Category Archives: Talent Development

Sports and Hobbies – My 18 TDL

The Pacific Ring of Fire is reminding us that it is there to form part of the future shape of earth to come at the expense of natural phenomena such as volcanic eruption, earthquake of great magnitude that triggered a tsunami and even vast landslides claiming lives and properties. As a man, we can never be superior when it come to such nature’s willful way of maybe readying the planet to a kind of weather patterns that it is destined to. Are we off to a new beginning or we are doomed for good? But before we go to that wild imagination lest us go back and regain our senses as we gotta continue life no matter what. So here we go! Sharing to you another part of my to do list which am sure you’ll loved to do also…

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The blood of a true champion flows right into your veins, runs with the family and will always be a part of your DNA, but you don’t wanna call it quits or go away for good. Why not get yourself or your sight to a new hobby or sports discipline that you’d never tried before? Meeting new people of great status of that particular hobby like photography opened up a new avenue of excitement or something to look forward to. Don’t dwell yourself to a sports or hobby that you’ve been doing for decades. Let that sportsman’s heart shout and go after a new one or set of discipline that will measure your skills and wits to its peak… again or for the nth time.

Participate again to compete and enjoy, that’s the real importance of doing this list. To get better and strive for greatness all throughout the process.

A whistle without a band is like a person without a life. – Paquito

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Transition Period and It’s Importance

What a great college days it was, the summary of career paths are now prepared and its time to move forward to the professional world. On the job training, apprenticeship, mandatory applied training’s or whatever you may want to call it as long as it is the required acts to transitioned from being an entry level or beginner to an amateur status of the corporate world.

In this article we are going to set our focus in the field or getting professionally recognized as a full time Registered Architect, where the passing of a government official examination or city state exams is a part of the requirement to earned that prefix title before your name. Programs are dependent on each country or state but in the Philippines, a 24 months full time apprenticeship works is mandatory before an aspiring candidate can have his hand full with the 3-days board examination. Special studies both in the office and field site works are the two major requirements an apprentice must fulfilled.

Architecture firms with local and abroad commitments are the number one beneficiaries  of these graduates numbering to several hundreds if not thousands given the hard challenges to pass thru a series of battery test that includes thesis dissertation. Contractors and property developers are the second option where to earn and further nurture the actual studies needed to fortify the knowledge. Works covering CAD/CAE and or micro-station production drawings are just the threshold, materials and methodologies follows then quantity survey and project controls including overall project construction management. These are the technical side… and you’re bound to unconsciously learn the tricks and heirloom of the professional practice should you get the nod of your immediate superior to be given a task outside the program.

Though am sure that you got a pre-planned direction in your mind once you passed the board exam, i suggest you pick up the hardest and most challenging lesson you’ll encounter with during your stay with the firm or office as the work in the industry are somewhat a cycle of events that repeatedly transpire even if you dont like it. Have your notes handy to armed yourself with the basics and learn its complexities on a daily basis.

You’re bound to learn the inconvenient truth of going into a pro circle as you’ll come across the hardship of marketing the services that includes extended working hours to beat a deadline or presentation. Notice the way it is being done such as those back up plans and  strategies where the only goal is to left the door of war room victorious by means of a new contract of engagement. These are just a tip of the iceberg as no firms or offices are the same as all have their own mission and vision. The most important an apprentice like you to do is to find yourself within the organization, share your skill talent that you firmly believe are your strengths and further hone your weaknesses by continuously asking valid and varied questions in humility. That is the most important transitional way to pass thru the narrow gap of being an apprentice to a professional.

Learning the curve is the most difficult but  surviving it is the most rewarding. – Paquito

How to Sing like a Pro even without any Formal Training, 10 Practical Proven Tips

We’ve been watching reality TV search for singing idols from around the globe and it suddenly brings out the hidden talent in us, singing… All ages has this talent and you cannot discount that in every corner you go there is an outstanding talented individual, ready to belt out his favorite piece once asked. While some are only good in listening, most of us prefers to give it try in order not to be left out of the fads. I believe nobody don’t know how to, as am pretty sure all of us knew the national anthem with all our heart…. agree? Here are several tips on how to sing like a pro even if you haven’t set foot upon a studio or attended any formal training in vocalization.

