Cebu Secret Chow: No. 9

            It’s been a long while since I’ve written about a Cebu Secret Chow, what I like to call a restaurant that is not located in a mall or better known as a “hole-in-the-wall.” Cebu Secret Chows have been the focal point of this blog but thanks to the social media boom in 2013, hole-in-the-walls don’t stay hole-in-the-walls for long. The longest a restaurant can stay under the radar is probably two months these days. Social media has pushed “location” further down the “opening-a-restaurant” checklist for restaurateurs. This might be good news for restaurants who want to get their names around the soonest possible, but I personally think this often kills the charm and essence of hole-in-the-walls.

            Most hole-in-the-walls are residential abodes converted into restaurants and it is the unpretentious home cooking and homey ambiance that captivate our hearts. These are where nostalgia is manufactured, where memories of food and experience are imprinted in our food memory bank—memories that linger and beguile us from time to time.

There’s one I’ve been eyeing on since last year when it opened, but since it was always out of the way from my usual route to and from school, it was a pretty elusive target. I consider it a hole-in-the-wall because it does not belong to or is not located within a commercial establishment. It is not your ordinary home-turned-restaurant; it transcends the norm of comfort food, serving heartfelt Spanish dishes that reflect the artistry and passion of the chef owner.

         No. 9 is named after its address, #9 E. Benedicto St. It has a modern rustic interior with hints of Spanish tones that evokes just enough mystery to spark that excitement for what’s to come as you settle down in one of the tables. Perusing through the menu, you will find that it is brief yet just enough to extinguish any confusion or further delay in making your selections.

           Callos and Lengua are some of my favorite childhood and comfort dishes, so these are a default if I find them in a Spanish restaurant. And of course, we had to have the infamous Fideo Negro, the sinister squid ink pasta that is most featured from this restaurant. And to cap off our Spanish dinner, I ordered a Sangria for my accompanying refreshment.

            It was a calm, quiet night at the resto, creating an intimate atmosphere for my date and I. At the same time, excitement was brewing in my belly, as this was a much-awaited moment – finally tasting the dishes of this mysterious restaurant.  

            I was given my Sangria (P168) to subdue my enthusiastic anticipation. But even just the sight of the sparkling crimson drink only fueled more of the excitement. The Sangria was so pleasantly refreshing that I would love to go back to No. 9 even just for the cocktails.

            The first dish that arrived was the Lengua (P300). I was fascinated to find that it was served as an appetizer – crisp petals of ox tongue bestrewn on slices of lightly toasted brioche with quenelles of mustard on the side. This was an interesting dish that opened my eyes to another form of lengua preparation that definitely veers away from the comfort zone of the all too familiar lengua estofada or lengua in mushroom gravy.

            Next came the Fideo Negro (P320), commanding a sense of authority on the table with its pitch black glory, contrasted by the bright yellow aioli that almost looked like an egg yolk in a crown of squid strips. Was I ready to dig in. The pasta slid smoothly in my mouth, still al dente, the squid ink flavor clearly distinguishable and the richness and creaminess amped up by the aioli. So good, at the end of each forkful you’d want to smile. But wait a minute, take a look at your reflection on your phone or the knife. No, you wouldn’t want to smile with your teeth now etched black by the pervasive squid ink. But then again, every table is most likely to order this dish, so you’re not the only one with a sooted smile. So I go ahead and smile forkful after forkful, delightingly giving in to the irresistible darkness. This is a brilliant way for restaurants to literally and figuratively leave a lasting impression on guests.

            Almost simultaneously, the Callos (P350) arrived. Though like a humble pauper beside the Fideo Negro, it refused to be subdued as this comfort food was executed perfectly. Melt-in-your-mouth tender and the sauce so flavorful. The nostalgia surged in mouth at the first spoonful.

            We were too full to get dessert but I was happy enough with my sangria anyway. No. 9 did not disappoint and it is easily one of my favorite restaurants in town. I would love to go back for some cocktails with friends at their garden and on another visit, try the rest of the menu.   

