Monday, June 22, 2015

Thanking Out Loud - A Thanksgiving Song




The Song I performed during
the OMG Thanksgiving concert at the Feast Alabang!
As i said - this is my Thanksgiving Song
Thanking Out Loud.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

OMG - A Thanksgiving Comedy Show


The best way to describe the Feast Alabang is that it is a happy place. Feast builder Bro. Arun Gogna makes sure that most of the people in the Feast Alabang are fed with the good word of the Lord and just recently with laughter. Bro. Arun together with his wife Dra. Lallaine Lucas-Gogna held a fund raiser entitled OMG a thanksgiving comedy concert. The funds will be used for the upgrading of the equipment being used for the feast alabang.

Bro. Reginald Lim aka Mr. Wee Kee 

I have been friends with Dra. Lally since high school and eventually met Bro. Arun when we were in College. It was great serving the Lord with Bro. Arun back then. But since they were in Parañaque and I lived in Q.C, it was quite hard to serve the Better Living community of the Days with the Lord during that time.  God would eventually make our paths cross last year when Bro. Arun helped me in one of our events and now I am returning the favor. I am quite happy to be a part of this event because it has reinvigorated my life and being with such happy people in the Feast, made me happy once again.

 That's me, the Real Aga Muhlach

When I first visited the Feast Alabang with my mom and nephew last June 7, 2015 I think the Lord rekindled his spirit in me and made it stronger. I was so excited for the OMG event to come and meet the people of the Feast Alabang. I was so overwhelmed with the warmth and kindness of all the people I met there. Funny thing was that Bro. Arun and Dra. Lally did not even introduce anyone, everyone introduced themselves, everyone was so friendly.

Caloi Licup and JM de Ramos

Then came the event. The Lord did wonders as almost everyone left the place laughing out loud and the generosity of the people from the Feast Alabang is unmatched.  I also enjoyed watching everyone perform from the emcees Francis Miranda and Veia Lim and their interview with Mr. Wee Kee, played by Bro. Reginald Lim. The two young stand-up comedians JM de Ramos and Caloi Licup were also impressive and the home shopping network gig with Bro. Arun, Bro. Velden, Bro. Jonathan Yogawin, Bro. James Nicolas, and Bro. Mike Viñas was a sight to behold.

The Hosts with the awesome 5 
during the Shopping Network Portion of the event

I was also happy that the Lord touched my mind and used me to bring laughter to the people of the Feast Alabang. I was a guest, I never knew the people and what made them laugh. That was why in a way I was nervous but after praying with the team, I gave everything to the Lord and he was in command all evening. I ended my portion with the song "Thanking Out Loud." I liked the message of the song and the crowd appreciated it too.  I am just very thankful that I was part of this one of a kind event. My thanks to Bro. Arun, Dra. Lally and the rest of the people form the Feast Alabang.

Final portion of the event
a Thanksgiving song


Monday, June 15, 2015

Boracay Haven Resort


A view of the Pool 
you can either swim laps or just relax
You can also invite other friends from other hotels, just order drinks
and it's an impromptu swim party!


The bed is comfortable and I slept like a baby!


The room has its own Circuit Breaker


Their Television is Devant which was quite cool


Another thing I like is their strong inverter type airconditioner which makes the room cool in a short time

This is something that i liked, a veranda and a good view from a top 


Another thing that is likeable about this hotel is that they generous with the conditioner, shampoo and body wash
A nice way to pamper one's self


I have grown to like the rain type shower of bathrooms
it gives you a balanced feeling of taking a bath

They have just enough space for the toilet

Lastly they have a custom made hand soap. Petty details that appeal to people on vacation


Boracay Haven Resort is in Station 2  Just beside Boracay Regency. Their location is near D' Talipapa which means if you are looking for some cheap shopping or affordable food then you just have to walk to get one.

I booked my reservation through Booking.com (click here) I gave my details and paid when i got there. Pretty convenient. I enjoyed my stay that's why the review I sent them was a perfect 10. The wifi is quite slow but i remembered i was on vacation and not on a social media frenzy.

