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Archive for October, 2009


Pag hindi ka natawa sa game show na ‘to, ewan ko na lang: baka talagang wala kang sense of humor! Naaawa ako dun sa mga contestants na napaparusahan pag natatawa. And the thing is, parang kendo stick ata yung pinapamalo. That’s one big OOOOUUUUCCCCHHH! But when the contestants are back on their seats after a good spank, ayun, tawa pa rin ng tawa. Hindi na nadala! Check this out!


Oo Nga Naman 21: The Luckiest Guys In The World

I really don’t believe in luck, but watching these caught-on-tape scenes made me crack up! Siguro, talagang hindi pa nila panahon! Enjoy this one guys!


Forevermore: The Wedding Diary Edition (Part 2)


The countdown got even shorter, guys!

The wedding was supposed to be on the 30th of December. But since our maid of honor won’t be here in the Philippines on that day, but on an earlier week of the month, we decided to move the wedding date to December 21!

That means, we will have to start preparing some of the documents soon. The certificate of no marriage, the NSO documents, plus the “I-don’t-know-why-this-is-still-needed” seminar over at the City Hall–these are just some of the stuff that me and Cess will have to be taking care of.

As for the roof that will shelter us together, I found a studio-type apartment just less than a block away from our church. It will be very convenient for us, since we won’t be spending much on transportation. The place is also elevated, which means flood water proof, and is situated in a peaceful community. I just hope Cess would like the place.

We are now also finalizing the list of our entourage. Hopefully we can get the list approved by our senior pastor.

The next activities in line would be the “pamamanhikan” over at Cess’ hometown in Sta. Cruz, Laguna. We’ll be talking about that later this afternoon.

So guys, please be advised of this major change–the wedding date is December 21.

‘Til next post, guys!

Lookback C-2

Here’s a look back at the best of RCandCess’ second set of 100 blog posts. Here’s the top ten of the most read among them:

10. Comeback: They’re Not Called the UP Fighting Maroons For Nothing

A hopeful blogpost about the UP Fighting Maroons second round campaign for a better season record at the UAAP Men’s Senior Basketball competitions. Sadly, they never improved from their 3-11 record last season. Better luck next season!

9. A Salute to Cory Aquino

One of the most read blogs, which came out on the very day that the revered former president succumbed to colon cancer on August 1 of 2009. A tribute post to the life and legacy of one of the most enduring icons of Philippine democracy.

8. David Defeats Goliath: UP Shocks Ateneo with First Round Upset

The upset story of the year belongs to the cellar-dwellers of this season, the UP Fighting Maroons, which handed the eventual UAAP Champions Ateneo Blue Eagles their single loss for season 72.

7. RCandCess’ Anniversary Today

A celebration post of RCandCess’ 8-year love story. Thanks to all the avid followers of this journey that will soon take on a new chapter–that of an everlasting vow.

6. Blog Pulse 2

The running survey post that asked which of the Filipino soups best fit the rainy season. It was the “sopas” that had it.

5. Batis Ng Diwa: Balik Tanaw Sa Buhay MaSci

The first of 6 installments of my own account of life as a graduate of the Philippines’ pilot science high school. This series was propelled by a brewing clamor to change MaSci’s name to Cory Aquino High School. Tita Cory would have gotten up from the grave to protest this politically motivated move.

4. Ateneo Exacts Vengeance on UP

I guess the Blue Eagles’ fans had a feast day reading this fairly posted blog about Ateneo’s vindication from their painful first round loss to the Fighting Maroons. They eventually bagged the championship trophy for keeps.

3. UNPREDICTABLE: UAAP Season 72 First Round Wrap Up

My attempt at becoming a sports analyst, this blog post gives a wrap-up of the first round of the UAAP Season 72 Men’s Senior Basketball Competitions.

2. Blog Pulse 3

Another food blog pulse, we asked a hundred guys what they think is the king of the silogs. It was Longsilog.

1. The Los Angeles Lakers: 2009 NBA Champions

Still being read by a lot of NBA fans, especially now that the season is kicking off, this blog is a tribute post for the Los Angeles Lakers’ 15th Championship Crown, after defeating the Orlando Magic in 5 games.

MICA Pictures Present His Wonderful Works

Here’s the award-winning scripture video of the Metropolitan International Christian Academy for the 17th National Student Convention at Legazpi City, Albay. It won 4th place this year. Credit goes to the team of Deo Eamilao, Abigail Pilongo, Ed Crissean Agay and Mikee Bataller (isama na rin si Andre Santos). To God be the glory!


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The Metropolitan International Christian Academy once again emerged as one of the top winning Christian schools in the country as it brought home the bacon (and some pili nuts as pasalubong) from the recently concluded 17th School of Tomorrow Philippines’ National Student Convention at Legazpi City, Albay from October 19 to 23.


With more than 75 schools from all over the country gathering together at the southern tip of Luzon for a “week that will last a lifetime”, the National Student Convention is the premiere event of its kind for Christian schools using the ACE Curriculum. MICA, which is celebrating its silver year next year, is one of the schools using this program, and has been participating in the said event since 2001.


