Saturday, April 23, 2011

Balik Regional, My Alumni Homecoming Speech

Breakfast at Am Rei Hotel, Bacolod before we left for Isabela

At the Registration table with some of our classmates
Dear distinguished guests, beloved principal, teachers, classmates and fellow alumni of INHS, friends, and relatives, Maayo nga Adlaw sa inyo nga tanan

  • When Ma’am Remee Riza Coralde asked if she could recommend me as the guest speaker for today’s celebration, I could not believe it.   Why me,  I asked her.  Why not our handsome class valedictorian; why not the most glamorous one among our classmates; why not  the Pinaka madatung in our      group; but Ma’am Coralde answered that I don’t have to be the Valedictorian nor the most glamorous one nor the Pinakamadatung – as long as I am able to inspire and impart knowledge to others, I am the woman for the job. I was both flattered and humbled, and I told myself, why not, I’m not one to turn my back on challenges.  Kay bisan gamay man ni, matilaw man ni. In modern term, Adja! 
Our welcoming banner
  • Kidding aside, why not?   This is payback time. Balik Regional na tayo.  Balik as in physically come back or we give her time and effort as she gave us those before. We give back to our Alma Mater for preparing us well for college; for preparing us to meet new people, for providing us new experiences, for preparing us for the rest of our lives.  Aside from God, and our parents and guardians, we have lots to thank our teachers, our coaches and mentors.  We also thank them for the solid, irreplaceable friendships that we developed while we were in this school.   Why don’t we give everyone a round of applause! 
Ma'am Remee Riza Coralde flanked by Welvic, Marlon, Sandy, JC and Mahong
  • And thank you Batch ’86 for accommodating our wishes that this celebration happens today. Thank you for coordinating with us, Rema Joy Hechanova and Alma Teorima Garnica.    
Reminiscences:   39 years had passed since our graduation day in 1972. In these classrooms and corridors we had so much fun.  Who said that studying is no fun?  
Dante, Joy+ and Me
Charie as Mother Philippines
    Jingh or JAGG with Gilda, during our JS Prom

  • Discussion with our Biology teacher about the reproduction of flora and fauna made us respect how life seeks its own how the species preserve its own.  We learned well the law of reproduction, di ba, at least most of us…….   Our beloved History teacher, Mr. Fuertas (may he rest in peace) talked of history as if it happened the day before. We heard and learned the rise and fall of governments, the rape and glory of nations as if they were our neighbors in the barrio.  He told fascinating stories and our mind wandered from our next mischief to the streets of the country he was telling us about.  
  • I so enjoyed our English Teacher’s wit, suabe lang talaga.   I looked forward to attend her classes each day as I enjoyed her wit so much.  I remember her telling a talkative classmate, Sophia Palomares, “I think you need fresh air, you may step outside and refresh yourself’.  And to Cesar Chin, a classmate who was rushing to class as he was already late, she asked, “Is there a fire, where’s the fire?”  During one of our graded oral recitation, she called a classmate and it so happened that classmate did not know the answer to her question.  Our classmate looked at us meaningfully, hoping to hear an answer.  One of us (that was me) dictated the answer and that classmate recited the answer one word after another, as  was dictated.  Ma’am Calvo asked, Is there a Hitler in our class”?  I looked around…thinking wala naman kaming classmate na Hitler ang apelyedo.   She asked again, Is there a dictator in our class.  Ah oks, ga dikta kasi ang answer….. Even with our childish monkey business with our classmates she showed us how to respect individuals and groups.  We have great respect coupled with love for our beloved 4th year adviser, Mrs. Angelina Calvo.  Thank you Ma’am for your kind guidance.  And with Mr. Calvo at your side, you are an unbeatable team.
Our former teacher, Mrs. Porter,  becomes friendly with us and even invited us to her house!
Sandy, Outstanding alumni with Mahong, Class Valedictorian, now successful businessman
Mr. Calvo flanked by Joe, Jingh, Charie, Jusimen, Sandy, JC, Cezar, Mahong Welvic and Marlon

