Monthly Archives: July 2013

When I Talk, You Listen!

Interracial Work Atmosphere

We bring you a story from one alumna (aka Loida) currently working abroad. It’s about her experience at work and how she managed to survive amidst cultural and interracial diversity.

Loida was leading a career as a plant supervisor for one manufacturing company in the far West. She supervised 10 positions along with some entry-levels and had to push hard just to meet company targets and deadlines. To make her story short, she has to rise above all obstacles just to get there.

How she do it? Well, that’s the thing she shared with us here.

Loida said that the first time she gets into that position she has to prove lots of things. Yeah, lots and lots of things. First to herself, that she has all the capabilities to carry out the job. Second to her immediate superior for entrusting the job without hesitations; and third to her colleagues who manifested random reservations which hamper the proper delivery of tasks she want to assign them.

Loida was working in an international company where she has no choice but to deal with people in different cultural background, races and colors. After giving everything to her job, Loida gradually win their trust, not just the superior’s faith but her subordinates too. Eventually, Loida enjoyed the acquaintances and warmth reception of everyone in the company.

She still maintains her grace up to now and asked what is it that makes you do all those things. She said, there is only one thing that I always said to my colleague when I am calling them for departmental meetings, discussions, or even in ordinary talks and that’s… “when I talk, you listen!” She also explained that she is not trying to portray stern persona as every time she said it to someone, she revert it with… “same thing I will do to you that when you talk, I listen!”

To us, it is quite a privilege to know someone like Loida who belongs to our alumni community and who has the courage to venture life away from home and away from her comfort zone.

To Loida, we know it’s not easy to go through different challenges and enduring it alone in the foreign land. Keep it up and we are proud of you. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

To those who wish to share their story about work, please email us at And we promise that when you talk your story with us, we will definitely listen.

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We want to share our deep appreciation to all alumni who have continuously sent their feedbacks to us about high school.

Memories from high school came to us at once and reading all your feedbacks steer away our very emotions. We concluded our reading of all feedbacks we received in joyous state.

It is incredible what one can share on through cherished memories at BNHS, encouragement passed by our teachers – their words so uplifting that emotions become necessary.

To other alumni out there, if you have something to tell about your previous teachers at BNHS or words of gratitude you wish to express but have no guts to say it in person please do not hesitate to make us… as your messenger. We promise to post it here and ensure that the concerned teacher will read it.

Or if you have some unfinished business with your classmates, fond memories of your friends in high school, subjects you like or find unexciting, love experiences in high school or any topic in particular, please do not hesitate to share it with us.

We will treasure every feedback we receive for it is something that we need to have and to hold in our alumni community.

For high school memories are indeed priceless!

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Beauty Basics

A one-stop beauty solution space for our alumni community. If you have some natural beauty secret, please share it here.

We will bring you a beauty secret which I also find very effective. I have tried this at home and was surprise to see the result in just one week.

Plus it’s made of natural products that you can easily hit at any sari-sari store or at your mother’s dirty kitchen. The other good thing is you don’t have to spend time and money to look for some beauty products at a retail store. You can do it at the comfort of your home!
We call it a face mask alternative. We know that branded face masks are quite costly and it’s a given fact that some are made of chemicals that can either irritate or affect our sensitive skin.
So as an alternative, why not go for all natural beauty products that we can prepare at home and use without worries for possible side effects.

As shared by Ms. D!
I have a lot of pimples on my face, shoulders and back. I also wish to lighten my complexion. Please help me with a solution.

You can use just one mask to lighten and brighten your skin, and keep it acne-free;
Here’s what you need to do:

•Take 1 teaspoon tomato pulp,
•1 teaspoon honey,
•1 teaspoon calamansi juice,
•and add enough corn flour to make a smooth paste.

The mixture can be used as your daily face mask.

Apply this mask everyday- even twice a day if you need to- and you will see desired results. Hot water is a strict no-no; only use chilled water to wash your face and shrink the pores and control oil production.

Note: This natural beauty secret can be applicable to any skin type or to both; male or female.

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Comfort Zone

Do you believe that a person’s behavior can be described by his or her comfort zones? But what is comfort zone anyway?

COMFORT ZONE comes in different understandings and meanings.

