Look Up, Look Behind, Look Forward

By: Ancel Marie B. Mondia

“WHEN I face difficulties, I do three things. Look up to God, knowing I have His blessing as He guides me along the way. Look back to family and loved ones, who inspire me to be better every single day. And look forward, to a better version of me five or even 10 years from now that I chase every day.”

These are the profound words of Gwyn Celo, 27, of Jaro, Iloilo City, who ranked 9th in the September 2016 Physician Licensure Examination and currently works as a surgical resident at West Visayas State University Medical Center.

At an early age, Celo knew he was good in mathematics. Mathematics, for him, was about discipline, reasoning, and good problem-solving skills.

“There are numerous ways to arrive at an answer, you just have to analyze. I tackle each situation, just the same as I would tackle a good math problem,” he says.

He took up Nursing instead of Packaging Engineering, which was his first choice, upon the urging of his family.

When he finished his studies in college, he proceeded to Medicine. He graduated valedictorian of his high school batch and cum laude in college.

“I have faced so many obstacles in life. Personal struggles, physical demands, and mental turmoil. But the greatest obstacle I have faced is I. I believe each one of us is capable of great things, and the only limit to that is ourselves,” he says.

As an adult, he realized that he would encounter different kinds of personality which he simply had to bear with. He had his eyes set on his goals and thought of the saying, “Begin with the end at the back of your mind.”

According to Celo, he found the most amazing woman God could ever give to him. However, during his five-month board examination review, he was torn between his studies and cultivating a relationship at the same time.

“What I put in mind at that time was I’m gonna do my best for the boards with the girl of my dreams by my side. We both conquered it. Together,” he says.

Presently, he works in a training institution with the aim of becoming a successful surgeon.

He said there is no secret or shortcut to success.

“We just have to put in time, effort, and determination. Don’t stop until you reach your goal. Believe that you can, and you’re halfway there,” he concludes.



Christmas Village lights up at Amaia Scapes Iloilo

By: Ancel Marie B. Mondia

IN CELEBRATION of the yuletide season, the country’s top-of-mind real estate provider Amaia Land Corp successfully held its Christmas Village Light Up on Dec 1, 2017, at the Amaia Scapes Iloilo, Barangay San Jose, San Miguel, Iloilo.

Mayor Marina Gorriceta, Vice Mayor Bonifacio Salapantan Jr., Barangay Captain Miguel Sajonia Jr., and other village officials witnessed and participated in the event.

With the concept of “Christmasaya”, the event is the product of the combined idea of home and light which signify happiness during Christmas.

Christmas lights and lanterns on the model block, the spine road, the guard house, and the Christmas tree turned on as a choir vigorously sang Christmas carols amid the multicolored fireworks which lighted up the night sky.

With great sounds, good food, and special treats, the spirit of Christmas was deeply felt and vividly seen during the event.

Amaia Scapes Iloilo is Amaia Land Corp’s first economic housing development in the highly urbanized city, which is now regarded as the regional center of Western Visayas. It offers innovatively designed homes made affordable especially for Ilonggos.

It provides accessibility to key retail establishments like Robinsons Place Iloilo and SM City Iloilo; healthcare facilities like Riverside Medical Center and Our Lady of Mercy Hospital; and learning institutions like the University of San Agustin, University of the Philippines Visayas, and Central Philippine University. The Parish of St. Michael the Archangel and the Iloilo Technohub are also nearby.

Future homeowners can choose from Amaia Land’s easy and flexible payment terms such as cash, deferred payment, and bank financing.

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