It takes true courage to embark on a profession that a mere mention of its name raises eyebrows and evokes confounded looks. It is similar to exploring uncharted territories, only equipped with positivity and faith. Until realization sets in that with that decision, that risk taken, life has become more fulfilling. Now, the only thing left to do is to make these territories known to more.

Ma. Rowena Arao-Ynion is one of those courageous few who took on the less travelled route. She took up a course not known to many Filipinos, and has been a Certified Speech-Language Pathologist. And as if that is not a challenge in itself, she also accepted the highest position in the Philippine Speech-Language Pathology scene. She is the current president of the Philippine Association of Speech Pathologists (PASP) and she shows Murphy Report her determination to let more people know about what they do and why they do it.


Can you give us a background of what Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) is?

I think it’s easier to describe Speech-Language Pathology, by describing what a Speech-Language Pathologist does. A Speech-Language Pathologisthelps children and adults with communication and swallowing problems. The key words are “help”, “communication” and “swallowing”. We see children with disabilities like autism, ADHD, down syndrome, and other developmental disabilities. We also see adults with communication and swallowing problems due to stroke, Parkinson’s disease, as well as traumatic brain injuries, and other neurological concerns.


How is it to be a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Philippines?

Since I’ve been practicing for 23 years, I still feel sad because not a lot of people know what I do and what the profession is all about, but slowly we’re getting there. There are more Speech-Language Pathologists practicing now and there are more universities offering the course.


What are the most common misconceptions Filipinos have about Speech-Language Pathologists?

Some people think that we work with clients who want to become better public speakers or that we train them so they can work in call centers.


Why do you think Speech-Language Pathology is not known in the country? 

Compared to other courses, Speech-Language Pathology is relatively young. The course started in the University of the Philippines-Manila (UP-Manila) and it was just in 1982 when they produced their first graduate, and it was a single graduate. We are happy that three other universities are now offering the course: University of Sto. Tomas (UST), Cebu Doctors’ University(CDU) and De La Salle Health Sciences Institute (DLSHSI). We’re hoping that they will be producing more graduates and more professionals in the field.


What drew you to this profession?

I knew about the course through an angel at the registrar’s office. Actually, I just got into it because I wanted to go into med. But when I was observing SLPs in PGH doing their job, it amazed me how they helped adults who have had stroke and that eventually they can talk. And when I observed patients being seen at the university, it inspired me to do something that I thought was different, but of course, I had to tell my parents that I’m not pursuing medicine anymore. I told my dad, he’s my idol in terms of passion for the profession, he has been a newscaster for the past 45 years.  And so he couldn’t say anything when I gave him a letter. He was in the province, in Bicol, I gave him the letter and told him that I finally found the profession that I would be doing for the rest of my life. I told him, “I won’t be a doctor anymore. I’ll be a Speech-Language Pathologist.This is want I want to do.” And he supported me all the way.


In this profession, what do you think keeps the fire burning?

What’s good about the profession is its range. You can work with adults and children, and you’ll see a lot of cases. It’s like a box of chocolates, you’ll never know what you’ll get. Sometimes, when you go into the hospital setting, you’ll see a case and it’s different.  So, every day is different! You don’t know how the child would behave for that particular day. So I think that’s what has kept me going all these years. Of course there are bad days, but when you think about it, and when you try to realize what you can do for a client to elicit a particular response, then somehow, you get excited again. And then you just get going.


Not a lot of people know about your profession, moreover that there is an association for it. Can you tell us about the Philippine Association of Speech Pathologists?

Our association, the Philippine Association of Speech Pathologists (PASP), is on its 25th year. Right now, we’re also happy to tell everyone that we are 300 strong. There are around 365 active members and that we are now more reachable to our clients. As a matter of fact, we are having our first national convention on July 23 and 24 at SMX in SM Aura and we are inviting all professionals, the doctors as well as the parents to join us to get to know Speech-Language Pathology better.


Aside from the convention, can you tell us more about the projects of PASP?

PASP has a lot of projects, primarily to help our members develop their skills. So we have a lot of continuing education programs. We have seminars and certification programs for them. It depends on what they need. We try to organize, as much as possible, on a quarterly basis.


Can you tell us about your position in PASP and how it has been?  

I am currently the president of the association. Being the president, on its 25th year, is both an honor and a challenge. There were a lot of bumps along the way, but our team has kept its focus on what needs to be done.

What’s good about the profession is its range. You can work with adults and children, and you’ll see a lot of cases. It’s like a box of chocolates, you’ll never know what you’ll get. Sometimes, when you go into the hospital setting, you’ll see a case and it’s different.

What are the steps PASP has been doing to increase awareness and better educate the people about your profession?

Currently, we are working with a lot of advocacy groups to help us reach out to our clients better. With associations like Autism Society of the Philippines, ADHD Society of the Philippines, and Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines, Inc., so that we can work with our parents and clients in improving awareness, acceptance, and inclusion of children with special needs, as well as the differently-abled.


How can PASP be reached?