  • We learned glamor by example from Mrs. Porter. She is the picture of the modern, sophisticated and refined woman.   One disapproving look from her and we all behaved. She brought her magazines to our classroom and our imagination are richer for them.  Thank you, Mrs. Porter.
  • I mentioned only a few of our teachers, but this does not mean that those not mentioned have contributed less to our progress.  Each and every teacher we had, left an indelible mark in our development and we are grateful for that. 
  • We had many idols among our classmates too.  We have a classmate whom we call Ms. Coca Cola as she has beauty, body and brains, her nickname is coolness itself,  JAGG – Juhriza Ann Granada Granada.  We had our own Miss Philippines – Ada Tabunda, also Jusimen Garrido.  We had rock stars – the Geocaniga brothers who sang and serenaded us – also the Maninantans, the Dianalas.  There were  girls younger than us whom we admired greatly - how they were more gracious and lady-like than us – the likes of the Gayares sisters, Teorima sisters, Gatuteo sisters. 
  • Our learning was not confined in the 4 walls of our classrooms.   We were lucky to join the camping of 4-H Club in Mambucal,  4H club -where youth are trained for leadership and life skills.  We competed in cooking, dancing, declamation, etc.  We had fun, we made friends and we thank you INHS for the opportunity.  These experiences gave us confidence to go wherever the opportunity leads us.  We are more resilient and adaptable and in fact we have gone global because of those qualities.   
Let me give you an classic yet a practical quotation:  Knowledge is power by Sir Francis Bacon
I remember that well for that is posted in front of us students, inside our classroom.  Only after we went out in the world to seek our fortune did I learn the full impact of that quotation. Yes, knowledge is power.

Knowledge is power, power is money, money is happiness...

or  Knowledge is power, power is control, control is freedom...

Sophie, our nurse classmate, now based in Chicago
I would like to give you life examples to illustrate that but I will not be mentioning names as we don’t seek fame, but I hope that my stories will inspire you. Classmates, you know who you are, we know who you are and for those who don’t know you may come and ask us personally who is who later.   I will mention their accomplishments for the inspirations that they provide us. 
Charie, with Sophie and Gilda, now based in Germany
  • Let’s take for an example a classmate who became a nurse.  She knew she had to prepare well for the career she had chosen and she got her education from the best school available the family could afford. She pursued her dreams of working abroad, worked in several countries in Asia until she got her chance to work in the U.S. She became an immigrant and now a U.S. citizen.  She had been helping her family tremendously.  She helps them not only in sending them to school, she also nurtured their dreams.  She built several homes for her loved ones, provided capital for their businesses too.  And she keeps abreast of the new trends in her chosen field by attending conventions regularly.  She knew the value of keeping her knowledge updated and used it to her advantage. And di ba tax deductible din? For her, knowledge is Power is money, Money is happiness and love as manifested by enjoying what money could buy for her loved ones.
Charrie alighting from the van.
  • Another classmate is now a business woman, with alkaline water distribution as her main line of business.  Thirty years before who would have thought of selling and buying water, especially alkaline water?  We drank tap water all over the country before.  Our classmate studied the market, and being health conscious herself found a product which has a marvelous effect one’s health and in balancing the body's pH – alkaline water!  Also, her working knowledge of supply and demand assured her of profitability of her business.  Needless to say she is a successful business woman.  To her, knowledge is Power, Power is money. money is happiness, as  she is able to help her family, relatives and friends.
Ric Maninantan in stripes, is now based in Brunei
Marlon Malapitan and Rev. James Carr Federico, our past 'heart throbs'
  • Aside from nurses, and other health workers, we also have engineers who are now respected in their companies and by their peers.
  • We have men and women who worked in government offices not only here in Isabela Municipal hall but in cities too.  
  • We have classmates who became teachers, librarian, Records Analyst in an international organization, photographer, photo editor, video editor, call center agent, blogger,  ghost writer for E-zine articles and E-books.
  • We have turned out OFWs who worked in the Middle East and the U.S., Canada, Europe, etc.
  • We have seamen too and others got promoted to second mate, first mate, captain of their ships.
  • There is one classmate, James Carr,  who used to be  quiet and shy in our class.  He is good-looking and was always teased for his choice of crushes.  To him “a thing of beauty is Joy forever”. Yes, he had Joy in his life.   He has regrets though, because he was not able to express himself well while in high school.  Na torpe daw sya eh. So when he was in college, he sought the university library for self-help books.  He studied public speaking,  how to exude more confidence, how to think positively, how to be a leader, how to overcome his shyness.  This knowledge enabled him to overcome his perceived limitations and helped him to be what he is now:  a leader, a persuasive and charismatic Pastor - living a happy life with his beautiful wife and children, and with his apos doing Apo stolate work.  To him, Knowledge is Power, Power is fulfillment, peace and love as he is able do his calling – that is to help the needy and to spread the word of God.
  • In conclusion let me again stress that knowledge is power, and with the internet, new technologies constantly developed, it’s easier and more convenient to gain knowledge.  We don’t stop learning or we become stagnant or obsolete!  We should continue learning, and gain and share knowledge from our own experiences and other’s experiences too.    
  • And for all the alumni gathered around here today, let me congratulate all of you, all of us, for we are all successful  because we did our best, no matter what life has handed us, no matter what cards we were dealt with, we survived and we are successful in our own way.  I proudly say that we all look successful.  We are all successful. We all look waffa, waffu!   Tama ba? 
  • And even as we gather here and speak of our current successes, our journey in life has not ended yet, we are still in the running, success in the making, until they bury us 6 feet under the ground, it’s not the end until it’s the end. And even after that, some of us may have works and services that even after death will be remembered and appreciated.   For now, we don’t rest on our laurels, for our journey has not ended yet, we move on, we move forward.
 Thank you all and God bless.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A Blog Award: Laughing out Loud!

