Monthly Archives: March 2014

5 Facts That Every IKTUS Fan Should Know

Nakilala ko na rin in person ang banda na Iktus. Dati, naririnig ko lang sila dahil bukambibig sila ni Pentells kapag nakikinig ako ng Kamikazee sa Youtube.

me with iktus

me with iktus

Biruin mo, winner sila ng Sun BroadBAND 2013. Isang contest headed by of course, Sun and MCA music. Moving forward, sila na ang ambassadors ng Sun Broadband. Ang malupit pa neto, ang pag-aalaga ng MCA sa mga artist nila ay mae-experience din ng Iktus.

Iba kasi talaga mag-alaga ang MCA. Tignan niyo na lang sina Myk Perez at  Sabrina Orial.

Anyhow, gusto ko lang i-share ang limang facts na nalaman ko tungkol sa Iktus.


Siblings plus one. Magkakapatid sina Andrei, Andrew, at CJ. Actually, kambal yung bassist at drummer. Mas bata naman si CJ. Yung isang gitarista ay friend nila from church.


Towering heights. 6 feet ang mga boys. Pag pinagtabi-tabi mo sila, mukhang maliit yung bokalista, pero pag ako ang tumabi, matangkad din siya. Wag kang magpapaloko sa mga pictures, matangkad si CJ.

iktus at flare

At isa pa, oo maganda si CJ, pero intimidating ang height ng mga kuya niya. Magdadalawang isip ka kung gusto mo lumapit. Di na ata nila need ng bouncers.


Pink Water Bottle. Confirmed! Favorite ni CJ ang kanyang pink water bottle at dala niya ito sa lahat ng gig. Kalimutan mo na ang panyo, pabayaan mo nang malaglag yan. Basta nasa vicinity ng pinaka-importanteng bagay para kay CJ, ayos lang.

pink water bottle

Cover of Porque. May cover sila ng Porque by Maldita sa kanilang YouTube Channel. Maganda ang pagkakakanta. Puntahan niyo!

 Social Media Monsters. Activa sa social media ang band. Mahuhuli mo silang nagla-like sa mga status at posts mo. Make sure lang na lagyan mo ng #iktus ang mga posts mo.

Eto ang latest mula sa kanilang FB page:

Catch Iktus live this coming Saturday with Abra, Loonie, Kitchie Nadal and Kamikazee

When: April 5 
Where: The Plaza Calamba (in front of Calamba City hall)
Time: 6pm
Entrance: absolutely free! 

Our Album will be available there! See you there! 

Pls share 

Our Valedictorian IS A COMEBACK QUEEN

The story is nice when you hear it, pero kasi, tapos na.

First time kong makakita na ang mga medal na dapat sana ay isinasabit sa valedictorian ay INAGAW ng graduate at isinabit sa kanyang mommy.

8 medals all for mommy

8 medals all for mommy

Very symbolic. Very heartwarming. Very touching. I am proud that a leader molded by my Alma Mater is very thankful and gratuitous to her parents.

Joan Gatapia and her mom

Joan Gatapia and her mom

She is Joan Gatapia, the valedictorian this year for the Laguna BelAir Science School secondary level 2014. I do not really know her personally, I am just telling you the story as to what I heard among the teachers and her valedictory speach.

Consistently an honor student. I know the feeling. Dumaan ako sa ganun. Oo, mayabang ako, blog ko to. Pero this time, ipagyayabang ko sa inyo ang valedictorian namin sa school year na to.

It was during the school year 2013-2014 when her dad died. Sabi niya, she fell figuratively. Ikaw na bigla kang nawalan ng gabay at sandalan, kahit gaano ka katalino at katapang, magbi-break down ka. I can just imagine tears and lonely nights from her. Naramdaman ko yun nun namatay ang lola ko. Masakit. Parang hindi mo alam kung san ka lulugar. Parang hindi mo alam kung anong oras ka dapat kumain. Wala ka na sa huwisyo mo nun.

She was about to recover from the emotional pain when something physically bad happened. Na-injure siya. Femural something. Kinailangan lagyan ng turnilyo ng mga buto niya para hindi kumalas. Fragile ang katawan, oo. Pero ang pagkatao hindi.

Our principal, Ms Michelle Zeta, told me na sinet niya na ang mind ni Joan, saying na since 20 days siyang wala sa klase, mahirap na maging top. Ito siguro ang naging drive ni Joan. Being very passionate, nahabol pa rin niya ang grades niya. She still ended on top.

