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Weddings made supreme

I’ve been hosting events and weddings in Cebu professionally for quite a while.  But in Bohol, I mostly hosted wedding receptions as favors for friends.   I was out in our front yard when Bluegrass Project’s power duo, Boy and Mico, stopped by to say hi since we used to hang out a lot when we were based in Manila.  Because they work in the events industry, hosting eventually came up.  That’s how my Bohol gigs began.  They hired me for hosting stints and recommended me to wedding planners they closely worked with.  The first to take a chance on me was Supreme Weddings. 

This is their story.

Mae Supremo Li was prepping for her own wedding from overseas when she realized there was no one in Bohol who could plan the big day the way she wanted.  She had to ask help from friends and family.  It wasn’t easy. 

There had to be a better way…

So in June of 2007, because of a need she had that wasn’t met, Supreme Weddings was born. They set up shop in Tagbilaran City and began with Mae on the reins and 4 on-call staff. 

Their first client was a friend’s brother.  That was July 25, 2007.  That year, they handled 8 weddings.  In 2008, that number shot up to 21.  Well over a decade in, those numbers have gone up and up, and they now have 4 full-time crew members and 15 project-based staff.

Despite the neck and neck competition, Supreme weddings not only survived, they thrived.  They did this by making sure every wedding is made special and stress-free for the bride and groom, their families and guests.  They take very good care of their suppliers too.  I should know!  The team made every wedding a learning opportunity.  But that wasn’t enough.  Workshops, seminars, trainings… They went through all these and more to steadily improve their craft.

But years of experience did not come with a crystal ball to see the challenges of 2020.  Covid-19 triggered a nearly instantaneous economic recession.  Wedding industry professionals were not spared.  But just like Mae, Supreme Weddings was built on resilient rock.  Giving up is not an option.  Today, they continue to learn, adapt and evolve.  Most of their weddings this year have been moved or modified to adhere to current health protocols. 

If you’re on a hunt for a team to make those Pinterest pegs come to life, thank your lucky stars!  Supreme Weddings offer discounted rates for bookings made in these trying times.  They also have special packages for intimate weddings and continue to innovate new services to address the needs of tying the knot in the new normal.  They truly listen. This is how they make the wedding of your dreams a reality.    

Today, November 15, 2020 – Panglao re-opens to tourists – a glimmer of hope, a much-needed silver lining for Bohol’s tourism industry and it’s next of kin, destination weddings.

Many of the most beautiful I’ve witnessed were made possible by Supreme Weddings – one of Bohol’s first and finest.  Huge or intimate, these super-human multi-taskers find ways to make every wedding beautiful, unforgettable… Just the way you want it.

For bookings and inquiries, please contact:

www.supreme-weddings.com

hello@supreme-weddings.com

Ano’ng kwento’ng ABS-CBN mo?

This is mine…

I had no plans of going back to broadcast since I was moving on to more “grown-up” jobs… Or so I thought.  My cousin, Val, had a workmate who’s then husband worked at ABS-CBN.  She told her they’re hiring…  Di na gyud unta ko mag-DJ lagi kay binata na job.  But it’s ABS-CBN!  So I caved.  I said to myself, last “DJ job” na gyud ni!  Mangita ko’g lain nga work.  Kanang “tinood” nga trabaho.  Side gig ra ni…  That was 11 years ago.

I’ve been a disc jockey since 4th year high school & have already worked with 4 previous radio stations.  So I thought, chicken.  Bisan pa’g piyongan!  I learned this wasn’t so fairly early.  When you get hired by ABS-CBN, don’t get cocky.  You have to work very hard to deserve getting that foot in the door!           

When you’re a “DJ” in ABS-CBN, you also work as an events host, on-cam host, promo & events coordinator, writer, editor, translator, HMUA, props man, set designer, runner, utility, researcher, sales, marketing, product-endorser, clerk, admin assistant, SMM, talent scout, PR, content-creator, artista, dramatorga, VO, stylist, PA, photog, dancer, singer & ang ako’ng pinaka-favorite job (sa binali) – accountant.  After a couple of years, I became FM Department Head/Production Chief.  And yes, I continue to do all of the above plus some

Ok, we get it!  It’s hard!  — So why did you stay for so long?  Because I LOVE being a Kapamilya.  Working with ABS-CBN is truly one of God’s biggest blessings.  Yes, we work harder than most.  But believe me, we are treated way better than most.  I take pride in the work I do.  The hustle is real!  The laughter, the tears, the fights, the making-up… the mundane.  When you look back, you realize that those seemingly ordinary moments hold the most extraordinary meaning after all. 