Wow, Bloggerang Pinay's first award!  I am so dumb I did not know about this award 'til today.  Thanks so much Jhengpot!
Yes I am now a member of the big teethed smiley.  

Let's abide by the rules of this noble (ahem)  award now :
  1. Link to the person who gave you this award. (In a post, or in your sidebar, wherever you have this)
  2. Pass the award along to seven other people who post about at least slightly amusing things and tell them. Either by emailing them or commenting on a post, etc.
  3. Say seven things about yourself that no one knows. (Or at least you think no one knows.)
  4. Pass these rules on.
And drum roll please, I  am passing this prestigious (oo daw) award to the following:

Mona Gonzales of Life in the Philippines for she is so smart and funny, her blog entries informative yet light, she always makes my day. 

Mauie Flores of Mole on my Sole because she makes a good travel blog.

Edlyn Oroquiola Retucsan of Heart of Mind because we love the same things - food and love of learning among other things.

Momgen of  Life's Journey because she is such an enterprising and positive person.

Yham of  Veroniz of Veronizm ...Life in Bliss because she goes in places I would likely go and takes great pictures too. 

And now seven things about me:
1.  I aim to be a comedienne in my own way (just like my father who is a comic/comedian wherever he goes), in my sphere of friends: that's why 

2.  I am always attracted to comedians/comediennes or to anyone who could tickle  my funny bones.

3.  My hubby is a stand-up comedian, not professionally, though.

4.  I have a soft spot for the broken-hearted, being one for soooo many years.   I treat them like my own babies, make them smile/laugh, comfort them, take their pictures so they see themselves as the lovely creatures as they are :)

5.  And speaking of pictures, one of the reasons I learned photography is to be able to take better pictures of myself (oh I am vain).  I remember my ugliest picture taken at  Foto Me when I was in college:  my cousin stole found it and gave it to my aunt and both of them gleefully represented yours truly in our Lola's  grandchildren/family album with my ugliest picture ever. 