PASP can now be reached through Through our website, our clients can check Speech-Language Pathologists living near their place. They can ask questions and they can also view the different activities we have, so they can be a part of it.


Are there SLPs in the provinces or are you all based in Metro Manila?

Most of the SLPs are still based in the National Capital Region (NCR), but slowly, we have SLPs practicing in provinces like Davao, Cebu, Baguio, Iloilo, Bacolod and Gen San. We are hoping that more SLPs will go back to their provinces and for those who are in the NCR to at least adopt a rural area or a province just like our Vice President who is practicing in Metro Manila, but she goes to Tacloban often.


The demand for your profession has been high, what has the association been doing to provide services to all especially to those located in the rural areas? 

There are SLPs who are into community work, Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR). Of course, we want to reach out to more clients in the provinces, so right now, we are encouraging our SLPs to go back to their provinces or provide free clinics or free workshops to those in need. And of course one of our goals is to increase in number and we are confident that eventually we will be doing so, since all 4 universities will eventually be increasing their number of graduates, thus, increase the number of professionals in the future.


How do you see the profession growing in the next 10 years?

In the next 10 years, I hope the profession won’t be misunderstood anymore and I hope that we will come up with a good number. A good number such that more clients would be served, especially in the provincial areas. A good number is also a good goal, so some of us can focus more on research or do more community work.


What are the future plans of PASP? 

Since PASP is a membership organization, we would want to ensure that all our members are equipped with the proper knowledge and skills to serve everyone, and in the future we hope to increase in number. We also hope to continue working with varied advocacy groups and we hope to continue being advocates of our clients. And of course in the future, it would be nice to be working with more international groups.


Lastly, what do you want people to know about Speech-Language Pathology?  

I want them to know that Speech-Language Pathology is a helping profession. We help children and adults with communication and swallowing problems. And it’s actually not an easy job, but witnessing a client, who was previously non-verbal utter his or her first word, is priceless. It’s not easy, but it is truly rewarding.


For more information about the Philippine Association of Speech Pathologists and Speech-Language Pathology, please visit marker


Interview – Jenette Vizcocho and Dane Raymundo

Videography – Cris Legaspi, Lisandro Molina, and M Espeña

Editing – M Espeña

Photography – Cris Legaspi

Text – Dane Raymundo



at the center of the busy city of Makati lies a quiet, but quaint street aptly named Jupiter. Jupiter street, similar to its cosmic namesake, has a huge expanse and a mysterious atmosphere. It surprises its guests with a variety of activities from enjoying a smorgasbord of delectable global cuisines
to celebrating special occasions with live music to playing detective in unlocking mysteries to catching up with friends over cocktails. It speaks the irony of finding a laidback ambiance in a metropolitan area that one must try.

To simply put it, Jupiter street boasts of its diversity in food, drinks, music and recreation, a welcome refuge from the fast-paced lifestyle of Metro Manila’s economic hub. marker


Interview – Jenette Vizcocho and Dane Raymundo

Videography – Cris Legaspi, Lisandro Molina, and M Espeña

Editing – M Espeña

Text – Dane Raymundo

a 1-hour ferry ride from Manila bay to the southwestern part of Luzon, takes you back to the days when the Philippines has been fighting for freedom and emancipation. Visiting Isla ng Corregidor evokes nostalgia of the Second World War, where looking at the dilapidated barracks and traces of artillery gives you an instant pass to reconnect with your history.


The deserted island is now a place for visitors from all walks of life, from bikers, photographers, tourists or just people with a knack for history, Corregidor has something to offer to everyone.

The tranvia, a 28-seater cable car, has become the primary means of transportation for people visiting the island, providing them with easier access to its four sections. This type of transportation has also been widely used in the island during World War II.

Battery way comprises of a battery of four 12-inch mortars named after Lieutenant Henry Way of the 4th US Artillery.

South beach gives visitors a different perspective of Corregidor Island, far from how it has been viewed before. This side has evolved with the modernity of times offering contemporary leisure activities such as biking, camping, and kayaking.

The old barracks, situated at different strategic areas all over Corregidor, is probably one of the sights that truly hits the heart. Thoughts of bombs dropping from the air, mercilessly crushing anything it lands on and obliterating everything in its way, will bring chills up your spine; the grief strongly palpable.
The Mile-long barracks located at the topside section of the island, is actually just less than a third of a mile long. The three- storey infrastructure became known as the world’s longest military barracks that housed the quarters of American officers and enlisted personnel.

Going inside the Malinta tunnel, squinting your eyes for better focus, everything else left to your imagination, infuses different emotions. Thoughts of the past and realizing the purpose this tunnel served, creates certain level of anxiety, but being there, seeing how it has been preserved and how everything becomes tangible leaves one in awe. It was a bomb-proof storage facility and personnel bunker, that later became the underground hospital for the wounded soldiers.

The Philippines, a country with majority of its population embracing Catholicism, exudes remarkable faith in the island even in the pre-war era. Right at the middle of the island stands a simple church known as the “San Jose Church”, witnessing the irony of times, from the violence of the past to the tranquility of the present.

