Going to College

If you are in junior and senior high, you are probably contemplating on what you want to do after high school. College, the last step before being a responsible adult and joining the workforce, will lead the path to your future. Selecting what course to take and which college to go to requires a lot of serious thinking on your part. There are several factors when it comes to choosing the right course and the right school for you.

By now you should be aware of what you want to do. Your few years in high school should be enough to make you know the stuff that interests you, what activities spark your passion. You should be able to determine your strengths and weaknesses by now – factors that will be huge considerations when choosing your future career. If you are a math and science genius, then you are most likely suited to these fields. If you excel in the arts more than the academics, then you should think about going towards that career.

This is where the choice of school matters. If you already decided that you are geared towards the sciences and you want to be a doctor, you should choose the school that has a specialty for the sciences. Do your research first and ask around. Your parents can help you choose the right school for your chosen course. Certain colleges and universities in the country are popular for certain specialties. For instance, University of Santo Tomas is known for nursing and medicine courses, as well as in fine arts. Ateneo de Manila is known for their excellent law education. Mapua Institute of Engineering is home to the country’s future engineers.

Lastly, you also have to consider the tuition fee. Everyone wants to get into an exclusive university, but not everyone can afford it. This is where your parents can intervene; after all, they will be the ones paying for your education. Reach a compromise with what you want and what they can afford.

Ehra Madrigal

Considered as one of the sexiest women in the Philippines today, Ehra Madrigal is enjoying a lots of media exposure thanks to her numerous acting and modeling projects. The curvaceous star, whose real name is Geralyn Madrigal Gaspar, was born on June 25, 1985. She is the elder sister of actress Michelle Madrigal. Ehra was discovered by talent manager Annabelle Rama and signed her as one of the talents of GMA Network. Her first project was on the hit primetime series Mulawin, followed by Encantadia and the series Kung Mamahalin Mo Lang Ako. Ehra was also able to get into movies easily, with Enteng Kabisote 2 as her first film, followed by I Will Always Love You.
Ehra’s career turned several notches higher when she posed on the cover of FHM Philippines in 2006, immediately transforming her image from teenybopper to sexy actress. She graced another cover in 2008 and also became a calendar girl for Tanduay.
The actress was blessed with more great projects. She starred in more primetime shows like Majika, Lupin, Kamandag and Codename: Asero. She also made more films, namely Enteng Kabisote 3 and My Best Friend’s Girlfriend.
Ehra is currently one of the stars of the primetime series Totoy Bato, along with Robin Padilla, Manny Pacquiao and Regine Velasquez.

  • Sine Novela Ang Pinakamagandang Hayop sa Balat ng Lupa
  • Totoy Bato
  • Codename: Asero
  • Kamandag
  • Nuts entertainment
  • Lupin
  • The Score
  • Majika
  • SOP gigster
  • Kung Mamahalin Mo Lang Ako
  • Encantadia
  • Mulawin


  • Scaregiver
  • Loving You
  • My Best Friend’s Girlfriend
  • Enteng Kabisote 3
  • Shake, Rattle & Roll 8
  • I Will Always Love You
  • Enteng Kabisote 2

Lovi Poe

Being the daughter of the King of Philippine movies may have helped Lovi Poe establish a career in showbiz, but the young actress and singer’s good looks and talent would have made it on their own without the reference to her famous father. Born Lourdes Virginia Moran Poe on February 11, 1989, she is the offspring of legendary actor Fernando Poe, Jr. Lovi started her showbiz career as a talent of GMA Network, when she starred in the show Love to Love in 2006. Her biggest break came when she was given cast as Kristal in the hit primetime series, Bakekang, which stars Sunshine Dizon. After Bakekang, Lovi starred in another primetime show, Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawahan. In 2008, the young actress was given a prime role in the daytime drama, Sine Novela: Kaputol ng Isang Awit. During the same year, Lovi won the trophy for New Movie Actress of the Year at the 24th PMPC Star Awards for Movies for her role in the horror flick Shake, Rattle and Roll 9. The busy actress continued her schooling despite her grueling work schedule. She finished high school at the Colegio San Agustin and is currently studying for a Psychology degree at Miriam College. Lovie already came out with two studio albums, Bloom and The Best of My Heart. Filmography TV
  • Do-Re-Mi TV series (2009
  • Ang Babaeng Hinugot sa Aking Tadyang (2009)
  • LaLola (2008)
  • Bubble Gang (2008)
  • Dear Friend (2008)
  • Sine Novela: Kaputol Ng Isang Awit (2008)
  • Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan (2007)
  • Bakekang (2006)
  • Love to Love: Jazz Got Lucky (2006)
  • Walang Hanggang Paalam (2009)
  • Shake, Rattle & Roll 9 (2007)