Here is a copy of her valediction:

To  our beloved Director, Ms. Mercedes Contreras-Dannenberg, our principal, Ms. Michelle Zeta, the chairman of the Board, Atty. Anthony Charlemagne Yu, our special guest of honor Congresswoman LeniRobredo, teachers, school personnel, parents, fellow graduates and friends, good evening.

Passion. It is what drives us to go on. This is what drove me to be here and stand with no more injured leg and crutches, with no more words left unsaid to my father, and with no more grudges from the past.

As a student, we all have those moments when we lose our way. I lost mine the moment I entered my last year in high school. You might be thinking, “What does a consistent honor student have to say about losing her way when her path has always pointed to the top?” I can assure you that my path has faltered like anyone else’s has. You see, despite my grades, I am like any other student, any other human – I commit mistakes, I doubt my abilities, and I fall. And I have fallen literally and metaphorically.

Falling metaphorically. What happens when a strong pillar of a structure falls? Like one post of the covered walkway breaks? The structure won’t be as stable as it once was and most likely it will fall. This is what happened when my family lost one of its strongest pillars – my father. I have always pictured myself with a family so strong and happy that nothing could ever break it. But like I said, I am also human. I am like any other human.My family and I were not able to escape the reality of loss. When my father’s inevitable death came, our family fell and with it… I fell.

I lost the urge to wake up in the morning to face the reality of a father gone. I lost the will to walk the school corridors with a liveliness of a teenager. I lost the drive to learn, and more importantly, I lost my passion to become the best person I can be.

Falling literally. Three months passed and I slowly accepted my reality. Life goes on, whether I pick myself up or not. I chose to move on and find my happiness with my father guiding me from heaven. I slowly regained my once cheerful disposition and enthusiasm. People even commended me for my strength. However, due to the turn of significant events, I fell. As in bumagsak.Yung tipongtumatakboka, taposnabunggoka.Taposnahulogka.After that, I found myself yet again in a familiar territory – the hospital.

Standing in front of you is a girl who had a fracture in her right hip and femoral joint. She had to endure an operation; she had to had screws implanted in her body. Without those metal implants, she wouldn’t be able to stand and walk ever again. Yes, I was absent for almost a month and I knew I missed so much – all the lessons, quizzes, tests, and projects. I had to go to school riding a wheelchair, using a walker, or having a cane in my hand. It was very embarrassing to be honest. My faith was tested and I doubted Him.I did not know God’s purpose but I still believed that everything happens for a reason. Eventually, I did see and realize what He wanted to tell me. I had to slow down. Just this moment, slow down. Give time for yourself and appreciate the little things you have, and be grateful of the people around you. One of the best things this accident taught me was to how love my family, most especially my mother.And the same goes to my class, to those who pushed the wheelchair for me, to those who picked up my pens when they fell, to those who volunteered to pass my test papers and notebooks to my teachers, to those who listened when I had something to say, to those who stayed… THANK YOU.

Falling twice, I knew what I had to do. At first, I only wanted to stand here because my path pointed toward that direction.  But my last year in high school taught me that there is much more reason for me to stand here. Despite everything, I wanted to be here, standing with two strong legs and to be able to say that this success is worth everything my parents have done for me. And this also goes to every student in this ceremony. Our success is not only measured by the numbers we are given. It is not measured by how many times we get a perfect score, a very low score, or a barely passing score. But it is how and why we arrived at those scores.

My journey in Laguna BelAir Science School would not have been this fulfilling if not for the people who accompanied me in this journey. They are my classmates who were with me for 7 memorable years, who went to my father’s wake. Isipinniyo, paanonagkasyaang 23 nataosaisang van?Hanggangngayon, hindiko pa rinalam kung niyonagawayun. But you did, for me and my family.They are my batchmates, who went with me through thick and thin and through sleepless nights especially last Friday night during our recollection. Who shared with me all the triumphs and defeats. Be it Dramafest or the Field Demo.Kahit mag fourth place sa competition, okay langsaatinbastamasayatayo.We’re graduating. No more escaping fromKuyaRockyduring dismissal, no more sneaking to the canteen, no more stressing about the dress code, no more clinic visits for White Flower and no more hell weeks.Yung moment nanapa-bookbindniyonayungSciResniyo..atsasabihinnatin..YES!! GRA-GRADUATE TAYO!! But as we bid goodbye to these things, we also say goodbye to the people around us.

To my teachers who guided me when I lost my way, I cannot thank you enough for all the patience, the support, and the faith that you have given me especially through my toughest times. They were even those who knew I would be standing here against all odds.

Mom, do not think that I gave you the medals because I’m not allowed to put extra weight on me. I handed them to you because I believe that you deserve them as much as I do. To my father, how I wish you’d be here celebrating with us tonight. Dad, this is for you.