The Pacific War Memorial can be seen at Corregidor’s highest point. It consists of a complex with a memorial dome, a museum, and a freedom monument. It was built by the government of the United States to honor the American and Filipino servicemen who engaged in the Pacific War. Outside of the memorial, a huge marker is found with the following words engraved, “Erected to the Filipino and American fighting men who gave their lives to win the land, sea and
air victories, which restored freedom and peace to the Pacific Ocean Area”.

Cine Corregidor was a recreactional facility for the soldiers and their families. It is located on the left side entrance of the Pacific War Memorial Complex, and was built before the World War II broke out. They say the last movie shown here was “Gone with the Wind”, starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh Moore.

The Memorial Dome has an oculus which allows sunlight through to the circular altar underneath. Every first week of May, at exactly 12 noon, the circular marble altar is directly lit by the sun, the 6th of the month and the anniversary of the fall of Corregidor. During this time, visitors are requested to offer a moment of silence to remember the day Corregidor and the Philippines fell into the hands of the Japanese, and to commemorate the courage the soldiers exhibited over 72 days of continuous bombing. Around the altar’s edges, these lines are inscribed, “Sleep, my sons, your duty done, for freedom’s light has come; sleep in the silent depths of the sea, or in your bed of hallowed sod, until you hear at dawn the low, clear reveille of God.”

The Eternal Flame of Freedom is a solar-powered steel sculpture, designed by Aristides Demetrios, to symbolize undying liberty. It serves as a reminder of the determination and courage of the Filipinos and Americans in their fight for freedom.

Faro de Isla Corregidor, or Corregidor Lighthouse, was first established in 1853 to guide trading ships to the entrance of Manila Bay on their way to the port of Manila. It is one of the oldest structures in Corregidor and served as an observation platform for military purposes during World War II. At present, visitors are allowed to climb the lighthouse up to the viewing deck to take a look at the expanse of the island including parts of South China Sea, Manila Bay, Bataan, Cavite, and Batangas. It is the only remaining functional structure on the entire island of Corregidor.

The markers at the lighthouse depict the distances of different places from Corregidor. 693 miles from Hongkong, 1,719 miles from Tokyo, 1,497 miles from Singapore, 3,044 miles from Sydney, 6,672 miles from Madrid, and 6,972 miles from San Francisco.

Corregidor may be reminiscent of the grief brought about by the war, but it was through this war that peace and freedom was restored. Despite this feeling of sadness, Corregidor remains a beacon of strength and courage, a symbol of freedom and the resilience of the Filipino people; something that will never be forgotten. marker
Corregidor Island, also known as “The Rock” for its rocky landscape and heavy fortifications, fall under the jurisdiction of Cavite City. The tadpole-shaped island is divided into four sections: topside, middleside, bottomside and tailside.



Text – Dane Raymundo

Photography – Lisandro Molina and M Espeña

Hi, Ken. Tell us something about what you do.

I’m the general manager of Alcohol by Volume (ABV) and Lazy Bastard. Basically, I’m the one who’s managing the place and I’m also helping the bartenders. I’m training them not just to compete but to develop cocktails on the menu and to make sure that we’re giving good service to our guests.

Please tell us about bartending and your journey to becoming the World Class 2015 Global Winner.

Well, the thing about World Class is, it’s one of the most, if not the most prestigious bartending competitions across the globe, so I was honored to be one of the participants this year. When ABV was hiring me, one of their pitching offers was a shot at World Class. I’m like, “Okay. Deal!” When we had the first leg of the competition, it was very stressful since I didn’t have a bar to work out the menus I was going to create for the competition. It was tough for me to start and to build these drinks. Some of them are what we have now at ABV. Just recently, I came back from South Africa. I competed for the Global Finals. We had to do several drinks, like 23 cocktails in total. So it was one hell of a crazy, enjoyable competition for me because I managed to meet a lot of people, showcase whatever we had, and uplift the cocktail scene in Manila.

Can you describe the drinks at ABV?

Our inspiration in doing these cocktails is the “forgotten classics”, but we give it a twist. Cocktails seem to have a lot of things, but it is very simple. We work on the basic formula of making a cocktail where you have your base, your sweetener and your bitter. You have your liquor as your base, which during the prohibition was gin, bourbon, or rye whisky, and then you have your sugar, and then you just add water. Then you add bitters, which, initially was made as an alternative to medicine. We make it more complex by adding bitters and combining different flavors, until we’re actually making our own liquors. We also do cocktails with sour, fresh citrus produce like lemons and limes.

ABV is about having fun, enjoying the craft scene, doing these nice, simple but very elegant drinks that people will enjoy. We’re not only here to do drinks, but we’re also creating the experience.

From the point of entry, we want people to have fun. So that’s what we’re here for. marker


Interview – Jenette Vizcocho and Dane Raymundo

Text – Jenette Vizcocho

On Travelling

at 24 years old, how many countries and places in the Philippines have you traveled to?

I have been to 20 provinces. Aside from the Philippines, I have my fair share of travel here in the USA. But aside from these 2 countries, I visited Dominican Republic during my 24th birthday.

