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Monday, December 11, 2017

Miss Puerto Princesa then and now.

Batongbakal, Donesa and Rey pose for Sipet-Sipet Espesyal anniversary issue.
The City in a forest or the City of Living God, whatever they call it is also a home of beauties that for many years is a celebration of unity, proving everyone that pageants is the most essential event  that everyone can look up to, it’s a life changing thing for anyone who will win the crown.

The search for Miss Puerto Princesa started in the early years of Hagedorn administration, it is the most talked happening in the City every March 4, the City’s founding anniversary. Choosing the most beautiful girl of the land with visitors from national political scene, to fashion and showbiz graced the coronation making it prestigious, regal and sophisticated. It is also a showcase of local talents, from dancers to hosts, choreographers and Directors.
Some country’s top notch designers were commission in the past to dress the ladies of Puerto, from the likes of Mama Renee Salud, Eddie Baddeo and the very own homegrown designer Tammy Tan. Miss Puerto Princesa is identified to the former City first lady Ellen Marcelo-Hagedorn, as she Chair the committee for this pageant. Mendoza Park is the official venue of the search until it move to City Coliseum in 2003.

As generations pass on, people like the late Connie Aban, Lily Gathchalian, Jinkee Pineyra and the current official daughter Raine Bayron headed this search to continue the legacy, of finding the most confident and beautiful Puerto Princesans.

As per history, two times dethronement in Miss Puerto Princesa happen, first in 1996 when Mayee Mayor unable to fulfill her duties due to unwanted pregnancy, same thing happen in 2002 when Liezl Sangalang need to pass the crown to Lourdes Camahort.

Here is the tribute of Palawanderer to all the Queens of the City, clips from my column in Bandillo ng Palawan and some grab from Facebook posts, I present you the complete list of past winners. 
1990- CYNTHIA AILEEN SUMAGAYSAY
1991- GEMMA BATONGBAKAL
1992- LANI ESCAMILLA
1993- HELEN DONESA
1994- ARMI POLICARPIO
1995- SHARON ADARNE 
1996- JOHANN DIANA PRINCESS AZARRAGA
1997- MARIAN CACHO
1998- JOCELLE MASCARINAS
1999- VALERIE ANN REYES
2000- HERYL GRACE FENIS
2001- IRENE REY
2002- MA. LOURDES CAMAHORT
2003- KECHE ANN CUARIO
2004- MILDRED HAMID
2005- NIKKA AMIEL DEDICATORIA
2006- JOHANNA MARIE MENDOZA
2007- CRESTA FEYA MEDES
2008- MARY REYNOSO
2009- THOREEN HALVORSEN
2010 – BLESSY ISABEL COCO
2011- MA. ANGELI HILAO
2012- RITA JEAN SARMIENTO
2013 – BEVERLY JOYCE BLANCO
2014- REJHINE DIAZ
2015- SANDRINE STOELZAED
2016- IMELDA SCHWEIGHART
2017- MARY ABBYGAIL JANE TINAY
Special thanks to Cynthia Sumagaysay, Thom Favila and ABS-CBN Palawan for the photos. 

Friday, December 8, 2017

NCCC Palawan gears up for its 26th year Anniversary Extravaganza.

Richard Cantomayor, NCCC Area Manager awards Gift card to blogger Pat Bagamo.
New City Commercial Center unveils its anniversary offerings this December 2017, providing Palawenos with fund and rewarding shopping experience.

Since its inception in 1991, NCCC Palawan has grown with 4 major stores in Puerto Princesa, 6 diverse business units and over 50,000 loyal rewards members. And to celebrate this milestone, jam packed promotions and events awaits its valued shoppers.

NCCC Department store and Hardwaremaxx is offering 70% to 20% discounts on great selections from December 9-11 at NCCC Mall Lacao. Kapamilya Actor and the upcoming Lizardo for MMFF entry “Ang Panday” Jake Cuenca is joining the celebration for a meet and greet activity for anyone who will purchase any regular priced guitar, scheduled on Dec 9 upon purchase.

