Mindanao Times » Boyet Castillo http://mindanaotimes.net Thu, 20 Sep 2018 01:47:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.25 Freeze: Reggio Marlowe M. Colina Fire Survivor Artist http://mindanaotimes.net/freeze-reggio-marlowe-m-colina-fire-survivor-artist/ http://mindanaotimes.net/freeze-reggio-marlowe-m-colina-fire-survivor-artist/#comments Tue, 04 Sep 2018 05:46:09 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=61718 ]]> Among Filipinos, “ber na” is a buzzword used to announce the start of the longest Christmas season in the world. When September comes (the first of the “ber” months), many radio stations and shopping malls begin to play Christmas songs even until the following year’s Feast of the Three Kings or the Feast of the Epiphany.

Reggio Marlowe Colina

Reggio Marlowe Colina

On social media, singer/songwriter Jose Mari Chan’s face has become a meme to the Pinoy “ber na” idiosyncrasy because of his popular song called. “Christmas in our Hearts.”

Our willingness to play along with this commercially induced early observance of the Christmas season may be due in part to the Pinoy’s love for fiestas. The climax of this longest fiesta in the country happens during the final week of the year when the shopping frenzy is at its peak. Reunions almost always happen during the last week of December.

But in 2017, the last week of December was a sad one for many Davaoeños because of the fire that struck NCCC Mall in Ma-a on December 23. Many SSI BPO/Call Center agents were trapped in the building and died.



Among the few survivors from the mall fire was a call center agent named Reggio Marlowe Mercado Colina of Puan, Davao City. The 24-year old artist has been into digital art since 2011. He took a break from drawing and resumed this year to build up his portfolio. Reggio is focusing to become a famous anime artist like Hyanna Natsu and Ameriya.



Colina’s renewed interest to excel in digital art was a result of his realization that life is short and one must do what one wants. The Dec. 23, 2017 tragedy reminds this artist (a.k.a. Emancipate or Pate) to live better by doing what he does best: ART.


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Freeze | What I Learned at DXWT FM http://mindanaotimes.net/freeze-what-i-learned-at-dxwt-fm/ http://mindanaotimes.net/freeze-what-i-learned-at-dxwt-fm/#comments Wed, 18 Jul 2018 01:34:23 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=60376 ]]> DXWT FM, also known as Wild FM, WT or Wild 92.3 WT FM, of the University of Mindanao Broadcasting Network (UMBN) is now 30 years old. It was the brainchild of brothers Willie and Nicky Torres. Using only a local “Galang-made” low power radio transmitter, the station delighted the audience in July 1988 and snatched the throne from 93.9 XL FM as the top pop music station in Davao City in less than one year.

Keys to its phenomenal success may be gleaned from some of the station’s slogans. “The only station that goes an extra mile for your musical satisfaction” and “Guaranteed 20 minutes of nonstop music, twice every hour” clearly defined Wild FM’s promise to its listeners. 1a

The Torreses’ programming philosophy was akin to what I learned from the late Atty. Ed Montilla of Manila Broadcasting Company when I worked for DXGE AM Davao and DYRC Cebu between 1980 and 1982. I asked Mr. Montilla about his formula and he simply said, “Play what the competition plays – and more.”

Contrary to popular belief, DXWT did not invent the beatmatched non-stop dance format on radio. The DJs of 93.9 XL FM were already live mixing records whenever possible then but too many advertisements prevented them from doing it consistently. Commercial overloading was the weakest point of the so-called “Pride and Joy of Davao City, 93.9 XL FM.”

DXWT played what 93.9 XL FM played and the Torres brothers regularly added hard-to-find extended play (EP) records from the U.S. to its arsenal. Napster, mp3, and commercial compact discs were not yet available then. While other radio stations relied on record supply from record companies, DXWT invested on imported vinyl materials to beef up its music library. That was an extra mile.

The Wild Boys during its reunion at Acropolis Super Club (before the dance club was renamed as WAV Entertainment Central)

The Wild Boys during its reunion at Acropolis Super Club (before the dance club was renamed as WAV Entertainment Central)

Also, its default commercial load was limited to two minutes per break or eight minutes every hour (93.9 XL had more than twice), which allowed DXWT to deliver 20 minutes of nonstop beatmatched dance mixes twice every hour. That was a lot more than what the competition played.

