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The world witnessed the empowering stories of women from various walks of life—

breaking the longstanding gender over-generalization. In this March 2019 issue of

Village Pipol, we highlight narratives of modern Filipina women who are young,

strong and determined. Their stories prove that despite the grinding requisites of

life, an empowered woman will always prevail. In truth, feminine power has equal

weight as masculine power and the society should embrace the facts.

PBB Otso Teen Big 4 — Jelay Pilones, Kaori Oinuma, Karina Bautista, and Lie

Reposposa, grace the VP/Cover as the women of tomorrow. These young, talented

Filipinas are not here to play. In fact, they are here to become the masters of their

own games.

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TRAVEL

FLOWERS BLOOM IN BAGUIO CITY:

THE MAGIC OF

PINE CITY

by LORD HARVEY MONTEROSO

T

he great thing about travelling is the sense of escape. For that amount of

time you sit on a car, van, bus, plane, or boat, the world opens up to you.

In my case, I sat on a van with 11 other strangers going to the farthest I’ve

been to Luzon — Baguio City.

For me, travelling makes me feel nostalgic and liberated. The first time I’ve

heard of Baguio, aside from learning about it in school, was from my mom.

She was in the army, so the City of Pines was somewhere she frequented. As

a soldier, she got reassigned to other infantry divisions. This gave her a lot of

friends and a more clearer view of life. How cool can it be to be anyone you

can be and anywhere you want to be?

Her stories about the city amazed me—cold enough to wear sweaters even in

the morning and to see your breath turn white right before you eyes. As a kid

who didn’t get to go out much, knowing about Baguio sparked a desire to see

it and more of my country. Although it took me 26 years to get there, at least

I made it.

Baguio City is everything I imagined it would be. The moment I stepped out of

the van, the chill hit my exposed areas like a five-wheeler truck. And I loved it.

It was 4 in the morning, so the whole city was this huge fridge. And as a firsttime

tourist, I spared no time. I took a day tour so that was the only free time I

got before the Panagbenga parade started. With my hoodie, scarf, and camera

in tow, I ventured the unknown. Cold climate, whomst?

Sea of People

Even the crowd that gathered at Session Road was very chill. Maybe that

article I’ve read about people living in places with colder climates were less

temperamental than those who lived in warmer climates was actually true.

I wasn’t able to finish the whole parade, however, what I saw was enough to

satisfy me. The way the people cheered and laughed was contagious. The

smiles the performers gave when they swayed and danced were things I won’t

forget.

They were mostly kids, maybe in high school. Having experienced field demos

back in elementary, I definitely knew how tiring practices were. That was the

culmination of their sweat and tears. More than ever, how the Panagbenga

Grand Float Parade became successful was partly because of their efforts.

The Parade of Flowers

Unlike other tours, the main attraction came first. As early as 5AM, people

have already started herded into groups around the city. The Panagbenga

Grand Float Parade was one of the three parades I’ve actually been to. One

being from my hometown’s Higalaay Festival and the other being Bukidnon’s

Kaamulan Festival. Never had much experience with parades, but what made

Panagbenga special was that I felt more immersed. And the siksikan was

bearable because of the cold.

I was able to take some snaps before the parade started. The people were

actually quite friendly. Maybe it was the camera I was holding, or maybe

because they were naturally tourist-friendly. But they posed whenever I pointed

the lens at them.

Something Green at the City's Heart

Baguio City is undeniably Philippines’ summer capital. Aside from the mall

and occasional souvenir shop, a couple of decent parks strive among its

developing facade. In Baguio, it’s best of both worlds. You can grab a bite from

that fastfood chain, chill at a cafe, or party it our at some bar. You can also run

around or sit with friends on the grass among the flowers during anytime of the

day.

I kept hearing Burnham Park from conversations with friends. I also got to see

it on the news or from the setting of a telenovela. You have no idea about the

chills I got when I walked through the archway going inside the park. Maybe

because it was my first time or maybe I haven’t seen enough parks. The kid

inside me wanted to run around. I stopped myself because a) I was alone, b) the

park was packed with people, and c) the kid in me has outgrown himself.

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Tales Among Keychains and Jams

Any tour won’t be complete without souvenirs. I managed to find

keychains and some jam. While buying, I got to ask a vendor about the

flock of people that come to the city. She didn’t mind the questions, and

she was up to sharing her time. A few people came listening in as she told

us about her life as a strawberry picker in Benguet to a strawberry jam

seller in Baguio City.

Local Swan Lake

Nevertheless, I was happy to know the lake was clean. And the swan

ride thingies were still a thing. I rode in one of those at Enchanted

Kingdom with a cousin. It was fun at the start but then our legs

cramped up after a almost an hour of pedalling on the water. I

smiled at the memory as I took some photos at the people seemingly

enjoying the ride.

Ate Mercy sells t-shirts and delectables now. Like her, people in the

region have grown accustomed to the yearly crowd. Proudly enough, she

has a suki from Metro Manila, who keeps visiting her stall 2 to 3 times

a year. Ate Mercy adapted to the times as any normal person would do.

She missed the old and simple times, but things have gone for the good.

Business is steady, but like all business, there would be times the sales

are stale. She shrugged and continued on with her life. I pondered at her

words while looking at the view. People should preserve nature because

people depend on it.

What amazed me most is that Burham Park rests in the middle of

the city. It’s this patch of green (well, that time I was there the grass

was brown, but you get the idea) right at the heart of a growing city.