Please name your fave place in the country and why?

La Union. It will always have a special spot in my travel life. It’s where I fell in love with surfing. But more importantly, it’s where I realized that there is more to traveling than just taking snapshots.

I became friends with the locals over there. We’d play cards after surfing. They’ll bring us to the cheapest carinderia and we will all eat together. They’ll make us bonfire at nights and we’ll just hang out there until we fall asleep in the bean bags. It was just awesome to meet people na sobrang bait.

Akala mo ikaw lang masaya but you don’t know that you make them happy as well.

In a year, approximately how many trips do you go to?

It was a different case when I was in college. But with my decent allowance, I was able to tour 8 provinces. When I migrated here to the States, I would at least plan 2 big trips and some out of the state trips to the neighboring states.

Coolest thing about traveling and a bummer about it?

It’s embracing God’s creation and basking in it. Being thankful that you are able to live in that certain moment. You know irony is you get lost in a place, but along with it, you discover something in you.

One place in the Philippines that is worth exploring and going to

Depende kasi sa hilig mo as a traveler eh. As for me, I do a little bit of everything. I’d definitely go back to dive in Malapascua. Surf in Siargao and La Union and hike Mt. Pulag all over again. Once is never enough in some places. Most of the time that I travel, may naiiwan na bahagi ng puso ko sa lugar. And I just want to go back.

Ever dream of coming back and staying for good in the Philippines?

Absolutely. I’m just waiting where my heart will take me.

How do you fund your travels?

I have my travel fund I set aside every paycheck.

What do you think of those people who choose to work and just save up?

There’s nothing wrong with it. Just don’t put it on the side too long. World’s just out there waiting for you to experience it.

And then spending their money on traveling only when they have retired?

Definitely not! You want to travel while you are able to do jump shots you know what I mean.

How has traveling changed you and your views on life?

It pieced my broken soul. I knew then that there’s a different way to get high in life.

Describe the backpacking culture and why it appealed to you.

Backpacking is leaving your comforts and just flowing with the locals. You get to experience more, see and learn more about the place if you don’t hesitate. They show you more than what’s printed.

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“It pieced my broken soul. I knew then that there’s a different way to get high in life.”

On Sports

How did you get hooked into all these sports?

It was traveling that brought me to try these ones. You want to experience the hype of each place you see. But as for pole dancing, I’d like to say it’s the artistic side of me.

If you were to choose one, pole, scuba diving or surfing which one would you choose and why.

I can’t. Because if I let go of one, it’s not the same anymore. More so, it’s like creating different variations of you but it’s still you when you sum it up.

Describe your pole dancing instructor experience and some stories that you will take with you.

Empowering. I have taught women of all sizes and ages. It was a good moment in my life where I was able to inspire women to find that beauty and strength in them.

On Life

Life’s motto at 24

Create the happiness you want for yourself.

Any regrets so far?


Lessons learned?

The happier you are, the prettier you are. You know yourself more than any soul in this world. Chase your crazy to the craziest dreams. Feel the pain and then let go. Be the weirdo -out-of-her-sense, sexy, happy, crazy, beautiful you. You have the power to turn a messy screwed up moment in your life into something magical. marker


Interview & Text – Dane Raymundo

Photography – M Espeña



When you started being a DJ, what were your expectations?

Actually nung nag-audition ako as a Love Radio DJ, my only expectation was to be able to move on from my past boyfriend. I was trying to mend a broken heart. Kailangan ko ng bagong environment so ito na dumating na ‘yung Love Radio sa akin. I did not expect that ‘yung segment namin ni Chris Tsuper would be so big. I didn’t expect to have commercials, 3 albums and a book, and endorsements.

How about some of the things that you did not expect?

I remember that particular moment when I went out of the station and pang-evening pa ‘yung slot ko, and then this person came up to me and asked for my autograph. I did not expect people would actually come up to me and ask for my signature. Parang hindi siya isang bagay na I dreamed of.

Hindi ko din inexpect na magkakaroon ng bashers na very keyboard warriors ang dating. I did not expect na part nga pala na pagiging public figure, so to speak, yung paminsan-minsan idadamay yung pamilya mo kapag iba-bash ka nila. But then nung ako na, dinamay ‘yung anak ko, eh ‘yung baby ko pa naman when she was born, hinamak to death. Parang “Bakit ba Princess pa pangalan nyan, di naman siya parang prinsesa?”. Hindi ko inexpect ‘yung ganun from people. But siyempre, hindi ka naman daw sikat kapag wala kang bashers, so carry na ‘yun. Sikat pala ako!

Given those situations na may bashers talaga, how do you handle it?

Nagsimula ang bashing nung there was a competition online. Kasi kung daily routine lang naman namin ni Chris, parang wala namang rason para ibash mo kami, pwera lang kung nako-corny-han ko or naoffend ka from what we said. So deadma lang kami. Kaya lang nung time na ‘yun talagang naapektuhan ako. Talagang sinagot ko ‘yung nangbash. Normally, I would just shrug it off eh, pero hindi, sinagot ko talaga kasi anak ko na ito eh. But now, whenever I see those, ganun talaga eh, you cannot please everyone. Everyone would always have something not good to say about you, even if your intentions are clear.

