12 January 2009

people of my year 2008.


time magazine, one of the most brilliant magazines ever, has their much awaited person of the year issue.. i always looove reading the stories of those who influenced a big part of the world in the year that was. why are they so important? what did they do? and how was i affected by what they have done?

and so, taking inspiration from that, i decided to come up with my own list..





i am proud to introduce to you the ten people who made a big impact on my life for 2008. :)





the aycees.
jc and tracy, fondly known as "the aycees", got married may of last year. my sister and i always say how happy we are that the main man in our lives has found the main woman of his. i can say that the aycees are my faaavorite couple in the whole world!! i am so inspired by how they work so hard yet manage to have their share of fun, by how they both are so open to the world, and by how they make each other the best people that they can be. i can also honestly say that i hope to find myself in a relationship as great as theirs someday. :)





rapa lopa.
i met tito rapa july of last year. he is part of a big, big, fun, fantastic clan that i now love to bits!! he is one of those people that inspire me and make me believe that it is possible for anyone to make a positive impact on society. because this year has been a tough year for the whole world, it sometimes is so easy to get jaded and to just think about yourself and your family. tito rapa is one of those that push you to do more and to be more. and just looking at the way he lives his life, balancing family, friends, work, faith, and country, it makes me think i can do all that too.





mariel termulo.
if i were to choose who artists on television i'd be a fan of, one of those i would choose is mariel. beyond the elaborate headpieces and fantastic outfits she puts on, there is a wonderful, true friend. 2008 was a tough year for mariel, and it reminded me of what my 2007 was like. but she proves that you really cannot put a good (wo)man down! just this year alone, she successfully surpassed problems and milestones other people encounter in the span of five years. she has grown so much as a woman, as a homemaker, as a public figure, and its an honor to be her friend.





dante sta. cruz.
i met dante june of last year, but started chatting with him online around two months prior to the meeting. we shared common friends, got to share stories, and instantly clicked! he has grown to be one of my most trusted confidantes and advice givers. dante's story is the story of many, many other pinoys in different parts of the world. working abroad to earn and save, waiting for papers to be processed, dreaming to come home to the philippines someday.. they are all fighters! and its definitely something to be admired and emulated.





ofel gonzalez.
my mom! i often write about my mom on my blog, and of course, this list will not be complete without her. last year was the year she turned 60, and though she does not look it at all, she proudly shares this bit of info with everyone, and now proudly presents her senior citizen's card everywhere she goes! she's very young at heart, very active, and a very strong woman. i'm always eager to share with anyone and everyone about the amazing way she brought up me and my siblings, not just when we were kids, but to this day that we "kids" are all adults.





sandy cayetano.
there are specific problems one goes through that calls for a specific type of friend to talk to about it. tita sandy was that friend for me last year. and i'm so thankful! beyond that one year, she has also been that friend for many other women throughout her life! and boy, it takes one highly empowered woman to be the most important woman to two other powerful women, who are runners-up in this list of mine, ate pia and ate lani, her daughter and daughter-in-law respectively. one of her biggest idols is oprah, but little does she know, she is an "oprah" to many other women like me.





team dosh.
this photo was taken a few days ago in the beautiful wedding of paolo and geline, two of our kabarkadas. we all met back in 2003, and though we all started hanging out in the "gimmick scene", we ended up creating solid friendships. 2008 was such a big year for us! three couples got engaged, three people moved abroad, one couple got married and are now proud parents, one couple stuck together in sickness, lots got to travel, a few got to meet special someones.. and we're confident that 2009 ad 2010 will still be our years to shine!





aissa gonzalez.
if 2008 was a happy and fulfilling year for me, it was a happier and more fulfilling year for my sister! her zest for life is infectious! it was a great work year for her as a professional interior designer, but more than that, this year, she met a special someone who has made her the happiest we all have ever seen her. giddy like a high school girl in all her pictures, out of town almost every other weekend for some exciting adventure, out and about in town in places many of us have never even heard of.. an explorer in her own land, just like her boyfriend james is.





the probe team.
ever since i started watching tv, "the probe team" has always been the credible, authoritative, socially relevant program to beat. and so without batting an eyelash, i said yes to the invite to be part of their christmas special called "pasa pag-asa", a challenge where the probe reporters were split into groups and partnered with guests, then tasked to pay good deeds forward in the span of 36 hours. i gave my heart and soul to the challenge, and it ended up being one of the most amazing experiences of my life! i wish the probe team many, many more years of changing lives.





