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?
Jean: Facebook.Bache18              #18 Hanna Joyce Mortel Tan, 26
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.
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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 🙂

amBAG Ko Sa Milagros : Love, Hope and Happiness

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The late US President John F Kennedy once said “don’t ask what your country can do for you. Ask instead, what you can do for your country.” This famous line motivated not only me but I guess 90% of the people living on the planet. If you belong to the remaining 10% then think of what the 90% did.

This quote serves as a paradigm to TMA (Taga Milagros Ako), a Facebook page created by Mark Tambal last 2010. The founder’s mission is not only linking people from Milagros but let them be part of whatever project the group may have in the future in which TMA-BULIG (Taga Milagros Ako – Building and Uplifting the Lives of In need Groups) came into existence.

Collaboration of 3 Private Groups
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While the Philippines is on the verge of investigation of the PDAF Scam, three social network groups met online on January 28, 2014 not to keep pace with the anti-pork barrel movement but to make stand on their respective groups’ missions. MKET (Masbatenos, Kabataan, Edukasyon, Turismo) together with 4D3 Enterprises expressed to TMA their plans for the province of Masbate. The core group agreed the proposed project to be held in Milagros before the opening of school year 2014 – 2015. The joint project dubbed as “amBAG ko sa Milagros” catered the thirty nine (39) elementary schools in different barangays wherein around two thousands incoming grade one pupils received bag, school supplies and T-shirts. It was a very heart touching moment witnessing the joy not only with kids but the parents who accompanied their children coming from a far. Listening to the parents stories on how they get in and what they gone through to reach the area where distribution is taking place will really melt your heart, other walked how many kilometers under the heat of the sun and others crossed the river yet they told us it was worth it walking the distance for their kids.

After this successful outreach program, “we are planning to launch more projects in due time not only in Milagros but for the whole province of Masbate“said Engr. Dennis Cruel, founder of MKET. “The reason why I chose grade 1 because looking back my time as first grader, I don’t have a piece of paper, pencil and I have not seen a bag in my elementary years due to poverty. I never stopped going to school just because I don’t have those things thus it drove me more to give importance to education despite the poverty that I was going through during those days and encouraged me in doing business and this experience molded who I am today,” shared by Ms Kath Arcenas-Nuhs, 4D3 admin.

Allocating Budget and Finding Sponsors Love2
We started campaigning for the said cause shortly after the meeting and I can say that looking for good Samaritans in apropos to the project was not easy. Surprisingly, we got a positive response from Milagrenos who were now working and living abroad. More than a hundred showed their support to our planned undertaking. “Damo-damo man na salamat sa padayon na pagabulig sa aton mga kabataan sa Milagros. Kun dili sa iyo mga ideas kag sa mga maayo na kaburot-on, dili ini maisasakatuparan,” said Susan Sia-Estipona of New York, USA.

“Naiintindihan ko kag nababatyagan an kadipisilan san buhay sa aton. I’m happy to be a part of this program and to be of help. Thanks,” added by Delia Delman Ramos of Windhoek, Namibia. They were just but a few of our local sponsors who motivated us to push through in making a difference for Milagros. Ironically, most of our benefactors prefer not to mention their names and identity as they believed that being generous to others in silence is more genuine and satisfying. “We are so grateful for the positive feedback of our sponsors,” said Jovyleen Asebuque, TMA administrator.

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Meanwhile, on May 20-21, 2014 TMA-BULIG conducted a seminar – workshop for recreational reading and creative writing. This two – day workshop entitled as “ANI: Milagros Harvest of Young Talents” was held at the Conference Hall of Milagros West Central School, aimed to mold more and enhance the skills of students specially those who wanted to pursue their careers in journalism and broadcasting. To inspire the participants, we invited our very own Enrique Sia Villasis to be the keynote speaker. Mr. Villasis is an awardee for three consecutive years of Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature and currently working at ABS-CBN’s Creative Department. Milagros future writers thanked TMA-BULIG for this opportunity that made their summer vacation worthy and productive.