Some of those US records had dubbed out versions or cuts without vocals. They’re called “minus one” in local parlance. Those instrumental materials served as vehicles for me to produce parodies in Cebuano. I turned “Xtasy Xtano” by Chimo Bayo into ‘Lekasi Tapsilog,” “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice into “Ways Ways Sapi,” and “Short Short Man” by 20 Fingers into ‘Nganong Ga-Short Shorts Ka,” to name a few. The audience enjoyed the Bisaya adaptations. In a way, BisPop was born at DXWT.

Some of the original cast of DXWT

Some of the original cast of DXWT

When DXWT operated an FM station in Cebu, I wrote two original Cebuano songs: the controversial “Bisan Pa (Baho ka ug Tiil)” ballad and the pleasant upbeat “Cebu Cebu” to woo the audience. In about two days, the Cebuanos were already searching for the radio station that was playing the “Baho’g Tiil (Smelly Feet)” song.

When Prospero Nograles ran against Benjamin de Guzman for mayor of Davao City, DXWT produced “Si Boy ug Ben (originally For You I Will by Monica)” Cebuano parody to explain the difficulty of choosing between the two candidates.

Stoked by the positive reception of modern Bisaya music, DXWT introduced a rap contest in Cebuano and discovered Thavawenyoz (Jay Lagnayo and Boonie Batuto) with their ‘Hubag” material which eventually won Best Regional Recording in Awit Awards when Alpha Records produced the duo’s commercial album.

By the way, although the Park View Hotel Jingle (words and music by Johnny Holiday, arrangement, keyboard, and vocals by Rannie Yu) was not done in Cebuano, it has become the most familiar jingle in the Visayas and Mindanao because DXWT and its sister stations promoted it well. The jingle is a lingering testament to the power of consistent promotion.

I am no longer privy to the current programming philosophy of DXWT but I hope that it continues to produce songs and radio jingles by local talents because they are among the proven “extra miles” in radio entertainment.

Staying competitive for three decades is no mean feat. Congratulations to the management, staff, and talents of DXWT for keeping up the fight to remain as one of the most respected music stations in Davao City.




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Freeze | Jalaika Mikka Paz Young Artist from Digos http://mindanaotimes.net/freeze-jalaika-mikka-paz-young-artist-from-digos/ http://mindanaotimes.net/freeze-jalaika-mikka-paz-young-artist-from-digos/#comments Wed, 11 Jul 2018 01:05:22 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=60135 ]]> THE LATE motivational speaker Emmanuel James “Jim” Rohn said we are the average of the five people that we spend our time with. Jim Rohn must have echoed an old Spanish proverb that goes, “Tell me who your friends are and I’ll tell you who you are.”

A smart person surrounds himself with other smart people. If you hang out with trash, you will be perceived as trash. The company you keep reflects your personality. Some call it personality osmosis. Like it or not, we tend to imitate behaviors and interests of people around us.1a

Seventeen-year old Jalaika Sadangsal Mikka Paz from Digos City stumbled upon calligraphy in December 2016. After a year of designing letters, Jai moved on to explore portraiture. Somewhat frustrated with the time-consuming demands of making portraits, she decided to focus more on calligraphy. Then she learned about the art group called Guhit Pinas Davao. She joined the group and felt amazed by the artworks of its members.

The student from the University of Mindanao Digos College is inspired by Guhit Pinas Davao to continue honing her skills. Jalaika Mikka Paz is relatively a newbie but she has shown potentials of becoming a very good artist.

With other artist friends to support her, Jai is on her way to blossom.



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Freeze | Norway and the Philippines http://mindanaotimes.net/freeze-norway-and-the-philippines/ http://mindanaotimes.net/freeze-norway-and-the-philippines/#comments Tue, 10 Jul 2018 08:06:19 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=60088 ]]> Norway has a total area of 385,252 square kilometers and a population of 5,258,317 (as of January 2017). The Philippines has an area of 343,448 square kilometers and a population of at least 100 million (as of 2015).
Both countries almost have the same size but with a difference of 95 million in population.