Those who live in Baguio are so lucky to have it. Not many cities

maintain parks even for tourist attraction. All the more reason for me

to fall for Baguio’s appeal.

Short Getaway in Baguio

Culture Sells Like Hotcakes

If it sells, it’s good business. And Baguio sells its culture so well. It has

found its way to commercialize its history and diversity that its what

people come back for. Aside from the consistent sweater weather, of

course.

Take for example the parks at Mine’s View and Wright. Both

offer nature as their selling point. It’s a good way to make people

understand how important it is to preserve nature, environment and

economics-wise. The whole time I was there, I was at awe.

People have set up shop along the cliff as tourists gather at the edge

to see the view. One stall even offered rentals of tribal garb for photo

ops. People get their time off from metro life. Businessmen get paid.

It’s an ecosystem of nature and business. And it certainly works for

Baguio.

A few hours wasn’t enough to fully experience Panagbenga or even

Baguio itself. The festivities lasted for a month and the time I was there

was a dream. I would most likely would come back. And bring some

friends. Travelling is hard when you’re alone and if you want to get good

pictures of yourself. You need someone to take pictures of you, because

selfies aren’t enough!

The travel time going back to Manila felt shorter. Maybe because I slept

almost all the way through or was it because my mind finally got the rest it

deserved. If mom was still alive, I bet she’d be proud of me. I got to travel

alone again to a place I’ve never been. The stories she told me finally

became real. The cold still lingered on my neck like memories of her linger

in my mind. Baguio may be 200 kilometers from Quezon City and mom is

lightyears away, but I would still remember. Baguio turned out to be the

break I needed.

Mom said she was a different woman after Baguio. I felt different, too —

more energized and fresh. Maybe that’s the magic of the Pine City’s cold

air and warm embrace. Aside from the flowers and the tress, you bloom,

too. n

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EXCLUSIVE: FIL-CANADIAN

ALEX SOLTES

AND HIS PATH TO GREATNESS

by ANGELA GRACE BALTAN

Good things come in small packages and

this young Filipino-Canadian is on his way

to greatness. Alexander Soltes, popularly

known as ‘Lil Savage’ recently won bronze

in Pan Kids held by International Brazilian

Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) in Los Angeles,

California.

FIL-CANADIAN ALEXANDER SOLTES

ALEX WINS BIG IN PAN KIDS 2019

Alex proudly stood on the platform with his bronze

medals at Pan Kids 2019. In an exclusive interview

with Village Pipol, Alex’s proud parents Jon and

Sabrina Soltes shared how much they adore him.

Sabrina shared, “As parents we felt tremendously

proud, he is such a hard working kid and to see

him up on the podium proud of the job he has done

melted our hearts.”

Meanwhile, Alex expressed how he felt.

“I felt all my hard work paid off and that I made my

Professor, Coaches and teammates very proud.”

ALEX TRAINS HARD

Sabrina detailed that Alex trains as much as

six days per week for jiu-jitsu. He, then, would

train for three days per week for strength and

conditioning. Aside from those, he would continue

to train year-round for all competitions that he

would join.

Since Jiu-Jitsu is a contact sport, there will be a

time that Alex could get hurt. The young athlete,

however, doesn’t worry about it and trust the

referees to keep him safe.

“I don’t really think about it. The referees are there

to make sure athletes don’t get hurt.”

Aside from jiu-jitsu, Alex would skateboard and

ride his bike outside. He also likes soccer and golf.

He also loves playing video games on his PS4.

WILL ALEX EVER REPRESENT

THE PHILIPPINES?

The young bronze medalist is a Filipino-Canadian.

Sabrina revealed that Alex could represent the

Philippines in an IBJJF tournament when he turns

sixteen. This could let him compete as an adult

where he represent both Philippines and Canada.

Alex has a lot of fans in the Philippines and shared

what he felt about them, “I feel good about that,

it is always nice to have lots of support especially

doing something I love to do.”

ALEX AND JULIA BONDS

OVER JIU-JITSU

Alex has a sister, Julia Soltes, and she now seemed

to be following the footsteps of her brother. She

attended her first official class at Academix

Martial Arts & Fitness which Alex is already a part

of.

Sabrina expressed, “This is the hope. We feel

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a great way to keep our kids

active and healthy, we also feel it has benefits

which our children can apply throughout their lives.

It teaches discipline, focus, respect, work ethic as

well as determination and sportsmanship.”

Alex is also glad of Julia’s addition to the team of

kids.

“Julia has been helping me drill jiu jitsu at home for

a little bit now so I am glad she decided to join a

class. My Professor says because she is a gymnast

she will be a beast in Jiu jitsu, this makes me

happy.”

Alex and his family would also thank the people

who helped them: Jits Life Brand Canada,

Guardshop, Unko INK and Don Mega for the heat

patching on his GI and Ikiro for his GI.

UPDATE: Roll Chasers will be holding a Jiu-Jitsu

camp in November 2019 at Siargao, Philippines.

For more information, visit their Facebook at

www.facebook.com/rollchasersjjcamp.

Keep doing that good job, Alex! Filipinos are

already proud of you! n

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VP EVENTS

2ND PH RETAIL SUMMIT

WELCOMES THE RETAIL INDUSTRY IN THE

#GENCX REVOLUTION

BO

he Philippine Retail Summit concluded its 2nd

annual event in SMX Aura Convention Center,

Taguig.

T

The conference brought together over 300

attendees, from different retail segment in the

country, with press people, VIPs and speakers.

