Filipinos are known as great English-speaking people. Ruled previously by different races, we still ended up Americanized in so many ways. We don’t use English as our first language definitely but even the uneducated has been so influenced by media that it’s less of a challenge. On the other hand, there are still a few kinks they need to fix.

With the birth of social media, people got more influenced with peers. English being a universal language and a measure of social status, the different social classes speak up and share their thoughts on various things online, sometimes going a little too far in “trying hard” to cope with the pressure of the status quo.

Here are some lines I got from the internet that are usually and commonly used incorrectly:

“Get the most of both worlds.”
“Well well well. Look do we have here!”
“One of these days is not like the other.”
“Can you repeat it once again?”
“Mukhang haggard-looking.”
“Do you have more brighter ideas?”
“Let’s give them a big hand of applause.”
“You want to have your cake and bake it too.”
“The more the manyer.”
“So… what’s a beautiful girl like you?…

“It’s a no-win-win situation.”
“Hello, my boss is out of town. Would you like to wait”
“What happened after the erection of Mayon Volcano?”
“That’s what I’m talking about it.”
“What are friends are for?”
“Burn the bridge when you get there.”
“What is the world is coming to?”
“You’re barking at the wrong dog.”
“Anulled and void.”
“Mute and academic.”
“Base-to-base casis.”
“My answers have been prayered.”
“The feeling is actual.”
“For all intense and purposes.”
“Are you sure ka na ba?”
“Can’t you just cut me some slacks?”
“Nothing in this world is perfect except the word “change”
“It’s a blessing in the sky.”
“Right there and right then.”
“You!!! You’re not a boy anymore! You’re a man anymore!”
“Out of fit ako these days eh…”
“Please me alone!”
‘It’s as brand as new.”
“So far, so good, so far.”
“Time is of the elements.”
“Forget it about it.”
“Give him the benefit of the daw.”
“First and for all.”
“Come, lets join us!”
“Bring down the house down!”
“Now and there.”
“I’m only human nature.”
“The sky’s the langit.”
“I’m the world champion of the World”
“Beneath the Belt”
“Rule of Hand…”

“Welcome for coming!”

These are just a few of the many (and funny) grammatical errors we see everyday. I’m not perfect, I say a crapload of errors but if you don’t know how to take a hint, just walk on.

For those who aspire to be in the same profession as we do, you have to study well and learn from the best – experience. Learn by doing and learn from mistakes. Do not be embarrassed, because at the end of the day, the most successful ones are the ones who have been defeated many times and have risen from the dirt.

“Can you repeat that for the second time around once more from the to

Here is a list of individuals, groups, organizations, team, etc of the ones I’ve worked before.

I recommend them with good faith as I have worked well with them during my stints and I find them professional, trust worthy, and highly skilled. This is not my final list, I will be updating this part of my site every now and then and I would be honored if you check in every now and then so please feel free to use and contact them

(Recommendations are in no particular order)

HAIR AND MAKE UP ARTISTS:

  1. SEKA MOJAL
www.sekamojal.com
http://www.sekamojal.com

WEDDING PLANNERS / EVENT COORDINATORS

1. WEDDING TREASURES

www.weddingtreasures.freeservers.com
http://www.weddingtreasures.freeservers.com

HOTELS AND EVENT VENUES

1. THE LEGEND VILLAS

www.legendvillas.com.ph
http://www.legendvillas.com.ph

TAILORS / DESIGNERS 

1. MARRICK GOWNS AND BARONGS

MARRICK GOWNS AND BARRONGS

TALENT SUPPLIERS / LIGHTS AND SOUNDS

1. BLACK TIE ENTERTAINMENT

http://www.blacktiemanila.com
http://www.blacktiemanila.com

this image was downloaded from the internet.
this image was downloaded from the internet.

When I perform (hosting), I would always say the line “weddings are all the same…what makes each special is the love story behind it and the people you celebrate it with.” True to the fact that as a profession, you do the same thing over and over but every single time, it’s different. I’ve tried hosting A LOT of weddings in one venue, hosting the same format and program flow but the execution of each is taken by ear.