Last week, MICA captured 11 first place awards, plus a string of other top six place awards, from the various events that range from academic competitions, platform presentations, arts, photography, instrumental and vocal presentations, and many others.






Aside from the usual competitive spirit all throughout the week, the Convention also featured the spirit of brotherhood and compassion as it also became a venue for the schools to pool their efforts and resources together to help out other schools in Pangasinan, Cainta, Pasig, Marikina and other places which have been severely hit by typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng.

SOT School Services Director Bro. Cesar “CDO” De Ocampo appealed to the kindhearted students and delegates of the Convention to give and share for the benefit of the schools which, up to this very moment, are still hanging their PACES dry, or still cleaning up their facilities after the flood waters damaged most of their curriculum supplies. The delegates responded to the call and was able to raise more than P75,000 in cash. More pledges have been committed to this relief giving effort sponsored by SOT Philippines.


With this year’s theme “Seeking the True Treasure”, SOT Philippines Executive Director Dr. Delbert Hooge challenged the students to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, as they endeavor to go to greater heights in their academic and spiritual lives in the days to come. Along with him who gave timely, inspiring messages were Ptrs. Ray Granaderos and Joey Sauco.

As for us at MICA we had a wonderful time together for the past week at Bicol. We saw the best come out of our students, and we are so glad that these talents are being used for the honor and glory of God.





Every night during the Convention, the top six placers are called “on deck” and receive their respective medals. The top three winners are qualified to participate in the annual International Student Convention next year at Bowling Green in Kentucky. Here are the winners that made it on-deck for MICA:

6th PLACE:

  • Science Exhibit-Collection;
  • Character Trait Photography-B&W;
  • Bible Bowl;
  • Dramatic Dialogue;
  • Small Vocal Ensemble;

5th PLACE:
  • Science Exhibit-Engineering;
  • Social Studies-Collection;
  • Large Instrumental Ensemble;
  • Solo String-Bowed;
4th PLACE:
  • Instrumental Solo-Miscellaneous;
  • Illustrated Storytelling-Male;
  • Scripture Video;
  • One-Act Play;
  • Color Guard;
3rd PLACE:
  • Photography-Computer Enhancement;
  • Instrumental Trio;
  • Instrumental Quartet;
  • Interpretation For The Deaf;
2nd PLACE:
  • Music Arranging;
  • Short Story Writing-Filipino;
  • Character Trait Photography-Colored;
  • Flag Corps;
  • Expressive Reading-Male;
  • Small Instrumental Ensemble;
1st PLACE:
  • Golden Apple Award;
  • Christian Soldier Award;
  • Christian Worker Award;
  • Music Composition;
  • Social Studies-Research;
  • Solo Piano-Male;
  • Solo Woodwind;
  • Embroidery;
  • PACE Bowl;
  • Drill Team;
  • Preaching;

We would like to congratulate and thank our beloved School Administrator, Dr. Benny Abante, Jr., for the support, prayers, and role model of excellency he portrays for the MICA students. Also, we would like to thank MICA Directress Mrs. Marie Paz Abante, who joined the students for the two busiest days of the Convention, in support for her beloved students. Along with her, we also would like to thank MICA Principal Ms. Tess Jacinto for supporting the MICA Delegation and leading as well in preparing for the Convention. Credits also goes to the faculty-sponsors who accompanied them, namely, Ms. Yam Abarca, Ms. Princess Dizon, Ms. Jean Duatin, Ms. Vicky Patungan, Mrs. Emma Pilongo, Mr. Julius Pilar, and Pr. RC Cayanan (who had his own share of 15-minute fame as an alumnus of MICA!).

Watch out for more captured moments of MICA during their victorious week at the NSC!
Once again, congratulations to the MICA, and to all the schools who won and participated during the 17th National Student Convention at Albay!

All Roads to Bicol This Week

This were the students who joined the NSC last 2007. I skipped last year's event, so I've got no pix of them. This will be a "week that will last a lifetime."

This were the students who joined the NSC last 2007. I skipped last year's event, so I've got no pix of them. This will be a "week that will last a lifetime."

We’re hitting the road in just a few short moments, as me, Cess, some faculty and students of the Metropolitan International Christian Academy are on our way to Bicol for the SOT National Student Convention.

This is one of the most awaited events for every SOT curriculum-based school both here and all over the world. Various events in music, arts, sports, military, platform performances, academics and many others are being competed for by more than 2,000 students here in the Philippines alone. And our school, my beloved elementary Alma Mater, celebrating her silver year next year, is one of the participating schools.

Hopefully we bring home the bacon for our events. I happen also to be coaching for the guitars, scripture video, and a few more others.

If my broadband is cooperative enough, you’ll be hearing soon from me. If not, see you in a few weeks!

The Best Attention Getter In the World!

This baby knows what “getting attention” really means. I could only imagine him when he’s all grown up and when folks around him start ignoring him. Wonder what far more worse and crazier things he will do when grows older?

You’ll really crack up watching this one!