We know initially that your job was not a DJ and you never expected it to be your job, but prior to working as one, what were your impressions of DJs and did it change when you were already one?

I used to listen to Magic, to Chico and Del. Idol ko sila, alam nila ‘yun. Ganun ang imagination ko ng DJ, ‘yung parang high end. Binago lahat ‘yun ng Love. In fact nung nag-audition ako as Love Radio DJ, my audition piece was about the vigilance of the youth and the economic crisis kasi nga Business Management ang aking background, banking, tapos I write speeches. Love Radio revolutionized the way what a DJ should be. Hindi na siya dapat parang “That song was brought to you by lang” or pacute na “that song is for you”, mas personal na ang atake.Itong kantang ito ay para sa yo na iniwan, sinaktan, tinu-time, binalewala”, so, kung ikaw yung makakarinig nun, “Oops, ako ‘yun”, parang mas ramdam mo na malapit ka dun sa DJ.

We know that you also do interviews, among the personalities you have guested on your show, who was your favorite? Why?

Not to be political, gusto ko ‘yung interview namin with Honasan. Kasi nung bata palang ako alam ko na kung sino siya, nung EDSA revolution. Tapos more than ‘yung political side, I saw his lolo side. ‘Yun yung nagugustuhan ko sa mga interviews namin sa mga personalities, kasi we get to see their other side. Hindi lang ‘yung political side nila pero nakita ko ‘yung pagiging lolo niya at parang ang cute, cute niyang maging lolo at parang gusto kong maging apo niya, mga ganun.

Nicole Hyala

“Minsan naman alam mo na talaga ang sagot, hindi mo lang talaga ginagawa. Giving advice is easy, doing it is another thing. Pero kung tatanungin mo ko kung ano ang pinakamahirap, kapagka ang topic, is related to religion. Kasi ayokong iba yung impression nila with what I said.”


Pero sino yung pinaka- controversial?

Siguro si Villar kasi, basta. Haha. People will always have something to say about him or her. So ‘yun, but they’re good people.

You also give advices to your listeners, where do you usually get them from?

Hugot from personal experience or from the experiences of others. Relatable kasi lahat, so kaya I talk to a lot of people para at least alam ko ang mga problema ng bawat isa para kapagka-naitira yun sa amin sa radio, we know what to say.

Can you give us one of the hardest situations you had to give an advice to?

Minsan naman alam mo na talaga ang sagot, hindi mo lang talaga ginagawa. Giving advice is easy, doing it is another thing. Pero kung tatanungin mo ko kung ano ang pinakamahirap, kapagka ang topic, is related to religion. Kasi ayokong iba ‘yung impression nila with what I said.

Your voice is your asset, how do you take care of your voice? Do you have a routine?

I don’t! I don’t have a routine. Ako ‘yung worst person to ask about vocal hygiene! Wala kasi. I don’t even hydrate. Pero if I would give advice, ito naman ang ibibigay ng iba, hydration and voice rest.

If there is one person that you have learned so much about life from, who would it be?

My mom. She knows everything, and I hope to be like her. Kasi parang even if mom na ako ngayon, parang I’m so far from who she is as a mother. Ang dami niyang itinuro sa amin about life like, “There would always be someone for everyone” or “lahat ng kaldero may nakalaang takip”.

Nicole being a DJ for Love Radio, does it surprise people that you came from Assumption?

It doesn’t bother me, kasi it just shows the versatility ng mga Assumptionists, na hindi lang kami isabak sa high-end, pwede mo rin kami isabak sa masa.

You’ve gone so far as a radio DJ. What do you think is the greatest achievement from this?

Siyempre bukod sa monetary, the greatest achievement, you know that every day, meron kang mata-touch miski isang tao, in whatever way. You don’t get to do that everyday. But we get to do that for a living. We get paid to do that.

How do you deal with fame? And what keeps a Nicole Hyala grounded?

Sakto lang. Ito lang lagi ko sinasabi eh, pare-pareho lang tayo umuutot. Nagkataon lang nasa radio ako at maingay ako, napapakinggan ako sa umaga pero sa totoo lang, meron din akong panis na laway, may muta din ako, nangungulangot din ako kapag walang nakatingin, minsan kapag may nakatingin nangungulangot din ako. Nangangati din singit ko. Normal. So that’s what keeps me grounded. I’m still like any other person.

At this age, what is one of the most important lesson life has taught you?

I’d like to focus on motherhood. One thing I’ve learned is that, nabasa ko din tong quote na ‘to “you’ll never be this loved again.” So that’s what I always say to myself and to my listeners on air especially to new moms, na kahit nakakainis kahit nakakairita yung anak mo, namnamin mo kasi dadating yung panahon na kapag umiiyak yan hindi na ‘yan sa ‘yo tatakbo. Ang una niyang kakausapin, ‘yung friends niya, ‘yung best friend niya ‘yung unang makakaalam na may boyfriend siya so habang ikaw yung pinakaimportanteng babae sa buhay niya kailangan mo, namnamin kasi mabilis lang ang panahon.