Another fact is that (especially in the Philippines) people in weddings aside from the bride and groom don’t really want to be put on the spot. This is why nobody takes the bouquet and garter toss seriously anymore, this tradition has lost its meaning. So to keep it real, and to maintain the tradition’s symbolism, modern-day receptions have replaced it with games and activities. This is where I feel I am best at that no matter how conservative or traditional (or sorry to say, boring) the guest crowd is, I can kick up the energy a notch.

…here is a suggestion for a wedding game or activity.

Grab That Banana

This game has been done numerous times and could pass as one of the most popular (and easiest game to play). It may seem a bit raunchy and naughty for a conservative crowd but once you get into the fun of it, you’ll eventually just laugh it off.

This is usually played with ladies after a gentleman has been singled out.

MECHANICS
1. A gentleman will be asked to sit on a chair facing the audience with a blindfold and his hand at his back

2. A banana will be inserted between his thighs. The nearer the crotch area, the more fun it is.

3. The ladies will dance around the gentleman until the music stops. The goal of the game is for the ladies to dive in and bite off of the banana. First to do so gets to sit down and is spared.

4. When it is down to 2 ladies, we ask them “who wants it more?” This creates a secret twist that whoever gets the banana last IS and WILL be the singled-out lady to wear the garter from the bride.

I would always want the ladies and gentleman to mingle so any chance you get, have them introduce themselves to each other or have them speak unless they already know each other.

this image was downloaded on the internet

If you like what you’ve read, I got more ideas and will be posting more every now and then so don’t forget to follow me for more updates. I am always eager to help and be part of these occasions.

For more wedding-related (or even non-related) suppliers, contact us at http://www.blacktiemanila.com or contact me for consultation.

Being a host, I always get my audience involved. I engage them with the program. They are the program and their opinions will build a bigger stage for me to play in. The better their participation, the smoother my program can run.

So here’s a little clincher that I need to get an outside perspective from.

I grow my facial hair for so many reasons…actually I only (really) have two:
1. People do not take me as seriously because they think I look young(er). This is flattering considering my real age but imagine the disadvantage when I’m in front of clients. If my eyes aren’t expressive enough and not bring much wisdom, then where do I stand? This also surprises some people and get them curious eventually asking me how old I am. when I tell them, imagine the “aha!” moment.

2. I simply have chubby cheeks. With my genetically gifted body (sense the sarcasm), one can only manage so much. When all the fats have gone, my face (the cheeks especially) will still be there. The facial hair distracts the people from looking directly at it noticing my chipmunk cheeks. I was fit 2 years ago and it lasted for about 8 months more and it sucks but what can a middle-aged man do?

I’m also quite torn. Whether performing, hosting, or speaking with clients, people say that it is “corporate” to be neat, same as some women say clean and neat is always good. Then there are some who find the scruffy look more appealing, that it adds character to a person. The term “fear the beard” is not only to put terror on other people but I believe this as a difference in presence. Then again, there are my parents and wife saying that the ‘stache gives my baby facial rashes, when I kiss them it’s “itchy” on the face. It looks cool on photos, makes me look manly and adds a little something extra for my overall look. These things make it hard to decide…Plus, I forgot that it is tremendously painful to shave every after 2 days. Women who shave armpits and crotches will know this, so do men with my same dilemma. It is also expensive on razors.

So here we are. I need to know and basically just want to hear your opinions and suggestions on which is better. Lately, the facial hair has gained back its popularity and I was one of the blessed ones to be able to grow it. It is just difficult to keep up. I am the type who feels that I need to do something different with my look after (maximum) of 2 months.

Is it better grown and groomed or clean and shaved?

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Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2002 Nina Alagao made remarks on Toni Gonzaga hosting the recent Bb. Pilipinas Pageant

In the recent issue on the comments of Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2002 Nina Alagao kind of did a head-shot for host- Toni Gonzaga’s with how the seasoned host approached the pageant. Mixed reactions coming from the public was demonstrated on social media of course creating a fiasco between haters and fans.

As a host myself, I understand both Nina and Toni. Toni probably was being herself and possibly had gotten carried away with her efforts trying to help the contestants relax and entertaining the audience / viewers at the same time. Of course for some, the pageant is seen as classy and prestigeous, and the antics may not be completely appropriate for the occasion. Though there’s no harm in a little humor or putting a little touch of entertainment in the matter, it should be done classlily. How? That really depends on the situation. What Toni has done, has been done, and to her defense, if this approach was not the direction of the organizers, then they should have managed it somehow. In a way, I would rather put the pressure on the organizers for not seeing how this ended.

