Sunday, November 25, 2018

Pinoy Big Brother PBB Otso PBB 8 Teen Housemates and Star Dreamers

Achilles Iben C. Samain: Ang Mr. Musicutie ng Zamboanga

How can one not admire Achilles? He told me how important it was for him to be "respectful to everyone, especially to the old ones, homeless people, disabled people, and people suffering from mental health issues, because everyone deserves respect." This respect doesn't extend to his brother though. He narrated to me how he 'farted in his brother's face while he was sleeping." I just hope that this musician's fart is as musical as his personality is!

Ali C Abinal: Astig Makisig ng Las Pinas City

Just to let you know how much of an MMA beast Ali is, he can beat up guys who are 10 years older than he is. That's the reason why I kept a safe distance all the time while interviewing him. Kidding aside though, this teen toughie has a heart that is kind and understanding. He explained to me how he would "try hard na intindihin ang opinion ng iba bago sa akin." His absent-mindedness is endearing, too. One of his funny absent-minded moments is "yung paghanap ng ballpen ... na hawak ko pala!" Haha! One big vote from me for Ali!

Aljon Mendoza: Ang Shy Charmer ng Pampanga

Most people think that he's shy, but with his bosom buddies, he says, "wala akong hiya, mas makulit pa ako sa kanila!" So folks, he's not that shy after all! In fact, he can be frank with people and confront them about their bad traits. I asked him whether he had experiences in his life that contributed to his seeming shyness. He mentioned two. At one time, he fell off a tricycle and rolled over in the ground. And at another time, while washing his face in a public CR, he groped for tissue to wipe his face and then realized that the tissue he got belonged to a stranger beside him. You can imagine just how shocked the stranger was! Haha! Whether Aljon is really shy or not doesn't matter. He clearly is Pampanga's charmer!

Angelie Reposposa: Ang Teenig ng Tawanan ng Davao

I asked Lie to describe herself and this is what she said: "Hindi ako marunong mahiya sa maraming tao except to my crush, nahihiya ako." Prodding her to talk more on crushes, she shared, 'Naging emosyonal ako noong nalaman ko na iba pala ang crush ng crush ko. Sobrang nawalan ako ng pagasa kaya gumuho ang aking mundo." So there you have it: Being a hopeless romantic is the secret of this emotional singer!

Criza Joy Ta-a: Apo of the Eye ng QC

This petite cutie has some funny stories to share. For instance, there was this one time when Criza was walking in the mall and mistakenly held a stranger's hand for two loooong minutes before realizing that it was the hand of a stranger and not that of her friend. Awkward! But nevertheless Criza, we would love to hold your hand for being "makwela, maalalahanin, at sweet!" I hope you achieve your dreams!

Gabrielle Sarmiento: Ang Bibong Vlogger ng Italy 

Do you know why Gabrielle stands out in performances? Well, that's because he is hard-working and always does his best. During rehearsals for song and dance, he becomes a mean machine as he becomes super serious and fierce during practice sessions! Life doesn't always go his way though. For instance, he told me that in one of his performances, he felt so embarrassed because 'nauntog ko ang microphone stand on stage." That's Gabrielle: Funny guy with an admirable work ethic!

Jilian Pilones: Ang Sassy Sipag Girl ng GenSan 

Jelay's work history as a singer began in Grade 9, but she's had a lot of fun experiences despite her early career. For instance, she narrated to me the time "nung kumakain ako ng streetfood na kasama ang mga kaibigan ko, and then bigla na lang lumabas yung sipon ko! Nakakahiya dahil sobrang dami ang nakakita!" Haha! What I like about Jelay is that she knows how to laugh at herself: "Kapag sumasayaw ako, tawa ng tawa ako dahil sobrang nakakatawa talaga ako sumayaw." What a total performer Jelay is: People admire her for her singing ... and people laugh at her for her dancing. Thumbs up for this sassy sipag girl!