Nicole Hyala

“My life is an open book on air. Hindi ko siya tinatago. As long as you learn from me and as long as it makes you happy, okay lang sa akin.

Are you happy? What defines Nicole Hyala’s happiness? Are you where you want to be?

Yes I am, but I would like to have a baby boy. I think okay naman na ‘ko. Siyempre pwede pa ‘ko magipon, gusto ko yan. Hindi pa naman dumadating ang malalaking gastos sa akin katulad ng education of my Princess but, kung tatanungin mo ‘ko kung meron pa ‘ko isang mahihiling, baby boy, okay lang din kahit baby girl. Basta isa pa, or dalawa pa, okay fine, kahit anim.

You already tackled this a bit, but can you further describe Emmylou as a mom, describe motherhood and what do you want your daughter to be?

Frustration ko ang maging isang cheerleader. Naiinggit ako sa Assumption College Hardcourt, kasi they wear those little skirts tapos petite sila, ‘yun talaga wish ko maging si Princess pero parang hindi ko naman siya pwede i-push. I would only expose her to different environments para at least malaman ko kung saan siya mageexcel, to dance, music. Hindi ko siya ipe-pressure masyado kasi gusto ko siya mag-enjoy. Siyempre gusto ko siya maging cum laude tulad ko, pero mas importante yung natututo siya kaysa sa ang goal niya is just that award.

But what type of a mom are you? Disciplinarian ka ba?

Hindi ko pa masabi na disciplinarian kasi too early eh. Pero doting mother. Ako pa ‘yung unang naiiyak kapag naiiyak siya pero nasasanay na though nauuna siya umiyak kaysa ako. I really like not to spoil her but I’ve waited for so long and she’s the only one as of now, ‘di ba hindi mo naman masisisi ang isang nanay kung maso-spoil niya ang bata kasi para kanino ka pa nagwowork di ba?

You are a very popular DJ. What sets you apart from other DJs and in your opinion what is it that made you get the “kilitiof so many people?

Wala akong kiyeme. Wala akong pakialam kahit sabihin kong kulangot. Wala akong pakialam kahit sabihin kong mabaho ang paa ko paminsan. I think I am someone that people can relate to. Sometimes kasi people are afraid na ipakita ‘yung tunay nilang sarili kaya ayun hindi sila masyado pumapatok or they try to cover with pacute-cute style lang. I think that’s what sets me apart. My life is an open book on air. Hindi ko siya itinatago. As long as you learn from me and as long as it makes you happy, okay lang sa akin.

Have you been always interested in music?

No. (Laughs) Kasi kung meron lang, it makes me sadder or it makes me happier. Kunyari sa radio or makikinig ako sa Spotify, I will look for a song, depende what I’m feeling.

What’s your motto in life?

We always abide by the law of attraction. What you think, you become. Lagi namin sinasabi, lagi din namin pinapaalala to always be positive and remain positive at naniniwala kasi ako sa good and bad karma. What you do bounces back to you.

Future plans?

Baby boy. Baby boy. Baby boy. Hopefully, more books. Up until now, wala talaga ‘ko plano. I always just go with the flow. Hindi naman namin pinlano na magkaroon ng commercial. Hindi namin pinalano na magkaroon ng libro. Ako, I envision myself and Chris to be in the radio, namamayagpag, mga ano pa, dapat, 20 years. Same kind of spirit, same humor. Mas high-tech na nga lang kasi high-tech na tayo ngayon. marker


Interview & Text – Dane Raymundo

Videography – Cris Legaspi and M Espeña

Editing – M Espeña



Henry Motté-Muñoz is the founder of and has been working hard to bridge the gap between education and employment.

Murphy Report is honored to work alongside to produce Career Conversations, targeting students in high school and senior high to consider their career paths as early as they can. Each video features people who have greatly contributed to their craft, and serve as inspiration for those who wish to follow their footsteps.

Can you give us a short background of what is? is a one-stop shop for higher education. It’s a social enterprise that helps high school students figure out what to study, either in terms of college courses, or technical educational courses, for the careers they desire. It also helps those who look for scholarships to help finance them.

How did it all begin?

I initially thought of in the summer of 2012, when I was in Manila and I was talking to my cousin who was going to apply for college. I was a bit surprised by how unstructured the whole process and how there were a lot of information gaps. I decided to set it up after graduating from Business school in the US and so I got Lites Viloria, who is our country CEO, to join, and we really kick-started the project in 2014.

What are the services or programs do you provide in

There are two ways to think about it. If you are a student, it’s nice because it’s free. The first step is to search, so we give you all the opportunities you can find. There are 50,000 courses, and 3,000 scholarships. Then you can filter and compare. The second step is to empower you to pick the course you like, we give you advice in terms of what courses lead to what jobs.

For the universities, what we offer is a chance for them to see where the students are coming from, who is applying, who is not applying, how can they improve what they offer to get the students more interested in them?

Can you give us a couple of schools you are affiliated with right now? How did you gather a database?

