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“God Gave Me You” must be the theme for the tale of two soul mates who both hailed from southern Cebu and whose paths crossed far out in the midst of the metropolis. Firmo Payusan, now an intercontinental mariner from bucolic Mantalungon-Dalaguete, lost his heart to my first-degree cousin Janice Allera, a native of coastal Gawahon-Malabuyoc, the first time he saw her in Manila. Both were attending the same college, Technological Institute of the Philippines. They met at the library, where Janice was working as student assistant, and the Maritime Engineering student asked the Computer Science-Programming major if she’s from Cebu, since he heard her talking in the vernacular. The rest is history.


Hair & Makeup: Ariel Allera
March 23, 2013; Malabuyoc, Cebu