Ang Makabuluhan, Bow!

Filed under: Features — CandyM0d at 6:34 pm on Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Lately, I have been getting invitations to events that had opened my eyes about how talented the Filipinos are and how we all can help each other. I must say I feel so privileged. In fairness, nagiging makabayan ang mga gimmick ko.

SAVE ACT. It’s a trading law that is being passed by the US Congress to eliminate duties and taxes of textiles and thread that are being exported by our country.

What does this mean?

The Philippines have been locally manufacturing for brands like Gap, Nike, Ann Taylor, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Adidas for several years now.

There had been a decrease due to the more competitive cost of products manufactured in other Asian countries like India, Vietnam, and China.

If this law is passed, our exports will have a greater advantage due to the much lower total cost.  About 450,000 jobs will be offered to Filipinos, and five billion dollars will be potentially earned.

Ano naman ginagawa ko sa event na ito?

I was invited by my cousin Chuck Lazaro. And I met some people from the industry who are actually very nice. Hello? I’m looking forward to our gimmick.

What was even more touching was the fact that ABS-CBN gathered its resources to support the cause and mount the show, which was joined by KC Concepcion, Sam Milby, Jose Mari Chan, APO Hiking Society, Angeline Quinto, Bugoy Drilo, and Noel Cabahug—na super aliw ako sa song niya.

Sina Venus Raj at David Celdran ay nandun din.

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CHILI’S. I was with Direk Dante Garcia, who asked me to drop by Chili’s Greenhills. Meron palang bartending competition. Aliw! Ang huhusay naman ng mga bartenders natin. I was so entertained seeing how passionate they were with their work. Meron din pala tayong ganito sa Pinas. Kaya ng Pinoy!

PICO DE LORO. It’s a getaway in Batangas. There were plenty of pools to choose from, a playground for the kids, a game area, karaoke rooms, dining areas boasting of different cuisines, a lake and a beach, comfortable and beautiful rooms, a beautiful scenery, and a wonderful staff ready to assist you in your every need. It’s a land trip from Manila. Ganda ng Pilipinas!

LIPA. I went to Our Lady of Mediatrix in Lipa. I was surprised about how fast my trip was. There was this new SLEX that is connected to Star Toll that made our trip really fast. I was in Lipa within an hour and a half. There were a lot of foreigners who were there that came to pray at the miraculous Mediatrix. Yes! Kilala siya ng ibang lahi bilang marami na pong milagro itong napamalas. When I told my friends about it, not everyone knows about this miraculous place in Lipa.

ZONTA. Opo, maliban sa mga bagay na alam niyo sa akin, ako rin po ay member ng ZONTA, a non-government socio-civic international organization that aims to empower the women.

I was invited to be a moderator for a workshop entitled Education and Job for Women. It was a discussion about the jobs available for women and the discrimination they experience in the workplace.

To sum it up, maliban sa nakasanayan na lalakeng tubero o lalakeng karpintero, there was little or no discrimination, according to study.

Would you believe the Philippines is leading in terms of advocating equal rights for men and women?

Dito ko ang nalaman na meron palang Single Parent Law, Anti-night law for women, etc.

Yes! Meron po tayong ganyang batas. Other than the Magna Carta Law na bonggang bongga talaga para sa babae at sa mga bata, ang gaganda ng batas natin lalo na kung maipapatupad sila.

I had the honor to people who are highly respected in their fields—Dr. Patricia Licuanan, chairperson of CHED; Mr. Bong Austero, educator, columnist and head of HR department organization; Dr. Brawner, science and technology expert; and Dr. Concepcion, educator and award-winning psychologist, and guidance counselor.

Mga Pilipino po sila at matiyaga nilang pinag-aaralan at tinuturuan ang mga Pilipino para maging kapaki-pakinabang na mga mamamayan at tao.

Gusto mo ba yung statement na yun? The Zontians have been sincerely doing and looking for ways to uplift the lives of Filipino women. Nakakatuwa lang kasi dati, naririnig ko lang na merong ganitong mga tao at industry na willing to help. Now I have met people who are actually helping. Nakakatuwa!

We have everything here in the Philippines, we just need to find the right avenue and the right people to approach.

Ganun nga ba talaga? E, bakit ang daming wala work?

Dito rin naman yung binibigyan mo na ng bahay para umalis sa squatters’ area pero babalik at babalik pa rin dun. Bibigyan mo na ng pera para magsimula ng negosyo at nang hindi na mamalimos, pero mas type nila ang mamalimos. Bakit? Nakasanayan na, e. I think we have to get out of what we’re used to and not get stuck with our concerns.

