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Bared... 29 lessons and a centennial

Tagbilaran, Monday, 20 December 2010


  • All roads lead to Sevilla for the town fiesta today, Dec. 12, in honor of its patron saint Our Lady of Guadalupe. Happy fiesta to all the good people of Sevilla headed by Mayor Ceferino and Ernesita Digal. Like Sevilla, Booy District in Tagbilaran City will also celebrate its fiesta today lead by Barangay Captain Jun Telmo. A trivia: It is fiesta of the Virgin of Guadalupe throughout Mexico City. The feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe commemorates the traditional account of her first appearances on the hill of Tepeyac near Mexico City in 1531. The square in front of the Basilica de Guadalupe is a stage for singing, dancing and celebration with thousands of pilgrims.

    Princess of Joy Celian Janica Pesquira and Princess of Love
    Michelle Olorvida were crowned during the Little Miss Booy
    2010 pageant held Dec. 4. The pageant was one of the nightly
    activities to enliven the barangay fiesta of barangay Booy,
    this city.
  • From Mary Grace Ramada and Maria Cristine Margate: Charmaine Ness Sagaral of Dr. Cecilio Putong National High School was proclaimed champion of the Voice of the Youth-Oratorical Competition held on Nov. 26, at the CAP Building, Tagbilaran City. The contest was sponsored by the STI Foundation and STI Network of Schools in cooperation with the Department of Education. Ma. Josielou P. Berenguel of St. Anthony's Academy of Carmen placed first runner-up and Tagbilaran City Science High School's Zion Campo was second runner-up. Sagaral shall move on to the cluster level of the competition this January 2011. The Voice of the Youth- Oratorical Competition aims to provide more opportunities for strengthening the students' role for development to be able to contribute to the total effort toward nation-building. The Divisional Competition was organized by the faculty members of STI College Tagbilaran spearheaded by Alberto Arbasto, the dean of Academics.
  • A hot blind item from the roving Miss D: In 2007 while the mother of this young socialite (kunu) was confined in the hospital owned by "Gloria Romero," he solicited money from his friends. A resort owner from the oldest church in Bohol gave him some thousands. Instead of paying the hospital, he used the money to buy a new cellphone and mp3 player. While his mother who was supposedly recuperating, his spent time calling her friends to borrow money for party. In his desperate "pagsipsip" strategy to impress the Paris Hilton who generously gave him money to buy laptop, high-end celphone and other gadgets, he led the army of the fading Paris Hilton and betrayed the blood donor who gave blood to his mother twice. He sells friendship and even used his mother's illness to gather funds for his capricho! Poor Kristy! Today, her social climber son (daughter?) who also has hosting stints (rarely) is busy "booking" young men for escapade together with a loveless government employee.

    Winners (l-r) Zion Campo (2nd Runner-up),
    Ma. Josielou Berenguel (1st Runner up), Charmaine
    Ness Sagaral (Champion) of the Voice of the
    outh- Oratorical Competition with Mr. Arturo
    Q. Carballo STI College Tagbilaran President.
  • And those-in-the-know couldn't help but believe of this "news" originally started in the US that this socialite who once a politician is infanticipating. "Yes, a friend told me that she is the talk there because she is having a butiki in her stomach," says high profile VRS Lady L. "It started from the side of her boyfriend who told friends about her condition. Let us wait and see what will happen." Another VRS also confirmed that she saw this socialite really bloating as a sign that there is a butiki in her. Butse kik (butse kik) ek-ek-ek (ek-ek-ek) Bo bochichang (bo-bochichang) Chi chiri kong tong nang...
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    Mary Ann Aparece-Verga: 29 lessons in life

    In the six years that Mary Ann "Meann" Aparece-Verga has been in the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Bohol, she said that it gives her the opportunity to know the world better, meet different kinds of people and be at the ringside of history.

    "Constant exposure to people of different personalities shapes me to become a more mature person. I become more cautious with my words and language. It also requires a good transition of theoretical knowledge on social psychology to practical wisdom," shares this strong and resolute woman. "We help local government units establish a true sense of teammanship among its internal and external stakeholders, facilitating participatory planning, initiating a system of coordination and cooperation among local officials and the CSOs and brokering information to people who know and do not know. Most importantly is creating a culture of performance management thru different assessment tools created and developed by the department."

    Unlike other people, Meann welcomes her real age as naturally as breathing. This woman definitely knows how to take care of her health and over-all appearance (she's the Helen of Troy in our college days; the face that launched a thousand ships). That is why through the years, Meann maintains her youthful look, natural zest and vigor to fulfill her significant roles in life as a DILG officer and community volunteer, wife and a mother to be.

    "I feel like my life is just beginning," says Meann who got married to Dr. Jon Mark Verga of Cebu City on Jan. 23, 2010. "In the past year or so I've learned quite much about family, love, friendship, and career," she quips.

    Mary Ann "Meann" Aparece-Verga (with hubby
    Dr. Jon Mark Verga) learns so much of family,
    love, friendship and career.

    Meann will turn 29 on Dec. 30 yet. Just the same, Bared asked her to make a list of the 29 lessons she has learned in life.

