THE search begins for new warriors of Maharlikan and Filipino culture and arts after the advocacy vlogsite Kalinangan TV and it’s community-based youth arm Group of Unified Youth for Social Change (GUYS) formally launched the 2019 Gawad Bagong Bagani: Parangal at Pagkilala sa mga Pinoy Cultural Volunteers.

Although the nomination already opened last month, the formal launching only happened last Sunday, February 17, 2019 at the Coconut House restaurant in Quezon Memorial Circle. The activity aims to increase public awareness about Gawad Bagong Bagani and the real purpose of the awards.

“Ang pangunahing layon ng 2019 Gawad Bagong Bagani ay bigyan ng motibasyon at inspirasyon ang ating mga alagad ng sining upang mas lalo pang gumawa ng mga obra na nagpapayabong, nangangalaga at naglilinang sa tunay na kulturang Maharlika at Pilipino,” Kalinangan TV executive director Rjhay Laurea a.k.a. Rjhay Gwapito explained.

The main objective of Kalinangan TV is to connect the present-day Filipinos to its original roots as the Maginoo (tribal royal families and nobles of pre-Hispanic Philippines) and Maharlika (a lower class nobility composed of warriors and free citizens of ancient tribal kingdoms).

Laurea believes going back to our past and honoring our ancestors is the only way to uproot the current problems of the country.

“For us to heal our land, we must go back to our roots, we must acknowledged our real ancestors. Ito lamang ang paraan para magamot natin ang mga sugat sa lipunan ng ating bayan,” Laurea said.

Present during the launching are CALABARZON-based GUYS-Unlad Kabataan Party (GUYS-UKP) chairman Marvin Guiron, UNA senatorial bet Dan Roleda, and the direct descendant of Lakan Dula (the last king of pre-Hispanic Tondo Kingdom) Prof. Sofronio Dulay I. Vloggers and bloggers also graced the occasion.

Other partners for the project are the Quezon City Bayanihang Bayan, Sinebiswal, Ganda Negosyo and The Philippines Event.

Meanwhile, GUYS National officer-in-charge SK Kgd. Renz Jacquilyn Cruz said they partnered with Kalinangan TV because it’s advocacy is a big factor in youth development.

“Kasi nga po, alam naman natin ang hilig naming mga kabataan ay culture and arts talaga. Gusto namin ng mga sayawan, kantahan, spoken poetry, paintings, drawings, fashion at marami pang iba. Basta sining, maaasahan natin ang mga kabataan,” Cruz pointed out.

“Kaya naman inilalapit ng GUYS sa mga kabataan ang hilig nila at kasabay nun, iminumulat natin sila kung gaano kaganda at kahusay ang ating katutubong sining, ‘yung tatak katutubong Pilipino talaga, sa ganitong paraan, hindi lamang natin nailalayo sa masasamang elemento kaming mga kabataan, kundi natuturuan din kaming mahalin ang sariling atin at maging makabayan,” Cruz added.

Among the categories of 2019 Gawad Bagong Bagani are the following:

1. BAGONG BAGANI is a recognition given to workers and artists of different culture and arts profession who showed a one-of-a-kind contribution to the preservation and protection of Filipino culture and arts, as well as giving life to the spirit of patriotism, humanitarianism, environmental protection and pro-God advocacies.

2. KAMPILAN NG BAGONG BAGANI is a recognition given to socio-civic organizations, private individuals, government agencies and officials who have long-term programs, projects, bills and ordinances that aims to preserve and protect the Filipino culture and arts.

3. KALASAG NG BAGONG BAGANI is a recognition given to private individuals, companies and corporations who helps, preserves, assists and protects the interests of the BAGONG BAGANI together with the KAMPILAN NG BAGONG BAGANI through sponsorships and support they provide to various activities which aims to enhance and develop Filipino culture and arts.

Nominations for 2019 Gawad Bagong Bagani can be done through a private chat message with the information of the nominee such as name and profession, send it to Kalinangan TV Facebook fanpage; send an SMS or call GUYS OIC Ms. Renz Jacquilyn Cruz at 09364610298; or send the nominee’s profile or portfolio at ###


Science Policy and Information Forum 2019: The Philippine Blue Economy (Part II)

Program starts exactly 8:00am from registration. It was attended by high end Educators from different regions like …

Academician Rhodora V. Azanza
Presidentl, NAST PHL

Academician Rafael D. Guerrero III
Member, Agricultural Sciences Division, NAST PHL

Academician Mudjekeewis D. Santos
Member, Agricultural Sciences Division, NAST PHL

Mr. Arsenio F. Lingad, II
Deputy Administrator for Planning, Maritime Industry Authority, Department of Transportation

