Elegant Twist Creation


etc logoElegant Twist Creation (ETC) is a local store of the Philippines that sells apparels and accessories suitable for teens, teens at heart and for the stylist dudes and dudettes. The brand name was established by two Filipino youths who are currently college students with a known school in the country.

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These two young businesspeople are rich in inspirational histories and tales about their endeavors. Most of which are on how they battled through life, its hardships and sorrows, up to the point of brainstorming and putting into reality a great opportunity to self-sufficiently support their schooling and other financial dilemmas.

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Established fresh, this 2013, the store can be located at Luna St., Lapaz, Iloilo City, literally inside the “Laptop Specialist” store. Merchandises in-store for potential customers are caps, necklaces (wood & acrylic), shoes, watches, shirts, bags and many more in the near future.

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Promoted by Pilosopo Tamad because of the moral of their tale. The youth is the treasure of this country; if not nurtured and supported, our future will fail. It’s not a matter of leading the youth but a matter of inspiring them to be the leaders themselves. No one has the right to shatter dreams. Only the “despair” will do such act of treachery due to envy. Stop with the crab mentality and move forward for the good of all and for the betterment of the fatherland.

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Martial Law 40th Anniversary


Ferdinand E. Marcos is the 10th President of the Philippines and one of the prodigies of his generation. He was the one responsible for the proclamation of Martial Law (Proclamation No. 1081) on September 21, 1972. Today, we are celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Martial Law. 

Every people have his own views about the good and bad sides of Martial Law and the authoritarianism of Ferdinand Marcos during his presidency. Some books would say that the Philippines really had improved in his time but references would also say that it was one of the dark times in Philippine History.

Here are some of the Pros and Cons that I found in some books and documentaries of the Martial Law era:


  • Massive reduction of crimes because of military control and curfews.
  • Establishment of many infrastructures for health, education, economics, culture and arts than all previous presidents combined.
  • Foreign exchange rate was $1 = 2 Php.
  • Technocrats were present in government
  • Growth in Gross National Product
  • Surplus of balance-of-payment due to unexpected increase in prices of export products specifically sugar and coconut


  • Centralized graft and corruption
  • No freedom of the press
  • Military abuse of power (military murder was the apex of a pyramid of terror)
  • No fair elections (marred by guns, goons and gold)
  • Death penalty was legal

What’s your view regarding this matter? Did Marcos lose an opportunity of a lifetime as the greatest President of the 20th century? Did the Philippines lose its chance of being one of Asia’s Tigers like Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan? Did the Filipino people really accomplished something after People Power? Did the Philippines become better or worse after the long dominion of Ferdinand E. Marcos?

Many questions of our history haunt us still but we must not linger any further. The Filipino people are capable of making wonders, we have done it before, and we can do it again! Learn from the past and be steadfast in the present to safeguard the future of the next generation. It is no longer about ourselves alone but our legacy and honor as a nation, as Filipinos.

“We can become great if we think less of ourselves and more of others.”

-Bakhaw Boy

Teresa Ferraris Magbanua “Visayas’ Joan of Arc”


As we are celebrating the National Heroes Day, I would like to share one of my most looked up Philippine Heroes.

Teresa F. Magbanua is the sole Filipino woman ever documented in Philippine history to have led soldiers in the Visayas, specifically Iloilo. She was a brave and inspiring woman who fought for liberation against the Spanish and American soldiers and finally the Japanese.

She was born on October 13, 1869 at Pototan, a small town of Iloilo. She was born with well-heeled parents hence was able to afford to earn a teaching degree and taught in her hometown.
She belongs to a family of revolutionaries thus during the colonial times, she volunteered her services where she became an outstanding horseman and marksman. She led a group of soldiers in the Battle of Barrio Yoting, Capiz in early December 1898.  She also outfought the Spanish troops at the Battle of Sapong Hills near Sara.
On the later parts of her campaigns, she suffered a great grief from the early death of her brothers, General Pascual Magbanua and Elias Magbanua, at the hands of traitors.

After fifty years of being idle, she returned to the battlefield where she financed a guerilla resistance movement. The movement consisted of liberators together with the Allied Filipino soldiers of the 6th, 61st and 62nd Infantry Division of the Philippine Commonwealth Army. In addition, the 6th Infantry Regiment of the Philippine Constabulary and the Ilonggo guerrillas against the Japanese in the Battle for the Liberation of Iloilo. She was customarily referred to as the “Joan of Arc” by her fellow soldiers.
After years of services in the battlefield, she migrated to Mindanao and lived the remaining times of her life with her sister Maria in Pagadian, Zamboanga del Sur, where she died at some time in August, 1947.
Her inspiring contributions:
  1. Teaching by example. In particular, she taught love of country and courage to defend freedom and liberty when she volunteered to become part of the Philippine resistance against the Spanish, American and Japanese forces. She was imbued with the spirit of volunteerism and heroism at the time when her country needed it. Thus, making a sterling example to the Filipino people.
  2. Dedication to duty and service when she fought the American and Japanese forces for the same reasons that she fought for against the Spaniards.
  3. Women can lead men in battle. She literally broke the stereotype of a woman who stays at home and takes care of the family. In the case of Teresa Magbanua, she sacrificed her hours for the family for her country. For this effort, she could be easily said to be a pioneer or one of the pioneers of Philippine feminist movement.
  4. Women can lead in the battle against tyranny and oppression. 
  5. Without saying it literally after she said, “The situation in a country at a particular time creates its own breed of heroes and heroines,” anyone can be a hero at his own time, in his or her own way.
  6. Lastly, the greatest legacy she has made for the Filipino people was her fight for Philippine freedom and democracy as shown by her actions. According to Gregorio (Gregorio, 1976), “The important role of a teacher is (to serve) a bulwark of democracy (Gregorio, 1976). The state of Philippine education and society during her time contributed to the creation of a woman with the fighting and saintly spirit like Joan of Arc.

“I want our people to be like a molave tree, strong and resilient, standing on the hillsides, unafraid of the rising tide, lighting and the storm, confident of its strength.” – Manuel L. Quezon
“The Filipino is worth dying for” – Ninoy Aquino

“Instead of aspiring to be a mere province, aspire to be a nation; develop an independent not colonial mentality; resignation is not always a virtue it is a crime when it encourages oppression. There are no tyrants where there are no slaves.” – Dr. Jose Rizal