Shortening ‘fanticipation’ for the most awaited action-romantic movie of the year, the Tom Cruise-Cameron Diaz film “Knight and Day” books to an earlier opening on June 24 (Thursday) in Philippine cinemas. “Knight and Day” shoots into a series of high-octane events when June Havens (Diaz) accidentally bumps into Roy Miller (Cruise), a mysterious man who seems to have fallen out from the government’s secret service. Popping in and out of June’s life, Roy manages to pull June in a string of ballistic episodes that threaten their lives. Running away from every group who assures them of safety, Roy and June continue the globetrotting chase as they try to figure out the truth in order to survive. The movie is directed by James Mangold (“3:10 to Yuma,” “Walk the Line”) from a screenplay he co-wrote with Scott Frank (“Minority Report,” “Out of Sight”). The film’s executive producers include blockbuster makers Joe Roth (“The Great Debaters”), E. Bennett Walsh (“Kill Bill”) and Arnon Milchan (“Mr. and Mrs. Smith”). Also starring in the movie are Peter Sarsgaard (“An Education”) as a federal agent relentlessly pursuing the couple; Viola Davis (“Doubt”) as a CIA director trying to decipher the true purpose of their high-wire activities; Paul Dano (“There Will Be Blood”) as an eccentric genius behind a revolutionary technology; and Olivier Martinez (“Unfaithful”) as a ruthless arms manufacturer. Co-starring are Maggie Grace (“Taken”) and Marc Blucas (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”). “Knight and Day” is a 20th Century Fox film to be distributed by Warner Bros. in the Phil. theaters.

Cesar Montano

Multi-awarded actor and director Cesar Montano truly deserves his hard-earned stardom. The multi-talented artist started from being a stuntman, moved on to B movie roles and starred in television before becoming one of the country’s most respected celebrities. Born in Manila, Cesar started honing his acting skills in 1984 during his senior year in college. He took acting workshops with the likes of Joel Lamangan and landed bit roles in movies. Soon he was given real film and TV roles, such as Agos starring opposite Gretchen Barretto and Regal Shocker. Cesar proved to be a very versatile actor, starring in several movie genres without endangering his career, although majority of his films until 1998 were action movies. He also played light, comedy roles such as the one he did for the sitcom Kaya ni Mister, Kaya ni Misis opposite veteran actress Maricel Soriano. It was through his breakout role in the award-winning film Jose Rizal that Cesar established his leading man status. His portrayal of the national hero brought praises from critics, and won the Best Actor award at the 1998 Metro Manila Film Festival. A year after, he starred in another award-winning movie Muro Ami, where he played the ruthless captain of reef hunters. At this stage of his career, Cesar focused on directing and starring on quality movies. Although he still appeared in comedy and love-themed films, the actor put more time and effort on projects that will earn critical acclaim. In 2004, he starred in the film Panaghoy sa Suba, in which he was also the director and producer. His directorial debut won multiple awards in both local and international award-giving bodies. It was even included in international foreign festivals like 2005 Cannes Film Festival. Hollywood also beckoned to Cesar. In 2005, he was cast in Miramax’s The Great Raid, which was directed by John Dahl. He was also cast in Another Deep Breath, another U.S. film which started shooting in 2005. Cesar even tried his luck in music. He released his first album, Subok Lang, which is mostly made up of acoustic ballads. Subok Lang eventually became a platinum record. Nowadays, Cesar is busy on television, starring in the series Palos and host of the game show The Singing BeePersonal Life Cesar had two children with his first wife, Marilyn Polinga. She died of brain tumor in 1993. He also had a son with actress Teresa Loyzaga, who now lives in Australia. Cesar is currently married to actress Sunshine Cruz, and they have two daughters.

