For some, it was just a night of glitz and glamour when the new Mutya ng Tagum City was crowned on November 20, 2014 but for the lovely Korina Dayan Sawan, the reigning Mutya ng Tagum City who bested other nine candidates, that night was a life-changing moment for her and a beginning of her new journey as the city’s ambassadress of goodwill.
Although she joined and won other beauty pageants in the past, joining Mutya ng Tagum City had always been her dream. Winning the crown was something she never expected. All she wished was just to be included in the Top 5. But fate had another plan for her. Her beauty, charm and wit brought her to more than what she expected – to bring home the crown and reign for one year.

DO YOU LOVE ME? TEND MY SHEEP | Pope Francis in the Philippines

Pope Francis Homily during the Holy Eucharist in Manila Cathedral
Delivered January 16 2015 | Credits: VERITAS 846  

“Do you love me?… Tend my sheep” (Jn 21:15-17).

Jesus’ words to Peter in today’s Gospel are the first words I speak to you, dear brother bishops and priests, men and women religious, and young seminarians. These words remind us of something essential. All pastoral ministry is born of love. All consecrated life is a sign of Christ’s reconciling love. Like Saint Therese, in the variety of our vocations, each of us is called, in some way, to be love in the heart of the Church.

Smart and Twitter Give Free Access to Social Networking Site for Pope’s Visit

As a public service to millions of Filipinos who want to share their Papal Visit experience online, Twitter and Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) have teamed up to offer unlimited access to the popular social networking app on mobile phones for free from January 15 to 19, 2015.
Under the service, all 69 million prepaid and postpaid subscribers of Smart, Sun Cellular and Talk ‘N Text may take to Twitter without worrying about mobile data charges, allowing more Filipinos to follow the Pope’s Twitter account (@Pontifex), send wishes and prayers to the Pope using #DearPopeFrancis hashtag, and get real-time updates on the much anticipated apostolic and state visit of Pope Francis in the Philippines.


Growing up, the Travel Time with Susan Calo Medina was among my favorites when Cable TV was introduced in my hometown of Cateel years back.The various local destinations featured on the show never failed to fascinate me. I must say, this show and this brilliant host influenced me in a way to wander around and discover more of what this beautiful archipelago has to offer. "Huwag maging dayuhan sa sariling bayan", this has always been Miss Susan Calo Media's encouraging call and as a loyal fan, I've heeded and lived that call. Thanks to her, indeed there's so much to this country that one must see and discover. I see and discover them myself.
Last year during the Philippine Travel Mart in Manila, my dream of seeing her and talking to her came true. She was very warm and kind. Her soft husky voice reminded me so much of those years following her on TV. I just admired her in so many ways. But what I didn't know, that moment will be the first and the only time I would meet her. Yesterday, "the Queen of Philippine Travel Show" passed away but her memories will always be remembered.

Smart Prepaid Welcomes 2015 with Davao’s Torotot

Smart Prepaid joined Davaoeños in celebrating the colorful Torotot Festival, Davao City’s creative and harmeless way of welcoming the New Year – sans firecrackers, which have been banned in the area since 2002. 

Although without the literal bang of firecrackers and fireworks, Davao City’s Torotot Festival was definitely not any less loud and fun, especially with Smart Prepaid’s ‘Live All Out’ brand of epic celebration.