.
Shane: My friends wanted me to but it’s not really my cup of tea.

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As the cliché says, “Beauty fades, dumb is forever!” A beautiful woman without substance, no character, no values, no aspirations or no purpose is nothing. We judge by our own set of standards, I may have different from yours but one thing is for sure that these 20 stunning ladies is of our very own tribe. They are someone that we can be proud of and an inspiration among us. They are all unique, classy and amazing. I know there might be more beautiful, young and promising Milagreño ladies out there whom we havent noticed yet they do not have to prove themselves to us because we are indeed created beautiful and unique from each other.

I hope you have a great time reading this and until next time.

Note: All Photos were grabbed from their respective Facebook Accounts.

Former Masbate mayor indicted for withholding allowance

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The Office of the Ombudsman has affirmed the indictment of former Milagros, Masbate mayor (now vice mayor) Natividad Isabel Magbalon for withholding the representation and transportation allowance (RATA) allotted for the Office of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (OMSWD) in 2013, in violation of Section 3(e) of Republic Act No. 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act).

Investigation revealed that Magbalon issued a memorandum in January 2013 designating an officer-in-charge (OIC) for the OMSWD in lieu of the duly appointed Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer (MSWDO) who was placed on “floating status” on account of purportedly partisan political activities. Thereafter, the OIC started receiving the monthly RATA of P8,000.00 despite the absence of express authority for the purpose.

In affirming the charge, the Ombudsman said that Magbalon’s act was tainted with malice and bad faith because “no proof was adduced to prove such allegation [partisan political activity] nor did she notify complainant of her removal as MSWDO.”

“Contrary to the view advanced by respondents, RATA is attached to the position and not to the person. Clearly, when complainant was put on floating status, she was merely prohibited from performing her actual duties for reasons beyond her control and not of her own volition, but she still holds the position as MSWDO which entitles her to receive RATA,” stated the Resolution.

Source: http://www.ombudsman.gov.ph

Penman No. 207: The Best Student Speech Ever

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I THOUGHT that the commencement speech I recently gave before the University of the Philippines’ College of Science graduates (excerpted here last week) was pretty good, but it was the student response given by Isaiah Paolo Lee (BS Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, summa cum laude)—known to his friends and teachers as “Pao”—that blew my socks off. I later emailed Pao to say that it was the best student speech I’d ever heard, and asked him for a copy to share with my readers, so here it is, and I hope this goes viral. (Pao acknowledges that his sister Jillian helped him along with the speech—hurray for sisters!)

My name is Isaiah Paolo Atienza Lee, and I am not your valedictorian. I am not the best, I am not the brightest, and I am here speaking to you right now because all the other summas

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The Leaders We Need: A TMA Campaign Ads

The May 9 national and local election is just around the corner and everyone wants a peaceful, clean and honest election. Like many other concerned organizations with the future of our country, TMA initiated an online campaign dubbed as “The Leaders We Need” to remind the people of Milagros to meticulously choose the right leaders. So I asked selected Milagreños from different walks of life who and what leaders they would prefer to lead not only our hometown. Let’s hear their voices:

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Binibining Pilipinas 2016- Top 6 National Costume

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Binibining Pilipinas 2016- Top 6 National Costume Announced!

Binibining Pilipinas 2016 is scheduled to take place on 17th April 2016 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Philippines. With only ten days left for the Bb. Pilipinas 2016 finale, the organization tonight came up with six Best National Costumes of the competition, in no particular order-

  1. Binibini 14 Paula Rich Bartolome – Designed by Joel Acebuche
  2. Binibini 38 Angelica Alita – Designed by Bessie Besana
  3. Binibini 19 Maria Lina Prongoso – Designed by Polly Lagyap
  4. Binibini 3 Angela Fernando – Designed by Frederick Peralta
  5. Binibini 27 Dindi Joy Pajares – Designed by Chery Veric
  6. Binibini 32 Jennyline Malpaya – Designed by Jonti Martinez

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The voting will begin from April 10, 2016 onwards at the official website of Bb. Pilipinas and the announcement of “Best National Costume” will be done on the grand coronation night of Bb. Pilipinas 2016.