  1. Listen Carefully – to all the songs you really wanted to cover. We call it “cifra”, which is to listen through a pair of headset before trying its first stanza. Carefully look out for highlight of the song such as diction, intonation and the proper timing. They say that a good singer always listen whenever they got time. Buy a pair of good quality headset for your best listening experience.
  2. Watch Video Tutorials – a lot of video links are browse-able in the internet. A lot of enthusiast are sharing their own version of each song they seem to perfectly imitate even if they’re from a country where mandarin is the mother tongue. Watch it carefully and pick up the salient point of the song.
  3. Perfect Practice Makes your Work Perfect – this requires patience and desire of the act which is singing… You can try that Japanese invention “karaoke” where many are honing their skills using this medium. Dont hesitate to try songs that you’ve been listening thru your iPod or Walkman during your younger years.  Try to “play first with the lyrics -on-” before serving your version afterwards.
  4. Record your Song and Play it Back – There’s no better way to know how good you are but to listen to your own piece. Be honest with your feelings and find the best adjustment needed to at least have it “near the proper version” or some call it “placado”… And you’ll hear it for yourself if you need to change songs later on.
  5. Know Your Voice Range – Do you possess a baritone,  falsetto, high pitch voice? The very main reason for this one is to acclimatize your voice range with the songs you are belting out. Elvis Presley’s voice was so different that he made great albums even during when the accompaniment sophistication were so basic that his voice truly brought justice to those songs he did. Until now some are buying his albums.!
  6. Exercise your Jaw – If you are able to watch most of Manny Pacquiao’s fight , you’ll notice he has done numerous jaw-turning exercises as part of his pre-actual-fight rituals… and he is not only a boxer but a good singer as well. Then do your own do-re-mi vocalization rituals before singing.
  7. Breathing is the Key – balladeers are so good with this that they carried out songs of difficult phase without a haste. Diva’s are the best using diaphragm power singing… give it a try while submerge in a pool, you’ll notice the biggest improvement once you deliver your piece.
  8. Proper Word Pronunciation  – like a customer sales representative, you got to speak the proper word, as simple as differentiating B from V…. F from P and so on. That way you’re simple delivery becomes a good sound to hear about.
  9. Fake your Voice – as the lead guitarist always telling me before, every time we have a session… “fake it” either accent you fake adds up substance to the song.
  10. Create your List of Songs – beefed up your arsenal of favorites by listing down the songs you really wanted to perfect. Variety of songs from greatest to latest hits and of different genres surely make you sound like a pro.

You still got a whole month to practice and make sure you wont decline an invitation to share your talent to your your co-workers and office mates this coming Christmas parties and family reunions. How about you? any suggestions to sing like a pro that can help others….. excuse me, it’s my turn to sing the “Hawaiian wedding song” – Elvis Presley’s version.

You are a great listener thus making you a greater singer. It’s the song not the singer. – Paquito 

The Power of being Straightforward

People always locked in disputes, conflicts, miscommunication and whatever you wanna call it. We tend to understand things way different from what is being told to us, why? how on earth we absorb things in a manner it is far the true thoughts or message it should be? Was it due to the fact that grammar have continue to evolve that it becomes hard for us to comprehend and understand outright the message being impart, or maybe because we don’t pay too much attention as according to some case study “people now have a very short attention span of only eight seconds,” i repeat a little under 8 seconds and we seek to focus to other things out visually and thoughtfully.

Enough of hyperbolic statement or shall we say let’s get back to the basic of communication which is the power of being straightforward. Easier to be understood, easy to get the message across and get the proper answer were expecting it should be. Social media are now flooded of messages that always get around the bush style that the one seeking information are ushered into other ideology and content before he could get the true essence of the story. Communication dates back the dark period using tablets and scribbles across the surfaces of cave walls, the use of scrolls and birds in sending the message to the other part of civilizations are shall we say, straightforward as it’ll be a heavy load to carry above enroute its flight of destination if it’s written in volumes.  Telegraph during the early 1900’s were sent in a concise and easy to understand manner to ensure the sense of urgency are well respected. SMS, emails and minutes of the meetings are the most dominant type of communication recordings of statement across an organization and the globe that we don’t wanted to be misunderstood or misquoted by the other party.

Then with the power of being straightforward is the available and viable option to avoid miscommunication, conflicts and disputes. We are all entitled to it and we must express ourselves freely in a more straightforward expression.  Are you always being misquoted or worst misunderstood, From now on you won’t as you are indeed allowed to always be a straightforward person.

Let us get straight to the point and get what we wanted pointblank. Paquito

Weekdays are the Color of Money

Seven months down or exactly 213 days or  5,112 hours or equivalent to 306,720 minutes have lapsed or added to our dear life. And if we’re to determine the working hours spent for those working at 8 hours for 5 days a week, they have already spent the 24.5 of it so to speak. Have we asked ourselves if that is proportionate to our needs and wants or set targets for the current year.

