FAMOUS RIZALEÑOS YESTERDAY

PEOPLE OF TALENTS!

NEMIRANDA

Nemi R. Miranda Jr. or better known as "Nemiranda" the name etches in his works was born on February 14, 1949 in Angono, Rizal. He attained his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Sto. Tomas, Manila. The journey in sketches of his childhood onward to becoming an internationally-recognized painter/sculptor is replete with inspiring stories of trials and successes.

Never losing faith in his capabilities, he forged on and focused his genre on folklore, family, love and the environment. His talent was hired capturing scenes depicting Angono's mystic charm. Eventually he gained and known as the country's forerunner of the art form "Imaginative Figurism", a master of the Human Form who draws his figure through pure imagination.

Nemiranda, has managed to launched over 30 solo exhibitions numbs in various parts of the world. Some of his popular work includes: "History of the Philippine Army", a mural relief sculpture in the parade ground of Fort Bonifacio, the EDSA Shrine Mural, his People Power I painting and EDSA II relief Sculptures and "The Way of Mary", a 20 relief sculpture of the mysteries of the Holy Rosary from EDSA Shrine to Antipolo Shrine.

He was commissioned to do sculptural monument and mural paintings almost in four corners of the country; in rizal Province, Bataan, Oriental Mindoro, Tacloban, Iloilo, Zamboanga, among others. His paintings hangs in the most prestigious homes and offices here and abroad.

RAFAEL "PAENG" PACHECO

Rafael Pacheco a resident of Morong, Rizal has a unique way of expressing his artistic talent. He uses this fingers and palms in creating outstanding pieces of art. He can make a masterpiece in just 5 minutes or less. His favorite genre of art is the underwater scene usually kois and gold fish. Through his unique painting style, he was recornized here and abroad as the "Father of Finger and Palm Painting in the Philippines"

TONY GONZAGA

Celestine Cruz Gonzaga or better known by her screen name "Toni Gonzaga", is a resident in Taytay, Rizal, TV host, dancer and singer. She started her career with GMA Network but later moved ABS-CBN where she became a host of Pinoy Big Brother. She is a hosts for the talk show Entertainment Live and the variety show ASAP (variety show).

Biography Gonzaga started in show business at age 13 where she joined a singing contest with Kyla and Faith Cuneta. Gonzaga starred on the film You Got Me! with Sam Milby and Zanjoe Marudo.

Gonzaga is featured on the compilation album H.O.P. E. (Healing of Pain and Enlightenment) of the Pinky Cares Foundation. She sang the song "Count On Me" for the album.

Gonzaga starred in her first Maalaala Mo Kaya episode entitled "Pendant" with Jason Abalos and Ryan Eigenmann. She had her concert tour in Canada for the month of March titled "Perfect Combination" with Erik Santos.

Toni Gonzaga also had her provincial concert tour entitled "Level Up, Toni Gonzaga".

She made her return to television, this time partnering with Derek Ramsay for Precious Heart Romances episode entitled "Ang Lalaking Nagmahal Sa Akin".

Gonzaga also hosted Pinoy Big Brother Double Up, the third season of Big Brother in the Philippines. Gonzaga also released her album entitled "Love Duets" with Sam Milby under Star Records.

Gonzaga stared on the film Ang Tanging Pamilya: A Marry Go Round under Star Cinema with Joseph Estrada, Ai-Ai de las Alas and Sam Milby. She won as Best female talk show host on 23rd PMPC Star Awards for Television, Anak TV seal Makabata Roster award and ASAP 24k Gold Award. Gonzaga is also featured in the compilation album I Move, I Give, I Love of the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC). She sang the PNRC's theme song "Bagong Umaga", featured in the album.

Personal life

Toni Gonzaga was born on January 20, 1984, to Methodist parents, Carlito and Crisanta Gonzaga. She has a younger sister named Catherine Gonzaga (also known as Alex Gonzaga which following her career as an actress/comedianne and TV host). She collects designer shoes by Christian Louboutin.

Gonzaga is also a supporter of the Philippine National Red Cross. She is named as one of PNRC's "singing ambassadors" in 2009.

GLOC-9

Gloc-9 is an Awit Award-winning Filipino fastest rising rapper. His fast-flowing vocal style has made him one of the most successful hip-hop artists in the Philippines. He has won the award for Best Rap Artist at the Philippine Hip-Hop Music Awards for three consecutive years (2005-2007) and has also been recognized by the MYX and MTV Music Awards.

