Seeing my byline again after so many years

I was compiling old write-ups last week and for some reason, I remembered some articles I did for the Taguig City Government last year. Truth be told, I had completely forgot about it and I wasn’t really sure where it went after submission. I had waited for it to be posted on their official website last year. (U-huh, too excited.) I checked several times but I noticed that the site has been ‘under construction’ for quite a while. Until finally, I stopped checking and forgot about it entirely.

It wasn’t until last Friday night that I had visited the site again and was surprised that it did have a new look! Several clicks later, there it was! I found my name on it! A byline!! Admittedly, I was kilig much when I found out that the articles were actually published and they’re still up on their website until today!! Haha. 🙂 I cannot remember the last time seeing my byline. I just got so busy ever since I started my TV stint. So this actually got me feeling quite nostalgic. There was a time I thought I’d end up being a journalist. Whutt. Iba pa rin pala siya kesa rolling credits. )

Feels funny though to be writing about partying in Taguig when I myself have a different idea of what ‘party’ is, and i rarely go to Taguig to just ‘hangout’. Coz yeah true #NorthGirl problems and #TitasofManila

Anyway, thanks to Think Big Taguig! 😂

My articles are up here:

How to Party In Taguig

Give Yourself a Makeover

Hope Springs, 2019

I’m going to challenge myself this year by focusing on what I had been really wanting to pursue, and to pay attention to a few things I also hope to improve on. That includes photography. In the coming days, I’ll be posting random snapshots and some musings that go along with it. Moreover, The Dogwood Challenge 2019 is also a weekly activity I hope to accomplish successfully until the end. If you haven’t heard about it, Google is your friend. Just hit search. 🙂

The past weeks gave me time to reflect and it’s one of those phases where I truly had the chance to detach myself from thinking about my career. The past few years have been about ‘hustle’, in Filipino, ‘raket’. Raket dito, raket doon, and even when your flame is burning passionately, it’s a flame that’s bound to lose its spark one day. May be mine needs some rest or some rethinking. It’s not a sign of giving up, but a period of reevaluation.

Here’s also hoping that by the time that I’m going to share some spontaneous brain farts / reflections from my readings/ research on my film studies, you benefit from it as well. I’ve yet to unearth a goldmine of information and reflections from the movies I have watched, the texts I have consumed. I’m definitely no film critic but may be instead of passively consuming all these media texts, we can also actively participate in creating them? Good way, nonetheless, to process information and contribute to the discourse.

It’s going to be a busy year, I am sure. And I hope to anchor 2019 on improvement and gratefulness. And I’m really eyeing that magic word: focus.

So to start… here is a picture.
No profound epiphanies here yet. ) but i love to look at it because of its aesthetic simplicity, and because it represents much about hope and growth, two things I’ll look forward to this year.

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Mars Monday: Joyce Pring and Rita Daniela

Using only song titles as clues, Rita Daniela and Joyce Pring supply the answer to the intriguing mystery questions that will be revealed in Grab-A-Song! We get to know more about these ladies as they confess here something they’ve never done so elsewhere. Rita also headlines Mars Masarap with a recipe taught to her by her mom. Beef Salpicao will be served tonight.

Mars will also serve as the place of reunion for Camille and Tony Lambino, who were once co-actors when they were kids. Before, Mr. Lambino was a member of the music group, “Smokey Mountain”, at present, he is the Assistant Secretary for the Department of Finance.

In Push Mo, Mars, the ladies will break stereotypes that only guys can enjoy boxing. They will show off their enthusiasm in the sport as coach Marc Barrera teaches them the Partner Up Boxing workout.

So sign up for tonight’s Mars discussion, GMA News TV at 7:10pm.

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Mars Monday: Alessandra de Rossi and Philip Lazaro

Alessandra de Rossi and Philip Lazaro join Mars Camille and Mars Suzi on Christmas eve! In our On the Spot segment, both of them have revealed their treasured Christmas traditions. Tune in for the exclusive scoop!

For us Filipinos, the Christmas season can be very hectic as well. So for those who are in charge of hosting Noche Buena but do not have ample time to setup a fancy (but affordable) dinner table, we have some practical tips for you to so you can pull that off with ease, and one that does not break the bank. That’s when we also seek the expertise of notable lifestyle writer and events stylist, Stephanie Zubiri-Crespi!

We also have a chef who will give a meatless alternative for our Noche Buena. It is the Mars Masarap Meatless Hotpot! And don’t worry because it’s so easy you can do your own version at home!

The episode airs on December 24 on MARS, GMA News TV.

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Mars Monday: Jo Berry and Eunice Lagusad of Onanay

They’re taking the time off from “Onanay”. Kapuso stars Jo Berry and Eunice Lagusad of the GMA Telebabad series are in Mars tonight. And since the Christmas vibes are already evident, Jo Berry sees to it that we make it festive. She has a vibrant Handy Mars idea that you can recreate at home: a cute Christmas tree made of old magazines! Meanwhile, Eunice also shows off her cooking skills that she got from her mom who loves to prepare food at home. Her version of Beef Chap Chae is the star of Mars Masarap!

Being stars of successful GMA series then and now, Eunice and Jo Berry also share pictures of themselves that vividly depict their life journey. How did they achieve a better version of themselves? They share that in Mars Sharing Group.

There’s also time to get in the competitive mode. Team Mars versus Team Guests will face off in the Christmas Scramble game.

It’s chikahan time every 7:10 pm on GMA News TV, weeknights on Mars.

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MARS MONDAY: Ate Shawie and Annalyn Barro

Comedian-impersonator Ate Shawie and Starstruck alumna Analyn Barro star in tonight’s episode that will get them talking about events and people they can relate to. Who knew that Ate Shawie had a misunderstanding with her father? And that Analyn owns up to being a responsible ‘ate’ to her sibling? Find out the details on the show.

Both are also dog lovers which make them giddy in tonight’s Momergency topic. It focuses on decoding your dog’s body language as a way to understand what he/ she tries to communicate. On Mondays in Mars, let’s go meatless! Ate Shawie has a mega delicious dish that vegetarians will also love: mushroom cheese steak sandwich. To burn those extra fats though, our Mars suggest the Boxing Fitts workout.

Make it a habit to watch Mars every 7 o’ clock weeknights on GMA News TV.

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MARS MONDAY: Pinky Marquez and Patricia Ismael

How do you react to your kids’ shocking questions? Learn from Moms Patricia Ismael and Pinky Marquez who have tips on Mars Sharing Group!  We’re welcoming December with a bang! Our first day of Mars Christmas Bazaar starts today. A bazaarista will headline Mars Masarap. She will take over the kitchen and prepare the Fresh Lumpia.

The holiday season is also a time to be inspired by others. In Love Letters to Mars, get to know the story of the Pinay single mom who’s now an internationally-acclaimed fashion designer. Her son joins her on the set to talk about overcoming the toughest struggles in life.

To cap off the episode, our hosts and guests face off in the Christmas Enumeration game. Find out the winner tonight’s on Mars on GMA News TV.

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