We are working with public high schools and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) accredited universities in Baguio, Pampanga, NCR, Cebu and Davao. For our database we work with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Department of Education (DEPED) to ensure that the schools on the site are those that are accredited. We visit the public schools and assist college-bound students search for careers, courses, and colleges that can help them get employed in the future. We have a team that goes around the Philippines speaking to universities one by one. And it’s very interesting because when you speak to them you sort of understand their differences.

How do you see the education system in the Philippines?

What’s interesting about the education in the Philippines is that it’s really not a supply problem. There are actually 2 or 3 times the amount of courses or institutions per capita than in the US. We have over 2,300 universities and over 2,000 types of colleges. That’s over 4,000 to 5,000 institutions. The issue is more around quality. Since there is no ranking system in the country, it’s quite hard to figure out where you should study. What school actually offers the best path at getting employed? Who offers the best value? Are there courses that you can be taking that can be shorter? We think these are the kinds of information worth having, and if you have these, you can make the right choice.

How many scholarships have you granted or students you have helped with the program?

A common misperception is that we offer scholarships. What we do is we find scholarships that already exist which people may not know about. We already have referenced close to 3,000, but we think this is only the beginning. We think there are thousands and thousands of scholarships in the country. In fact very often when I meet people and I tell them what I do, they tell me, “Oh you know I give one scholarship or my uncle gives a scholarship or this community organization I know gives a scholarship”, but very often these opportunities are not shared.

As for how many students we have tried to help, we already presented to about 25,000 students, about what they can do with the website, including looking for scholarships. We’ll find out in the next academic year how many people ended up finding a scholarship, but we hope many.

Henry Motte- Muñoz

“Education is at times a conservative industry so before we can make changes, there’s a lot of stakeholders involved. When we speak to schools, they are very open to ideas but they need time to consider if it’s the path they want to take.”

Talk about what you do when you visit different schools.

We get endorsed by DepEd to different schools. We’ve done about 30 or 40 of Career Clinics. Because we view education as a path towards employment, it’s very important that we speak to kids about their education. Usually these clinics last for about an hour and we have a team that plays games and asks questions, but the focus is really around what you want to be. What’s very interesting is quite often, this is the first time the students are asked these questions, and so they don’t know what to say. So we ask them, “Do you enjoy Math? Do you enjoy building things? Do you like physical activities?” Once they identify what they want to be, say you want to become a journalist, what are the different paths you can take, in terms of college courses? We leave the last 15 minutes to show them how to search for these different courses and careers on our website.

What are your future plans for

We’re focusing on Senior High School, which is incredibly important because of the K-12 reform. Kids who have previously gone to college now have to go to Grade 11. We put together a database of most of the Senior High Schools in this country so that when they go on the website, they will be able to figure out where they can go.

The second thing we are launching is quick pay function, where you can apply and also pay your tuition online, to make enrolment easier.

Other things include study abroad, and help in terms of labor market information, so we are not just telling you where you could study, but also helping you figure out what kind of jobs you can get.

Any challenges?

I think what’s difficult is that Filipino students are coming from a system where they tend to ask their immediate circle for advice, so getting them to change from “I only ask my parents.” They don’t tend to ask their Guidance Counselor a lot of information about college, unless they are having problems. We find it’s getting them to get a new mindset, to think about what do they really want to be, do they understand the path they need to get there?

Another is that we work with a lot of government agencies, and we found all of them to be very helpful, but they are all quite separate. We need to speak to different people and branches of government to work on the same goal.

Education is at times a conservative industry so before we can make changes, there’s a lot of stakeholders involved. When we speak to schools, they are very open to ideas but they need time to consider if it’s the path they want to take.

What is the current trend of courses and jobs students pursue?

We’re seeing that students are making a clear link between education and employment. I think the introduction of Senior High meant that people are thinking earlier about specializing. At Senior High you have to pick a strand: vocational, academic, sports, or arts and design.

Another thing is a rise in industry participation. For a long time a lot of the industries would complain about labor shortages, and how the education system is failing them. Industries are realizing that they have to be involved; employers are laying out what they want employees to learn in school, and are developing better internship programs and on-the-job trainings.

There are a couple of universities that are facing a fall in enrollment because there is a growing amount of institutions that are allowed to operate, and they’ve grown a bit faster than the number of students enrolling, so it creates a bit of a competitive field. We think that’s better because if there’s more competition, students are going to be offered a higher quality of product.

Aside from Edukasyon.Ph, you are involved in Bantay.PH, can you tell us about it?