Joeilaine Missy S Quino: Gandachiever ng Cebu 

Missy is something like me in the sense that she's a natural counselor. She loves helping people and is the type of person you can easily approach when you have emotional problems. More importantly, you'll feel safe with her since she knows how to keep secrets. This pretty lady isn't always serious though. She can be funny, too! One story I remember her telling me was this: "Nakakatawa yung mga oras na ginugulat ako ng mga friends ko na walang ka-effort-effort, tapos nagugulat din agad ako. There's this one time na sinubukan ko naman gulatin yung kaibigan ko, tapos ibang tao pala yung nagulat ko!" Haha! Ten thumbs up for Missy!

Josh Andrew E Worsley: Ang Little Prince ng Davao 

What's sweet about Josh is the way he spells "sweet." I asked him to write something about himself and this is what he wrote, "I am swit all the time and cool with my friends." I also asked Josh to tell me a secret, and guess what he told me? "I have a girlfriend. Shhh!" That's pretty shhhweet, Josh! Or rather, pretty shhhwit!

Kaori Oinuma: Kawaii Daughter ng Japan 

What I like about Kaori is her being "palangiti." I remember her telling me, "Mababaw lamang ang aking kaligayahan, at sa bawat tao na aking napapangiti ay nagiging masaya na rin ako." The sweet girl also told me this funny story: "Noong nagtratrabaho ako, may isang Japanese na babae na nagsabi sa akin na ako ay "beppinsan" o maganda. pero ang pagkadinig ko ay "benpinsan" na ang ibig sabihin ay "madalang dumumi." Sa isip isip ko, paano kaya niya nalaman na madalang ako dumumi?' Haha! This kawaii Japinoy is a winner with her sweet smile and a good heart!

Karina Bautista: Ang Miss Independent ng Isabela 

Karina's funny life experiences seem to always involve her skirt. One day, she said, her skirt just dropped down her legs while she was playing basketball. Just how embarrassing is that? And at another time, Karina was walking with her skirt up such that her underwear was exposed to public view! "Que horror!" Karina describes herself as "fearless" and that she will defend the people she loves until the end! Wow, we all need a loyal friend like Karina, don't we? A hundred 'likes' for you, Karina!

Kurt Andrew Gerona: Ang Pilyong Gwapito ng Bohol 

Kurt may be 'masayahin' but he also cries easily. He told me how very emotional he is: "Maliit lang na bagay, napapaiyak na ako." Well, some of his tears in childhood came from being bullied. He explains, "Hindi naman sa pagmamayabang pero marami akong nakaaway dahil insecure talaga sila sa akin!" Haha! Kurt's good looks, in fact, has made him a winner of male pageants. And that deserves a big "Wow!"

Mark Clython A Guma: Ang Baeral Gwapito ng Davao 

He doesn't look it but Art is really a bookworm. In fact, one of his fave hangouts in school is the library. He told me how books help him to escape reality and that books have affected his view of life. You should also know that this dancer is not only a bookworm, but a certified prankster as well. Imagine the guts of this guy "fake fainting" in the mall! Fake fainting! But you know what? Despite how fun this guy might be, I probably wouldn't want to hang out with him. Why, you ask? For the simple and creepy reason that he also sees ghosts! Yikes!

Rhys Miguel Eugenio: Ang Sportisoy Hearthrob ng Tarlac 

What are the odds of making a hole-in one? Research says 12,500 to 1. People don't know though that Rhys has actually attained that feat! Too bad it just wasn't recorded on video. Another thing Rhys can do is backflip. In one backflip however, he landed badly and broke his ankle for which he needed surgery. Don't worry, Rhys! Even if you limp on the modeling ramp, the girls are still going to swoon big time over you!

Sandra Dagumampan:Ang Chikadorang Beshfriend ng Iloilo 

Sansan just loves teasing people about their crushes. "Yung parating pagtukso sa crushes nila!" seems to be her life mission. So one day, life just got back at her. She recounted an embarrassingly hilarious incident wherein "nahulog yung isang paa ko sa kanal, at maraming nakakita, pati na rin yung crush ko!" Awkward! But perhaps that incident wasn't as embarrasing as the time she performed in a school play and her costume had holes in it "kaya kita yung panty ko." Haha, I don't think Sansan will ever run out of funny life experiences!