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One of TMA-BULIG missions is to help the youth and the unemployed to find jobs abroad. Janessa Medina-Bacolod, Recruitment and Operations Manager of Aboitez Jebsen Company in Manila, is continuously helping the Filipinos in fulfilling their dreams of working abroad and her priority applicants are definitely from Milagros, her hometown. “To the students, don’t just aim to finish school, aim to earn by having a job!” Janessa was quoted as saying. Another Milagreño who keeps helping our “kahilungsod” is Cherrylyn D. Rosero, a Senior HR Officer in a group of hotels based in Dubai, UAE. Modesty aside, these two UP graduates from Milagros had already sent numbers of Milagrenos abroad particularly in the Middle East. “This is the area where I can be of big help to jobseekers from Milagros so I am doing this because of opportunity given and I know how it feels of being jobless..so why not help them in my own little way,” Che said.

Walk the Talk Quietly
After three months of working between the groups, sponsors, suppliers and volunteers, the goods were distributed to the young bloods of Milagros on May 21-26, 2014. Kath Arcenas and Jovyleen Asebuque who flew all the way from California and Texas USA, respectively, personally handed the bags to the kids.

34 kids from Bonbon Elementary Schools waiting for their crocs shoes from Rise Above Foundation (8AM May 21, 2014)
34 kids from Bonbon Elementary Schools waiting for their crocs shoes from Rise Above Foundation (8AM May 21, 2014)
10 kids from Matanglad Elementary School (9AM May 21, 2014)
10 kids from Matanglad Elementary School (9AM May 21, 2014)
34 kids of MR Espinosa Elementary School (1PM May 21, 2014)
34 kids of MR Espinosa Elementary School (1PM May 21, 2014)

Marcel Espayos and Ron Passion, both admins of 4d3 were also present. “I thought madali lang ung job but nung nasa field na kami nakakapagod, napakainit, maalikabok, so many hindrances but we surpassed and it’s all worth it when we saw the laughter in their face while extending their gratitude. I know was just a small thing but it would be of big help for those who cannot afford to buy those stuffs. I can’t express my happiness in fulfillment of this activity.” said Marcel. Volunteerism really worked on this event and wouldn’t be nice to see how people from all walks of life gathered and facilitated to make project successful.love39
44 kids of Tawad Elementary School pose with the volunteers (8AM May 23, 2014)
44 kids of Tawad Elementary School pose with the volunteers (8AM May 23, 2014)
58 kids from Capaculan Elementary School (9AM May 23, 2014)
58 kids from Capaculan Elementary School (9AM May 23, 2014)
43 kids @ Cayabon Elementary School (10AM May 23, 2014)
43 kids @ Cayabon Elementary School (10AM May 23, 2014)
Jovyleen Asebuque poses with the kids and volunteers. @Milagros West Central School (8AM May 24, 2014)
Jovyleen Asebuque poses with the kids and volunteers. @Milagros West Central School (8AM May 24, 2014)
101 kids from Milagros West Central School (8AM May 24, 2014)
101 kids from Milagros West Central School (8AM May 24, 2014)
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Kath Arcenas makes sure that school supplies are inside the bag. @ Taisan Elementary School
Kath Arcenas makes sure that school supplies are inside the bag. @ Taisan Elementary School
75 kids from Taisan Elementary School and 25 kids from Pamangpangon Elementary School (8AM May 24, 2014)
75 kids from Taisan Elementary School and 25 kids from Pamangpangon Elementary School (8AM May 24, 2014)
96 kids from Bangad Elementary School (10AM May 24, 2014)
96 kids from Bangad Elementary School (10AM May 24, 2014)
82 kids from John Miller Elementary School (10AM May 24, 2014)
82 kids from John Miller Elementary School (10AM May 24, 2014)
Milagros East Central School- 45 pupils, Capaclan Elementary School- 13 pupils, Tinaclipan Elementary School- 27 pupils, Vicente Oliva Sr. Elementary School- 54 pupils, Jose Aninang Primary School- 9 pupils  (8AM May 25, 2014)
Milagros East Central School- 45 pupils, Capaclan Elementary School- 13 pupils, Tinaclipan Elementary School- 27 pupils, Vicente Oliva Sr. Elementary School- 54 pupils, Jose Aninang Primary School- 9 pupils
(8AM May 25, 2014)
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A dance number from one of the schools of Milagros East District (8Am May 25, 2014)
A dance number from one of the schools of Milagros East District (8Am May 25, 2014)
 Their way of thanking the sponsors and volunteers.
Their way of thanking the sponsors and volunteers.

