General Santos City Youth Achiever’s Award 2011


The efforts of the young Generals were recognized and rewarded in the awarding ceremonies of this year’s General Santos City Youth Achievers Award (GSCYAA) held at Robinson’s Place Gensan. Now on its 11th year, the GSCYAA is dubbed as the premier venue for the selection of outstanding young individuals and youth groups.

In-School Category – High School Level

And the nominees are…

1. MELCHEN MAE N. MACHAN | SPED Integrated School

2. ROMEO A. DEQUITO, JR. | SPED Integrated School

3. THEA DANIELLE B. CARTOJANO | Shalom Crest Wizard Academy

4. PAULINE AUBREY S. PACHECO | Shalom Crest Wizard Academy

5. JOSELV E. ALBANO | Holy Trinity College High School Department

And the winners are…

 JOSELV E. ALBANO | Holy Trinity College High School Department

THEA DANIELLE B. CARTOJANO |Shalom Crest Wizard Academy

ROMEO A. DEQUITO, JR. | SPED Integrated School

In-School Category – College

The nominees are…

1.LURVIE JAMES N. FRUTO |Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Colleges

2.KHRISTIAN IAN C. CASTILLON |Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Colleges

3.JOHN REX B. GALDO |Mindanao State University

And the winner is…

LURVIE JAMES N. FRUTO | Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Colleges

Young Professional, Workers and Entrepreneurs Category

The nominees are…

1.ALDRIN A. MATO |Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Colleges

2.MEIKKO JAY D. FORONES |Mindanao Polytechnic College

3.HAIRONESAH M. DOMADO |Asia Foundation

And the winner is…

MEIKKO JAY D. FORONES | Mindanao Polytechnic College

Group Category

The nominees are…

1.JUNIOR ECOLOGIST MOVEMENT|Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Colleges

2.TRI-YOUTH MOVEMENT|DXCP/KapayapaanKapatid Council

3.SOCIAL SCIENCE SOCIETY|Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Colleges

Special Citation for the TRI-YOUTH MOVEMENT | DXCP/Kapayapaan Kapatid Council

Special Citation for the JUNIOR ECOLOGIST MOVEMENT | Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Colleges

The GSCYAA Alumni seized the opportunity to publicly honor MR. ELMER CEQUIÑA, the GSCYAA Program Coordinator for his exemplary commitment in honing the youth of the city.

Thank you, Sir Elmer, for your selfless efforts and burning passion in advancing the welfare of the youth of Magandang Gensan!

Mayor Darlene Antonino-Custodio  lauded the young individuals who have made sterling distinction and the youth organizations that have made a difference in the community.

Thank you, Youth Affairs and Development Office staff, for the extra miles  you have extended. Thank you, Allan Loi Villanueva, for hosting the affair! Thank you, Roxell Dubal, Gladys Reyes and Teatro Ambahanon, for your special performances! Thank you, Mass Communication Students of RMMC (Michelle Pamonag, Sheena Amistoso, Loremae Romualdo and Cherish Lumang), Binoy Magtibay and my beloved husband Mosler Paul Lapore, for the valuable support you have given!

With my fellow adjudicators: Allan Remedios, Hon. Dimple Dulay, Jocelyn Kanda, Esmaida Andang and Jovar Pantao

Thank you, fellow adjudicators, for the enriching journey of growth and development!

Congratulations to all the winners and organizers!

Happy 59th Wedding Monthsary!



November 30, 2011, a  non-working holiday in celebration of Bonifacio Day throughout the Philippines, is also my 59th Wedding Monthsary. My beloved husband gave me delightful midnight surprises. His joyful demeanor triggered giggles and laughter that our little Duday and I enjoyed to the hilt. We had some red wine and mini cakes to cap our simple celebration.

Red Wine and Mini Cakes on our 59th Monthsary

On December 30, 2011, a non-working holiday in celebration of Rizal Day in the country, my beloved husband and I will celebrate our 60th month of being married. It will be 5 years of growing and learning, fighting and forgiving, living and exploring, loving and healing! Marriage is truly a beautiful gift from the Lord!

My prayer:

Father, thank you for my beloved husband, Mosler Paul Lapore. Thank you for the gift of marriage. I am so grateful to have a mate who is my companion through life. Let me never forget that my husband is a treasure and a reward from you. Enable me to love and respect him all the days of my life. Amen. 

I am Joining the Blogfest Soccsksargen 2.0!


November 26, 2011 is going to be a remarkable day since I am joining the largest and funnest gathering of bloggers, online media and social networking enthusiasts in Southern Philippines. I am raring to  receive valuable information and insights from internet stalwarts and blogging celebrities from all over the Philippines.

My excitement is mounting up since my beloved husband, Mosler Paul Lapore, and some of my Mass Communication students from Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Colleges are also joining. We will savor this enriching experience together as we  learn as much as we can.