“To know Cebu, eat Cebu!”

No. 9
#9, E. Benedicto St., Cebu City
(032) 253 9518

Facebook: No. 9
Price range: P300-500


10 Dove Street Confectionery

            10 Dove Street patrons can now enjoy 10 Dove Street’s delectable cakes and many more new pastry assortments as they have just opened the doors of 10 Dove Street Confectionery (10 DC) early this month. It is a beautiful white house that sits comfortably on the Oakridge Pavilion grounds – a modern country design with a high ceiling yet still retaining that crisply neat, cozy interior to give you a relaxing ambience where you may indulge your sweet tooth cravings – just a few steps away from 10 Dove Street.

            10 DC was created to solely house the much-loved cakes of 10 Dove Street as well as their new pastry offerings to satisfy any sweet tooth’s palate. It is the perfect venue for both leisurely chats and corporate meetings as it is tucked away from the busy roads of the city.

Yay! Silver ticket for me! :D

During the grand opening, they gave out golden tickets to the first 10 customers and silver tickets to the first 100 customers thereafter. This promo was blasted a few weeks before the opening day so the race for those sweet tickets was an agenda for all 10 Dove Street cake fans. The golden ticket winners were entitled to free whole cakes for 10 weeks and the silver ticket holders would win free cake slices for 10 weeks. Since 10 Dove cakes are my favorite, I marked my planner to line up for the ticket – gold or silver, whatever, as long as I get my 10 weeks’ worth of cake. The confectionery would open at 10 a.m. so I thought being there by 6:00 a.m. would do. Well, my bed held me down so I arrived at 7:30 a.m. and to my disappointment, there were already more than 30 people lined up. Haha! So, silver ticket it is for me. I’m still a happy camper! Apparently, the golden ticket winners lined up since 11:00 p.m. the night before. Ergo, I concede; well deserved for them!

            Entering the charming house, you are greeted with a showcase of their famous cakes on a long table. Being my favorite cakes in town, I always find it a challenge to narrow down my choices because I adore all their cakes. My recommendations would be (not in any particular order):
  • Ube Cake
  • Mango Yogurt
  • Fruit Medley
  • Avocado Cake
  • Opera
  • Chocolate Decadence (their all-time bestsellers)

Guaranteed, once you visit 10 DC, you’ll instantly fall for its charm and irresistible sweet treats especially once you take a bite of their cakes. Fortunately, it’s a stone’s throw away from where I live. It’s definitely my new favorite spot in town.

I highly recommend their cakes for all special occasions. They come in 6 inches and 9 inches with prices ranging from P650 for classic cakes to P1,200 for their premium collection. I assure you, whatever cake you pick, it’s a crowd pleaser!

          Do let me know about your 10 Dove Street experience or your favorite 10 Dove cake flavor in the comments section of this blog post! I'd love to hear about it. :) 

You can also read about 10 Dove Street on the link below:

10 Dove Street Confectionery
Oakridge Pavilion, Oakridge Business Park
A.S. Fortuna St. Banilad, Cebu City 6014

Contact: (032) 418 1010 or +63 917 625 7013

Facebook: 10 Dove Street
Instagram: @tendovestreet

“To know Cebu, eat Cebu!”


Taking a Trip to Candyland at Fairmont Makati's Spectrum Restaurant

Hello, dear readers! Sorry for the unannounced hiatus. I was buried in books since I graduated last March to study for my board exam. To cut to the chase, the exam was on August 20 & 21 in Manila and by God's grace and mercy, I passed!!! 

           Within the time I was away from the blog, I stayed in Manila for a month to review for the board exam. This was my first time to live independently and it was a great experience. Though I was supposedly there for serious matters (yes, some serious shopping here and there), I was blessed to have friends and relatives who made sure to make my stay enjoyable, too. I met up with the KTG, the best group of food and lifestyle bloggers in the country - my new foodie family. Thanks to Richie the Pickiest Eater, I left Manila dreaming of Candy Land from the sweetest buffet I ever had – the Sweet Sunday Brunch at Fairmont Makati’s Spectrum Restaurant.

