A Deal with Kuya J

A Deal with Kuya J

June 25, 2018 | Story

Award-winning actor. Budding creative. Avid surfer and biker. Mr. Manileño. Kuya J. We all know that Jericho Rosales brings a lot to the table. But what we don’t know is that he has more to “offer” when he’s at the dining table with his brother, Nuki and nephew, John.

Apparently, the three made a simple yet challenging deal—one that will test their willpower. And it all just started with a salo-salo.

Ano at paano nagsimula ang deal niyo?

Echo: John told me that there are actual barkadas na nagsa-stack ng mga phones nila. Tapos ang unang humawak ng phone or unang mag-check ng phone, siya ‘yung taya. So I said okay, tara, simulan natin ‘yan.

John: ‘Yung moment kasi na ‘yun nangyari sa tropa ko.

Sino ba’ng mas madalas nakatutok sa phone?

Echo: Si Nuki. Hahahaha. And then ako. And then si John . Pero kung walang Wi-Fi mas nakatutok ako and then si John. Kasi si Nuki wala siyang data. Hahaha.

Nuki: Sa’kin kasi, ako bunso, lagi niyang sinasabi sa’kin, “Puwede bang tigilan mo muna yan?” Pag nasa labas kami kunwari, may ginagawa kaming work or sa bahay niya ‘yan. Pero siya bawal siyang sabihan nang ganun. Hahaha.

John: Ma-phone ako dahil ‘pag may kailangan akong gawin. ‘Yung work ko, related na rin sa phone. So parang kailangan ko laging hawak ‘yung phone ko. Pero ‘pag walang gagawin, ‘di ko hinahawakan phone ko.

Gaano katagal mo kayang hindi gumamit ng phone?

Echo: It’s so easy to be excited and say, I’ll take on that challenge na gaano ako katagal hindi makakapag-phone or internet in one day. And I could say, kaya ko ‘yan 2-3 days. I’ve done that before. I know it’s a different generation now but it’s so doable. I mean there’s nothing wrong in using your phone or the internet. It’s just that timing lang kung kalian natin siya bibitawan or gagamitin.

Nuki: ‘Yung seryoso, ang phone time ko is 3-5 hours lang. Hindi na ako lumalagpas doon. ‘Pag importante lang. ‘Di talaga ‘yung babad.

John: Feeling ko hindi kaya. ‘Pag nasa Manila ako lagi kong hawak phone ko. Pero ‘pag kunawri nasa bakasyon ako, kadalasan ang hawak ko camera kesa phone.

How would you spend a phone-less or internet-less day?

Echo: Dami. I can just ride my bike or mag-surf ako. But siyempre ‘pag nasa bahay ako, I’ll read and talk to my family, of course to Kim. I’ll play with the dogs and fix the house. Do something creative. There are so many things that we can do without the internet.

Nuki: Ako, workout. Natutulog or nagda-drive.

John: Nanunood lang ako ng series. O kaya nag-e-edit ng video, ganun lang. Schooling.

Ano sa tingin niyo ang effect ng “deal” niyo?

Echo: Maraming benefits ang deal na ‘to. Number one, it’s fun. It adds excitement sa salo-salo. It also creates a habit. Kasi parang ngayon, lagi na tayong nasa phone. And by doing this, we’re kind of eliminating the unnecessary things or yung feeling na kailangan nating i-check yung phone natin habang kumakain, nawawala na yung communication, nawawala na yung salo-salo talaga. And that’s not healthy. So this is kind of like a cure. It’s good for everyone to be able to actually let go of your phones sa mga importaneng oras ng buhay natin, tulad ng salo-salo kasama ang pamilya at barkada. It adds more than it takes away. It seems like parang may tinatanggal tayo sa sarili natin, or may binabawasan tayo, or nafo-FOMO (Fear of missing out) tayo. But the fact is, we’re actually adding a lot of good things that matter to our lives.

Nuki: Okay ‘to. Mas natututukan mo ang mga bagay-bagay at may family time.

John: Maganda kasi nakakapag-socialize ka. Importante rin na once in a while binibitawan ang phone. Para nakakausap mo family mo, para may emotional support. Sa family kasi nagsisimula ang lahat e.

Kailan niyo huling na-enjoy ang masarap na salo-salo?

Echo: It’s a regular thing sa’min. Every week meron kaming salo-salo, whether it be barkada or family, especially Sunday. I like bringing my family & friends sa Kuya J. It’s fun. Gustong-gusto ko yung tuwang-tuwa sila sa sarap ng pagkain, na nag-e-enjoy sila. Actually, sila yung parating humihirit sa’kin na “Tara, Kuya J tayo.”

Nuki & John: No’ng birthday ni Mama, last April 19. Kasi sama-sama ulit.


Ano’ng favorite part mo ng salo-salo?

Echo: Siyempre ‘yung kwentuhan, ‘yung tawanan, ‘yung mga jokes. Minsan siyempre doon din napag-uusapan ang mga bagay-bagay sa buhay. Parang mag-check tayo kung ano nang nangyayari sa buhay ng barkada o pamilya natin, ‘yun ‘yung pinakamasarap do’n. Tapos siyempre yung sharing ng meals. And yes, ‘pag may salo-salo, nakakalimutan niyo ‘yung mga internet, phones, social media, at kung anu-anong pang problema sa buhay. So nakakagaan siya ng loob.