Iwa Moto

Filipina-Japanese actress Iwa Moto was born Aileen Quimapo Iwamoto on August 29, 1988. She entered showbiz as one of the third-batch contestants of the reality talent show Starstruck. Iwa became a runner-up to winner Jackie Rice. Because the talents in Starstruck are meant to be given exposure by GMA Network after the competition, Iwa appeared in shows such as SOP Gigsters and Nuts Entertainment. She also joined the cast of the primetime series Bakekang. Iwa also had roles in the movies Pitong Dalagita and White Lady.. In 2006, Iwa decided to change the direction of her career. She changed her manager and became the talent of Rommel Gacho, who is also Katrina Halili’s manager. The young actress was launched with a sexier image, and she became the cover girl for the December issue of FHM Philippines. She scored another cover two years after. She also graced an FHM cover in Singapore. Her sexy body and Japanese-anime looks made her a hit among men, From 2006 to 2008, Iwa was included in FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women in the World and Maxim’s 100 Hottest Women on the Planet lists.   She was given better roles this time. She was cast to play Rita in Sine Novela’s Kung Mahawi Man Ang Ulap, which was originally played by veteran actress Amy Austria. After this, she became one of the stars of the fantasy primetime series Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan. Iwa also starred in Joaquin Bordado and Sine Novela’s Magdusa Ka. Iwa proved to be great in villain roles, and she was cast as the bad cousin of Heart Evangelista’s character in Luna Mystika.   Filmography  TV
  • Luna Mystika
  • Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan
  • Sine Novela: Kung Mahawi Man Ang Ulap
  • Super Twins
  • SOP Rules
  • Magic Kamison: The True Lindsay
  • Bitoy’s Funniest Videos
  • Bakekang
  • Love to Love: Jass Got Lucky
  • Nuts Entertainment
  • Magpakailanman: The Iwa Moto Life Story
  • Love to Love: Young At Heart
  • SOP Gigsters
  • POSH
  • StarStruck: The Nationwide Invasion
  • Shake, Rattle & Roll X
  • My Monster Mom
  • Pitong Dalagita
  • White Lady

Chop Suey

Chop Suey
Chop Suey
Chop suey, or chopsuey, is one of those classic Chinese dishes that Filipinos have come to love and adopted as their own. Actually, chop suey has mixed origins; the dish is part American-Chinese, part Indian-Chinese and part Canadian-Chinese. Their versions usually consist of different kinds of meats that are cooked or stir-fried with vegetables such as cabbage, bean sprouts and celery. The dish is typically served with deep-fried noodles. Here in the Philippines, our chop suey includes wood ear, chayote and carrots. We also add cauliflower and bell peppers. And with just about any viand, we prefer to eat our chop suey with rice. The dish is said to have originated in Taishan, which is a district of Guangdong Province in China. It is the home of majority of the early Chinese immigrants. In 1898, chop suey was first featured in an American publication. There are various versions of the story as to how chop suey was invented. One version identifies Chinese immigrant cooks as the one who made the dish when they were working on the United States Transcontinental railway during the 19th century. Another version credits the chef of Premier Li Hongzhang as the inventor, who was tasked to create a dish that can be eaten by both Chinese and Americans during the leader’s visit to the U.S. in 1896. There are different variations of chop suey outside Taishan. In other parts of China, the name “chop suey”, when translated in Mandarin or Cantonese, means cooked animal entrails, which include liver and lungs. The popularity of chop suey in the U.S is such that it has been referred to in popular art and literature. The name of the dish has actually been used as a title for the 2001 movie of photographer Bruce Weber. It was also mentioned in the Disney classic Lady and the Tramp and at the 2004 film Crash. Chop suey is also used as a song title by alternative metal band System of a Down. Chop Suey Recipe