On the other hand, Nina’s comments also had good points. She might have bashed Toni somehow by stating some pasts facts but it was driving to the point that she might have been humiliating a contestant unknowingly and for a pageant. A lot of people might be sensitive about this which she (Toni) should have been aware of. To Toni’s fans, automatically it became offensive though we all know that they’re fans and it is a natural reaction just by saying something about their idol but they mostly missed the facts and points Nina mentioned – that these weren’t personal attacks but remarks based on a performance which in the first place was inappropriate.

Putting on the shoes of a host has (almost) the same pressure of being the contestant. The difference is – there is no pressure in winning.

Everything that a host says in any event is crucial. One wrong prounciation and everybody notices. Not practicing your script well, the blocking and timing, the sequence most especially, makes a host truly unprofessional. So if people think it’s easy, it’s really not, but being invited to do the honors of hosting this prestigious event means you are worthy enough of class, talent/skill and credibility to pull it off. Basically, you are expected not to fail unlike the contestants that are trained and still young and still have a lot to learn. I doubt that there is a professional beauty pageant contestant.

Bottomline, there is no perfect contestant. If there were, then she’d be our hero to represent the country. Hosts are a totally different skillset and have other expectations. The pageant is not just a gig, it’s a privilege that you take seriously (not by taking away the fun factor but classily).

All I can say about this is, regardless of what you see or what we do, not everyone can host, definitely, not everyone can host-well. So just like Nina Alagao said, before we say or do anything, let’s do a self check. You can’t say your technique is bad form when you are not (and to some, never have) performing it yourself.

If I asked you, have you read so much in a few hours, you’d probably just laugh at me because I know a lot of you are bookworms. If I asked you though, have you read so much in a few hours…aloud…in public…in front of high achieving doctors and distiguished individuals, would you have the same reaction? 

I am proud for accomplishing such given the night of March 11, 2015. 

On the date I mentioned, I was referred by a highschool batchmate / friend, Donna to be the host of their self-organized event. Health & Lifestyle (or (H&L) is the only magazine for doctors, and this day recognized extraordinary individuals, groups and organizations that advocate a healthy lifestyle – The Exemplar Awards 2015. 



It was a night of celebrating and recognizing outstanding achievers in their fields and advocacy in bringing information and education to the public on a better lifestyle. It was an honor to have been a part of it. 

Words may not be enough to explain or honor these idividuals (group and organizations)  on the work they do to help other people and the industry but I did so in introducing them. I literaly did. Normally, I’d be asked to adlib or get spontaneous but that night was information-filled, a bit too much of what I could probably handle. I was responsible for a script filled with important names and terminologies (some of which I couldn’t even pronounce) that I had to perform (not just read out) so we don’t bore the audience to death. Being an announcer (before) and an experienced voice-over talent, I used everything I’ve got. I had to stress out items, sound off intonation for lines and read out things with modulated voice, and did I mention I had to perform this and not just read out? 



I’m used to speaking with long durations in a program but reading off of a script was a challenge. It requires mental focus a good, consistent pace in breathing and a lot more of both. A program, as I’ve mentioned in my other blog posts is chaotic, especially if it involves impromptu guests and changes in lineup of the program. These elements were also present and made it more challenging. Something that I’m also used to, but combining all those were a level up for me…ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED! I was at some point losing some of the pronounciations of names, terms and words but stammering and coming back to your mistakes will just make me look unprofessional. Most of the time, with a program like this, guests attention are not 100% so I left the event seemingly unscathed. There may be other people who could’ve pulled it off better but for me, it was an experience I can definitely learn from. I’m just glad my experience as a host helped my composure, my mental awareness and endurance to get through it. These things help me become better, experiencing these give me an edge to those who get it easy. 

At the end of the night, I was met with smiles, a lot of handshakes and “good job” congratulations. It feels good that it was still appreciated and had good feedback. I rated my own performance about 70% that night but the reactions and feedback made me rethink. Screw that, I prefer the smiles and handshakes. It feels good to be appreciated. It motivates me to be at my best all the time.