Friday, June 12, 2015

San Antonio Resort, Roxas City

Spacious place in front of the room to relax or drink


Resort type of rooms and ours was near the front desk


Just enough space for two twin beds



Only thing I didn't like was that the Airconditioner was so small for a big room

I am now beginning to love the "Rain style" shower head

Average looking toilet with enough space inside




This is what I liked about this place the swimming pool is so big

San  Antonio resort is located at Lawis Baybay Beach, Baybay Roxas City (Capiz) Philippines 5800. The place is just a three hour van ride to Caticlan if you are going to Boracay. I stayed for one night to visit a friend before going to boracay. The place, restaurant and scenery along the Baybay is great. Definitely a nice place to have a 1 -2 day respite.

I booked my stay from the Travelbook.ph which came a little cheaper than the other booking agencies. (Click Here)





Saturday, May 30, 2015

STI College Global City wins National Basketball Tournament

The 2015 STI National Basketball Tournament Champion
STI College Global City

Redemption. What a difference a year makes. Before, STI College Global City had a hard time figuring out the trapping defense of STI College Santa Rosa, their interior defense was always napping and their teamwork was a mess.  Learning from their mistakes from previous encounters against one of the best basketball teams in STI history, STI College Global City redeemed themselves by taking care of the ball better, shutting down the shaded lane and played with a bigger heart to pull the rug from under STI College Santa Rosa 76 – 69 and capture the STI National Basketball Tournament National Title.

Mike Sampurna scores

Graduating seniors Elmer Labis Jr., Arjay Napeñas, Anthony Jeanssen Pangilinan and Jim Lontoc together with Mike Sampurna poured their hearts out in final quarter to open up a 68 -60 lead in the final 3:45 minutes of play. The Global City offense was clicking this time around as Jim Lontoc rediscovered his shooting touch while Mike Sampurna scored off his usual drives to the basket. STI College Santa Rosa plugged the middle and made it hard for Pangilinan to score but left out another big man Arjay Napeñas whose offensive rebounds and put backs were crucial in the game.

 Jim Lontoc ices the game 
with these two free throws

Elmer Labis Jr. came out on top of the statistical race to become the first MVP of the STI National Basketball Tournament.  Labis scored 15 points, hauled down 13 rebounds, issued 8 assists, had 3 steals and 1 block shot which showed his versatility. The MVP race was a close one with Pangilinan coming in a close second. Pangilinan together with Mike Sampurna, June Aliparo and Raul Guerrero comprise the tournament’s Mythical 5.


June Aliparo led Santa Rosa
with 21 points

The Global City win marked the end of an era as they replace the Laguna based squad as the best STI team in the country.  For STI College Santa Rosa, they have nothing to be ashamed of. In this game, it was unfortunate that their ace gunner June Aliparo had an off night. When Global City raced to an eight point lead, Aliparo had chances to get them back but his booming three pointers took a day off. He eventually deserted his long bombs and still manufactured some points by driving to the basket. Unfortunately it was not enough to make a last ditch comeback as the Santa Rosa offense was in disarray as their shots were not falling and their inside game became non-existent. Aliparo still scored 21 points but went 8 of 30 from the field, 4 of 22 from beyond the arc and was 1 of 12 in the second half.

Tournament MVP - Elmer Labis Jr.


The STI National Basketball Tournament attracted fifty teams from all over the country with 34 teams coming from Luzon, six from the Visayas region and 10 from Mindanao. Eight teams made it to the National Finals and it was a beauty seeing all basketball programs come together in one venue. All games of the National Finals were officiated by the referees from the Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas and FIBA Livestats were available. Coaches were given updates on the game statistics on points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocked shots, points in the paint, turnover, turnover points and other information to know more on how their teams played. A fitting innovation of the STI National Basketball Tournament.

