Complete Red Lions Line-Up Loses on Super Six Anniv


The date: June 24, 2012

The playbill: San Beda Red Lions versus the Arellano University Chiefs

The tale of the tape:

San Beda: 9 of the 15 players on San Beda’s roster were suspended, due to an off-season melee with the San Sebastian Men’s Volleyball Team. Without its top guns and mainstays, San Beda had to make do with what’s left of its arsenal- untested rookies and returnees.

Arellano: Perfect attendance, 15 out of 15, on Arellano’s bench, hoping to give new Coach Koy Banal, a warm welcome into the NCAA.

The verdict: Utoy Abarcar, Junjun Bonsubre, Arth dela Cruz, Yvan Ludovice, Dave Moralde and Richie Villaruz (now etched in school history as the Super Six) played the game of their lives to win, 81-71.

Fast forward into 2013…

Bedans were in for a shocker…

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The Lyceum Pirates had never beaten San Beda since they joined the league in 2011. News reports this morning stated that during the off-season, the Pirates lived under one roof, cooking, eating and sleeping together. A couple of days ago, they agreed to turn off all their mobile phones, and broke loose from all social media to focus on their game. This was what it took to be in the zone, and beat the defending champions.

I remembered stories told of how the Super Six prepared for that game last year. The entire team egged them on in their daily practices. The coaches paid particular attention on building the stamina of the Super Six. A considerable period of time during the summer break was dedicated to prepare for that game.

Looking at the analogy,  it was pretty much how the Lyceum Pirates prepared to beat the Red Lions this year. There really was no magic formula, hardwork, determination, focus.. This was how Davids beat Goliaths.

It could be history repeating itself. But this time, it was San Beda on the losing end.

Winning six of the last seven NCAA titles may have made our players complacent, battling the lower ranked teams. But this is why you have coaches around, to motivate the athletes in keeping the competitive flames in them burning. These boys are fighters, with every muscle and bone in their bodies built for intense competition. They just have to wake up from slumber, the season is back on.

It may be a lot of factors too. Fatigue from playing two consecutive playdates? Conspiracy theories? New coach, new system? Burning out? None of these factors are ever new. The Red Lions experience these, year in, year out.

People are quick to point fingers, whose fault is it? What could have gone wrong? Maybe not much. It’s just that, tides shift.. Bilog ang bola eh. Now, the whipping boys of the league refuse to lose, just as much as the defending champions do. The Pirates had the hunger, they got the grit. They wanted it more.

As the league unfolds, I want to wish my favorite six-some, a happy, happy anniversary. I was one of the privileged few who saw this historic game live. Thank you, Super Six, for making that day, one of my most unforgettable Red Army moments of all time. May the same hunger and the grit that won you that game, drive this year’s team back on the road to the four-peat.

Go San Beda Fight!

Red Lions Open Title Defense with Nailbiting Win


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I thought that the game today was just another day in the office for the Red Lions. An easy score into the win column for San Beda. The players probably had the same thing in mind as they entered the court today. But boy, were we all mistaken…

It was College of Saint Benilde’s show, being hosts for this season. And they carried it over to gametime. The Arena was painted green, an enthusiastic pep squad in attendance. The Blazers were tenacious, both on offense and defense. They kept on fighting, pounding at the tournament favorites, quarter after quarter.

But then.. It was the heart of the champion that carried San Beda through.

Baser Amer was on top of things, yet again. He is, hands down, the best point guard in the

collegiate ranks in my books. He didn’t have the perfect game, but whatever mistakes he committed, he made sure to compensate them. His teammates are calm and composed when he’s around. He simply puts the rotation in order.

Art dela Cruz.. Ateneo’s loss.. San Beda’s gain. This is what I keep telling myself everytime I see Art dela Cruz. And I shouted this out the loudest this afternoon at the Mall of Asia Arena. Game after game after game, he is slowly emerging as the Red Lions’ top offensive option. As I saw him float in the air to receive the alley oop pass from Rome dela Rosa on top of the goal, I told myself he has truly arrived.

And my, my, my… That final play, was vintage Boyet Fernandez. I remembered  that play when you won your first championship with NLEX. Ronald Pascual converted a jumper near the baseline, with 0.8 seconds left. Nung na-shoot yun, napa-tumbling ka pa!

Abot langit ang saya ko kanina nung nakashoot si Art, pero wala yun sa kalahati ng sa ‘yo. Nang mapatakbo ka galing sa bench ng San Beda, hanggang sa harap ng bench ng Benilde, that was classic!!!

It was a scrappy win for San Beda. But I saw some bright spots during the game that made me smile. Jaypee Mendoza pulling down key rebounds.. Kyle Pascual swatting some shots.. Yvan Ludovice clocking in his well-deserved playing time.. Rome dela Rosa getting back into his running game.. Lots of other things to look forward to in the upcoming season.

My voice hoarse, my throat scratchy, but my heart flutters.. The basketball fan in me is giddy again with excitement. The Red Lions ushered in the collegiate basketball season for me today. It’s time to bring all the red out from my closet, the race to the 4-peat starts now.

Go San Beda Fight!

