Be An Advocate, Be A Rainbow

By: Ancel Marie B. Mondia Justin Francis Bionat, 21, of Mandurriao, Iloilo City, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science senior student of West Visayas State University, dreams to make a difference through his advocacy. He aims to change the world’s perception of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transgenders (LGBT) so that the day will come when […]

Welding Arts, Realizing Dreams

By Ancel Marie B. Mondia MOREEN Joy Austria, 42, of Talisay City, Negros Occidental is a well-known visual artist whose public art – the 12-meter metal sculpture dubbed “Pagtaguyod” – will be built early this year in partnership with Metrobank Art and Design Excellence (MADE) and Federal Land, at the rotunda of Edsa Extension, Macapagal […]

Be Virtuous, Be Victorious

By: Ancel Marie B. Mondia Reynelyn Lou Mistio, 24, of Sibalom, Antique, a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering graduate (cum laude) of UP-Visayas, now works for a petrochemicals firm in Batangas City as a Process Automation Engineer. As early as high school, she lived in a dormitory where she learned to take responsibilities independently, which […]

Hard Work Has Its rewards

By: Ancel Marie B. Mondia FRIETZ ARBAN Perales, 24, is enjoying a fruitful career in banking after earning his degree in Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Marketing from UP-Visayas. Perales is a national awardee of 2014 Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines, UPV Most Outstanding Graduate for 2014, Rotary Club of Iloilo’s Most […]

Be Proactive, Be Progressive

By: Ancel Marie B. Mondia RHODA MAE SIMORA, 38, of Bingawan, Iloilo, who earned her degree in Bachelor of Science in Fisheries at the University of the Philippines Visayas, is now a progressive fish scientist. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Fisheries at Auburn University, Alabama, USA under the Fulbright-CHEd (Commission on Higher Education) Scholarship. […]

Be Persistent and Be Rewarded

By: Ancel Marie B. Mondia MELCHOR Cichon, 72, of Mandurriao, Iloilo City, is an accomplished Aklanon writer whose works continue to be the gold standard in the local and national literary circles. His poems, essays, and short stories have published in books, magazines, and anthologies aside from winning prestigious literary plums. Mr. Cichon credits his success […]

Color and beautify the world

By: Ancel Marie B. Mondia THERESE Claire Varon, 23, of Pandan, Antique, a Bachelor of Science in Economics graduate of the University of the Philippines Visayas, now works as a Key Accounts Specialist in West Visayas for Monde Nissin Corp. Varon discovered her prowess in writing and leadership when she was in Grade Five. She received […]

‘Do all things with love’

By: Ancel Marie B. Mondia JOSE ROY Santos Jr., 21, of Iloilo City, is a public speaker, a student leader, and an Outstanding Boy Scout of the Philippines and is now a Certified Public Accountant working for one of the biggest international accounting firms, KPMG RG Manabat & Co. Santos comes from a poor family but […]

Passion With A Purpose

By: Ancel Marie B. Mondia BLESSED Bea Plondaya, 20, of Mandurriao, Iloilo City, the president of iLead Trainings and a member of JCI Regatta, has been leading a productive and interesting life by observing the motto “passion with a purpose.” One her advocacy projects, “Umambag Tayo!”, won the Angat Buhay Youth Project Proposal Grant Competition of […]

Moving Forward

By: Ancel Marie B. Mondia JOHN Ituralde Jr., 21, of Jamindan, Capiz, is an accomplished student who graduated summa cum laude with the degree Bachelor of Science in Biology at Filamer Christian University in 2017. Ituralde started to develop a competitive spirit when he was a kid whose goal was to win the appreciation and attention […]

Create Art and Touch Lives

By: Ancel Marie B. Mondia “MY HANDS aren’t just made to create things, but to touch lives.” This is how Vincent Rose Sarnate, 21, of La Carlota City, Negros Occidental described her social project and art outreach dubbed “PorTRAIT”. Sarnate, a teacher-artist, mounted “PorTRAIT” in partnership with La Carlota Fundamental Baptist Church for the creative training […]