Seth Yancy F Fedelin: Ang Hope-pool Son ng Cavite 

If you're around Seth, he'll probably make you his friend. He described himself to me as "palakaibigan ... gusto kong maging masaya yung buhay ko na maraming kaibigan." Asked what his achievements in life are, he proudly mentioned two: that he was 'top 3' in grade 1 and that finished elementary. Go Seth! I wish you to have more friends and greater achievements in life!

Kristine R. Vertudez: Ang Palaban Babe ng South Cotobato

When it comes to challenges in life, Kristine is a fighter. Even when she feels like losing hope, she remains matapang! Of course, this toughie chick has a fun and good side to her, too. She described herself to me as being "makulit, madaldal, palatawa, and makadios." Asked what some of her joys in life were, she answered, "hinahanap si crush at nakikikain sa kapitbahay." Haha! Go Kristine! I enjoyed talking with her so much that I forgot to have a picture with her.

Atasha Reign Parani: Sporteen Sweetheart ng Canada

This sporty chick has story after story to tell, and interesting ones at that! Atasha, for instance told me about the time that she was almost kidnapped. This happened in grade 1 when she was waiting for her mom to pick her up at school. She remembers very vividly how a guy with a beard, wearing a black jacket and turban, just held her hand and told her that he would be the one to bring her home. Whew, good thing that Atasha had the presence of mind to refuse the stranger and get away from him. Aside from that story, there was also this time when she participated in a French-speaking contest and completely forgot the last 2 paragraphs of her piece! So what she did was quick-thinkingly improvise and guess what? She even won 2nd place in that contest despite the flub! Funny things happen to her, too, like the time when she was mistaken for a transgender. The person told her, "Oh, I thought you were a bakla." Haha, anyway, they both had a hearty laugh about the mistake. Atasha Reign? Atta'girl! With charm like yours, you certainly will reign!

Gian Franco R. Wang:  Chinito Simpatico ng Cebu

Gian is one of those people who likes trying out new things.  And if he happens to like the new thing he's trying out, he'll dedicate himself fully to the goal of excelling in it.  It's the same thing when Gian's into some interesting topic.  He'll read a lot on the topic until he gains expert knowledge on it.  No wonder then that his friends consider him as a 'walking encyclopedia."  I enjoyed very much my time with Gian.  In fact, if I were younger, talking to him would make me feel like I was talking to a classmate of mine.  That's Gian, folks: Fun to be with, definitely nice to talk to. 

Lienel Navidad:  Ang Beauty and the Best Ate ng Albay

A zillion things I like about this girl, Lienel.  To start with the obvious, the girl is a looker! And to prove the point, she's joined pageant after pageant in her hometown to win top prize after top prize! And about her smarts? Well, nothing great really, except that she was grade school valedictorian and is now a science-oriented high school scholar!  Lienel narrated to me how she was already her family's breadwinner at 10 years old.  At such a young age, she was already working in a ricefield.  She told me that at one time, "nalaglag ako sa irrigation habang nagbubuhat ng palay." Early on, she realized how tough life can be.  And after all these hardships, Lienel has emerged to become a confident and creative dreamer who'll never stop chasing her dreams.  Lienel?  She is beast mode at being best!    

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Pinoy Big Brother Lucky Season Dream Team!

Regular Edition- Cora Waddell: Ang Dazzling Daughter ng Bulacan

Regular Edition- Aura Azarcon: Ang Med of Honor ng Las Pinas

Celebrity Edition- Nonong Ballinan: Ang Kanto Komikero ng Novaliches

Celebrity Edition- Elisse Joson: Ang Hugot Babe ng Mandalyuong

Regular Edition- Jerome Alacre: Ang Overseas Filipino Worker ng Tondo

Regular Edition- Tanner Mata: Ang Incredible Hunk ng Nueva Ecija

Celebrity Edition- Jinri Park: Ang K-Hot Cover Girl ng South Korea

Celebrity Edition- Nikko Natividad: Ang Hashtag Boy Sipag ng Bulacan

Celebrity Edition- Mccoy de Leon: Ang Hashtag Boy Tatag ng Tondo

Teen Edition- Edward Barber: Ang Cheerful Charmer ng Germany

Teen Edition- Yong Mujahil: Ang Pag-a-son ng Angkan ng Zamboanga

Teen Edition- Kisses Delavin: Ang Miracle Daughter ng Masbate

Teen Edition- Maymay Entrata: Ang Ms. Wacky Go Lucky ng Cagayan de Oro

Monday, October 17, 2016


by Randy Dellosa (psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, life coach)

The word "psychopath" is apparently this month's psychological buzzword.  