You’re surprised aren’t you? Am just spending the 24 percent of my daily hours and be considered productive? Now we know why the fuzz, the pressures the target sales, planning ahead of time means to one organization. We frequently failed to analyze first the importance of existence. The meaning of sacrifice is just envelop into an almost a quarter of our attention and talent.

Weekdays are the color of money, to some it’s a bit rosy but to most of those pressured laden jobs and cyclical it’s grayish near black, that a single mistake will cost his termination. And to maintain the color of money within the palette of green, blue, orange, yellow or whatever currency you have in your country you must put in your best talent and attention down to your last cent of effort to control the color of money you want that am sure is not grayish to black.

Start the work week with the color of money in mind and the people who are considering you as the hero of their lives. Your comments are truly welcome, Paquito

Paquito Answer for the Day 02

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Like the little ant that see ahead of his time, in this bulk of sweeteners it’ll reach the bottom of this basket by travelling the road of predictability. Paquito

Congratulations to all the readers who’ve been able to read the very first version the Paquito Answer for the Day, we just added a premium in our whole being in getting even the tip of the thought that comes with it. Today, i’ve received an sms from a sales representative of a prominent real estate developer in my country, the Philippines.

Does seeking to travel the less travelled road always lead us to success? Thank you   

Many have tried and many more have failed, life changing decisions have its pros and cons depending on how you perceived things in life. Let me tell you again that we are all created uniquely different ! no thumbprint are alike, see it for yourself my dear readers. Our mark to failure and success were inscribed in a well-balanced manner that no one is above anyone in terms of luck or disdain. It is the freedom of choice that make things differs from one individual to another, getting off from the herd and going the path tangential to the group have sometimes produced results you’ve never expected. Asking around the bush will deepen your thoughts and awareness towards the basic question you’ve been asking yourself how’d did he do it? It might be fittingly best for him but not for you as we are differs again in our life stature and contentment. Yes it is being satisfied and contended with what, where, who and why we are here in the world of a million chance and expectations.

Managing your expectations is the best measurement of success you’re aiming for and to travel the less one or the packed one is not the answer to it as it is the perseverance, sacrifices and satisfaction you’ve poured in, that’s gonna bring you to an improved level of life convenience and stability you’re looking for.

We’ve been seeking success all throughout our life, lead it with a generous amount of faith and you’re bound to be the unimaginable You , you’ve never imagined. Thank you for reading my blogs. Paquito 

Paquito Answer for the Day

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These wooden bench, are credible witness to anything that’ll transpire on top of it.

A friend asked me, How do you control yourself in times of adversity and criticism? Do you have such experiences and what have you learned from it? – Life if we’re to fragmentalize its four letters into a sort of our own definition will give us a thousand meaning depending on who is speaking and hearing on both ends of the line. Agree? Allow me to share it, to you my dear blog readers and followers.,

L – Loosen up ! Holding back your emotions or sincere feelings towards a critique will only create a self-imbalance of positive forces. It’ll stalled you right there and then, giving you low self esteem and be distracted. Loosening up has its ambidextrous effect to both nega-positive minds in you. Putting yourself into the one asking a critical question is equal to mirrorizing the tone, emotions, enthusiasm and sincerity to anything you hear and will prepare you upfront to give your insights and set of acceptable and comprehensible thoughts you have at any given day. So guy’s loosen up a bit and learn the art of mirrorizing facts and fallacies.

I – Innovate yourself ! A korean song goes like this, ” i want nobody, nobody but you. ” and upon hearing this, have you asked yourself why would someone or somebody would want nobody but me? And the answer is already a default one isn’t it, since we are the only master of ourselves. The price tag we put into our well being including the emotional, spiritual, intellectual, professional and you name it, all of this can be done with our very own eagerness or self providence. An innovative way of dealing with life’s daily challenges is tantamount to equipping yourself day in day out. So guys innovate and be a better you.

F – Fear no one but yourself ! We are indeed our own greatest enemy. Dont procrastinate, a level of thinking parallel to the amount of your fears is a less likely to drive you at the wheel of your life. Leading a good and better you to be the best in everything is a surefire way to eradicate the unsolicited inutile feeling. Fear no one, but fear God. For in a man’s spiritual solitude he finds the answer, the options and the the decision to apply in a certain situation he considered at first a dead end. In God We Trust and i rest my case. People of the world fear no one but yourself for an understandable you.