barack obama.
okay, okay, i don't personally know the president-elect. i only dream of meeting him one day! but that is what makes barack obama the person of the year not just for time magazine, but for many people around the world like me.. that though we only know of him, he has touched, moved, and inspired people of all races, classes, faiths. his dream coming true translates to hope for all of us! just listening to this one man speak sparks something in us that makes us believe in ourselves. and sometimes its a simple nudge like that that pushes us to make a difference.



i hope you can also make your own list of the people that made your year. :) i think its a simple but meaningful tribute for them, for all they've done for us, whether they know it or not. :p

79 comments:

scribbledoodlesquiggle said...

hi bianca. nice page! ikaw/ung blog mo ang nag-inspire sakin na gumawa ng blog! (hihi! nashare ko lang)i love mariel! she seems so nice and she is very pretty even without make up. cool idea of making that list! even the handwritten letters! since sabi mo (hehe!) i will also make a list of people who made my year. stay safe! god bless you!

Kim said...

So you know, a lot of people has chosen you as one of the greatest people in their lives last year. And I am one of them.

I hope you continue to inspire and touch people's lives.

Happy happy New Year! :)

hazeljoyv said...

Hi bianca! I've really been waiting on when will you be blogging this new year. Thanks God you've made one already. And I can say that it's a very interesting and inspiring post. One in which we can also pause for a while, think and look back on the people which had made great impact in our lives especially last year. It made me also think if my 2008 was a fruitful one or not. But nevertheless, new years are still blessings, ayt? Cheers! Good luck and may you have a bright year ahead!

gillboard said...

Hey bianca, nice to read a new post from you. I saw the two Probe episodes with you in it. The stories of the people you helped are awe-inspiring, albeit heart-breaking.

Anyway, happy new year!!! Hope to see more posts from you this year.

Anonymous said...

good thing you wrote something. That was nice :0) I am a big fan of Bianca Gonzales!!!!

♥peachkins♥ said...

hmmmnn..this is nice..gawa din kaya ako??

fence sitter said...

Cool idea!

Jen said...

i couldnt come up to 10 people. i probably would just have 2 or 3 people of my year ; )

good blog.

msminchin said...

you haven't met barack obama personally and i haven't met you. but just as you have included obama in your list and so i included you in mine. thank you for being an inspiration to us. your work, your blog and the way you conduct yourself in the midst of ugly controversies show that there are still celebrities who are worthy to be emulated by young people. God bless you ms bianca. i'm still praying that i would meet you one day.

kaRen_myxmatch said...

of course YOU are included on my list , for being an inspiration and good influence for the past years. And as i told you before, 2008 is your year for goodwill, in line with all your projects and achievements(more to come this 2009!)

nice post for the start of the year.

Antoine GF said...

its really nice to learn things from other people esp. mentors....
goodluck on ur good deeds giRl...and more power!

idol ka naming mga kabataan.

hailqueenemery said...

lol.. ima have to start writing down those ten people too.. hehe..

glad to you see you blogging again..

have a happy life.

Anonymous said...

hi. OMG! you really are so contagious! :)

marian said...

great!!!

Anonymous said...

I like your list...I like you being so close to your family and friends...God Bless you!

Joanna said...

will do this too and il send you the link as soon as its up! :)

Thanks a lot for inspiring us, Bianca.. You have no idea :)

God bless you and your family :)

yish said...

nice one bianca! That was fun. hmmm i'll also try to make mine. =]

angelalouise said...

very nice idea of having your own people of the year! :) your blog posts were always very interesting to read. again and again. :) more power to you this 2009! :)

katedadz said...

i will surely make my own!!!! :)

GREAT POST!!! i loooove it! :)

Anonymous said...

hi bianca..nice blog..
grabe ur so inspiring.!

I also made my list of people who complete my 2008 and I proudly say that you are one of the people who made a big impact in my 2008..
thank you for inspiring me and other people especially the youth..

Take Care and God Bless!

Lost wanderer said...

hmmmm. ganda nito, appreciating people in your life.
have a blessed 2009

pam said...