Bantay.PH is a good governance NGO that focuses on citizen engagement. It was set up in 2012, I co-founded it with a childhood friend Happy Feraren, who now runs it while I stay on as an adviser. We focus on educating citizens about their rights, and mapping out government services for them. Like what are the steps to get a business permit, what are the offices that will deliver these permits with the least amount of bribes? We really want to help the citizen navigate, and also get him or her involved by either giving feedback or

tracking that the office they go to is not as corrupt as others. We also have the Integrity School where we go around universities and speak to students about what it means to be a citizen, what can you do to make a citizen better, and about how should we think about good governance? marker

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Interview – Jenette Vizcocho and Dane Raymundo

Videography – Cris Legaspi, Lisandro Molina, and M Espeña

Editing – M Espeña

Photography – Cris Legaspi

Text – Jenette Vizcocho



Jose Y. Dalisay Jr., or Penman, as his blog and  Philippine Star readers, as well as his fellow-fountain pen enthusiasts know him, is quite the collector. His 200-odd carefully selected pens are housed in glass cases, each one turned just so, their bodies, subtle details, and intricate finishing all vying for your attention. Never without a pen or two in his shirt pocket- feeling naked, otherwise- he has developed a habit of taking his pens for walks around UP Diliman campus, or whiling the time away scribbling on clean sheets of paper in between his many book projects.

Dalisay is so in love with the nostalgia and beauty of pens that once, while on a writing fellowship in Edinburgh, Scotland, he bought himself a 1938 Parker Vacumatic worth a month’s salary. Perhaps because it had eluded him all those years of stationary shops searching. Perhaps because he was in another country, honing his craft, living in a castle, and what would better immortalize such an occasion than a nifty new pen? Perhaps, even, because it was quite romantic to throw caution to the wind and spend one’s wages on something as expensive or as invaluable─depending on how one views it─as a fountain pen.

He would go on and write Penmanship, a story fueled by this purchase, because what else would one do when one is so in love with the written word, but take pen to paper?

Jose Butch Dalisay

“It was the only thing I thought I could do well enough to live on. I’d wanted to be an engineer or a scientist, but couldn’t hack the math.”

Jose Y. Dalisay Jr., a Filipino writer with numerous accolades for writing including 16 Palanca awards, has written everything from fiction to creative nonfiction, short stories to novels, film scripts to biographies, poetry to speeches. All the while, he maintains a newspaper column at the Philippine Star, teaches at the College of Arts and Letters at the University of the Philippines-Diliman, panels in workshops and literary festivals, heads the Fountain Pen Network – Philippines, and manages to squeeze in late night poker tournaments. In a short but sweet interview, he shares his views on life, his works and inspirations:

What made you decide to pursue writing as a career?

It was the only thing I thought I could do well enough to live on. I’d wanted to be an engineer or a scientist, but couldn’t hack the math.

Among all your works, which one is your most memorable, Why?

Probably the story “Penmanship,” because of how and where it was written (after I found and bought a very expensive fountain pen in Scotland).

Can you name some of your favorite books and authors?

“The Forest” by William Pomeroy; “Nine Stories” by JD Salinger; “”Ironwood” by William Kennedy; favorite authors include Bienvenido Santos and Gregorio Brillantes.

Please describe your writing process.

I start by thinking of a thing, a concrete object, or perhaps a place, and ask myself “What’s the story here?” I don’t necessarily start at the beginning. I write in long, intense stretches. I can finish my newspaper columns in a few hours, but stories typically take a week.

What are the readers like today? Are we still interested in reading?

There are a few people who are truly interested in reading, and are worth writing for.

What is something you have learned about life as a writer?

Writing is just one way to happiness. marker


Interview – Jenette Vizcocho and Dane Raymundo

Videography – Lisandro Molina and M Espeña

Editing – M Espeña

Text – Jenette Vizcocho





Passion is defined as an intense desire or enthusiasm for something. Whether to you this is work, an advocacy, an uncontrollable urge to travel, eat, and drink; or to collect beautifully crafted pens, passion unifies us all. In our maiden issue, we scour Jupiter Street for some of its best food, why not try it out, it’s vegetarian; we take you through the antique elevator shaft into the past and one of the best speakeasies in Asia; urge you to challenge yourselves in solving mysteries; or listen to some of the best bands in the scene. If history is more your thing, perhaps a trip to Corregidor will spark interest in the Pacific war and the island’s huge significance in it. Learn a different side to radio DJ Nicole Hyala from the one she delivers daily on the airwaves, how she invests more depth and thought into everything you hear her say, how family is her driving force. If you envy our young traveler Aya Takinan for all her trips, perhaps it is time to dust off your old boots, take them by the straps, and jump onto the next departing boat, train, plane, bus. Get to know Henry Motte-Muñoz and his hopes for unifying and simplifying Filipino access to education. Read up on World Class Global Winner Kenneth Bandivas to know how he elevates simple Filipino ingredients into award-worthy cocktails. Meet Weng Arao-Ynion, among the rare breed of Speech Language Pathologists in the country, and watch her eyes light up as she talks about her desire to uplift not only her personal practice, but the profession as well. Listen to Jose Dalisay talk about his fountain pens, which one is his holy grail, why collect them at all, and marvel at the fact that perhaps even though you cannot fathom collecting expensive pens, how in his earnest at speaking about them, you recall how eagerly you tended to your own clumsy collection of stamps, perhaps some scented stationeries, maybe shot glasses, or magnets from every destination.

Whatever it is that stokes the fire in your heart, we say run headfirst toward it, otherwise what else should we live for? marker