The ‘Typical Southern Kid’ Symptoms

I’ve spent most of my life in the South. I’ve only worked in the Metro for about a couple of years. After being away for a short while (even though it felt like a lifetime to me), I eventually went back to work in my hometown. I just can’t help it, I always miss Laguna whenever I’m away. During these years I’ve realized several distinct differences of Southern peeps from the urban majority. This goes from traits/qualities to way of life and everything else in between.

  1. Inom sa bahay bahay‘ Mentality
    • Unlike in the Metro in which people usually drink at bars and clubs, Southerners tend to drink sa bahay-bahay lang ng tropa. Don’t get me wrong it’s fun to drink at fancy places and bars but drinking at your friend’s house sounds more economical and practical. And, aside from that, we don’t have much choice at all since bars are not abundant here, or at least, not the ones we like. We also prefer beer over hard drinks. We, meaning me and my friends. I cannot speak for everyone. Pero, usually beers nakikita ko sa tables.
  2. Going to Tagaytay is not considered a ‘Road Trip’ get away
    • Tagaytay is like 30 minutes away from Laguna. It would not qualify in our road trip bucket list since it’s too near. But, it’s the best place to go when we crave for COCOL sessions.
  3. “I live in Sta. Rosa!” – “Ah! Enchanted Kingdom?”
    • Whenever people ask and they find out that you live in Sta. Rosa, you can expect this response. There’s a high probability that they will incorporate your hometown with Enchanted Kingdom. Sawa ka na ba sa EK?
  4. “I live in Sta. Rosa!” – “Ah! As in South south?”
    • A slightly different response from the first one. For them, a single ‘South’ would not suffice if you live in Sta. Rosa, for them, a single ‘South’ won’t do justice. That’s why they’ll double it just to be sure.
  5. “I live in Sta. Rosa!” – “Wow! Ang layo!”
    • The most common response of all. You’ll actually see the pity in their faces as they utter the words “Ang layo!”. Thanks to SLEX, it doesn’t feel as far, but wait until you read symptom number 7.
  6. Tiga-saan‘ vs ‘Taga-saan
    • I’ve always used the word ‘tiga-saan’ whenever I’m asking someone where they’re from. However, my Metro area friends don’t seem to agree whenever I use this term. But, I’m almost certain that I hear this from the Southern peeps. Ano nga bang tama? 
  7. Anywhere farther than Alabang is ‘far’ and considered as Northern part of the Philippines
    • The toll fees and traffic is just unbearable.
  8. 5:30AM and 5:35AM are worlds apart when commuting to Manila
    • Traffic begins in Magallanes around 6am and a 5-minute difference in your departure time from Laguna means a lot. This could be the deciding factor whether you’ll be spending your entire morning in EDSA or to being the first one to arrive at your office before everyone else. Weird, right?
  9. COCOL is the pre-game
    • Most urban peeps drink beer as pre-game to their tequila parties. Southern kids usually drink coffee before drinking beer. I don’t know if this is just us, but it has become a habit.
  10. ‘Special’ sa tricycle, mas mahal pa sa Taxi ride
    • It still remains a mistery, but taking the tricycle here in Sta. Rosa seems to be most expensive medium of transportation. I remember when I was still in college, the special rate of tricycles from Bel Air to DLSU-Canlubang was 100 Pesos. 100 Pesos for a tricycle ride!? Bus papuntang Cubao, 70 Pesos lang eh! Yung 100 Pesos mo sa Uber nakalayo kana sa kahabaan ng EDSA eh! Tricycle fare here is ridiculously expensive!
  11. Uber/Grab is close to being useless
    • At some points you would get lucky and will be able to book a ride from Sta. Rosa to Manila but in most cases, their services are close to being useless here in the South.
  12. You may drive your car any day of the week
    • The ‘coding scheme‘ is an alien term for the Southern kids. Kahit ano pang ending number ng plate number ko, magagamit ko pa rin koche ko dito sa Laguna!
  13. Hybrid Probinsyanos
    • Sta. Rosa is already a city but it still has this probinsya vibes. I don’t know if that’s a bad thing, but I enjoy it. I guess what I’m trying to say is you could take Southern kids to the Metro and they’ll blend in just fine but at the back of their heads, they’ll always miss home and their hearts will always beat for the Southern lifestyle.

Do you know anyone who feels the same way? Or anyone else who has the Southern Kid symptoms? Please do let us know in the comments below! Kudos!


How To Start Your Own Business.

Everyone wants to be a boss of their own. Almost everyday, I hear people saying that they want to have their own businesses so that they’d have the time and money to enjoy. Quite true, right? However, it is not as easy as it sounds. It entails a whole lot of sacrifice and sleepless nights.