They learned from retail sessions on topics such as

purchase decisions, leveraging online platforms,

digitalizing retail, micro-moments in retail, the

science of virality, and building brand love for the

customers challenging the norm, – Gen CX.

The drive behind this year’s 2nd Philippine

Retail Summit revolves on the shifting consumer

behavior, resulting in the disruption of the normal

market habit. Highlighting the Generation of

Customer Experience (#GenCX), a.k.a the

modern customers of exchange valuable insights in

curating formats and framework to deliver the best

customer experience possible.

“Today’s Filipino consumer is well researched,

brand-conscious and connected with the global

market through social media and various online

platforms. Armed with always-connected devices,

consumers of today choose when and where they

want to engage with brands, and expect a uniform,

positive experience across all the interaction

points – be it an app, a website, a forum, a physical

store or a web store.” said Bo Lundqvist, Event

Chairman for Philippine Retail Summit. “Since

inception, Retail Associates are driven by a desire

to deliver world class technology and services to

the Filipino retail industry. The Philippine Retail

Summit is our way to take active participation in

the growth and development of the retail industry

in the Philippines.” n

PRS 2019 HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

• Today, the consumers have the power to drive

the conversation and make the choices typically

without actual interface with the vendor.

Customers base their purchase decisions on

their overall brand experience, which includes

the entire journey the customer has with the

brand.

• Key session and seminar presentations

included:

• “#GenCX: The Ultimate Retail Disruptor” –

Alvin Ching, VP & Seller Engagement Head,

Lazada Philippines

• “Understanding the purchase decisions and

influencers of today’s Gen CX Shoppers” –

Jonathan Yabut, The Apprentice Asia Winner

and founder of JY Consultancy & Ventures

• “Leveraging Online Platforms with Gen CX “

– Regina Saquin, Customer Experience Head –

Zalora Philippines

• “Redefining Shopping Convenience with Gen

CX” – Panel Discussion with Peter John Icogo,

Gracie Miranda, and Bogs.

• “Micro moments in Retail” – Samuel Jeanblanc,

Market Lead, Google Philippines

• “Digitalizing Retail” – Herns Hermida, Business

Group Lead – Cloud and Enterprise – Microsoft

Philippines

• “The Science of Virality” – Ash Mandhyan, Head

of Client Solutions – Facebook Philippines

• “Building Brand Love in the Food Service

Industry” – Arline Adeva, AVP for Brand

Communications, PR and Digital Marketing –

Jollibee Foods Corporation

• “New Generation of Diners” – Panel Discussion

with Jill Tan, Kian Kazemi and Mark Vincent

Del Rosario

LUNDQVIST, EVENT CHAIRMAN OF PRS 2019

2ND PHILIPPINE RETAIL

SUMMIT PARTNER QUOTES:

“This summit is the perfect place to

understand this transformation, and to

acquire the strategies and technologies

needed to deliver the experiences consumers

demand. Retail Associates have for a long

time distinguished themselves with their

knowledge of the retail industry. Their ability

to understand market changes has helped

them keep their customers always on top

of trends. We are proud of their successes,

and happy to call them part of the LS Retail

ecosystem of partners as valued Platinum

Partners.”

- Magnus Norddahl CEO & President – LS

Retail

"Attending a venue such as the Philippine

Retail Summit means you may probably also

find answers to many of your questions.

With the knowledge from all other speakers

and participants, I believe this is one good

opportunity to learn how to tackle the

disruption and grow your business in the

Philippines in a sustainable way.”

- Georg Platzer Market Development

Manager IKEA Philippines

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FILIPINO CULTURE PREVAILS AT THE FIRST-EVER

SHARP FUN RUN

FOR EVERY JUAN

harp Philippines Corporation (SPC) in

partnership with RED Sports by RED

SEntertainment recently held the first every

Sharp Fun Run For Every Juan last Sunday, March

17. The whole grounds of Filinvest, Alabang was

filled with thousands of runners, who surely

enjoyed the classic Filipino experience.

Furthermore, participating runners had the

opportunity to immerse themselves in a truly Pinoy

atmosphere. Cultural performers Ang Nuno Dance

Troupe gave everyone a glimpse of history with

their impressive performances of the country’s

cultural prides Singkil, Tinikling and Pandanggo

Sa Ilaw.

Of course, to make the event more entertaining,

the famous Higantes Festival from Angono Rizal

and the amazing stilt walkers took part at the

event, giving a Filipino circus feels.

Meanwhile, kids really enjoyed playing the classic

Pinoy games like Piko and Sipa even before the

start of the main event. In addition to that, Filipino

delicacies like the dirty ice cream and banana cues

surely added some excitement to all the runners.

NU Pep Squad, Sharp Angel joined the celebration!

As the highlights of the event, National University

(NU) Pep Squad, the 6th-time UAAP Cheerdance

Champion, showcased breathtaking stunts and

smooth dance moves.

Sharp Angels, of course, complemented the prior

performances with their dance performance—a

combination of sexy and nippy execution is must

watch.

The awarding ceremony for the four (1K, 3K, 5k,

and 10K) categories and exciting raffle draws

concluded the event. A total amount of

Php100,000 worth of home appliances (rice

cookers, electric kettles, washing machines, and

LED TVs) have been given away to lucky winners.