NCCC Rewards Club members can take part on the Rewards Collectible Sale wherein limited edition of collectibles items are up for grabs at incredibly low prices, 80% off from their original value, while selected mall tenants offer 50% via Tatak Sulit Promo.
Rowel Acejo (Left) share the good news.
“Shoppers get a chance to win P15, 000 worth of grocery items through NCCC Supermarket’s fresh hakot promo, shoppers only need to purchase P400 worth of items under fresh section from December 8 to 10 to avail of raffle entry.” Said by Rowel Acejo, Store head of NCCC Supermarket Lacao branch.

But the highlight is on December 10, these are HB1 Pharmacy’s Anniversary Zumba Challenge that start at 7am in the Activity Center, winner of the competition takes home P3,000 worth of NCCC Gift card, succeeding is P2,000 and P1,000 respectively.
Harm band serenades shoppers.
By 4pm, Showtime’s Kilig Ambassador the Hashtag is set to conquer the stage namely Paulo Angeles, Jon Lucas, Nikko Natividad, Tom Doromal, Jimboy Martin and Jameson Blake to party with Palawenos, shoppers who will come to the event can win Christmas baskets or NCCC gift cards.

For more updates follow NCCC Palawan official facebook accounts @theofficialncccmallpalawan, @ncccsupermarkets , @ncccdepartmentstore, @nccchb1pharmacy and @NCCCHardwaremaxx . 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Baker’s Hill and how it started. (Bandillo ng Palawan May 31 to June 6, 2004)

Baker's Hill. (Photo by Jhenn Delos Santos)
Baker’s Hill is on the list of any City tour in Puerto Princesa, this Bakery themed park at the top of the hills is a destination offering food and the cold ambiance ala Tagaytay of Palawan. The owners of this park is originally from Taguig, they are one of the people behind “Hopiang Tipas” that’s the very reason they create another version of it and name it “Palawan Hopia”.

Located in Brgy. Santa Monica at the place called Beverly Hills Road or Mitra Road to some, the said place is the dwelling area of rich and famous, you can notice that thru the mansions and houses that you will find there. The said area before is also the location of the great house of former Speaker Ramon V. Mitra, or better known as the Mitra’s ranch.


Below is my first article about this place, its history and the Flores family that built Baker’s Hill.  



Sunday, December 3, 2017

Dalit topped 1st Sine Negrense Island Film Festival.

The award winning Team Dalit.
Belle Kay Loyola‘s short film Dalit (Poison) topped the open category of the inaugural Sine Negrense: Negros Island Film Festivalawards night held at SM City Bacolod Cinema 4 last November 29.

Dalit, which tells the story of a man who has healing abilities and how these affect his personal life, won Best Film, Best Director for Loyola, Best Production Design for Noel Armocillo, Jr., Best Actor for John Arceo and Best Supporting Actor for Louie Dormido.
Belle Kay Loyola and John Arceo.
Loyola’s thesis film at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Digital Filmmaking Program beat Adobo by Val Vestil, Alibungan by Matthew Piodena, Five Sorrowful Mysteries by Shannan Gonzales, Happy Birthday by Gkie Erebaren, Hawud by Paul Venzi Florendo, Kaasab by Vince Divinagracia and Handuraw by Gilbert Basilio. Vestil and Florendo are from Negros Oriental while Loyola and the other filmmakers are from Negros Occidental.

Alibungan took home the Jury’s Choice, Best Screenplay and Best Editing awards. Denli Chavez received the Best Actress trophy as Jane, a girl with a traumatic experience, in Happy Birthday while Kaasab bagged Best Musical Score and Best Supporting Actress for Kim Agnes. Five Sorrowful Mysteries won Best Cinematography while Hawud won Best Sound Design.

Loyola, who was inspired “by cultural and historical stories as well as Filipino beliefs” in making the film, wants to show how it is like to live in a place where people depend on faith and folk healers. “I feel so happy that I was given the chance to share my film to my very own hometown and to the people I (once) left behind while studying Filmmaking in DLS-CSB,” the recent BenildeFilm graduate said.

“It’s funny how this film was once just a concept on my mind and for the past months I have proven that it’s not about who you are as a person — it’s about the perseverance and positivity that you would apply on it and the rest will just flow,” Loyola added. She won 20,000 pesos for her victory while Piodena got 10,000 pesos for winning the Jury’s Choice Award.

Meanwhile, Singgit sang Nalisdan by Carlo Navarrete from Silay Institute won Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Actress for Lorince Gonzales in the Intercollegiate Category, which are for student works from schools within the region. Asu by Lorenzo Dilagfrom Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod got the Best Director and Jury’s Choice awards. Navarrete and Dilag brought home 10,000 and 5,000 pesos, respectively.