Yebah! I am joining Blogfest Soccsksargen 2.0 as a registered participant and as one of the hosts!  Thank you, Sir Avel Manansala and organizers, for the opportunity! Thank you, generous sponsors, for supporting this event!

I will catch some sleep so I can have a preview of the program in my dreams tonight. I will make sure that I wake up early so I can be at the venue way ahead of call time. I will because I must. Whoaaaah!

 See you, fellow Bloggers!

Before I Go to Sleep


Rosal Beach Sunset (c) Mosler Paul Lapore

Pleasant surprises are coming my way.

I will sleep with a heart overflowing with gratitude

and a soul oozing with hope.

Thank You, Lord!

I am amazed by You!

“Your thoughts—how rare, how beautiful! 
      God, I’ll never comprehend them! 
   I couldn’t even begin to count them— 
      any more than I could count the sand of the sea. 
   Oh, let me rise in the morning and live always with you!”

Psalm 139: 17-18 (Message Translation)

1st Blogoversary!


It’s 11-11-11 and it has been a year since I started this personal blog.

In celebration,

  • I LOOK BACK and remember how blessed I am to be surrounded with influencers who challenged and inspired me to get into blogging. They  enthused me to share my journey through a different platform. They impregnated me with ideas to explore the possibilities  and infused me with courage to hit the publish button. Thank you, Sir Avel Manasala and SOX Bloggers   for igniting the fire and fanning the flame! 
  • I LOOK AROUND and reaffirm that we live in a global village. In this beautiful planet, there are a lot of people I can encourage, a lot of people I can learn from, and a lot of people I can journey with. Thank you, global readers, for going through my posts and giving your comments!  You keep me fired up!
  • I LOOK FORWARD and realize that the possibilities are enormous! Considering immensity of  the astounding things that are yet to happen,  I am all the more stimulated to give my best in everything that I do.  Thank you, Mosler Paul Lapore, my beloved husband, for holding my hand as we anticipate bigger adventures and greater blessings. 
  • I LOOK UP and recognize that far beyond the power of great men and women is the  sovereignty of the Almighty God and Father,  the ultimate source of wisdom and creativity. I consecrate myself  once more to God as I boldly declare that amazing things are going to happen in and through this blog as I keep advancing in His presence. Thank You, Lord, for the opportunity to live, love and blog!

Friends (and critics), thank you for dropping by! Love hugs are coming your way! Your comments and suggestions would surely make this day extra special! Go ahead, and give this baby-blogger an extra boost that would charge her in her journey towards her 2nd Blogoversary on 11-11-12!

Manila Ocean Park Adventure


A day before our Singapore trip, my husband and I decided to make our Auntie Susan’s birthday week special by going to Manila Ocean Park. We were glad to find out in the park’s official website that there are special treats for the season. We unanimously decided to avail of the Sun Up Special Mid-year Savers promo at PhP600 per person.

Since we had more than two hours before the Sea Lion Show, we decided to proceed to the Oceanarium. The diverse species of marine creatures in the giant aquariums made us gasp in amazement.

We were surrounded with fishes of different colors, shapes and sizes. Since no flash photography was allowed inside the facility, my husband and I captured some images by maximizing the available light using 50mm/1.8 lens.

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Happy Heart’s Day!


Extreme Adventure at Crown Regency Hotel, Cebu, Philippines

What pleasant surprises are in store for us today? Will it be a romantic dinner or an extreme adventure? Will there be mint chocolates or mushy notes? Will there be a creative blend of the 5 Love Languages?  Excitement is mounting! Continue reading

A Hope Fulfilled by Love


It is the first day of the Love Month and I am curious. Are you in a relationship? If yes, I rejoice with you! If no, are you hoping to be in a relationship? Do you refuse to give up the hope of being pursued and loved? How long have you been waiting for the answers to your longings of love?

I understand how it is to remain hopeful in the midst of pain from a broken heart. I know how it is to wait for years for the answers to prayers. And I experienced how it is to have a hope fulfilled by love.

Here is a love letter I have written in 1996, ten years before I got married to Mosler Paul Lapore. Little did I know that ten years after crafting this love letter, these lines would be spoken by Hazel Lynn Maghuyop as introduction during my wedding ceremony in December 30, 2006 .

Read through, my friends, and realize that God has a way of fulfilling our hopes beyond what we expect or imagine.

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“Our Messages to the Future”


Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see. ~Neil Postman

There is something about children that tugs my heart. Alright, I admit it, I am excited to bear my own children. I look forward to loving and nurturing my Isabel and my Jose Luis. While I am waiting, I make myself available to the ministry that paves the way for their coming and their growth.