But, if you’re eager to go through the birth pains of having a business of your own, here are the challenges you might want to look into first:

  1.  Conviction and commitment – Dig deep inside your inner consciousness if you really want to venture on to this path of life; To a point where you’re still unsure of your business concept but you are convinced that you have a business to conceive.
  2. Sleepless nights – Putting up a business entails numerous meetings, brainstorming and a generous dose of headaches.
  3. A concept that will blow the market away – For a business to bloom (fast), it has to be new or at least a well-renovated concept.  Before putting up a business, make sure you know your target market because this will help you build your entire business model. Branding is very important, if not, the most crucial.
  4. Do the numbers – Numbers don’t lie. Feasibility study is a good indicator if you should still push through with your business in mind.
  5. Location – Almost all businesses live and die by this aspect. A shark is mighty in sea but is harmless on land. A Ferrari is blazing fast on land but is ridiculously useless underwater. My point is, your location should complement your strengths as a business. It sounds so simple but is mostly overlooked.
  6. Meetings and presentations – Meetings with your business partners, your investors, your space lessors and everything else in between. You are your business and you have to know how to sell yourself. Always be professional and presentable. Know when to be quirky, clever, cunning or funny but also know when to be as serious as Batman’s voice.
  7. Utilize your connections – Connections are leverages. You have to use it to your favor. As long as you’re not stepping on other people’s feet, then you should be fine. For example, you know someone who knows someone, then that someone can be your someone too. It’s redundant but extremely relevant.
  8. Permits, permits, permits – I had to say it thrice, and that’s an understatement. If you’re planning to put up a legitimate business (legitimate meaning it would show up on BIR’s radar) then better put your floaters on because you’ll drown in a sea of requirements! The worst part is, I am not exaggerating, not one bit.
  9. Willpower – At some point of experiencing business birth pains, you would want to quit. You would want to stop and just be worry-free again. But, in the midst of your misery, you would feel the need to be something more, to be relevant, to be somebody. Everyone thirsts for fulfillment; The constant chase to be significant. In this part, right here, is where you’ll be needing your willpower the most. The intangible force that will keep you going to reach the finish line of the race you’ve started. Willpower is everything. When we started conceptualizing our business we had zero money, zero capital. But, the willpower was there. We knew deep inside ourselves that we had to do it. If there’s a will, there’s a way. So, we looked for an investor and the rest is history.
  10. No risk, no reward” – There’s a famous line that says, “An entrepreneur is someone who jumps from a plane without a parachute, and figures out how to build one on the way down.” and that’s pretty self explanatory. Nothing great comes easy. Nothing extravagant will come out of something not worth risking for. Step out of your comfort zone, risk everything to gain everything. Dive into the ocean of uncertainties to find your treasure. Besides, if it doesn’t work out the way you wanted it to be, you won’t go home empty handed because you learned.

Do not be discouraged with everything listed here. It’s normal and it is a part of putting up a business. When in doubt, just look at number 1 and start over again.

And, that’s just starting up a business – To actually operate and profit from your business is a whole new different ball game. One at a time!

Good luck and never give up!


The (worst?) year in review: 2016

I don’t want to bash on 2016, but, it does, quite a bit, suck, doesn’t it? Who’s  with me?

However, we should thank the Big Guy above for the fact that twenty sixteen is about to be a thing of the past in just a matter of hours.

Before blasting loud music and lighting up fireworks to welcome the most awaited 2017, let us look back and review this one of a kind topsy-turvy year.

Harambe’s Unjustifiable Death

This somehow sums up the significant degradation of humanity throughout the years. I mean, why should we kill an innocent animal for a mistake a human has made? They could have just sedated the poor animal for crying out loud. I just can’t understand humanity sometimes.

Trump Triumphed

Well I am not in the position to say if this is a good or a bad thing but judging from people’s harsh reactions, I guess it’s safe to say that it is an unwelcome reality. There is quite a similarity when Pres. Duterte won but, who knows right? Let’s all hope for the best.

Brexit Happened

I am not an expert in this subject but the fact that Toblerone got affected, I am affected.

Syria Bombing (and others)

It seems that violence around the globe is on an all-time-high. It is sickening that people (even innocent children) are suffering and dying just because of manipulative and greedy politicians.

Iconic Deaths

Being a Star Wars fan myself, Princess Leia’s death was a bit too much to bear, not to mention, losing a great professor such as Snape as well. May you all rest in peace.