Based on my personal experience, comfort zone I think, is a type of mental conditioning that causes me to create or operate mental boundaries. Such boundaries create unfounded sense of personal security for myself. For instance, I have actually established mental boundaries in my life right now and that I am comfortable living with it at the moment. Like I am earning adequate amount for my job so I can pay my bills regularly and extra money I have will be shared with my family. I am comfortable with my situation and I will tend to stay in that boundary without stepping outside of it for I know that to step outside, I must experiment new and different things, and then experience the new and different responses that occur within that environment. In short, I am afraid to venture what is beyond my natural boundaries. My goosh, I am trapped inside my own comfort zone. I think I need HELP! (Dialing my psychiatrist right now, hahaha.)

There are others who gave their personal views about comfort zone too. Some of which are a bit spiteful but I think true while some are a bit funny.

#magandaako said: Comfort zone word is basically used for those people who don’t dare for anything & you can say it’s used for those who feel insecure.

#amaw said: Kana gung ibutang sa sinena para mohumot usa nimo ihayhay! (Maybe he’s referring to comfort fabric conditioner)

#itgeek said: Comfort zone is nothing but a virtual world around you, in which everything is managed according to your thinking & habits.

#walayklaro said: Comfort zone?! Pareho ra gud anang kalibangon ka kay naglain imong tiyan while nagsakay ug bus gikan Cebu padulong Borbon, dayon pagliko sa sakyanan eskina Damolog, makaingon ka sa imong kaugalingon, ayaw gawas, pugngi sa… kay naa lagi ‘comfort’ soon!

#alwayspositive said: If you will observe some lazy or dull type of people around you, then what they are doing is called living in a COMFORT ZONE. If you will ask them to do anything daring or anything which needs some efforts, they will simply deny it. They will make arguments against that task or they will try to avoid it.

How about you? Are you trapped inside your comfort zone right now?

Maybe time to step out.

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Nganong Gihigugma Ko Ikaw Borbon?

I love Borbon

Why I love Borbon?

“I love Borbon because more than anything else, it offers distinct warmth of the people that sets it apart from other localities. Borbonanons are perceived for their unique hospitality, friendliness, industriousness, resilience and deep sense of patriotism, Borbonanons are undoubtedly gracious and friendly hosts”. –the moderator’s view

There are plenty of reasons why we should love Borbon. While there are many Borbonanons seeking greener pasture in other places and continue to soar in many fields, more tourists also are drawn to the municipality because of the culture of pakikisama and craftsmanship among its people, the vast natural resources resilient amid trying times, its fair weather, relative peace and of course, its business-friendly atmosphere.

We asked a 15-year old boy from our barangay exactly the same question and his answer was, “Ganahan ko sa Borbon tungod sa maabi-abihon ug Dyosnong mga tawo, masinabtanong silingan ug hapsay nga lugar. Sa Borbon, pwede pa makapamaylo ug asin sa silingan, makapanguha ug pal-ak sa kamunggay daplin sa dalan ug labaw sa tanan makapapanghuwam polo ug necktie sa mga arangan namong silingan kong duna mi okasyon sa eskwelahan”, the boy uttered.

Perhaps depending on every person’s circumstance and experience, the inherent love of Borbonanons to this peaceful little town varies.

If you are to answer the same question “Why you love Borbon?” what would that be. Give your views or comments here.

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What You See Is NOT What You Get


I come to chat with one alumna (aka Miss U) and she shared her story about what happened while she did some shopping at her ‘posh’ store in Carbon. Sosyalin kaayo da, kay ‘posh store’ man jud ang peg! I almost drop myself from where I am sitting… buhakhak ug katawa kay nalingaw jud ko sa iyang istorya.

Kay nganong sa Carbon nangumpra si Miss U… pwede man unta sa SM or Ayala! Anyway we’ve made a blog about it so everyone can read and enjoy.

Miss U in Action: A Carbon Experience!


Have you heard this acronym before? Such a buzzword in the 90’s that people will use if they want to make a deal on something. WYSIWYG (pronounced ‘weeziwig’) which means ‘What you see is what you get’.
But before that revelatory decade, people would supposedly see something, ponder over what they had seen and realize that it’s probably the opposite of what’s on display. So we would see a thin man and figure that a fat man was lurking him in. And more frequently, we would gawk at a fat woman while ‘getting’ the supermodel trying to burst out of her innards. Kinda tricky, di ba!

Anyway, what I want to say over this cup of hot ovaltine I am holding right now is that there are people who want to cheat on you at the forefront. See, I was taking rounds last week at Carbon market and realized that the stuff I was buying at the stand was not exactly the same on the display. I was furious though but had no guts to return it to the vendor knowing that he had tattoos all over his body. Akong gikahadlukan nga masuko unya si Manong ug ma-stress lang hinuon akong beauty. So gora na lang ang peg ni Miss U!