STI's best: Center - Elmer Labis, 
Guards June Aliparo & Raul Guerrero
Forwards: Anthony Jeanssen Pangilinan & Mike Sampurna 

Box scores

STI COLLEGE GLOBAL CITY (76)
Lontoc 17, Labis 15, Sampurna 15, Pangilinan 12, Napeñas 8, Veluz 4, Carlos 4,  Cudal 1,

STI COLLEGE SANTA ROSA (69)
Aliparo 21, Guerrero 11, Caraan 10, Almoro 8, Fudotan 6, Ursua 5, Lizen 4, Mamaed 3, Romeo 1, Hercia 0

Quarter scores

15 – all, 31 – 36, 53 – 50, 76 - 69

Friday, May 29, 2015

STI West Negros University gets third place

STI West Negros University: Second Runner-up


After three days of the eliminations, STI West Negros University stamped its class on STI College Koronadal 84 - 75 to take third place honors at the final day of the STI National Basketball Tournament.  The gritty Visayans showed their firepower as they led from start to finish to beat their Mindanao brothers of the one week National Finals in this 50 team tournament that featured the best in the Visayas and Mindanao region.


Jhan Mac Nermal operates inside

Do it all forward Jhan Mac Nermal scored 22 points, had 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 4 block shots to lead the NOPSCCEA champions to victory. Small Forward Kraniel Villoria and point guard Renz Solomon each scored 13 points to support Nermal’s offensive explosion. The Visayans were in control of the game and even had their other bench players play extensive minutes.  Phil Pajanconi and Max Dunlap, two players who did not play in their game against STI College Santa Rosa, suited up and scored 12 and 9 points respectively to give the STI WNU offense some new looks.

Villoria on the drive


STI College Koronadal’s never say die attitude was evident as they brought down a once 21 point lead down to seven and settled for a nine point loss – their biggest losing margin. Leading the way for the Mindanao team was 6’3 Center Kenneth Libdan who had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds while their other big man Dan Ignacio scored 14 points also. Bernard Caguisano was the only other player to score in double figures with 12 points as ace gunner Jason Estares was held to down to 7 points. This game just shows that the talent level in the Visayas and Mindanao is just the same as the ones in the Luzon region.

Libdan sinks this jumper 


BOX SCORES

STI WEST NEGROS UNIVERSITY (84)
Nermal 22, Solomon 13, Villoria 13, Pajanconi 12, Dunlap 9, Arandes 8, Pastias 4, Vizcarra 3, Cadase 0, Valdez 0, Yap 0

STI COLLEGE KORONADAL (75)
Libdan 14, Ignacio 14, Caguisano B. 12, Puerto 8, Estares 7, Orocio 6, Palmes 6, Sulit 6, Lopez 2, Caguisano J. 0, Valencia 0,

Quarter scores:


18 – 14, 47 – 32, 64 – 53,  84 - 75

Repeat or Redemption? A preview of the STI NBT FInals

June Aliparo scores on the fastbreak


One team is seeking a repeat win of last year’s STI Basketball showdown that showcased the best STI basketball teams in Luzon while the other one is seeking redemption after learning from last year’s finals encounter.  The last two teams among fifty STI schools that joined the STI National Basketball Tournament is  College Santa Rosa which is seeking a repeat win against STI College Global City who is now seeking redemption. Repeat or Redemption?

Mike Sampurna lays it in

STI College Santa Rosa has the more experienced and complete team since anyone can score from this team. This year, their offense will rely mostly on the marksmanship of ace guard June Aliparo who averaged 22.33 points in the three games of the Laguna based Luzon champs. Aliparo also came out big in their hard earned conquest of STI WNU yesterday.  Supporting Aliparo are their ace guards Mark Caraan, Raul Guerrero and Jhon Ursua. These three guys can definitely pick your pocket, score on the run and squeeze in a three if needed. Up front are the triumvirate of 6’3 big men Dan Mamaed, Addis Lizen and Jan Almoro. They are Santa Rosa’s last line of defense and in their last game, the three outrebounded the STI WNU bigs 35 – 25.