6.  One reason I became a professional photographer (aside from being financially needy) is that I lost my first  'Point-and-shoot camera' and had to buy a second hand DSL camera to take pictures of my first baby.  The DSL camera enabled me to have a little sideline (took passport pictures!)  in an international organization where I was employed until I resigned and did photography professionally.

7)    I befriend ghosts wherever we live.  The first time I do upon moving into a house is to 'speak' to ghosts, telling them that I would like to be a friend, that I don't like to be scared, that I'd like them to help me, hehehe.
Almost always they respond by appearing in my dreams and answering my requests too.  True to their form, a ghost in Saudi Arabia kissed me and another one made love to me, lol.  

That's all folks :)

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Look Years Younger Through Colors!

Have you heard about cool and warm colors, or cool and warm skin tones? I've heard that, researched on that since I became aware of presenting myself favorably especially during job interviews. 

When one is young,  foolish and carefree, one is not concerned at all with this bullshit information.  Who cares of the warm and cool tones,  I thought I look good in purple, so I wear purple. I  even put on a purple lipstick and violet eyeshadow, and my friends  told me how good I look;  that I am the only one who get away with that kind of (bizarre) colors.  I guess when one is young, you could experiment on your appearance and not think that your choice of colors and style of clothing  ages you.  I guess subconsciously, we'd like to look older, to project sophistication.  An 18 year old girl  does not think of 'ageing' colors at all!  Now that I am turning 56, I do care!  I do care but the stubborn streak in me would still wear purple blouse, eyeshadow  and lipstick up to these days....until I saw someone transformed by her choice of  wrong colors.

When I first saw her in our hiking club, she wore a white shirt and dark short shorts, her hair tied in a pony tail.  I could not tell her age. She was bubbly, she was funny, she was ageless!  I gather she could be in her early 40s or late 30's.  When I saw her again at a more formal atmosphere (in a restaurant for a despedida party of a friend) she had dyed her hair light blond (she used to have blond streaks in her brunette hair) and she wore a flowery blouse of orange red and beige.  I did not recognize her.  She looked sixtyish!  She should not have dyed her hair.  She's a Caucasian, and yes, a Caucasian could be warm-toned or cool- toned.  I gather now, she's cool toned as she looked washed-out in warm-toned clothes and make-up.  Let's be clear about these colors for now.

Here's a vey informative article

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What colors are warm? cool?
The following chart displays the difference between warm and cool colors.

Warm colors are based on yellows, oranges, browns, yellowish greens, orangish reds, and the like.

Cool colors are based on blues, greens, pinks, purples, blue-greens, magentas, and blue-based reds.

This simple chart will help you to determine what colors are what, once you learn the basic differences between warm and cool color tones.

Once you have a basic understanding, you can then differentiate between for example, a "warm pink" and a "cool pink". A warm pink is a peachy pink. A cool pink would be a purplish pink. A warm green would be a yellowish green. A cool green would be more blue.

A warm toned foundation powder is more yellow based. A cool toned one is more pink.

When you hear someone say "I am an autumn" or "I am a spring", this means that they look best in warm tones. In contrast, "summers" and "winters" look best in cool tones. (this is based on the Color Me Beautiful method of skin typing).

