Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The night I hosted for a gold mine of beauties: The Miss Teen Bansud Mindoro pageant!

Exhilarated! This was exactly how I felt with the buzz going to and from Bansud, Oriental Mindoro and going back to Manila again for my other commitments! I was very tired and I lacked sleep altogether, but this was one priceless experience; truly one for the books! 
Meet Max. This dapper dude right here is Max Closa, events host extraordinaire and my gentleman-partner for this memorable night. Our rapport onstage was as though we've been hosting together for a while, when it's our first time to meet each other! And, it was also my first time to be in Bansud, Mindoro, but he made me feel right at home...  
 It was one stormy, rainy evening, but nothing can stop the grandest, most breathtaking show that the entire Mindoro, not just people of Bansud look forward to. I would like to thank Mayor Angel Saulong and BJ Saulong for inviting me! Unfortunately I don't have photos with them (actually I wasn't able to take any pro photos) I only got this snap, with the Vice Mayor of Mindoro above... 
 And of course, I needed to interview one of the judges of the evening, the very handsome and brilliant Arthur Saulong, perhaps the future Mayor of Bansud Mindoro? 
 I loved this night... felt like a beauty queen myself too, just for one night! And the best part? The Question and Answer portion! With one of the lovely candidates below, looking all pensive as a tough question was being asked by one of the judges of the pageant... 
Move over, Victoria's Secret Angels! These beauties paraded in amazing costumes too that spoke of the trade and traditions of Bansud, Mindoro! I am going bananas with this particular look... yes, Bansud is a HUGE producer of different kinds of bananas... 
So blessed I was to spend one scintillating night with the most beautiful ladies from Bansud, Oriental Mindoro, as the co-emcee for Miss Teen Bansud 2017! It was so glamorous at every turn! I had first dibs on the crown, the Q&A, the list goes on! Photos below are a bit hazy, but each moment of that fabulous night is crystal clear to me!
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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Cast me when I call: welcome to the SM Kids Fashion casting call!

It's not everyday you get to walk on the runway. That's reserved for the supermodels and beauty queens. But I'd say that I've carved out my own runway, as a professional events host. And the events most special to me are certainly the ones where I can bring along my sweet blessing, Matty! 
Okay, so this is not my usual post about myself hosting and the people I've met during my hosting gig... this is more about this boy, this time... hmm... how's that for a first timer? Check out my son's model pose above... and below, he does the 'dab' move, because he's really, really shy and well, also feeling cheeky at the same time! 
And I also wasn't able to take much photos and videos as I was quite busy that weekend... but thanks so much to photographer extraordinaire, Mr. Rogine Rogelio for sharing his awesome photos with me! Now, to cap this blog post about this extra special adventure, I would like to caption the photo below this with just two words, "My Strength."
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

I am Woman, hear me Roar! And hear me Raj as I share the stage with beauty queen, Venus Raj!

The past lovely month of March acknowledges the power of women, as we continue to March forward. Malls come up with their very own events, and I too have been able to host a few events that celebrate the Women of today. I would say the cherry on top of my March projects would be #BeautyinMe event featuring no less than beauty queen (and who became a worldwide sensation when she popularised 'Major,major,' Ms. Venus Raj! 
 So, I may look like a dwarf beside this towering beauty queen, but this event has taught me that True Beauty knows no size, weight, colour, height and all the many other restrictions. True Beauty comes out when you learn to be and love who you are...
And... even the boss of the mall is a stunningly gorgeous lady! Here she is awarding Tom Epperson and Venus Raj the plaques of appreciation for their astounding support towards this cause... 
Apart from meeting Venus Raj, as well as these extraordinary women featured in the exhibit and whose beauty transcends just the physical, I also got to work with the man behind the lens who sees the distinct beauty in each of these ladies, and he is no less than one of the most respected photographers in the region, Mr. Tom Epperson. 
 I just had to pose with Tom Epperson. But more than just photo master, Tom and I in this photo, do check out our backdrop... those are his snaps on canvas of these empowered, beautiful women featured in the exhibit, whose unique physical beauty he was captured on the lens.... Each subject told a very special story that defined her and her wonderful role in life. Beautiful faces with even more beautiful stores to tell! 
And now, it's time for an Empowered Woman Groupfie! Cheers!!!
Now, please indulge me as I share some photos... not taken by Tom Epperson, but still captures that happiness I had hosting this meaningful affair. I think that in this moment, I was truly beautiful... 
Thank You once again to my good Lord, and to the love that manifests by way of friends and clients who continue to believe in my capabilities as an events host / emcee and speaker. For more about my portfolio as a humbled yet somewhat established events host, hope you can visit these links below, too! 
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Decades and decadence: the scintillating Alorica year-end party I hosted with Sam YG!

