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MMFF 2016 | Mga Bitoon sa Siyudad: A Tribute to Davao’s Resilience

For the second time around, Davaoeno director Jarell Mahinay Serencio contributed something special to the film industry after his latest craft “Mga Bitoon sa Syudad” (Stars in the City) became an official entry to this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival.

His first was the short film Victor which was adjudged as the Best Film in the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival in 2012.

His latest short film, Mga Bitoon sa Syudad was inspired by the recent bombing in his hometown’s well-known night market, the Roxas Night Market in Davao City.

In the five-minute film, Mac-Mac (9) and Oliver (12) takes you closer to their life as Roxas boys who serenades patrons of the night market to earn for their studies, helping their father who works as a masseur. In one of their nights, Mac-mac discovered that he lost some of his money. Oliver returned to where they were in the hope of finding the penny, leaving Mac Mac for a while and assured his return. After a few minutes, a loud explosion was heard. The scene in the night market became chaotic but Mac Mac patiently waited for his brother.

“As a human being I feel so much pain for all the innocent victims of all the terrorist attacks around the world most especially to all children who died and suffered from trauma,” he said. “Countless families lost a loved one, mothers who lost a child, a child who lost a parent and brothers who lost a brother.”

Serencio just lost his father due to a prolonged illness.

“When it happened here in my beloved hometown, Davao City, I could not contain the terrible emotion I felt on that day after hearing the news about the Roxas Night Market bombing. I feel that I should do something to contribute in condemning terrorism. As a filmmaker, I was inspired to tell the story of innocent victims that focuses on the lives of kids serenading the people in Roxas Night Market,” he added.

The short film, he said, is his tribute to those people who just wanted to survive day-to-day but have now become victims of terror attacks. “I also want this film to be a tribute to their families who were left behind.”

The resilience of the Davaoenos also fueled him to produce the film.

“This act of terrorism in my city has never shaken the faith of Davaoenos to stand again and go on with their lives. We remain strong and optimistic amidst the continuing threat to the city. That alone is something I can be proud of as a Davaoeno.”

“To my fellow Davaoenos, I urge all of us to stand strong as a community, let us remain vigilant and steadfast in helping one another especially during times of tragedies.  We need to move forward but we need not forget the people whose lives and life stories have been cut short prematurely,” he said in a statement.

With its recent participation in the Metro Manila Film Festival, the strength of the Davaoenos will now be trumpeted to the whole nation.


Direk Jarell Serencio with the cast


Mga Bitoon sa Siyudad is a short film written, directed and produced by Jarell Serencio — former head researcher of ABS CBN’s famous anthology “Maalaala Mo Kaya.”  It is shown together with ORO, a full length film directed by Alvin Yapan and starring Joem Bascon, Irma Adlawan and Mercedes Cabral. You can catch both films here in Davao City at SM Lanang Premier, NCCC Mall of Davao, and Gaisano Mall of Davao (GMall). Just look for its full-length partner, ORO.

There are officially 8 shorts and 8 full length films at this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival which are in cinemas starting December 25.



GMEA 2016 Blogger of the Year Award: A Feather to my Cap

Let’s return to its purpose.

I knew the Globe Media Excellence Award (GMEA) even before I wrote my entry. My friends and colleagues in the media have been bagging several awards in different categories since the award’s humble beginnings. I knew of the prestige and the honor of being an awardee since the judges of the entries were reputable in the industry. They are alluring and enticing that you want to work hard for every story you make or produce.

But my winning piece, When There Are No Longer Birds To Watch, I did not intentionally write it as an entry for the award. Its initial purpose was for my experiences, including my struggles within, to be shared. This one, the plight of the Philippine Eagle and all other birds.

Until I decided, after my GMEA awardee friend’s prodding that I sent this entry to this year’s Globe Media Excellence Awards.

And yes, I was adjudged by the esteemed jurors and screeners of the prestigious award-giving body the title, “Blogger of the Year” because of this entry. As what I have said, the birds added a feather to my cap.

The truth is, I am not. I am not as prolific as other bloggers around, those who post as many OOTDs as they can in a week or in a day. In fact, I am a savage procrastinator, tolerant to my sleeping indulgence and sometimes staling every single brilliant idea I find while taking a bath. I am not the kind that goes to every single event or know the latests of everything.

The thing is, I don’t settle for “blogging for blogging’s sake”. I always end up writing thousand-word entries, having the ennui if people would even care to read it. It is a struggle to fight for other’s attention. But I wrote it anyway.

So let’s return to its purpose.
I am resharing this post not to brag that I am the Blogger of the Year, not even for people to know if I really deserved to be called one, but I am resharing this to go back to its sole purpose, perhaps the ingredient, the winning feather the judges had found.

