Aldub You!


4th cycle of chemo session (day 2) – July 16, 2015 [hooked on TV watching the launch of the Aldub phenomenon]

It was the clear blue-skies and the verdant majestic view of Mt. Makiling outside my room. They witnessed how my wife and I chuckled so hard at a TV show segment that became a part of my healing journey. July 16, 2015 was the second day of my chemo session (4th cycle) when I became a fan of Kalyeserye.

It was a simple gaze of admiration from a man full of hope and a grin from a very natural lady that launched a worldwide phenomenon called ALDUB (Alden & Yaya Dub).

It’s been a year now that ALDUB ignited the boob tube with a lot of historic feat. From smashing social media (Twitter) records, making TV rating’s history to imparting well-loved Filipino values – it was a show segment made from heaven.

I was hooked at Eat Bulaga even before this segment came in (I am the same age of the show- oldie me) but there was something different that you’ll be glued on your TV watching everyday with anticipation on what will happen on their story.

Is it because of the script? I don’t think so, it was very spontaneous, and it was not staged at all.

Is it because of the good looks? Not, at all. Yaya Dub was not your typical mestiza wannabee on TV.

Is it because of the antagonistic character of Lola Nidora? Probably, but the mix was just right to steer your interest to hate her and to fall in love with the main characters.

The comedy antics were part of the recipe.

The right word probably is that it came out NATURAL. Nothing superficial at all. Real emotions captured by the camera.

I am still an avid fan after a year. I saw the rollercoaster ride of the segment and also how showbiz landscape was changed partly by this phenomenon in only a year.

Advertisers were going gung-ho, followers from all-over the world shrills with excitement, the ‘kilig’ was just so natural, they captured the market from the young to the not so young – across the board from a young apos to the lolos and lolas. Low-income to high-income markets – they are smashing existing record sales.

In short, they took the Philippines by storm.

If you are a hard-core fan, you know what I am talking about – if every day, you are in the look-out for social media updates, the latest trends with Aldub and also the #walangtulugang Twitter party – you are like me.

From team bahay, team abroad, team twitter, team replay and many more teams supporting the fandom – different support groups sprouted like mushrooms all over the globe.

I am grateful that I discovered Aldub during the time where I am about to lose hope about life. It reminded me to always smile amidst the difficulties and to always look forward to many greater things in life – sa tamang panahon (in the right time).

I like how the management team of Aldub took a more strategic route in launching a solo movie after a year. I’ve watched it and it was oozing with so much ‘kilig’. I hope my wife could have joined me watching the movie but she has to work abroad. #LDRpamore

What did I learn from Aldub for being a part of my healing journey?

  • Life is short – don’t make it shorter. Laugh hard. Don’t be too serious.
  • Take one stride at a time. Don’t be in a hurry to achieve so many things. Yes, I agree with ‘strike the iron while it’s hot’, but don’t stress yourself too much.
  • There’s no substitute for doing good. Do good while you can. Extend a helping hand and make a difference to the lives of others.
  • Smile or shall I say smile more. If Alden did not make that historic dimple smile, you will not be able to see the startled big eyes of Maine. Just imagine your long time crush, smiling at you at the screen and you are caught off guard.
  • Be humble. For all the successes of Aldub, Alden and Maine remained grounded until now. People tried to hack Maine’s social account but they discovered nothing that this special lady should be ashamed off. She speaks and acts from a place of truth that makes you admire her more.
  • The right time will come. Not at your own pace but in God’s time. Be patient in waiting.
  • Love your fans more. This sustains the Aldub phenomenon. Without the support from the fans until today – it should have been gone in a few months.

To Alden & Maine (oh di ba close kami, first name basis), thank you for all the love. You have shown the world what a true Filipino is. I am behind you 100% mahirap sa unahan ang laki ko kasi eh.

To my fellow Aldub Nation fans, your love is so contagious – keep it flowing! I agree, positivity always.


PS: Twitter launched a special emoji for Aldub as a way of support for the worldwide phenomenon and there’s no better time to kick-it off today during the 1st year anniversary celebration! I love it! I pray that the Lord will give me more time in my life to witness Aldub’s overflowing love.

Baking 101: TESDA Scholar’s Program


The future craft bakers. 

Baking was the bread and butter of our family. My mother from being a house helper became one of the best bakers in a thriving company in the 80s to the early 2000s. Her earnings from baking chocolate cake supported my studies from elementary to college. I thought of continuing the legacy, but, where do I begin?

How do you bake? It’s quick & easy! Really?

The news spread like a wildfire that a training school in Trece Martires was offering a TESDA scholarship for Bread & Pastry Production.

The good news- it’s FREE!

So, who am I not to grab the opportunity?

Instead of wasting my time on procrastinating what lies ahead in my future. I took a leap of faith and travel all the way from Imus to Trece Martires. The jeepney ride was not easy. It was like another first, but all the efforts paid off.

Standard Culinary & Technical Skill Training Center in Sugarland Estates, Brgy. Hugo Perez, Trece Martires City is one of the best learning schools in Cavite that partnered with TESDA to empower Filipinos with the necessary skills to own a business or to land a job opportunity abroad.


