2018 International Men’s Day: 23 Different Men of Milagros

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” – Albert Einstein DiffAll        In celebration of 2018 International Men’s Day, TMA selected 23 Milagreños men of varying and unique backgrounds across the world. “Positive Male Role Models” is this year’s theme and inspired by this, I asked TMA members to name Milagreno men whose inspiring stories are truly worth mentioning. With 42 individuals as initial nominees, and shortlisted to 30. These shortlisted individuals were formally informed through Facebook messenger about the selection process. Some did not want to be included as they chose to remain private about their lives, which I respected.

      The following stories were sewn in unique ways by time, personal challenges and victories, passion, diligence, perseverance, consistency, and positive behaviour toward success. I personally collected and curated these stories amidst everyone’s busy life. Beyond perfect but worth the time of reading through.DiffRey

     Rey Arcenas who is a Florida-based (USA) medical doctor, remains humble despite of his scholastic and professional achievements. Dr. Arcenas graduated Magna Cum Laude at Velez College in Cebu City with a degree in Nursing. He finished fourth nationally for the Philippine Nursing Board Exams in 1994. He created remarkable history for himself and for the Province of Masbate, as being the first Masbateño to hit the top place in February 2001’s Physician Licensure Examination. I will definitely write a more substantial item about Dr. Arcenas comes 2019. DiffJoveno      Dr. Joveno Galvez is a cardiologist by practice who chose to serve his province, most especially providing medical service to his fellow Milagrenos with discounted professional fees or completely free of charge. He served as former Medical Director of Masbate MMG Hospital Cooperative in Masbate City and presently the Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine of the same medical institution. 

     Drs. Arcenas and Galvez are today’s most sought after medical practitioners in the US and Masbate, respectively.

      DiffLeoGarra        Next in line are the two honorable gentlemen with 4H (handsome, hardworking, honest and humble) practicing the principle of political will gearing toward social change in their own humble ways. Leo Garra served as Brgy. Captain Greater Lagro (District 5) in Quezon City. Serving as member of the barangay council for many years before winning the seat of the Barangay Captain in May 2018 elections. In an effort to maintain the awards that his predecessors received in 2016 and 2017, Kap Leo received the same Gawad Dangal ng Lungsod for Barangay Seal of Good Housekeeping Award, making Barangay Greater Lagro as a Hall of Famer. Presently, he is one of the Board of Directors of League of 142 Barangays of Quezon City.DiffJoseleo          Meanwhile, in Barangay Poblacion East, Milagros — Chairman Joseleo “Bibiboy” Tan — also committed to bring different air in the name of public service and social change to his local jurisdiction. Evident to this commitment are infrastructure realized throughout his leadership. To name these wonderful undertakings which his constituents are enjoying are concreted pathways, footbridge, street lights and CCTV installations, constructions of chapel, multipurpose building, barangay plaza, health center, and emergency response vehicle that is not only limited within Poblacion East but also accessible by other barangays. Kap. Bibiboy Tan also advocates for environment protection and preservation. Among his achievements, Pob East was the first barangay to successfully achieve Zero Open Defecation (ZOD) under the partnership of Department of Health (DOH) and  the United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF) aiming to end open defecation. He is a recipient of awards of appreciation  from different organizations such as ACF (Action Centre la Faim) International, UNICEF and the Local Government of Milagros. I will definitely support his causes in Milagros. 

DiffPaul          I also believe that Milagreños can globally compete. Remember TMA Most Admirable Bachelor finalist Paul Germar Espinas who presently resides in Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam?  He is making a name, internationally. He is the founder of the UpUp App, an interactive project management and HR services company that rewards employees for completing tasks and hitting KPIs. Before the idea of starting his own business, Paul was the Director of Marketing of VietnamWorks.com. Recently, he travelled to many different countries to market his successful app. DiffArtag        Another Milagreño in the Middle East is also emerging as the only Masbateño to date to hold such highest position. Sir D’Artagnan Bantiling Oliva is the current Operations Manager of MERAAS Dubai, one of the best real estate developers in UAE. He was the former General Manager of the famous Burj Al Arab. “Kuya Tag” as I fondly call him, helps his relatives and our kahilungsod to find employment in the region. 