This event, in fact, aims to celebrate every Filipino

family through sports and exciting Filipino-centric

activities. Moreover, a part of the proceed will go

to the Dialysis PH Support Group Inc. This is part

of SPC’s We Love Philippines campaign, honoring

their 36 years of success. n

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VP EVENTS

JUDENITES

FESTIVAL RUN

THE MOST FESTIVE FUN RUN EVENT IN THE COUNTRY!

by HYACINTH LUDIVICO

T

he festivities are just right around the corner

and Judenites Festival Run is definitely one

of those! The most colorful gathering in

the history of running events in the Philippines

happened last March 10 at CCP Complex.

A COLLABORATION OF FUN RUN

AND FESTIVALS

The Judenites event aims to integrate fun run with

our rich Filipino traditions. It was inspired from

the local festivals, packed with vibrant costumes,

joyful parades, and processions that surely

highlighted our history and spiritual side. Indeed,

this event brought the festival vibes to everyone!

About 5,000 runners with colorful head dresses

participated in the fun run event from 1K up to 10K

distance categories.

A SEA OF FESTIVAL PERFORMERS!

The epic fun run was accompanied with a huge

number of performers who entertained the crowd.

Moreover, the Ati Atihan community dance and

Marathon Zumba also made the Judenites Festival

Run more alive. The participants chill out and soak

up to the different upbeat festival songs.

COLORFUL ACTIVITIES!

There are also exciting activities like Maskaramaking,

painting and drawing contests for kids and

non-runners.

This is a fundraising event hosted by Saint Jude

Catholic School Alumni ’94 and organized by RED

Sports by RED Entertainment.

What an event! Thank you to all our sponsors

and congratulations to all our 1k to 10k finishers!

You ran, you danced, you won and showed the

world how vivacious our country is! Above all, it’s

absolutely more fun in the Philippines! n

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COVER

YOUNG,

STRONG,

DETERMINED.

PBB OTSO TEEN BIG 4:

JELAY, KAORI, KARINA & LIE

In celebration of Women’s Month, these four young Filipinas recalled their hardships and how

they prevailed despite the grinding requisites of real life and the showbiz jungle. PBB Otso Teen

Big 4— Jelay Pilones, Kaori Oinuma, Karina Bautista, and Lie Reposposa—gracefully embody

the qualities of modern Filipina women: young, strong, and determined.

WRITTEN BY JANVIN BRUA & JEZREL SANTILLAN

PHOTOGRAPHER DOOKIE DUCAY (STUDIO) & KENNETH TANGONAN (OUTDOOR) | VIDEOGRAPHER RAYMOND CABALHIN | STYLIST VAN MERCADO | CO-STYLISTS STEPHANIE DOMINGO

AND JACKIE RULLODA | ASSISTED BY AYN GANCENIA AND DANICA MAGAT | MAKEUP ARTISTS ANTHEA BUENO (KAORI, JELAY) AND JANELL CAPUCHINO (KARINA, LIE)

HAIRSTYLISTS JAYMAR LAHAYLAHAY (KAORI, JELAY) AND RON VEGAROS (KARINA, LIE) | SHOT IN ZOOMBURST STUDIOS

SPECIAL THANKS TO APRIL AVILLA-DEL ROSARIO, STAR HUNT, AND PINOY BIG BROTHER

DENIM SET ON JELAY, PURPLE ROMPER ON KARINA, PEACH SWEATER ON KAORI, ALL FROM SEVASTRA | YELLOW SKIRT ON LEI FROM ZARA

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In a sea full of stars, these young and

budding ladies are one thing to look out for.

Fresh from their 8-week stay from the most

famous house in the country, Pinoy Big

Brother, they are here to serve looks while

bringing perky back. Flourishing each day

from support and a little bit of criticism is

what they do on a day to day basis. Having

their co-Big 4’s back is no doubt their best

charm and they prove it as these damsels

need no prince to save them.

In celebration of Women’s Month, these

four young Filipinas recalled their hardships

and how they prevailed despite the grinding

requisites of real life and the showbiz jungle.

PBB Otso Teen Big 4 — Jelay Pilones,

Kaori Oinuma, Karina Bautista, and

Lie Reposposa—gracefully embody the

qualities of modern Filipina women: young,

strong, and determined.

Above all, these equally beautiful young

women really know what they want and are

confident enough to make smart and bold

decisions in all aspects.

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SASSY SIPAG JELAY

Starting with the first official female teen

housemate introduced this season, Jillian

Pilones, famously known as Jelay, stuns

us with her height and might. You can

spot this 18-year old senior high school

student in local bars in General Santos City

performing up on stage. The gift of music

from her parents, who are also musicians,

helped her big time for she not only sings

for the audiences but also wows the crowd

with her impromptu beat box from time to

time.

Even though the situation pushed her to

earn for living at a very young age, Jelay

found out one thing in Big Brother’s house

in which she’s extremely grateful for—the

gift of courage to stand up despite failures

and doubts.

"Minsan na rin akong nawalan ng pag-asa

pero noong pumasok na po ako, naging

dahilan ko po ‘yung family ko [para]

lumaban.”

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PASSION AND DEDICATION

In the vast field of showbiz, Jelay also

shared that opportunities for the young and

new are not limited compared to those who

already cemented a name in the industry.

She firmly believes that chances depend on

the person’s passion and dedication.

“May mga bata pong desidido para maabot

ang mga gusto nila sa buhay, At alam kong

magtatagumpay ako kahit sa tingin ng iba

ay bata pa ako.”

One of the best examples is the first-ever

Teen Big Winner Kim Chiu, who proved that

age doesn’t really matter in achieving one’s

goals and have an impact on others.

