DAPHNE DIARIES in the Hobbiton Movie Set



From my recent trip to New Zealand, here is my DAPHNE® Diaries of the Hobbiton Movie Set. Let me know what you think…




The Ryzza Mae Show




I got a call from the producers of The Ryzza Mae Show asking me if I would be ok to come in as a guest in the show. Without batting an eyelash, I said yes. I had never seen a single episode (nor a clip) of The Ryzza Mae Show. I have to admit, my TV viewing habits have been reduced to just news these days — blame it on mobile content.  So after confirming, I asked my friends what I should expect. They said, just go with the flow, she’s a riot, expect to dance, expect to take a selfie looking up. I didn’t have time to watch clips of her show on You Tube, and I decided the best way of doing this was just to do it blindly.

The producers asked me to give Ryzza some tips on hosting. But it’s been a while since I hosted a TV show, I figured, she should be the one giving me hosting tips now. Haha. So I suggested that I just demonstrate some organizing tips for the home, office and school with Ryzza. We agreed that I would bring my DAPHNE® & National Book Store products.

Here’s how it went. You tube videos are below.


At the makeup room of the studios in Broadway Centrum, Ryzza approached me and said “Hi, po!”  Then she took my right hand and put it to her forehead (mano). So sweet.


The dressing rooms of Eat Bulaga and The Ryzza Mae Show.


What I wore — navy dress from COS, necklace of my own design, dainty rose gold cuff from Cova, clogs.


I was told to speak Tagalog then seconds before I went on stage, one of the writers said, “Speak English.” So I just did both.


The studio audience or “dabarkads”


I showed Ryzza how to clean up a desk and organize a book shelf. I loved her reaction when I said that I was giving everything to her.


She modelled my DAPHNE & NBS bag.


Ryzza Mae was witty and quick. She was so natural.


I was told to do a selfie with a “look up” gesture. Apparently it’s her thing.


And this hand symbol. I forgot what this meant. Something about being happy always.


From Arvin Ecija Budlayan
Right after the show, I checked my Twitter and Facebook and found a lot of reactions. All good. Thanks to Ryzza’s cuteness factor. This collage was sent by Arvin Ecija Budlayan.


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We didn’t get to dance. The whole segment was so much fun. I kept laughing. And I really just wanted to keep hugging her. Watch her reactions to some of the things I said. Funny. Even GMA News online picked up the highlights of the show.



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That night, we made it to the GMA Network news site, with the funniest headline. Click on photo to watch the funniest part of the show.


Salamat Ryzza Mae!


Tiger’s Nest, Bhutan





My new DAPHNE Diaries… from our February trip to Bhutan. We took an 8 day package with Amala Destinations. On our last full day, we climbed up Tiger’s Nest Monastery.



Please let me know what you think of the DAPHNE Diaries series on my YouTube channel. If you like it, please subscribe so I can make more. I’m open to suggestions.



Gaudi’s Barcelona





Have you been seeing DAPHNE Diaries on the Lifestyle Network? It is a set of short segments on my Barcelona trip airing randomly across the channel. I will post them on my YouTube channel soon.

In the meantime, I made my own DAPHNE Diaries. By “my own” I mean, I photographed and shot everything, wrote, voiced over, presented, edited on iMovie and posted on You Tube. For the two on-cam spiels (in La Sagrada Familia and Sant Felip Neri, I got some help from my official DOP, Carlo Lina). So for my YouTube channel, I’m back to being a one-woman show. Haha. Just like how I started on TV with “Video Postcards”. Big hug to those who remember that.

I hope you like this. I’m working on more. So please may I ask you a favour. Please show me some love by “liking” and subscribing to it in YouTube as well as sharing and reposting the video. It’s a labour of love.




ALS ice bucket challenge




My BIL sent me the ALS ice bucket challenge this morning. I knew I would do it but I wanted to make sure the message wouldn’t be lost. More importantly I wanted to be part of the ALS awareness campaign by actually donating. There is no foundation for ALS awareness or research in the Philippines. There’s a Facebook group but I don’t know who they are and I only donate to registered organizations. So began a very interesting discussion on my Facebook page on how to give this ice bucket challenge more relevance in the Philippine context. You can see it here.

ALS is a progressive neuromuscular disease in which nerve cells die and leave voluntary muscles paralyzed. The first time I heard of ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease was when I was a freshman in university in Canada. My friend’s mom was diagnosed with it. She quickly deteriorated and died within a couple of years. I also took on a summer job to assist a woman with ALS. Her name was Susan. She had already lost control of her motor skills while mentally she was still ok. She worked for a government department, and they kept her working as long as she wanted and could. She would dictate her letters and documents to me in a very slurred manner, and I’d write/type for her. I also mixed her liquid food. I saw how fast ALS took over her body. It’s a horrible illness.

I’m glad that this awareness campaign has gotten so big. It’s now here in the Philippines. However I think it’s futile to just do the bucket challenge and not actually donate or discuss the issues. So I did the challenge plus donated money to ALS Canada.

In keeping with the original spirit of the ice bucket challenge I am also bringing up another cause that’s very close to my heart – Breast Cancer Prevention. The Philippines has the highest rate of breast cancer in the region. Until we find a cure, our best defense is early prevention. So I’m donating free mammograms for women in need through I Can Serve Foundation. Hope thats ok!

BTW the bowls were filled with ice but I guess they melted while I was talking. We’re here in the tropics after all… apparently very near the airport too.

I urge you to find your own meaning and cause to add to ALS awareness. If you can, please donate to a reputable research fund. It is only through research that we will one day find a cure for these medical conditions.


To know more about how the ALS and how the ice bucket challenge went viral, watch this.


For info on ALS Canada, http://www.als.ca

For Breast Cancer support, http://www.icanservefoundation.org