DiffRasti       While in the City of Makati, Philippines is Erasto Lupango Panes tasting his own glory of success as the current Director of AFS Philippines Inc., an international brokerage firm with offices in Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, and The Netherlands. Early in his career, Rasty worked as a Consultant of Rural Banks and other lending companies engaged in Microlending and SMEs operations. He spent his more than ten years in CARD Bank Inc and held various positions such as Regional Director, Assistant Vice-President for Learning and Development at CARD MRI Development Institute, and Internal Technical Provider at Partner MFIs in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 

Paul, Kuya Tag, and Rasty are in demand in a corporate world precisely because of their bright minds and strong decision making.

Jumping to next set of talents, our noble teachers, are:DiffGregorio         Sir Gregorio Apues Legal, the School Principal of Mary Perpetua E. Brioso National High School (MPEBNHS)  of Tigbao, Milagros, has brought honor to this school for bagging the 2017 and 2018 Brigada Eskwela Best Implementing School Winner for Secondary Medium Category. The said award is an annual program initiated by DepEd aims to promote volunteerism among the members of community and to ensure that the school is safe and clean learning environment for the students. Legal, is the man behind the success of the school electrification through the solar electrification project provided by One Meralco Foundation. Last September 2018, MPEBNHS is also one of the beneficiaries of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) Medicine Donation Program held in Manila. Sir Gregorio was a graduate of Bachelor of Secondary Education in Osmeña College and placed top 10 in the April 2009 Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET). 

 DiffJoseOliva        The next educator worth of respect, is an Industrial Engineer. Jose “Boy” Lacson Oliva, for most of his friends is a mathematician. Most of his teaching career (Mathematics, Calculus and Physics) revolved around academias in Metro Manila (San Sebastian College (Manila), University of the East, Arellano University, Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP Manila), AMA Computer University, Siena College (Quezon City), National College of Business and Arts, Ortanez University, Perpetual Help System University in Laguna, PATS School of Aeronautics, Jose Rizal University (Mandaluyong), and Rizal State University). He is currently teaching at Mariners Polytechnic College Foundation in Legazpi City, where he was awarded as Best Performing Professor of the Year and Student Choice Award for 2015. 

DiffJoey       Another teacher included in the list is Joey Cabarles Canaway of Sitio Mapili, Barangay Tawad. He focuses on his teaching career to help his family needs as he is the family’s breadwinner. This 2014 Mr. Pagdangan fourth runner-up was a scholar of LGU Milagros when he was studying in DEBESMCAT. He passed the March 2017 LET. Currently, he is a Junior High School teacher at Sulpicio T. Condor Sr. National High School in the municipality of Cawayan.

DiffAlvinDelaCruz         The next professional teacher I selected was born and raised in Bara, Milagros. Alvin excelled academically and very active in co-curricular activities. He was his class salutatorian in Melchor B. Burlaos Memorial High School in Bara and a recipient of “President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Award of Outstanding Achievements” during the 2010 graduation ceremony.  He once brought pride to the Division Province of Masbate after representing the province to the Regional Skills Development Competitions where he was crowned 1st Runner-Up in the Mr. and Miss STEP (Student Technologists and Entrepreneurs of the Philippines) 2009 held at Camarines Sur National High School, Naga City. He also successfully represented the Municipality of Milagros during the Mr. and Miss Rodeo Masbateño 2011 where he bagged the 1st Runner-Up spot. He was sent to the said competition after winning the first ever title of Ginoong Pagdangan 2010. He obtained his Bachelor in Secondary Education major in English at City of Malabon University and eventually passed the Professional Licensure Examination for Teachers in September 25, 2016.

       Their talents, skills and characteristics are the qualities that made them a good and great mentors. 

DiffJulius         I have three nominees working as seafarers, however, the two asked me not to include them. Thank you to Julius Galvan Galve for responding and accepting my challenge. This very generous seaman who is presently working for Crossworld Marine Services Inc. He donated a portion of his land in Sitio Imbudo, Barangay Jamorawon to be used as a small plaza. Julius also loves farming so in April 2018, he registered the first Jamorawon Vegetables Farmers Association (JVFA) through Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) which he organized himself. The organization’s objectives are to unite all farmers, to further improve the knowledge in modern farming, and to help market their local produce. His ultimate vision is to make Jamorawon as one of the big vegetable producers in Masbate. 

DiffChristianLuzong        In the same field, another young farmer is Christian Alvarez Luzong of Barangay Narangasan, Milagros. His parents, currently managing the Lucky CJ Farm, were the ones who motivated him to continue the family business. Christian became a  Facebook sensation because of his Urban Container Gardening platform advocating for organic and natural farming system. Through this he was invited to present in many seminars, trainings, and conferences on the same topic throughout the Philippines. He believes that sharing gardening knowledge can help eradicate our country’s food security issues. Christian presently lives in Finland with his wife and will go home back soon to Masbate. 