As Creative Arts Director, I was tasked to handle the concert featuring Hannah Nissi Docena, Carla Geane Fernando and other talents of Dadiangas Baptist Church. So when I learned that the concert was meant to be a vehicle to launch our Children’s Church Project, I got energized to the maximum degree! Continue reading

“The Mystery of Marriage”


Today, my husband and I are celebrating our

4th Wedding Anniversary.

We overflow with gratitude as we meditate on the mystery of love.

Here are some photos from our wedding in 2006

and some striking quotes from Mike Mason’s book on marriage.

“In marriage a man is given the opportunity of seeing one woman,

one person, as he has never seen any other woman or person before.” Continue reading

Enriching Gifts Via Blogfest 2010


“Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.”

~Ruth Ann Schabacker

This Christmas, I take time to ponder on how God has manifested His great love for me throughout the year. In the silence of the night, just before everything turns chaotic for the last minute preparations for Noche Buena, I breathe with gratitude. Thanksgiving is my heartbeat as I take stock of God’s creative expressions of His unwavering commitment to transform me from glory to glory.

One of the best things that I experienced this year is being a part of the biggest and grandest blogging event on this side of the planet which took place on December 11, 2010. Continue reading

Embracing the Intention of Christmas


This Season of Peace, my Piao and I received a beautiful message via the sermon of Rev. Andres Docena, Jr. entitled “Embracing the Intention of Christmas”.

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Hon. Manny Pacquiao Turns 32!


Hon. Manny Pacquiao is going to celebrate his 32nd Birthday on December 17, 2010 at KCC Events and Convention Center, General Santos City.Ms. Lee Ann Omega, Mr. Bren Evangelio and Mr. Paulo Sunglao are busy preparing the details. This year’s theme is Graeco-Roman, Blue and Gold Birthday Bash. I am excited because I will be hosting the event with Bayani Agbayani.

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The Biggest Blogfest Ever!


Two weeks before Christmas,

a grand event is going to happen right in Magandang Gensan!

Yes, on 12.11.10, BLOGFEST SOCCSARGEN 2010,

The Biggest Blogfest Ever,

is taking place at the Grand Ballroom of East Asia Royale Hotel.

BlogFest SOCCSKSARGEN Countdown
As a lifelong learner,

I am excited to listen to some of the country’s most respected web luminaries.

The State of the Philippine Blogosphere Address

will be delivered by the Diyosa Blogger:

Journalism Ethics for Bloggers

will be  by shared by an assistant professor

of the Department of Journalism at the

University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication:

New Media in Nation Building

will be expounded by

Head for New Media under the Presidential Communications Operations Office

of President Benigno Aquino III:

New Media’s Role in Businesses

will be explained by the founder

of The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs Awards:

Making the Most of the Internet & Google

will be shared by the country consultant for the Philippines of Google Inc.

and an adopted daughter of the SOCCSKSARGEN Bloggers:

SEO and Traffic Generation and Monetizing your Blog

will be discussed by the owner of Commerce Collective,

an innovative and successful full-service web presence management company:

Exposing Local Gems on New Media

will be revealed by the current President of the Sarangani Tourism Industry Association

and Chairperson of Sarangani Tourism Council:

And here’s more:

Powerhouse Cast, di ba?

The SOX Bloggers are overflowing with gratitude to the generous sponsors:

Mosler Paul Lapore and I made sure that we register early.

Convinced by the value of learning from the web luminaries,

interacting with Mindanao’s Funnest,

and rubbing elbows with Avel Manansala & Alexis Chua,

more than a dozen students from Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Colleges

have signed up alongside Piao and I.

Joining The Biggest Blogfest Ever happening on 12.11.10

could be one of the best treats you can give yourself this December!

As of last report, there are only limited slots available!

Pahuhuli ka pa ba?

Click this link to register:

http://soxbloggers.com/blogfest-2010-registration-page/

 

General Joana Meets the Rainbow Warrior


Rainbow Warrior challenged General Joana to be a Greenpeace Cyberactivist

I was like a kindergarten student who was so eager to go on a field trip. Together with the SOX Bloggers, Paul and I went to the Makar Wharf one Sunday morning to meet Rainbow Warrior, the Greenpeace flagship.

With the SOX Bloggers

Early on, I made a choice to set aside lofty expectations about the trip and the ship. When we arrived, there were other eager “trippers” lining up for their turn. The SOX Bloggers were ushered by Leah Guerrero, Greenpeace Communication officer, to the ship’s upper deck. I just allowed the curiosity in me to savor every information that was dished out to us by the accommodating crew.

My eagerness showed. I was like a 7-year old Girl Scout trapped in a 38-year old body.

Aboard the Rainbow Warrior, interesting stories were told.

Little did I know that the General in me would be awakened by the Warrior as I listen to her stories of courage and determination. The Rainbow Warrior reminded me that we can do something about our environment.

