Besties visits Davao City


It was a crowed full of book readers last August 23, 2015 when two gorgeous ladies visits Davao City for book signing of their best seller book “Besties”. IF you are a person who feels down, sad, lonely, bullied or other negative impact that you are experiencing right now. This book will help you! Besties is a self-help book about increasing your self-confidence, fashion and beauty 101 and diet fitness project. They also shared on how to save money and finance computation, how to spend wisely when planning to travel and sharing their experience about love, sex and friendship.  While reading the book, I felt like we are friends already. Like “barkada lang kami!” Crazy me! But yes, you will be surprised after reading their book. Thanks to Ria and Chamee of Davao Bloggers for allowing me to join the book signing. Also thanks to Ms. Apple of SM Lanang Premier and National Book Store for bringing two gorgeous ladies Solenn Heussaff and Georgina Wilson here in Davao City. Here’s a peek during the event.

Solenn Heussaff and Georgina Wilson

Jexx and Me at Besties book signing.

Book signed here! #happykidhere (^,^)

Here's what I wore during the event:

Top: ClickBoxRoom
Bottom: Bazaar
Shoes: Collective.Com
Bag: Michaela
Photograph by: Sunshine Espiritu 

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Who will be the next Happiest Pinoy?

The Search for the Happiest Pinoy grand finals will decide who among (standing, from left) Randy Halasan, Richardson Navor, Cyprian Jade Basa, Rodolfo Mendoza, Eduardo Hernal, Jr., Julia Marquez, Johnny Medrano, Rustie Quintana, (seated, from left) Don De Vera and NapreyAlmario will take home the P1 million cash prize.

The Search for the Happiest Pinoy 2014 Top 10 finalists are revealed. Celebrating the values of optimism, resilience and hope among Filipinos, the competition aims to find a Filipino who has a positive outlook in life, was able to rise above life’s challenges and had a positive impact in the lives of others. More than 280,000 entries reviewed through judging sessions and deliberations, ten were identified to be the most compelling. From these finalists, one will emerge as the grand winner of the Search which will be announced during the awards night on September 10, 2015 at the Solaire Resorts and Casino. A P1 Million cash prize, tax-free, awaits the Search for the Happiest Pinoy 2014 grand winner which can be anyone of these:

Johnny Medrano of Batangas has been deprived of walking since he was young but this did not stop him from learning basket weaving, embroidery, and drawing. Through hard work and determination, he was able to send his siblings to school. With the help of DepEd’s Alternative Learning System, Johnny was able to finish a vocational course in electronics and now runs his own watch and cellphone repair shop. He has also become a prominent resource speaker for different seminars.

Rustie Quintana was once a street kid in Plaza Divisoria, Cagayan de Oro City. Eager to learn, he was admitted to the DepEd’s Alternative Learning System program for free. He soon discovered his talent for the arts and started selling his artworks to send his siblings to school. In 2005, Rustie received an award from the British Council’s I am a Changemaker program while his organization received the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations Award in 2012. He recently earned a degree in Development Communication from Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan.

Rodolfo Mendoza of Nueva Ecija was born handicapped but he did not let his condition get in the way of his education. Studying in a normal school, he excelled in academics, became a dean’slister and earned an accounting degree. In 2008, Rodolfo received the Apolinario Mabini award as the Disabled Filipino of the year. Today, he serves as a PWD (person with disability) advocate, being the president of the Central Luzon Federation of PWDs and Region III’s National Anti-Poverty Commission Representative for PWDs.

Without prior teaching experience, Randy Halasan took a teaching job in SitioPegalongan, a remote area in Davao’s Marilog District. After years of teaching and immersing in the community, Randy was able to appreciate his job and is now the school’s teacher-in-charge. Through his efforts, a cultural-minority high school was established, bridges were built over two rivers he used to cross, and the tribe in Pegalongan are informed about their rights. In 2014, Randy was the only Filipino to win the Ramon Magsaysay Award.

Eduardo Hernal, Jr. of Taguig City comes from an underprivileged family. In 1992, he finished BS Criminology while serving as a soldier at the Philippine Navy Headquarters in Manila. During an Abu Sayyaf encounter in 2003, Eduardo was shot in the head and back. He miraculously survived the traumatic brain injury but was left paralyzed. Instead of dwelling on his situation, he studied Theology and became a pastor. Nowadays, he renders church services for free, sends scholars to school, and helps farmers earn a living.

Julia “Juling” Marquez, a 78-year-old retired teacher from Batangas, started working for her education at age 11, following the death of her mother. She worked as a helper, a vendor, and a store keeper to sustain herself through elementary and high school where she both graduated with honors. She married at age 19 but continued to work in the morning and study at night to graduate from the Philippine Normal College. Nowadays, Juling helps her community as an active church member and by sponsoring various medical missions.

Don De Vera is an “architect on wheels” from Las Pinas City. When he was just five months old, an accident caused complications to his spine which left him unable to walk. Determined to fulfill his dream of building houses and skyscrapers, he studied hard and finished a masters degree in architecture. He also earned a masters degree in International Affairs in Comparative and International Disability Policy which he uses to help his fellow PWDs. He also designed a permanent homes for Yolanda victims in coordination with the NHA and DPWH.

Richardson Navor was born with Cerebral Palsy. Rather than letting other people’s judgments get the better of him, he used his physical limitations to inspire people. Back in college, he was student council president and graduated magna cum laude with multiple leadership and academic awards. Currently a financial analyst, Richard has formed an organization called People Uplifting the Student and the Handicapped (PUSH) to show his advocacy for youth empowerment and his support to PWDs.