When we focus our energies in helping others, our problems become small and eventually they are not a problem anymore. So, anong problem? Hahaha…Yun na!

Minsan Lang…

Filed under: Features — CandyM0d at 11:45 pm on Friday, August 19, 2011

Today is the last airing day of ABS-CBN’s top-rating telenovela, Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin.

I am so proud to be a part of this beautifully-crafted masterpiece. But more than that, I am so blessed to be part of this family.

I was surrounded with talented and seasoned actors, and got to work with the dedicated production staff Deo Edrinal. Saan ka pa?

Nagse-senti ba ako? Yes.

At lubos din akong nagpapasalamat sa lahat ng bumubuo ng nasabing soap, kung saan nagkaroon ako ng bagong kapatid at ate.

May bago akong kaibigan na nagngangalang “Ms. Lorna Tolentino.”

Mabait ba si Lorna Tolentino? Opo. Mabait na tao, simple. Maalalahanin. Professional. At isang mapagbigay na actress.

What do I mean by a giving actress? She is someone who knows how to interact and give you the so make you shine in your own scene.

In other words, di ka niya kakainin sa mga eksena. Kakausapin ka at ipapaintindi sa iyo kung ano at paano gagawin ang eksena.

I got reunited as well with Ms. Amy Austria, whom I had the chance to work with in Walang Kapalit. Though I only had a few scenes with her, I got a lot of help and tips from her.

Both stars are thinking actors. Kaya nga naman, ganun na lang ang pagmamahal ng mga manonood sa kanila.

I remember during one of my lowest moments, I still went to the set.

I arrived at the dressing room, wearing my shades.

Sabi ni Ms. LT, “Sa bagyong ito, naka-shades ka talaga?”

I took it off.

I saw the shock on their faces after seeing my puffy eyes.

Sabi talaga ni Ms. LT, “Kerokerpi?”

Like my ates, they both stretched their arms around me.

Then, I poured my heart out. No questions asked, only hugs were given. That’s my two ates off cam.

Siyempre, ang parati kong kabiruan ever since nagkatrabaho kami ay si Mr. Ronaldo Valdez.

Dati pa ay parati akong natutulala pag kaeksena ko si Tito Ronaldo. Nakakalimutan ko talagang umarte at nanonood na lang ako.

Alam niyo kung ano ang meron si Tito Ronaldo na wala ang ibang artista? PRESENCE.

He has the power to draw you into his character. Nakakahawa, ako rin tuloy, in character na rin.

Mr. Dante Rivero is another seasoned actor that has so much talent. Does it come with age? Iba rin ang drawing power niya.

This is the first time I have worked with Mr. Tonton “Intense” Gutierrez.

Aside from his good looks and captivating eyes, he is definitely an outstanding actor…an underrated actor of his generation.

Professionalism is synonymous top his name. Another thing I discovered about him, he’s a good buddy.

As for Mr. John Estrada, I had worked with him in the past. But this project seems to be one of his best portrayals.

John has showed brilliance and consistency in terms of attacking his character.

Let’s not forget Ms. Boots Anson-Roa’s luminous acting. Luminous because she does shine in whatever she does. Off cam, she is really a mother to all of us.

The Rebel Camp was also composed of great actors.

No questions asked about Ronnie Lazaro’s intensity in acting. And his rapport with fellow actors—Jojit Lorenzo, Lloyd Zaragoza, gto name a few—was very good.

For his part, Martin del Rosario is a revelation.

And of course, Maja Salvador is such a delight to watch and to be with. Napakagaan kasama at katrabaho. I only had one scene with Maja but watching her, I know she’s going to make it big in showbiz.

Andi Eigenmann has the versatility and vibrance. She never complained despite her current delicate condition. She was always on the go. Mahusay na bata.

And here comes the impassioned, committed, talented, and fiery Coco Martin.

On the set, he is quiet, simple, and he loves to goof around with anyone.

But once he hears the word, “Action,” he becomes a different person.

In Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin, he played the dual role of Javier and Alexander. Kaya nga, ang tawag ko sa kanya dito ay “the most tired actor.” But still, he did not disappoint.

There were a lot of tweets that commending my dramatic scenes. Some people were actually shocked that I can do drama. I have to thank the writers, my two directors (Direk Darnel and Direk Avel), and creative head Rondel Lindayag for giving me the opportunity to shine in such scenes, for having the confidence that I could pull it through.

I received affirmations for a job well done. I felt good.

People would always say that I’m funny and I make them laugh. Now they were saying how touched they were. It felt different.

THANK YOU to those wh fervently and passionately watched, cried, and laughed with us everyday. Thank you very much for your support.

I will miss this show, this ensemble, but I thank this the opportunity.