Part of my independent life in Manila involved commuting all alone. I actually enjoyed this because it gave me a better experience and view of the city and the truest sense of independence. So, my memorable Spectrum experience actually began with my journey to get to Fairmont Makati. I was staying in Quezon City and had to commute all the way to Makati. It was my first time to travel that far by public transport. 

To my relief, I somehow found myself in Makati safe and sound. Arriving at the grandiose buffet was definitely a more than welcome reward for my determination to commute and having had to ask several security guards for directions. :))

As I stepped into Spectrum, I couldn’t stop gushing over the luxurious spread of overflowing fresh seafood, salad greens, LECHON, rib eye steak at the carving station and of course, the most outrageous dessert buffet I’ve ever seen. It was such a privilege to be invited to share this special lunch with the KTG and the Fairmont marketing team! Meals are always made happier when shared with people who thrive on the same passion – good food.

So, here it is, feast your eyes and appetites on the Sweet Sunday Brunch of Spectrum at Fairmont Makati…

Hoard, hoard, HOARD!!! First thing that caught my eye was the Cold Seafood Station, finding my favorite fresh oysters and prawns. Yes, yes, YES! :D
My eyes literally glittered as I gazed at these beauties...
They also had several kinds of caviar in abundance! And UNI (sea urchin)!!! I particularly loved the uni sushis wrapped in cucumber - so refreshing! And of course, I couldn’t miss the salmon sashimi - a default on babe for food's buffet plate. These cuts were premium - so creamy and tasty!

I must also say, passing by the salad station almost felt like stepping into a garden! That was the most beautiful salad station I've ever seen. <3

     Where there’s rib eye steak, there I am, too. I just had one slice, I promise!

The rib eye got scared of me, it ran for cover. The veal leg was brave enough though. 
Aaaww.. Aren't they sweet... "Til death do we part"
        Before we go to the desserts, let me just commend the Lechon Baboy (whole roast pig) which was the closest in taste to Cebu lechon that I ever had in Manila. This surprised me! My favorite part of lechon is always the cheeks. ;)

           So, this is a Babe for Food default buffet plate. Top choices are always salmon sashimi, maki rolls, and lechon! Lol! Fresh oysters too but in this case, they couldn't fit in the plate anymore.  

        And finally, the smorgasbord of sweets and treats, to the ends of your imagination! This ultimate candy wonderland features the top leading brands in chocolate and candies in the world such as Valor, Ghirardelli, Lindt and Haribo. I guarantee both kids and adults will squeal in delight at the sight of this spread! Because, I did! You'll definitely find not just one, but at least four of your favorite desserts or sweets from this extravagant spread! You'll see what mine is in a while... ;)

Now, you can literally eat the rainbow! Check out that gorgeous rainbow cake. And taking the orange to another level is their orange jelly topped with goldleaf bits. 

        Did you spot some Bacon Macarons? I know the Pickiest Eater isn't much of a sweet tooth but I'm sure this had to get him. And that dirt bowl is the only 'dirty' thing I'd stuff my face into. :))

              This is where kids can literally play around with their food and create their own dessert pizza! As Dr. Seuss would say, "Oh, the thinks you can think!" I'd say, "Oh, the eats you can eat!" :D

            Of course, I had to get the bacon macaron. Wish I had an unlimited supply of these to leave one at every restaurant I visit. Hehe. And I wanted to eat some gold so, I had the orange jelly. As if I couldn't get enough rainbow in my mouth, I tried their homemade rainbow-colored ice cream, too. Turned out, it was bubblegum-flavored. So, if you're a fan of bubblegum ice cream, this one's for you. 