On behalf of the three groups, we would like to thank the following people for their unwavering supports, unselfish services and for getting involved in this unprecedented project. First, our anonymous sponsors, MKET and 4D3 admins, Sheila S. Madronio, Nina E. Francisco, Nonoy Bacolod, Melinda A. Orlet, Father Henry Dalanon, Ms. Ghe Canete, and Rise Above Foundation of Happy Valley, Cebu City. Our school facilitators, Ms. Gemma Lagaras, Manjie Arcenal and Jocyven Mesa. To our unknown volunteers, teachers, Arcenas family, and lastly, to someone who said “I am the way, the truth and the life”, may Your name be always glorifiedlove48love50
“I am still in disbelief up to this very moment that TMA is really making a difference, certainly living up to its description, reconnecting to its kapwa – Milagreño by these overwhelming activities from outreach programs to skills development. And I am very certain na dili lang ini hasta didi na lang kundi damo pa san maabot, mas daragko pa na mga proyekto kalooyan lang kita san Mahal na Ginoo. Maski kanay ginasabi ko an akon mantra na “basta may ginamaw-ot, may makakab-ot’, basta usad kamo tanan sani na mga pagmaw-ot. sigurado damo pa kita san makakab-ot,” says Mr. Tambal. “Sa mga kahilungsod ko and even to those who are technically non- Milagreño who were one with us, my unlimited gratefulness for the trust and continuous support to whatever we are up to. Sabi ko gani, “waran mabulig sa Taga Milagros kundi kapwa nya man lang Taga Milagros.” Padayon lang po kita san aton siyak na, TAGA MILAGROS AKO. Salamat po san damo damo gayud kag Dios Mabalos,” he added.love52love53love50

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Indeed, love, hope and happiness are things worth sharing to our birthplace and TMA will always empowers its members for progressivism in Milagros.

Inspiring Filipinos of 2013

Let me start by saying that 2013 made Philippines a country of adversities and triumphs. There were ups and downs but because of Filipinos’ resiliency and strong faith to God the ups far outweighed the downs. I made the list of my countrymen who give glory and honors to my Philippines. People who made a difference, who inspired us. I recognized them for what they have done to Philippines last year.

1. The Survivors, Rescuers, Donors. The Philippines was hit by different natural calamities like the earthquake in Bohol and Cebu on October 15, 2013 and the super typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan in Tacloban and other parts of Visayas on Nov. 8, 2013. In addition to this, the Zamboanga crisis that erupted on September 9, 2013 and the floods and landslides in Zambales last September 23, 2014. With all these, I believe that survivors has a lot of stories to tell us on how they struggle just to survive. I pity those who loss their love ones but I admired them for having a strength to move on with their lives. The survivors specially the innocent children who were traumatized by this adversity inspired me because of their courage and optimism.

The Survivor
The Survivor

2. The Overseas Filipino Workers.   They say that OFWs are the modern heroes of our  country. They are helping the economy thru dollar remittances. As one of them, I know how hard to live and work away from your family. I know their sacrifices not to mention that some of our fellow Filipinos are suffering from their employers. Not all are lucky to land a job. I  admire them for their hardships.

The Filipino Overseas Workers - They are our unsung heroes
The Filipino Overseas Workers – They are our unsung heroes

3. Megan Young. She is the first filipina to win this second biggest international beauty pageant. Megan was crowned in Bali, Indonesia last September 28, 2013. I remember her mom telling that Megan was the one working for them.

Megan Young - Miss World 2013
Megan Young – Miss World 2013

4. Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao - World Pound-for-Pound Fighter.
Manny Pacquiao – World Pound-for-Pound Fighter. 

5. Mutya Johana Datul

Mutya Johana Datul - Miss Supranatural 2013
Mutya Johana Datul – Miss Supranatural 2013

6. Ariella Arida

Ariella Arida - Miss Universe2013 3rd Runner Up
Ariella Arida – Miss Universe2013 3rd Runner Up

7. Bea Rose Santiago.

Bea Rose Santiago - Miss International 2013 (53rd Miss International beauty pageant, held at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel Hall in Tokyo, Japan on December 17, 2013)
Bea Rose Santiago – Miss International 2013 (53rd Miss International beauty pageant, held at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel Hall in Tokyo, Japan on December 17, 2013)

8. Sen. Miriam D. Santiago

Sen. Miriam D. Santiago -  The Iron Lady of Asia
Sen. Miriam D. Santiago – The Iron Lady of Asia

