ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mark Timothy J. Libunao is a 32-year old registered Medical Technologist, a father to a 5-year old amiable and smart little boy and a husband to a registered Physical Therapist. He is an accomplished campus journalist, student leader, businessman, salesman and most of all, a loving father and husband, an obedient son, a caring brother, a very loyal and dear friend.
An Editor-in-Chief of his high school and college publications, a student council president for three years in college, a volunteer grade school teacher and a social mobilizer who was able to spearhead various community projects in Quezon City. He led several national organizations including the Quezon City Red Cross Youth Council, College Editors' Guild of the Philippines, Jesuit Volunteers of the Philippines and Philippine Society of Medical Technology Students. His glorious years came when he was elected as a student commissioner of the National Youth Commission under the Office of the President of the Philippines last 2002 and 2003. He worked and was designated as the Chief Medical Technologist of Murphy Diagnostic & Multi-Specialty Center and Hope Medical & Multi-Specialty Center in Quezon City before he entered medical school.
He is the eldest son of Mr. Freddie Mandario Libunao & Mrs. Ma. Sonia Jaleco Jesena of Hughes St., Maasin, Iloilo. He has two siblings: Bryan Paul graduated with a Masters Degree in Integrated Marketing and Communications in the University of Asia and the Pacific and Maria Mikaela who is a second year Medical Technology student of Centro Escolar University.
His wife, Ma. Theresa Acay of Marikina City is a registered Physical Therapist while his son Mikhail Thaddeus is a pre-school pupil of Jesus Christ Saves Global Outreach Christian Academy (JCA) in Quezon City.
He finished his grade school and high school in Ateneo de Iloilo (formerly Santa Maria Catholic School). He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Medical Technology in World Citi Colleges and was awarded as the Most Outstanding Intern of the Year of Philippine Heart Center & World Citi Medical Center. He is presently on his third year Post Graduate course as Doctor of Medicine in Far Eastern University - Dr. Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation where he served as the Treasurer of the Medicine Student Council last 2007 and 2009. He was a former faculty of the KATINKO Wellness Institute Foundation Inc. where he taught Anatomy & Physiology, Massage Economics, Microbiology, Parasitology and Public Hygiene to Massage Therapists. Presently, he is one of the board of directors of Healthville Inc., a wellness company he co-founded with his brother.
Monday, May 6, 2013
THE GLORY THAT WAS GREECE, THE GRANDEUR THAT WAS ROME, THE QUEEN CITY OF THE SOUTH THAT WAS AND WILL ALWAYS BE ILOILO.
Saturday, April 30, 2011
I realize how delicate it is to wake the regional sensitivities of people. A popular fanpage in Facebook said to be owned by ABS-CBN, was cluttered with what appears to be “a war of claims” by Ilonggos and Cebuanos who strongly argued that they are the rightful owners of the title “The Queen City of the South.” As I was reading both sides, the discussion became heated and unhealthy to the point of insinuating that the other was “uneducated.” The fanpage’s wall was also littered with hyperlinked pictures related to the achievements and developments of their respective provinces to support their claim.
Whoever started it all, I don’t know. I have many friends in Iloilo and I know them to be mostly less argumentative. But from the posts I read, I noticed a more assertive breed. Very passionate about their claims and aggressive to march forward with what they think. They had this big red logo that had a crown above the “Iloilo the Queen City of the South.” I noticed too that the logo was used by its supporters as their Facebook profile picture to identify that they are part of that, I should say, “movement.” The Cebuanos on the other hand, were behaved but argumentative – typical of his competitive nature. They pointed that Cebu is the Queen City of the South on the basis of her being the most progressive city outside Manila.