E – Evolve into the world of everything ! – We all live temporarily in this world. Whenever we attend a burial of someone either an immediate or distant relative and hearing the words “You are called ahead of us and For in heavens life we will surely meet, bring all our love and devotion with you that you will always be alive in our heart, all of you and everything about you.” it awaken up the hard fact that I , you and everyone on this world has its own date to relinquish earthly life. Life is so short. Then we must continue evolving into someone who value life, friendship, adoration and good samaritan ways to every soul we meet, gonna meet and met in our lives. Aren’t the earth reasonably evolving around the sun and its system. For in every second it counts equates to momentous variants in people’s life. You should continue to evolve to your parents, friends, acquaintances and all the members of the society. Evolve in a way it is just and without avarice, bring yourself to the best of you in everything. Share it but beware as we are all entangle with a series of problems, expectations, preservations and reservations. In other words be a man for others.

This is my take for a simple question that requires no exact answer but comprehensible and acceptable one. And again, either you or me is speaking or hearing on the either end of the line.

Thank you for taking time reading my blogs, you are the very main reason that is keeping my enthusiasm to innovate, by loosening up the fear upon me and continue to evolve by God’s grace. Paquito 

Red-Wednesday Breakfast with the Cyberpark 1 & 2 Megawide MEPF Staffs

Megawide MEPF Engr. Butch Castillo sitting in front of the author with his MEPF core group for Cyber Park Tower 2 project during a small breakfast.

There’s a truth in saying that “expect the unexpected” sometimes happen for a better reason. But this morning while cruising past the Araneta Center after an early morning meeting that saying we’re instantly proven a true one as an unplanned is a lot bound to happen than expected , in less than a half an hour small breakfast were hosted by yours truly Paquito with the former colleagues and project team.

It was an early breakfast as the Megawide Construction Corp. MEPF engineers led by Butch Castillo, Bob Batalla, PJ Ferriol, Billie and Marlon are preparing themselves into another super busy Wednesday for the projects Cyberpark Tower One & Two, both are located at the heart of Araneta Center Cubao in Quezon City.

Respectfully i obliged myself to to join their table to exchange a small talk recalling Grass Tower project days and shared several laughs and work related discussion that somehow made them feel the importance of give it all attitude towards work in serving a multinational company of great stature like the MCC. That brief yet memorable acquaintance limited to a pair of slice of pancake and hot coffee is more than enough to catch up and reconnect with old and reliable people who once part of our memorable career with one of the best in the construction industry.

With the values inculcated within the bounds of Excellence, Commitment, Innovation, Teamwork and Safety in the heart and minds of these young engineers, truly they are all a man of integrity.

Yours is better mine is written, comments and reactions are very much welcome. Paquito 

Have a Break – 5 Simple Ways to Re-Organizing Your Days 


It was a super hectic workdays we have and we got so little 48 hours to plan the next 40 hours of work week ahead of us and the cycle goes on even if we decided to stall the task at hand the hour after hour will commence even if we are not looking at it. It’s an obvious 48/40 time management thing we have here and it will rely on how difficult or easy a job routine we have, add the preparation prior to the job hours itself including but not limited to waking up early, dressing up, sipping coffee to induce alertness, taking the wheel to work, park the car and hop in to the elevator and finally entering the workplace with your identity thin mark biometric recognizable data and there you go ready to start working For the next 8-9 hours of the day. Then you call it a day for work when darkness engulf the outside view of your seat. You hit the biometry, line for the lift down-ride, exit the building, unlock your car and drive home for the next 45mins – 1.5 hours of a less than 6 km distance travel that doubly drains you than the entire 8 hours work. It’s totally insane hearing those stories and repeatedly heared more to every smart guys outside the cafeteria. Seems not that smart for me. 

Let’s get it straight to the topic of breaking the rules when needed and realize the unforeseen rewards it can bring to your daily routine. Am sharing to you my 5 simple ways in re-organizing 40/48 which am sure will be helpful too with your daily woes. 