Looking at blushes? As a rule, any blush with a brown or peach undertone is warm. Any blush with a purple or pink undertone is cool. Some colors can work for both skintones, such as a peachy pink or a pinkish brown. This is why we offer samples, so you can try before you buy full sizes.
Keep in mind that computer monitors all vary in how they display colors. The best best is to try a few samples and see how they compare. We offer samples of all of our loose powder cosmetic line.
If you do not know your skintone, you can estimate it by referring to the following chart:
Cool: Eyes are typically blue or grey. Haircolor typically blonde, brown or black. Skin has definite blue and pinkish undertones. Cool-toned people look best in colors such as blue, red, pink and purple, or "gem-tones". Usually look best in silver jewelry. In natural light, the color of the veins on the underside of your wrist are bluish. You can wear a white shirt and it is flattering on you.
Neutral: Eyes may be any color. Hair may be any color. Skin has unspecifiable undertones, such as pink, olive or yellow. Those with neutral coloring can wear just about any color clothing and look good. Can wear gold or silver jewelry (no preference as to which looks better)
Warm: Eyes are typically brown, green or hazel. Haircolor typically brown, black, red, auburn, blonde or strawberry blonde. Skin has yellow/orange or olive undertones. Warm-toned people look best in earthy-toned clothing, such as browns, yellows, oranges, yellowish green and ecru. Look best in gold jewelry. In natural light, the color of the veins on the underside of your wrist are greenish. You are most flattered by an off-white, cream or ecru shirt (i.e. pure white makes you look washed out)
If you aren't sure if you have Cool or Warm Skin Tones, these comparisons should help: 
Cool Warm
You look best in these colors: You look best in these colors:
Includes "jewel tones" - blues, greens, pinks, purples, blue-greens, magentas, and blue-based reds. Includes "earth tones" - yellows, oranges, browns, yellowish greens and orange-based reds.
Foundation is pink based Foundation is yellow based
Looks better in pure white than ivory Looks better in ivory than pure white
Can easily wear black Looks washed out with black worn close to the face
My skin is:
Very dark brown with reddish or blue undertones
Brown with pink undertone
True olive (most Asians and Latinos)
Medium with no color in cheeks
Medium with faint pink cheeks
Pale with no color in cheeks
Pale with pink undertones
Ruddy-pinkish red
Brown or bronze when I tan
My skin is:
Very dark brown with golden undertones
Brown with golden undertone
Medium with golden undertones
Pale with peach or gold undertones
Golden brown, when I tan
Notable examples -
Elizabeth Taylor, Demi Moore, Anne Hathaway, Courtney Cox, Sandra Bullock, Terri Hatcher, Kirstin Davis, America Fererra, Keira Knightley, Eva Longoria, Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Hudson, Liv Tyler, Alexis Bledel, Megan Fox, Jennifer Connelly, Shania Twain, Brooke Shields Sophia Bush, Penelope Cruz, Candace Bergen, Sarah Chalke, Hillary Clinton, Heather Locklear, Britney Spears, Sarah Jessica Parker, Christy Brinkley, Reese Witherspoon, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jeri Ryan, Jennifer Aniston, Ellen Pompano
Notable examples - Nicole Kidman, Meg Ryan, Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Reba McIntyre, Julianne Hough, Sarah Ferguson, Marcia Cross, Calista Flockhart, Rebecca Romjin, Tara Reid, Renee Zellweger, Ellen Degeneres, Diane Sawyer, Amy Adams, Jillian Anderson, Amanda Bynes, Becki Newton, Nicole Richie, Kim Raver, Kristen Johnston, Leona Lewis

Here's Madonna using wrong make-up colors:

I don't know if the blue eyes are Madonna's natural eye color......but she is definitely cool-toned. The color of the dress is right (although the style is questionable), but the make-up and the lipstick are wrong;  these colors are for the warm-toned. She could have used pinkish lipstick instead, she could still maintain the 'light' make-up look. 

And here's a classic beauty, Joan Collins,  who always know how to sizzle:
She is cool-toned and her dress is the right color. Her lipstick sets off her skin and as usual her eye make-up suits her.

Let's try the younger  celebrities. Justin Bieber and Selena Lopez:

Justin could get away with anything, being 16, rich and famous.  I think that he is warm-toned though, and  when he gets older he should wear warm-toned colors to project his youthful image always.  Selena is warm-toned and looks so ravishing in this hue of red.  The lipstick is a bit too bright, her eye make-up and overall makeup is so 80's and if she's older it may look garish, but with her youth and fame, Selena is a bomb.

Anne Hathaway wears superb colors:
Here's a local Actress, Toni Gonzaga, glowing with the right  warm colors: 
Wat say you of Marian Rivera's sexiness?

Look at Angel Locsin with her right colors, absolutely gorgeous:

Ok, I have warned you enough.  Be selective of your colors, especially colors near your face, like your blouse, your blouse's collar, your necklace, etc.
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