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Rediscovering Guinluthangan

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It was intensely hot Tuesday morning, power was out and a frustrating slow mobile network service that I needed to put my smartphone atop our main door. While waiting for my fiancée’s text, Mama suddenly wondered what would be my plan for the day, sitting down at our bamboo sofa and joyfully playing candy crush on her old iPad. I took my phone and checked my bucket list only to realize that the most beautiful beach of the Philippines was still unchecked. And so I told her that I might be leaving the following day for Boracay. She gave me a look as if she was about to blurt at me with that are-you-serious? but behind it was a hidden statement “you can’t just leave now”. So, she helpfully and willfully suggested a long list of where to go just within the province. “Bakit di ka na lang pumunta sa Paraiso de Palani sa Balud, maganda doon para ka lang nasa Boracay,” recommending with a poker face. “Thanks Ma pero baka may alam kang magandang puntahan dito lang sa Milagros, ayaw ko na magbiyahe ng malayo,” I said trying to convince her. And she bluntly said “Guinluthangan, try mo!”

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With Ate Ruth Beluso and Brgy. Captain Nora Beluso.

The next thing I know, I found myself right in front of Beluso Residence in Masbate City waiting for Ma’am Nora and Ate Ruth to come out. I was to arrange my trip to their family owned island. Their empire! The first was no longer a stranger to me because I meet her countless times with my Lola Edith Rosero during their old days as public school teachers in Milagros East District. While the latter was, presumably, my first meeting or at some point our paths might have crossed already but was never given a chance of proper introduction or whatsoever. Ma’am Nora, as she was fondly called, is a retired principal and currently serving as an elected Brgy. Captain of Guinluthangan. Ate Ruth was very accommodating and won’t leave me until I haven’t devoured every single food that they have ordered from a well-known fast food restaurant. She told me that everyone in the island was informed and all were arranged already and so another adventure for me is totally underway. She promised me that this experience will definitely be worth remembering.

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The Guinluthangan Island

History:

“Guinluthangan” is a Hiligaynon word means “Pinagbarilan.” The island spans 42 hectares of coastlines with 205 households residing on it. The small piece of land was originally owned by Mrs. Emperatris Lim Zafra and Adriano Zafra. The couple then sold the island to Mr. Fermato Medina, former district supervisor of Milagros. About 40 years ago, Mr. Medina decided to sell the island to Mr. Amado Beluso of Roxas City. Before Mr. Amado died, he entrusted Remedios Beluso and Roberto Beluso to take care of the island.

Since then, the Belusos were never ever replaced as ruler for the barangay governance. “May pagkakataon po ba na may lumaban sa family nyo during the election? I asked politely. “So far wala naman, the people know that we own the island and we govern it accordingly,” Mrs. Beluso replied.

Fishing is the islanders’ main source of income, making Guinluthangan as the second biggest supplier of “dried Bolinao” (Dilis) in the municipality of Milagros. Some do business through their sari-sari stores and some prefers planting vegetables at their small backyard.

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Brgy. Calasuche Port

Adventurous Feet:

Annabelle Dadula together with Alex Cedillo willingly hopped in to this rather exciting island adventure to Guinluthangan, all agreed to depart for the island at 7AM. We had our breakfast at a small restaurant in Brgy. Calasuche. There, we rented an outrigger boat for only Php1,000.00 (a whole day trip) and had an eager boat owner Nonoy Mahusay to take us all the way to the island and on our way back to Calasuche. It took us two hours sea travel and was generally smooth and comfortable trip. We arrived at our destination at exactly 9:35AM. The crystal clear sea water along the coastline cannot be ignored as it was apparently noticeable. Such a beauty!!

