It is so twisted how people can easily tell you that you are undeserving of love. Since when did love become exclusive? Since when did people become undeserving of love?
“Uyab mo? Dapat nangita sad kag imong katimbang oy.” (You’re in a relationship with him? You should’ve chosen someone in the same level as you.)
“Dapat nanguyab ka’g taga syudad.” (You should’ve chosen someone from the city.)
“Ikaw humana ka’g college, pero diba siya kay bag-o paman na hingbalik og eskwela?” (You already graduated from college while he’s still starting, right?)
Those were the words I received from other people way back 2014, when Anton and I just started. When I heard those words, I couldn’t speak. I couldn’t believe how this toxic mindset and culture are deemed right and just. I froze there, silent and devastated. Those were the very words my man had to endure in silence. People thought he did not deserve me just because he’s underprivileged. I was hurt, but I know that he was the one who was hurt the most.
Today is a story we are so used to seeing in the movies. However this time, you will read real struggles of two people who never believed that there are lesser or better people when it comes to love.
The Great East Japan Earthquake was the most powerful earthquake ever recorded to have hit Japan. It happened last March 11, 2015 with the magnitude of 9.0 (Mw). Aside from the physical damages, Japan also suffered other negative effects from the disaster. One pressing problem that Japan has encountered after the disaster was more on how the world saw Japan at that moment. A negative stereotype that the country has become a danger zone because of the high radiation level that was caused by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, has been constructed by the global community. The country, which was one of the world’s premier tourist destination, has become one of the most feared go-to places. This stereotype has become one of the pressing issues that the Japanese government wanted to eradicate right away. The only way to eradicate the stereotype is to prove that it is not true. The Japanese government has launched many projects in order to support this cause. The Kizuna (絆) Project for the Philippines is one of those projects. It is organized by the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) in partnership with the Philippine National Youth Commission (NYC) and it took place from December 2012 to March 2013 with 3 batches.The project does not only focuses on proving that Japan is indeed safe and is still as lovely as it ever was. It also focuses on building relationships with their partner countries and giving the participants the opportunity to experience and learn from the Japanese culture.