Marcos Buried as a Hero

Let the discussion begin. *Grabs popcorn

Extra-Judicial Feelings, I mean, Killings


Negativity on Social Media

It’s  2016 and to get information is already as easy and involuntary as breathing. Social media plays a big role here. A viral news thread is a few thousand Likes away from reaching every household in the world. And, why do I have this feeling that in every news, people will always have a negative comment to say? Earlier I watched this video of a customer giving a $300 tip to a waiter and I was surprised to see that most of the comments are negative. What’s up with that?

Alright alright, enough with the negativity. If there’s bad, there must be good as well. Let us see the better things that have happened this year.

Pia Crowned as “Ms. Universe”

The most controversial coronation ever? Maybe. Nonetheless, we still won and I think that’s great for our nation.

Leo Wins an Oscar

One of the most talented actors in the world finally won his well deserved Oscar!

Pandas are No Longer Extinct! 

A slow clap for humanity indeed!

Clean and Renewable Energy

Having the great minds and visions of influential people like Elon Musk gives us hope for more reliable and clean energy.

LGBT Movement

One love for everyone! #Respect

911 Hotline

It’s pretty cool that we now have our own 911 emergency hotline, right?

State Universities Free Tuition

State Universities to offer free education again, HALLELUJAH!

Let’s get down to business here, 2016 was indeed a roller coaster ride. A disastrous and memorable year all in one. As for myself, I consider this year to be the most life changing as of date. But hey, don’t get me wrong, I still look at it with a positive mindset. 2016 being at it’s lowest, 2017 has nothing to lose. 2017 should be a walk in the park, right? 2017 will be the year of redemption! Let’s claim it!

I’m pretty sure each and everyone of you had your own fair share of mishaps from 2016, share them below and let’s forget and learn from them at the same time! Share your good memories too so that we could cherish them entering the glorified 2017 lurking around the corner waiting for our clocks to strike 12 tonight.

Happy New Year to everyone!

10 Summer Hugot Lines

1. “Sobrang init! Patambay naman sa puso mo, diyan kasi malamig eh.”

– One for the cold-hearted lovers!

2. “Nakatodo na yung electric fan pero ang init pa rin. Parang effort ko sayo, nakatodo na pero hindi mo pa rin maramdaman.”

– They say it’s all about the effort man!

3. “Ilang buwang pinagplanuhang outing pero hindi naman natuloy. Parang tayo lang, ilang buwang ligawan, wala namang napala.”

– Nilista sa tubig, nilista sa hangin.

4. “Sana katulad mo nalang yung aircon namin, mabilis lumamig.”

– 2 Horsepower heart air conditioner  please!

5. “Nag-sunblock naman ako pero nagka-sunburn pa rin ako, parang sa atin lang, prinotektahan ko naman feelings ko, pero nasaktan pa rin ako.”

– Protection is always the key. Prevention is better than cure!

6. “Sana pala nagsalbabida ako para hindi ako nalunod kaka-isip sayo.”

– Always, always carry a life-vest with you.

7. “Sobrang init ayaw mawala ng uhaw ko, parang feelings ko para sayo.”

– Nothing can quench that thirst, dude.

8. “Kahit anong punas ko sa pawis ko, ayaw pa rin tumigil sa pag tulo, parang mga luha ko dahil sayo.”

– This is a bit extreme but too funny not to make up. hahaha!

9. “Buti pa ang swimming pool, may life guard. Eh paano tayo? Sinong sasagip sa atin? “

– No life guard on duty? No problem, drown at your own risk.

10. “Buti pa yung ice cream kapag natutunaw at tumutulo na, sinasalo mo. Eh ako, nahulog na, hindi mo naman sinalo.”

– Ice cream winning at life, how about you?

20 Things About De La Salle Canlubang

In 2003, there was a humble building placed in the middle of a 55-hectare land. That is the Leandro V. Locsin Building and this is my Alma Mater. De La Salle Canlubang is now under De La Salle University – Manila. The university is now called De La Salle University – Science and Technology Complex.

Before DLSU-STC, there was DLSC. We had our own identity. We had our own DLSC ‘thing’ going on. We were a small community called the Canlubangers.

Students of DLSU-STC today may not know the life of Canlubangers. To show everyone a bit of a summary of our Canlubanger life, please read on below.

  1. Trees and in-campus River (and lots of mountains and everything jungle-related)

DLSC’s major distinction from other universities is its province-city hybrid feel. It is 10 minutes away from civilization and it is a full time forest sanctuary. It is certainly the best place to breathe. It has its pros and cons but I would prefer clean air any time of the day.

  1. Massive Land Area

Boasting a 55 hectare land area, this is one of the largest universities in the Philippines in the making.