The title “Blogger of the Year” has its own expiration. I will no longer be that blogger after a year or so. So I was lucky enough that I wrote it for a different, perhaps noble reason. At least, when it expires, I am still grounded.

So I am resharing this, to justify its existence, the reason why it came to being.

I just wanted to tell my stories, my musings. Turned out, I had touched, I can and will be touching more lives. This will be my motivation to share the transformative tales of humanity.

Thank you for Globe Telecommunication for giving this accolade. This will be part of my blog’s history. Special acknowledgment to the Philippine Eagle Foundation (Official) who inspired this post. Thank you to all who congratulated me. I owe you a lot. And lastly, thanks ahead to the people who will dare to read this.

Congratulations to me!!!


Thanks to Davao Digital Influencers for the regard!


Check the post: When There Are No Longer Birds To Watch

PLDT Home thank​s Davao with The Regine Series Concert

Asia’s songbird and PLDT Home brand ambassador and Asia’s songbird herself Regine Velasquez-Alcasid serenaded Davaoenos during the successful The Regine Series at SM City Davao last August 6.

The concert was the PLDT Home’s gesture of gratitude to Davaoenos for making them the number one digital and multimedia services provider in the country.

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13942622_1251363561549509_1197727852_nAside from the musical treat, PLDT Home proud user Regine Velasquez-Alcasid introduced the newest plan to avail for existing PLDT subscribers, The Regine Series phones which can be availed by topping up the existing plan with only 99 pesos per month.
pldt_regine-series_og-tag-image-062816The PLDT Home DSL also offered the latest and massive Famtastic Sale, the PLDT Home DSL Home and Away Bundle which features up to 10Mbps of DSL speeds at home plus a free 4G Smart Bro Pocket WiFi for only 1,599/month.

Other than that, Davaoenos was also made to experience Smart Home devices like the home monitoring Fam Cam, the powerful PC in a TVolution Stick with free keyboard and mouse, and the child-friendly Smart Watch – all best used with the HOME Telpad and powered by the most powerful broadband connection PLDT Home Fibr.

PLDT Vice President and Home Marketing Director Gary Dujali said the events and the offers are their way of showing gratitude and honor to Davaoenos for making them number one.

13933085_1251363324882866_18867519_n“As the Philippines’ leader in digital innovations and multimedia content offerings, we want to make sure that our services and products are available to all Filipinos around the country, Davao is among the first to experience the dawn of the Smart HOME powered by PLDT,” said Dujali.

Visit for more information about their digital suite of products and services.

Get iPad Mini 2 with Smart Bro’s latest exclusive deal

The leading mobile broadband brand in the country, Smart Bro recently revealed the easiest and most affordable way to own an iPad Mini 2.

PLDT Vice President and Marketing Head of the PLDT Home and Smart Bro Gary Dujali said the exclusive package begins just by adding an additional 300 pesos in the monthly service fee of your Smart Bro Plan 299 and you can have an iPad Mini 2 which comes with 1.7 Gb monthly data. Aside from that, the offer comes with free 1.1Gb of video streaming on YouTube,

“Aside from that, the offer comes with free 1.1Gb of video streaming on YouTube, Iflix, Dailymotion and Vimeo for the first three month,” he added.


“For a total of 599, subscribers can now have the luxury and the liberty to enjoy a premium gadget with a powerful service,” said Jaja Jesalva, Smart Bro Senior Manager during the product launch at Home Crest Hotel, Davao.

Present also during the launch are the Smart Brokadas Miss Universe 2014 candidate MJ Lastimosa and Harana Boys member Michael Pangilinan who had visited Davao universities  to introduce this latest offer powered by Smart’s fast and reliable Long-Term Evolution (LTE) Technology.

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PLDT Vice President and PLDT Home Marketing Head Gary Dujali. Photo by Davao Digital Influencers, Inc.
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The Smart Brokadas MJ Lastimosa (center) and Michael Pangilinan (second from left) with PLDT and Smart Bro Execs. Photo by Ace Perez, Sunstar Davao

Aside from Davao, the Brokada roadtrip has conquered Manila, Baguio, Bohol, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, and Ilocos. They are set to invade more major cities nationwide sich as Olongapo, Zamboanga, Bulacan and Iloilo to bring this best and most exclusive offer from Smart Bro.

Kadayawan 2016 to pay tribute to Lumads, Muslims

The City Government of Davao has decided to change the tenor of this year’s celebration of the “King of Festivals”. Kadayawan 2016 will be a tribute to the indigenous people and the Muslims, their culture and situations.