Out of the blue, psychology students will approach me and ask:
(1) Ano ba ang psychopath?
(2) Ano ba ang pinagkaiba ng psychopath sa sociopath?

And this is the gist of what I tell my students:

* Psychopaths and sociopaths are people with CRIMINAL MINDS. They differ however in two significant aspects: their personality traits and the manner by which they commit crime.

* The PSYCHOPATH has a charming personality and is therefore easily liked and even admired by many. His style of breaking the law is organized, meticulous, deceptive, and discreet such that he won’t easily get caught. Pinagpaplanuhan niya ng mabuti ang paglabag sa batas.

* The SOCIOPATH has a moody and unstable personality, prone to bouts of anger and rage. His style of breaking the law is impulsive and poorly-planned such that he can get more easily caught. Padalos-dalos ang paggawa niya ng krimen.

* Some criminals have MIXED psychopathic and sociopathic tendencies.

* Rather than classifying criminals as psychopaths or sociopaths, psychologists diagnose criminals as having “ANTISOCIAL PERSONALITY DISORDER (APD).” The word “antisocial” here means that they violate socially and legally acceptable norms of society.

As for the Joker, he is moody, unstable, and impulsive. Hence, he is unmistakably a sociopath. In fact, he actually enjoys being a criminal. While the Batman?

Poor Batman! This dark knight is “emo” to the max. He suffers from (1) post-traumatic stress disorder, (2) major depression, and (3) obsessive-compulsive personality disorder.

So, while the Joker needs to be incarcerated for life in a maximum security prison, the Batman is trapped in an inner prison which he shares with emotional demons that haunt him. What the Batman needs is intensive psychotherapy to liberate him from the anguish he has been harbouring through the years.

Well, that’s all for now, folks. I hope you learned a thing or two from this article. Take care now and have a good evening!

Yours truly, Mahatma Randhi 

P.S. Mag-ingat kayo ha sa mga psychopat at sociopat sa tabi-tabi! 

Saturday, July 2, 2016

MAY LAMIG KA BA SA KATAWAN? You May Need Clinical Massage.


“Lamig” is a Filipino word for muscular spasms, knots, and nodules. “Lamig” may also mean pain, numbness, or limited range of movement. “Lamig” is called “lamig” because the affected area is most probably cold to touch. This implies that the tight muscles are preventing the smooth flow of blood, oxygen, nerve impulses, and nutrition to that area. 

One way I get the “lamig” out of my patient’s bodies is through acupuncture and ventosa (Chinese cupping). The other therapy which I’ve been using since the early 2000s is clinical (medical) massage. When I was starting out as a clinical massage therapist, my clientele used to comprise runners, bikers, and tennis players. Now, I seem to be getting more MMA athletes, ordinary gym buffs, and health enthusiasts. Although I am primarily a psychiatrist, 1/3 of all my patients actually ask me for medical massage and acupuncture.

DIfference between spa massage and clinical massage

Spa massage is for merely for relaxation purposes. On the other hand, clinical massage is for treating musculo-skeletal and postural problems. Clinical massage therapy always begins with an assessment of the problematic area, and then an assessment of the whole body in general. 

Clinical massage uses a combination of
  • Deep tissue massage,
  • Postural release therapy
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Myofascial release
  • Lymphatic drainage
  • Muscle energy technique, and many others.
Wow, that's a lot of techniques, isn't it? 

Beware of some masahistas!

For those of you folks who are spa enthusiasts, here’s my tip for you: Massage should never be painful. Your “masahista” should never make “durog” a nodule or she may be causing more harm than good. In fact, your masahista may actually be the source of your “lamig.” Gentle and scientific massage techniques are always better and safer.