Jelay, in fact, is the first housemate to win

one of the coveted spots in the Big 4 by

winning the first Big Jump challenge. She

is truly a force to be reckoned with; there is

nothing more impressive than a young lady

who is determined to reach her goals.

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POSITIVE AND DECISIVE KAORI

When asked about her edge among her

co-Big 4 housemates, Kaori professed that

she’s positive and doesn’t think twice, most

importantly on matters related to the tasks

given inside the yellow house. She lives

up to these credence by being the Kawaii

daughter we all aspire to be.

Her “longing for a father” story really

transpired in her stay inside the house.

From someone who was first rejected by

her own Japanese father, up to her quest

in Japan, where she reached to a point

where she needed to help her Filipina

mom to support their living, her vigor was

tested once again but now with millions of

Filipinos watching and loudly cheering for

her success.

As one of the eldest teen housemates

but without siblings to grow with, Kaori

adjusted and acted as the bigger sister to

the rest of the housemates. Her wisdom is

really admirable and everyone appreciates

her maturity in dealing with every

housemate.

“Natutunan ko po ‘yung halaga ng pamilya

doon po sa loob ng bahay ni Kuya. Dahil po

doon parang mas naging close po ako sa

pamilya ko,” she gladly shared.

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A LOVE FOR HER FAMILY

Speaking of love for family, when asked

about the first three things she did right

after they leave Big Brother’s house, Kaori

made sure to check on her family in Japan

through video chat. Moreover, she revealed

that the all-female Big 4 also had a talk

about the things they can’t discuss inside

the house.

Kaori, despite of her sophisticated beauty,

is one simple girl who cherishes simple

things in life. She expressed her love for

street food in which she and other girls

craved for during their stay inside the

famous house.

“Kumain po kami ng street foods. Kwekkwek,

turon, hinahanap-hanap po talaga

namin sa loob ng bahay ‘yun eh,” Kaori

gladly mused.

On the other hand, Kaori shared the

one advice she received from former

housemates Maymay Entrata and Edward

Barber.

“Okay lang na mangarap ka [makapasok]

sa Big 4 o kaya maging Big Winner

pero importante rin ‘yung mga aral na

matututunan mo sa mga kapwa mo

housemate, mula sa mga stories nila, sa

wisdom nila.”

Kaori Oinuma is a warrior living in an

exquisite physique and we are ready for

greater heights she will surely conquer.

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KARINA, A BATTLE QUEEN

“I am the queen of my own battles,” Karina

said with eyes full of fire making everyone

know that she isn’t someone to back

down anytime as she chases her dreams.

Proving she deserves to be in the spot of

Pinoy Big Brother Big 4, the hurricanes and

storms that she faced in her life just made

the fire inside her to burn even more. She

is determined to be part of the showbiz

industry and to stay there for long, of

course.

This young girl learned many things after

joining the reality show. Undeniably,

believing in herself is the most important

lesson she received from ‘Kuya’ because

she admitted that she is quite insecure. Like

any teenager, she was in this phase where

she feels she is not enough whether for

someone or something.

“I really learned to love myself and

cherish,”she firmly said. “There are still

lessons that life may taught us in the future

but for now let us learn to appreciate

ourselves.”

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FRESH FACE'S DREAM

Being a fresh face from the glamour of

showbiz, she didn’t hesitate to say that she

dreamed of having a lead role in her own

teleserye. Her eyes even sparkled as she

mentions her idols, Enrique Gil and Liza

Soberano. As PBB her stepping stone in

entering show business, being real makes

eyes turn to her and soon it might be

opportunities too.

“Lagi ka namang madadapa but in the end,

it’s still in you, it’s your decision kung paano

ka tatayo,” she pronounced, you can feel

the determination burning in her heart as

she speaks these words.

As if you’re talking to an old soul, she

believes there is nothing easy in this world,

that’s why you need to work hard.

People who didn’t even know her have

thrown brickbats at her, but she still kept a

warm heart for them no matter what snide

remarks were thrown at her. The sixteenyear-old

believes that you will always make

mistakes but what matters the most is you

are learning and you are willing to correct

it.

Karina became the sun that lightens

through her burning determination to reach

her dreams. Yes, the journey to her goals

might bring pain and requires sacrifices but

in the end, she will succeed. She is a battle

queen after all.

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STRONG WOMAN LIE

You’ll have this light feeling as you look at

her, when she smiles it radiates happiness

as if everything in this world is fine and as

you get to know more of her, her bubbly

personality sizzles the most.

Lie, is like a warm summer air. It’s calming,

comforting and that’s exactly what she is

like.

"'Yung pagiging matapang na harapin yung

mga hamon kahit na minsan akala mo di mo

kaya pero kaya mo pala."

Her words proved that being inside PBB

house isn’t what we usually see on our TV;

happy and fun, it is full of tasks, tough ones.

In truth, Lie discovered that she is a strong

woman and all you need to do is believe

in yourself. Enjoying the things inside PBB

house is the mantra she always lives up

to—making her journey more meaningful.

For her, it’s not only about winning but also

rather making new friends and enjoying the

opportunity.

Unsure of what career she’ll end up whether

a singer or an actress, she sure knows

that God is the only one who will tell what

might her future will turn out to be. If

given a chance, she wants a leading role

with Darren Espanto as her leading man,

because why not?

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VALUE OF LOVING YOURSELF

Lie noted: “Love yourself before you love

others.”

