Iris Castillo-Cular: Finding meaning in motherhood

Orly J. Cajegas, Rob Gonzales 05/10/2015

The essence of a woman, paraphrasing Miss Universe 1993 Sushmita Sen, is being a mother.  1992 Miss Teen Cebu City and 1993 Miss Cebu Tourism Iris Jasmin Castillo-Cular knows this too well. Gifted with a loving husband,…

Francis Sollano turning trash into treasure

Maria Niza Mariñas, Orly J. Cajegas, Rob Gonzales 04/19/2015

He walks the talk—and quite literally, too. Apart from being an incorrigible living and breathing environmentalist (he traded his car for the “luxury” of walking and considers picking up random rubbish for fun) who is gung ho…

Monica Cuenco: Breakthrough star

Orly J. Cajegas, Rob Gonzales 04/12/2015

Here is a story perfect for the celluloid: orphaned at eight, sold puto cheese and siopao on the street to survive, joined a national reality singing contest—ABS-CBN’s talent search, “Star Power: Sharon’s Search for the Next Female…

Rogelie Catacutan is ready for the world

Orly J. Cajegas 04/05/2015

Despite her extensive pageant experience (Reyna ng Aliwan 2010, Miss Casino Filipino 2013, Miss World Philippines 2011 Top 12), newly-crowned Binibining Pilipinas-Supranational 2015 Rogelie Ardosa Catacutan confesses that she was a bag of nerves offstage. “It was…

Fr. Dennis Ruiz, OAD: In the company of saints

Orly J. Cajegas 03/29/2015

It all started as child’s play—donning a white bed sheet as pretend cassock and addressing his playmates just like a priest. Let’s just say that Rev. Fr. Dennis Duene Gutierrez Ruiz, OAD, was destined to live a…

PILAR PILAPIL: Actor’s actor

Bjorn Abraham Tabanera, Michelle Joy L. Padayhag, Orly J. Cajegas 03/22/2015

She gave the greatest performance of her life when she played dead in a direct assault on her life in the summer of 2011—and survived several stab wounds that left her left lung partially collapsed—but there is…

Deborah Tudtud: Child woman in motion

Orly J. Cajegas 03/15/2015

She sketches from imagination, breathes life into her drawings  in a painstakingly process and—voilà!—the cartoon character comes alive. But Cebuana Deborah Tudtud, who studied classical animation at the Vancouver Film School in Canada, will tell you that…

Ara Chawdhury breaking the mold

Orly J. Cajegas 03/08/2015

Filmmaker Ara Chawdhury is one brave woman. How often do you hear about someone delivering her baby at home and in an improvised pool? Not only that—this young mother had lotus birth, or umbilical non-severance, which is…

Don Carlo Matugas: The bachelor

Orly J. Cajegas 02/08/2015

He’s not your typical Casanova, one who’d sweep you off your feet at your first meeting. But after a few minutes of conversation, it won’t come as a surprise if single ladies start seeing him as “the…

Gene Faelnar: Back on track

Orly J. Cajegas, Rob Gonzales 02/01/2015

  He was touted as the “future of motocross in Cebu” 15 years ago. Yes, award-winning athlete Gene Faelnar was on top of his game. But things got out of hand: a long bout with substance abuse…

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