At last i found it!!! i've been looking for Ms. Bianca's blogs, am glad to read her latest post!!!

I'm so inspired...keep on posting your adventures, stories and feelings i'm really learning from it...

I will be waiting for your next post...

Anonymous said...

i read somewhere that your HEART is happy right now! and i'm happy for you too! finally.. :D stay in love and happy! God bless.. :)

paula said...

i love reading your blog!you have inspired a lot of people.continue writing!you are one of those who have inspired me a lot...

Anonymous said...

wow i love your top 10......THE PROBE TEAM rocks.....


XOXO

gold

Jasty said...
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VJ said...

Hello Bianca. Talagang Inabangan ko ang 2-episodes nun ng PROBE PASA PAG-ASA and mag-five years na na super inspired ako as a youth sa mga ginagawa mo. You are really beautiful inside and out.

Lorenz said...

u were my person of the year for 2007! :P

Anonymous said...

if i would make a list.
i'll include you,
you're one of the people who truly inspires to do something, to do good, to be an example to everyone, actually one of the reasons why i'm into blogging now,and why i made an account at blogspot is because of you.

you're an inspiration for me,
you're an inspiration for us.

continue to be an inspiration.

god bless.

:D

laisah~ said...

why are you so kind-hearted??
Seriously...i've been wanting to ask you that...amidst what i saw,heard and felt...truth remains you have a good heart :) i wish you knew how much you touched my life...YEAH! your choice is not mine...yet respect is what i get in return...a friend once quoted "for the sake of love,give everything...for no sacrifice is too great"...you've went through blizzards of emotions yet your faith wasn't shook...oh well! "truth until LIVED is only a thought"...god is good and his just getting better...frickin' AWESome~!
p.s.
you were at my top most list in 2006 :)
x

ria said...

bianca napaka ok mo talaga as in beauty and brain ka u always inspire me with ur blog i always look forward to read it cause i know it will touch people lives...thank u for inspiring me.

fast_lain said...

astig nung post mo :D at ang cool mo dun sa probe team, natuwa talaga ako dun sa mga ginawa nyo, lalo na yung dun sa binyag... talagang gumising pa kayo ng maaga.. hehe.. happy new year!

louraine said...

can i also make one for my self? nakaka-inspire naman kasi eh.

☺☺iloveirene☺☺ said...

so yung nasa friendster is fake...ehehe..ok...pretty cool huj...i like this blog....☺

Anonymous said...

we need to find more people like you. you're what this country needs. i bet there will be more great things to come from you.

kudos, bianca!

p.s. when you get tired of showbiz, you certainly have a career waiting in public service (no, i'm not talking bout running for office or something).

Anonymous said...

hi bianca...finally, i can express those things that i had perceive from you as my best celebrity that i really admired. Since when i was in college here in gensan i started looking you forward as one of the best known figure i ever saw in tv. Thoughts, you are a true model of all youths, your awesomeness was pulled me up to upgrade my wisdom like you in order to promote youthful method of life that more applicable to our society. And i'd learned that from you previous tv program at studio 23 before, "Yspeak". Last x-mas i focus your participation "pasa pag-asa" as x-mas episode of probe by cheche lazaro.Actually, before i wish to send a message to you but i don't know how to touch with you. That's why after a long time of waiting to find a way to catch your blog site i very thankful that i finally found your site.Your are my greatest person not only in my past years but in a constant year.

bexborough said...

hi ate bianca ..
your really inpire me a lot ..
i really like you ..
everything about you ..
ilabyha!!!

kae said...

i made a list of my own. thank you for being an inspiration to so many people. :)) i hope one day i will be able to talk to you in person.

Kevin said...

wow, ur blog's amazing. it's as cool as ur cute ahahaha.

ting said...

wow. what a nice list. i am inspired to do one also. haha! glad you mentioned it on your blog. hahha! i love reading through your blogs again.

hope you drop by my blog also. hahaahaha! i know your a busy busy person but. yeah....wala lang. THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS BLOG.

