# 12 Ivy Shane Jaso
Ivy Shane Jaso or Ivy Shane to her friends has always been asked if she has mixed blood in her. And when I say mixed blood, I mean blood from different races not two different blood types mixed in a pot, stirred, cooked in high heat, and served…I mean transfused. Dinuguan po iyon. Ivy shane herself is not so sure though. As far as she knows, she is of Spanish, Mexican-Chinese, and Filipino...
# 11 Cyrel Caramoan
Thought I’d given up the challenge? Not a chance. I’m kind of busy in the real world and I’m still adjusting to it. It’s a good kind of busy really. So without further ado and without further ramblings about my life, I give you slumbook millionaire! Cyrel Caramoan Jr. is a registered nurse. We went to the same college actually. He was on a different block but our classrooms were just adjacent to...
# 9 Karen Villanueva & # 10 Yuri Orbita
Well, the time of the year when everyone seems to be going gaga over love is here! So, in the spirit of celebrating the day of the hearts, I’m giving you a special slumbook millionaire double feature!!! (applause applause!!!) It’s everyone’s favorite lovestruck couple Yuri Orbita and Karen Villanueva!!! I actually would claim the part of the bragging rights for seeing the beginning of their love...
# 8 Avvy Cristabelle Alba
When asked what the biggest misconception about herself is, Avvy Cristabelle Alba said “Mataray”. People who do not know her or people whom she had just met are often intimidated by her. Asked what it is about her that intimidates people, Avvy points out that maybe it is her demeanor, “Kasi hindi ako masyado kumikibo.” She further reveals the probable reason of that misconception, “Mahiyain kasi...
# 7 Edward Arellano
It was fortunate that Edward Arellano managed to squeeze my interview on his uber tight schedule. And when I say squeeze, I mean squeeze, literally. That day, he just came from a speaking engagement about self-awareness sponsored by the Peer Counselors Organization for the freshmen and sophomore students of Bicol University College of Arts and Letters. It was quite a rainy and dreary day but...
# 6 Vanessa Mae Corre
Vanessa Mae Corre would be irritated if you call her Vanessa these days. She says ‘Vanessa’ is too girly for her. She prefers to be called by Mhei – yes that is with an ‘H’. I however am used to calling her Bon-bon. I think it was one of our classmates who gave her that nickname and it kinda stuck. But on occasions when I want to irritate her, I call her Vanessa Mae out loud in public. Fun fact:...
# 5 Benj Nasayao
Benjo Val Nasayao’s twitter bio already says a lot about him. “Wanderlust. Friend. Brother. Fighter. Lover. Poet. Dishwasher. Electrician. Shutterbug. Bookworm. Advocate. Dreamer. Most likely to break into song and dance.” Fun fact: I actually met Kuya Boom (uhm, can I call you kuya na rin?) on facebook through a group called ‘Nasayao’. It is a group where all the members share the Nasayao family...
# 4 Jean Mae Metran
If there is one person whom I can say that I can bully, it is definitely not JEAN MAE B. METRAN. We became friends when we were in third year college. We were both involved in the extra-curricular activities of the college and being a college whose population is just a little over six-hundred; it was inevitable that we work with each other. And by the end of the year, Jean Mae became the standard...
# 3 Nexevikki Morota
My family members usually star in my blog posts. This is probably because I grew up in a very close-knit family. As a matter of fact, my cousins and I kind of treat ourselves like brothers and sisters. Ma. Nexevikki Morota who I sometimes refer to as Banes (buh-nhess) is one of my quirky and self-proclaimed outrageously funny cousins. She radiates a feel good makes-you-wanna-burst-into-laughter...
# 2 Kristine Labayo
Our next Slummed person is Kristine Labayo, R.N. (registered nurse) and soon to be M.N. (Master of Nursing). Ate Tin as I fondly call her is also a hemodialysis nurse. I met her during college. I was a freshman and she was a junior. I was the unwilling contestant of our year in the Essay Writing Competition during the Intramurals and she was one of the organizers of the event. I actually won that...
# 1: Ben Francis Nasayao
The person who gets to claim the bragging rights for being the person who first writes in this slumbook and for naming this site would be Ben Francis Nasayao. Ben is my brother. This means that he has no choice but to answer my questions. Haha! He is a member of the Batch 2012 graduating class of the Interior Design Program of Mapua Institute of Technology. Subjectively speaking, I consider him...
SLUMBOOK MILLIONAIRE: The Background Story
No, this is not the sequel to the hit movie about a boy from the slums who joined a television game show and eventually wins the jackpot prize using only his life-experiences to answer the questions to find his one true love who got separated from him when they were little during a chase scene on the train. There I pretty much gave you people who have not seen the movie a spoiler. As a kid who...