The training center. 

The owners are visionary leaders who made an effort to share their expertise and skills to the public. They are one of the baking trailblazers in Cavite.

Our class was composed of teachers, families of OFW, mother & daughter tandem, young students, young professionals, future business owners and a cancer survivor with his brother whose goal was to learn the rudiments of baking.

Our facilitator was a young gentlemen whose dedication and commitment in teaching was commendable.

It was 18 straight days of lecture, workshop (actual baking) and evaluation/assessment from TESDA (NC II requirements).

We started with the basic science of baking and kick-off with the basic recipes of doing cookies, dough, and pastries to the complicated procedure of making a cake.

I enjoyed every minute of it, perhaps because of innate skills I inherited from my mother.

After the lecture and the workshops, we had an institutional assessment where our facilitators gauged us if we are ready for the NCII assessment.

It was fun!


You really have to be on your toes and make sure that you understand the baking procedure.

We were required to make four (4) baked products for the TESDA NC II assessment – the dinner roll, chocolate éclair with chocolate glaze & cream puff with caramel sauce with custard filling and Swiss roll.

It was like the board exam of the future bakers!

These competencies will gauge us if we are ready to conquer to baking world.


The NC II certificate will not be given to you on a silver platter, you really have to work hard on it.

The ingredients are pre-measured. All you have to do was to meet the standard quality (finish products) set by TESDA to get the NC II.

Four baked goodies in four hours (9am to 1pm).

Of course, the assessor will be roaming around while you are doing the baked goodies.

Aside from that, there is an interview round to test your knowledge on the basics of baking.

I was no. 1 in the assessment – the first assesse (I am not sure if this is the right term –hehehe)

First to be called during the interview round and also the first in the line for the baked goodies’ evaluation.


On top are the finish products during the assessment and below with our amiable assessor Mr. Eddie Bucal.   

To sum it up, I passed the NC II assessment!

The assessor will give you a slip of paper (it’s like your class card) to know whether you passed or not yet competent (NYC) status.

I am not sure, if some of my classmates failed but we are in a jubilant mood when we received the slip.

The slip will then be presented to the TESDA provincial office at the back of SM Trece Martires. The certificate is claimable after 10 working days.

What did I learn from the experience?

  • You are never too old to learn a new skill.
  • Help one another during the baking process, not everyone is gifted with the basic know-how, share your knowledge to others.
  • Baking is a science – like music and mathematics everything has to be exact or else you will have a sub-standard finish product.
  • Do what you are passionate about. I like eating – so better study how to bake hehehe
  • Share the good news – if my mother-in-law did not share the info to us, I will not be able to take part in the TESDA scholarship program.
  • Support the government – do your part, they gave you a scholarship, study hard and learn well. Don’t waste the resources allocated to you by the tax payers of the country.


PS: Together with my brother, we were able to get the NCII certificate from TESDA provincial office in Cavite last Tuesday, July 12, 2016. It was just at the back of SM Trece Martires, which was a beautiful mall in the suburbs.

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Ready to roar for the upcoming business ventures. 

5 Seconds of Summer

Enjoying the beach at Laiya, Batangas near Tagaytay (1)

Yes! Finally, the beach!

It’s been a long while! I haven’t written any update on this blog and I have a lot of stories to tell. A lot of catching up for my dear readers.

How would you spend summer with a tumor on your belly?

Well, keep it simple and fun!

I am very grateful for having friends from PLM-SCA who are generous and blessed to share their summer fun time with me.

Last May 2016, we went to Laiya, Batangas. We met at Buendia station, hired a private van, and bought broiled chicken, a bucket of ice, cold drinks and a tons of kwento to share.

Sun, sea & skies! It was a blast! It was like my first time drenched in salt water. I was like a small boy dipped in the not so crystal clear water but enjoyed the company of friends.

Some tips on how to spend a great summer:

  1. Share. Do your part by sharing your time, talents and treasures. I am like on the kwento side hehehe and more time for creating lasting memories. God loves a cheerful giver! Either you do a Dutch treat or contribution type, whatever works for you, just share.
  2. Be in the moment. Leave all your worries behind in Metro Manila. Enjoy the scenery. Appreciate nature more. Puwedeng sumilip sa bintana at huwag lang matulog palagi sa biyahe.
  3. Have fun. Giggle as more as you can. Get excited with life and sing (even if you are out of tune) – nakavan naman kayo eh!

Life is short, don’t make it shorter.

Create more lasting memories and enjoy!

More articles and updates to come!

PS: After the fun & excitement, make sure that you wear the right swimming gear or else you’ll experience sun-kissed or shall I say sun-burned skin. Imagine balat ng lechon baboy (crispy, tempting but ouch!). I know right, the title of the entry is not related to the post. =)

Enjoying the beach at Laiya, Batangas near Tagaytay (2)

How I wish, I could parasail =) Pardon me for the cleavage of my kili-kili =)