Have a good day everyone, and take good care! Perhaps one day, you’ll be the one lying on my table as I give you a medical massage treatment. – Mahatma Randhi :D

Sunday, June 26, 2016

A PRIMER ON THE DEATH PENALTY: How to Approach the Controversy

A PRIMER ON THE DEATH PENALTY: How to Approach the Controversy
by Randy Dellosa, psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, life coach

If I were asked to name some people who were sentenced to death by public execution, 5 people would automatically come to mind. Three of them comprise the priests known collectively as “Gomburza.” The fourth one would be Dr. Jose Rizal. And the last one would be Jesus Christ. As for the manner by which they were publicly executed, Gomburza died by garrote, Rizal by firing squad, and Christ by crucifixion.


In Philippine History class, I learned that PNoy’s father, Senator Benigno Aquino himself, was one of those sentenced to die by firing squad. He may have escaped the firing squad, but paradoxically, it was still a bullet that took his life. It is understandable then why Corazon Aquino abolished the death penalty during her term.


Throughout history, the issue of death penalty has always been a controversial topic mainly because there are strong arguments for and against its imposition.

Main arguments FOR the death penalty:

1. A life for a life. Those who commit heinous crimes such as plunder, treason, kidnapping, arson, murder, and rape should be killed.

2. Criminals who fear the death penalty will think twice before committing crime.

3. We can be sure that those who were executed will never ever commit crime again.

4. Revenge (retribution) is necessary so that family members of the victim can have emotional closure. 

5. Killing the criminal is more humane than imposing a life sentence behind bars.

Main arguments AGAINST the death penalty:


1. It is a proven fact that the death penalty does not prevent crime. Some research studies even indicate that the crime rates increase after a public execution. 

2. Because the justice system is strongly-flawed, innocent people have been intentionally or mistakenly executed.

3. The death penalty is discriminatorily applied to poor people, racially-prejudiced people, and people with mental illness. Rich and influential people are rarely meted the death penalty.

4. Supporters of the death penalty are as morally guilty as the executioner that kills the criminal.

5. Those who are executed are deprived of the chance to rehabilitate their lives.


If you are FOR the death penalty, the type of justice that you espouse is called “retributive justice.” “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth” is how the Old Testament puts it. The primary emphasis of retributive justice is retaliation or vengeance for the crime committed.

If you are AGAINST the death penalty, the type of justice that might appeal to you is called “restorative justice.” It is focused on making the criminal offender suffer a life sentence in prison but with the aim of rehabilitating the offender, meeting the needs of the victim(s) and the community, and promoting healing for all involved.


In the upcoming debate on the death penalty, you can expect that social media trolls are going to resurrect in full force as they did during the elections.

Trolls are easily recognized because they are closed-minded, potty-mouthed, arrogant, hateful, illogical, and sarcastic cyberbullies. Their reasoning is flawed by their emotional prejudices and political loyalties. And the most annoying thing about them is that they actually enjoy provoking anger among netizens.


Here are my tips on how you can be a reflective thinker/analyst on the controversial topic of the death penalty:

* Don’t rush in making a decision on the death penalty. Postpone making a final decision until you have thoroughly studied and reflected on the details of the issue.

* Listen open-mindedly to points of view that oppose yours. 

* Welcome sound criticisms about your beliefs and assumptions. Be open to the possibility that you are wrong. 

* Base your beliefs on facts and evidence rather than on political loyalty or emotional biases.

* Study and appreciate the arguments on both sides.

* Be respectful to those who don’t share your views. Agree to disagree.

* Learn from discussion groups, debates, and experts from both sides. 

* Place yourself in the shoes of the family members of the victims of heinous crimes.

* Place yourself in the shoes of prisoners awaiting their execution.

* And lastly, think independently. Be your own person. Don’t be a blind follower or group-thinker.

Have a good day, fellow Flips, and MABUHAY TAYONG LAHAT! (Except of course the prisoners on death row). Sincerely yours, Mahatma Randhi :D