I feel pity though for the kind of trick those vendors had (except some honest to goodness vendors we have) as it ruined their reputation at an instant. That instead of turning more ‘suki’ on the products they offered, they are forcing their customers to loathe and avoid them.

Anyway I will be going there again this weekend. So here goes me searching for my ‘camera’ ready to bust some cheating vendor. This time I’m absolutely determined to bring down the stand for a Fugitive.
Wish me luck!

Yours sincerely,
-Miss U

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Marketing & Communications: BNHS Alumni Newsletters


Reviving the Alumni Pulse Newsletters
Poblacion, Borbon, Cebu

BNHS ALUMNI PULSE, edited by BNHS Borbon and fellow alumni, is an independent newsletters for the alumni community of Borbon National High School. The first issue released on January, 2011 was distributed with limited copies.

To provide our alumni community with regular newsletter and as our way of promoting camaraderie among graduates of Borbon National High School, we would like to invite everyone to contribute your stories, views, opinions, comments or feedbacks with us. We believe that we have too much to share and this newsletter is an effective way to bring together our intentions.

alumni pulse - issue 1

We would love to be able to stay in touch with you and help you connect with your alumni population! We would like to share more information which you may find helpful. For instance, we have been compiling pictures and information of some alumni and introduce them in our alumni community under the Who’s Who Section. If you would like to be on this list, please update your information and be sure to include your complete name if you’d like to be added on our email & facebook list. Please also update your contact preferences (for instance, if you don’t want us to e-mail you and we have been).

Besides updating your contact information with us, we highly recommend that you join the official Alumni Association of Borbon National High School. The Alumni Association is more active than ever. They are getting together alumni in all kinds of fun ways and providing a lot of useful information on their own.

alumni pulse - issue 2

You can check on any of the following groups in facebook to join:
BNHS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION (created in 2010 by BNHS Borbon as unofficial group and an avenue for the Alumni Community of Borbon National High School)
Borbon National High School Alumni Association (created as an official group in 2013, mandated by 2013 Alumni Homecoming Officers & sanctioned by the school administration)

Also join our group at Facebook to see what fellow alumni have been doing (see the Alumni Facebook page for more information). For instance, check out who are the set of officers elected after that 2013 Grand Alumni Homecoming and 25th Anniversary celebration of our school.

Plus if you join you get to maintain your personal connection with other alumni which is a great way to stay in touch with them as they move from place to place.

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High School Flames

Can’t help but to laugh out loud (lol) on the blog sent to us by one alumna from batch 1994. Even glad to post it here for everyone to read and laugh too!


Don’t deny it, ‘FLAMES’ was also your favorite past time during high school.

For me, it was the best diversion inside the history class of Mr. Hortel especially if I daydream of the possibility that my crush from the other section will eventually come over in our room and ask my hand in marriage, echos! (Marriage jud! Magsugod man jud na sa admire ba, then friend dayon, unya lovers or sweethearts sunod ug ending sa marriage, hahaha. In short, FLAMES ba!)

FLAMES was created amongst the girl population to have some fun especially when you wanted to know your compatibility with the other person. Though good to be real, somehow it gave a little tiny possibility (like me) to hope…hahaha! I even had a slum book with all the record of my high school “FLAMES” as a keepsake, lol. Oh and I am very guilty of playing FLAMES right now hahaha.

What is ‘FLAMES’?

FLAMES is a word wherein each letter stands or resembles a unique meaning. For some, it stands for Friends, Lovers, Anger, Marriage, Engagement and Soulmates. For me, since I am a very positive person (pero dili igat ha!) I have to make some amendment on letters A & S, which to my definition should be Admirer & Sweethearts. But let’s stick to the norm society has (read as girls) and use Anger & Soulmates para naay thrill ba.

Even the Philippine TV recognized this mini phenomenon among the females and decided to capitalize on it. Have you remember one ABS-CBN show in the nineties entitled Flames? It features the latest teen stars, the likes of Cheska Diaz & Carlo Agassi, in various love stories which made my after-school afternoons better.

How does “FLAMES’ work?

You get the name of two people. Cross out the similar letters in their names, and then total the number of the remaining letters. You then count the numbers against the acronym and then you get a future prediction of your ‘relationship’ with the person (whose name you wrote down beside yours).

