October 27, 2015

Heroes for Children Run 2015

I ran 10K with Anne Curtis

It was a beautiful early Sunday Morning when we arrived at SM Mall of Asia grounds at around 4 in the morning. The Half-Marathoners just left at their gun start minutes before we parked our car. Still it was dark but the energy was so high as we all line up and assembled, waiting for our 5 am gun-start. Luis Manzano led the opening and commenced the beginning of the run. When the countdown started, we all ran with smile son our faces and fire on our hearts.

Ethelites Runners: Judy, Myrcel, R-Jay, Steven, and Lea

Heroes for Children Run 2015 was organised by Miss Anne Curtis, a Filipina Celebrity who is also a United Nations Ambassador for Children, for the beneift of UNICEF or United Nations Children's Fund. Held last Sunday, October 25, 2015 at the SM Mall of Asia Grounds with 4 categories including a Half-Marathon, 10K, 5K, and a 500 meter run for little children.

Our run started at 5:00 am for 10K runners

The troop at the Finish Line

The run was really fun with celebrities including the organiser herself Anne Curtis and her friends Karylle, Jhong Hilario, DingdongDantes, Solenn Heussaff, and a lot more. Right after the runs were all over, there was a mini concert held at the Parking Area.

My 4th Running Medal

Exhausted but still standing strong

My singlet size did not fit me well because it was a size smaller than I expected so I just wore my old but very reliable and comfortable NatGeoRun 2015 singlet. It was so much fun and I can't help but do my crab pose at the finish line marker.

My Crab Pose at the Finish Line, I made it!

To be able to run and practice the only sport I knew all my life, and at the same time, help and be a hero for children, it just feels amazing. In just two weeks, I have another run with my friends lined up also at the SM Mall of Asia Running Grounds and I am so excited for it. Another race, another medal, another great experience to add up to my big rucksack of memories.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Miss Anne Curtis and all the sponsors and crew for organising this event for it did not just gave us a venue for our sport but most importantly, an opportunity to be of help, to be a hero to children. I'm looking forward for the 2nd leg of this awesome event next year.

Looking forward for my next run

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Here are some more pictures of me at the event thanks to the Photographers of takbo.ph




October 20, 2015

JSV Reunion at Lola Bebang's Funeral

Last Thursday, October 16th, our beloved Grandmother, Lola Bebang, was laid to rest on her grave at the Saint Francis Memorial Park in General Trias, Cavite. After the funeral, my group of cousins, the JSV had a little reunion and we took a lot of pictures together on the grassy meadows just beside the memorial park.

JSV is our group of cousins formed about two decades ago with the younger group of the Que Family's Third Generation. Cousins Judy, Steve, Carlos, and Caren and together with our nieces Vanessa, Patricia, Kaley, and the youngest Abrielle.

Here are some of our shots at the memorial park. Photo Credits to my dear cousin Miss Caren Viniegra. Visit her blog at http://dreamingoutloud-x.blogspot.com.

Carlos, Tricia, Caren, Abrielle, Judy, and Steve

Charles, Carlos, Caren, Abrielle, Judy, and Steve

Me and my older cousin Judy

Me and my baby girls Caren and Abrielle

The Three Ghetto Thugz

Siblings Carlos and Caren, Abrielle our niece and cousins Judy and Steve

It was truly a sad moment for us to send our Grandma to her final resting place but her memories and unwavering love will forever linger in our hearts. As long as we live, the JSV cousins will love each other and be there for each other, the biggest remembrance of our grandma's love that bounds us in the first place.

JSV Forever, Together and Apart!

JSV Forever

October 3, 2015

Hollywood, California

Me with the Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles, California, USA

Located at the central region region of Los Angeles, California. Famous for it is the home of the Entertainment Industry, not just in America but also throughout the world. It is also one of the attractions that I visited during my week-long stay at my Auntie Beth's.