How many Filipinos reside in Norway? The Commission on Filipinos Overseas’ Stock Estimate of Overseas Filipinos, as of December 2013, lists a total of 18,088 (13,351 regular and 4,737 temporary). Wikipedia says about 75% of Filipinos there are sea-based and working in the maritime industry. The rest are employed in the health care industry as physicians and nurses, in the information technology sector, in the petroleum industry as engineers, as au pairs or domestic workers, and non-governmental organization and government support staff. Filipinos are granted about 70% of au pairs permits that are issued in Norway.

Distance between Norway and the Philippines (Google Maps)

Distance between Norway and the Philippines (Google Maps)

Based on the Overseas Filipinos’ Cash Remittances report from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Filipinos in Norway officially sent a total of $352.8 million USD in remittances to the Philippines in 2011, after a peak of $372.5 million USD in 2010.

Norway was a member of the International Monitoring Team for the GPH-MILF Peace Process and is the third country facilitator for the GPH-National Democratic Front of the Philippines peace negotiations.

There are about 3,000 Norwegians in the Philippines, either engaged in business, involved in charitable work or residing in the country with their families (Philippines-Norway Relations, Philippine Embassy, Oslo, Norway).

Norway, Denmark, and Sweden comprise Scandinavia. Norway. Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Greenland, Faroe Islands, and the Aland Islands make up the Nordic countries.

Norway is the happiest place on Earth (Happiness report, 20 March 2017, BBC.com)

Norway is the happiest place on Earth (Happiness report, 20 March 2017, BBC.com)

Steen Rolsted is originally from Denmark, now residing in Norway, and works in different parts of the world as a Global Key Account Manager at Parker Hannifin. Parker is a global leader in motion and control technologies – specializing on precision-engineered solutions for aerospace, climate control, electromechanics, and filtration. Steen has earned degrees in mechanical engineering and finance.

As a high school graduation treat for his son, Sondre, the Rolsteds and friends came to Davao City, Philippines, for sightseeing. Unlike his dad, Sondre did not find it difficult to enjoy durian and other Filipino foods.

The Rolsteds visited the Island Garden of Samal, Malagos Garden Resort, Eden Nature Park and Resort, Vikings Luxury Buffet, Dencia’s Restaurant, and other popular places in Davao.

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Freeze | June Bride Photoshoot http://mindanaotimes.net/freeze-june-bride-photoshoot/ http://mindanaotimes.net/freeze-june-bride-photoshoot/#comments Wed, 04 Jul 2018 01:07:42 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=59854 ]]> Freeze

WHY are June weddings popular? The “June Bride” tradition dates back to Roman times celebrating the marriage of the deities Juno and Jupiter.

According to thebriadalandtuxedohouse.com, “In the 14th Century, June was the top pick because it’s when people began to bathe again following winter, and brides wanted a pleasant smelling crowd. It was also convenient because flowers were newly available and very necessary to mask the smell of those who hadn’t yet cleaned up… Today, for June brides (or those considering a June wedding) it’s good to note the following things: Flowers costs do begin to drop in June as more stock becomes available closer to home, especially bright blooms like lilies, orchids, and peonies… Hurricane season is technically June- November in many places, but June is the safest of all months. “1b

Data collected in the U.S. by priceonomics.com in 2015 reveal, “Our data show that just about 80% of all weddings happen in the six months between May and October.”

In a 2017 report, the Los Angeles Times said, “For a long time, the most popular month to tie the knot was June. The late spring month was right after the end of the school year, so new graduates wouldn’t have to skip a beat before starting adult life… But that is not the case anymore. The most popular time of year to get married these days is the fall, especially October.”

Myweddingph.com says, “In the Philippines the marry month of June for couples to schedule their wedding day was influenced with the coming of the American colonizers.  Thomasite teachers intermarried with their fellow American colonizers or brought their mates over from the mainland for a summer wedding in our country… However, it seems that among the customs and traditions, the month of December and not June is the marrying month.   The rationale is that after the harvest season is over there is enough money to spread and spend with the celebration of the Christmas season and likewise enough money to spare for the wedding feast.”