Nuki: ‘Yung kulitan, kwentuhan. Kasi barkada kami e. ‘Yung barkada namin parang composed of family.

John: ‘Yung ‘pag tinatawagan namin yung mga relatives namin sa ibang bansa. Vini-video call namin sila.

Ano ang most memorable salo-salo mo?

Echo: One of my most memorable salo-salos, dati pa ‘yon matagal na, sa La Union. Nagsisimula pa lang kaming lahat mag-surfing tapos kumakain kami sa dahon ng saging. Tapos may malaki kaming huli na isda. Alam mo ‘yun, boodle fight kumbaga. Salo-salo na medyo riot pero masaya. As in lahat ng barakda nandoon. Tawanan lang, kuwentuhan pagkatapos mag-surfing. For me ang dami kong memorable salo-salo kasi gusto ko masaya ‘yung mga tao.

Nuki: Siguro before umalis si Kuya Caloy. Before that time solid kami, ang dami namin tapos buong-buo.

John: ‘Yung pinaka-memorable talaga noong kumpleto pa lahat kami.

So sino ang nag-give in?

Echo: Malalaman natin ‘yan sa commercial. 🙂

Admit it or not, we all have become too attached to our phones just like Echo, Nuki, and John. But their pact tells us one important message: life has more to offer than just using your phone and staying online. Plus, the benefits you get when you win or finish the challenge, that’s a good deal.

Let’s go, Bro!

Let’s go, Bro!

March 1, 2018 | Story

Be it a trip to the beach, a hike, or a simple hardware store errand, there’s always something different and fun ‘pag si Kuya ang kasama mo sa lakad. You may have learned from that trip or considered it a peeve but we’re sure, mamimiss mo yan.

Having that said, we ask you: when was the last time you travelled with your Kuya? In this article, Cisco shares with us what he misses the most about his trips with his Kuya.

“Mahilig kasi kami mag-road trip. Tapos kakain lang sa kung saan saan.” Says Cisco Jugueta, a Kuya J customer, remembering his Kuya who’s now working abroad. “One time, summer noon, may nag-play na ice cream commercial sa TV. Maya maya nasa kabilang barangay na kami kakahanap ng halo-halo. Eh pang halo-halo lang dala namin. Ayun, alay-lakad ulit pauwi.”

Cisco has a knack for adventures and he says he got it from his Kuya. “Yun, since kung saan-saan nga kami nag sususuot, I learned at an early age that going out and exploring can teach you a lot of things.” And seeing him start his own travel blog, we can tell that Cisco is a true experience junkie. He says he can’t thank Kuya enough for teaching him how to spark fun out of everything you encounter outside.

“What I miss the most is ‘yung mga trip namin to Lola’s house,” he reflects as he secures his share of Crispy Pata from his younger, hungrier bros. “I remember how muddy it went when he first taught me how to fish. Tawa siya ng tawa n’un.” He adds, letting out a chuckle.

Cisco’s stories made us grin a huge grin, reminiscing the fun stuff we did with our Kuya and we can’t help but wonder, “saan kaya ang susunod na lakad?”

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“Dati ‘pag pumupunta kaming Mindoro, nauubos namin allowance naming ni Ate pati mga barya ni Papa kakabato dun sa mga lumalangoy sa pier. Kaaliw eh.”

– Mara, 23

“Dati dumadayo kami sa kabilang barrio para sa Tamiya competitions. Lagi kaming champion nun ni Kuya.”

– Marvs, 27

“Si Kuya, hilig namin manuod ng films niyan dati. Now I do movie reviews for a living.”

– Anne, 22

“Dati mag-kasama pa kami ni Kuya sa gigs, kampante ako kasi may instant roadee/sound tech.”

– Aaron, 18

“When we ride the bus, we wave at and make fun of random people outside. Bad pero that helped us through the 6 hour rides from our province to Manila.”

– Harold, 24

Si Kuya J

Si Kuya J

January 26, 2018 | Story

To many, Jericho Rosales is Kuya J. ‘Yung napapanood natin sa commercials or nakikita natin sa posters at billboards na kumakain ng masasarap na food. But to his family, especially to his brother, Jeremiah, he is Kuya Jing—ang hardworking and selfless big brother ng pamilya.

At an early age, Kuya Jing became the breadwinner of his family. He made ends meet and ensured that the whole family is intact. He’s the type of Kuya whom you can always count on. Because he makes sure that he is there for you every step of the way—whether it’s at the peak of your success or at the lowest of your lows.

What’s also interesting to note about Kuya Jing is that he never fails to show how much he loves his family. Be it a simple call or text, isang mabilis na getaway ride or surf, or isang masarap na salo-salo, you’ll definitely feel the love of Kuya.

No wonder Jeremiah, also known as Nuki, loves his Kuya Jing. He looks up to him and even refers to him as a father. Because since he was 12, Kuya Jing already played the role of a father, taking care of his bunso. Well, until now, especially after their real father, Santiago, passed away.

The loving big bro and father figure in Echo was once again brought into play through a video tribute to their late father. In the meaningful video, we can see Kuya Jing being himself. From dropping everything to answer a call from his little brother to taking a trip down memory lane through an adventure-filled ride, Kuya Jing was there, as always.

If there’s an award for the Best Kuya, Echo will surely win it, hands down. And it’s not because he is Kuya J. But because he is Kuya Jing.