Ms. Reinelda P. Adriano
Chief Statistical Specialist, Fisheries Statistics Division, Philippine Statistics Authority

Mr. Michael Eric Castillo
Secretariat, National Coast Watch Council (NCWC) Maritime Development

Atty. Jay L. Batongbacal, Ph.D.
Director, Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea, University of the Philippines Diliman

Academician Eufemio T. Radio, Jr. 
Chairperson, Agricultural Sciences Division, NAST PHL

Moderator: Academician Mudjekeewis D. Santos 
Member, Agricultural Sciences Division, NAST PHL

Rapporteur: Dr. Violeta N. Villegas 
Outstanding Young Scientist 1991



The Department of Science and Technology – National Research Council of the Philippines (DOST-NRCP) intends to contribute in addressing the special concern on HIV/AIDS awareness through a forum entitled “Enhancing Public’s Level of Awareness through the Use of Digitized Arts” at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City last 13 February 2019.

Dr. Brian Saludes Bantugan, NRCP Division of Humanities Member and St. Paul University Manila Professor investigated the ontology of the arts enhanced with the use of digital technologies and used in HIV/AIDS-related advocacies through his NRCP-funded research project, Going Viral: Using Digitized Arts for HIV/AIDS Related Advocacies. He found that digitized arts enhance traditional arts with the engagement of three major digital artists – core advocates, mediating advocates, and peripheral advocates. These three advocates will also impart life experiences and their fight against the communicable disease.

Barbie Forteza and Mika Dela Cruz play the girl with two faces in ‘Kara Mia’

Two different faces. Two different minds. Two different natures. Both trapped in one body.

Beginning February 18, GMA Network proudly unveils its most anticipated and ground-breaking primetime soap this 2019 – Kara Mia.

A dramatic tale of two sisters facing literally and figuratively good and evil! The fantasy drama series is based on a true story from India and an English urban legend in Great Britain.

Ever since the announcement of the program, various funny and witty memes on the characters have been circulating online and viewers and netizens couldn’t stop talking about it on social media.

Headlining this one-of-a-kind spectacle are two of this generation’s award-winning and brightest actressesBarbie Forteza and Mika Dela Cruz.

Kara (Barbie) and Mia (Mika) were born with Disprosopus or craniofacial duplication, a congenital defect where they have two faces but share only one body. Until today, the origin of this condition, which is one of the rarest malformations in humans, is still unexplained, whether it is mythical or medical.

Kara’s face is in front, while Mia’s face is at the back of their head. Little do they know, they are probably the children of a mystical being, an engkanto, who watches over them as they grow up.

But even if they are “one” person, the two sisters cannot be more different. Kara is kind, jolly, smart, and aspired to become a doctor to continue what their mother wasn’t able to achieve. She believes that this “defect” is what makes her unique and special, and she loves her sister Mia with all her heart. Mia, on the other hand, is the mischievous one. She is lazy, pessimistic, and dreams of being an actress. She is envious of Kara and wants nothing more than to be her own person.

Featured in vital roles in Kara and Mia’s lives are highly-respected and award-winning actors and actresses in the industry: Ms. Carmina Villarroel as Aya, the doting mother of the sisters. She is a beautiful Manileña who moved to Bacolod when her family started drowning in debt, and Mr. John Estrada as Arthur, Aya’s husband and the father of Kara and Mia. He owns a small carinderia and is a strong believer of folk tales; with Ms. Glydel Mercadoas Julia, Arthur’s crazy ex-girlfriend who will drive a wedge between him and Aya.

Adding a dose of enchantment to the series is Mike Tan as Iswal, the mischievous engkanto who lives in the forest and is enthralled by Aya’s beauty. He will do everything in his power to be close to her.

Also starring in this endearing masterpiece are sought-after leading men Jak Roberto as Boni, the lola’s boy and a loving gentleman who likes Kara but captures Mia’s heart; and Paul Salas as Chino, Boni’s handsome and well-off cousin who steals Kara’s heart.

Completing the stellar cast are Liezel Lopez as Ellie, Julia’s daughter who is almost the same age as Kara and Mia who is both narcissistic and materialistic; Althea Ablan as Estrella, the younger sister who is funny, irreverent, and loves both Kara and Mia, even though she’s closer to Kara; Arthur Solinap as Lex, the supportive Ilonggo uncle of Kara and Mia; Karenina Haniel as Lerma/LJ, Kara’s funny best friend; April Gustilo as Betty, the silly sidekick of Julia with Ms. Alicia Alonzo as Asuncion, Aya’s hostile mother who looks at Kara and Mia as freaks and Ms. Gina Pareño as Corazon, the reclusive grandmother of Iswal.