             I also found a pot of gummy bears after the rainbow cake! Now, you must know that I'm a sucker for gummy bears. This is my ultimate favorite candy! I dug through the legions of gummy bear commoners just to get that giant blue gummy bear! Haribo is gummy bear happiness!  

Two of my my most favorite things on a plate:
gummy bears and fresh strawberry! 

          Didn't that just feel like walking through a Willy Wonka factory? Only, swankier. All that and more only at Spectrum of Fairmont Makati. 

       This is the perfect buffet for families where kids and adults alike can indulge in their favorite treats and all sorts of eye candy that stir the wildest imaginations! Catch it as soon as you can because it only runs every Sunday ‘til the whole month of September! The buffet is P2,777+ per head. Children 6-12 years old get 50% off. 

      If you're not from Manila but happen to find yourself in town, don't miss out on this spectacular buffet! It's not just for sweet tooths; Spanish, Filipino, Middle Eastern, and continental dishes are sure to satisfy your palate as well.  

     For reservations or inquiries, call Raffles and Fairmont Makati's Restaurant Reservations at (02) 795 1840. 

       Fairmont Makati is the perfect destination for the sophisticated business traveler, being conveniently located in the heart of the country's financial and leisure entertainment center. Top corporate addresses, embassies, quaint cafes and shopping centers are just  a walk or minutes drive away. 

         With 280 rooms, it is housed within a sleek 30-storey tower that also includes the 32 all-suite Raffles Makati and 237 Raffles Residences. 

         Having spoken with the marketing team, it was interesting to find out that most of Fairmont Makati's guests were from Cebu! Having visited the hotel, I'm not surprised why it would appeal to Cebuanos. The interiors are luxurious but give a sense of calmness and privacy, and of course, the food is great. So, this business hotel is definitely one I would highly recommend not just to my fellow Cebuanos, but anyone who might have engagements around the area.   

          For more information and reservations, you may visit fairmont.com.

Fairmont Makati
1 Raffles Drive, Makati Avenue
Makati City, Philippines 1224

Contact: (02) 795 1840
Facebook: Fairmont Makati

oink oink,

Babe for Food


10 Dove's First Anniversary in Oakridge Business Park

                  10 Dove Street, one of my favorite restaurants in Cebu, has now warmed up in its new nest at Oakridge Business Park. Though they have moved to a commercial location, they were still somehow able to maintain that intimate, personal charm from when they were yet a hole-in-the-wall in Sto. NiƱo Village. I believe this is from the home cooking touch in their dishes and the personalized service they offer each guest consistently, making sure every visit is pleasurably memorable. 

               I think the most popular items from 10 Dove Street are their unforgettably loveable cakes that you can't miss the moment you step into the restaurant, sitting regally on their pedestals. These are definitely some of my favorite cakes in town for their perfect balance in texture (not too airy nor dense), sweetness (not throat-irritating which means you can easily finish the whole slice) and flavor combinations. They have mastered their signature chiffon cake that comes in many delectable flavors, it can be quite a challenge to settle for just one. Their cakes are so resilient, they can offer you rich chocolatey-ness or light, refreshing, fruity ones. My personal favorites are the Avocado Pandan Cake, Mango Yogurt Cake, Ube Pandan and the Opera! The Opera was particularly reminiscent of my favorite J. Co donut, the Alcapone! Hehe.  

[photo from 10 Dove Street Facebook page]
From top clockwise: Avocado Pandan Cake, Ube Pandan Cake, Mango Cream Cake, Triple Chocolate, Opera, Oreo Cake

Cake slices (from top clockwise): Avocado Pandan Cake, Opera, Mango Yogurt, Chocolate Decadence

         With their irresistible charm (and cakes), I'm sure every one who has dined here has an experience to share. You can read about mine on my post about them last year. Celebrating their first anniversary this entire month of April, you can actually use those experiences to win you some free gift certificates and enjoy 10 Dove Street even more. They're giving away P5,000 worth of GC's to the top 10 best photos. The mechanics are simple! Just click on the poster below to read about it:

           Easy as pie right? Of course, what's not to love about 10 Dove? I just rhymed? Hahaha. Don't forget to use the hashtags #10DoveStreetTurns1 and #OakridgeBusinessPark and tag 10 Dove Street on Facebook and Instagram when you upload your photos! And use your wittiest captions, too! Deadline is on or before April 27, 2015 (Tuesday). Winners will be announced over Facebook and Instagram on April 30, 2015. Enjoy! 

