people of bohol :(

I woke up to a very bad news.  And sad. Very sad.

Bohol was hit by a 7.1 (or 2?) magnitude earthquake.  I was there 4 years ago and I could say that those centuries-old churches were giving much pride to its people. 

Their version of a leaning tower which used to be like this

is now ruined. :(

This photo was taken inside the Baclayon Church which has also been damaged. 

This is the Baclayon Church now.

And the Loboc Church before and after.

I consider myself lucky to have been given a chance to visit Bohol before everything became like this. 

Will be praying for the safety of my fellow Filipinos. I know Boholanos can make it a better place after all these. That's the pinoy spirit! 

My prayer goes to the people of Cebu as well.

Disclaimer: The photos (aside from the 3rd) were extracted from Google and other social media.


birthday 2013

"If you look over the years, the styles have changed -- the clothes, the hair, the production, the approach to the songs. The icing to the cake has changed flavors. But if you really look at the cake itself, it's really the same." - John Oates 

For years I used to believe that birthday greetings were compulsory. But now, I know  that people may or may not greet you, depending on their mood. I often took that for granted. Sometimes I even failed to acknowledge the greetings and thought they were just doing it just because. This time, as people are getting more and more busy and preoccupied, a simple gesture means a lot. A simple greeting makes you feel more special. Every greeting makes you feel more loved.

I never had the chance to thank everyone who greeted me through e-mail, Facebook, SMS, Viber, WhatsApp, phone call, etc. but I made sure to thank those who greeted me in person. I went for a short visit to Manila to meet friends and to celebrate my day with family. While I was reading the messages, sobrang nakakataba ng puso. Even those that I have not seen for quite a while took time to send their greetings. I was sooooo touched.

Now let me express my gratitude to you guys.

First, my family. Tatay, who called from time to time during my entire stay in Manila. Sayang as he was set to arrive on the 13th kaya di na kami nag-abot. My trip was not pre-planned so we never had an Option B. I had to come back to SG on the 9th. 

Nanay, who was the first one to call, had a good news for us and we are happy for her. She passed the NCLEX! She always says that age is not a hindrance to pursue your dreams :) 

Bads, who was left in SG, posted a very nice message on my wall. Hahaha it's not actually nice but I know that's how she expresses her feelings. I know her so well. :) 

Ate Lala, who was with me all the time, is super. It's not the Krissy-Ballsy sisterhood (I am not pasaway and she is not soft-spoken at all!) but we jive. Aside from the very few friends, it's only us, her sisters, whom she gets along with. Thank you for being there. 

And Yuan! Totoo pala yung sinasabi nila na pag bata ang nag-request, parang nati-tame ang tiger. Hehehe. Thank you for giving us a reason to always want to come home. Thank you for giving us the pride for being a very good boy and a hard-working student. Kahit na minsang nalingat ako and I learned na you talked to Siri and you were trying her patience. Hahaha. Here's one evidence:

To my friends, in no particular order, let me thank you.

Honeylette Guirnela - We have not seen each other after graduation :) Hope to see you again.

Pam Macaltao - Andami nang nangyari since then, hahahaha! Belated happy birthday to you, too.

AJ dela Torre-Taluban - Thanks to you and Jai

Jennifer Dimayacyac-Ines - Thank you. And thanks for being beautiful inside and out. I'm thankful that God chose us to be related :)

Arlene Torres - Thank you for being consistent :) You've never changed. Feeling ko ikaw pa rin yung estudyanteng Arlene during our gimik days in med school. Andun ka rin sa gigolo, tama ba? Hahahaha!

Judith Alabado Reyes - It's been  six years, ambilis ng panahon. Dati sabay lang tayong nangarap maging USRN. Ngayon magkasama nga tayo but as they say, God knows best. He twists everything for our own good. :)

Liezzy Manalo - Thanks and so happy to hear from you after how many years. Buti na lang may FB :)

Wilda Guiao - My classmate, my dancemate. It's been a long time. Let's see each other again and practice those moves! Hehehe.

