Bared... Nurse uniform puts Cathy Remperas in hot seat

Tagbilaran, Monday, 19 October 2009 02:30:33


Rose Soy shows no signs of slowing down

Dame Rosario "Rose" Soy.

Dame Rosario "Rose" Soy is one of the most well-loved figures in the society. That's why when her birthday comes every first of October, the celebration has become almost like a tradition upheld by her closest friends and family.

We are lucky to have been celebrating with the woman who has been called the Queen of Bohol Tourism. Thanks to Dame Rose who started promoting Bohol to the world. Her Cion-Virge restaurant inside the Tagbilaran Airport witnessed how Dame Rose packaged Bohol to tourists when Bohol was not yet known as a tourist destination.

The venue of the celebration has changed through the years. The food may vary year after year, but the fact is that the people who celebrate with Dame Rose remain the same, a proof of how she has kept long-standing relationships all through the years.

Bohol's who's who and bigwigs attended the party held at the Metro Centre Hotel. They were Father Fernando Suarez, the healing priest, Pres. Carlos P. Garcia's son-in-law of Atty. Fernando C. Campos (representative of President Carlos P. Garcia Foundation, Inc.), the members of the Filipino-Chinese Association, Rotary Club of Tagbilaran, The City Host Lions Club of Tagbilaran, Bohol Tourism staff, provincial government of Bohol staff headed by Ms. June Blanco, Cion-Virge Restaurant employees and relatives and friends.

Bohol's prominent host Ms. Ardy Batoy enlivened the night. Dame Rose's daughter Virgie came home from USA for the special day of her Mom.

Dame Rose turned 70, but she shows no signs of slowing down! And, how do you figure she'll spend her day? If you're thinking maybe by putting up her feet, blowing out a few symbolic candles and retiring to bed early, well, you don't know Dame Rose. Unlike ordinary mortals, she intends to put in her usual 18 hours on the job managing her restaurant, travel agency and attend social functions — just to make the day more interesting and hectic.

As long as her health holds up, she will continue to be an inspiration though her humanitarian works especially that she is the Rotary Queen for consecutive years and the reigning Mrs. Bohol International.

With each passing decade, the birthdays get all the more special. They are the days for pondering over the sweet thoughts from the past and wondering what more life has in store! The 70th birthday present honors her age and tell her how lovely her presence has been for the past 70 years!

Abdul Wallace is third RU in Mister International Philippines '09

Abdul Wallace.

Abdul Wallace was declared third runner-up in the Mister International Philippines 2009 which was held Oct. 14 at the A Venue Mall in Makati City. Michael Manansala, a 23 year old freelance model won the tilt.

Abdul shared his experience to Bared the following morning when he logged on at Facebook. "It was great...I had so much fun."

Will he join another tilt like Mister International Philippines in the future? "Not anymore siguro, I'm ok na with it. I've experienced and learned na that's far as I will go na siguro," Abdul added.

Aside from Mommy Vicky, his sister Mellanie is proud of Abdul's achievement. "Abdul, I'm so proud of you!! Congratulations! purely runs in the blood!! hahahah Your answer is "THE BOMB" You the MAN! :) That's for Precious!" Mellanie posted at Facebook.

From the news: Nasa hot seat ang Housemate na nurse na si Catherine Remperas matapos sampahan ng reklamo ng Philippine Nurses Association dahil sa pagsusuot ng nurses uniform bilang costume sa "Spooktakular PBB launch" ng second batch ng Housemates. Nagpa-Patrol, Marie Lozano. TV Patrol World, Huwebes, Oktubre 15, 2009

From Teresita Irigo-Barcelo, PhD, RN, president of Philippine Nurses Association (PNA): We would like to inform you that the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) strongly protests the portrayal of a nurse in the program "The Pinoy Big Brother" this week. The participant wore the nurse's uniform inappropriately destroying the good image of a Professional Nurse.

Catherine Remperas.

From PBB: Again we apologize for the discomfort that this misunderstanding may have incurred with your reputable association. We give our word that in the future, the program will be more sensitive to such issues. Again, our sincerest apologies.

Before televiewers got an upclose glimpse of Catherine "Cathy" Remperas inside Big Brother's house, she was already attracting a lot of attention — especially in her native Bohol — with her participation on beauty pageants (she was 1st runner-up in the Miss Bohol International 2006) and modeling.

The last time I saw her was in July when she co-hosted the Miss Bohol Sandugo 2009 alongside Bohol's seasoned host Raul Gatal. She also hosted the first season of Runway Icon's The Glamour 12 Model Search (the season 2 will start in Nov., if you're interested call/text 09203023195/09276777747; or email: After that, Cathy could never be found.

As of last week, text messages were flooding my inbox to ask my support to the first Boholano in the Bahay ni Kuya. At first, I doubted the veracity of the text message and the messages posted at Facebook and other social networks (Fiel Gabin and Kate Arellano have the energy to spread the news) until I texted Maam Linggit Tan, ABS-CBN entertainment head to verify the news. She texted back, "Totoo, merun."

Big Brother had finally revealed to the housemates about his two houses. In a pre-Halloween party on Oct. 10, Kuya welcomed Cathy Remperas and other housemates, the new faces set to add more spice in the unpredictable environment inside the PBB house. Cathy has been given the title, "Charming Babe of Bohol." Another beautiful Boholana and beauty queen Mayumi Lugod took Cathy to Kuya's house.

A little "issue" about the "sexy" uniform she wore last week has to be cleared. "It's really a big deal for PNA about the nurse's uniform. Nursing students are not allowed to stroll around the malls, etc with uniforms and caps on. The PBB staff apologize na naman…so we hope the PNA will accept it. It's an innocent mistake naman po," according to Bared correspondent and PBB addict Gerwin Yudelmo.

The next time I will receive a text message that another Boholano is in a national contest, I'd like to believe. Boholanos can do wonders.

More about Cathy:
Nickname: Cathy
Status: In House
Real Name: Catherine Remperas
Origin: Bohol
Age: 22
Birthdate: October 8, 1987
Nationality: Filipino
Occupation: Nursing Graduate
Civil Status: Single
Religion: Catholic
Hobbies: Reading novels and historical stuff, watching TV and movies, malling, playing volleyball
Favorite Color: Yellow
Favorite Food: Seafood
Favorite Show: CNN, Discovery Channel, PBB
Favorite Actor: Shia LaBeouf
Favorite Actress: Angelina Jolie, Megan Fox
Favorite Singer: Avril Lavigne, Paramore, Lady Gaga

At first glance, Cathy appears to be a half-and-half, though born to Filipino parents. This Boholana is actually a native of Zamboanga, until her search for her father led her to finally settle in Bohol. Though the search was successful, the reunion was not quite as expected. They found their father with another family, where they have four half-siblings. This discovery hindered them from ever really mending their relationship. Her need for a father figure probably plays a part in her choice of men. Cathy tends to gravitate towards men her senior, whom she feels can take care of her. Her most recent relationship was even with a man 16 years older than her.

What would you consider your greatest accomplishment?
Getting my license as a nurse and getting accepted into PBB.

What/who will you miss the most upon entering the PBB House?
My cellphone, I-pod. And of course my family.

If you can be a celebrity for a day, who would you be and why?
Vilma Santos. She's a good person and a very versatile actress.

Do you think you can get along with the other housemates? Why?
I am very flexible and can adjust to any situation.

What would irritate and annoy you the most inside the house?
Inconsiderate people.

Catherine Remperas.


Leo P. Udtohan