PS: For game highlights, and a blow-by-blow of the final play, check out this ink:

Teacher CaKe: Up Close and Personal


Russel and Kaye Bernales Ruiz is the husband and wife tandem behind Teacher CaKe, a specialist in custom made cakes and other baked goodies.  Teacher CaKe is a home-based baker, producing the cutest cakes you can ever imagine. Finished products are feasts for the senses. The biggest dilemma about these cakes is having the courage to break them up and eat them.

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Minions cupcakes are among their most popular orders.

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I completely understand if the one who ordered it, would place a “Hands Off” sign right beside this cake.

Interesting is the story behind the name, Teacher CaKe. Kaye, prior to jumping into the cupcake wars, was a full-time preschool teacher and after school tutor to grade school kids. During one of her sessions, she mentioned her fondness of baking to her tutee. The kid then suggested that she should put up a bakeshop and call it “Teacher CaKe”. A very smart play of words, if you ask me. Goes to show how good a tutor Kaye is!

But a baker cannot do it alone. Hubby Russel takes care of quality control. Majoring in Industrial Design at the UP College of Fine Arts surely comes into play at this stage of production. Nothing comes out of the Teacher CaKe confectionery without Russel’s stamp of approval.

With this formidable duo at the helm, there is no design that Teacher CaKe backs out from.  Looking at their online portfolio, you will find cakes of all shapes and sizes.

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It is a joy to watch the Teacher CaKe team at work. The cake factory smells of cookie dough and cake batter all day, everyday. The kids would approach the work station, for a bit of leftover fondant. They burn the midnight oil, especially during weekends, when the bulk of their orders come in, as they mold and stencil their latest masterpiece.

Cakes beneath these works of art are of varied flavors — chocolate, lemon, banana, red velvet. Name it, they can make it. Mind you, Kaye has no formal training in cake making. But Kaye says, attending pastry school remains her long term goal. For now, it is her passion for baking and all things cute that drives her. Add to that an excellent palate that hits that balance in sweetness, texture and flavors, everytime.

Julia Child once said, “A party without a cake is just a meeting.” And no one argues with Julia Child…

So, for a party like no other, order your cake from Teacher CaKe. You won’t regret it.

Like them on Facebook: Teacher CaKe

Call them at: +63916-6240811

*Photos lifted from Teacher CaKe’s Facebook page.

Yego’s: My Favorite Sisig and Tapsi Stop

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Rainy days just trigger your appetite for the ultimate comfort food. When days are dreary and clouds go gray, all you want to eat is.. sisig. Or tapsilog. But you don’t want the fancy type, none of the angus, wagyu kind. Just downright simple, and one that suits the budget.

I may have the answer to your deepest, darkest craving of what could be the best sisig and tapsilog at this side of town. Presenting… Yego’s!

Yego’s is a hole-in-the-wall in the Mandaluyong area that offers delicious meals at affordable prices. It may have the feel of a roadside eatery, but the creative brains and hands running the kitchen certainly know their stuff. The owners, Brian del Mundo and Tec de Jesus have been technically trained in the best culinary schools in Manila.

Brian studied at the International School for Culinary Arts and Hotel Management (ISCAHM). Having been a longtime General Manager of the family-owned Mindorinne Oriental Hotel in Puerto Galera, Brian takes charge of the business side of the resto-grill. Giving up the island vibe for crazy city life, Brian and his family moved back to Manila, put up this gem of a foodie find, and named the place after his second born, 9-month old Gavin Iego.

Tec, on the other hand , graduated with honors at the Center for Culinary Arts (CCA) in Quezon City. As the certified Pampanguena that she is, she developed the recipe for the sisig. She insists to serve it Pampanga style, without gravy, mayonnaise or topped with egg, as other establishments would. As you taste their sisig, you will have to agree with her. It is indeed sinful, without the frills.

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The  tapsilog could seriously give Rodic’s, Mang Jimmy’s and Tapa King a run for their money. Yego’s version is shredded like corned beef. And with each strand of beef, you taste every bit of yummy tapa goodness.

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There are still other grilled specialties to choose from, inihaw na liempo, chicken inasal, t-bone steak. But believe me, that’s not the best part. Glancing at the menu is the most pleasant surprise. Why? Because none of the food items are worth more than a hundred bucks! This is in keeping with Yego’s philosophy, that the best way to someone’s heart is not just good food. It’s enjoying good food and going home with a happy wallet.

Hope to see you at Yego’s!!

32 North Sikap Street, Brgy. Plainview, Mandaluyong City

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Phone: +63917-6321095

Like them on Facebook: Yego’s


A direct quote from The VERifier:

The Certificate of No Marriage Record (CENOMAR), or otherwise known as the Certificate of Singleness, is that issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO) that a certain individual does not have a record of marriage under his/her name.

Legally, the CENOMAR is not a requisite to contract marriage. Nor is it required for that certain individual to present the CENOMAR for a marriage license before the local civil registrar. But recently, some LCR offices begin to include this in the list of requirements in applying for a marriage license. Some parishes require this document for applicants who would like to get married in their church. It may also be required if your future spouse is applying for a fiancee visa in your behalf. Moreover, Philippine embassies may also list the CENOMAR as a requirement for Filipino nationals to secure a certificate of legal capacity to contract marriage. It is, in essence, a proof issued by a government agency to certify the single status of a person.