Like everyone else, we are flawed.  But we are taught excellence, teamwork, teaching & learning, honesty & integrity, meritocracy, and service orientation — Our true north, the Core Values we try our best to live by in everything we do, with everyone we meet… 

The people at work, celebrities, politicians, advertisers, the people who help and the people who need help…  Our bosses, our mentors, the people we look up to with so much respect and pride.  We have been so blessed to have the very best in the industry.  To the different platforms and support groups of ABS-CBN, thank you for everything you did for us, and with us.  We appreciate the genuine help and kindness you have shown us.  To the MOR team, my team – past and present.  The DJs, traffic assistant and All Star Mix DJs.  Together, we reached for the stars with our feet firmly on the ground.  11 years – 1 number 5, a few number 3s, some number 2s and a lot of number 1s!  We always made the best of what we had.  Which is often not very much.  Because it’s not about the cards we’re dealt, but how we play the hand.  We always make things happen, with or without budget!  Thank you for working so damn hard.  Thank you for understanding my weaknesses and shortcomings.  Thank you for the laughter and tears.  Thank you for learning with me through the years.  Thank you for the love.

 And the wind beneath every DJ’s wings – our listeners.  A very special “thank you” sa tanang kaMORkada.  You welcomed us into your homes, vehicles, work areas, even your bathrooms, while nag number two mo!  We were with you in your very personal, most intimate spaces.  You cried with us and laughed with us.  Sometimes at us!  You made friends and enemies in MOR.  Naka-uyab, nahimong ex, naminyo, nagka-anak, tanan lagi!  Gasahan mi ninyo’g chocolates, perfume, sapatos, tshirts, gadgets… Padad-an mi ninyo’g lechon, chicharon, cake, puto, prutas, fried chicken, pizza, ice cream, buwad, ug ang pinaka di nako malimtan – hilaw nga karne!  Mao na’ng tana’ng DJs manambok gyud!  Musuroy gyud mo sa booth.  Bisan pa’g gamay ra mo’g time, isuksok gyud mi ninyo sa inyo’ng itinerary.  Sa nagka-lain-laing Grand Halad sa Kapamilya, you selflessly gave of your time and resources and happily served with us.  Together, we celebrated your birthdays, monthsaries, anniversaries, proposals, weddings and baptisms.  We also grieved the loss of some beautiful souls along the way.  I met some of my best friends in MOR.  For that, I am eternally grateful.  KaMORkada, you have touched my life in more ways than you could ever know…  Daghan kaayo’ng salamat.    

11 years seems like a lot.  But it’s not.  It’s not enough.  Not even close.  I thought I was saying goodbye to my dream-come-true.  So I cried.  I cried so many times coz it hurt so bad.  But then, I was told I needed to stay.  So again, I cried.  It hurts to leave.  It hurts to stay.  I’m not even sure which hurts more.  Kinsa may mas masakitan?  Ang mubiya?  O ang gibiyaan?  Leaving it all behind?  Or staying in an almost empty building, missing the ones who are no longer there?  Trying to pick up the broken pieces… Starting over… Don’t get me wrong.  I am extremely grateful to be among the few who get to stay.  But right now, it just hurts… yes, like hell.  Because I ache for my Kapamilyas who have nowhere else to go.  Because the road ahead will not be easy for all of us.  Because WE DO NOT DESERVE TO BE SHUT DOWN.  We earned every legal right to have our franchise renewed.  But we still got shut down.  That’s what hurts the most. 

But Kapamilyas don’t just quit.  We don’t quit when the job is hard.  We quit when the job is done.  Mine isn’t.  So I will soldier on.  This is my job.  This is my calling.  With the Lord’s much-needed guidance, I will give it my above and beyond.  I will give it my best.  Because it’s what ABS-CBN deserves.  It’s what our kaMORkadas deserve.  Nothing short of my very best.   

Kapamilya Forever,

DJ Jacky G.

Karl

Businesses are constantly evolving, but none more so than in the last couple of months.  Business shifts are happening at a rate the world has never seen before.  These shifts are not only essential, but are crucial to survival.   

COVID-19 is killing lives and businesses at an alarming rate.  But there are those who defy the odds, who evolve, who rise above it all.  One such man is Karl Joshue Barcenas.  He first joined the workforce via The Venetian Macao Hotel and Resort in 2007.  In 2010, he came back to the country and worked for Aegis People Support.  Itching for a side hustle in 2012, Karl and his wife Bing, started selling their co-workers’ favorite snack – chicharon, and named it after their first-born son.  “Juan’s Special Chicharon” eventually became their main source of income when he left his job in 2014.  They were the first to introduce “spicy” chicharon in the market, and the first chicharon brand to offer franchising.  Karl focused on operations and marketing while Bing did all the books.  From an initial capital of P48,000.00, their once side gig has now grown into a multi-million venture.  But they didn’t stop there. 

In 2016, they expanded into the bakery business.  Unlike their first business, this venture saw very little success.  So did this bump in the road make them stop?  No, they didn’t stop there.  In 2017, they took a detour to yet another food venture – “Eat All You Can ni Juan”.  The budget-friendly buffet peaked at 7 branches all over Cebu.  But they didn’t stop there.

In 2019, “Juan’s Food Park sa Naga” was born.  The business was then sold and profits from it used to invest in “Seafood Paradise” with their partners.  This SM Seaside buffet restaurant was a huge investment.  This restaurant was practically a baby when pandemonium hit.  So… Did they count their losses and just stop there?    

Like most of us, riding out the storm was their first strategy.  But it only took them a few weeks to realize what was now obvious – that things were about to take a turn for the worse; and it would take a while before things could get any better.  So, they took action.  You guessed it!  They didn’t stop there.

