to my sunshine in Dubai – Ate Casey

If I am in Dubai today there are two things I surely did, I will be at Safestway Hypermarket buying a bouquet of flowers and cake for this amazing woman for her very special day.

The rest of the girls call her Tita, but I call her Ate Casey. She is like our mommy in Dubai. She takes care of all of us. From Dubai weather to fashion to events to surviving Dubai to teleseryes to dealing with our personal matters – she is our super woman.

Kindhearted, loving, caring, generous, strong in character, brutally honest yet graceful – I cannot find the perfect words to describe her. She is my kape-mate in the morning, my Whatsapp buddy at mid-day who absorbs all my frustrations (sadly) and my good friend who listens how I survived the day at night.  To me, she is the Ate that I never had but I am most grateful to have met.

To Ate Casey,

May you have more birthdays to celebrate, more sales to come and more happiness in life.

Deeyan always says, “be your own sunshine”, I just realized, you are my sunshine in Dubai.

Don’t worry Ate, I will go back in Dubai, a stronger, better, happier person: buong-buo pati ang puso <3

Thank you very, very much for everything.  I miss you so much!

I love you.


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People of My Year 2013

I have so many people in my life that made my 2013 a truly colorful journey but here are a few who made it extra special and super fun! To all of you thank you, thank very much. I look forward to 2014 with great enthusiasm knowing that you are in my life.

Marlon Astillero, DM
My colleague, mentor, friend, and the older brother I never had. He is the most levelheaded person I know. In addition to being down to earth despite his personal achievements, he is a self-made man who is unpretentious, and generous in sharing his expertise and wisdom (tooth hehe as he often jokes), to his circle. He is sometimes brutally honest and unforgiving especially on the matters that are life changing, but in the end, it all makes sense.

He believes in personality development and imparts this to others. He encouraged me to take MBA and doctorate, to travel and see more places, to challenge myself and explore my potential as a professional. He has helped me not only professionally but also in so many ways personally saved me from disasters brought by my own misjudgments. My kind of friendship with him is one of the very few, I cannot afford to lose.

Mario Kong Mercado and Cris Mercado
Sir Mario is one of my students at the graduate school taking up MBA in Real Estate and Property Management. Having a very challenging background, he inspires me a lot to become a better businessperson. There is no boring moment with this man. His inputs, his experience that he unselfishly shares to the class and to me as a person is life changing. One thing I learned from Sir Mario is that, whatever happens in life, no matter how hard you hit rock bottom, you should always find a way to bounce back and bounce back higher every time.

Mam Cris, his loving wife and business partner, is equally hardworking and an achiever as well. Despite having a strong professional background, she remains the woman behind Sir Mario’s success.

I still get “uber kilig” thinking about their love story and secretly wished I will have a similar story I can pass on to my future child. This is the couple I will always look up to whose life story I will reflect on every time life throws me a challenge.

Raymond Ong, GID, LARDC
My brokerage division partner and true friend. I admire Sir Raymond for his excellent work ethics and unquestionable dedication to the company and to his profession. He is someone I can literally confide to at any time of the day, with anything under the sun. His love of family and the willingness to provide inspires me to become a better provider to my future child. His story is truly inspiring not only to me but to the rest of the people who has known him on a personal level. I cannot imagine closing a brokerage sale without his meticulous efforts in reviewing the documents. Knowing he will be around, I can sleep soundly anywhere in any island of the Philippines trusting that he can carry on a brokerage transaction without a problem. He is one man with dignity that I can count on at all times.

Marissa Inting, President and CEO, LARDC
My second mother, travel buddy and best friend. It is an honor to be called an adopted daughter or the first daughter of a woman who possesses such deep strength and beauty. She carries the responsibility of being the President and CEO of a big realty firm, at the same time being a mother of three and a wife to a highly decorated Realtor, with so much grace and humility. She highly supports my goals and encourages me to attend conventions that will enhance my expertise as a real estate practitioner. She is the kind of person who is not afraid to let me shine in my own special way even if it means she will be standing in the background. She is to me a Superwoman!

Mary Quinn
My client turned friend. My number one follower and supporter on Facebook ☺ In real estate, her profile and the like – is my market. The epitome of a successful, happy and contented woman whose love of family is greater than her love of self. A supermom to her two boys and the rest of the clan, I admire her for being so hardworking and staying happy at all times despite the challenges in life. Her happiness influences others to become happy as well. She is my pocketful of sunshine.

Gilda Villaceran, Ismaela Puerto and Lydia Dela Rita
My real estate mothers! These three women feed me not only with real estate updates and information but with good food as well. I am lucky to be in the company of successful women and mothers who cares so much about my wellbeing including making sure that I am not making mistakes with my real estate deals. They rejoice with me in my triumphs and cry with me in my failures. My supermoms!

Feryolie Alaton, my #1 Supermom and #1 Superwoman
I am so blessed to have her as my mother. She is creative and artistic, domesticated but also adventurous. She is in all aspects a very cool mom especially when it comes to matters of the heart. More than a mother, she is my confidante, my friend, and everything else. She is my number one source of strength and inspiration. I want to give her the best. She is my forever #1 Supermom and #1 Superwoman.

A self-made man, a leader, motivated, competitive, a dedicated professional and a loving father. He is the kind of man who knows what he wants and works hard to achieve his goals. He is well organized in his thought process and a planner by heart. It’s not everyday that I get to meet a man who makes me very happy, so I might keep him for life.

