A Caricature Out of True Friendship

Yeah, the title sounds uhm… CORNY. But the statement is true – with conviction.

Almost an hour ago, my friend Janina Santos sent me a Facebook message, asking me to check out a link. And I was sooo astounded when I saw it:

This sketch is like the most detailed I’ve ever seen of Janina’s works. She used to doodle some stuff in her notepad, back when we were still working in the same review center for nurses. But this one’s totally awesome. This sketch makes me feel proud that I have a true blue artist as a very good friend.

Janina and I met a year ago when I was competing for the 2011 Rachell Allen Image Model Search. Part of the coverage for our competition is an interview done in every candidate, which will be used as our profile descriptions on the pageant’s night. The one who (was assigned to do) did such endeavor was Janina.

Janina’s face is not a friendly one. She exudes that “the-devil-wears-Prada” attitude, which made all the image model contestants (Yes, including me!) think she’s a terror review coach, nurse manager, or something. As mentioned, I had the same impression too. I thought Janina was someone from the center I wouldn’t be very fond of.

But not all first impressions necessarily last. More so, people shouldn’t be judging a book by its cover (eh?). It turned out, Janina was the nicest and most brilliant person in Rachell Allen, which I never thought I’d prove for the rest of my life.

The hardcore English-speaking nurse and IELTS coach and program officer bombshell had become my very good and treasured friend. I love to believe that she’s my twin sister separated from me, at birth. We’re totally psychic sisters. :)

The photo above is like the most wonderful gift of friendship no one has ever given to me – until Janina came. Even though it was doodled out of boredom, I am pretty sure it was drawn from the heart.

What do you think of the drawing? Please feel free to leave your insights in the comments section below.

Thanks for dropping by!

♥ TINA ♥

Look, I’m on TV – HOSTING!

I’ve always thought it’s not possible for an ordinary nurse, like me, to be seen in national television. But because of series of events, which started to take place last year, I think mass media can also become one of the most promising undertakings for any registered nurse.

It all began when I first appeared for two episodes of one of the known morning drama shows in GMA Philippines, entitled “MAYNILA”. When I was still playing with my band my self-composed original vocal melody compositions (together with my bandmates’ collective musical arrangement) which were turned into songs, two of those original song compositions were aired and played in two individual program episodes. And if I’m not mistaken, they were played sometime in March of this year.

After the said musical endeavor, the realms of television and mass communication had been very friendly and accommodating to me. And the next thing I knew, I was already a regular co-host for a business portal cable show called, “What’s Up Doc, by Dr. John Cenica”. I can still remember how I ended up being one of the program’s hosts…

The topic we tackled in the most recent episode I’ve hosted in, with Dr. Cenica of “What’s Up Doc?”, was all about BEAUTY QUEEN SECRETS. Here are some of the photos we had that day:

Playing camerawoman. Will I pass being one? Lol.

Dr. Cenica thought I’d like to do this show with him mainly because I’ve once become a “beauty queen” (In my own rights!) myself, being the grand winner of the 2011 Rachell Allen Image Model Search. In this photo, I was LITERALLY blown away by Ms. Island Philippines’ beautiful face, height, and glamorous gait!

And since we’re talking about television hosting… Aside from personality, good facial “register” on television, and good command of English (or any type of lingua franca or vernacular language inherent to the country he lives in) – what do you think an aspiring host needs in order to succeed?

Actually, I made a list of some of the easiest tips that worked for me. Please feel free to check them out and comment on them. :)

Tell me about your thoughts on these things.

♥ TINA ♥

The Turn Over

It was almost a year ago since I bagged the title as the 2011 Rachell Allen Image Model Search Grand Winner. The said image model search is open for nursing students or nurses and is aimed towards recognition of nursing excellence. So basically, this is a nursing beauty pageant of some sort, with some modelling events and photo shoot competitions in between.

This was me during the finals night. The guy right there, beside me, is Juan Carlo Bacanto, RN – the male grand winner.

With JC Bacanto, Male Grand Winner

Here are some of the highlights from last year’s Rachell Allen Image Model Search Finals Night:

Opening with my partner, Aaron.

I think I had worn the weirdest summer wear of all… Lol.

Aaron and I in our nurse’s uniform.

Candidate Number 7 as the Grand Winner.

I kinda miss the limelight. However, it is about time to turn over my title. But that doesn’t mean I’m left out. I know, I’d remain as one of the pageant’s pioneers and legacies.

Last March 15, I was asked to attend the 2012 Rachell Allen Image Model Search Finals Night  for my Final Walk and Title Turn Over. Here’s some of the photos from the event that I’d like to share:

This photo was taken after my grooming session at the back stage. My lip gloss was super red. <3

Behind the scene photo courtesy of Mr. Nanan Villalba, head of the Nanivon Team.

Instead of a night gown, I was requested to wear my white gala uniform. This is to show that I represent the nursing profession.

With Mr. Nanan of the Nanivon Team.

Now these succeeding two photos of me and JC were taken amongst the audience. We were asked to sit at the third row in front so we can access the stage quite quickly for our final walk.