Leche Flan

Leche Flan, one of the most popular local desserts since the time of our grandmother’s grandmother (and possibly even longer than that) is said to have originated in Europe. Also called crème caramel or caramel custard, this classic dessert is made of soft custard layered with rich caramel on top. This is the main difference of the flan with crème brulee, which has hard caramel on top. Flan & Creme Caramel The terms flan and crème caramel are French words, but they are used with different meanings in other regions. In North America and Spanish-speaking nations, flan refers to crème caramel. There are regions who consider flan as a custard tart, usually with fruit toppings. The name crème de custard and crème caramel is used in other European and Commonwealth countries. Leche flan is topped with caramelized sugar, which gives the rich sweetness to the mild-flavored custard. In other countries, packaged versions of crème caramel can be bought, which makes cooking easier. Here in the Philippines, we prefer to cook our leche flan from scratch. The flan or custard is made of egg yolks and milk. Those in the provinces prefer to use fresh carabao’s milk instead of the canned ones. Carabao’s milk is richer and gives the flan better texture. It certainly makes a lot of difference when it comes to taste. Then we caramelize the sugar until it turns into a nice medium brown. The mixture is poured into thin, aluminum pans, which give the leche flan its perfect oval shape. Our lolas prefer to use dayap gratings to give the flan that little bit of bitterness that balances the sweetness of the dessert. When my lola used to cook leche flan for Christmas and fiestas, I would wait excitedly for the moment when she would turn the aluminum pans upside down over the plates, during which the flan would slowly land down on the flat surface, exposing the rich, yummy caramel on top oozing down the side of the custard. Who could resist digging in?

Maja Salvador

Maja Salvador gained a showbiz career in the most unusual manner, considering that she came from a family of actors and actresses. The Cagayan native was already doing some ramp modeling when she was featured on national TV being reunited with her father, actor Ross Rival, whom she has not seen in years until the public reunion. It was through the efforts of movie columnist and talent manager Chit Ramos that father and daughter was able to meet each other again thru a televised reunion on the show The Buzz. Chit’s daughter, Farrah, is a friend of Maja’s, and it was to Farrah that Maja confided her desire to see her father again. ABS-CBN top executive Charo Santos-Concho was watching the show, and it turned out that the young Maja’s face pleading for her father made quite an impression on the network boss. She asked her staff to look for Maja and the rest is history.  Needless to say, Maja became a talent of ABS-CBN and was immediately given her first project, which was the soap opera It Might Be You starring John Pratts. TV and movie opportunities kept pouring in after that, including her first movie, Sukob, in which she won a Best Supporting Actress nomination at the FAMAS and PASADO awards. For her performance, she won the New Movie Actress of the Year award at the PMPC Star Awards for Movies and the Breakthrough Performance by an Actress award at the Golden Screen Awards.  The network also recognized Maja’s immense dancing skills, and she was included among the Ultimate Dance Four along with John Pratts, Rayver Cruz and Shaina Magdayao. She became known as the “Dance Princess” of her generation.  Because of her good lucks and many talents, Maja was dubbed as a “Complete Package” of a superstar by the press. She was also called the “Billboard Princess” because of her numerous billboards across Metro Manila. Maja is currently an endorser of several big-name brands, including the clothing brand Folded and Hung. Filmography  TV 
  • May Bukas Pa
  • Maalaala Mo Kaya: “Board Game”
  • Kapitan Boom
  • Maalaala Mo Kaya: “Journal”
  • Your Song: “Kapag Ako ang Nagmahal”
  • Sineserye Presents: Patayin Sa Sindak Si Barbara
  • Pangarap Na Bituin
  • Komiks Presents: Pedro Penduko at ang mga Engkantao
  • Your Song: “Minsan Lang”
  • Your Song: “Cool Off”
  • Love Spell: “Shoes Ko Po, Shoes Ko ‘Day!”
  • Maalaala Mo Kaya: “Feeding Bottle”
  • Komiks Presents: Da Adventures of Pedro Penduko
  • Love Spell: “Home Switch Home”
  • Maalaala Mo Kaya: “Cap”
  • Your Song: “Akin Ka Na Lang”
  • Your Song: “My Grown-Up Christmas List”
  • John en Shirley
  • Komiks: “Momay”
  • Nagmamahal Kapamilya: “Tinikling”
  • ASAP
  • Nagmamahal Kapamilya: “First Time DH”
  • Your Song: “Sayang Ang Lahat”
  • Sa Piling Mo
  • Maalaala Mo Kaya: “Regalo”
  • ASAP Fanatic
  • Maalaala Mo Kaya: “Diary”
  • Spirits
  • It Might Be You
  • Kelly! Kelly! (Ang Hit na Musical)
  • One More Chance
  • My Kuya’s Wedding
  • First Day High
  • Sukob

