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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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. (ClickHere)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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
Jejomar Baldoza hangs in the air
STI COLLEGE GLOBAL CITY (104)
Pangilinan 21, Labis 17, Sampurna 14, Veluz 12, Cudal 12, Baldoza 10, Lumelay
10, Lontoc 8,
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
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
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.