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My Sunshine

July 14, 2014 mommy talk No Comments

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You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
You make me happy when skies are grey
You’ll never know dear, how much I love you
Please don’t take my sunshine away

–Jimmie Davis & Charles Mitchell

Solana means Sunshine.  She turns 3 today.  She came as a surprise and brightened up our lives!

For me as mommy, I am calmer and freer.  I am also having more fun in my parenting because of Solana’s arrival.

From Anthony

It’s been 3 years of sheer joy with Solana!

From Ate Ella after I (Maricel) asked forgiveness for all my mistakes in parenting her as first born:

I don’t remember them anymore, Ma.  We’ll do better this time (with Solana). 

From Hannah

I will take care of her, Mama.

From Benjamin

I cannot imagine my life without her (Solana).  She is my best friend.

From Kuya Donny

You (Solana), Princess.  You, Baby pa.

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Princess dress from Tita Carol Sevilla

Famous Last words from Solana:

On who we are-

(When any of us raise our voices) You are a Princess, you are not a monster.  Only monsters raise their voices.

Jesus loves me!

On disagreements-

(When we mistakenly argue in front of her) Say sorry.  Hug and Kiss. Now.

On Mama-

(Everyday she tells me this while looking intently in my eyes) Mama, you are beautiful. I love you!

On Daddy-

Me, Princess. Mommy is Queen.  You also Queen, Daddy. (She actually means King).  Tell me a story Daddy when you were a little boy and then rockabye me like a baby..

On Animals and Insects all around her-

They are my friends, be careful (not to hurt them)

On Photos and posts

That’s enough. Me baby pa.

On phones, gadgets and gizmos

Put that down, now.  That’s enough

When finding herself in a new place with new faces

I’m shy

Thank you , Princess Solana for reminding us to see ‘sunshine’ in our days and the blessings we have to cherish each day.  Yes, indeed you are a baby and we honor and celebrate that so you won’t need to grow up so fast and it’s ok to be shy.  We are also reminded to preserve your innocence and exposure as you are your private person.  We respect when you are old enough to decide what you want to share.  That is a right every ‘baby’ should have.  Take your time.  We are just here patiently waiting when you are ready in God’s perfect time for you.

What a privilege and blessing to be your mother!

Rebel yell

July 7, 2014 my bulletin No Comments

“REBELLION”

Jinggoy Buensuceso

July 6-30, 2014

Galleria Duemila Inc.

210 Loring Street, 1300 Pasay City

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 Let me introduce to you my Rebel bro- Jinggoy Buensuceso.  He is the next big thing of his generation.  I knew this from the day I met him when my sister was smitten by him after having met him for the first time.  They were supposed to talk about an art work she was to commission for him that was to highlight her flat in Singapore where she was an expat. They spoke for six hours and never let each other go!  I found this ridiculous at first because when my sis, Mutya introduced Jinggoy to me, she said they would be getting married!  I almost fainted but hey, this turned out to be a match made in heaven!  Only a REBEL like Jinggoy could tame a high profile corporate giant like my sis with his confident and enchanting flair.  He was domesticated for once- a turf she has no idea about having been exposed to the corporate world for as long as I can remember.

Jinggoy and Mutya compliment each other perfectly.  Mutya’s got discipline, focus and goes by the book.  Jinggoy bends all the rules and yet he is flexible and emotional -an artist to his core.  Both of them though are very open to learning and discovering how their strengths and weaknesses can be maximized and boy are they inspiring with the results of their passionate collaborations.

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Rebellion as I have gathered is the aftermath of Jinggoy’s personal turmoil as he separates himself from his present realities to fulfill his artistry away from the trappings of domestication. In this show, Jinggoy sets out to the use of unorthodox materials such as: industrial tracing paper and woodwork.  He rendered his works with the severity of fire and with his new pursuits with cement, charcoal, and graphite.  The result-well see for yourself, it is quite synonymous to an uprising.

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Here’s the invitation for the show:

Let the artist take you on a tumultuous journey from the birth of a powerful idea that consumes an individual, the building pressure and force that makes people come together and move as one organism for a common passion and cause, the powerful release of tension and expression of freedom, to the quiet yet indelible aftermath which serves as a potent force within each and one of us.

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This potent force, when triggered ignites the vigorous cycle once more.

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For the exhibit’s opening, ballet and theatre artist Ea Torrado did a moving performance to depict her own interpretation of Rebellion.  This was explosive and touching at the same time.

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Here with his dynamic team and their awesome works.  They’re a bit shy though but let their works do the talking!

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We are fans and advocates of our brother Jinggoy’s journey as expressed thru his life and art.  We also are often recipients of his organic insights and experimentations about things around us that could blossom into something magical with his Midas touch.  He is a ‘rebel’ with and for a cause.  Check him out!

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Rebellion will run from July 6-30, 2014 at Galleria Duemila, located at 210 Loring Street, 1300 Pasay City. For more information, please contact Thess Ponce or Mark Arvin Patiag, Tel. No. +632 831 9990; Telefax no. +632 833 9815, email: gduemila@gmail.com, Twitter and Instagram: @galleriaduemila or visit our website at www.galleriaduemila.com and follow us on Facebook.

One fine, busy weekend

June 30, 2014 fitness, mommy talk, my passion No Comments

It has been quite an incredibly busy but amazing weekend.  I spent it with my Honey, just the two of us.  We have to do that regularly -we owe it to ourselves and our children.  When we go out on a date whether we like each other or not, it makes us love each other more.  We have been finding ourselves more fond of each other the past several years and finding ourselves alone with each other has become more and more something we look forward to having.