  1. Smoking Area

SA has been controversial ever since it was established. There are some factions saying that smoking should not be patronized inside campus vicinity. The thoughts are divided about this issue but we can’t deny the fact that most of the relationship-strengthening activities are conducted here. A yosi break is one of the best venues for small talks and small talks lead to a higher form of bonding. Dami ko pang sinasabi eh to cut it short, tambayan ito at lugar ng kwentuhan. Tapos.

  1. Student’s Center

SC is like our third home. You can find us here when we are vacant. There’s not much in SC, even the computers are close to useless. The free internet is blazing fast (Fast to make you hot headed) and the chairs are decent. But, you just got to love that place. It sheltered us from boredom and it helped us kill time with our friends.  I guess this would be one of the most memorable places for most of the Canlubangers.

  1. Sir Percy and Ms. Maleth

Everyone in DLSC knows Sir Percy, that’s for sure, especially the ladies who love wearing skirts way above the knee. He is the head prefect of DLSC. I think everyone is afraid of him but he is a gentle giant. He is one of the kindest people I know in DLSC. Make sure to bring popcorn when you talk to him because Sir Percy has a lot of stories and I mean a lot. So entertaining.

Ms. Maleth’s office is in the Student’s Center. She is one of the most approachable people in DLSC. As long as she can help, she will. SC is her land and she is the boss in her territory.  She is really a fun person to be with.

  1. Spine Road

This one kilometer stretch is what isolates DLSC from the world outside. Some people dare to walk this lonely road but only a few have the courage to do it again. This road has witnessed numerous racing of hormonal teenagers, driving lessons and a lot of speeding violations. In the night, Spine Road is pitch-black and dark af. Can you walk alone?

  1. Kakilala Mo Lahat Culture

In a university with approximately a population of just 500, it is not impossible to get to know everyone, at least by face. Everyone would know if there is a new student. Everyone knows everyone in DLSC.

  1. Fashion Show, Talent Quest, Band Fest, Sports Fest, Car Show and etc.

These are the major school events during our time in Canlubang. Every year we prepare and look forward to these events. Despite our low school population, I could still say that these activities are well attended and are successful. These were the highlights of my stay in DLSC. Good old times.

  1. LUCID Dance Troup

This is probably one of the most, if not, the most active organization in DLSC. Composed of highly energetic and talented individuals, they have a lot of heart and passion for what they do. In every event, it is impossible not to see these guys perform their hearts out.

  1. Rocky Road Parking

It is actually called “Rocky Road Parking”, figuratively and literally. I guess it wouldn’t hurt to have this parking cemented, right DLSC? In the rainy seasons, this parking is your worst nightmare. Make sure your attire is mud and water proof.

  1. “You have an army? We have Michael Malabanan

Need I say more?

Just a trivia, Michael’s LSS(Last Song Syndrome) for the song “Candy Shop” by 50-Cent lasted for two years, witnesses say.

  1. State of the Art Auditorium

Boy oh boy. The level of sarcasm in this statement is really high. Our auditorium is just a big room with a piano and lots of chairs and oh, I almost forgot, a stage. State of the art my friends.

  1. Tambayan ang rooms na walang klase + Aircon

It could really get hot and crowded in the Student’s Center and being resourceful Lasallians, we take refuge to vacant rooms and turn it to our humble abode while waiting for our next class. Plus aircon.

  1. Multi-Purpose Covered Court

They’re taking the name multi-purpose to a whole new level. If I am not mistaken, 90% of the school events are conducted in this venue. Please correct me if I am wrong. Okay, I’m not seeing any hands, I will assume that you all agree.

  1. The Reliable DLSC Shuttle

This is the Walking Dead DLSC version. Every time the shuttle arrives, you can expect a hoard of zombies so eager to get home. It is literally a kill zone. Survival of the fittest, as they say. Well for me, I’ll just wait for the next van. Konting hintay lang naman eh, mga isang oras lang.

Or you could always take the tricycle, with a special rate of course. Kuripot ako eh, so hintay nalang ako ng shuttle.

Or you could carpool with a friend going out. Best case scenario.

  1. Snail Elevator

When you’re 5 minutes late for a class, blame the elevator. “Sir, traffic po sa elevator eh.

  1. Entrep Hub

This venue housed numerous business tycoon aspirants. Entrep students conduct their business debuts here. To name a few successful launches are Mr. Sorbetero, Ineh Grill and Sip and Dip.

Sip and Dip will open their first official kiosk in Greenfield Integrated School (San Lorenzo Village). Estimated soft opening is early 2016.