Happy Anniversary, 10 Dove Street! 

*For updates, follow 10 Dove Street on Instagram (@10DoveStreet) and Facebook

"To know Cebu, eat Cebu!"

oink oink,

Babe for Food
- your BFF in Cebu dining! :)


Thank You

2015 is the year of the sheep, my year, the year I was also set to graduate… It’s just begun to sink in that I’ve finally finished my course, and though I have yet to pass the board exam this August to be a licensed Nutritionist, I am beyond grateful to know that I have already accomplished my educational plans since high school - to go to culinary school and earn a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. It wasn’t a smooth ride - my life had several interesting twists and turns - but I know this was all God’s plan and this is exactly where and who He wants me to be.

The original plan since high school was to study culinary and earn a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics because, well, I wanted to be a chef and nutritionist. After culinary school and having worked for our family business that closed in mid-2011, I found myself raring to just pursue my culinary career and forget about studying Nutrition because I was perfectly happy with the kitchen life. However, I was encouraged by a friend to go to college because other than the things I would learn from the actual classes, the experience was not to be missed. I was convinced, also bearing in mind that my mom belittles me because I was not a degree holder. Of course, there was a bit of insecurity knowing that I would be one of the eldest in class, but big hopes for the future helped brush it aside. I held on to the fact that I was hardworking and God has always been faithful in my life.

True enough, the experience was priceless. I have learned more about life and myself than I could probably have learned elsewhere. I would strongly recommend youths to go to college because, beyond the books and homeworks, it can be a crucial time for self-discovery and self-development.

I wasn’t really the sky-high achiever when it came to academics (the only time I graduated with honors was in Nursery 2, placing 2nd in class). In fact, classmates would tease me that I’m slow. So, I never really considered myself to be really smart either. Things took an unexpected turn when I happened to make it to the Dean’s List in Second Year. I was motivated to do my best because I realized that this was probably my only chance to achieve something academically, give back to my parents, and maybe prove something to people who doubted me (even if I didn’t need to).

Breaking the news to my high school best friend (who is by the way, my total opposite, being the ultimate achiever), I was encouraged even more because he offered to give me a free trip to Singapore (where he is currently based) if I graduated Cum Laude. So, I strived and gave my all despite eventually having a business in my third year. I was relatively doing well until the final semester where I had to go on three internships – hospital (clinical), hotel (foodservice), and community (public health).

Internship rocked my world; and no, not the good kind. The hospital phase was probably the lowest point of my life. I struggled with lack of sleep (having only a maximum of 2 hours sleep most nights), pressure from endless requirements, and was depressed because I felt very dumb and useless.  At this point, I was facing the dismal fact that I might not make it to the honors list. Nonetheless, I didn’t give up. I decided that whether I make it or not, I was still going to do my best.

And to my surprise, I made it! Not alone, of course. Everything I’ve been through just shows that God was always by my side, catching me whenever I fell and gave me pats on the back when I needed it. He did this through several people He brought in my life.

So, now that I’m finally here, having just overcome one of the several mountains I have yet to climb and conquer in my life, I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every person who have been part of my journey and made me who I am today…


God, my loving heavenly Father, who never left me and steadfastly provided all the love, strength and wisdom that I needed. You have been there for me in my darkest, loneliest days as well as my victorious days. I know that without You, I am nothing. Everything I have is from You and everything I have accomplished belongs to you. I give back all the glory, honor, and praise to you, dear God! Thank you for all the miracles! You never cease to amaze. I will continue to give my best because You deserve my all. 