Star Hoyo Wright, my sister
She has the most adorable daughter Kheira Xandrine! but that’s not the reason why she made it to my list. Many people not even mom and the rest of the family does not know about this, but she is always there whenever I am in trouble. She is my bestest girlfriend on earth! Despite her being a younger sister, she is ahead of her years and an experienced woman of her century. She is the secret keeper of my mischiefs and “oopsies” in life.

Ruby Dejito, Niezel Mendoza-Ponce and Ann Marie Genterone, the Minis
My girls, my fun-buddies, my “oopsies” listener, my go-to-persons, when I seem to lose appetite in any of my projects or just want to hang out and grab a beer that we cannot open because we have no bottle opener or share a bottle of red wine with the cork floating inside, yep! With them anything is possible and doable. They bombard me with positive energy and renewed vibrancy; enough to get me back on track. They are my super power girls!

I also would like to especially thank my best friend, Charisse Mae Bantaya for keeping me all these years (hehe). My heartfelt gratitude also to the genius behind my real estate website and to the Land Asia girls, my running buddies.


My Review: PAREB 2013 Joint VisMin Regional Conference

My Review: PAREB 2013 Joint VisMin Regional Conference
Alona Kew White Beach Resort, Alona Beach
Panglao Island, Bohol
July 26-27, 2013

The Bohol Experience: Mixing Business & Pleasure

We arrived at the venue around past 1pm by taxi from Tagbilaran City. I must note that the taxi driver wasn’t that accommodating and quite frankly we are a bit dismayed. Maybe because we are only local tourists? Meeting one Boholano with that attitude doesn’t change the way we feel about Bohol in general.

Joining me in the trip is our President and CEO, Marissa S. Inting and VP Finance Ray Marc S. Inting. I conducted an Online Marketing Seminar at Land Asia Realty Bohol office in the morning and you can probably imagine the “not wanting to leave yet” feeling and the anticipation to get to the venue on time for the first speaker.

The Hotel

I didn’t get the chance to go around and explore the amenities, which I usually do whenever I stay at a hotel for vacation or business trips. But we are nicely settled at the cottage in the pool area. Too bad it was always raining, it actually rained for two days that we were there and we don’t have our swimwear with us. Maybe I will get the chance to enjoy more of what Alona Kew has to offer in my next trips. Yes, I am definitely coming back Bohol! :)

The Venue

There were probably about 300 delegates from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Most delegates are from the Visayas and Mindanao areas. I like it, that the convention center is located outside the hotel, that the influx of delegates doesn’t get in the way of the other hotel guests.

The Speakers

This is my first time to attend a Regional Conference. We usually attend the National Convention and I must say the organizers did a very good job in getting the line-up of speakers and topics; it made the trip so worthwhile.

My favorite topics are:

Green Initiative for a Sustainable Real Estate Industry
“Do not throw your garbage, everything is a resource” – Engr. Archival
Building Homes for the Poor
by Mr. Charlie Ayco, CEO/Managing Director for Habitat For Humanity Phils.

Habitat For Humanity is a non-profit, Christian housing organization that builds affordable, decent homes in partnership with people in need.

Mr. Ayco’s presentation include data on the housing backlog in our country. Currently we have a 3.9 Million housing backlog and by 2030 this will grow to 6.5 Million if this need is not answered. He emphasized on the mismatched housing supplied versus what the market can actually afford which I also agree. There is a big market at the socialized, low-cost and economic housing – the market segment whose needs are not met. He also discussed about the housing multiplier effect, on how investing in real estate developments can move business thus move the economy in the micro and macro level. To me this is a very interesting topic and something both the private and government sector should look into for long-term solution of the informal settlers and renters.

To know more about Habitat, you may visit their website,

BOHOL Means Business!
By Governor Edgar M. Chatto

We discovered interesting facts about Bohol and what to look forward in the future especially in the real estate industry.

Vision Statement of the People of Bohol

“Bohol is a prime eco-cultural tourist destination and a strong, balanced agri-industrial province, with a well-educated, God-loving and law-abiding citizenry, proud of their cultural heritage, enjoying a state of well-being and committed to sound environment management.

Mastery Leads to Higher Productivity
By Gary Hablero – QCRB

This topic is something that we can really use in our everyday business. I also like how he combined business concepts and the motivational thing. I actually took down notes of his 5Ps: Product, Prospect, Process, Papers and Problem Solving. If we master these 5Ps, sooner or later we can create our mark in the real estate industry and be known by our brand.

AIPO Updates
By PRB Chairman EG Ong

Here are some interesting figures to know. As of July 2013 there are 24,387 real estate service practitioners.
Real Estate Consultants – 84
Real Estate Appraisers – 4,618
Real Estate Brokers – 18,599
Real Estate Salespersons – 1,086

There are also notable speakers that talk about Pag-IBIG Loan Program Update, PAREB MLS, PAREB Online, Selling Big Realty Tickets, the Mayor of Panglao, the Mayor of Cebu City who earned a standing ovation and the Art and Science of Selling, the last one we missed because we have to head early for Tagbilaran City so as not to miss our 6pm trip to Cebu. A night of dancing and socializing with a retro theme is the event in the evening.

My Conclusion

It was a quick but nice trip. I will most probably attend the VisMin Regional Conference again next year. Thank you PAREB-BOREB for organizing such a wonderful event. The business side made it a pleasurable experience for us.

I also would like thank our dear President and CEO Marissa S. Inting for encouraging me to attend these conventions and for sponsoring these trips every year. Kudos to PAREB! Kudos to Land Asia Realty!

View more pictures HERE.

Have a great day everyone! :)