He was described by fellow Filipino rapper Francis Magalona as "a blacksmith of words and letters, and a true Filipino poet." Gloc-9 has also contributed to the soundtracks of several films, including Star Cinema's "Jologs" and "Trip."
Personal Life

Born Aristotle "Aries" Pollisco on October 18, 1977 in Binangonan, Rizal. He is the son of Mrs. and Mr. Orlando Pollisco, Sr. He is the second of 4 siblings: Sharito (born 1976), Orlando Jr. (born 1978) and Sharon (born 1982).

LIGAYA TIAMSON-RUBIN

Ligaya G. Tiamson-Rubin (popularly known as 'Mam Gaying'), is a multiple Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature recipient, and currently a professor of the University of the Philippines Diliman. Today, she is teaching Filipino 25, Mga Ideya at Estilo (Ideas and Styles) under the Department of Filipino and Philippine Literature at the College of Arts and Letters, University of the Philippines Diliman in Diliman, Quezon City.

Early Life

Rubin was born in Angono, Rizal. She finished her Bachelor of Arts degree in Filipino at the University of the Philippines Diliman on 1966 and her Master of Arts in Teaching in 1971. She also held her Doctor of Philosophy degree at the same university, and taught Malikhaing Pagsulat (Creative Writing), Wika at Panitikan (Language and Literature) and Kulturang-bayan (Popular Culture).The year 2008 proved to be not just a celebration of the University’s history, but also its brilliance as 41 faculty and alumni are feted in three of the country’s most prominent awards.

Professional career

The train started on July 25 when the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) announced the winners for its biennial NCCA Writers Prize at the lobby of the NCCA building in Manila.

Four of the five NCCA awardees were College of Arts and Letters (CAL) faculty members Elyrah Loyola Salanga who won in the literary biography category and Prof. Rosario Cruz-Lucero (short story in English). The other winners were alumnus Edgardo B. Maranan (essay in English) and former UP National Writers Workshop (NWW) fellow Kristian S. Cordero (poetry in Bicolano).

The Gawad Alagad ni Balagtas also honored more than a few UP alumni and affiliates.

The award, which recognizes the contributions of Filipino writers, were given at UMPIL’s (Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas) 34th National Congress on August 30 at the Government Securities and Insurance System Museum of the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila.

Prof. Ligaya Tiamson Rubin of the Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas (DFPP) received the Gawad Paz Marquez Benitez award, which is given to outstanding educators in the field of literature and communication. Rubin was cited for her “dynamic, intense and penetrating approach to the teaching of language and Filipino literature.”

Among the recipients of the Gawad Pambansang Alagad were Prof. Ruperta VR. Asuncion (UP Los Baños), Prof. Delfin Tolentino (UP Baguio Cordillera Studies Center director) and alumnus Edgardo B. Maranan.

Asunción was recognized for her contributions to Ilocano literature and Tolentino for his “wide-ranging and intense examinations of Filipino art and culture,” in his essays in English. Maranan was commended for his versatility in poetry in English and Filipino.

The University’s presence was also heavily felt at the annual Philippines Free Press Literary Awards, held on August 26 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel during its centennial celebration.

CAL faculty member Celeste Flores Coscolluela and workshop fellow Mads Bajarias placed second and third in the short story category. Former fellows Larry Ypil and former CAL lecturer Lakambini Sitoy also took the same places in the essay category.

Meanwhile, all the awards in the poetry category went to former fellows of the UP NWW: Cesar Ruiz Aquino, Marjorie Evasco and Lourd de Veyra in first, second and third place, respectively.

The same thing happened in the 58th Palanca Awards for Literature, with UP taking the lion’s share of awards.

Institute of Creative Writing (ICW) Deputy Director Prof. José Claudio B. Guerrero, CAL alumna Katrina Stuart Santiago and workshop fellow Jhoanna Lynn B. Cruz dominated in the essay in English category.

In the poetry in English category, UP writers Francis C. Macansantos, Ana María Katigbak and Marie La Viña won the first, second, and third place, respectively.

2008 UP workshop co-fellows Ian Rosales Casocot and Tara FT Sering placed first and second in the short story category in English while UP alumnae Nadine L. Sarreal claimed third place. Meanwhile, Law student Jing Panganiban-Mendoza, Michael M. Coroza and CAL faculty member Prof. Eugene Y. Evasco won in the essay in Filipino category.

Workshop fellows Miguel Syjuco and Norman Wilwayco took home the grand prize for the novel in English and Filipino, respectively. It was Wilwayco’s fourth Palanca and his second for the novel in Filipino category. He took home the grand prize in 2002.