Anonymous said...

hi bianca!!!! FINALLY!!! nagblog ka na ulit. hehe. i LOVE reading ur entries. promise. tuwing gagamit ako ng net, lagi kong tinitingnan kung may bagong post ka na. :) hehe..

ganda nga idea mo sa paggawa ng list.

and just like your blog readers, ikaw din inspiration ko bakit ako nag bblog minsan. :) though di naman talaga ako writer.

thanx for being an inspiration to us. :) more power to you. God blezs you! -celine. :)

Cybil said...

wee... super blessed 2008 for you
more power ^__^

paolo said...

yay obama!

yun lang kilala ko eh.

Anonymous said...

Hi Ms. Bianca, I just want to ask. What you've gone through in 2007, how did you do it? As in, how did you do it? I'd really like to know. Thank you.

-honeynibadoodles@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

i really love reading your blog... i think i have read almost every post you made.. keep it up!.. and keep us posted pls.. i'm a fan of yours...^__^

Ailah said...

so glad you are there to inspire us.. keep it up bianca!...^__^

irish said...

hello biancs! i miss this! first & foremost, wanna greet you and ur family a happy and meaningful new year! whew! grabe ka talaga, despite the busy sked you still managed to make your own people of the year! galing! like everyone here, you're included on my list also. they said it all that you inspire us all and also, those who don't read this blog but you have touched their lives as well in your very unique way. even though we are at the same age, i still see you as an insipiration and a role model. keep it up. there's a lot more in store for us this year! God bless. take care.

Anonymous said...

finally, u pdated ur blog!!!many really ador u and get inspiration from..keep it up...

from on of ur many fans...(".)

Ayei said...

wow what an amazing list you have, wow this people are amazing people too, and yeah I like Mariel so much pagtuwing nakikita ko keu sa Entertainment Live natutuwa ako sa inyo nila Luiz and Toni too. I love Mariel kasi kahit sa wowowee pa lang grabeh super hyper girl siya as in at hindi siya plastik kung cnu sea off cam ganun din sea on cam based na rin un sa observation me since kasi napanood ko siya first at GMA7 in Extra Extra natutuwa na me sa kanya even her personality talaga ay napakaganda :).

Goodluck on your Career both magbestfriend and hope tumagal pa kayo because you are both one of the best in the industry :).

Continue to inspire others not just an artist but as a person too. :)

pugadmaya said...

never read spmething like this before..nice ;)

my_story_poem said...

hi bianca... i add your URL as my link... thank you..

jamittle said...

hey! it took me three days to read your entire blog (as in from the very beginning up to present).. sad, you're one year inactive, i wonder how stressful that year was to you so you don't feel like sharing them to us, it hurts you so.. anyways, yhew! nice stories.. some were funny, some were inspirational. :) i even share what i read to my ever-dearest-cousin.. hope to read your new posts, i've listed you on my top blogs. :))

jhosel mendrique said...

i've been reading through your blog for some quite time now.
thanks for inspiring everyone! i love all your blogs..
i adopted your idea for my birthday.. but i personalized it and made 22 people who inspired and defined the 22 years of my existence.. i hope you don't mind. (i put on the note that it was your idea..) haha..

keep on inspiring many people.
u rock ms. bianca g.!

god bless!

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Inez said...

WOW. You're right. Your mom does look very young. She doesn't look a day over 40!

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Anonymous said...

hi ate bianca! i'm really blessed by your life! lam mu, nakakahawa ang joy na nagra-radiate from your heart! susubukan ko ring gumawa ng sarili kong list... continue to inspire other people's lives... God bless ate!

kimy's blog said...

Hi Miss Bianca,I'm new here and I came across your blog, dahil nag check ung kaibigan ko sa blog nya. Binasa ko ung mga blogs mo and I must "Certified Blogger" ka tlaga. Just by being YOU, you created a difference in the world na. As early as now, you are on my list for the people who inspired me for 2009!!! Ingat ka po!

shorty said...

Hello Biancs.

I am a fan of yours.And Mariel also.
Got a cool and informative blog.

Keep it up!
Visit mine also.
Thanks.

Iris said...

Wow, sabi ko na nga ba at sister mo yung si Aissa Gonzales eh. Is she the one of Tessa Prieto's co-host in House Life? I'm also a budding interior designer studying in UST.

Barack Obama sure is the person to beat for 2008! It's a happy ending for him to be the president of United States of America. Although he has to prove his proposal for changes first; but he is a very good man and has this strong appeal to the mass. I don't doubt he can make the world hear him one more time!

shorty said...

nice post bianca.

happy new year.does mariel has a blog?thanks.

visit my site also.