    1. Taking into account the practices of my family of orientation, i value the significance of frequent communication. With our busy schedules, it is difficult to find sufficient time to spend with one another in meaningful conversation. It is extremely important for families to make time to communicate. Talk in the car; turn the TV off and eat dinner together; and schedule informal family meetings to talk about important issues that affect your family. There are many creative ways to make time to communicate with other family members.
    2. It's the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary. I believe this to be true and have experienced this with my own family. When I think of the times where we laughed the most it was when we were doing the simplest things. Swimming in a pool, combing a beach for shells, playing badminton, or sharing a delicious meal all simple things making up the best times we've had as a family.
    3. If you want to keep up with your friends. Call them. Don't wait, it's up to you to maintain and initiate contact.
    4. When I got married to my husband, Jon Mark Verga, I learned to tell him specific things that I like about him and I never fail to say "I love you" every day. This may seem obvious but reinforcement strengthens relationships.
    5. Care more about my appearance. This is a gift I can give to my partner. You wouldn't go on a first date unkempt and sloppy, so don't adopt the habit once you are in a relationship.
    6. The date never ends. My husband and if always treat our relationship like we are still dating and the excitement, love, and commitment will continue. Be a "good date" and you will make a great partner.
    7. Be real. Nobody wants to be around a fake person.
    8. Those material possessions are just possessions and these social symbols won't necessarily categorize you and give you a true sense of happiness and contentment. Take a moment to embrace, recognize, and experience the small things in life that make you happy.
    9. There is only one way to learn, and that is through action. Trying to learn without doing is like trying to lose weight by watching someone else exercise. It's just not going to work. We are all fundamentally hands-on learners
    10. Learn to understand the universal language, the language without words. There is so much more said from a person than just words alone. You can read the expression on someone's face, sense their body language, or hear the tone in their voice. These things are all part of the unspoken language. The more conscious we become at noticing them, the better we become at interpreting them.
    11. Do what you love even if you don't get paid for it.
    12. Follow your passions and dreams. Start by making a decision and taking baby steps to bring it to life. You'll live a happier life because of it.
    13. Don't let the school system brainwash you into being average.
    14. After being exposed to a broad field of public service at the very young age of 22, i learned to trust my gut, recognize omens and follow them. Many times our subconscious has already made a decision before we've caught up and made the same decision. Sometimes we don't make the same decision and then something does not feel right or there is a persistent nagging that bothers us. Trust your gut, it may be more accurate than you think.
    15. Successful people read books.
    16. Don't worry about things. Worrying does nothing productive and only reinforces the issue.
    17. We all interpret the world through different realities so don't expect everyone to understand yours all the time. Feel the music and just dance. Who cares what anyone thinks. You'll stand out more being too self-conscious. It's okay to be different.
    18. You might think you're not good enough, but you'll surprise yourself when you try.
    19. Stop watching too much TV and do not invest too much time Facebooking. Do something productive.
    20. It's okay if you don't like something. Just don't pretend that you do.
    21. If you stay in the corner and do nothing, you will never be that lucky. Remember that there is no such thing as good luck and bad luck. You either make good things happen or you make bad things happen. Nothing more, nothing less.
    22. Stop texting or checking your phone when you're with other people. It's rude and it's sad.
    23. It's alright to complain sometimes just don't make it a habit.
    24. Drink more water.
    25. Don't fear the unknown. As long as you're resourceful and competent with knowledge, skills, experience and behaviour, there is nothing that you cannot handle. Have confidence in yourself at all times.
    26. It's okay if you can't want to travel the whole world. There are lots of things to explore in your own backyard.
    27. When you communicate, determine your audience.
    28. Always dress according to the occasion.
    29. Live the present but do not compromise the future.

    CBCI marks 100th year with Centennial Queens

  • When former Senator Oligario B. Clarin, considered one of the most illustrious Boholanos in government service, founded the Circulo Boholano de Cebu, Inc. (CBCI) in 1910, he never had inkling that it would span a hundred years, witness the succession of 14 Philippine presidents, a World War, and Martial Law.

    Bohol's Queen of Tourism Dame Rose Soy (center) as CBCI Centennial Queen- International with CBCI Centennial Queen- Philippines Tessie Cafe and CBCI Centennial Queen- Bohol Susan Kawasumi.

  • Turning a century old is no mean feat and that is reason enough for a grand celebration. Led by its president, Atty. Leopoldo Blanco, Jr., and ably supported by his wife Archt. Siony Calceta- Blanco, the oldest provincial organization in Cebu marked the occasion with a festive gathering and highlighted with the recognition and warding rites for the Most Outstanding Boholanos with the Most Distinguished Award given to Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto who came with wife Dame Pureza.
  • Among the notable guests who came were Rep. Emmyline Aglipay of DIWA partylist LMP- Bohol chapter president and Loay Mayor May Imboy and PB Member Boy Imboy, Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama.
  • Providing glitter and glamour to the event was the coronation ball for the organization's Centennial Queens who have been rigidly selected by the Executive Committee not only for their innate grace, beauty, and sense of style but also for their commitment to lend their presence and time for the club's various socio- civic activities.
  • Crowned CBCI Centennial Queen- International was the ageless porcelain beauty and Bohol's Queen of Tourism Dame Rose Soy who has already distinguished herself in community service and for her keen business acumen. CBCI Centennial Queen- Philippines was elegant and stylish Tessie Cafe and CBCI Centennial Queen- Bohol was gorgeous Susan Kawasumi.
  • Hosting the event were Bohol's seasoned host Raul Phillip Gatal and Miss Bohol Sandugo 2004 Rhiz Nova Arenas.
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