Dan Mamaed on a put back

STI College Global City on the other hand have bulked up and are bigger up front with 6’5 Elmer Labis manning the paint together with 6’3 Arjay Napenas and 6’2 Anthony Pangilinan. At the same time, shooting guard Jim Lontoc and slasher Mike Sampurna are also there to provide additional firepower when needed.  King Carlos and Raymond Veluz alternate at the point guard position and are out to counter the pressure defense of their Laguna based opponents.

Elmer Labis scores on the drive


STI College Santa Rosa’s no nonsense full court pressure defense will be their bread and butter to negate the height of STI College Global City. The Taguig based cagers on the other hand will have to work hard on defense to catch up on the fast running guards of the Laguna champs to be able to stay in the game until the final minutes of the game. In the end it will all boil down to who wants it more. The player’s heart will decide if it will be a repeat for one team or redemption for the other. You choose. Game time is at 4:30 pm after the 3:00 pm battle for third place of STI College Koronadal and STI West Negros University.

STI College Koronadal ousts STI College Balagtas

Estares drives to the basket


Estares born. That should be a fitting title to STI Koronadal’s Jayson Estares, a title that came from the movie “A star is Born.” Estares willed his Mindanao team to summon their never say die spirit to come back and beat a stubborn STI College Balagtas team 75 – 71 and take second spot of Group B and the right to fight it out with STI West Negros University for third place in the STI National Basketball Tournament National Finals.

Points in the paint for STI College Koronadal

Playing superb ball handling skills, the STI College Koronadal team was able to break the vaunted trapping defense of STI College Balagtas and score on fastbreaks as well. The team from South Cotabato opened up an eleven point lead at the start of the fourth quarter 61 – 50 with 8 minutes left. This prompted Coach Carlo Tan to call a time out and regroup. Eventually his boys responded by coming up with a 9 – 0 run in the next two minutes, now it was Coach Erald Rosal’s time to call a time out.

San Pedro topscored for STI College Balagtas

After that Elmer Palmes scored on a three pointer to make it 64 – 59 with 5:47 left. Then STI College Balagtas countered once again with a 10 – 2 run anchored on David Guhiting and Aries Estanislao that gave them the upper-hand and momentum with a 69 – 66 lead and time down to 2:05 left in the game.

 Libdan scores

Then came the heroics of Estares as he drained a three pointer from a botched play that tied the count 69 – all with 1:21 second left.  After trading baskets, Estares iced the game with two free throws to give the Mindanao squad the second place in Group B of this nationwide tournament.

Palmes jumper

Box scores:
STI COLLEGE KORONADAL (75)
Estares 21, Orocio 13, Palmes 11, Puerto 7, Caguisano B. 6, Libdan 5, Sulit 4, Lopez 4, Caguisano J. 0, Valencia 0


STI COLLEGE BALAGTAS (71)
San Pedro 12, Estanislao 11, Oraye 10, Guhiting 10, Rafols 9, Miranda 7, Reyes 6, Macapagal 6, Cervantez 0,

Quarter scores:
 16 – 19, 39 – 34, 56 – 50, 75 -71 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

STI College Global City sweeps Group B.

Anthony Jansen Pangilinan was a beast in the paint


STI College Global City used its game against STI College Ortigas-Cainta as a means to sharpen their teeth and prepare for a bigger battle but nonetheless beat the Rizal based cagers 104 – 83 to take the top spot in Group B with a 3 – 0 slate and arrange a showdown with their tormentors last year.  STI College Global City lost to STI College Santa Rosa in last year’s final of the STI Basketball showdown.

Elmer Labis drives to the middle


Seven of the eight global city players that suited up scored in double digits with only Jim Lontoc not scoring in twin digits since he played for only 13 minutes and let his other teammates score.  On the other side, the usual players carrying STI College Ortigas-Cainta showed up to play with Bandam Locsin scoring 18 points and a returning Jeff Estabillo adding 17 markers while Hervin Deniega chipped in 10 points.