I can’t find any photograph taken at the exact moment of our final walk but these photos would do. I was just happy doing the ramp once again, but this time, on a nurse’s uniform. It relives that momentous feeling I had almost a year ago when the grand winner title was bestowed upon me. And now, the new title is given to someone else who will be tasked to uplift the nursing profession through a responsible and morally-upright representation.


Can you tell the similarity?

My ecstatic reaction from last year’s finals night, after my declaration as the grand winner.

And this year’s scenario…


I really missed everyone from Rachell Allen – from the heads, managers, down to staff members and other collaborators…

with Sir Alvin Cloyd Dakis (founder of Alliance of Young Nurse Leaders and Advocates) and Janina Gilian Santos (Nurse writer, educator, and women’s rights advocate)

From left to right: me, Sir George Delfin, JC Bacanto, and Sir Iwa Ajinomoto

CONGRATULATIONS to the very beautiful and bright Jessica Santos for bagging this year’s Rachell Allen Image Model Search Grand Winner title! (The photo below shows my clinical instructor look. Hahaha!)

From Left to right: My brother, JC, Jessica Santos, and me.

with Rachell Allen Family

And this one made my night. (Cute!)

All in all, it was a fun-filled and extraordinary night. Congratulations to all the winners and runners-up. Now, the challenge of uplifting the nursing field and profession is in your hands… in the way you represent. Welcome to the club of nurse image models!

I am very honored to be part of the 2012 Rachell Allen Image Model Search. Having that short walk on stage kind of reminded me of everything that happened from last year’s search. It also made me realize how Rachell Allen Reviewers USA helped me achieve a distinct status which had been instrumental to my capacity to affect positiveness to student nurses, fellow nurses, and kababayans.

Thanks for reading!

♥ TINA ♥

My Take on Modelling

Before anything else, I would like to tell everyone that I am not the typical model type. I only stand 5 feet and 5 inches tall. And as for my vital statistics, mine’s incomparable to Tyra Banks or Claudia Schiffer.

When people hear about the term “model” or “modelling”, they can’t help but think of someone in bikini, sky-high heels, or sexy outfit. And most of the time, they refer to runway models. Talking about stereotyping… In actuality, everyone can be a model. I did it, so even you can do it too. My modelling stint did not involve posing for a men’s magazine though. But I definitely made it to a Philippine health magazine cover:

The one in studded white top at the middle, is me.

The photo above is just some of my works as the Rachell Allen IMAGE model. Becoming an image model differs from other types of modelling because it requires someone to take full representation of an institution or advocacy. In my case, I get to represent Rachell Allen Reviewers, USA – a center for nursing excellence providing NCLEX, IELTS, HAAD, and Philippine Nurse Licensure Exam coaching programs or intensive review sessions for registered nurses and nursing students, alike. And since I am a nurse by profession, I was able to meet one of the institute’s requisites. But before I became entitled with such representation, I had to join a competition first. With that said, I decided to give 2011 Rachell Allen Image Model Search a try.

Rachell Allen Image Model Search. At the Rachell Allen Reviewers, USA, this event serves as the company’s annual tradition. Every year, they opt to choose new individuals to represent what they do and believe on, and that is – COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE AND BRIDGING TIES WITHIN THE NURSING COMMUNITY (I don’t know the exact mission and vision statement they have but I guess I have summarized everything in that premise I came up with.) So, they launch a yearly image model competition from which they will choose among several contestants the new models for their brand.

For you to become part of the competition here are some of the immediate requirements you have to fulfill:

  • You have to be a Registered Nurse or a BSN graduate
  • Student Nurses are also welcome to join
  • Passion for nursing and the nursing profession
  • Commitment to excellence.

Basically, I have at least two of the four requirements which entitled me to be part of the said image model search competition. I began by attending a series of go-sees and interviews before I finally landed on a spot among other twenty (20) finalists.

Here are some of the photos I had during the competition:

My Rachell Allen Family at Jardin De Antonio, Tanuan, Batangas

I really think this photo's funny... :)

The Rachell Allen Image Model Search is executed in the form of a nursing pageant. During the night of such pageantry, I did not expect of anything. Instead, I just enjoyed every moment of it. Maybe the natural radiance and enthusiasm I showed during the program had played a big role in success of becoming the Rachell Allen Image Model Search FEMALE GRANDWINNER. It was such a rewarding experience!

To give you a glimpse of what I’ve been up to during the competition and pageant, here are some snap shots that you might want to check out:

(I am candidate number 7.)

Before the pageant/program started.

Opening with my partner, Aaron.

Aaron and I in our nurse's uniform.


Candidate Number 7 as the Grand Winner.

With JC Bacanto, Male Grand Winner

That night was so magical, so as the image model search as a whole. Until now, I can still remember everything I did and all the trials and sacrifices I’ve experienced along the way. This competition opened up a lot of opportunities for me not only as a nurse professional, but as a person. And for that, I am very thankful.

When I was working as a Triage Nurse from my previous employer, I had to say that I have a pretty ordinary and boring life. Until I won from the Rachell Allen Image Model Search.

My photo in a magazine-inspired theme.

Never thought I’d become a cover girl and an image model. Until Rachell Allen happened…


Thank you for reading. See you next time!


♥ TINA ♥