  1. Have a Break in Doing The  Planning Wisely thing as we are all aware that even with the greatest planned activity written and tabulated in a step by step manner, we failed, and it’s not a thing to whine about but a series of lesson to learn about. Pause for a while and leave the planning sequence for a bit to gather some fresh minds and fresh legs if your into active sports training. Revisit the previous tried and tested ways or manual that effectively deliver the total output you’ve been wanting. Maybe it’s time to think again if its still viable to use a system that needs re-burn or reformatting just to have it understand and accepted as done. Have a break and throw that planners! It’s a record of unsuccessful written scripts that piles up your cluttered mind and psychologically stop you to proceed according to what is more practical and doable in a sense it is being required at that moment in time. Decision making does need not to be perfect but it always need to be acceptably compromisable to all parties involved.
  2. Have a Break in Making Promises and Catch Up Thing  the idea is to go down the bottom of the all pending works at hand, trapping yourself into the middle of the Old & New task is a big mistake we do unconciously at work, play and even relationship. Have you ever forgotten the virtue that says for every door closes a series of windows open up ? Because life is a cycle and so the work you’re involved at. It’s a role we must play to make something work and a role we must not play also to make the work progress. Avoid the silly ideas of a superman thinking that you can catch up because you’re good at it and the egoistic challenging pride it makes you to face it big time. And you failed, again. Hey am not trying to teach you to be a pessimist here but am just warning you to be realistic everytime of the day and that’s how simple it is. Isn’t it a better idea to add hands to ensure that a big ticket project or account will be delivered ahead of time for at least 24 hours grace period for your internal cross checking prior to submission? Don’t unleash the superhero in you if you can have it done with the help from reliable and tested co-superhero you have in the group. Catching up is good but in the nick of time you should not. Avoid accepting new task until after you’re down with last one. Have a good break in those situation and it all start with a remarkable acceptance of your net power capacity to finish work in a given 8 hours period. 
  3. Have a Break in Multi-Tasking style of work. This breaks up the core discipline of an acceptable certified business competence, systems quality thus jeopardizing the integration put up by the management. The step by step procedure is a sure way to eliminate failure and return to the start period of works. Do what is being expected from you in accordance to the agreed  and signed contract you have and help the company, grow by putting your extra mile effort to perfect the task given. Do not try to be the jack of all trades master of nothing as this will only compromise your credibility and integrity. Avoid voluntary work when a quality management system is in place to eliminate improper actions that’ll curl up the records come certification audit validation time. 
  4. Have a Break Doing Redundant Office Meeting if you are a CEO/COO or a President of a small or big company with dreams of making it at par with the movers and shakers of the industry, think about limiting the internal conferences that has an advance schedule of management committee meeting in all Monday’s of the month for the whole year ahead as this becomes the breeding ground of incompetence within the core group. It becomes habitual norm for those members of the mancom to put up real work 2 days before the meeting and sow ineptness given the high level type of commitment that ends in various follow ups and sometimes kept for a longer period of time in the Minutes of the Meeting handouts. Doing surprise or unscheduled management committee conference will restore order in the company  and lights up the sales board if you’re into marketing business and ensure billings are submitted on time does reassuring your cashflows on-check. Micro-meeting is a little better than the traditional weekly one. Try it and  observe the positive effect it’ll create not only to the core group but with support level as well. It’ll bring a change that everybody wanted to see making each day filled with excitement with focal point at figures related to incentives and other perks. Have a break and do it sometimes wearing your casual jeans for a subtle and effective down to earth character of power.
  5. Have a Break in Grinding Your Staffs , Issuing NTE’s and Warning Memos, in short Refrain or Relax the Issuance of Memos everybody wanted a disciplined, dedicated, deserving working team but it’s a pricey walls you need to maintain such team whom are products of extra ordinary academic performance with the highest expectations to their respective careers and life visions thus it cannot be discounted to enlist average workforce who are “willing to be trained” as they’ve stated in their curriculum vitaes and work overtime when needed during the interview. Memos tend to sow terror sort of acceptance to the staffs making them move from one fence to another seeking to find employers who’ll understand their predicament. I bet you’ll all agree that only a handful of company can show a hundred percent workforce attendance during Monday’s including the mancom level. Empower the core and support group through the relaxation of these HRD papers that only fattened the 201 files of each workers or staffs. By having a break with the Policy, this will unleash the workforce to give their best without avarice. It’s a healthy environment both in mental and physical presence of the group. Good vibes and camaraderie in its perfect form will annihilate the gap between all levels of of the organization and instill the discipline of a dedicated and well deserving group within the four walls of the company.

By having a break doesn’t mean you have to do things or biggest changes or introduce out of the box ideas in a radical way but wittingly test the outcome by pondering your next big move towards a greater result you’ve been aspiring for. Paquito

Your ideas are far better and I am very much interested hearing it. Thank you for having a break reading this blog.