People of My Year 2014

People of My Year 2014
People of My Year 2014

My 2014 was a gigantic roller-coaster ride of ups and downs. It was a year of travel, a lot of learning and self-discovery and had one of those turning moment in a woman’s lifetime. I am forever grateful to everyone who in one way or another touched my life and made it better and to those who made it extra special, here they are:

1. Marlon Astillero, DM

If there is one person I look up to when it comes to setting life’s direction and discovering its purpose, that would be Doc Marlon. He seems to know what he wants and works day and night to get it. I wanted to follow his footsteps thus I took my MBA and started my degree in DBA. He is well travelled, a forever student of life, with a great sense of humour, highly motivated and extremely stubborn in a good way. He is my go-to-person when it comes to decision making, but ruthless when it comes to matters of the heart.

2. Raymond Ong

With this year’s ups and downs, Raymond was always there to scold me – yep – scold, lecture, you name it. I think that’s what elder brothers do. Every time I hit rock bottom, he pulls me out and push me hard to the surface. He and Stephany are my “life vest” while I was in the UAE. They keep my business afloat and made sure I still have something to come back to when things don’t work out well for me abroad.

Note to self: Do not ever put Marlon and Raymond again on the same table when you are doing something mischievous haha! I super love this two!

3. Mommy

Mothers always know even when you are not telling them about it. I think I made her prayerful this year. She who seek help to my dad in heaven to guide me. Thank you mommy.

4. Galaxy

My Anna (Frozen) – she is fearless, a lightning of positivity and enthusiasm, with her “go-lang-ng-go” and “no-giving-up” attitude, I know one day she will go places. She is born with excellent marketing skills and I ALWAYS get positive feedback from clients in Dumaguete.

5. Star

My bestest girlfriend ever! I am grateful to have a younger sister who seemed to be my older sister. She just knows how to fix her life with grace and confidence while I seem to struggle all the time with moving forward. If there is one tiny person who can make me smile during those gloomy days, it’s her little Xandy. They are my stars.

6. Moon

The reason I have a stream of clients while away is because I have a silent marketing guy who continues to work for me even without supervision. He keeps me present online.  For two months since I got back from Dubai, I was inactive. Then one day he took out all my plaques (recognitions), my certificates, hang my graduate school picture on the wall and said, “maybe this will give you something to aspire and dream again”. That gesture touched me, big time.

7. Gilda Villaceran, Ismaela Puerto, Lydia Dela Rita, Marissa Inting

My real estate mothers.

Mam G. – my idol. My mentor for offline marketing and customer retention strategies. If I aim to sell like her, I am aiming for the moon.

Mama Mylah – my real estate rockstar. I don’t know how she juggles her career and family life but she does it so well. She takes care of all of us especially me and Doc Marlon.

Mam Lydia – the provider. I will never go hungry, thirsty, be under the sun without shade or ran out of real estate project updates when I am with her. She is a girl scout and well-updated agent rolled into one.

Mam Maris – the mother of all real estate mothers. At the beginning of her career until now she is always very supportive even if sometimes she does not approve of my decisions, but she is always there all the way.

8. Minis & Charisse

Should I call ourselves Biggis now? lol… Life will be so boring without the Minis – bloopers, craziness and all. With these girls, I don’t have to pretend I know the Hollywood stars that everyone is talking about, or read the National Geographic or watched world news. With them I get to be my stupid me, the drunk, the pissed off, the foolish hearted and the fun-loving that I am.

Charisse on the other hand balances my craziness and let me face the real, hard stuff with pride and courage? hehe

9. My Dubai family and JP

Ate Cassey, Ate Alice, Deeyan, Malows, Gladys and Hylin – na polish ang aking salitang Tagalog, nasuka ng bonggang-bongga at natuto paano mamuhay bilang isang OFW. Deeyan our bunso, who is always joyful. Malows my ball of positivity and patience, hindi yata naisulat sa palad niya ang negativity. Gladys ang maganda, at ma love life hihi (peace). Hylin, the hot and the sexy, my inspiration to become Ibong Adarna. Of course Ate Alice and Ate Cassey, my big sisters who helped me cope up being away from my family.

JP, for the long Dubai Mall walks, the coffee breaks and dinners and the seemingly endless conversation and the totally crazy points which I will be getting on in 2015.

10. My new found friends – MJD and JH

Mam Jane is becoming like my sister who encourages me to dress up, make myself pretty and post my ootd hehe.

JH makes me smile and for some reason, I want to keep him smiling too! 🙂

Who are those special persons who made your 2014 more exciting?

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.