In 2003, Cyprian Jade Basa, a 19-year-old student from Capiz, lost his home during a super typhoon. Guided by optimism, he was able to help his family and neighbors to recover from the disaster and even volunteered to help his community. He put up Sama-samaTayongLahat Organizationwhich conducts feeding programs, clean-up drives, and tutorial services. At a young age, Cyprian has already received various awards including the Ten Outstanding Boy Scouts in the Country in 2012 and the GawadGeny Lopez Jr. BayaningKabataang Pilipino award in 2014.

Suffering from polio since he was a kid, Naprey Almario of Davao City did not let his disability stop him from finishing his education and taking up a master’s degree. The former teacher and businessman from Davao City later formed a volunteer group called Behind the Rolling Chair, which reaches out to communities through different projects that help the poor and vulnerable children, especially those with disability.

Congratulations and Good Luck to the Top 10 Finalist for Grand Finale of Cebuana Lhuillier Happiest Pinoy! (^,^)

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Kadayawan Fever is here! #EventSchedule #OOTD


 Top: Artwork
Palazzo Pants: Makimoda
Slipper: Havaianas 
Bag: SM Dept. Store
Shades: Thank you Besh!
Head Accessory: Hi-So

Kadayawan fever is here and DavaoeƱo are looking forward to a lots of events and sale galore. Weeeeeee!!!! So plan your long weekends and check out below dates: 3oth Kadayawan sa Davao activity schedule, Trade Fair and Bazaar at Davao Convention and Trade Center, SM Kadayawan Mall Sale, Moda MindaNow a fashion design competition & Canon Photography Workshop at Robinsons Department Store, Abreeza Mall. Make sure to wear comfortable cloths, flat shoes and shades for whole day long walk, parties and activities. Don't forget to put sunblock for skin protection and stay hydrated. Happy Kadayawan Everybody! (^,^) 

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Birthday Wishlist #AugustBaby2015

Photo from Pinterest
Photo from Zalora

Photo from Zalora
Photo from Pinterest

Hey-hey-hey! This month is my special day and I would like to thank God for giving me another year to live. Weeeee!!! #augustbaby (^,^) So just this morning I went straight to my laptop and opened my email looking for Zalora's voucher code. I was exited to use it and purchased something for myself. While browsing, I saw these items that I would love to have on my birthday. 

1. Floppy Hat (actually, I like them all. #madhatter)
2. Block Mid Heel Sandals by Zalora (to add some confident while walking)
3. Cat Chain Linked Watch by Something Borrowed (since I don't have gold watch yet)
4. Saddlebag (for my on-the-go bag)
5. StyLized fashion book by Liz Uy & Stress Relieving Adult Coloring book.

What's your birthday wishlist?

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Asia's Next Top Model Cycle 3 runner-up Monika Sta. Maria visits Davao City

Photo credit to Abreeza Fashion Forum Photographer.

The Asia's Next Top Model Cycle 3 runner-up Monika Sta. Maria visits Abreeza Mall's monthly Fashion Forum last July 23, 2015. Monika talks about her experiences in competing against 13 contestants from other regions that was shot in Singapore and broadcast from March to June 2015. Although Ayu Gani from Indonesia was the winner, Monika take it as a challenge to continue her dreams in pursuing a modeling career in London and Italy. Monika is also a volleyball player in De La Salle University and a psychology graduate who won the Century Tuna Superbods competition in 2012. No wonder she has the ideal body of a super model.

Photo credit to Abreeza Fashion Forum Photographer.

Photo credit to Abreeza Fashion Forum Photographer.

Davao Bloggers: Clea, Jexx & Shine.
Monika Sta. Maria with Davao Bloggers.
Top: Houndstooth Plaid

 Bottom: Makimoda Black Skirt 
Shoes: Solemate
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OC-Craft Food Trip: Curry Express Indian Restaurant in Davao City

If you are craving for curry or spicy food, checkout Curry Express Davao located at Block 10 Lot 19, Donna Vicenta, Circumferential Road, Davao City (beside Sea Green Cafe and almost in front of Caitlyn's Dimsum House). They serve Indian food from curry, to biryani, masala and dosa at very affordable price. Name it and they will cook it! Just make sure you have cold water or chilled soda beside to cool you down when your face and ears turns into red. Specially when you try their Chicken 65. Sa sobrang spicy mapapaluha ka talaga sa sarap! You will be needing tissue too. Hehehehehe!!!

Shrimp Biryani & Dosa with Peanut Chutney
Aloo Bonda & Chapati
Shrimp Masala & Chili Chicken

Davao Bloggers together w/ Michelle Golajer (owner of Curry Express)
who personally cook food for you. Photo credit to Red Agreda.
Curry Express is also accepting orders to cater  your special occasions. 
Call them now at (082) 324-6946. 
They are open daily from 7:30am to 7:30pm. Don't forget to like their facebook page here.
Visit Curry Express Indian Restaurant today!

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There are lots of music festivals passed by and I've never been into it. I've seen it on the internet but I'm still curious about the music, the crowd and the outfit. If given a chance to attend this kind of event, I would probably wearing bright color tank top and short pants with girlie cut details. Pairing  it with chiffon kimono cardigan with festive prints design for my cover up. A comfy flat shoes for whole day walking or dancing. Polishing it with floral head piece and a reflector shades. Now I'm ready for some chilling and having fun! (insert Top Best Songs of Alesso) What do you wear on a music festival?

Floral head piece: SM Dept. Store
Tank top: F21
Short pants: Bazaar
Kimono: SM Dept. Store
Flat shoes: Solemate
Shades: Sunnies

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