Category Archives: Events

Catos – Delmas Nuptial

On December 22, 2018, I attended the awaited wedding of my cousin Faye Delmas at Boneco (Before Binga), Itogon, Benguet. She exchanged wedding vows with Mr. Ceasar Catos.

They used Gold as their wedding’s motif and utilized their yard for their Garden Wedding.

Aside from the yard for the wedding rites, there is a separate Dining Area for the Sponsors Downstairs as shown in the next Picture:

Of course the wedding Cake forms part of the highlight. Here’s my Cellphone shot of it:

Congrats on your Wedding! May you continue to find those that makes you happy! Again, Congratulations, Best Wishes and God Bless!

LTMEA on Christmas Day 2018

After my task in yesterday’s Provincial Capitol Performances, I was today’s Master of Ceremony with Ms. Claudette Krayle Palayo in the La Trinidad Municipal Employees Association (LTMEA) Year-end Evaluation and Team Building Activity. It’s part of my Job as a Public Relations Officer of the Association.

The program started with a Eucharistic Celebration then followed by the main program of Team Building Activities which includes Group Performances of Talented Employees in the Local Government Unit. This is part of building camaraderie among office mates as everyone was assigned a role to perform in today’s activity.

The Performers:

1. Office of the Sangguniang Bayan

2. Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office

3. Municipal Health Services Office

4. Municipal Planning & Development Office

5. Municipal Treasurer’s Office

6. Municipal Assessor’s Office

7. Municipal Budget Office, Legal Services Office & BAC Combined

8. Mayor’s Office

9. Municipal Accounting Office

10. Municipal Engineering Office (Best Performers)

11. Office of the Municipal Agriculturist (Best Performers)

Raffle Draws

There were also raffle draws. A LED TV as the first price, Two Washing Machines given to two individuals, a cooking set, Gas Stoves, four – Half Cavan Rice, Cellphones, Radios, a table Furniture, and Blankets.

Parlor Games

This has been another LTMEA Activity planned and implemented for all the employees. Thank you very much for the donors and we had another great one this year.

I hope everyone enjoyed the program with me and Claudette there hosting.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Christmas at the Benguet Provincial Capitol

I was lucky to be assigned by my Superiors to Attend the Benguet Capitol Employees Christmas Celebration today and serve as a member of the team to determine the Best in various categories of the Performances that was Presented.

Their Celebration was simple but well participated. There were 21 groups who displayed their skills in acting, dancing, and singing that lasted the whole day today. Each of them is assigned with a theme based from a Movie. I was not able to photograph some but here are most of them.

1. Mulan

2. Inside Out

3. Wreck it Ralph

4. The Untold Christmas Story

5. Moana

6. Black Panther

7. Ang Panday

8. Alvin and the Chipmunks

9. Miss Granny

10. The Good Samaritan

11. Iskul Bukol

12. Mama Mia

13. Lampitok

14. Disney Stories

15. Despicable Me

16. Sister Act

17. Snow white and the Seven Dwarfs

18. The Greatest Showman

19. Lapu-Lapu

20. Toy Story

21. (Unknown)

22. Aladin

These groups are composed of employees from different Department Offices in the Benguet Provincial Capitol.

The Verdict

Well, everyone performed well and their Costumes are Superbly made with all efforts! It was amazing. And they were all winners. Awards were given to those who excelled per Category:

  • Best Execution to those whose performances emphasized their theme “Sharing the Love and Happiness”. 
  • Most Innovative to those who performed new style and techniques.
  • Most Spirited to those who were Jolly and Energetic while executing their performances.

There were also special awards given individually to those with remarkable performance that actually carried their Group. (We will be updating this upon uploads of Official Photos of the Event.)

But most of all, It was successful as everyone performed, participated and enjoyed as I did.

So again, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to the employees of the Provincial Government of Benguet headed by Governor Cresencio Pacalso. Mabuhay Kayo! And Thank you for the Invitation.

La Trinidad ACDVs are Among Cordillera’s Best Volunteer Groups in 2018

Today, the La Trinidad Accredited Community Disaster Volunteers (ACDV) was Appreciated by the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) and National Selection Committee of the Search for Outstanding Volunteers in the Philippines. The appreciation is in recognition of their commendable service, dedication, and Commitment to Volunteering for Development. In fact, they were Nominated to the National Level Search as the best Not-for-profit organization in the Cordillera Administrative Region.

The Awarding Ceremony

The Certificate was handed over by the Regional Development Council (RDC) Chairperson, Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan and was received by ACDV representative Glenn Awal, today at the Mansion House, Baguio City.

ACDV Backgrounder

The ACDV are rendering volunteer services in the Municipality of La Trinidad and is a partner of the La Trinidad Disaster Risk Reduction and Management. Their focus is on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Training and Response (during Emergencies and Disasters). They are guided by their motto “we don’t teach, we share” and are composed of individuals with exemplary skills and knowledge in different fields. (Check their Official Facebook Account Here for more details.)

Congratulations and More Power. May you Continue to be the best volunteers in the Cordillera Region, and the entire Philippines soon.

Cordilleran Igorots in Awe of Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray

The whole of the Igorot Community is Proud and Happy to Congratulate the Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray. I saw it in many Facebook Posts earlier. She does deserve it!

photo by abs-cbn.com

Aside from her beauty, her Patriotism and Intelligence Quantity spoke a lot in the Pageant. Her answers to the questions were on point. And I derived #marijuanause + #tondomanila = Miss Universe 2018.