Congratulations again to the FAME team and thank you for having me. I hope to work with guys again.

If you have worked with me before, you might have heard me say that I have tried to avoid wedding gigs because I (used to) dread them. The intimacy and close-personal relationship of the guests to each other challenges me and basically, I thought I just didn’t want to ruin a family occasion. Ones that are recorded on video, ones that you bring along your memory until you grow old….”that’s the host that screwed up my wedding” type of thing.

Lately, I seem to have grown passed that and if you’ve also read my other blog entries, I’m beginning to enjoy it. It just dawned on me that I was actually the one creating the moments. I AM THE MASTER OF CEREMONIES (pardon the shameless plugging). Regardless of how a bride and a wedding planner envisions the event, it is up to me how to make it better…or worse. The timing, the lines I say, that mostly are spontaneous, create these moments, and I just thank the Big Guy up there for giving me this talent (if any) to do somethingnreally special formother people.

Yesterday, March 14 2015, I celebrated with the Pizzaro family. It was yet a hurdle I haven’t passed through in my life. It wasn’t the usual wedding, or a corporate party. They were celebrating a surprise party for Jessie Pizzaro on his 60th.

Remember when I said how I used to dread intimate occasions? This is a very good example. It was a very tight crowd of 30 guests consisting of family and close friends. With that much people, messing up a portion or sequence is highly noticeable. In a crowd of a thousand, I can create an illusion that I am staring at each one of them and engaging everyone. With a smaller crowd, I had to try to satisfy each one (or so I thought I should). I’m quite critical on myself and my performance. I have a certain level of quality that I expect from my profession especially with myself. If I had 1000 guests, I want to make sure they listen. All the more pressure to keep the attention of 30 guests, like in statistics, the smaller the quantity, the higher ratio of proportion is expected. I am quite used to adlibs but people are different from each other and like/dislike different things.

So as I was hoping, guests could arrive before the surprise so I can whip up a pretty good spiel. I was also praying that the guests were game enough to participate. Both were tough on me. Though part of me was really expecting that older people won’t really be as game, I just really wanted everyone to have fun. So I did my usual adlib punchlines, people laughed. When I asked them to say something special for Jessie, our celebrant, they did, and it was quite touching because Jessie was a crowd favorite. A Pieces if you are familar with the traits are very loyal. They pick the right people to be with and make them feel as comfortable as much as they can. They take emotions of their friends as their own and empathize soemtimes way too much. This was what I noticed evryone was telling him as they greeted him a happy birthday. When I finally got to warm up, I forgot all my worries. Everything went well.

Then we played some games.

Just like children’s games, I wanted them to enjoy each others’ company. The things you don’t usually do, these same things that you spend with friends and let you go out of your comfort zones are experiences never forgotten. I knew most of them are shy, even with incentives but the power of love and fun can change things and I hope I was able create this memorable moment with them. This I believe is what party should be all about…not the bass.

I have overcome 2 things that day. 1. I won’t doubt myself of screwing up a momentous occasion. I realized that as long as I stick with my objective of bringing memorable moments to my client friends, there’s nothing more special I can offer..and 2. Smaller crowds should not scare me anymore for the same reason as #1. I passed that hurdle lighthearted. I am lucky to be in the presence of a family that truly cares for someone and that I think was the highlight of my day.

To Jessie, a happy 60th and I wish you good health and wonderful company. To the Pizzaro family, thank you for the wonderful experience and for welcoming me to this occasion.

Affordable, discounted, free!

These are some of the words that make the rest of the world blur out when we see it. As a consumer, a client or a customer, we are always on our toes for the best deal to get our money’s worth.

Last night, something dawned on me, something I never thought would happen. I went out with my colleagues to my brother’s (Jc) burger joint, the Bad Boys of Burger- The Burgery. On the same night, our other friends came over to hangout with my brother. I, of course came over to say hi and chatted a bit. On one topic, one of our friends Rj Bautista, (RP bowling team champion) mentioned that he suggested me to their friends who were about to get married. He followed up with a side story – they researched about me, probably googled my name to checkout my credentials. I was not aware that since I put up this blog site (moxxthehost.wordpress.com), my street creds sky-rocketed. The last time I googled myself, I only came up with JC de Vera articles and photos. My Instagram account, facebook (private) profile, youtube web shows and other videos and photos were now available.

