He is regarded as one of the top male hosts in the province today, but Ferome Jusgorge Balabag Almine is quick to reveal that his career as an event organizer and host was not without difficulty.
For this Sundayâ€™s edition, however, Ferome put down his microphone for a while and offered a rare glimpse of his life and career.
â€œIt is my passion to talk and inspire others,â€ said Ferome who started hosting at a very young age. â€œIt is always my drive to put smiles in other peopleâ€™s lives through my hosting gigs. It is always my passion also to organize and help other people in realizing their dream events.Â Hosting for me is a fulfilling job.â€
Ferome became an eager student, absorbing all that was there for his to learn from the veterans in the industry.Â They were his elementary and high school teachers and some wedding coordinators who influenced his career.
However, Ferome shared the road to hosting events is not easy. â€œNo and never it will be easy because it is our job to entertain the audience in all walks of life and cultures. I learn to be patient, dedicated and flexible to meet the demands and expectations of my clients.â€
He also said that he needs to bend with the standards of the organizers and the audience.
â€œThe most difficult things in hosting is putting myself to peopleâ€™s emotions,â€ he said.
Does he suffer from burn-out? â€œSometimes but I donâ€™t entertain burden and burn-out because I enjoy organizing and hosting events.Â Again, it is my passion and love.â€
Ferome shared that hosting the Sandugo festival street-dancing was his most memorable event in his hosting career. â€œIt was a privileged for me to host a prestigious festival of Bohol. Itâ€™s my first time that my voice would be telecast on GMA 7 and over radio coverage to all radio stations in Bohol.â€
Just like other hosts, Ferome had his own share of bloopers, booboos, blunders and hilarious moments. And though the incidents were not funny at that time, he can laugh at those experiences now because they somehow helped him become better at his job and in a way, shaped him into who he is now.
â€œI loose my big modulated voice and it becomes rustic. I have colds, sore throat and fever prior to the show,â€ he said.Â â€œI force myself to produce modulated voice. I shout and I make sure that I still do my best despite of my health condition. The show must go on.â€
Through the years, many people and clients saw Ferome move up the professional ladder and gain respect in the industry as organizer and host. In fact, he is the resident host of the Alturas Group of Companies and he will be hosting four events ( hosting the Sandugo Dance contest on July 12, Sandugo Festival BodyBuilder 2015 on July 18, Mr and Miss Teen ICM on July 19 and Atty. Carandangâ€™s wedding on July 25 at Panglao Island Nature Resort; and hosting weddings for SilverBlue Wedding and Things, Yowev_Your Weddings and Events Supreme Weddings by Mae Supremo, Mr Jose Suarez Events Team Jazz Duo by Gigi) this Sandugo month. It just goes to show that people respond to Ferome in a positive way.
What do you want to achieve? â€œI want to be a millionaire before I reach 25! Ha!Ha!Ha!â€
And as he celebrates his 13 years as an event host, Ferome shares with VRS readers 13 little-know things about him.
- I am religious.
- Iâ€™m a kagawad in Mansasa, Tagbilaran City.
- I became an Outstanding Barangay Official as SK chairman and barangay kagawad.
- I am a cheerful giver.
- I am a registered nurse.
- I am a daydreamer. Iâ€™ve dreamed to work outside the country or wish to be a famous TV host.
- I have seven dogs. They are Choco, Chup2x, Carlo, Carla, Charles, Ally and Great Dane.
- Iâ€™m planning to open this year a shop that could cater all services in the path that I am into (organizing and hosting). I plan to put up my own convenience store. Dream lang naman! He!He!He!
- I have my best buddies with me.
- I am with the Alturas Group of Companies as a resident host. See me at the Island City Mall!
- I am not allowed to party with friends despite of my age! Ha!Ha!Ha!
- I am a loner. Gusto kong mapag-isa.
- I am single but I prioritize my work, my best buddies and my family. By the way I have two mommies! My real mom is Fe Balabag-Almine and my aunt/Mamy Halida Blanco, who is the wife of our Punong Barangay Manolo P. Blanco who is also my second father. (Feromeâ€™s father is Inspector Romeo Almine. He has two brothers Ferome Myko and Ferome Carltome.- LPU)
Ima Leopardas responds to bashers & haters:
Nothing wrong with repeaters because in most cases, they turn out to be winners, right?
Of the 23 candidates in this yearâ€™s Miss Bohol pageant set for July 18, only Miss Bohol 2014 fourth runner-up Imaculada Cleofe Leopardas of Baclayon is the repeater.
â€œYes, I have joined Miss Bohol last year, God knows why I am joining again this year. And to whoever is reading this long post right now, I would just like to remind you that (with emphasis! -LPU) YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. YOU ARE CAPABLE AND POWERFUL. YOU ARE STRONG. I KNOW YOU HAVE BEEN THROUGH THE DEEPEST AND WORST STRUGGLES IN LIFE YET YOU STILL MADE IT AND YOU ALWAYS WILL. NEVER FORGET THAT SOMEONE OUT THERE LOVES YOU AND THAT SOMETIMES IN LIFE, WE ENDED UP BEING IN A SITUATION WE NEVER WANT TO BE IN. BUT EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON. NEVER GIVE UP. CHIN UP. THERE’S A DIFFERENCE THAT ONLY YOU CAN MAKE…GO MAKE THAT DIFFERENCE,â€ Ima, an www.omg.com model, posted on Facebook.
Ima also shared that â€œwe are all in this world for a reason.â€
She added: â€œIf they say, “Beauty Queens come and go” well I say, “People come and go”.. And no matter who we are..Rich or Poor, Thin or Fat, Black or White, Happy or Sad, Famous or Not, we willÂ all come back to HimÂ someday. We are alive for a reason. And I believe that I am who I am now for a reason. Sometimes at night, I wonder why people keep on following my posts and honestly, it is very overwhelming. Yes, I used to be “Invisible”..somebody who was always one of the audience but I was a sincere Servant Leader.â€
For her bashers and haters: â€œFor as long as I am still breathing, I would always be the Ima I’ve known for 19 years. I will make my family proud. I will never forget my bestfriends for lifeÂ â€ª#â€ŽGIBSÂ . I will always be a good daughter. Be a living example of a true beauty queen.. And at the same time, I’ll always have in my heart those important people in my life who changed me, motivated me and loved me just the way I am.â€
Some fans also showed their support for Ima. Others gave their words of encouragement.
â€œHaters gonna hate and bashers gonna bash but they will be gone,â€ one fan said.
Popular pageant repeaters are Janine Tugonon (who placed first runner-up in the 2012 Miss Universe pageant) and Diane Necio (who won 2011 Bb. Pilipinas-International) were repeaters. In fact, some winners in the international contests were repeaters, too.