Me and my cool Auntie Beth at the Hollywood Sign

Auntie Beth is probably the coolest and grooviest Aunt I ever had! She is so kind just like her mother Lola Onor which is also a fountain of love and kindness. Even if we grew miles apart, she has always been there for me. Thank you so much Auntie Beth! I can't wait to see you again.

The Famous Roosevelt Hotel of Hollywood

Roosevelt Hotel is a historical hotel which was built during the 1920's and is famous as filming locations for a lot of movies and TV shows. Located at Hollywood Boulevard, this hotel is rumored to be haunted with alleged sightings of several ghosts including celebrities such as Montgomery Clift and Marilyn Monroe. Whether it is true or not, I just can't deny that I was so amazed seeing it in front of me as we walked along the street.

Russell Crowe's Star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Walking along the Hollywood Walk of Fame was really an amazing experience for these are the places I can only see in Entertainment news on TV and on the Internet. Seeing Stars dedicated to my favorite actors like Julie Andrews, Russell Crowe, and so much more gives me so much joy! I just can't believe I was at that very place at that very time.

Me at the Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, California, USA

Another famous landmark along the Hollywood walk was the Chinese Theatre. A historic theatre which has just been converted into an IMAX theatre just a few years ago. It seats 932 people and hosts North America's third largest commercial movie screen. In front of the theatre doors are handprints of famous people. 

Meryl Streep

The Timeless Julie Andrews

Again I was struck by my all time favorite actresses Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews who has just celebrated her 80th birthday a few days ago. The handprints of the Harry Potter trio Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson who I grew up with were also there.

Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint of the Harry Potter Movies

Along the Hollywood Walk of Fame were hundreds of Street Performers and people in costumes, most of them look really cool! Spiderman, at least three Michael Jacksons were there but for me the coolest was Superman! He looked so handsome and so huge just like a real Superman, too bad I wasn't able to take pictures with them because there were just so many people.

A Street Performing group along the Hollywood Walk of Fame

It was a great experience being there at Hollywood but of course it will never be as fun and exciting without my family! Auntie Beth and her family and of course my dearest Mama Vicky and my cousin Vigie. I will never forget those moments, actually, after 4 months I can still picture it perfectly in my memory.

Thank you so much Auntie Beth, Mama Vicky, and Vigie for giving me a great Los Angeles experience and being one with the famous in Hollywood. I wish I can visit again in the near future not just those places, but most especially, my family there. I just can't wait to have more bonding moments with them soon!

Vigie, Mama Vicky, Me, and Auntie Beth

October 2, 2015

San Francisco City Hall

San Francisco City Hall
June 13, 2015

It was a beautiful sunny but cold San Francisco day when me and my brother got out of the BART Station when this beautiful domed building just caught my eye. Students having their field trip lined up behind their teachers as they walked around the vicinity.


This post is part of Skywatch Friday that features different views of the sky around the world. Visit Skywatch and go on tour around the globe seeing sunrises, sunsets and so much more than the sky that you know at http://skyley.blogspot.in/

October 1, 2015

Nine Rules on Being a Better Friend

Rule #1 - You are Not Alone, and so are They.

God gave us the gift of friendship for we may never feel alone no matter what. We may find ourselves far from our family, but we can always make friends. And the best thing that anyone can do it to be there for them through joy and sadness. And also, at the same time, always remember that you have friends that you can count on. If you have always been there for them, they will surely be happy to lend a helping hand, a shoulder to cry on, or just plain ears to listen to you.

Rule #2 - Honesty and Sincerity are Keys

Being a friend requires one to be truthful to their friends. Staying honest at all times, even at dark days where it will hurt to tell the truth. In able for one to grow more mature and responsible is to look from within and friends can be a great mirror to check on your wrongs and errors. In the end, being truthful will earn you much appreciation from your friends for it will not just make them better but keep them standing still.