Try it, maybe it will work for you. Or maybe you will meet your soulmate… in the next dimension, hahaha!

Do you guys also know M.A.S.H.?! And PANTS?

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Remembering the Past Local Leaders of Borbon

History 101- Local Leaders

According to the record of our municipal government, Borbon was established as a small settlement or a town in the northern part of the province of Cebu in 1692.

During the Spanish Regime, the following locals served as Capitanes of Borbon.

(Capitanes is also known as local leaders during the Spanish regime. Other known names for local leaders are Tenientes and Cabeza de Barangay)

1)Cipriano Destura
2)Placido Dosdos
3)Pablo Montegrande
4)Agustin Mandonedo
5)Crispin Dosdos
6)Eugenio Sepulveda

Under the American Regime, the following locals became El Presidentes or Municipal Presidents of Borbon:

(El Presidente or Municipal President is also known as local leader during the American occupation)

1)Pedro Mangubat
2)Joaquin Herrera
3)Santiago Mangubat
4)Monteno Mangubat
5)Hilario Buhay
6)Lazaro Mandonedo

The first municipal mayor who served the municipal office after the war was Celestino Mondigo.

Reference: Municipality of Borbon Website

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Borbon As The Hiding Place For The Grand Old Man of Cebu

Sergio Osmena

The National Historical Commission of the Philippines highlighted the town of Borbon, Cebu, Philippines in the annals of Philippine History.

It’s when the Grand Old Man of Cebu, President Sergio Osmena went into hiding after the Spaniards identified his involvement in the anti-Spanish uprising in Manila in 1897.

NHCP says, “the outbreak of the Revolution in Manila forced Sergio Osmena to return to Cebu to continue his studies. He worked as a part-time court recorder for the Cebu Audiencia and a personal aide to the Spanish military governor of Cebu. At the same time, he was a contributor of articles to El Boletin de Cebu, the only provincial newspaper at that time; and to the Spanish Manila- based periodical, El Comercio. Sergio’s excellence as a journalist earned him the prestigious Medalla del Merito Civil. Sergio went back to Manila in 1897 to resume his studies. However, new anti-Spanish uprisings forced him to flee to Borbon, Cebu since he was identified with the Spaniards”. You can also follow this link

Many Borbonanons especially young generations doesn’t exactly know this relevant piece of history. What we only learned about the Osmena’s, was that they belong to powerful political clans in Cebu and apparently their influence proliferates to the whole of Cebu and even in neighboring provinces. Evidently in our municipality, we have had a private high school in upland barangay named after Don Emilio Osmena and another elementary school named after Dona Mary Osmena among others, as cenotaphs of their bequest.

Without knowing that no less than the Grand Old Man himself, was for one time, during the Spanish period came to our peaceful little town to take shelter and concealed from the preying eyes of the Spaniards.

We brought up this topic in order to give relevance to one historical account where our town was mentioned by NHCP and for us, Borbonanons to have some sense of personal or rather historical gratifications.

That Borbonanons are proud, warmth and friendly people willing to lend a hand for those who come to our aid.

May it be the most powerful man in the country or the least fortunate in our society.

But who is the Grand Old Man of Cebu?


Sergio Osmeña is commonly associated with the Philippine fifty-peso bill since it bears his image. Popularly known as the “Grand Old Man of Cebu”, Osmeña rose from being a newspaper reporter to the Presidency of the Philippine Republic in1944-46.

Juana Suico Osmeña was only fourteen years old when she gave birth to Sergio Osmeña on September 9, 1878. Sergio used Osmeña as family name since Juana was not officially married to anyone. It is no secret in history that he grew up without knowing his father, but it didn’t hinder him from joining the roster of the iconic Filipino leaders.

Sergio obtained his elementary education in a private school administered by Martin Medalle. He later entered the Colegio de Segunda Enseñanza under the supervision of Miguel Logarta. At the age of eleven, he enrolled in the high school of the Seminario Colegio de San Carlos, passing all of his subjects at the end of the year with a grade of sobresaliente. In 1894, Sergio transferred to Manila to study at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran, where he first met Manuel Quezon. He earned a degree in Bachelor of Arts, prior to his Law course in the University of Santo Tomas. He continued to support himself as a working student. In UST, Sergio and Emilio Jacinto were classmates.