DiffRadam        Next highlight is for performing professionals. The first is Radam “Bong” Almoguera, a professional dance instructor who now lives in Imus, Cavite. Since 2011, Almoguera is the Dance Instructor Head for Senior Citizens of Dasmariñas. He works as well  as a dance consultant for Congresswoman Jennifer  Barzaga of the 4th District of Cavite. He joined and won in different ballroom competitions. He was the Grand Champion during the 2016 Region 4 Carnation Ballroom Competition.

DiffAlvinCaca        Another dance enthusiast is Alvin Sia Caca who loves to hit the dance floor with his hip-hop and modern dance Filipino group in Kuwait City. In December 2016, he was officially launched as member of Next Episode Crew after he passed the audition. His group was hailed as grand champion last September 2017 during the Salmiya Talent Hunt 2017 (Dance Category) in Kuwait. Alvin is the Chef Supervisor of The Kind Ones Restaurant in Kuwait.  Radam and Alvin are proven that Milagreños can do classic, ballroom or modern dance anywhere in an overwhelmingly big crowd.. 

DiffNoel        Our snappy salute to our roster of Law Enforcers who made to the list. Senior Police Officer 2 Noel Villegas Dalanon II and Philippine Army Murito Danao gave a positive response. October 3, 2005 when Noel was successfully admitted to the PNP service. In his thirteen years in the service, he was promoted and awarded with Best Police Non-Commissioned Officer (PNCO) in 2009, Best Police Community Relations (PCR) and Police Non-Commissioned Officer (PNCO) in 2011. He had been part of many law enforcement operations and anti-criminality campaigns throughout the province that he received total of 23 awards and medals such as Medalya ng Paglilingkod laban sa Kriminalidad (1), Medalya ng Paglilingkod sa Luzon (4),Medalya ng Papuri (8), Medalya ng Kasanayan (7) and Medalya ng Kagalingan (3). Currently, SPO2 Noel is assigned at PHQ, Masbate PPO, designated as Foreign Liaising Section Police Non-Commissioned Officer (FLS PNCO). 


Meanwhile, on August 1, 2003 Murito Danao joined the Philippine Army service. Last year, this tough guy was in Marawi, fighting the Maute terrorists. Our gratitude to Noel and Murito for serving and protecting our town and country. 

diffEking             The next Milagreño who made in the list is a dedicated and a great father. Mr Enrique “Eking” Valenzuela is a proud fish vendor. This man raised his children with many learnings in life. According to his daughter who is now a licensed teacher “Papa is the man who always reminds us that family always comes first. He chooses “bulad” rather than meat. If life would give me another chance to live and will give me the oppurtunity to choose a father, I would choose him again not because I already knew that I was once his daugther but because I know that he will give his all and his best to raise his family.” Wonderful father like Tay Eking will make home a better place.