An all original creation of the GMA Entertainment Group, Kara Mia is a powerful and dramatic representation of how good and evil are every individual’s two natures, of how we make the good triumph over the other, and how love will time and again conquer all.

The series is a product of the visionary minds of Tina Velasco, Elle Ortizluis, Cynthia Paz (Brainstormers); Onay Sales, John Kenneth De Leon, Kutz Enriquez (Writers); Des Garbes-Severino (head writer); under the tutelage of the Creative Team headed by Richard ‘Dode’ Cruz (Creative Head); Aloy Adlawan, Denoy Navarro-Punio(Creative Consultants), under the capable supervision of the Production team headed by Ms. Lilybeth G. Rasonable (SVP For EG), Ms. Redgie Magno (VP For Drama), Ms. Cheryl Ching-Sy (AVP for Drama), Ms. Hazel Felizmenio Abonita (Senior Program Manager), Ms. Winnie Holis-Reyes (Executive Producer).

Under the helm of esteemed director Dominic Zapata, the series also showcases the scenic beauty of the City of Bacolod, where the story takes place and some of the important scenes were shot.

Catch the much awaited premiere of Kara Mia beginning February 18 weeknights on GMA Telebabad.

Kapuso viewers from across the globe can also catch Kara Mia via GMA’s flagship international channel GMA Pinoy TV. For the program guide, visit (30)


With Valentines day closing in, the love for racing was in full speed at the Eastwood Open Park for the Yamaha Racing Conference. Yamaha continues its outstanding dedication to racing and committing further to the development of their riders.

Yamaha’s own Maverick Viñales made his way to the Philippines straight from his practice session to recognize the top riders of the country and for the debut of the 2019 YZF-R3.It is designed with a bodywork mirroring the YZR-M1, made to be sleeker and more aerodynamic than ever. The compact and lightweight structure is an ultimate balance of strength and rigidity. It is racing quality at its finest.

The “Top Gun” first recognized the National Team duo of Masato “The Chairman” Fernando and McKinley Kyle “WonderBoy” Paz of UMA Racing Yamaha Philippines Team. Dominant in virtually every track in the nation, their goal has now shifted to the Asia Road Racing Championship. Both are eager to represent their country and show the caliber of Filipino Riders.

Winning now isn’t the only goal for Yamaha with a long-term campaign for future competitions already underway with theUnderbone King Sniper 150 National Championships.Considered as an elite class, 12 selected riders will compete for a spot at the national team in their next tournament.

Then there were the riders for the 10th Yamaha Grand Prix Season – UB150 category. The longest running one make race in the country has continued to develop the skills of riders and preparing them for the next level of competition. The batch of racers this year are a mixture of perennial contenders and new challengers ready to make their mark. Aside from the Championship, bragging rights are also at stake with riders being divided into regional teams of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Yamaha also continued its partnership with 4S1M racing team and Phoenix Yamaha Koso-Faito Racing Teamwho are both share the commitment of excellence on the racetrack.

The 2019 Yamaha Racing Season is shaping up to be one to watch and with all these riders raring to start their legacyits going to be a spectacle to see.

Underbone King Riders

  1. KervieBegania #23
  2. Andrei Samuel Reyes #61
  3. Aaron WynerBlente #3
  4. Erika Ondillo #98
  5. Leeandro Paredes #5
  6. Jasper James Cruz #79
  7. Alicia Ortega #115
  8. Kerwin Chang #99
  9. Sean Ethan Barcial #97
  10. Amber Torres #16
  11. Justinne Bethany Tolentino #30



  • Amber Torres #16
  • Dustin Esguerra #69
  • Kerwin Chang #99
  • Niel Jan Centeno #822
  • Robert Ryan Espiritu #18
  • Tonton Farin #63


  • JannesseLlois Lucero #6
  • Mario Bourbon Jr. #29
  • Garry Caneda Jr. #88


  • Ephraim Onahon #44
  • Rhowell Matias Mangosong IV #191
  • Ernie Daguio Jr. #8


Name Designation
Mark Clinton Tan Team Owner
Ronald Uy Team Manager
Wlifredo Faustino III Team Chief Mechanic
John Emerson Inguit Rider
Herbert Lopez Rider
Robert Ryan Espiritu Rider


Name Designation
Sheldon Ang Senior Team Manager
Antonio Fernando Jr Team Manager
Kempee Ang Asst. Team Manager
Neil Jan Centeno Rider
Justinne Bethany Tolentino Rider
Vrei-Ar Suba Rider