First time for me to share the stage with one of the most super-celebrity hosts in the country, the amazing Mr. Sam Gogna, or more popularly known as Sam YG! This was such a big-time event, and I had to make sure I came fit for its theme, "Decades."
This was the best look I could muster, a bit of Flapper-inspired, all while sticking to Alorica Philippines' royal blue and orange corporate hues... hope you like it as much as I loved styling myself and playing dress up for this superb occasion!
 Here I was leading one of the raffle draws along with one of the employees of Alorica... 
 The night was so grand. This time, apart from the Alorica employees, Sam and I welcomes some of the VIPs of Alorica, especially their president, Mr. Bong Borja, on the microphone exciting everyone with the really, really grand surprises still to come their way...
And here was the standee to our dressing / holding area... awww, I feel so special to have my name not just alongside Sam, but also two of the country's hottest, most popular bands ever! South Border has been around since the '90s too; ask a '90s kid like me!
I also did my own hair and makeup as I wanted the look to be perfect for the night's theme! I had in mind the elements of Great Gatsby as I prepared for this event... 
And here was one of my favorite solo snaps of this night... 
And the same shot in black and white... for that added "decades" feel... What do you think is nicer?
It was not just an honor to host alongside SamYG... it was also a ton of fun! 
And of course I saw a few old friends, especially this lovely young lady, my high school mate... she is working for Alorica now, and I am so happy to bump into her this evening! 
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Thursday, March 30, 2017

One Crew, One Horizon: All Aboard the 9th Elburg Crew Conference!

I am so blessed for the chance to once again host for the ELBURG Philippines Crew Conference for the third consecutive year now! But before we dive into it, I'd like to share that preceding this event with Elburg was the one of their sister company's, Augustea Ship Manning Philippines, making me doubly blessed! Read all about it too: Marylaine Viernes serves as master of ceremonies for Augustea Crew Conference 2016. This year, we set sail at the New World Hotel in Makati, and this superb event was once again brimming with trends and technical information about the gung ho shipping industry. But the sad part was that I was unable to take any photos of myself during the earlier part of the Elburg Philippines' conference, most especially during the awarding ceremony, where various crew members and Elburg principals were in attendance starting from the early morning program. 
But the I do have tons of snaps during the delightfully intoxicating evening socials; some were a bit naughty... quite eye-popping if you ask my constant little companion below... 
Sorry guys I can't post photos of the sexy girls in attendance; but don't you think that Augustea Philippines' boss, Grace Labrusca is gorgeous? Photo above shows Ms. Labrusca, President of Augustea Philippines having fun with the singers of the band, and of course, my beloved boy, Godric Matthew! 
Photo above shows Grace and I with the sexy, sultry Ethel Booba, one of the night's guest comediennes...
And now, here's my very own cadet, with the handsome, debonair Elburg Philippines cadets: 
After enjoying his ship cadet duties, here's my Matty trying his hand at being the dog handler... like they say, expose 'em and start 'em young! 
And to conclude, here are a few snaps of how it is to be a working mom, how to juggle my love for work with my Greatest Love. As much as possible, I'd love to include my son in all of my work and events hosting adventures, if he is allowed to join and at first, things come out smooth sailing... until he gets bored, tired or sleepy... like in the photo below: 
Then here he was trying to play on the staircase (or trying to make trip and fall?). This snap makes me remember a line from a song sung by one of my all-time favourite singers, Shakira: "lucky I have strong legs like my mother, to run for cover when I need it..." But I'd like to reword this to: "I need to have strong legs as a mother, to stand firm when he needs it..." Now that he's growing up so fast, the more I need to firmly plant my to feet on the ground; figuratively and literally! 
But no matter the storms that come our way, I shall continue to hold on to the One who alone has been able to calm the storm with His Hand... there is no other life I'd settle for. I am learning to embrace where and who I am, and I pray to become who I am meant to be, under God's perfect Will and Timing. 
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Friday, March 24, 2017

Only time knows how great love is: Hosting for Stan and Cy's resplendent wedding gala!

My big smile speaks of Gratitude. Not too long ago, I had the honour of serving as the master of ceremonies of a phenomenal Rock 'N Roll themed wedding bash! The gorgeous rockstar bride, Chie De Leon-Garcia, was my school mate at De La Salle University. Let's revisit that wonderful time here: Jerik and Chie's Rock 'N' Roll wedding bash!
I was blessed again to be entrusted with the great honour of serving as the master of ceremonies for the breathtaking wedding of another beautiful bride whom I have known since college, Cyrene Lois Bautista! I also knew her then boyfriend, Stan, back when I was also part of Pahayagang Plaridel, the Filipino paper of DLSU Manila during my time. Their love of more than a decade (and many decades more) simply inspires me... 
Aaaaand, another portrait with this loving couple. Later on, I am pretty sure that I won't be able to take selfies with them. I will be busy onstage while they will be the superstars they will be for this special night and everyone else would want to take selfies with them. So I just had to catch this duo before the program started!
And now, more about the program, here are two videos I'd like to share... the first one showcases my opening spiels and the second one was our prayer of thanksgiving for this beautiful wedding ceremony... 
And forgive me for my endless narcissistic snaps; it's just that it's the first time for me to actually appreciate the quality of the photo booth in an event... the couple's chosen photo booth provider was truly topnotch; as though it was taken in a studio... 
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