Jericho Rosales, Mr. Pogi 1996

We Filipinos believe that things happen for a reason. What would look like a chance occurrence to other people is to us, at least in hindsight, something that was meant to happen, much like the story of Eat Bulaga’s Mr.Pogi 1996, Jericho Rosales. 

Everything changed when he chanced upon the auditions for Mr. Pogi. Echo was initially hesitant, but his nephew who was also his best friend egged him on by saying that, win or lose, they stood to earn what must have been a good deal of money for them.

“For me, parang naisip ko na lang bigla: 1,500. 3,000. Hanggang doon lang. Di ko naisip na, pag sumali ako, anong mangyayari?”

But as he competed and won, Echo began to appreciate the experience. Echo talks about how surreal the finals was, especially when the host called out his name as Mr. Pogi for 1996.

To this day, Echo says that his trophy as Mr. Pogi has pride of place among the dozens of awards he has received in a long, fruitful career as an actor.

“Di ko inakala na mangyayari ‘to,” Echo says. “Eat Bulaga was a big part of that, na na-discover mo na, di ba, anong klaseng tao ka. Sino ka.”

“And I’m still grateful until now.”

Learn more about Jericho Rosales, Mr. Pogi 1996, in this Kwentong Eat Bulaga video.

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Doctorney Leticia Syson

Atty. Patricia Ramos-Syson, MD (2nd from left) is seen here with fellow judges (from L-R) Daphne Oseña Paez, Lilian Ng Gui and Patricia Ann Roque during the 2019 Little Miss Philippines Grand Finals last July 20.

Two of the toughest careers anyone can aspire to is that of a doctor and a lawyer. The long hours of study and memorization, the grueling coursework, and the difficult exams for the professional license make becoming a doctor or lawyer a very difficult task for many.

Patricia Leticia Ramos-Syson, one of the judges of Little Miss Philippines 2019 and herself a contestant of the 1990 edition of the pageant, is both a doctor and a lawyer.

Dubbed as “doctorney” by her Dabarkads during the 2019 LMP Grand Finals last July 20, Patricia recalled how she would look forward to watching Eat Bulaga when she came home from school or while their family was eating lunch.

Image courtesy of Atty. Ramos-Syson, MD

She joined the 1990 LMP out of a desire to see Tito, Vic, and Joey and Jimmy Santos. Doctorney Patricia recalls how she learned and experienced a lot during her time as a contestant and Grand Finalist. Her favorite was the Question and Answer portion, where Tito Sen asked young Patricia what she wanted to be when she grew up. Her reply was to be a doctor.

 


Images courtesy of Atty. Ramos-Syson, MD

Doctorney Patricia graduated from the University of Sto. Tomas School of Medicine in 2009 and passed the Medical Board Exams in 2011. She finished her Juris Doctor from the Ateneo Law School in 2015 and passed the Bar Exams of the same year. She currently works in a law firm and does her rounds as a doctor during the weekends. She also teaches Legal Medicine at the UST Medicine and Surgery and the Chinese General Hospital School of Medicine. She is married to an Orthopedic Surgeon and has two kids.

“Hindi man ako nanalo, mas mahalaga na bata pa lang ako nabuo na confidence ko dahil sa pagsali ko sa LMP”, Doctorney Patricia said.

“Talagang nakatulong rin ang aking pagsali para patuloy at lalo akong magsikap para maabot ko ang pangarap ko na maging doktor at abogado”, she added.

 


Images courtesy of Atty. Ramos-Syson, MD

Doctorney Patricia thanked the Dabarkads for continuing to bring joy to everyone, for always inspiring others, and for giving people a chance to reach their dreams. She said that she would be happy to inspire at least one person with her life story, especially the kids who watch Eat Bulaga.

For more about Atty. Patricia Ramos-Syson, MD, click here.

KitKit Longcanaya is Little Miss Philippines 2019

Eat Bulaga’s Little Miss Philippines has made the dreams of little girls come true since 1984. Another young lady is added to the long list when CJ Keith “KitKit” Longcanaya was crowned the Little Miss Philippines for 2019.

Kitkit, who hails from Parañaque City, bested 10 other  hopefuls for the title in the Grand Finals last July 20, 2019. Her talent, smarts and spunk got the thumbs-up from a lineup of A-list judges that include Daphne Oseña Paez; Atty. Patricia Leticia Syson, MD; Lilian Ng Gui; Patricia Ann Roque; Cristalle Bello; Pauleen Luna, and; Michael V.

KitKit recited a poem titled “Tutubi” for her Talent Portion that had a surprising and funny twist at the end. During the Question and Answer portion, Dabarkads Host Maine Mendoza mentioned that KitKit wanted to become a beauty queen when she grows up, just like her idol 2018 Miss Universe Catriona Grey. Dabarkads Host Jose asked the 3 year old what she and Catriona had in common. Kitkit replied, “Maganda po.”

“Maganda ka ba?” Jose challenged, Kitkit answered yes, her father told her so.

Aside from KitKit’s taking home the title, Althea Ruedas of Antipolo City was first runner-up while Ysabella Espinosa of Bacoor City, Cavite, got second runner-up honors.

Past contestants of Little Miss Philippines were present in the event which also served as an LMP reunion. The LMP alumnae shared stories which were testaments that they will forever be Eat Bulaga’s Little Misses.

Since 1984, winners and participants of Little Miss Philippines have gone on to create careers not only in the entertainment industry but in other fields as well, like the Little Miss Philippines 2019 Judges: Little Miss Philippines 1990 grand Finalist Atty. Patricia Syson, MD who is both a lawyer and doctor, and Little Miss Metro Manila 1992, television broadcaster Patricia Ann Roque.

Meanwhile, a number of LMP Alumnae have made a name for themselves in the entertainment industry. The list includes: 1984 winner Glaiza Heradura and runner-up Gladys Reyes-Sommereux; Little Miss Philippines 1987 Runner-up Ice Seguerra and finalist Jessa Zaragoza, LMP 1990 finalist Lady Lee, Camille Prats and Maybelyn dela Cruz; LMP 1995 contestant Pauleen Luna-Sotto; LMP 1998 1st runner-up Julie Ann San Jose; LMP 2000 pageant 4th runner-up Kim Domingo; LMP 2005 contestant Ella Cruz; and LMP 2012 winner Ryzza Mae Dizon.

Little Miss Philippines 2019 is a limited engagement only and is part of the 40th anniversary celebration of Eat Bulaga.