Sip and Dip is a third generation fish and fries enterprise owned by Garwyn Galza and Jaspher Santos. Their supply of merchandise cannot be bought anywhere else because it is expertly and exclusively prepared by their chef (who is a full time caterer of Letran schools). Their sauce is extremely addicting (it is a “Sauce-all-you-can” thing by the way). All of these marketing I have made, plus a drink, infused in their all-in-one cup, you are surely in for a treat. So watch out for their re-opening. (Yung libre ko ah? Hihi)

  1. Mind-Boggling Puzzle-like Address

De La Salle University – Canlubang, Binan, Laguna. So where is it located? Canlubang, Binan or Sta. Rosa? In reality, it is near the border line of Binan and Sta. Rosa. Up to this date, it’s still a confusion why it was named Canlubang. Can someone enlighten me please? Thanks.

  1. La Casita to Roberto’s to Zaide

Being isolated from civilization, we have no other to choice but to eat in the cafeteria. It’s either you bring your own food or you go out and have your expenses doubled. We have witnessed all the transitions from La Casita to Roberto’s to Zaide. Kung kalian paalis na kami, doon pa naging Zaide.

  1. The million dollar question: “De La Salle Canlubang? Saan/Ano yun?”

And finally, I’m pretty sure all of my fellow Canlubangers out there have encountered this question at least once in their whole stay in our beloved university.

I love my college life and my Alma Mater despite everything I have stated here. This is just to show you that it is not necessarily the school that makes it fun, it is the people in it and the culture you have.


What was your most memorable Canlubanger experience?


2016 Presidential Elections: Know Your Candidates

The 2016 Presidential Elections is coming at full speed. Are you ready to vote for your candidate?

Are you going to take part in deciding for our country’s future?

Let us take a look at our potential and official candidates for the upcoming elections.



 Don’t complain if you will not vote.

We are the majority. We are the rulers of our own.

The government should be the one serving us.

Don’t be a fool.

Let your voices be heard!

Register and vote wisely!

MAY 09, 2016

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Inside Out: Multicolor-Washed Mind Edition

America is, as they say, the land of dreams. We can’t blame people who would like to secure their future by migrating to the States.

But, there is something about the Philippines that would really stick. Yung talagang babalik balikan mo. I don’t know what it is and I can’t find the words to explain it. The slogan “It’s more fun in the Philippines” might be really true to its sense.

However, I have to admit that there are times that I curse this forsaken third-world country. But I guess, that’s the beauty of it, the love-hate relationship I have with this group of islands where I hail from.

Have you ever thought of escaping the hardships our mother country offers? Let’s hear it from someone who has already entered the land of dreams – FOR GOOD.


Inside Out: Multicolor-Washed Mind Edition

by Kevin Wilson Bautista

I was already whitewashed being born in California. But I moved to the Philippines when I was 7. I had to learn Tagalog and the other Filipino ways to survive Manila – or else watch people’s noses bleed each time I talked to them.

Fast forward to 17 years later, it’s 2015 and I’ve already been accustomed with the country my roots come from. However, last June, I made the bold move of going back to the States.

So from being white-washed then brown-washed, I had to be white-washed all over again.

This had the makings of some rejected version of a Disney-Pixar movie. And if ever the voices in my head could talk, they would have a lot to say about me being here in the US again.

Fear and Anger probably would have the strongest opinions. They’d tell me about how going around the city isn’t a major problem anymore: how I don’t have to squeeze in jeepneys, tricycles, and LRTs, which their drivers insist – even if the current loads of people already look like sardines cans; how I can actually get full respect as a bike rider or pedestrian; and how the road rules are respected in general.

Disgust and Joy are finally contented that I actually get my money’s worth. Do not get them started on how small a food serving can get back in the Philippines. They’re also happy about things here like recording TV series and the government seeming much less corrupt.

Compared to countries like here in the USA, the Philippines definitely can improve in many ways. However, Sadness keeps on tugging me and making me realize what I miss back home.

That Filipino food, though sometimes few, is still one of the best your palette will ever taste.

That most of the Filipino people, if not all, are some of the kindest people you’ll ever come across.

That the Filipino roads, though a still long way to development, lead to most of my family.

Because my head may be in a million places, but my heart goes out to both countries I lived in – yes, even that little archipelago called the Philippines.

Where ever you go, home will always be where your heart is.

Kevin was the former Editor-In-Chief of Catalyst (A student publication in De La Salle Canlubang). Currently, he is braving his endeavors in California as an Incident Manager at Genpact.

He is also one of the brains behind City Imprint.

Check it out!

Header Image – Kamae Iniguez