In an interview, Monday, Kadayawan Executive Committee (Execom) member Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre reiterated the emphasis of the celebration, the Lumad and Muslim brothers and sisters.

“We will focus on the Lumad and Muslim culture. Our celebration will center on that,” he said.

He said that majority of the activities will be cultural presentations.

“On the opening, we are planning to invite musicians like Popong Landero and Joey Ayala. We will offer cultural presentations to the people” he said.

Acting Mayor Paolo Duterte has earlier pronounced that the 31st Kadayawan will be ‘simple and meaningful.’

“As we celebrate, let us not forget about their (Lumads and Muslims) struggles and the injustices committed against them,” said Duterte. “I believe that if we continue to turn a blind eye to their plight, Kadayawan will be meaningless.”

Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach and President Rodrigo Duterte to join celebration

Councilor Alejandre revealed that they have been communicating with Department of Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo about the participation of Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach during the Kadayawan.

“We still have to talk with the secretary but there is 80% possibility the Ms. Wurtzbach will be here on Friday, August 19,” he said.

Alejandre said they have planned to ask the beauty titlist to judge the Hiyas ng Kadayawan and she expressed her willingness to whatever request from the Execom.

He also added that President Rodrigo Duterte will be joining the celebration but they are yet to ascertain when he will come.

No Parties, Concerts

Another difference of this year’s festival from the previous celebration is the prohibition on the conduct of concerts and parties in the downtown area as announced few weeks ago.

This, according to Duterte, is to delineate with the central theme which is to focus on the situations and experiences of the 11 indigenous tribes in the city.

“Modern activities such as foam parties and EDM (electronic dance music) are really discouraged,” said Art Boncato, Kadayawan Execom vice-chair.

The highlight activities will happen on Friday, August 19 which is declared as the Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan (Street Dance Competition) will be launched on Saturday, August 20 while the Pamulak Festival (Floral Float Parade) is slated Sunday, August 21.

It will then be concluded with the Pahalipay Concert as a thanksgiving by the city government to the people of Davao and the visitors.

The Execom anticipated about 150,000 visitors who will be coming during the celebration.

| Published in 105.9 Balita FM’s Facebook Page: Kadayawan 2016 Update: What’s in, what’s out, July 19, 2016

#TheDuterteManifesto: Help the children with cancer

Who would think that the President Rodrigo Duterte’s gutter language and the speeches peppered with spicy expletives on most occasions would become a message of hope to the cancer-stricken children in the Davao Children’s Cancer Fund, Inc.-House of Hope?


President Rodrigo Duterte has been criticized for his careless words, mostly said in public, and in the media. Many were worried that it might be a grave influence to the kids. That it would teach them that jesting “bad words” is fine.

But the ABS-CBN Publishing President Ernesto Lopez never had a second thought to produce “The Duterte Manifesto”, a compilation of President Duterte’s speeches, quotes, and stories from and about him.

ABS-CBN Publishing Ernesto “Ernie” Lopez give backgroud of the book.

During the book launching on Friday, Lopez said the book was intended to acquaint the people to the Duterte’s real character through the book. His soft side and compassion behind his strong image in particular.


“Ang mga lumalabas kasi minsan tungkol kay Duterte sa publiko, sa media, hindi masyadong maganda. Pero dapat ring makita ng tao ang kabilang kwento, kung ano yung mga kwentong tungkol sa kanya na hindi alam ng maraming tao. At marami kasing mga kwentong magaganda tungkol sa kanya. Gusto lang namin na malaman ng iba,” said Lopez who admitted he is a fan of the president.

(What usually comes out to the public, in the media are not so good. But the people should see the other side, the stories that only a few people know. And there are a lot of inspiring stories about him.)

However, Lopez stressed that more than the president’s untold stories; the noblest purpose of the book is to bring hope to the cancer-stricken patients in the House of Hope (HoH).


It was their day but they treated us a parcel of their talents.

Part of the proceeds of the book will be donated to the House of Hope (HoH) of the Davao Children’s Cancer Fund, Inc.

House of Hope has become an important part of the life of President Duterte.

HoH President Mae Concepcion Dolendo said the President Duterte has contributed beyond material things for the cancer patients especially children when he still served as the mayor of the city. He has given them a lot of reason to keep living.

“He was one of the first people who believed we could cure cancer. Siya po yung nag inspire sa amin na to go further and do the things we want to do. He never failed to boost our morale,” she said.

(He inspired us to go further and do things we want to do.)

Dolendo said he was the one who inaugurated the first House of Hope in 2007 and he has never missed a Survivor’s Day until 2014 before he ran for president.

“We started with only four beds and one room in 2004. During that time, our survival was less than 10 percent. Twelve years later, we have seen about 300 cases every year. And our survival rate has risen to more than 50%,” shared Dolendo.

