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Sophia Bianca: Pursuing Her Personal Legend?


Growing up, Sophia Bianca De Vera‘s companion was the karaoke as her family loves to sing together as their past time and even in parties. 

Back then, she describes herself as shy and stiff whenever she gets to perform in an audience. But her voice coach, Annie Quintos of the singing group called The Company.  

De Vera chose to celebrate her debut, not in a lavish party but held a meet-and-greet with the selected members of the press to launch her single In Love’s Eyes instead.  The medals she bagged at the World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) last year were the validation of her pursuing a singing career. 

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She considers singing as her Personal Legend. A Personal Legend is about pursuing someone’s desire and passion to live a great purpose.

The universe conspired with Sophia Bianca as she met Grammy awardee, Gerard McMann and who now known as G Tom Mac. The latter composed her single. The single is a validation of all the things that she has worked on since her first contest on GMA-7‘s Eat Bulaga segment Music Hero.

As a young artist, she aspires to achieve the success of two artists Alicia Keys and as well as Asia’s Nightingale Lani Misalucha.

On July 11, Sophia Bianca flies back to the US to perform at the opening of WCOPA in Los Angeles County. Also, she will be shooting her music video in New York as well.

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Listen to her song now on Spotify.

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NTC: A Reflection of What Good Governance Is!


Ronald Reagan once said, “The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

People always have the reservations or have the wrong impressions about those who are  working in the government sector, but recently a certain Sam Florentino submitted a commendation for the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC)’s efficient service as well as its head Gamaliel A. Cordoba. Eliseo Rio, Jr., the acting secretary of Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) shared on his facebook page the document from the Civil Service Commission (CSC).

Florentino took a Radio Operator Examination at NTC and underwent the internal processes of the aforementioned agency.

“I would like to commend this government agency for their efficient service which I have personally experienced.

“Parang nasanay na ako sa magulong sistema sa mga government office na napupuntahan ko. But this time, I told myself I need to commend these government people for a job well done. We all need such appreciation,” wrote Florentino.

The said commendation reflects what the Republic Act 11032, An Act promoting ease of doing business and efficient delivery of government services.

Florentino highlighted NTC’s seminar-orientation that was conducted two weeks prior his examination and mentioned that everything went smoothly and begun at 8:00 in the morning sharp. He added that even the guards made sure that the process was in order.

When he passed the examination the release of the results were even earlier than its original date and were given to the examinees on a ‘first- come, first-serve basis’. He also wrote that there were card numbers given in order to ensure a better transaction at the said government agency.

“I just sat there relaxed and waited for my number to be called. Very smooth transaction. Very orderly. Personnel were efficient and courteous.Sana lahat po ng government office ay ganito.

 

“For sure, there is leadership behind these and allow me to congratulate these government personnel for their hard work and dedication to bring service to us. Maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat sa NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION.”

The said experience of Florentino with NTC is probably reflective of Thomas Jefferson’s thoughts, “The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.”

Why Filipinos should Love and Patronize MaxiMango?


To most Filipinos, mangoes are very popular. Besides, it leads the Top 10 fruits in the Philippines, maybe because of its being sumptuous, pulpy and it packs a host of health benefits. Perhaps, that’s enough to convince local and international markets alike to try this delectable soft-served ice cream dessert called MaxiMango.

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It recently held its contract signing with its fresh and young female endorser—Kathryn Bernardo. The momentous occasion was attended by the husband-and-wife entrepreneurs—Ivan and Miki Velasquez on Tuesday night, January 29 at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria in Quezon City.

Here are Five Reasons why fellow Pinoys go-crazy over a classic Mango Float but with a Twist of sorts:

It’s Nutritious and Delicious.

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Though this tropical fruit is originally a native to India, were it was first cultivated in the Northeast India, Bangladesh and Myanmar about 25-30 million years ago. Known to be the King of Fruits and has enjoyed a prized place in the history of India and its relationship with the world. It is one of the very few fruits that gained a coveted place in Hindu religious scriptures.

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The fruit is nutritious and unique in its flavor, fragrance, taste, and heath promoting qualities, making it a number one among new functional foods, often labeled as ‘super fruits’.

Affordable for Everyone.

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No wonder why Filipinos don’t mind standing in long queues just to get their fill for a really affordable cold treat especially summer is fast-approaching in the country.

The popular Maxi Mango, which is ideal for non-sweet tooth customers and served in mango base with fresh slices of mangoes are available starting at Php59 (the small size); while the Mango Juice Float is priced at Php59 as well.

Only the large-size of a Mango Float is a little over Php100.

Pinoy Pride.

The good news is—the brand was developed by young Filipino couple from Davao.

An alumnae of Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition in 2006, Miki Arceo-Velasquez (Kim Chiu’s batch mate) is the owner of MaxiMango together with her husband Ivan.

What’s notable about the efforts of the couple—they to “create something that appeals to the A and B markets in taste and aesthetic, but can also be afforded by the C and D markets”.

Inspiring Story.

Who wouldn’t support a business such as this?

Miki shared that right after high school, her former beau now her husband Ivan left for the UK.  He trained and worked as a chef at a Japanese restaurant in Manchester. Four years later after Miki finished her college, she followed.

She worked in London as a caregiver while he left his job and moved to London and they ended up working for the same institution. Armed with enough savings, they returned to the country, and opened a business.

Their success story wasn’t a walk in the park, there came a time when the business they started began to crash, so she had to resort to working for a contact center and used her salary to make their business going and stay afloat.

Backed-up by Kathryn Bernardo.

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The young star Bernardo of the KathNiel fame is a strong advocate for supporting Pinoy products.

Thus, when she endorses a particular brand, she makes sure that it’s Filipino-owned and promotes the ingenuity of the Filipino talent[s].

In fact, according to Kath, as soon she met with the young owners of MaxiMango—they immediately agreed to working together in making the brand a real success.

MaxiMango is under VQZ Maxi Mango and was established in December 2017. Its office address is located at Unit 6-I Three Manhattan Parkview Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City.

For more information about the MaxiMango, log on to its official website via maximango.com.

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