To my parents, who supported me financially and morally through all my aspirations. From those summer sports and dancing clinics when I was younger, to culinary school and now, my Nutrition degree. Although you may have had other plans for me, thank you for never saying “no” to my dreams for my career. I hope that someday I can be good enough for you, that whatever I aspire to do will make you both happy and fulfilled in life. I will work hard to give you both the retirement life you deserve. :)

Daddy, thank you for all the times you brought to school the things I left at home and for always readily taking me to my 3 AM and 4 AM duty shifts in Chong Hua, and during my internships in Marco Polo and Radisson.

Mommy, thank you for doing your best to provide for all my needs in college, especially for always paying for tuition on time and giving me the money to buy all the books I needed, for always being ready to lend me your precious accessories, clothes, bags and shoes for whatever occasion.

My favorite girl, my beloved sister, Baby Jojo, for always being my little miss sunshine and giving me hugs and kisses at the perfect times when I needed them most, and for waking me up sometimes. This achiever is also my inspiration to excel. :)

Uncle Ramon and Auntie Helen, for all the support all the way from New York! Thank you for constantly keeping in touch and reminding me to achieve great things.

Also to my relatives from my mother’s side, Auntie Baby, Auntie Lane, Uncle Tootsie, Auntie Jingkie, Uncle Jerry, Mama Aida, Ate Aije, Ate Angel. I know you all are always proud of me! Thank you!

To my mentors:

Ma’am Elvie, thank you for accepting me in your department.

Mrs. Girlie Libato, for being tirelessly supportive, always pushing us to do our best and for believing in us. I am so proud of you and truly blessed to have been your student.

Mrs. Ruvilyn Agujetas, for being the most considerate, understanding and patient teacher! Thank you for your kindness!

Dr. Judith Borja, it was a great great privilege to have been your student. You have sparked my interest in research and I hope you continue to share your extensive and valuable knowledge in this field! Your brilliance at your age inspires me to be sharp yet humble in all my endeavors.

Ms. Anya Martinez, the most humble yet brilliant person I’ve ever met, you are such a blessing and inspiration! Thank you for your enthusiasm and positivity! Truly a privilege to have been your student, too! Thank you for not only being a teacher, but also for being a friend!

Mrs. Maricel Eguna – Judilla, for being the best biochem teacher ever! You made it so fun and interesting! Thank you very much!

To Luis, the gentleman who never gave up on me, the man who soldiered through everything with me, my best friend, confidant, cheerleader, psychiatrist, lover, who believed in me and loved me even when I didn’t love myself anymore. Thank you for giving the complete support that nobody else could give, especially the emotional, physical and moral support. You have a huge share in my victories because you were there through it all. Thank you for being the optimist when I was a pessimist, for making me believe in myself. I love you very much! You and your family are such a blessing! Thank you also to Tito Jun and Tita Grace for being so hospitable and supportive and for all the encouragement. Thank you Tita Grace for being my case study! Tito Jun, for retrieving my very, very important file from my USB! Thank you Angelo and Paolo for driving me home when I was dead tired! 

To my classmates, for putting up with me, for not making me feel older than you (haha), for reminding me about homeworks, for cheering me up or asking if I need help when you see I am sad! 100% ta sa board ha! I know we can do it! Congratulations to us!!! Study, pray, study, pray!

To all the friends who make time to listen to my problems and inspire me to not give up…

Richie, thank you for the genuine friendship all these years, for being one of my biggest supporters, for always being there to lend an ear and remind me that I should believe in myself because people like you believe in me. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and for cheering me up!

Jannana! Ms. Beauty & Brains! Thank you for being my sweetest friend, that despite our different lives, you remained loyal and close. You have kept our friendship as if we weren’t miles apart at all. Thank you for all the virtual hugs and words of encouragement! For always remembering me when you come home to Cebu and always making time to see me! You are one of my inspirations! I love you!

