On Oct. 4, 1978 I was born! :) My mom and dad has named me
"Cheryl" after their favorite american actress,
It turned out that I will be the best actress in the family
haha acting out kaartehan and other petty stuff overly spoiled
Yes I guess I could consider myself a spoiled brat kid,
(but I am good ok! :) trust me!).
I was the first kid in our "looban" and so everyone
was excited when I was born!
They call me "chenggay" (pronounced as 'cheng-gai').
I was a shy kid. My mom wanted me to take up ballet classes
but I didn't.
They all wanted me to join the "Little Miss Philippines"
but I didn't. I was a really shy kid (when it comes to performing
This was my first ever birthday, held at the looban where
I grew up. No its not as small as it seems in the picture.
To me it was really big, and me and my playmates would draw
lots of stuff on the firewall that makes up the right big
wall of the looban. In the looban we would practice dances,
hold birthdays, get togethers, play 'tex', 'piko', 'laste',
My fondest memories of childhood was being taken to KFC always
Daddy, (not my real dad, Daddy is my mom's surrogate dad)
always takes me to KFC after school, or to Ling-Nam
(I love ramen!).
Going to Kiddies Learning Center (now known as Divine
Light Academy), being in the Pink Room, and finishing nursery
being the number 1 (yup valedictorian, baby!) and requesting
to the principal that I would like the medal to be like the
medal in the olympics.
And so I went on to kindergarten and set foot on St. Joseph's
Academy, the small parochial school that prides itself
for being beside the "Bamboo Organ Church"...
(All the while we students thought the Bamboo Organ Church
was famous. Only later did we know that it is not as famous
as we were told it was.)
I had my first crush when I was in kindergarten! (the leftmost
guy in the pic above! haha, eventually that crush lasted for
the rest of my gradeschool days and for the first 2 years
of my highschool).
Meanwhile, growing up in the looban would mean belonging
to the "Myla Gang"-- a group of kids headed by Ate
Myla (older sister of Wales). Ate Myla would be very good
in Sipa, football (she kicks the best!), and pandaraya! hahaha.
I would remember Nene (mani), Jayjay (bakla), Kalbo, Wales,
Joseph, Cathy, Edward, Marinelle, Criselda, and many more.
We would share our treasure of tex, tansans, lastes, voltes
5 cards. Its not a bad gang at all. We're just a group of
kids who grew up in the same looban. We would get macopa's
from Michael Basa's Tree and sell it, we would donate 5 pesos
each so that Ate Myla would be able to cook "lugaw"
or "chicken mami" for us.
Eventually the Myla Gang was phased out. We had the "Thryllanders
Club" (thryllanders would be a combination of our initials/letter
names). This is a more wholesome group which has already included
the 2nd generation (our younger brothers) kids in the looban.We
would teach them dances, etc. Sonny also got in the picture.
We would later get addicted to the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys
Yes,.... this is the start of something big! :-)
Meanwhile, I was still a shy kid in grade school. I could
say my mental abilities were above average and several times
I have hit the honor roll. I was not consistent but I know
I was good.
I took up piano lessons for a short period of time
and then gave it up for playing volleyball. I had no music
inclinations when I was in gradeschool. I love sports. My
friend and cousin Wales has introduced me to "Catch
and Throw" and Volleyball. I became team captain
in 5th and 6th grade.
By 5th grade I met my lifetime buddies Sally, Baduj, Sherryl,
Glennis. Sally was the one who coined "Fwethz"
- it was derived from "Fuerte (my last name) --> Fuerts,
By age 12, I have started to play in various town leagues.
I am Jersey #6. I cannot remember which team came first, "FACES"
or "STOPPERS". I think it was the "STOPPERS",
I might be in 5th grade then. "FACES" was the first
major team I was in. I played with my neighborhood buddies,
Stacey, Mylene, Weng, Daisy, Khim, Jayjay (Kuto), Ningning,
and even our housemaid Thess. We battled "the Jersey
City", "the raiders". Haha my parents managed
the team, but it was all good. I cannot remember if we won,
I guess we were 1st runner up, and of course I was chosen
in the Mythical 6. (6 best players). I became friends with
the other players too: Jane, Malou, Aureng of the Jersey City,
Margie and Mean of the Raiders. I didnt know I would play
with these good players for more years as we would be representing
our own town in various leagues. =)
By first year highschool I met Leng, and 2nd year I met Meanoids,
Shishi and Sol. I met my 'older sister' Kai when I was in
I also met Mela in 2nd year and the ever wonderful Joy Capit.
By 2nd year I started wanting to play the guitar, and so I
self-studied and learned it by heart. I would borrow guitar
from the generous Billy Federigan, our neighbor, pr Raymund
Servillon, another neighbor too. I would ask Byl Cuenca to
teach me some guitar riffs.
I got Stacey to want to play it but didnt last long. In school,
Cel Dacia, me, Sol, and Byl's sister, (eventually with Iran
and January too) started to form the "Nothing Wild Band".
We would like to think that we have pioneered the female band
revolution and would do covers of Bon Jovi and Eraserheads
songs, and end up being "booed" in the town fiesta
By third year I became friends with Rhia, Gay and co. We eventually
formed the biggest alliance of bullies ever!
My highschool life was fantastic! I was NOT the shy kid anymore!
I became everything I have wanted to be. I was consistent
varsity volleyball player from 2nd year to senior high.
I became class officer and eventually class president.
I was also voted as Vice President of the Highschool Student
(I met Janis at the leadership camp, then we became
I started idolizing Donna Cruz when I was in senior
high.... I also have written the draft of my "Spherical
Universe Theory" during senior high....