This is probably one of the most important

things she learned during her stay in

Kuya’s house. Lie, who is popular for her

comic personality, shows the value of

loving yourself. She firmly believes that

appreciating ourselves, especially our

flaws, will make us happier. With her warm

heart that echoes a young, charming soul,

she will surely go places and leave marks

to people’s hearts—that makes her really

beautiful!

“Aaminin ko po na minsan, nasasaktan ako

sa mga natatanggap kong comments galing

sa kanila, lalo na sa mga social media. Pero

mas kilala ko kasi ang sarili ko, pati na rin

ang mga taong malapit sa 'kin, at ‘yun ang

mas mahalaga para sa 'kin.”

As her personality shined, there are times

it dimmed because of the hurtful things

some people say to her. She didn’t deny

that it actually hurts, but she keeps getting

stronger and learning not to mind those

people. She just shrugs it off, smiles

brightly and continues her steps towards

her dreams.

When asked what she will tell herself 10

years from now, “Tulungan mo sarili mo,

mahalin mo sarili mo, tulungan mo pamilya

mo at kung may pera ka na tulungan mo

yung iba.”

She’s a feisty young girl dreaming of all

the good things in this world because she

deserves it.

She is the warm breeze that touches you

and goes to your heart.

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WOMEN OF TOMORROW

At such a young age, they’ve faced storms in

their life that definitely made them tougher. No

one can stop them now, as they join and go all

the way up to the sky of stars. Undoubtedly,

they have the wit and aura, making the

spotlight shines the brightest for them.

These four exquisite young Filipinas are not

here to play. They are here to become the

masters of their own games—always ready for

their journey into the showbiz jungle. In fact,

they already have the profound understanding

on what they want to do. They are courageous

to embrace every hurricane that will come their

way. They are the perfect representation of

‘strong, independent Filipina women’.

Above all, they are forces of nature that cannot

be stopped in building their own names.

Yes, they are the women of tomorrow! n

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SPOTLIGHT

JANE

DE LEON

A Fierce Lioness

Just like the lioness which prowls on the sides as the lion spearheads an attack, Jane De Leon

comes up for the swipe. With grace and strength of the wild, she does what she knows best.

And there’s nothing we can do but stare as she strikes us with everything she has. There is truly

nothing more dangerous that a woman who knows her worth.

WRITTEN BY LORD HARVEY MONTEROSO

PHOTOGRAPHER RAPHAEL YU | STYLIST JANNO NOVENARIO OF JANNO STYLES | ASSOCIATE STYLIST DAN FERNANDO

MAKE-UP ARTIST APRIL IBAÑEZ | HAIRSTYLIST MYCKE ARCANO | SHOT IN ZOOMBURST STUDIOS

SPECIAL THANKS TO NENETTE DEMILLO, ARLIE SALAGANTIN AND STAR MAGIC

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When a lion roars, the earth shakes and

the world listens. Its presence makes you

tremble, while its prowling eyes stun.

Its majestic mane moves through the wind,

and its teeth and paws make it so dangerously

beautiful. The lion isn’t the king of the jungle for

nothing. But as the saying goes: behind every

strong man is an even stronger woman who

supports him.

In a pride of lions, the females are both the

hunters and the caregivers. And that says a

lot. Female lions (or known as lionesses) are

much smaller in built compared to their male

counterparts, but are more agile and cunning

on the field. At their home turf, their tenderness

and sharp instincts make them the most

protective guardians. The lion may be the head

of the pride, but the lioness is the force that

protects and grows their family.

In the jungle that is show business, a lot of new

stars prance through their careers. However,

only the bravest and the toughest can pounce

their way to the top. Several women in the

industry have made their marks, but a new

breed of actors, singers, and dancers are slowly

paving their way, too.

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JANE THE LIONESS

Jane Florence Benitez de Leon is one of

those rising stars. With her screen name

simply being Jane de Leon, it seems she’s

turning out to be a feisty lioness. Despite

her lithe frame, she certainly stands out.

The way she carries herself and how she

interacts with people clearly show how

self-aware and confident she is. In fact, this

petite powerhouse has both the charm and

the wit to win hearts in the industry. With

all the things going on in her young career,

she already knows exactly what she’s here

for.

“I just have to be ME. I believe my fans and

everyone who watch me deserve that. I’m

unique in my own way. Therefore, unique

in what I could give them as well. I have my

own fashion, my own style, and my own

acting skills — the most why I am here for.

I always give my best in everything I do,

and I am certainly open to learn more as I

go along,” she says as she opens up about

herself.

Among her family and peers, she is known

to be outspoken and kalog. Off-screen,

Jane is definitely bubbly. Her happy-golucky

aura makes you want to be her best

friend. She flips her hair so naturally that it

makes you think she invented hair-flipping.

And her eyes — oh those eyes. You’d

definitely melt.

“That is how I show off my true self. I just

want to laugh and be happy,” she exclaims,

reminiscing about her time with her loved

ones.

Nevertheless, she is loving, thoughtful, and

God-fearing. Most importantly, she values

her family — they are her inspiration to

continue on with her endeavors.

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JANE AND THE LOVE FOR HER MOM

Like the lioness that stands behind her

pride, Jane de Leon stands by her family

no matter what. Her mom has always been

whom she looks up to. Her mom has always

been there for her and her older brother —

to give advice, guidance, and reminders.

Jane sees herself in her mom: she’s a fighter

andshe doesn’t give up that easily.

“My mom’s a very strong woman, who was

able to beat hardships both in life and in

health. She underwent four major surgeries

and went through tough times when my

dad was hospitalized up until he passed

away. I know being a single parent is hard

for her, but she manages to do it for me and

my kuya,”she says with glimmer in her eyes.