Upon application by the individual of a CENOMAR with the NSO or any of its authorized agents (Serbilis, Teleserv or E-Census), and a record of marriage appears across that name, a CENOMAR will not issue. Instead, the marriage certificate evidencing the same shall be issued.

If the said individual indeed contracted marriage, but was subsequently annulled, the CENOMAR shall reflect the said recorded marriage. The individual must produce the necessary documents that will prove the annulment as final and executory, and the said judgment reflected in the marriage certificate. (Certificate of Finality of the Judgment, Annotated Marriage Certificate issued by the NSO,etc). These documents must be annexed to the CENOMAR, for it to be accepted by the requesting authorities.

What pieces of information are needed in getting a CENOMAR?

  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Number or copies needed
  • Purpose for the certification
  • Complete name of the father
  • Complete maiden name of the mother
  • Complete name of the person to be certified
  • Complete name and address of the requesting party

For your other questions on the CENOMAR, post a comment below or email us at or

Best Regards,

The VERifier

Your NSO Marriage Certificate Guidance Counselor

The VERifier Talks About Legitimation!

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The Case of the Legitimated Child

In Legitimation on May 30, 2011 at 9:33 am

A legitimated child is a child conceived and born outside of wedlock of parents who, at the time of the conception of the former, were not disqualified by any impediment to marry each other. (Art. 177, FCP)

Nature of Legitimation:

1. Legitimation shall take place by the subsequent marriage of the parents.

2. The effects of legitimation shall retroact to the date of birth.

3. Legitimation takes place by operation of law.

4. Legitimation takes place only if the parents were not under any legal impediment to marry each other at the time the child was conceived.

While legitimation takes place by operation of law, the subsequent marriage of the parents does not automatically convert a child’s status from illegitimate to legitimated.

No court order is required for the change in status, but the birth record of the child must be changed accordingly through the Local Civil Registrar’s Office (LCRO).

Read the procedure below:

1. Both parents must execute an Affidavit of Legitimation containing the following facts (

1.1 the names of the parents;

1.2 that at the time when child was conceived, parents could have contracted marriage, and that they  subsequently contracted marriage;

1.3 the date and place when such marriage was solemnized;

1.4 the name of the officer who officiated the marriage;

1.5 the city or municipality where such marriage was recorded;

1.6 the name of the child to be legitimated, and the other facts of birth;

1.7 the date and place where the birth of the child was registered ; and

1.8 the manner by which the child was acknowledged by the parents which may be in the child’s record of birth, in a will, a       statement before a court of record, or in any authentic writing (not required for illegitimate children born on or after 3 August 1988—the effectivity of the Family Code)

2. The above affidavit must be registered in the local civil registry office of the place where the birth was recorded.

Upon registration of the affidavit of legitimation, this has the following effects:

  1. The original family name of the child as appearing in Registrar of Births shall not be erased or deleted, but in the remarks space shall be written “Legitimated by Subsequent Marriage” indicating the family name which the child shall bear by virtue of the legitimation also giving reference to the entry number in the Registrar of Legal Instruments.
  2. When the interested party requests a copy of the birth certificate of a legitimated child a certified copy of the certificate of Live Birth bearing the annotation “Legitimated by Subsequent Marriage on ________ (date of marriage) at __________ (place of marriage)” or a certified transcription using standard form from the Register of Births bearing the effects of legitimation and the same annotation indicated in the certified true copy shall be issued. (Rule 66, A.O. No. 1 S. 1993).
Note: By virtue of Republic Act No. 9855, enacted in 2009, the definition of legitimated children was expanded to include those conceived and born outside of wedlock of parents who were disqualified only because either or both of them were below eighteen (18) years old when the child was conceived.
For further questions on legitimation, please feel free to email us at or
Best Regards,
The VERifier
Your NSO Birth Certificate Guidance Counsellor


In relation to my last post, I would like to share with you a reliable service to help you with NSO birth certificate correction.

Introducing… VERified, INc. It stands for Vital Events Records Verified, Inc.

It is a professional service company composed of experts in civil registration, law and information technology, ready to answer questions about your problems regarding NSO certificates, whether they be birth, marriage, death records, etc.

Many people ask: why even bother if your name is misspelled, your birthdate is wrong, or instead of being marked male, your birth certificate says you are female?? A minor error in your birth certificate may be the least of your concerns during a busy and hectic day at work or school. But millions of people realize why at the worst time. They find out that this itsy-bitsy error could have such a huge impact on a person’s chances to enter school, avail of social security benefits, get a job, qualify for a professional exam, and worse of all, an overseas job opportunity. These all come at that very crucial time when the opportunity comes around, and the chance to grab it slowly fades away. This is what inspired this group of people to organize VERified, Inc.

VERified’s civil registration counsellors are ready to take in your questions, and give you valuable information on how to correct these errors. They will give you the various options available. Best of all, if you have no time to spare to do the procedures yourself, VERified can do these all for you!

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