9. Jonathan Allen Yabut

Jonathan Allen Yabut - Winner of the first series “The Apprentice Asia
Jonathan Allen Yabut – Winner of the first series “The Apprentice Asia

10. Michael Christian Martinez

Michael Christian Martinez - Filipino Skater Qualifies for 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
Michael Christian Martinez – Filipino Skater Qualifies for 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

11. Lee Vann Corteza and Dennis Orcollo

Dennis Orcollo (left) and Lee Vann Corteza (right) -   Champions 8th World Cup of Pool
Dennis Orcollo (left) and Lee Vann Corteza (right) – Champions 8th World Cup of Pool

12. Amber Delos Reyes

Amber Delos Reyes - Miss Teen Expoworld Universe 2013
Amber Delos Reyes – Miss Teen Expoworld Universe 2013
13.  Jed Madela and Philippine Team for WCOPA 2013

Jed Madela - WCOPA Performing Arts Hall of Famer
Jed Madela – WCOPA Performing Arts Hall of Famer
2013 SENIOR GRAND CHAMPION PERFORMER OF THE WORLD Beverly Caimen - Philippines 2013 JUNIOR GRAND CHAMPION PERFORMER OF THE WORLD Aldeza Dela Torre - Philippines 2013 Sr. Grand Champion Vocal Group of the World Gollayan Sisters - Philippines 2013 Sr. Grand Champion Male Model of the World Reynaldo Gorospe - Philippines 2013 Jr. Grand Champion Vocalist of the World Aldeza Dela Torre - Philippines 2013 Sr. Grand Champion Vocalist of the World Beverly Caimen - Philippines
2013 SENIOR GRAND CHAMPION PERFORMER OF THE WORLD
Beverly Caimen – Philippines
2013 JUNIOR GRAND CHAMPION PERFORMER OF THE WORLD
Aldeza Dela Torre – Philippines
2013 Sr. Grand Champion Vocal Group of the World
Gollayan Sisters – Philippines
2013 Sr. Grand Champion Male Model of the World
Reynaldo Gorospe – Philippines
2013 Jr. Grand Champion Vocalist of the World
Aldeza Dela Torre – Philippines
2013 Sr. Grand Champion Vocalist of the World
Beverly Caimen – Philippines

14. Cheridel Alejandrino

Cheridel Alijandrino - The Bubbly Elevator Girl
Cheridel Alijandrino – The Bubbly Elevator Girl

15. Annalie Forbes

Ali Forbes - Ms. Grand International 3rd runner-up held in Bangkok, Thailand on November 19, 2013.
Ali Forbes – Ms. Grand International 3rd runner-up held in Bangkok, Thailand on November 19, 2013.

16. Gil Wagas

Gil Wagas - Mister Internationa 2013 Fourth Runner-Up, held in Jakarta, Indonesia last Nov. 22, 2013
Gil Wagas – Mister Internationa 2013 Fourth Runner-Up, held in Jakarta, Indonesia last Nov. 22, 2013

17. Angeli Dione Gomez

Angeli Dione Gomez - Miss Tourism-International 2013/14 held last Dec. 31, 2013 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Angeli Dione Gomez – Miss Tourism-International 2013/14 held last Dec. 31, 2013 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

18. Gerardo Gamboa

Gerardo Gamboa - Cab Driver of the Year/ Filipino-American Honest Driver
Gerardo Gamboa – Cab Driver of the Year/ Filipino-American Honest Driver

19. Rosalio Torrentira

Rosalio Torrentira - Taxi Driver now a Lawyer
Rosalio Torrentira – Taxi Driver now a Lawyer

20. Benigno Aquino III

President Benigno Aquino III
President Benigno Aquino III

Note:  I thought I already posted it last January 4… Can you check the date? LOL

Ryan Blair: From Gang Member to Successful Entrepreneur

 

 

Ryan Blair is the CEO of ViSalus, #1 New York Times best-selling author and serial entrepreneur who came from having nothing to lose and everything to gain.

At the age of 21 years old, Blair had already founded his first business, 24/7 Tech, and has since created numerous subsequent companies for hundreds of millions of dollars over the course of his career.

EliteTV had the opportunity to sit down with Ryan Blair and speak about his tremendous transition from gang member to successful entrepreneur.

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