In all honesty, she knows that being in the

industry is not easy. It requires a lot of guts

and patience. The competition is so stiff

and standing out is not entirely easy. The

jungle is not for the faint of heart. It’s eat or

be eaten, fight or flight, predator or prey.

But for Jane? She makes it look like a walk

in the park.

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JANE THE ACTOR

Ready to pounce at any given moment,

Jane’s skills make her the perfect rising

star. Being a triple threat, she knows how

to sing, dance, and act. Fiercely enough,

she chooses acting as her forte. For her, she

finds it really challenging and life-changing.

“My first show as an actor was with

KathNiel. I can never forget that. It was

in the show ‘Be Careful With My Heart’.

I played the role of Margarita, Daniel

Padilla’s friend whom Kath Bernardo got

jealous of. That was definitely something

I always treasure because it opened more

opportunities for me. I would say, I’m just so

blessed to be where I am right now in this

journey,”she states — awe and disbelief still

lingering in her tone.

Currently, Jane can be seen in ABS–CBN’s

Primetime Bida: Halik. She plays the

character of Maggie Bartolome — Jericho

Rosales’ younger sister. She believes that

her character is someone most of her

female viewers can relate to. Maggie

depicts the simplicity and veracity of a

young woman but she can also be feisty if

needed. She is hardworking, spirited, and

aggressive, yet loving and protective of her

family. Just like Jane in real life, Maggie

fights at any given situation. She is very

independent and so sure of herself.

It is clear that Halik is doing well with the

ratings. However, what makes Jane excited

even more is that a lot of opportunities are

coming for her this year. One of which is a

gig for Ipaglaban Mo – her 2nd lead role –

for the Kapamilya network. She assures that

it will come out sometime this March.

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JANE AND HER ANGELS

Moreover, Jane’s also been preparing a

little surprise for her fans, which she calls

her Angels, in social media. A lot more

vlogs and song covers aredefinitely on their

way.

“Afterall, I owe it all to my Angels for giving

me their love and support. I truly love them

all! Of course, above all things, I am so

grateful and thankful for all the blessings

that God has been giving me,” she explains.

Jane admittedly puts a more effort to be

visible online through her social media

accounts. Not because she wants to hoard

all sorts of attention, but because it’s easier

to engage with her fans. She knows how

important sharing her life is as a celebrity,

but to reach out to the people who put her

where she is, is what she revels.

“Celebrities would have to be active on

social media because it’s the platform

thatprovides us the opportunity to connect

with our fans here in the country and in

some parts of the world. When I’m online,

I’m try to be myself and enjoy. At the same

time, I’m careful as to what I post,” she

professes.

Talking about social media, on her Twitter

(@Imjanedeleon), she identifies herself

as Team Jesus, a Star Magic Artist, and a

Philophobe. With a gleam in her eyes, she

vivaciously explains why.

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JANE IS TEAM JESUS

“Because I love Him,” she simply but wholeheartedly

states.

Jane is undeniably a faithful follower of Jesus

Christ. She was once an active youth member

of their church back in her hometown in San

Pedro, Laguna.

JANE OF STAR MAGIC

“I would like to showcase everything God gave

me — my talent and skills in acting, dancing,

and singing. Now, I can be a much better

person, and I can meet and deliver what is

expected of me by the people who trusts me in

this industry.”

Her dream when she was younger was to be an

artista. She couldn’t and still can’t explain how

thankful and happy she is now that the dream

finally came true.

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JANE THE PHILOPHOBE

“There are so many things keeping me busy

these days. I just want to focus on what I’m

doing — my career, my family, and my goals in

life.”

Jane sheepishly says she has hesitations and

a fear of falling in love with the wrong person.

Even though she’s young, she knows it’s really

hard to trust anyone most especially within the

industry. Nothing against her peers, she just

isn’t rushing to be in love anytime soon.

Jane de Leon may still be a cub in this showbiz

pride, but her potential makes her a lioness

in every right. She still has a long way before

proving everyone else that her bite is stronger

than her roar. But in this jungle, she needs not

even roar for the attention; her most gentle of

purrs can make heads turn. Swift and able, her

skills and outlook in life make her a formidable

player.

Just like the lioness which prowls on the sides

as the lion spearheads an attack, Jane de

Leon comes up for the swipe. With grace and

strength of the wild, she does what she knows

best. And there’s nothing we can do but stare

as she strikes us with everything she has. There

is truly nothing more dangerous that a woman

who knows her worth.

Who needs Tarzan when you have Jane, right?

Jane de Leon is our fierce lioness. n

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TECH

TCL C6 RECEIVES ONE OF THE

MOST IMPORTANT DESIGN

PRIZES IN THE WORLD

The TCL C6 TV, designed by TCL

Multimedia Technology Holdings Ltd.

Industrial Design Center of Product Center

was awarded the iF Design Award 2018

“The design concept of TCL C6 is to mimic a

cinema screen experience, providing optimal

picture and sound performance in a television.

The front speaker directly transmits sound to the

user, bringing an amazing sound quality to the

product category. The bottom picture frame and

the front of the speaker are integrated,” said iF

Design website describing the C6.

IF DESIGN AWARD 2018

A jury of 63 independent experts from 16

countries selected the winners of the if Design

Award 2018, Hamburg in January. The 75 best

entries were honored with the iF Gold Award

2018. In fact, a total of 6,402 entries from 54

countries registered for the competition. This

includes the following disciplines: Product

Design, Communication Design, Packaging

Design, Service Design/UX, Architecture,

Interior Architecture and Professional Concept.