Just like celebrating the date of birth of Jesus on December 25 – even if it’s not stated in the gospels or in any secular text – the perception of June as the “ideal month” to become a bride persists.

Last month of June, Manila Production Singapore gathered local photographers and models for a “Bridal Fashion” photo session. With HMUA (hair and makeup artist) Juliet Salinas Juls, wardrobe stylist Hakima Hachiko, hair stylist Ivan Durane Gentapa, photographers Maisi Book, Tess de los Reyes, Michael Vincent Mancile, Emmanuel Roy Hipe, Hakima Hachicko, and models Anastacia Kvitko, Bern Baro, Lovely Joy Uy, Nhora Lumabao, Irish Swan, and Joann Obeido Mejorada, the team shot pictures at Jack’s Ridge Resort and Restaurant at Shrine Hills, Matina, Davao City.

We share some of those photographs from Manila Production Singapore.






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Freeze | Jason Bon T. Gilles 17-year old Artist from Mintal http://mindanaotimes.net/freeze-jason-bon-t-gilles-17-year-old-artist-from-mintal/ http://mindanaotimes.net/freeze-jason-bon-t-gilles-17-year-old-artist-from-mintal/#comments Wed, 27 Jun 2018 01:13:23 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=59603 ]]> JASON Bon Tacdoro Gilles was born on December 1, 2000, in Davao City. Bon aspires to become one of the art teachers in Mindanao. He wants to share his knowledge and talent to the art community and wants to spread the importance of art as part of the cultural identity of the Mindanawon.

Gilles takes pleasure with soft pastels and paints most of the time with live subjects to enhance his sense of observation and flexibility. He spends about three hours to paint small projects and a week for large-scale projects like murals. He started drawing and painting three years ago. The boy from Mintal is grateful to his family, the mentors in the Arts and Design Department of Philippine Women’s College (PWC) and Davao City National High School (DCNHS), and the local art community for inspiring him to improve his craft.

He is proud to join the Lullabies for Peace mural painting project at DCHNS.

Bon’s art style belies his young age.

Artist Jason Bon Gilles

Artist Jason Bon Gilles


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Freeze | Left Turn Yield on Green http://mindanaotimes.net/freeze-left-turn-yield-on-green/ http://mindanaotimes.net/freeze-left-turn-yield-on-green/#comments Wed, 20 Jun 2018 01:11:18 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=59237 ]]> DRIVING a vehicle may not be too complicated for people with enough courage and common sense.

Some people play it safe by simply “staying on their lanes;” others behave like they are in a race by weaving through traffic as if there is always an emergency to “win” a few inches on the road.

Left Turn Yield on Green. The "LEFT TURN YIELD ON GREEN" road sign is installed at busy intersections to remind drivers that they can make a left turn on green signal, provided they yield to oncoming traffic. Some drivers make the mistake of waiting for a green arrow signal to appear to be able to make a turn.

Left Turn Yield on Green. The “LEFT TURN YIELD ON GREEN” road sign is installed at busy intersections to remind drivers that they can make a left turn on green signal, provided they yield to oncoming traffic. Some drivers make the mistake of waiting for a green arrow signal to appear to be able to make a turn.

Driving is, indeed, a privilege and not a right but not everybody thinks so. Road signs are installed to remind drivers on road safety but not everyone pays attention to prevent road crashes.

Here are a few basic road signs that may be easy to understand yet often violated or overlooked by some motorists.

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Freeze | Reduce, Reuse, Recycle http://mindanaotimes.net/freeze-reduce-reuse-recycle/ http://mindanaotimes.net/freeze-reduce-reuse-recycle/#comments Tue, 19 Jun 2018 06:10:02 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=59172 ]]> The current population of the Philippines is 106,435,105 as of Jun. 16, 2018, based on the latest United Nations estimates. 44.4 per cent of the population is urban, According to Worldometers, the median age in the Philippines is 24.3 years.
Davao City has, based on the 2015 census, a population of 1,632,991. It is the third most populous city in the country, next to Manila and Quezon City.

Along with climate change, the rapid population growth and the aggressive pursuit for economic development add burden to the environment and health issues.