Mikiel Dimayacyac - Thank you for the greeting but thank you more for bringing such an honor to our family. You make us all proud. Sana magtuloy-tuloy ang mission mo to serve God and the church. God bless.

Viva Velasquez - Vivs! Despite the fact that we are both busy, thank you for finding the time to greet me. Congratulations on your latest achievement. I am sooo happy for you. Hindi ka na ma-reach. Sabay lang tayo nagbabasa dati ngayon super layo mo na hahahaha. Ang hirap habulin but you're not making me feel that way. Feeling ko andyan ka pa rin and thank you sa #tbt #payatotdaysareover :D

Al Michael - You are the best friend one can ever have. Sometimes you're misinterpreted pero alam kong as a friend, you'd do everything and betrayal is not in your vocabulary. Love you Mic!

Hiro Ishige - Thanks kuya. I hope to see you soon, or kahit hindi soon, maybe someday :) Thanks for taking care of Ate Chil.

JP Magno - I miss you Japes. Hindi na tayo nagkita :( 

Butch Ordenes - Thanks kuya Butch! God bless you and your family especially your bright kids. It's in the genes I suppose :)

Albert Mugar - Salamat Notnot :)

Bing Faderon - Hi Bing! Thank you.

Roan Bundang - for organizing the dinner and conniving with me.

Eva Urieta - Sorry I had to put your real name hahaha. Thank you ate Eva.

Nonieza Mase - My ated. Thank you. Salamat sa pagbisita when I was in Sablayan. Sobrang na-appreciate ko yun. See you ulit next uwi :)

Michelle Urieta Flower - I don't think I can ever express how I appreciate you as my cousin. From the time na bulilit pa lang ako (na maraming naiinis sa akin) up to the time na nagdalaga na ako (at maraming nagkaka crush) wahahahahahaha! Andyan ka palagi, hindi nagpapakita ng pagkainis although I know inside nagtitimpi ka na lang. Please understand, pinagdadaanan talaga yun ng isang bata. Pero ngayon I'm super bait na. Wala na ring tantrums pwede na ulit tayo magbakasyon sa Mamburao :)

Jose Vincent Urieta - Thank you sana next time na magsama sama tayo, di mo na kami lalayasan :)

Maria Anna Lojares Romabon - Wala akong masabi. Tahimik lang ako. Hehehe Salamat Ann.

Pinky Artesano - Hi tita Pinx, thanks. God bless you. I'm so proud of your bright kids. daddy? hehehehe

Nanay Lucy Urieta - Nay, salamat po, my birthday would have been more complete kung andun ang favorite kalamay ko. Pero alam ko soon matitikman ko na ulit yan :) Ingat po Nay I love you :)

Josephine Lontoc-dela Torre - Hello ate Neneng salamat :)

Rutchel Balicol Bundang - Thank you couzin. Kung meron man akong idol dahil hindi nagkaka-fat sa katawan, ikaw yun hehehe. Bulong mo naman sikreto :)

Alona Ngoi - Lenlen, Lenlen,'s been 15 years! Thank you for being there through thick and thin.I soooo miss you sana magkita na tayo soon. Will be looking foward to the day when you'd message me and say "I'm coming to SG. Please meet me" :)

Louie Gironella - I don't think you ever greeted me. Pero yung pag-comment mo sa greeting will suffice hahahaha pero it's never too late, pwede pa.

Jas Karl - Salamat pre. Musta na ang life and your two angels?

Elaine Salvador - Thank you Elaine. God bless!

Paolo Mendoza - Thanks so much Pao! Jess bless :)

Aura Villena - My twin sistah, thank you sa cake nyo ni Michael. Syempre nadamay na rin ako don hehehe. Love you Auie!

Lota Ebora - Salamat Lota!

Edna Balina - Hi Ate Ed thank you!