Former ICW associates Prof. Leoncio P. Deriada and Prof. Aurelio S. Agcaoili won the first prize in the short story in Hiligaynon and third place short story in Iluko categories, respectively.

Other UP alumni, workshop fellows and faculty members who took home prizes were: Lemuel E. Garcellano 2nd and Rommel B. Rodriguez 3rd, in the short story in Filipino category; April Jade B. Imson 2nd and Allan Alberto N. Derain 3rd, in the short story for children in Filipino category; Niles Jordan Breis 3rd, poetry in Filipino; Allan B. López (3rd, one-act play in Filipino); Dennis M. Marasigan (2nd, screenplay, 2nd); Lilia T. Tio 3rd, short story in Cebuano; Ariel S. Tabag 3rd, short story in Iluko; and Joachim Emilio B. Antonio 3rd, one-act play in English category.

MAKISIG MORALES

Makisig Morales (born December 22, 1996) appeared on the TV reality-show Little Big Star and is the lead singer of the boy band Mak and the Dudes. As a child actor, he played the lead role in Super Inggo'.

Biography At the age of 5 Makisig Morales competed in the Duet Bulilit, a singing segment in MTB, noon-time variety show of ABS-CBN, together with his sister Mayumi.

Makisig later auditioned with his sister Mayumi and brother Vincent in Little Big Star - a TV singing contest of ABS-CBN, where only Makisig and Mayumi were accepted to compete with other contestants.

BJ "TOLITS" FORBES

Bernard Joseph Forbes (born March 27, 1998) in Morong, Rizal, Philippines) also known as BJ "Tolits" Forbes, is a Filipino child actor. He first appeared on TV as a contestant in "That’s My Boy"; however, he didn't win.

Career

After his stint on "That's My Boy," he found fame through a Tide commercial in which he played a character named Tolits. He soon became one of the hosts of GMA's Eat Bulaga.

Apart from Eat Bulaga, he has appeared in TV shows such as Ful Haus, Encantadia, Etheria, and Fantastikids. He has also been featured in movies such as Ispiritista--for which he won the Best Child Actor award in the 24th Luna Awards. His other movies are Exodus, Enteng Kabisote 3, Paraiso, Dobol Trobol, and Ded Na Si Lolo. He has also lent his voice to the character of Botyok in the animated movie "Urduja". He also a main stay character in TV-5 show, "Moo Moo and Me”.

MAN OF COURAGE!

LIEUTENANT GENERAL DELFIN N. BANGIT, AFP

Lieutenant General Delfin N Bangit is the 51st Commanding General, Philippine Army. He hails from San Mateo, Rizal and a member of the Philippine Military Academy "Makatarungan" Class of 1978.

Prior to his assumption as the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Lt. Gen. Bangit was the Commander of the Southern Luzon Command (SOLCOM), Armed Forces of the Philippines from 06 May 2008 to 12 June 2009. His most recent positions of major responsibility include: Commanding General, 2nd Infantry Division, Philippine Army from 11 September 2007 to 06 May 2008; Chief, Intelligence Service, Armed Forces of the Philippines from 16 August 2006 to 05 September 2007; Group Commander, Presidential Security Group from 12 February 2003 to 11 September 2007.

He has also been the Chief of Staff, Intelligence and Security Group, Philippine Army from 16 May 1997 to 16 August 1998; Company Commander, Alpha Company, 2nd Infantry Battalion, 2nd Infantry (Jungle Fighter) Division, Philippine Army; Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence (G2), 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army; Area Command Staff for Intelligence, SOLCOM, AFP; Battalion Commander, 2nd Infantry Battalion, 2nd Infantry (Jungle Fighter) Division, Philippine Army.

He is a graduate of the Command and Staff Course at the Australian Army Command and Staff College; Pre-Commander Course for Battalion Commander and Infantry Officer Advance Course, both taken at the Combat Arms School, Training Command, Philippine Army; Anti-Urban Terrorist Patrol Training at the Louisiana State Police Academy; and the Foreign Officer Tactical Intelligence Course at the School for Military Intel in Australia. He finished his Master of Defense Studies from the University of Canberra, Australia in 2000.

He is a recipient of five Distinguished Service Stars, three Bronze Cross Medals, Silver Wing Medal, 15 Military Merit Medals, Mindanao-Sulu, Visayas and Luzon Campaign Medals and Ribbons and a US Military Commendation Medal among others.

