College of Law — At Last!

For those who had followed my journey from college years, graduation, passing the Philippine nurse licensure exam, until when I finally get to practice as a nurse, they would be witnesses on how much I’d do anything just to pursue law studies.

I had always been honest that I didn’t like taking-up B.S. Nursing, and that my study of the course — given the hurdles of maintaining a good standing and scholar status — had been painstaking four years ago. Even so, I managed to finish the course due to the will of my parents and my desire not to fail them. During such time, I had not been able to do the things I liked because I’m scared to be kicked out from my university — Yes, my alma mater eliminates students who cannot “keep up” because we really don’t pay much, so they’re kind of strict with the grades.  I guess I had done some ranting about this in the very first post I wrote for this blog site.

Luckily through the years, I came to love the discipline my parents [gravely] pushed me into entering. Now, I work as a National Program Officer for Male Involvement for Safe Motherhood, through NSV (no-scalpel vasectomy), in one of United Nation Populations Fund’s implementing partners in the Philppines — the Cooperative Movement for Encouraging NSV (CMEN). I owe to nursing all the pleasant things I experience now, aside from the fact that the CMEN had opened wonderful opportunities for me as a person. Don’t worry, I’ll catch up as I’d write a blog on that in the succeeding days…

Even with the newly found happiness brought upon by nursing, still, there’s a big part of me calling to pursue my dream of becoming a lawyer. This “calling” had been postponed a number of times, which even came to a point of becoming neglected…

Finally, after four painstaking and trying years, I made it! I feel so mighty proud…


Even passing the Law Aptitude Examination to become qualified in the College of Law was never easy at all. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting this “triumph” because I had no time reviewing for the entrance test due to my hectic schedule at work back then. That’s why after getting that you-qualify-to-the-college-of-law call, I couldn’t help but shout for joy!

Later, I will be enrolling to pay for my tuition fee. It’s actually the first step of reaching my lawyer-dream…

And also the very first to others I have yet to take…

How Much is a Number’s Worth?

Numbers were invented to convey a quantifiable value of something. It’s more like an indicator of how much something is worth or costs. Say for example, a 250-peso straight-cut dress is considered more expensive than a 200-peso worth of lace-embellished miniskirt dress. Apparently, there was a fifty something difference in the price, from which the former was given greater value. But then, there’s also a deficit in prize to the latter though it has more design in it.

Numbers and deficits. Both are present in the realms of nursing. But up to what extent?

Would a nurse with a high board exam rating perform better over that one who doesn’t? Is frequent mention of board exam rating really needed in gauging one’s capacity as a nurse?

And would you care to find out?

I dared to find out the answer but didn’t succeed. However, I was able to collate my thoughts and come up with my most honest answer regarding the matter.

If you’re a nurse or someone who would like how board examination scores impact a professional’s career and life, please feel free to click on my original on the topic, here.

Also, leave your comments and feel free to tell me what your thoughts are on this. ;)

♥ 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 ♥