Francis Simisim said...

Hi Bianca, this is Francis Simisim from BlueWater Day Spa. I've started a competition in my blog where 28 people in Metro Manila could have a chance to win a spa movie theater experience in BlueWater Day Spa Ortigas branch. I've posted the details on my blog here: http://techfilipino.com/2009/01/first-spa-movie-theatre-in-the-world/.

Thanks

alasais said...

bianca,

kumusta? napadaan ako rito at naisip kong imbitahin ka sa aming site. gunitain ang nakaraan, ang kabataan.

sana magustuhan mo 'to:

http://alasais.wordpress.com/

- tenco of alasais

Darwin said...

san po kayo nag eedit ng photos? in particular sa borders? tnx! :)

Anonymous said...

ate bianca!!
i like u sooo much!!
u inspire me a lot!!
be blessed!!

Anonymous said...

hi bianca!
ahm..i just want you to know that you're on my list!!!

word for the year 2008...
POSITIVITY!

Thanks for sharing this... =)

--bianca jr!

Rej said...

This is very interesting. Love it! Magaya nga :)

litosj said...

hi bianca....great blog!. i like your entries... esp. this one...
i'm wondering if it's okay to link your site from my blog...thx
~lito~
http://abstracthorizon.wordpress.com/

kareristangmusikero said...

hi Bianca... nice blog... i have read your blog and with that, I'm inspired to make one myself...
may I ask you one question?

How did you put your own header in your blog?

Thanks and God Bless! =D

Kristen said...

blog hopped!:D nice post!!:) hope u could visit my blog too.:)

Anonymous said...

hi biancs totally in all aspects of your life i think its really inspiring...you really have the talent to inspire people. even with small things and idea that you give. actually im a really big fan of yours, i always checked wats up for you and wats new..its like that i can really see a true kindhearted person in you...just dont understand why you keep mariel as one of your trusted friends...dont understand really? does she thinks the same way of you after all.....

jdzeroeight said...

Hi Bianca... i used to be a practicumer in ABS-CBN last December 2006 and you're one of the persons whom i want to meet at makapag-papicture lang and thanks to Sir Mico del Rosario. Dream come true talaga yun for me when I visited you sa set ng BLOG (Barkada Log sa Studio 23) and fortunately nakapag-papicture ako sayo, and it makes me feel more proud and happy when you asked for my name... Iba ka talaga, you're such an angel for me. Thanks for that wonderful experience and im planning to visit you again sa ELive through Mam Lanie, sana maalala pa nia ko para ma-meet ulit kita. Tnx for posting such an inspiring blogs and I wish you all the luck in your career and personal life. Hapi Valentines day!

mineko marie said...

hi ate bianca. you really have that talent..you're the best blogger..ever!keepsafe├╝

Ria A. said...

ms. bianca gonzalez. i became your fan when you entered PBB. :) mas lalo akong naging fan when i learned of this site. you inspired me to keep inspiring blogs. you truly are one of the role models of the youth. more power.

germaine said...

hi bianca!

nice page.. hope there's alot more of you that will inspired many..

I'm a big fan of yours.. How I wish there's a lot more projects for you..
keep up the good works..and stay beautiful!

Niki M. said...

I am an anti- abortion conservative. And for barrack obama to legalize it and promote it even more deeply saddens me. No offense though. That's just my opinion.

Jack said...

How are you an inspiration? Yout think you know what the poor people in the philippines go through? I'VE LIVED IT when I was a kid I picked up trash and begged for food just to live. My ambitions of a better life paved way for my modest life today. You are just some damn celebrity from a fortunate household. Flip celebs and the government are absolutely no help. All talk and no action like in the U.S. Pres. Obama is starting to feel the pressure. If I wasn't so poor (even now I am), I'd feed the hungry and needy. Why help "some" people when you can help everyone in need? The reason you have many fans is because your just some pretty faced airheaded chick that will never see the real problems in life. Your an actress/host. How can a person dolled up for a tv appearance make any difference in this dying world?

mish said...

hey. i saw your ate yesterday. she looks fab. :) ang cute ng outfit nia :D

Anonymous said...

ate bianca thank u.. continue to inspire other people..