About 55% of trash gets buried in landfills, 33% gets recycled, and 12.5% goes to incinerators – according to the Human Footprint/National Geographic Channel.

About 55% of trash gets buried in landfills, 33% gets recycled, and 12.5% goes to incinerators – according to the Human Footprint/National Geographic Channel.

The Republic Act 9003 – Ecological Waste Management Act of 2000 of the Philippines provides the mandate and framework for solid waste management in the country. While the government may be well guided by law to address the situation, conflicting human interests and lack of education among residents leave so much to be desired in achieving a better level of solid waste management.

Too much consumerism or the obsessive desire to acquire consumer goods – regardless of actual need – somehow translates to clutter and trash in our throwaway society.

Wine bottle candle lamps.

Wine bottle candle lamps.

Forest denudation and clogged drainage system, if any, lead to flooding in many places. Shortsighted urban planning and apathy turn many areas uninhabitable or inconvenient to live in but hope springs eternal. Perhaps with the newly elected barangay officials in the 182 barangays of Davao City, a better implementation of RA 9003 would be possible – with a keen eye on the three Rs: reduce, reuse, and recycle wastes.

We share copyright-free images from various sources in the Internet to remind us of the need to reduce, reuse, and recycle garbage.

A bag of trash left unattended is prone to rummage by stray animals.

A bag of trash left unattended is prone to rummage by stray animals.

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Freeze | Fancislou Plusan Young Artist from Zamboanga http://mindanaotimes.net/freeze-fancislou-plusan-young-artist-from-zamboanga/ http://mindanaotimes.net/freeze-fancislou-plusan-young-artist-from-zamboanga/#comments Wed, 13 Jun 2018 00:55:59 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=58943 ]]> FRANCISLOU “Plue Plue” Colantro Plusan was born on the 1st of December 1995 at the Davao City Medical Hospital. Plue Plue now resides in Tugbungan, Zamboanga City. Like most evolving artists featured on this page, this young man is no stranger to poverty and faces the challenges of daily life with art as a weapon of choice.

The eldest among the four children of Manolo and Francisca Plusan, Francislou started to draw well at the age of seven. Stoked by the kid’s potentials, Manolo wasted no time to train his son to improve as an artist.1g

With just three pesos as daily allowance in elementary school, Plue Plue would walk with his mother and siblings to school. Sometimes he got lucky to get a free ride on tricycles – courtesy of compassionate drivers. The lack of money compelled him to skip recess and while away the time at the back of the school building to daydream and enjoy the sight of plants and the soft caress of the wind.

“I saved my allowance to buy pencil and paper,” recalled Francislou.

He earned a sense of significance by joining art and slogan-making contests in school. In high school, his classmates would pay him to make portraits as gifts for their crushes. He would surprise his mother when he’d get home with foodstuff he bought from the money he received from making portraits.

Plue Plue eventually became a cartoonist and writer for their school organ. Also, he became their school representative to any contests involving art.

Family budget constraints almost prevented Francislou from going to college but a school librarian helped him to avail himself of a scholarship grant.

“I am now taking up B.S. Architecture at Western Mindanao State University,” Mr. Plusan said.

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Freeze | Chatspeak for Noobs http://mindanaotimes.net/freeze-chatspeak-for-noobs/ http://mindanaotimes.net/freeze-chatspeak-for-noobs/#comments Tue, 12 Jun 2018 03:57:29 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=58902 ]]> THE ONLINE Urban Dictionary says Netspeak or Chatspeak is a process of shortening words or replacing letters with different letters or symbols to supposedly make the typing process shorter. It lacks proper punctuation, hard to understand, and considered by some people as a sign of idiocy when used heavily.

Jejemon is a Filipino style of Chatspeak. According to the Urban Dictionary, a Jejemon is a person who has managed to subvert the English language to a point of incomprehensibility.

XOXO – hugs and kisses

XOXO – hugs and kisses

A noob (noun, informal) is a person who is inexperienced in a particular sphere or activity – especially computing or the use of the Internet.

This follow up to the “Keeping up with Internet Slang” feature last week is meant for those who wish to be enlightened on the not-so-esoteric language of Generations Y (millennials) and Z (post-millennials).


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