Another business was born.  The power couple ventured into e-commerce.  They bought fresh and frozen food and dry goods in bulk and sold the products online.  In just a few months, the business grew, and is continuing to grow exponentially. After eight years, Juan’s Special Chicharon is now being sold by the ton all over Cebu and beyond.   With easing quarantine protocols, Seafood Paradise in SM Seaside City Cebu has since re-opened.  This is where they are right now.  A far cry from where they were just a few months back.  You think this is where they’ll stop?  Think again!  

Mr. and Mrs. Barcenas have mastered the skill of turning problems into opportunity.

 “Success is not final, failure is not fatal.  It is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Curchill

That’s Karl’s favorite quote…

And his message to budding entrepreneurs? 

“Diskarte ra jud daugon tanan.  Dapat abtik ka kaayo sa mga needs sa mga tao.  Stay positive!  Dili diploma ang maka-luwas nimo kundi imoha’ng diskarte.”

Karl and Bing, thank you for the inspiration…  May the odds be ever in your favor!

If you want to up your “diskarte” skills and be a reseller or business partner, just drop Karl a message – https://www.facebook.com/karljoshue.encabo.

spawn

#CovidCooks – a hashtag my mom came up with to make as a caption on posts of the food I’ve cooked this quarantine. I have always been a foodie, food is a big part of my life but I’ve never really gotten into cooking until, well, until I was forced to learn how to cook because of this lockdown!

We used to eat out almost all the time and would only get a taste of homecooked food when we were on vacation in Bohol with my grandma cooking delicious food when we’d stay for the Holidays, but now, since I had no choice but to try and cook for me and my mom, I’ve actually managed to learn how to cook homecooked food! with the help of youtube and google, of course, I’ve learned that cooking probably comes naturally to me since, one, I love food and I know how much of what to put in dishes to make them taste good, and two, not to brag, but it didn’t take me a long time at all to understand the ins, outs, and basics of creating easy yet tasty dishes, I realized that lack of time when I still went to school and had other things to do really prevented me from attempting to cook anything in the kitchen, I was always occupied and I never really thought of trying to cook since we would eat out anyway, the free time I have now gives me an opportunity to learn how to make lots of new and different dishes and maybe even come up with a recipe of my own!

I have discovered that cooking is truly an art that I have come to embrace and love, an art that needs time and patience, like a lot of patience but it’s totally worth it!

A dish I’ve made that was especially worth the wait was my pork adobo, so simple yet so good!

Thinly chopped slices of pork, 5 tablespoons of soy sauce, 2 tablespoons of vinegar, a little bit of water, some bay leaves and a sprinkle of whole peppercorns, mix it all together and let it sit on medium heat for about 35-40 minutes, boiled eggs to top it off once it has done simmering made up my very delicious, well according to my only judge, my mom, pork adobo, cooking everyday has become a breakthrough for me and my mom and we’ve managed to teach ourselves how to cook simple and hearty homecooked meals that we can’t wait to share with our family and friends!

me

Yes, I Googled “how to write your first blog post” and Googled “should ‘Googled’ be capitalized?”  So there, nailed one of the points I read about – honesty.  Everything you see here is sincere, genuine, truthful and fair.

If you didn’t read my intro, I’ll save you the hassle of navigating away from this post:

I’m a working wife & mom based in Cebu and Bohol, Philippines.

I’m a Department Head, Production Chief and Disc Jockey of MOR 97.1 DYLS FM.  2020 – my 11th year with ABS-CBN, has been challenging to say the least.  But the hustle continues… On Facebook, I host “Dear MOR with DJ Jacky G. Live” Mondays to Fridays.  I pen a weekend column for The Freeman’s Banat News.  I’m also a wedding and events host, product-endorser, voice talent and sporadic commercial script-writer.

I have an overwhelming love for ducks and dogs; and a healthy obsession for self-care, food and frolic.

This long-procrastinated pet project was finally born out of COVID19; with high hopes to encourage, inspire and inform.

Now, on to the stuff I’ll write about…

Food! – is the only category that stands alone.  Well, because… food!!!

People & Places – coz I know some pretty interesting people I know you’d love to know; and some awesome places I know you’d love to know about.

Weddings and Events – I see you rolling your eyes at me and telling me a wedding is an event.  Ergo, “weddings” should be under “events”.  But this is my space and I say “weddings” should be separate from “events” because they’re unlike any other event!  A blessed union of souls deserves its own spotlight, don’t you think?

Self-care & Stuff – I’d love to extend my shelf life as much as humanly possible.  Coz I’m not selfish, I’d like to share my discoveries with you!  “Stuff” is for other things I’d like to write about that don’t fit in any of the other categories.

Spawn & Me – I have been blessed with one beautiful spawn.  She loves to write.  So this is her spot.  I’m giving her something to do coz she’s bored.  Be kind to my offspring.  Please.  And “Me” is where I write all my insightful thoughts, awesome analogies, epic poetry, random musings, and heavily punctuated rants.  Definitely not to be taken too seriously.

Thank you for making it past the 3-minute mark!  As I said in my intro…

Welcome to my cozy little corner!