At the back of it all are our parents. This night is not solely our success but also the success of our parents. If not for their love for us, they would not spend those stressful hours at work, lonely hours overseas, and painful hours in the hospital bed just so they can live to see this day to see God’s blessing grow to be the person they are destined to be.

I lift up all of these – the teary eyes that hold the wonder of this night, the bittersweet smiles that show both happiness and sadness of the reality that is college, the grateful hearts that baskin God’s glory.

Thank you everyone and once again, a fruitful evening to all.


Congratulations Joan. Congrats to your mom and to all parents who raised their kids well. The alumni body is very happy to welcome such a character. 

Surf & Share Your #AYOSNASUMMER Wish, Win Summer Siren Festival Passes For Your Barkada

Dumating ito sa e-mail ko. And I am happy that AyosDito is sending people to the biggest beach party of 2014; Summer Siren Festival.

Dahil ang Beach party ay hindi Beach party kapag walang Beach.

“Be part of the hottest 3-day beach party for FREE when you share your #AyosNaSummer wish with your barkada! Simply Surf & Share on to win FREE Summer Siren tickets for you and your friends!




“A total of 35 Summer Siren passes and 10 limited edition AyosLoudbasstard speaker docks will be given away to lucky Ka-Ayos who will share their #AyosNaSummer wish on Join to get the chance to meet great people at the Summer Siren Festival happening on April 4-6 at Crystal Beach, Zambales! It’s very easy to join and win the ultimate beach adventure for your barkada. Tara na!

Summer Siren Bands and DJs

Summer Siren Bands and DJs


“To join:

  1. Search #AyosNaSummer on then click the Win Summer Siren Tickets ad.
  2. Reply to the ad with your #AyosNaSummer wish. The more replies you leave, the more chances of winning exclusive Summer Siren tickets for you and your friends.




“The prizes:

Total of 15 tickets and 3 room accommodations to be won! (5 Super Ayos winners will win 3 tickets and 1 room accommodation each)

Total of 20 tickets up for grabs! (5 AyosBarkada winners of 4 tickets each)

Exclusive consolation prizes for music lovers up for grabs. (10 winners of Loudbasstard speaker docks)


Winners will be selected at random. The more #AyosNaSummer wish you send, the higher your chances of winning. Each ticket is valid for entry to the Summer Siren event at Crystal Beach, Zambales this coming April 4 to 6, 2014. For more info, go to

GrabTaxi Took Me To The Macklemore And Ryan Lewis Experience

Salamat @GrabTaxiPH. Can’t Thank you enough.

Hindi ko talaga kilala si Prof Macklemore. Nakikita ko lang siya sa posters and announcements for the past 1-2 months pero hindi ko pinapansin.

Si Marco na officemate ko, parati siya bukambibig dahil gusto raw niya makakuha ng concert tickets nito. Sayang Marco, wala akong number mo.

Anyway, dinala ako ng GrabTaxi sa concert. Literally. May GrabTaxi device yung sinakyan ko papunta at paalis ng MOA Arena. Napakadali kasi pag may GrabTaxi. Susunduin ka pa talaga sa house mo at secure ka dahil pwede mo i-share sa iyong social networks kung ano ang plate number ng taxi na sinakyan mo.

Thanks GrabTaxiPH

Balik tayo sa concert. 2 hours akong nag-research ng mga kanta ni Macklemore.

Sa loob ng dalawang oras na yun, hinangaan ko ang pagiging sober niya. Napapalakpak ako sa mga performances niya. Natuwa ako sa jacket na binigay niya kay Ellen Degeneres. Pati yung interview nya doon pinanood ko. Napaiyak ako sa Grammy’s performance niya with Madonna. At nirespeto ko siya dahil sa kanyang stand about Love and Same Sex marriage.

Sayang lang at hindi ako nagdala ng malupit na camera. Gusto ko talaga kasi i-enjoy ang experience. Gusto kong maki-celebrate at maki-party sa mga dalagitang may crush kay Macklemore, sa mga lalaking idol ang kanyang rap flow at rhyme scheme, sa mga LGBT na nakikiisa sa kanyang cause, at para sa mga kagaya ko na gustong mag-explore ng iba’t ibang music.

Pero syempre, dahil may internet, kukupit tayo ng pictures ng ibang tao. Search mo na lang sa instagram #MacklemoreAndRyanLewisInManila.

Eto ang favorite pics ko at kung kanino sila galing:

from itsmariaaaaanne

from yanaabellar


from iamnicey303

from dracsec


from Patricia Prieto. click on the image to get to her blog

Maraming salamat sa pakiki-party ng lahat. #ThriftShop #SameLove