With all this, and maybe if they had discovered my affiliation with my brother, made me look unaffordable. I mean, I don’t even have a fancy website nor a following. How could I possibly be expensive to hire?

As a professional talent, we’d normally gauge our rate depending on the skill set needed and how in-demand we are. If I get double booked on the same day, I can dictate my rate as how we learned it in economics supply and demand. The more skills or talent or time required of us, we might need to charge extra. For the celebrities who use themselves as property ambassadors, anytime an entity will use their name, appearance, talent for profit gain can charge a good amount. Usually if there are record labels, network management, or sponsors involved. I do not (but I wish I did) take any part of that.

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To tell you all honestly, and this is not in any way selling myself short, I am affordable. I am not a seasoned emcee and I do not categorize myself as that yet. What I can tell you is I am not cheap either. Cheap and affordable are two different things. I mentioned in my earlier blog entry (see What Makes a Good Host / Emcee) that a talent is not an element you want to invest in last. Hiring someone cheap or asking a friend to do this for you have different results that hiring a professional. I am not well-known to charge so much but I’m not just someone who you grab out of a crowd and force to talk as a favor either.

I do my job passionately because I like being in the spotlight. It may not be my story but all eyes are on me for just about the time I have the microphone.

To some, a hosting job is just a way to earn money. When you do it so often and for too long, you forget the magic of the disappearing people beyond the spotlight.

At the end of the day, whether you’re an entrepreneur, employee or a freelancing professional, you should know your market value, your worth. This is how you work your way up the ladder unless you have no ambitions.

All productions have had booboos. If I haven’t repeatedly talked about the chaos in directing an event, well…there’s not much more I ccan say, it’s the reality of it. Speaking of booboos, I ran into mine last night. It’s nothing majorly embarassing but it’s definitely a story for the books.

In my years of hosting, I’m used to getting calls from random people at random times in the day (and wee hours), and sometimes with random requests. I would just qualify it normally with the price, length and the concept. Anything that violates my principles as a person and a professional, I would likely turn down.
So the story goes…

I was contacted by an event director who I’ve worked with before. She got me once as a host to my biggest crowd ever (1000 or more at Araneta Colesium) and have tested my hosting chops then, she’d also call me in sometimes for a voice-over job and most times I wouldn’t be able to do it to balance my day job with hosting which at the moment is still a weekend thing. Normally she’d ask me if I were free on the date to book me and gove me details later. Having to jug my weekday meetings and gig on the weekend, I totally forgot to ask the full details on her booking: when, where, what and how. So I shot a text asap and got the date, time and venue. After which I remembered to ask the attire. She said to come in business casual when I knew the venue was a big hotel. So I thought, maybe it’s a laid-back gig. So I assumed I’ll ne hosting guests at the hotel or something. Then I asked the titel of the show. It was for a major consumer children’s milk brand add guests were doctors, midwives and nurses. So I thought, what the heck…

IMG_0171The next day, I thought I’d dress up nice anyway since I had meetings that day. If I overdress, then I wouldn’t mind standing out because I will be on stage. So I suited up in the most casual way.
When I got called in at 3pm, I checked out the venue. It was big, it was cool and was not short of amazing. The director was busy with last minute rehearsals of the lights and sounds production so I patiently situated myself near the techbooth and waived to the team to let them know I’ve arrived. A few minutes after, one of the team approached me with a thick stack of stapled bond paper. I smiled back and read through it. It showed a lot of “AOB” and long speaking lines. While I tried to figure out which one my part was, I saw somewhere towards the half of the script saying “introduce host – Mr. Piolo Pascual”… And right on queue, someone handed me the mic…a wired one.

My brain hanged like pentium 4 on Windows 8. I wasn’t the host afterall.

So to cut the long story short, my lesson learned is to always ask questions when you are not sure. Never assume anything. As a professional Emcee, you have to be assertive. Even if you already are sure, it doesn’t hurt to reiterate.