Mel Beluan - Daghang salamat Mel :)

Emman Villas - Wala akong masabi sayo. It's still the same us kahit matagal tayong di nagkikita. Nothing's changed. I think that's the real sense of friendship :)

Rachel M U Ordenes - Thank you ate Chel. Kelan tayo magkikita? Andami nang nangyari di pa rin tayo nagkikita :( *sobs* Love you te Chil!

Sharon Dangeros - Thanks Sha stay sexy :)

Mavreen Antolin Manato - Hi Mavs! musta na? My wish is to see you all guys in one gathering. Yun tipong magkakasama lahat ng batch, posible pa kaya mangyari yun? ;)

Tan Villarosa - Hi, Kuya Tan, thank you. And thank you for being a family. God bless!

Julie Ann Villena - Hi Bajuh di na tayo nagkita :) Sorry ha surprise kasi yung uwi ko as in di nila alam kaya di rin kita nasabihan. Next time sana magkita na tayo :)

Margaret Ong - Thanks Tash! God bless you and please be safe in HK.

Ian Lim - Biboy, balik ka na dito!!!

Khar Urieta - Congratulations Khar heheh alam na and thanks for hosting our birthday party :) Pasensya na kamo sa kapitbahay nyo, once a year lang naman :)

Mari Cor - Yes! Ikaw na hahahaha. I'm happy that you're coping well with the new environment. Mas mukha ka atang bata dyan hehehe. thank you.

Guerilla Tactics - Salamat sa yo kung sino ka man na nagtatago sa likod ng pangalan ng banda mo hehehe. I love you! Isa kang alamat na walang sinumang pwedeng gumiba. Blood is...hahahaha alam na.

Via Yeung - Thank you for being such a nice friend, Vi! Salamat sa walang pagbabagong samahan. Wish you all the best. I know unti-unti nang dumarating sayo :)

Gay Alessandra Ordenes - My idol. One, for being a good lawyer; Two, for being a nice person; and Three, for shrinking! Hahaha grabe! You are such an inspiration. Kelangan ko rin syang gawin :)

John Eric Cusi - Thanks John and congrats sa super duper cute na baby Erica :)

Helen Medoza - Thank you tita Helen!

Reagan Gonzales - Salamat Reagan :)

Michael Roberto - Thank you for coming with Mama Au. Much appreciated :)

Ednalyn Tinimbang - Thank you so much, Mare. Dalaga na si Princess Ecela, sundan na yan! :)

Joy Belamide - Thanks batch! take good care of yourself :)

Marylord Danseco - Thanks Niknik! Kamukhang-kamukha ni Denden mga anakis mo hahahaha buti na lang sayo nanggaling, di maitatangging anak mo nga sila. Super. :)

Kristine Rebollido - Thanks Bang!

Amihan Versoza - Thank you Amie. See you again pag-uwi :)

Mai Magboo - Hi Cuz, musta na. Medyo emo ka ngayon ah hehehehe. Salamat sa greeting. Regards to baby Sofia.

Agie Untalan - The best in arts. My inspiration sa kaartehan. Sa yo ako nagmana hehehe thank you. Where's my gift?

Mitzi Wimb - Thanks! :)

Bezalee Vidal - Thanks Bhing! God bless and take care. 

Karl Mikail Lim - Bogart, thank you. Nasan na gift ko?

Kat Cusi - The ever pretty and sexy girl :) Thank you ate hehehehe

Kiko Untalan - Thanks Jay!

Ketty Trono - Salamat Kets! Next uwi ko I will invite myself to you your place at kakain ako ng crinkles. LOL.

Maigne Borabo - One of the pretty faces I know. Salamat Maigne hope to hear that you're in SG again, soon :)

Mae Dianne Llavore - Maemae!!! Maraming salamat. Namimiss na kita. Kitain mo naman ako!