Kuebiko by Lourdes Antenor from University of St. La Salle bagged Best Production Design, Best Editing and Best Supporting Actor for Charles Ea. Kapit, helmed by Gemma Acaling from the Carlos Hilado Memorial State College of Talisay City, won Best Cinematography and Best Actor for Herbert Montero. Landong by Joaquin Angelo Alpas from CSA-B won Best Musical Score while Pangalap, directed by Jessie Soberano and Mark Labrador of the Department of Education Division of Sagay City, brought home the Best Sound Design prize.

The other student entries are Nene by Stephanie Marie Aliday, Bihag by Franklin Latriz, Hustisya Diin Ka? by Kathy Rose Maganand Hangkat sang Kapigaduhon” by Renz Osianas, also from CHMSC like Acaling, and Paglas-ay sang Kalamay by JJ Guilaran from USLS.

Award-winning filmmaker and master storyteller Peque Gallaga was honored with the first Sine Negrense Kadungganan sang Tingadlum (Honor for a Master) lifetime achievement award.

“Sine Negrense is a venue, a platform for local filmmakers to hone their craft. It’s a good way to promote local talent,” festival directorTanya Lopez said. The film festival hopes to bring out a new generation of filmmakers and enthusiasts, as well as cultivate an informed public on the importance of cinema and storytelling in terms of national identity, culture and heritage. Lopez got the able support of program director Adrian Torres and co-festival director Rodolfo Banjo Hinolan in organizing the event, with the help of the Film Development Council of the Philippines, Negros Museum, Design Brewer and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.
Dalit Team and Sine Negrense organizers.
The film festival opened at the same SM cinema last November 27 with the screening of Gallaga’s Sonata, which was shot in Negros Occidental. A film forum, led by NCCA Committee on Cinema officers Patrick Campos, documentary filmmaker Babyruth Villaramaand film critic Tito Valiente, was held at the House of Frida on the second day. SineNegrense entries and exhibition films directed by Erik Matti, Lawrence Fajardo, Borgy Torre, Manny Montelibano, Rosswil Hilario, among other Negros-born filmmakers, were also screened at the USLS and CSA-B campuses. The screenings continued at USLS and CHMSC Talisay Auditorium on the third day, culminating with the awards night, where a total of 31 awards were given.

Dalit Trailer

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Never let lose a strand of your patience

Have you ever experienced a day wherein nothing seems to go well, that no matter how you try to choose the right path, you keep making the wrong turn? Just like having a bad hair day, no matter how many times you comb your hair, it just would not budge.

Life can be challenging at times but there will always be a way to resolve these challenges and come out victorious. Having this in mind will be easy to keep your patience and continue to move forward.
Just like losing strands of your hair due to factors beyond your control, you too can do something.

· Eat healthy – Eating the right food can alter your mood. Having low-level of folic acid in your body can cause anxiety, hence, food such as asparagus, avocado, salmon, and almond are recommended to fight stress hormones.

· Stay calm – Listen to comforting music and reading feel-good stories can help switch you to a calm mood.

· Exercise – Exercise releases endorphins that can relieve you from stress and anxiety.

· Supplement –Taking in Vitamins such as B-complex can alter mood swings.

Don’t let your stress factors contribute to your hair loss. Letting yourself succumb to anxiety will definitely show up to your follicles and this can lead to more hair loss.
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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Damar, Palawan’s legit stageplay. Bandillo Ng Palawan July 1-7, 2002.

There are many unique and marvelous stories from Palawan, we are rich in ethnic to war stories from our very own people. Way back there is this stage play or should I say theater that produce and restage in the City Of Puerto Princesa.

If I recall, this is so far the most highly budgeted that was release commercially theater act in Palawan soil. It talks about Damar, a Palaw’an leader that lead his people to something environmentally cause. Among the people who organize this are considered pillars in terms of art and cultures in the province, Dinggong Conde-Prieto, Dr.Arnie Estrobo and Mike Tupas.

After 2002, the said play didn't have any repeat performances either in the City or in different municipality, Damar the theater play remain a history itself.

Here is my previous article about Damar that star Palawan’s singing champion Jose Lachica.