Lieutenant General Bangit is married to Daisy Magdangal – Bangit. They are blessed with three children, Harold, Diane, and Hector.

MEN OF EXCITEMENT!

JIMMY "MR. COOL" MARIANO

Jaime L. Mariano (born March 19, 1942), also known as Jimmy "Mr. Cool" Mariano, is a former Filipino basketball player and coach.

Mariano was born in Malabon, Rizal, Philippines. Standing 6'4", he played the forward and center positions. He played for Concepcion Industries in the Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association, and later, the Philippine Basketball Association after the team moved there. He also had stints with PBA teams 7-Up and Filmanbank.

Mariano also appeared at the Olympic Games as a member of the country's national basketball team. Mariano was the flag bearer of the Philippines at the 1972 Summer Olympics He also coached Red Bull in the Philippine Basketball League and Presto in the Philippine Basketball Association, where he guided the team to the 1990 PBA All-Filipino Cup championship.

ALLAN "THE TRIGGERMAN" CAIDIC

Alan Vito Flores Caidic (born June 15, 1963, Pasig City, Philippines) a resident of Cainta in Brookside Hills Subdivision, is a former professional basketball player from the Philippines. He is considered by many to be the greatest outside shooter the country has ever produced, thus, earning the moniker the "Triggerman" .

He played college hoops at the University of the East before joining the Philippine Basketball Association in 1987, where he broke several Filipino and PBA all-time records—including the most points scored in a single game (79 points), the most three-point field goals made in a single game (17 triples; breaking his previous record of 15 triples), the most three-point field goals in a career (1,242 triples) and the most consecutive freethrows in a row (76).

He has played with several PBA teams and won numerous championships. He played for the Philippine national basketball team including the 1998 Philippine Centennial Team.

Whilst in the league, he was considered one of the best three-point shooters in Asia. The vaunted Chinese National Basketball team recognized his ability by always reminding their players to be on the lookout for "Philippine No. 8", referring to Caidic's regular jersey number while playing for the National Team.

He gained numerous awards and recognitions during his entire basketball career. To view his awards and recognitions follow this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allan_Caidic

BERNABE CONCEPCION

Bernabe "Abe" Concepcion (born 1988) is a featherweight boxer. He is currently the holder of the WBC International Featherweight Crown. Concepcion was born in Viga, Catanduanes, Philippines and raised in Binangonan, Rizal. Being from a boxing-orientated family, he trained from a young age. He turned professional at the age of 16.

Early life

Concepcion has two older brothers who were also professional boxers. They were his inspiration for having taken up boxing himself. He started boxing at an early age, watching his brothers at first and eventually training with them. He then went into amateur boxing but almost immediately turned professional when he turned 16.

Professional career
Super bantamweight

Having developed his boxing skill in his early life, by 2005, he was considered to be one of the most promising boxing talents to emerge from the Philippines. Today, Concepcion fights mainly in the United States, carving out wins away from his homeland Philippines He won his first title via KO in China against a Chinese hometown boxer, and gained his two recent belts in the United States against rated opposition. During this first professional bout, he gained his first knockdown, but was able to floor his veteran opponent as well in the early rounds of that fight (Concepcion was 17 years of age at the time). A year later, he won the WBC youth super bantamweight title by scoring a unanimous decision win over a then undefeated opponent, Joksan "El Torito" Hernandez.

Bob Arum immediately signed Concepcion up for Top Rank Boxing following this win.
Featherweight

For his first world title shot, Concepcion took on Steven Luevano for the WBO featherweight title on August 15, 2009. Originally, the fight was supposed to be included in the undercard of the May 2, 2009 bout between Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton but Luevano pulled out due to an injury. Instead, Concepcion fought Colombian Yogli Herrera that night and managed to eke out a 6-round decision.

Concepcion lost his title bout against Steven Luevano via disqualification. Luevano was ahead on the scorecards when Concepcion landed late blows after the seventh round, resulting in a disqualification.

On February 13, 2010, Concepcion faced Puerto Rican Mario “Principe Ponce” Santiago at the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Filipino boxer won the 10-round bout by unanimous decision with the scores 98-91, 96-93, 97-92. Concepcion was also able to knock the opponent down in the 6th-round with a powerful right. This win brought Concepcion to a potential fight against Puerto Rican sensation Juan Manuel López. Concepcion is scheduled to fight Juan Manuel Lopez on July 10, 2010, for the latter's WBO featherweight title.
Source: Wikipedia the Free Encyclopedia