The most difficult part though is leaving our kids.  In the case of Solana, we have to really explain to her how many sleeps we would be gone and for what purpose.  A nice, engaging story before heading off is something she really appreciates and helps her cope during our absence.

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After his story, Anthony prepared breakfast in bed for Solana.  This made her really happy.  Simple things make a big difference in our children.

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We started the weekend with Anthony’s TV 5 Teleradyo show , Magbago Tayo on 92.3 FM.  It was so fun having to guest with our friends, Vic and Avelynn Garcia because they talked about their new book, Mag-asawa’y di Biro.  We shared a lot of stories about all kinds of marriages and laughed a lot about what it entails to keep a marriage alive and thriving.  One needs to have a great sense of humor to stay in a marriage.

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Right after the show, we headed to Subic with our Tri gear.  We are so blessed to have the support of our sponsors who really make our races so much worthwhile with the top-notch gear and accessories.

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We would normally race as Team Pangilinan in most of our races but for the Century Tuna 5150 Triathlon in Subic, we were so privileged to have been asked by our dear friend, Dyan Castillejo to race for Sports Unlimited as she was to cover the event for her show.  It was something that came as a blessing as it pushed us to really get started with our training-finally!

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It’s great to be in the midst of our Tri family once again and it pumps up the excitement in us to keep at it with our training and racing because their vibe is so into this super engaging sport called  triathlon.

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Photo c/o Lara Parpan (Polo Tri Team)

Here’s my armor: Rudy Project Ability shades, Zoot visor, Squadra suit, Timex watch (not seen here because I was already wearing it :) ) , Gatorade for hydration &  Zoot shoes

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Dyan (our swimmer) is shown here with a mermaid she will swim with from a photo taken by Princess Galura (Sunrise Events’ secret weapon and organizer par excellence).  She swam with over a thousand others and I find this such an amazing feat because she also covered the race .

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One of the best parts of being in a relay is that you get to race as a team and cheer each other.  It was Anthony’s first time to ride his Felt Bike and did very well amidst the slippery hilly roads of Subic that he managed to maneuver through 40 kilometers without struggling so hard.  He slipped and hurt himself a bit, but finished strong to lead me to get a good run start.

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I was very happy with my run under the killer heat of the sun but it’s a good reminder of the days to come that I must prepare for -when we go for double the distance as a team again for Cebu’s 70.3 Ironman in August.  Good finish for a great race with lots of fun!  We did it!

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We thank God for a lovely weekend and wow, amazing view going home, reminding us that there are still many races and seasons in life to conquer together.

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Hope

June 26, 2014 my bulletin No Comments

My @ellapangilinanx for a cause ♥

Sharing with you this post by Havaianas

“Havaianas celebrates the spirit of football and the love for the sport as we launch #TeamHavaianas – a special collection that pays tribute to world-famous teams that will come together at the world’s biggest sports event of the year, the World Cup. By purchasing a pair from the #TeamHavaianas collection, part of the proceeds will support #FieldofHope Philippines.

It is a project of Futkal to help rehabilitate communities affected by Haiyan through football as a means of recovering the youth from trauma to rebuild their lives leading them to the road for a brighter future”.

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Young as she is, Ella Pangilinan has already embraced the life of an athlete. “Being an athlete encouraged me to learn how to discipline myself as well as create a balance between my priorities and those activities that should follow after.” Learning the importance of putting the team first has taught her the responsibility of commitment and perseverance to excel not just during practice, but also during official games. Having played as the Brent Varsity Girls Team Striker, Ella believes that “if you have the heart, nothing else should stop you from pursuing what you’re passionate about.” Simply put, she says, “No heart, no chance.”

Ella Pangilinan is one of the many who have UNITED FOR THE LOVE OF FOOTBALL and this worthy cause. See more at http://bit.ly/fieldofhope. Part of the proceeds from the #TeamHavaianas Collection will go to Futkal’s #FieldofHope project.

Thank you @havaianasphils for allowing my daughter, Ella to be a part of this cause!

To know more about my Ella’s heart and passions, visit her blog at: http://ellapangilinanx.blogspot.com/

The One and Only

June 19, 2014 mommy talk No Comments

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My sister, Mutya and I embarked on this idea of making our daddy feel special on his 80th even though he hates making a fuss of such things.  We thought it would be a great idea to re-tell the world what kind of an amazing contribution he has made to the movie industry.  Thank God for our Uncle Rico Laxa, who helped make this dream happen.  I think Daddy was happy.

Here’s a glimpse of our father’s work:

We actually discovered quite a few things about our father that surprised us.  Here are fast facts about Tony Ferrer Agent X44 a.k.a the James Bond of Asia:

-an 8th dan Blackbelter

-accomplished 155 movies both locally and internationally.  Yes folks, he made it to Hollywood!

-was named best dressed man for 10 consecutive years and his suits were designed and made by his brother , Nick Romano

-his films were blockbuster hits from the 60′s to the late 70′s

-he has 10 suits on standby for his movies and they cannot be stained or wrinkled.  He is known for wearing all-white. Funny coz as an agent, it is so easy to sight him and make him a clear target.  But hey, that what sells!

-Agent X44 films are known for three C’s: Clothes, Cars and Chicks!  I mentioned the clothes already.  He’s also driven the coolest cars and kissed amazing women in his movies and most of them flown in from Hollywood! Haha! 

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Today, Tony Falcon lives a simple life away from the limelight but he still exudes that aura of a dashing hero.

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Cake lovingly created by Marge San Diego

I’m glad we got to relive his glory days even for a day.  It’s worth looking back to and surely one our children will cherish as being part of.

Here are some more references about Agent X44 as his works have also been studied by international movie reviewers:

http://teleport-city.com/2008/03/15/tony-falcon-agent-x-44-sabotage/