Yasmien Kurdi

The pretty and talented Yasmien Kurdi became popular as one of the finalists of the reality talent show Starstruck. Born on January 25, 1989, Yasmien Yuson Kurdi is mixture of Filipino, French-Lebanese and Chinese origins. She spent most of her childhood and teenage years in the Middle East. Even at such a young age, Yasmien was already honing her singing and acting skills. She started joining singing competitions whe she was three and acted onstage when she was seven. When her parents separated, Yasmien went back home to the Philippines along with her mother. She became a commercial model, with Ponds as her first print ad. In 2003, she auditioned for Starstruck. Yasmien made it all the way into the Final Four, but eventually lost to Jennylyn Mercado. As part of the Final Four, Yasmien got a contract from GMA Network, and made appearances some of the network’s shows, such as Click and SOP Gigsters. She also got several movie projects, such as Aishite Imasu and Lovestruck. In 2005, she was given a prime role in the fantasy teleserye Encantandia. GMA developed Yasmien’s singing career, and in 2005, she released her debut album In the Name of Love under GMA Records. In 2006, Yasmien got her biggest acting break when she was cast to play Charming in the primetime series Bakekang, opposite Sunshine Dizon and Lovi Poe. In the same year, she starred in the movie Pitong Dalagita. In 2007, the young actress was dubbed by the network as the “GMA Drama Princess”. During that time, she was starring in the series Pati Ba Pintig ng Puso with JC de Vera. This was followed by Pasan Ko Ang Daigdig, a TV remake of the classic Sharon Cuneta movie. The loveteam of Yasmien and JC became a hit among fans. Yasmien continued to thrive in remakes of drama classics. She starred in Babangon Ako’t Dudurugin Kita, which was originally a Lino Brocka film. The young star also starred in Saan Dadating ang Umaga? and took on the role of Maricel Soriano. Aside from acting and music, Yasmien is also an active campaigner for People for Ethical Treatment of Animals. Yasmien, who is a vegetarian, appeared in PETA ads to promote vegetarianism.

Celebrities also do promotional modeling when they endorse a certain brand or product.

Filmography TV
  • Bleach: Season 2
  • Saan Darating Ang Umaga
  • Dear Friend
  • Tasya Fantasya
  • Babangon Ako’t Dudurugin Kita
  • Pasan Ko Ang Daigdig
  • Pati Ba Pintig Ng Puso
  • Bitoy’s Funniest Videos
  • Bleach
  • Carlo J. Caparas’ Bakekang
  • Fans Kita
  • Hokus Pokus
  • Now and Forever: Tinig
  • Encantadia
  • Love To Love (Season 6): Wish Upon A Jar
  • Joyride
  • Click: Barkada Hunt!
  • Click
  • SOP Gigsters
  • SOP Rules
  • Stage 1: Live!
  • Stage 1: The StarStruck Playhouse
  • StarStruck
  • Bridesmaid 4ever
  • Rock & Roll
  • Loving You
  • Bahay Kubo
  • Pitong Dalagita
  • Shake, Rattle and Roll 2k5
  • Lovestruck
  • Happily Ever After
  • Aishite Imasu 1941: Mahal Kita
  • So Happy Together
  • In the Name of Love
  • Love is All I Need