Down Memory Lane, Gathered Thoughts

…was, am, and will forever be a Candy Girl ♥

Just last March, the Philippines’ #1 teen magazine — Candy — celebrated its 13th anniversary!

Next, next month, I’ll be celebrating a decade of being a loyal reader.  Yes!  It was in July 2002 and I was in my sophomore year in high school when I first became a Candy Girl. 😉

It all stared with THIS issue! Haha! (photo courtesy of

And then six years after that, I made my teenage dream come true when I was given the chance to be one of its contributing writers (as well as appear in the magazine itself from time to time!) 😀

some of my Candy features (articles not included)

It started in the year 2008, I was 18, and I just graduated from college.  And even though I decided to have some sort of a “gap year” by focusing on my Master’s Degree and not diving into the corporate world head-on, Candy gave me a sense of self-worth by helping me develop my writing skills, gain a new and once-in-a-lifetime experience, while getting paid all at the same time!  So you can say that my “glory days/years” were those when I was still with Candy. 🙂

Anyway, even though almost two years have passed since my last article was published, I still continue to be a very loyal Candy Girl. 😛  And just today, I finally got my last charm for my Candy bracelet!  Hahaha!

this “Keep Calm Candy Girl” charm comes with the June 2012 issue

The Lady’s personalized Candy charm bracelet!

Why PERSONALIZED?  Simply because during my Council of Cool days, Candy happened to celebrate its 10th anniversary (2009).  And that year, they also gave away a free charm bracelet.  You can say that for the past three years, I’ve been wearing my own Candy charm bracelet — which included acquiring my own charms, apart from the free ones.  And knowing me, each charm has its own meaning.  Haha!

5 charms; 5 meanings

The “C” (middle) was the very first charm I had.  It represents the Candy logo.  And well, it doesn’t hurt that my surname starts with this letter too!

The Mini Cooper with the Union Jack (top left) represents…  err…  my Anglophilia. 😛  It was also my niece’s Christmas gift to me, so that makes it extra special!

The Cross (top right) represents my faith.  Roman Catholic all the way, AMEN.

The Heart with the Universal Studios Singapore logo (bottom left) represents my family.  I bought it during a family trip to Singapore, and the heart shape just says it all.

The “Keep Calm Candy Girl” (bottom right) represents my two loves: the U.K. (Keep Calm and Carry On, anyone?) and of course, Candy!!!

For those who collected, collect, and will collect the Candy charm bracelet, you may ask what happened to the other bracelet and charms?  Well don’t worry!  I’ve been keeping them…

…and I’ve been planning to give them to somebody.
(I still just don’t know WHO!  HA HA HA)

So TEN YEARS, huh?  Well, I can truly say that it was the sweetest decade of my life!  It just amazes me to think how one simple form of media can affect not just my life, but the lives of many Filipino teenagers!  And I know that some of you may say that I’m already too old for THIS…  you’re right.  After all, Candy‘s main market is girls aged 13-21.  But for someone like me who actually grew up with the magazine, it’s a whole different story.

Yes, I’m 22.  And yes, I’m still very much proud of being a loyal Candy Girl.  In fact, I think that if there’s one thing Candy has taught me, it’s loyalty — loyalty to my family, loyalty to my friends…  but most of all, loyalty to myself.  And as cliche as it may sound, you can’t deny it: it always pays to be true to who you are.  And for that, I’ll forever be grateful.  Grateful for Candy for being my best-est friend for the past sweet ten years…  and for the many years to come.  May you continue to inspire the current and the next generation of Filipino teenagers!  More power to you!  And of course, Happy 13th Anniversary again!!!

Having said that, know that The Lady was, is, and will forever be a Candy Girl.  I, thank you. ♥

Marked on the Calendar, Mi Familia y Mi Amigos

Gimme Some CANDY!!!

If there was one word to describe my previous weekend, it’d be “SWEET!”

Sweet stuff, anyone? 😀

Why?  Simply because I attended one of Summit Media‘s biggest events of the year: The Candy Fair 2011!  CANDY = SWEET!  Get it?  Hahaha! 😉

my childhood friend Meeko, her sister Mariella, and yours truly

Candy Magazine has been a part of my life since 2002, when I got my hands on my very first issue (it was the July 2002 issue)!  However, it started to become a BIG part of my life in 2008 when I was chosen to be one of the members of the Candy Council of Cool 9 (CoC 9), wherein I instantly became a CONTRIBUTING WRITER in my own right for my beloved teen magazine!  From then on, I never stopped and my life just got sweeter and sweeter… 😀

Anyway, the Candy Fair is held every year (around September or October) and this is my third time to attend it.  I started going in 2008, and the only time I missed it was in 2009 — during the Ondoy incident!  Obviously, I really had no choice. 😦  Thankfully, the Fair is an annual event and this year, I went with my childhood friend Meeko and her sister Mariella.

certified Candy Girls 😉

Who’s who? 😛

Aside from that, the Fair also serves as a “reunion” place for friends and of course, a place to make new friends!  And last weekend, I was able to do both:

with my fellow CoC 9 member, CJ Alayon 🙂

with CoC 10’s Jeselle Villegas 😉

with Jesselle’s friend and my NEW friend, Paty Tabas 😀

And of course, no Candy Fair will be complete without…


No stamp; no entry.

Candie’s temporary tats

Yay for MILK TEA! Yay for Bubble Tea!

Happy milk tea drinker!!! 😀

nail art

my Christmas-themed nails

definitely, THUMBS UP! 😉

Meeko won a prize! 😀

Thanks, SkinWhite! Heehee.


The winning photo!!! Ayiieee! ♥

They’re so lucky they still have all their TEEN YEARS to enjoy! Haha!

Speaking of Candy Cuties, I had my eye on a particular Cutie but I felt so OLD I passed on the opportunity to have my picture taken with him!  Sayaaang!  Ayan tuloy, sobrang nagsisisi ang lola niyo!  And when I say “lola“…  well, bahala na nga kayo!  Hahaha!  But fine, his name’s Francis Salvador — so Francis, if you happen to read this, this is me saying HI!!! 😀  (Hays, iba talaga umasa ang mga lola!  Wahahahaha!)


Dino Imperial and Myx VJ Janine Ramirez

The hosts

Elmo Magalona

James Reid

For more celebrities at the Candy Fair 2011, click here;
for Candy’s tribute to the late Candy Cutie AJ Perez, click here.

And oh, before I forget, my friend UNION JACK was also present at the Fair!  I saw several girls sporting their Union Jack-inspired bags, tops, and whatnot.  At syempre, isa na’ko sa mga ‘yon! REPRESENT!!!

hugging my friend (Union) Jack! 😉

I was so happy I was THIS|CLOSE to approaching every girl I saw — I wanted to ask where they bought their Union Jack-inspired whatever, and even take their pictures!  But of course, the Lady (ehem!) tried her best to still be ladylike.  So no, I didn’t do those.  What I did, however, was just smile…  and smile…  and smile…  and keep asking myself, “sa’n niya kaya nabili ‘yon?”  Hay.

To sum things up, I’ve been a Candy Girl for almost a decade now! 😀  And even though I’m not a teen anymore (alam naaa!), I know in my heart that I’ll always be one (or at least FEEL like one!  Heehee.) ♥

Simply put:

Once a Candy Girl, ALWAYS a Candy Girl!

Candy Girl Mika

See you at the next year’s fair, fellow Candy Girls!!! 😀