Muhmeh Kazoot! My partner-in-crime, my fellow “English paka” best friend (even if you don’t admit it! hahaha), the golden girl, pastry queen, thank you for always being there for me, for always supporting me and “proud-ing” me! Hehehe! You’ll always be my bestest bestest friend! I love you!

Joem, my love, you know you love me! Hahaha! Thanks for always being there for me and for always making time to see me when you’re here in Cebu! I love you!

Jamaica dear! The smartest, most strong-willed and independent woman I know! You have always been an inspiration for me to dream big and achieve the reality of those dreams. Thank you for always being so supportive and for always being ready to listen when I need someone to talk to. I love you! 

Denise, thank you for the genuine friendship, for being the honest voice I needed to hear and for always keeping me grounded. Thank you for being my girlfriend and sister! I love you!

Justin, for always making time to see me when you’re here and for pushing me to be the best I can be. You are one of the very few people who truly know me. Thank you for keeping the friendship!

Micmic, Yen, Nikki, my tennistahz! Thanks for being the best bunch! We may all have different lives but it’s all good because we will all be helping each other out when someone needs a dentist, an architect, a nutritionist, or just a tennis partner! You guys will always be my playmates. Thanks for bringing the fun in my life and for always being ready to listen, help, support and play! I love you guys!

My pigpack, Mustachio and Baktin! Thanks for being the best food buddies and always having my back when I'm craving or need some comfort food. I love you guys! 

The superstar couple, Rachel and Ejay! Thank you very much for all your support for Team Brownie and for the genuine friendship! It's great to have friends like you. :)

Chefs Gene and Gino Gonzalez, my culinary inspiration and the most down-to-earth celebrities I’ve ever met! You are my culinary superheroes and you may not know it but you have helped feed my passion for food and cooking. Thank you for the genuine friendship! You both are forever embedded in my heart and I will never forget that inspiring note you wrote in one of those books you gave me. :) Shout out to Chef Toto Erfe and Chef Lawrence Zafra as well! “CHEF, WE’RE READY NA!”

"To Justinne, A Chef we'd like to see up there..." <3

Sir Joel, you may have been just a substitute teacher for our class once but you have become a friend. Thank you for always being so supportive and for the interest in making me your subject for your shoots. It was a great privilege to have been one of your subjects. I’ve never enjoyed photoshoots and felt so comfortable than with you, Mrs. Susan and Ms. Queenie! Thank you for the opportunities and fun times! :D

Ian Secong of Azul, your efforts to lend me some of your gas stoves for our community internship culminating activity was a big gesture that showed your big heart! It was truly a big help. Thank you very much for the support! Belated happy birthday!

Hon. Andrew Bacusmo of Brgy. Cansojong, Talisay City! Thank you very much for being so accommodating and supportive of my group's activities in your barangay! More power and God bless!  

            Truly, I am so blessed to have such smart, beautiful, trustworthy friends who are some of the most successful and inspiring yet down-to-earth people I know. Thank you very much for everything you have contributed to the person that I am today! I am inspired to be as successful yet grounded as you all are. :)

Thank you as well, to everyone else who has helped me in one way or another! I may not be able to mention everyone because I have quite a poor memory but know that I am grateful for whatever you have contributed in my life, whether it be criticism that has motivated me to be a better person, words of encouragement to refresh my soul, or may it be as simple as a smile that reminded me to be hopeful. I would not be who I am today if it were not for God and the people I have met in this life.

With this milestone in my life, I am inspired to continue to do my best for the glory of my loving Heavenly Father who has blessed me with good health, always providing abundantly beyond my needs, my talents and skills and people who love me and support me through thick and thin.

Cheers to the future! Please pray for me as I review for the board exam I'll be taking this August! I'll need all the prayers I can get! :D

Let me just leave you with these verses that remind me to let go and let God because I am such a worry worm. Worrying doesn’t get you anywhere. :)

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”
Matthew 6:26-27

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Matthew 6:34

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