In Defense of Piolo Pascual

I know, I know, a kazillion blogs have been posted about the issue of Piolo Pascual being gay.  And a kazillion people probably believe that he IS gay, because why would he break up with the “perfect woman” KC Concepcion?  Ehem.. to me, that’s not surprising, but then again, my opinion of Ms. Concepcion isContinue reading “In Defense of Piolo Pascual”

A Day at Home

It has been 25 years since my dad retired from Del Monte and we moved out of Cawayanon.  My brother, Joey, wanted to have his kids, Frankie, Kitkat and Kobe, along with friends, experience how we had lived — even for just a couple of days. In the morning, we went fishing! The Cawayanon lakeContinue reading “A Day at Home”

A Matter of Family Pride

You know what they say – if you’re a Filipino, and you go anywhere in the world, you’ll probably meet someone you also know somehow (i.e. like the cousin of the officemate of your high school classmate’s brother’s girlfriend’s best friend). Well, I know someone – a Filipino in the US – one who hasContinue reading “A Matter of Family Pride”

Professionals Under Pressure

They make it look so easy! We were on coordination duty last week for the taping of Maalaala Mo Kaya, the longest-running and multi-awarded drama anthology in the Philippines. In October, the show will be celebrating its 20th Year Anniversary and the four stories chosen for this event are being filmed outside of Manila (Europe,Continue reading “Professionals Under Pressure”

The Boracay Saga – The Start of a New Beginning

Ed and I had really planned to stay only a few days.  R and family, J and family, and my mom were scheduled to stay 5 days, but for me, I thought that would be too long.  For one thing, it would have become really expensive for us because everything on the island had dollarContinue reading “The Boracay Saga – The Start of a New Beginning”

My Goal: The Philippines

In a 1997 workshop I attended, I wrote down 100 goals and dreams.  One of them was to visit all the islands of the Philippines. The actual decision to do it came when we literally fell into the tourism business in 2002.  We were invited to join a public transportation group and I became aContinue reading “My Goal: The Philippines”

Overcoming Fear

I once read that FEAR is actually just False Expectations Appearing Real.  This knowledge has helped me a lot especially when it came to talking in front of people.  Over the years since becoming a travel coordinator, my talking skills have developed a hundred-fold, making it almost impossible to imagine what life was like backContinue reading “Overcoming Fear”

An Adventure Like No Other

We hear a motorcycle coming up the road.. Wait, the engine’s rev is too high to be from an ordinary motorcycle, maybe it’s a scooter.. on the highway? Wait, here it comes, it should be passing us any moment, any minute, right about.. Wait, what? It’s flying over us??? You start the day cool andContinue reading “An Adventure Like No Other”

I Know What You’re Gonna Do This Summer!

I bet you don’t know why I know this.. Let’s be psychic for a moment..  We know that this year 2011 is the Chinese Year of the Metal Rabbit and that it means it will be a year of prosperity especially for those with businesses dealing with metal and alloy.  In other words, those whoContinue reading “I Know What You’re Gonna Do This Summer!”

Famous Faces and Me

You know what I really like about this business of promoting local tourism?  We get to meet a lot of famous people.  And if we don’t meet them, well, we can at least stand next to them or get a closer look. Two and a half years ago (Sept 2008), we were given the rareContinue reading “Famous Faces and Me”