While proceeds are yet to come in, the ABS-CBN Publishing granted the HoH with a 500,000-peso check as their first installment.

Dr. Mae Dolendo was not able to contain her happiness after discovering the amount of the check. She was not told about it.


“Habang mas marami at marami ang mabenbenta naming, mas marami ang maibibigay namin sa House of Hope,” said Lopez.

(The more we book we sell, the more we can give to the HoH).


The Ambassadors of the Davao Children’s Cancer Fund, Inc.
Not even cancer can hinder their happiness.

“Nagpapasalamat kami sa gumawa ng libro, ang ABS-CBN Publishing, and higit sa lahat kay President Rodrigo Duterte na kami ang piniling maging beneficiary nitong The Duterte Manifesto. At malaking tulong po talaga ang naibibigay sa amin not only for this event but yung lahat sa community na nagsusuporta sa mga pasyente namin,” said Dolendo.

(We are thankful to the ABS-CBN Publishing and mostly to President Rodrigo Duterte for choosing us as the beneficiary of this book, The Duterte Manifesto. We have been given huge help not only by this event but also from the community who supported our patients.)

“We have become part of the history of President Duterte. We are very happy that this book is going to further help our children with cancer. Whatever is given to us will go a long way to support many patients,” she added.

The book can now be bought in the National Bookstore for only 149 pesos.

Ernie Lopez showed his clenched fist, an emblem of his idol, President Rodrigo Duterte.


President Duterte’s charisma is contagious. It is acquired by those who admired him. Here are photos of Sir Ernie treated like a rockstar.




With Councilor January Duterte.



Since I was able to grab one for free, I want to give you a sneak peak of the book.

The “The Duterte Manifesto: Mga Aral mula sa mga Banat at Talumpati ni President Rodrigo Duterte” is the president’s version of Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago’s book, Stupid is Forever and Stupid is Forever More.

In one website, the author said it is filled with the word “Patay”. Papatayin ko kayo and the likes. Another blogger even quipped,”Good read kaya?” as a comment when the presidential son, Sebastian “Baste” Duterte promoted it on Facebook. As you scan the pages, his no-nonsense punch lines are adorned with stars (asterisks).

Written at the back cover are samples of his quotes: “Do not control my mouth! This is my mouth. God-given gift ‘to!” and “I do not pretend to be the man of the hour, I am not. I would just say, I’m a man who tried to do it. And succeeded. Or, a man who tried it and failed. History will judge me.”


It contained his statements to different issues and rivals in the course of his presidential run, firsthand impressions of people on him, strangers or popular, including his daughter, tweets on #DearPresidentDuterte, funny attributions using movie titles, checklist if you will be killed or not and of course, his love stories, be with his wives or with the country, among others.

Buy the book, not only because it is intriguing but buy it, for the sake of helping the children in the House of Hope survive cancer.

Help the children with cancer by knowing more about President Rodrigo Duterte.

The book “The Duterte Manifesto” just does that.

The beauty of the irony. The iron-fisted man believes in love, forever.

The children who are suffering with cancer needs your help. To know how, click the logo to be redirected to their website.

House of Hope Logo


Moa inked to improve public school libraries

Photo by 105.9 Balita FM

A learning-conducive library is one that augments education with digital information. And the Therma South, Inc. will make it possible.

In a few months, several school libraries in Davao will undergo a major prepping up after the TSI launched the “It’s A-Libe Project” yesterday.

The TSI signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Science and Technology and the University of Mindanao (UM) to renovate the libraries of the public high schools in Brgy. Binugao, Toril, Davao City and Brgy. Inawayan, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur.

“Library is very important because we noticed that there are already fewer children who read and their attention span is getting shorter,” said TSI President and Chief Operating Officer Sebastian Lacson.

Lacson said the project aims to make libraries of selected public high schools conducive to learning by transforming the libraries into reading hubs equipped with DOST’s science and technology e-portals using the Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosk (STARBOOKS).

The STARBOOKS system houses relevant learning materials ranging from topics like food and nutrition, health and medicine, energy, environment, and livelihood technologies among others in text, audio and video formats.

The reading hubs will be renovated based on the designs from the College of Architecture and Fine Arts Education of the University of Mindanao.

The TSI, a subsidiary owned by the Aboitiz Power Corporation, and the Aboitiz Foundation will spend 712,000 pesos for the renovation and the computer hardware of the two libraries of the schools identified.

The project is set to begin September this year and expected to be finished in November in line with the National Reading Month.

| Published in 105.9 Balita FM’s Facebook page: Moa inked to improve public school libraries, July 7, 2016