Joy Cordero - Thanks Joy and congrats to your baby boy. Sana girl na ang sunod :)

John Paul Oane - One of the very nice persons in batch `98. Walang nakakaaway, napakabuti ng puso mo JPO. Kahit na maaga mo kaming nilayasan at hindi ka nakasama sa mga pictures, thanks for being nice. Enjoy God's blessings. Thank you.

Tin Tripoli - Hello batch! Hahaha. Hi, Tin. Thanks for being nice and being such a broad-minded woman. Parang wala kang angst or hang-ups sa buhay. Buti ka pa! Hehehe :) We are so lucky to be in a relationship with you. Very soon, you will be a legit family kahit ngayon family na ang turing namin sayo :)

Agatha Aluna Macaltao - Gat, kulang na lang sa atin pinanganak na parehas ang magulang. You are such a good sister and friend to me. Salamat sa lahat. Please kiss Lian and Boyboy for me. Regards to Melvz :) 

Mutya Foja - Hello Bon, I received your message. :) Usap tayo pag uwi ko dyan hahahaha! Salamat sa greeting.

Asther Dangeros - Hello batch, nakikita ko masaya ka ngayon. Congrats :) Stay blessed.

Marilyn Ordenes- Thank you cousin! Salamat din sa lahat ng suporta na binibigay nyo. God bless you and stay healthy. Regards to all.

Amir Busran - Thank you :)

Kaye Untalan - Salamat teh sayang di tayo nagkita :(

Khristine Urieta Ordenes - Yun oh, Ate Bobon. Thank you. You are beautiful, like me :) Hahahaha walang kokontra :)

Ava Mercene Ordenes - One of the oldest friends I have! Salamat Bhang! Kiss kulot for me :)

Chona Ordenes - Hi tita Chon, thanks for showing us that a woman's strength is everything. God bless you and stay happy. Love you ta Chon!

Marga Dimayacyac - Congrats ate Marga on your new job! God really listens to our hearts! Sorry di na tayo nagkita bago ka bumalik sa Dubai. Til next time. Thank you :)

Asela Alunan Mendoza - Hi Ase, thanks! How's the workout going? Naku ayoko na makipaglaban sa inyo. Career move na to hahaha.

Dei Landong Taggueg - Hello Dei thank you! :)

Arlene Gabuco Ungria - Salamat Nikki! Hope to see you again.

Julius Calalo - Ser, thank you. Magti-thank you ulit ako sa pag-entertain sa amin dyan, super appreciated :) 

Elena Ebora Cueto - Thanks girl!

Corazon Alvarez - It's you already haha sabi ko nga sayo. Hanggang pinas ang haba ng hair mo!

Belle Antolin - Salamat. See you soon pag di na busy mom ang peg mo :)

Raul Ordenes - Thanks for being present hehehe antagal din ng mga taong binilang ko huh!

Princess Roxan - Salamat :)

Yehlen - Thanks for just being there. I love you Yeh!

Joyce de Leon - Thanks sa advanced greeting. Sayang di ka naka attend. Next time na lang.

Nathaniel Untalan - If I were to enumerate all, I don't think I can finish in one day. I know a simple thank you will do :) i love you Nates!

Gerry Serquina - Thank you batch!

Sherwin Lopez - Salamat Weng!

John Tristan Garcia - Kampai John Tristan hehehe thank you.

August Nang-is - Hello Sir maraming salamat po.

Wilfren Pacheco - Thanks Sir Wilfren! God bless.

Joanne Pascual - Hi, Joanne. Asan ka na? thank you! Nice to see you last May in Sablayan :)

Angel Profeta - Thanks.

My officemates, Reena, Rachel, Grecy, Marie, Paula, Ivy, Maggie, Ashok, Jeffrey, Maureen, Ramya and boss Romillie, salamat sa greetings through mail and in person.

Sana wala akong nakalimutan.

I also wanted to share the crazy video I took during our dinner. The super bibo Vikings' staff sang and danced for us :)