DiffJoshua           Two young dreamers captured my heart by their stories. First is Joshua Grico Acaba who is now enjoying his job as a Restaurant Crew of Banaple. Joshua did not give up after he failed twice to finish his dream to become a teacher. He was a CHED scholar in Bicol University taking up BSED major in Physics and then transferred to Dr. Emilio B. Espinosa Sr. Memorial State College of Arts and Technology (DEBESMSCAT) to continue his goal. Because of financial problem he decided to stop his studies and worked in different establishments in Masbate and Manila. He knows that education is very important so he enrolled in Access Computer College, passed the assessment and certificate for Hotel and Restaurant Services NCII. He plans to work abroad to fullfill what he promised to his mother who passed away last year.
DiffCaezarAnother young man who has a big dream and full of hope is Caezar Vibar De Castro II. Caezar is an independent software developer based in Laguna. He finished his BS Pharmacy degree from Centro Escolar University but pursued his interests in internet and business. It was in 2016 when he started his own business by creating a website: www.bytes-crafter.com where it offers web hosting solutions, games and mobile applications, film and animation, graphic design and music and sound fx. Most of his projects are BPO websites and e-commerce. He is also currently studying BS Computer Science in AMA Computer College – Online Education. I am pretty sure these two optimistic guys will soon succeed.
The last three Milagreños to complete this group of men are consist of an Engineer, a Fire Officer and a Writer. Engineer Richard Doctolero Fallega is in Romblon working as a Project Manager of ALGIMAR Construction and a part time instructor at Romblon State University. He is a licensed Civil Engineer, a registered Master Plumber, certified Material Engineer and safety officer.
DiffMarcelo        Another talented and pride of Barangay Bara is Fire Officer 3 Marcelo Andaya Lagsa II. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts major in Philosophy and minor in religious studies from the Holy Rosary Minor Seminary in Naga City. He earned units for Master of Arts in Teaching and Master in Public Administration from Osmeña College, Masbate. In 2006, he applied and was appointed as Fire Officer 1 (FO1) at the Bureau of Fire Protection, National Head Quarters. After OJT and Fire Basic Recruit Course Training, he was down loaded to the BFP Provincial Office serving as finance clerk. In 2009, he was reassigned to Aroroy Central Fire Station holding the office job under the Admin Section at the same time as Nozzleman in the Operation Section. After a year, he was designated as Assistant MFM for Admin and conceptualized the edition of the only newsletter of Aroroy Central Fire Station, “SIGYABO” under the instruction of the MFM Insp Nepthalie L. Pusing BFP. As Editor-in-Chief, his advocacy is to promote Masbateño Pop Culture by inserting sections on the newsletter dedicated for the Legends and stories with direct foundation from the three islands of Masbate like the True Legend of Masbate, Enchanted Snakes of Masbate, and Enchanted Stories of Masbate. Also, he also dedicated portions of the newsletter to promote Masbateño Poems. He was also designated as Fire Truck Driver and Station’s Training Instructor for Rescue (Ropes and Knots, Vehicular Accident Response, Collapse Structure, Water Safety and Rescue, High Angle and Below Grade Rescue, Disaster Preparedness and Response), Medical First Responder (Bandaging and Splinting).
      After almost 9 years as FO1, he was promoted as FO2 and after schooling in Fire Arson Investigation and Inspection Course (FAIIC), he was designated as OIC Municipal Fire Marshal of Balud Fire Station which was then a station which is soon to be founded. He solely founded and established the newly opened Balud Fire Station in September 08, 2016. On December 2016, he was promoted to FO3. Today, after establishing the Balud Fire Station, he now serve as Chief Finance, Petty Cash Custodian, Fire Arson Investigator, Fire Safety Inspector, Chief Operation Section and Chief Fire Safety Enforcement Section. Of his twelve years in fire service, he has earned  three (3) Medalya ng Papuriand one (1) Medalya ng Kasanayan and multitude of  certificates and recognitions in service and different trainings.
         The last but not the least is a poet and writer. Enrique “En” Sia Villasis is a recipient of 2011 Maningning Miclat Poetry Awards and 5 Don Carlos Palanca Memorial awards in different categories (Second Prize 2006: “De-Lata” (Futuristic Fiction -Filipino), First Prize 2011: “Agua” (Tula), First Prize 2012: “Crocopedia” (Tula), First Prize 2013: “Manansala” (Tula) and Second Prize 2014: “Marina” (Tula). In 2015, his first book “Agua: Collection of Poems” was launched and published by Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika at Anyo (LIRA) where he is an active member since 2007. Villasis is now working at ABS-CBN Star Creative Unit (TV Production) where he is a regular writer for Kapamilya Teleseryes. Among his projects are “Bagani”(2018), “Dolce Amor”(2016), “Bridges of Love (2015), “e-boy” (2012) and “Guns and Roses (2011). His “Bridges of Love” was nominated in 2016 International Emmy Awards for Telenovela Category. En is a graduate of Electronics Engineering (ECE) from Mapua University (formerly Mapua Institute of Technology) and earned his Master of Arts (Filipino: Malikhaing Pagsusulat) units from UP Diliman. He unselfishly shares his expertise to our future writers in fact he was the speaker of   TMA project dubbed as “ANI: Milagros Harvest of Young Talents” last May 2014.

To these 23 gentlemen and all men of Milagros who have contributed big time to our society, thank you for leading an example, for bringing honor to our hometown,  and for demonstrating the truest attitude of being a Milagreño and as a Filipino – may respeto, maabilidad at lumalaban sa hamon ng buhay! HAPPY INTERNATIONAL MEN’S DAY!

Note: All photos were grabbed from the respective FB accounts.


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.


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


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).


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)


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.


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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.


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)


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


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

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

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


#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

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.


#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.


#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


#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!


#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.


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.

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

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
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.

TMA – Train, Motivate and Act.Love29
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.

Uplifting LivesLove35
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)
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)
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


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
Beverly Caimen – Philippines
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.