I would like to compare the claims of the Ilonggos as a right by virtue of legal title. Iloilo was granted the title the Queen’s City of the South NOT the Queen City of the South or her loyalty to the Queen of Spain during the time of the Spanish resistance. From then on, the Ilonggos took it to mean that Iloilo was really the Queen City of the South as she was the most economically progressive region outside the National Capital until the decline of the sugar industry after the post war era. The title was immediately “transferred” to Cebu as it was no longer inappropriate for Iloilo to assume the title because of her ailing economy.History has it that Iloilo was granted the title the Queen’s City of the South NOT the Queen City of the South for her loyalty to the Queen of Spain during the time of the Spanish resistance.
Third, let me clarify that there is no such thing in the historical evolution of the mentioned title as “QUEEN’S CITY OF the South”. It was Queen Regent’s City IN the South. I presume that the Cebuano writer overlooked some of the significant historical data or shall I say, “it was just a slip of the pen”. An intelligent writer knows that an apostrophe with “s” is very crucial as this could mean something other than the original meaning. In as much as I would like to believe in his sincerity, I am becoming more skeptical. On the contrary, I am certain that writing is the highest form of communication as this is the product of prudence, reflection and reason.
From then on, the Ilonggos took it to mean that Iloilo was really the Queen City of the South as she was the most economically progressive region outside the National Capital until the decline of the sugar industry after the post war era.
But a friend of mine joked that none of them deserves to make such claims as both provinces do not really come from the south but from the central Philippines. Davao, Zamboanga or Cagayan should be the rightful parties to fight it out among them than between Iloilo and Cebu.
for what truly Cebu is.
Friday, March 11, 2011
His tenure was brief, as his frail health forced him to retire early. He died April 12, 1927. On April 29, or 17 days later, his fellow retired Justice, Florentino Torres, also died. They were both given necrological services by the Supreme Court.
It was in year 1918 when the Chamber of Commerce and the school itself finally acquired a piece of land along Iznart Street, which is now a remnant of her laurels and glories. With the help of these two institutions, the school was established permanently with a stronghold of optimism that “this school” would find her place at the summit of excellence. In 1927, alterations of her name went into different waves. She was called “Primary Commercial School”, and later became “Iloilo Central Commercial High School”.
***The oldest Filipino-Chinese School in the Philippines is
Philippine Tiong Se Academy in Binondo, Manila established in 1899
Friday, March 4, 2011
2008 CINEMA ONE DIGITAL FILM FESTIVAL
Best Director (Richard Somes)
Best Actor (Ronnie Lazaro)
Best Supporting Actor (Joel Torre)
Best Supporting Actress (Tetchie Agbayani)
Best Sound (Joey Santos and Eduardo Velesquez)
Best Editing (Borgy Torre)
25th STAR AWARDS FOR MOVIES - 2009
Digital Movie of the Year
Digital Movie Director of the Year
Digital Movie Cinematographer of the Year
Digital Movie Production Designer of the Year
(Michael Espanol, Donald Camon & Rashel Gumacal)
Best Actor (Ronnie Lazaro)
Best Supporting Actress (Aleera Montalla)
Best Sound (Joey Santos and Eduardo Velesquez)
Thursday, March 3, 2011
No grand introductions, no sugar-coated promotions,
World Folklore Festival in Portugal - 1998
World Expo in Portugal - 1998
Chinggay Festival & Parade in Singapore - 1999 & 2000
St. Patrick's Day Annual Parade in Ireland - 2009
International Dance Congress in Manila - 2009
Philippine Independence Day Celebration Parade
2003 - 2nd Place
2005 - 3rd Place
2006 - 2nd Place
2007 - 2nd Place
2008 - 2nd Place
2009 - 3rd Place
2010 - Grand Champion
LOCAL & INTERBATIONAL AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS:
Best Tourism Event of the Philippines - 2006, 2007, 2008 - ATOP & DOT
HALL OF FAME: 2009
Palladium Balanced Scorecard Hall of Fame - 2009 - Palladium Asia
Festival with Best Executing Strategy - 2009 - Palladium Asia
Best Practices of the City Government - Institute for Solidarity in Asia
Best Practice in Public and Private Cooperation - Asian Devt Bank