ETHELITES - My friends Since Kindergarten, to High School, until Forever

Rule #3 - Friends are Family that We Chose

Always remember that friends come and go, but those that we keep are matters of our own choices. Shall we choose who we'll be friends with? Definitely! I for one chose my circle especially during my college days. I chose to be with people who I know will bring me closer to being a better me and will help me achieve our common set of goals. I can proudly say that I am proud with the friends I chose because at the moment, 5 years after graduation, we all have our own careers and we all are happy with it. Remember in Mathematics, multiplying a positive number with a negative number will produce another negative number. So better be with people who secretes positivity and joy.

Rule #4 - They are Treasures, Take Good Care of Them

Yes they have always been and we know for sure they will be there for us in the long run. So use that fact to give back all your love and support for them. They don't need to be given expensive gifts or be with them on luxurious trips, but making sure you help them grow and give them your full support is a great present for their golden hearts! Time may come that we may be poor in money, but having true and great friends will never makes us hungry, literally and metaphorically. And most of all, never ever abuse their love and kindness.


SURVIVORS - My friends through College and Beyond

Rule #5 - Distance makes the bonds stronger

In the present time, we know that people and relationships are easier to maintain due to the advancements in technology like the Internet and Social Media. But that is not really what distance means in this context. No matter how far apart friends may be, no matter how long they haven't talked to each other, as long as you both believe you are friends, then you will always be friends. (But of course we love to get in touch from time to time don't we?)


Rule #6 - "To be Understood as to Understand"


We may have heard of this famous line from the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi. These words doesn't just fit for a beautiful prayer but also to being a friend. We wrong at times, and so are our friends. But mistakes are part of life and so as relationships, including friendship. Little misunderstanding shouldn't be left unkempt, but in after a small matter of time, should be talked about and fixed. Besides, it should be much easier since you are friends! Take a big chunk of pride out and surely, you guys will be friends again in no time, stronger and wiser. In time, you'll both see yourselves just laughing about those issues.

Rule #7 - Be Sensitive, Friends are People, Not Stones

There would always be times we get hurt and we hurt our friend's not just physically but worse, emotionally. Imagine your very best friend in the whole wide world joking around about the most sensitive and truly embarrassing things about you in front of others? Surely it will hurt! It will make you want to grab a plateful of ants and shove it to their throats just to make then shut the F up! If this hadn't happened to you then be thankful and just don't do it to your friends. Annoyance is one of the top reasons why friends break up. As much as possible, speak not of any other but love.

KSQL - My friends at Work until now while I was teaching at DLSU-D

Rule #8 - Their success should make you feel more successful

A little friendly competition adds up spice to friendships but furiously competing and taking down your friends is not very friendly at any angle you may wish to look at it. Having friends cheering you up on your races and challenges is just so heartwarming it will encourage you more to be better and take on life! There should be no trace of envy for their success is also your success for behind every successful person, is a very supportive friend. Just as for me, every time I see my friends getting promoted or earning much more than I am, I feel deep joy for I know that as they take on their wings and soar up higher, my hands are with theirs and thus we fly upwards together for I am their friend. And besides, a wealthier friend is always the one that pays the tab! (HAHAHA KIDDING)

Rule #9 - Treasure Each and Every Moment You are with Them

Stronger friendships are those that have the sense of nurturing each other by being with them as much as possible and creating memories together. We'll never really know what will happen in the future but we can always do something to freeze every possible picture that we can with them. Our friends may live far from us, change planetary addresses, or live close to us until the end, we should remember that memories lasts a lifetime, or for some, beyond generations.

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These are just nine rules of certainly a million rules on becoming a better friend. But of course, we don't need to write all of them because these rules are not written on law books or scribbled in our minds, friendship lives on our hearts. So what can we do to be a better friend? Be a Great friend to yourself and then you'll become a better friend.

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Never Stop Loving!
Steven

This post is dedicated to all my friends from around the world for they just kept on coloring my life's book, my unwavering cheering squad, and simply bringing the best in me. Love you guys!