With my inspiration and mentor in blogging, Sir Avel Manansala of Bariles Republic

The Rainbow Warrior sails around Southeast Asia to “urge governments to take immediate and decisive action to combat climate change.” I could not ignore the call “to help make positive change happen.”  (Find out more at www.greenpeace.org/seasia)

There are a lot  of practical things that we can do.

We can research on necessary, beneficial and practicable steps that we can implement.

We can start at home.

We can influence others.

If we come together in unity, we can surely turn the tide!

We can turn the tide!

I made a commitment to do my part in saving our planet. How about you?

Photos courtesy of Mosler Paul Lapore.

Thank you, my Piao, for capturing the moments!

Times of Refreshing at Lemlunay Dive Resort


About a year ago, I won a prize from the the blogoversary contest of  www.gensantos.com: an overnight stay for two at Lemlunay. Lemlunay Dive Resort in Tinoto, Maasim, Sarangani Province is the Home of South Point Divers.

My crazy schedule and multifarious commitments stopped me from availing the prize. During a session with SOX bloggers at Little Dubai, I was prodded by Sir Avel Manansala that it is high time to claim the prize.

I won! I won!

When the opportune time came, I seized the moment. I coordinated with the beautiful and vibrant Michelle Solon who made sure that her staff in GO Sarangani Travel and Tours will provide the much needed assistance. Since friends from DBC were coming with us to Lemlunay for a treat and a staff meeting, Geraldine Oville and Carla Geane Fernando facilitated the group’s reservation. Michelle’s staff were very accommodating, providing us with all the necessary information.

Lemlunay, for the B’laan and T’Boli, refers to “the good place one goes to in the afterlife”

Paul and I decided to bring with us our little girl, Duday, since kids below 12 years old are free. Together with Auntie Susan in the first trip, we looked forward to times of refreshing in the much-talked about destination.  It was about 5:00pm when we arrived at Lemlunay. To my delight, Sir Avel Manansala was there with Marz Fernandez Bendol and Sir Marthin Millado!

Sunset at Lemlunay

The efficient staff welcomed us and directed us to our rooms. Immediately after settling our bags, we went around the area.  Sunset at Lemlunay was a treat!

Duday with the Blue Turtle that holds the key to Ocean View Room #16

Just a few minutes after, Ninang Pastora Edna Garces and Ninong Dr. Felix Garces arrived. They decided to celebrate a memorable anniversary there. After dinner, we had another treat,  a romantic moonlight!

Romantic Moonlight at Lemlunay

My Piao and I gave in to Duday’s persistent request to try Lemlunay’s Infinity Pool by night. The experience did not disappoint our little girl. She was delighted!

The team from DBC arrived before midnight. We had our brainstorming session until 2:30 am. With only a few hours of sleep, Piao and I decided to wake up and get going at 5:30 am to catch the magnificent sunrise. Our little girl tagged along, excited to have another round of pool experience.

"Times of Refreshing, here in Your Presence. There's no greater blessing than being with You. My soul is restored, my mind is renewed. There's no greater joy, Lord, than being with You."

"Thank You, Lord. I just want to thank You, Lord. Thank You, Lord!"

Refreshed!

Duday by the Infinity Pool

We explored the area and took advantage of the great view. What is a trip to a new place without loads of photographs to document the experience?

Duday and I at Lemlunay

Lemlunay is a refreshing place despite the humidity. It is a great place to savor gastronomic treats.

Special Burger that will make you crave for more! Delicioso!

Breakfast at Lemlunay

By the Pool Side Rooms with Auntie Susan, Ate Judith, Honey and Duday

Duday loves Honey! Honey loves Duday!

Thank you, Sir Bing Cariño, for the conical hat (Non La) from Vietnam!

Auntie Susan: Vietnamese?

This Lemlunay experience helped my husband and I realize the value of mini-vacations and fresh perspectives. While there, we were so fired up in planning our next escapades. We decided to be intentional in exploring new destinations. We wanted to be more aggressive in launching new adventures. We will stretch ourselves some more!

I will never be the same again!

Lemlunay is also where fresh insights were discussed and the theme for DBC’s 48th Anniversary was conceptualized. The theme, thanks to the wisdom from God, was put together through the brilliance of Honey Arreglado and key people in the DBC leadership. I have realized that the theme is not just applicable for the anniversary celebration but is so appropriate for my personal declaration.

Yes, it was in Lemlunay when I first took hold of the lines: Leaping Forward, Leading Change.  The Lemlunay treat was availed at the appointed time by the Lord. He engineered the circumstances and has beautifully woven the details. The days that ensued after the overnight experience were simply amazing! Now, I am convinced that times of refreshing can do a lot of wonders!

We are definitely coming back!