The outbreak of the Revolution in Manila forced Sergio to return to Cebu to continue his studies. He worked as a part-time court recorder for the Cebu Audiencia and a personal aide to the Spanish military governor of Cebu. At the same time, he was a contributor of articles to El Boletin de Cebu, the only provincial newspaper at that time; and to the Spanish Manila- based periodical, El Comercio. Sergio’s excellence as a journalist earned him the prestigious Medalla del Merito Civil.

Sergio went back to Manila in 1897 to resume his studies. However, new anti-Spanish uprisings forced him to flee to Borbon in Cebu since he was identified with the Spaniards. Returning to Manila after two years, he covered the retreat of Emilio Aguinaldo for a Cebu newspaper. Sergio gave his support to the besieged republic, providing Aguinaldo updates with the developments in Cebu. He became an associate of Juan Climaco, an influential Cebuano illustrado and a republican.

Before travelling to the north, Sergio met Estefania Chiong Veloso, daughter of Nicasio Chiong Veloso, a business tycoon in Cebu. He generously gave Sergio a capital of 30,000 pesos to establish the first daily periodical in the province; and on April 16, 1900, the first issue of El Nuevo Dia was published. Working with Rafael Palma and Jayme de Veyra, Osmeña put out El Nuevo Dia, not for the purpose of making a profit but to spread the concept of preserving liberty among the Filipinos.

Sergio married Estefania on April 10, 1901. In 1903, he took the examination for aspiring lawyers, and placed second in the overall ranking with an average grade of 95.66, and got 100 percent in Penal Code and Civil Procedure.

Resurfacing in Cebu in May 1903, Sergio was recognized as a nationalist after winning a case in favor of a former Filipino revolutionist who was charged with sedition. In December of the same year, with the support of Governor Juan Climaco, Sergio made his initial entry into politics after winning as municipal councillor. He was re-elected in the 1904 elections. Governor Climaco appointed him as acting provincial governor some time in 1904. Backed with his experience, he was victorious in the gubernatorial race of the 1905 elections. Sergio Osmeña won a seat in the Philippine Assembly in 1907, and was easily proclaimed as its first Speaker at twenty nine. At that time, the Speakership was the highest position that a Filipino could aspire for, being second only to the American governor-general.

In 1916, the passage of Jones Law allowed the Filipinos to have a broader participation in the running of the government. It created a bicameral legislative system, composed of a lower house called the House of Representatives and an upper house known as the Senate. Sergio remained as House Speaker, while Quezon was elected as Senate President.

Two years after Estefania died in 1918, Sergio married Esperanza Limjap who came from a wealthy clan.

A Senator from 1922-35, he joined fellow Senator Manuel Roxas in the United States to lobby for Philippines independence at the American Congress. The OSROX Mission played a vital role in the approval of the Hare-Hawes-Cutting Act which was eventually replaced by the Tydings-McDuffie Act. Quezon and Osmeña ran as president and vice-president respectively in the 1935 elections for the Commonwealth government, beating their opponents with a huge margin.

Manuel Quezon and Sergio flew to the United States when World War II broke out. The Commonwealth government was suddenly in exile, with Quezon remaining as President and Osmeña as Vice-President.

On August 1, 1944, Manuel Quezon’s death in Saranac Lake, New York put Sergio Osmeña at the helm of a presidency in exile. He was with General Douglas MacArthur and his soldiers, when he returned to the Philippines, landing at the Red Beach, Palo, Leyte on October 20, 1944. The Commonwealth government, headed by Osmeña was re-established temporarily in Tacloban, Leyte on October 23, 1944.
The Second World War ended in 1945. Sergio inherited a devastated country. Nevertheless, he showed that old age was not an obstacle to serve the country. He devoted his short term as president to the restoration of peace and order, providing health services for the Filipinos, handling issues of collaboration, re-establishment of foreign relations and reconstruction of cities destroyed by war.

In the 1946 national elections, Sergio Osmeña lost to Manuel A. Roxas, but his character as a nationalist and statesman never vanished from the memory of the Filipinos. Until now, his descendants are very visible and active in Philippine politics, a manifestation that the Filipino people have trusted the Osmeñas through the decades.

Truly, it is worthy to pay tribute to a man who fought for the liberty we enjoy today.


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Pacis, Vicente. President Sergio Osmeña. A Fully Documented Biography: Volume I and II. 1971
President Sergio Osmeña: Peerless Filipino Statesman. President Sergio Osmeña Memorial Foundation, Inc. 1968.
Santos, Gloria M. Philippine Presidents: 100 Years. New Day Publishers. 1999

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