Jury chairman Fritz Frenkler said: “The

number of iF Design Award registrations

has been steadily increasing for years. This

growing interest is primarily the result of

the outstanding communication work by iF

and the dedicated team working with Ralph

Wiegmann, iF CEO. However, it is also due to

the great commitment from the industry in

Asia, especially the Greater China region. It

also shows that many Asian companies have

understood what good design can do for a

business.”

For 65 years, the iF Design Award has

been recognized as an arbiter of quality for

exceptional design. The iF label is popular

worldwide for outstanding design services,

making it the most important design prizes in

the world. n

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VP EXCLUSIVE

WHY SHOULD

DIA NICOLE MAGNO

WIN A BB. PILIPINAS 2019 CROWN?

very year, Bb. Pilipinas, the most prestigious

beauty pageant in the Philippines, showcases

Ethe diverse Filipina beauty. This 2019 edition, an

impressive line-up of equally beautiful candidates

was recently announced to the public. One of the

candidates who effortlessly stands out at the early

part of the competition is Binibini #39, Dia Nicole

Magno, a beauty from Butuan City.

Aside from her sophisticated looks, her admirable

character made her a striking force of this new batch

of Binibinis. She is eloquent and passionate, a woman

who knows what she wants, and of course, she

understands the current to reach it. There’s nothing

more dangerous than a woman who is dedicated to be

the ace of the play game.

Here’s the most interesting part: she was a nationals

athlete in badminton and represented the Philippines

at the 2011 SEA Games. With her competitive spirit

and the warm discipline she had gained in her prior

experiences as an athlete, there is no doubt that

she can steal any of these crowns: Miss Universe

Philippines, Bb. Pilipinas-International, Bb. Pilipinas-

Intercontinental, Bb. Pilipinas-Supranational, Bb.

Pilipinas-Globe and Bb. Pilipinas Grand International.

“My badminton stints helped me to become competitive

but with passion. I always put my feet on the ground

and I believe that would definitely help me in my Bb.

Pilipinas journey,” she shared.

Moreover, this 24-year-old beauty finished her

Interdisciplinary Studies degree at Ateneo de Manila

University. With her wide credentials in sports and

academe, Dia could easily catch attention as the

competition gets tougher.

A WOMAN WITH ADVOCACY

In her exclusive interview with Village

Pipol Magazine, Dia shared her biggest

challenge in joining Bb. Pilipinas 2019. In

fact, this has fueled her drive to pursue her

advocacy for women empowerment and

body positivity. She clearly wants to inspire

woman to be the better version of themselves

by encouraging them to put their heart in whatever

they do.

“My biggest challenge I had is also one of my

advocacies— it’s me losing my weight. I lost 65 pounds

and basically it all started for myself but eventually,

I had the idea of making it a way of inspiring others.

I’ll be the voice to the Filipino women that if you

want something, you can really achieve it if you

are compassionate and have a heart for it,” she

pronounced.

“I want to support women empowerment and body

positivity. Also, I want to teach my sport to young

Filipino children because I want to give them the

potential like what I had—how someone saw me

[playing badminton] in the province and eventually

had the opportunity to represent the country in the

international field. Above all, I want to help others

in lifting themselves away from poverty because

badminton has changed me with my education and

also with my life. So I’m sure and I hope it can also help

others too,” she added.

BB. PILIPINAS AS A

PERFECT PLATFORM

As a woman with purpose, she believes that joining

Bb. Pilipinas is a great platform for her advocacy. She

understands that this would help her to widen her

reach in campaigning her causes.

“It may sound cliche, my toughest rival is always

myself. I’ve done it with badminton, I would never

compete with other girls because everyone has its own

unique personality. Like in beauty pageants, beauty

is subjective. Just focus on yourself to be better,” she

explained.

OVERCOMING INSECURITIES

Just like any other girl, Dia also had her insecurities.

However, she encouraged other girls to overcome it

and embrace their unique beauty.

“No one’s perfect. We’re not perfect but we always

want to be a better version of ourselves. So I want

to say that you have to just do best of what you are.

I want to tell Filipino women that this is not just my

fight but it’s also everyone’s fight because if you have a

goal and achievements that you want people to know

about, put your heart on it. We are all beautiful,” she

emphasized.

This coming Bb. Pilipinas 2019 Coronation Night on

June 9, we will not be surprised if Dia snatch one of

the six crowns. She is indeed a beauty queen material!

No doubt! n

“Bb. Pilipinas is a prestigious beauty pageant.

Hopefully in God’s grace give me a crown, it’s a good

platform to be able to be heard and strengthen my

advocacy,” she said.

PREPARATIONS AND SUPPORT

Dia is from Kagandang Flores camp. She shared her

preparations and the aspects she needs to improve

before the finals night.

“I have a good camp, which is Kagandahang Flores

and because of them, it boost my confidence from

walking, to how I speak, how I relate with others and

also basically for my weight and my training,” she

shared.

“Also, I appreciate the love and support I am receiving

from my family, friends and from the people of Butuan.

Their words of encouragement made me decide on

joining [Bb. Pilipinas] and pursuing my dream of

helping others,” she continued.

HERSELF AS HER TOUGHEST

COMPETITOR

Dia with firm tone, revealed that she considered

herself as her toughest competitor in this battle.

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