The Final Question

“What is the most important lesson you’ve learned in your life and how would you apply it to your time as Miss Universe?”

Amazingly, she held on to her game plan of serving the poor and pointed out her experience working in Tondo, Manila: “I work a lot in slums of Tondo, Manila. And the life there is very… it’s poor and it’s very sad. And I always taught myself to look for the beauty in it, to look in the beauty of the faces of the Children and to be Grateful. And I would bring this aspect as a Miss Universe to see situations with a silver lining and to assess where I could give something, where I could provide something as a spokesperson. And this I think if I can teach people to be grateful, we can have an amazing world where negativity could not grow and foster and children will have smile on their faces.”

Why Igorots Love her

Her Ifugao “Inabel” (weaved) inspired Filipiniana Skirt triggered most of it. She was the only Icon who wore such for an International Event who is not actually from the Cordillera. Isn’t that amazing for us Cordilleran? And maybe she was inspired by Visiting the Batad, Ifugao and Sagada.

photo by @Catriona_gray Instagram

Then her National Costume below depicts a lot of Igorot Culture. The tattoos of Buscalan, Kalinga and her hair dress beads are very familiar. One that the Igorots use.

In addition, some news and articles have said that Catriona’s Boyfriend Clint Bondad is a half Igorot. Thus, She loves Igorots too. 🙂

Thank you Miss Catriona Gray! We are proud to be a Filipino once more! You inspired the whole nation! and the Cordilleras! Mabuhay ka!

KCP wins Talaw: Dancing with Lights made fun

The first-ever dance competition in La Trinidad on a Christmas Season has been concluded just now with First Prize winner taking home 25,000 pesos Cash.

Thanks to the Local Council for the Protection of Children (LCPC) and the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) of the La Trinidad Local Government Unit, the event was a success.

King’s College of the Philippines High School claimed the 1st place. The Pico Church of the Nazarene took the 2nd place with 20,000 cash while Eastern La Trinidad National HS and Benguet National HS Alno annex were awarded 3rd and 4th place respectively.

The dance competition showcased the talents of High School Students in Dancing while equipped with lights or props with lights in line with the Christmas Season.

There are so many things that this event brought. When you missed it today, watch out for it next Christmas Season.

Talaw Dance Contest mechanics

Mister and Miss Bokod Pageant 2018 candidates

On December 07, 2018, Mr and Miss Bokod Pageant will once more showcase their beautiful and handsome candidates to represent Bokod in 2019.

Here are the candidates:

(photoshoot conducted at Daklan Sulfur Hot Spring)

1. Mister and Miss Bobok-Bisal 2018

Mr. Bobok-Bisal is Karl Lennin D. Pablo, 20 years old.
Miss Bobok-Bisal is Jasmin B. Omaking, 18 years old.

2. Mister and Miss Ekip 2018

Mister Ekip is Dimerson L. Bangsao, 17 years old
Miss Ekip is Kimberly C. Dang-ay, 20 years old

3. Mister and Miss Bila 2018

Mister Bila is Mark G. Suidta, 20 years old
Miss Bila is Jabel S. Kinisan, 19 years old.

4. Mister and Miss Ambuklao 2018

Mister Ambuklao 2018 is Dondie D. Galasgas, 20 years old
Miss Ambuklao is Leah Angelica S. Jularabal, 18 years old

5. Mister and Miss Karao 2018

Mister Karao is Jade B. Sangao, 20 years old.
Miss Karao is Keisha Mae B. Nateng, 21 years old

6. Mister and Miss Pito 2018

Mr Pito is  Juniel Cangsan, 20 years old
Miss Pito is Lovimee Marie S. Dio-al, 17 years old

7. Mister and Miss Poblacion 2018

Mister Poblacion is Reinhard Dencio, 17 years old
Miss Poblacion is Lea Jade B. Galasgas, 21 years old.

8. Mister and Miss Tikey 2018

Mister Tikey is Joshua Harold E. Aroco, 20 years old
Miss Tikey is Cara Luis, 20 years old

9. Mister and Miss Daklan 2018

Mister Daklan is Jomar T. Sison, 17 years old
Miss Daklan is Cherry Amour G. Cuilan, 18 years old

10. Mister and Miss Nawal 2018

Mister Nawal is Dominick Aclinen, 22 years old
Miss Nawal is  Lenie S. Montes, 21 years old.

Photos were shot using a borrowed Canon 700D and Kit lens. Please forgive the errors.

Anyway, Winners on this pageant will definitely go  a long way, especially that the recent Miss Benguet Crown is Under Bokod’s Throne.

And hey, the Town Fiesta’s Theme is about Resiliency. Always keep in mind that you can do something about it.

Miss Benguet Title is Back to Bokod After Many Years

Miss Erika Faith Cornelio Holman is crowned Miss Benguet 2018 yesterday. She represented the Municipality of Bokod. And she deserved it.

If I’m not mistaken, the last time Bokod claimed the crown of this prestigous pageant was on 2003, (15 years ago). It was by Miss Bernadette Cenon, my High School Batchmate.

Erika is 18 years old and managed to outlast all 12 candidates from other Municipalities of the competion. Because She is beautiful and indeed witty!

I had this conversation with her before her coronation night regarding Benguet Adivay Theme and she has something to say. She has the intelligence that Miss Benguet Pageant requires.

And with her win, I say, it’s all about Resiliency!

Congratulations again Erika! Good luck on your reign and thank you for listening and representing! Godspeed!