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With Mrs. Erlinda Sinadjan, Mrs. Inang Beluso and Mr. Sinadjan

We went directly to Barangay Hall while we were still enjoying that tickling sensation of the stunning off-white sand of the island under our feet (kind of therapeutic). There we were greeted enthusiastically by a young girl and asked us with hesitation: “Kayo po ba ang bisita ni Kapitan Beluso?” With full excitement, I said, Yes, to our joyful greeter. She instructed us to follow her and brought us to the place where Mrs. Inang M. Beluso was waiting for us. Refreshments were served which we gleefully accepted as we were all thirsty because of the excruciating heat of the sun. We were introduced to some locals who would eventually be responsible of showing us around the island. Mr. Sinadjan, a father of my sister’s friend, came to join us too.  Later, Mrs. Erlinda B. Sinadjan came too and asked us where we want to go, “we want to wander around the island,” I replied.

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With Annabelle Dadula

“Our life here is very simple. Everyone is doing their part to make this place very clean. Early in the morning people would start cleaning the backyard, kids after school would help their parents to fix “lambat” used for fishing. Gambling is definitely a big NO NO in the island. As there was no permanent and stable power supply, houses will light up generally from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM. The garbage dumping site would be strategically located in the middle of the island. Potable water is a bit of an issue but the whole community would have their common place to get water from for daily household usage and they would have to be scheduled in fetching from deep water wheel.” Mrs. Sinadjan enthusiastically explained, as we walk on our way towards IslaBel Resort forgetting the heat of the sun.DSC_0260.JPGG20DSC_0256.JPGDSC_0265.JPGDSC_0266.JPGG7G15

Annabelle by then would exclaim: “sosyal kayo dito halos lahat naka cable” she was referring to a prepaid cable network service provider supplied using satellite dishes. At that point, we were already at “IslaBel Beach Resort” and started picking up gorgeous sea shells. We were served with a sumptuous lunch Adobong Baboy, Tinolang Manok, Sweet (sugar coated deep fried) Dilis, steamed crabs and a bountiful fresh sea foods I can’t singularly name, of course all locally produced, all were cooked with a heart by Mrs. Emily Halang.G36G37

Around 1:00 PM, we started pacing to our next destination, Puroks 3-7. As we walk, local people gave us a curious look but they would still offer their friendly and genuine smiles. Even kids on their way to school would surprise us with courtesy and politeness, as we were all bade with: “Good afternoon Sir, Good Afternoon Ma’am.” We stopped at a small sari-sari store to have some kind of a ‘soda pit stop.’ The store owner won’t accept payment initially but we insisted otherwise we will not take them, we jokingly told her. In return instead, she offered to give us free dried fish, which I don’t think she should be obliged of doing so but I would assume, it was more of a gesture of being hospitable, a trait which is very organic to us Filipinos. In that short period stay in the island, we were treated with such tenderness and importance. The local people were amazingly generous and honestly kind. Evidently, they were amazingly happy and truthfully contented with their island lifestyle. The smiles were simply organic. G31G4G17G6G30.jpg

 

By 2:00 PM, we literally wandered every possible place we have to go, so I guess it was high time to hit that inviting crystal clear turquoise waters. Swimming time!! The water was gorgeous! A stunner! Indeed, an awesome conclusion of our short but exciting island excursion. And of course, actions like these would never be complete without all our poses not properly documented. And there we go with our unli-selfies with our smart phones.G38G44G42

Such a bang, indeed! We were oblivion of the time and realized that it was time to go home. It was 4:00 PM said my watch. With a heavy heart, we need to go and should be back at Calasuche port before nightfall otherwise it would a bit unsafe for us to travel back if it would be dark.

We left with a heavy heart but definitely with a big indelible smile painted on our faces. What an awesome simple experience to cherish. We will never forget this very idyllic place with very warm hearted inhabitants. We will always look forward to live with a community away from a hedonistic lifestyle. We, therefore, claim that Guinluthangan is an island paradise!G9DSC_0269.JPGG18G23G29G21

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And hey now, I truly confer that “Mother knows best”! Like seriously!

 

Bags already packed with your beach outfit and give IslaBel Resort, Guinluthangan Island, Milagros a try??

 

Please contact Ms. Ruth Beluso through her personal Facebook account

or PM me for her contact number. Thank you for reading and would be happy to hear your share of story about the island!

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