Yes,.... this is really the making of something big! :-)
1995 - De La Salle University Manila. I did not qualify for
the UP entrance exams! Yuck haha just when I thought I was
a genius. (being genius is not measured by grades alone, right?).
I really did not want to go to La Salle because it will be
very expensive for me and my family, coming from a typical
middle-class family. But my dad has insisted I go there, and
so there I go. :-)
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science -- I was like....
what???? I have no computer experience prior to entering the
university. I took that course because my aptitude exams in
highschool has indicated that I should take either Computer
Science or go to Law School. I was serious on going to Law
School but I realized it will be a long wait -- 4 years pre
law, 4 years law proper, plus memorizing the whole book of
the Philippine Constitution.
And so computer science I took. I was in S13 - Catch 99.
Ah, my first classmates in college! They were all nice and
accomodating that I didnt find it hard to fit it.
Credits goes to Cho and Noelle and Botch
and Mitzi for taking good care of me during the
first and second year of college.
I met David in 2nd year (he was actually my blockmate
in first year, but he looked nerd-ific and aloof and so we
did not click then).
I met Tonio in the 'Tas Trans 'bus ride home when I
was in first year (he was singing yuckily, loudly, while standing
inside the bus -- "want you back for good.. want you
back for good...".). I met Tuks in the classroom and
he would eventually join every bus ride in college. We were
a fun trio!
Mela and I attempted to try out for the college volleyball
varsity team, but got intimidated for some reasons and never
tried out at all. We were already there in the Gym and then
all of a sudden we decided to back out! =( Anyway we both
became good players in our respective colleges (she took up
I do not want my nickname "fwethz" to be with me
anymore... I started to feel being more grownup and more lady
so I decided not to divulge the "fwethz" nickname
in college. Che was my nickname then (I know everyone
has this nickname).
I dedided to specialize in Information Technology,
my initial choice of specialization was Computer Engineering,
but I got turned off after doing some breadboard and LEDs
and digital experiments. I thought I would specialize in software
technology, but Hashing and compiler technology has turned
me off and so there is only one last choice and that is IT
No regrets, IT students are more outgoing and "loud".
Definitely a good choice! :) Haha!
I started creating websites in 1996... I experimented
on NCSA Mosaic (the coolest browser then) and Lynx
(text-only browser). In the computers picture above, the
white monitor is the old system I started to use in 1996.
(of course, the first were VAX/UNIX machines at DLSU). It
was only a Pentium-133MHz with 8MB RAM. I have to thank Lasalle
for exposing me to the internet technology that will soon
be my career. But of course I have to thank my parents for
buying me my overly used 133-8MB system which has witnessed
the unveiling of my skills and ideas. I created my amateurish
Donna Cruz website in 1996, gained more HTML skills
in 1997, and became a full pledged web developer in 1998.
Projects... Thesis... etc. I went on and did my best (well
at least half best) and graduated on time.
I was late during graduation and was the last to march during
the opening processional.
I wanted to march badly and so even if I am late and my college
line has already seated, I insisted on Marching!
So, why Inday?
In 1997, as I was washing the dishes at home, the new
kid of my ninang edna, Hontay, was introduced to me.
She asked me my name. I said "tita inday" right
away! :-) Maybe that's because I am washing the dishes and
I look like a housemaid then.
The name "Inday" is actually of visayan orgin. Its
a female term for "someone who is dear". The onset
of the Philippine era of "importing" household helpers
from the visayan region made the name "inday" a
general name for a household help.
I like the name "Inday" because it is very filipino.
I am trying to give the name a "legendary dimension"
-- when your nickname is inday, it doesnt have to follow that
you are a household help, or that you are not capable of doing
something intellectually and technologically good.
My rationale for using it as a web name is simple -- I am
not a celebrity, and therefore "the official website
of cheryl fuerte" would mean literally nothing, of no
appeal, to a persaon who does not know Cheryl Fuerte. If I
use the name "Inday" it is something common yet
unique to be used as a webname. Therefore I use it to gain
more "fame" mileage. :-) If there is such a thing!
The internet has added yet another wonderful world to my
life. I have met good friends online and stayed good friends
with them until now. Rachelle of Long Beach, Tita Tek of Long
Beach, Mike of San Francisco, Cherry from Canada, ,Tylene
from the Middle east!), Roy of San Fernando Valley, Cheryl
of LA, Rob of Canada, Singapore and Hongkong,, are among the
few good people I have met online.
And so I became a web designer -- by choice and by chance.
My previous employer has discovered my website, the Donna
Cruz website, and decided to offer me a good position with
them. (before I went fulltime with my job, I already have
taken independent website projects to my name).
Anyway, the most important thing is discovering new friends,
in the form of my dearest former-officemates, Michelle,
Kristine, and Ybette.
I met bestfriend Ybette during this period. She's currently
on my favorite people list, and
I guess she will always stay there! =) If I suddenly disappear
out of the blue (like some few people I know), you know who
I am currently a Virtual worker, and CEO (yes!) of my own
website LuvKoSiInday.com and CEO, CFO, CTO, and VC of DonnaCruz.com.
My dream job would be to land as a web VJ for MTV-asia, even
if I have to manage all of their website (hint, hint, MTV!),
to have my own successful and legendary dot com (coming soon!!!).
I am hoping and working hard to make all of it come true --
soon enough, maybe 'Inday' would grace the cover of Newsweek,
Time and Asiaweek...! Nah, just wishful thinking! (Marriage
proposals should be submitted NOT EARLIER than year 2005.)
Is there life outside the web, offline, and without a computer?
Indeed yes! Meeting new friends offline, going out, having
fun, singing, dancing, getting crazy and drinking, doing crazy
acrobatic stuff -- you would not need a computer to do this!