Lorrence Cudal drives to the basket

Anthony Jansen Pangilinan once again lorded over the paint as he was the unstoppable force that the Global City squad had. Pangilinan ended up having a double-double by scoring 21 points and hauling down 13 rebounds. Seldom used reserves Lorrence Cudal, Kley Lumelay and Jejomar Baldoza got ample playing time and all three scored in double figures with Cudal scoring 12 points while Lumelay and Baldoza both had 10 apiece.


Jeff Estabillo drives to the hoop

STI College Global City stuck to their strength with 58 points in the paint, 25 second chance points and 21 fastbreak points. Global City also outrebounded their hapless opponents 58 – 27 to runaway with the game. They will now face the top team in Group A, STI College Santa Rosa for the right to become the first champion of the STI National Basketball Tournament.

Jejomar Baldoza hangs in the air



Box Scores:

STI COLLEGE GLOBAL CITY (104)
Pangilinan 21, Labis 17, Sampurna 14, Veluz 12, Cudal 12, Baldoza 10, Lumelay 10, Lontoc 8,

STI COLLEGE ORTIGAS-CAINTA (83)
Locsin 18, Estabillo 17, Deniega 10, Palanca 9, Alcantara 8, Afuang 6, Francisco 4, Pilapil 4, Abes 4, Alvarado 3, Pedida 0

Quarter scores:
28 – 13, 50  - 34, 77 – 65, 104 - 83

STI College Santa Rosa beats STI West Negros University 66 - 64


June Aliparo found ways for his team to win

If this tournament were the popular employee league like the Interbank commercial league, then STI College Santa Rosa would be BDO and their monicker – We find ways!  Trailing most of the second half, the five-time STI Basketball Showdown champions found a way to cut a four point deficit in the last minute and come from behind to eke out a hard earned 66 – 64 win against the Visayas champions STI West Negros University. The win gave the Laguna based squad the top seed in Group A and a ticket to the championship game for the right to become the first National Champion of the STI National Basketball tournament. 

Just one of Raul Guerrero's jumpers

June Aliparo was hounded by the STI WNU defenders and was having a hard time finding his range. He eventually found ways to get open, drive to the basket and score on jumpers. Aliparo sank 5 of the 21 three pointers he took with the most important one coming in the last 35 seconds of the game with STI WNU still ahead. Aliparo’s three pointer gave the lead to STI College Santa Rosa for good as the Bacolod based cagers were not able to convert in the final minute with the four possessions they had. 

STI WNU Defense

The game which was highly anticipated lived up to its billing as both teams would counter each other’s run every time one team was about to pull away. Both teams led by 9 points and each one would catch up once a team was pulling away.  STI College Santa Rosa also found a way to battle back as Raul Guerrero used his veteran savvy to score 14 points mostly on jumpers while Dan Mamaed used his heft and bulk to collar 12 offensive rebounds and score 10 points with the most important put back coming with one minute left to cut the STI WNU lead 62 – 64. In the end, STI College Santa Rosa won the hustle battle as the most important statistic was their 32 – 8 advantage on offensive rebounds which translated to a 21 - 11 edge on second chance points.


Mark Caraan scores on this jumper


STI WNU was once again led by their awesome foursome in Kobe Vizcarra, Kraniel Villoria, Jhan Nermal and Renz Solomon. Their offense came from the four but unfortunately buckled in the endgame.  STI College Santa Rosa now guns for the most coveted plum against the team they beat last year STI College Global City.  STI West Negros University and STI College Koronadal will battle for third place.

Dan Mamaed, rebound and putback


STI COLLEGE SANTA ROSA (66)
Aliparo 24, Guerrero 14, Mamaed 10, Ursua 6, Peña 3, Lizen 4, Caraan 4, Almoro 1, Fudotan 0, Hercia 0

STI WEST NEGROS UNIVERSITY (64)
Vizcarra 19, Solomon 13, Nermal 11, Villoria 10, Pastias 6, Arandes 3, Cadase 2, Belocura 0,

Quarter scores:
14 – 13, 30 – 29, 45 – 49, 66 - 64