Lo, You Belonged

Today is a story of a man who searched for belongingness all his life. A story of a man who felt he never belonged, who thought he was never enough. Today, I remember him. Today, I tell him that since day one, he belonged.

Continue reading “Lo, You Belonged”

LAUNCHING: Project Batang Hilongosnon

During my birthday last year, I promised that I’m moving my advocacy for Education forward this year. I imagined that I would launch it by the time I celebrate my 2020 birthday, which is this December. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed us all to the edges.

Did you know that as you are sitting comfortably in your study table ready for your online classes everyday, there are students and teachers;

• Who are stopping their studies because they cannot afford online classes?
• Who are climbing mountains just for mobile signal?
• Who do not have the penny to even pay for an hour in the internet cafe to download their study modules?
• Who do not have the gadgets to watch the videos of their learning modules?

That’s the reality of many Filipinos in the new normal. Not everyone has the privilege that you have. We must extend our hands to help everyone. Not tomorrow or next year, but NOW.

Continue reading “LAUNCHING: Project Batang Hilongosnon”

Dear Strange One

I’m one of the odd and strange ones, and I think that’s okay.

One huge reason of having a personal blog is to take my readers to my journey with me. I want to share every bliss, every heartache, every lesson learned, every failures, and every success to every reader who cares. Why? Because I want to remind everyone that you are not alone, that you got an ally in me, and that I am with you in this journey. Today, I am again sharing a part of my journey that will again make me look vulnerable. A part of my journey that will once again unveil my struggles. I am being brave today in the hopes that this honest confession will also give courage and company to those who need it the most.

Continue reading “Dear Strange One”

This is how our Mentors save Us

Our mentors can make or break us. I’ve seen this first-hand while working as a professional in the IT industry for almost 6 years now. Apart from my own experiences, countless times I was a witness of my colleagues’ struggles at work because of unreasonable mentors. In contrast to this, I have also seen many who achieved exponential personal and career growth because they were blessed by mentors who nurtured them right. It is very rare to find mentors who will stick with you through thick and thin. Mentors who are passionate enough to bring you to the top of your game despite the long and tiring process. However, once you find one, you are definitely up for a journey full valuable lessons, a journey that you will always be grateful for.

In my journey to starting a new career in a foreign country, I did not expect to be blessed with a mentor who was willing to go through my struggles with me just so he can push me to the top of my game. Today, I will be sharing this journey with you. This story is my discovery of what real mentorship and leadership are all about. This is a story of heroes who are not wearing capes, but are still saving lives.

This story is for mentors and for those who are being mentored. May this resonates with you in whatever journey you are going through. Read ahead!

Continue reading “This is how our Mentors save Us”

If “Good Girls” shouldn’t be talking about Social Injustice, then I refuse to be one

When they said “Stay out of Politics so that you’ll still appear likeable to people,” my left brow raised. I will never understand why silence and blind obedience is likeable. I will never understand why I would crave to be liked by people who do not understand the importance of discussing topics like Politics and Religion. I would rather not be liked than submit to this kind of mindset.

In society where people are so used with silence and blind obedience, being vocal about Social Injustice means being different, especially when you are a girl. The term “Dalagang Pilipina” has long been interpreted by the Filipino community as being demure, silent, and being an obedient follower. That is why it wasn’t surprising that during the reign of Miss Universe 2018, Catriona Gray, she was bombarded by people who constantly told her to “stay out of Politics” or else it would backlash negatively on her image. Well, I’m glad that she didn’t listen.

Girls are told to just stay cute and sweet, so we stay likeable. When girls talk about bags, beauty, and shoes, nobody tells us to shut up. But when we open our mouths about critical topics, we suddenly become “Maldita.” Suddenly, we are overreacting and difficult to deal with. Our demure image suddenly vanishes, as if that matters.

Well, this article is for all the girls out there! This is me telling you to just be a badass!

Continue reading “If “Good Girls” shouldn’t be talking about Social Injustice, then I refuse to be one”

Here’s to the unsung Heroes of our Daily Lives

It was Autumn in Japan last year 2019, I walked under the colorful trees of Chikusa Park. The Gingko Trees bloomed in yellow, the Momoji were red, and all the other trees, which I do not know the names, where orange. I absolutely remember how I felt that day. I was at peace because work was finally doing fine. I sat at the Swing, smiling as I was watching the view. This view was just a mere dream when I was younger. How did I even get here? As soon as that question popped in my mind, I see countless faces of people who, in their own ways, have saved me in the past.

Recently, I’ve been nothing but grateful, because you see, a ship cannot sail without the wind. A castle cannot stand tall without a solid foundation. A bird cannot soar if it was not taught how to fly. The more I stop and look back, the more I see things clearly. Yes, we’ve made contributions ourselves, but our path was mostly built by our heroes.

Today, I am choosing gratitude. This is for those who cared. This is for those who chose to help and save. This is for those who gave. Here’s to all the unsung heroes out there.

Continue reading “Here’s to the unsung Heroes of our Daily Lives”

#LearnFromTheWorld: Let culturally-diverse Singapore teach us about Inclusivity

I’m from the Philippines. Despite the umbrella term “Filipino,” we are, in a way, a diverse country, and we are very far from becoming an inclusive nation. I grew up seeing fellow Filipinos encourage divisiveness against each other in terms of religion and ethnicity. For years, I was accustomed into thinking that this kind of divisiveness is too complex to fix that it has to become the norm. Meeting Singapore last year has absolutely proved me all wrong. Singapore has taught me that inclusivity in a diverse country is absolutely possible, and this is what this article is all about.

Continue reading “#LearnFromTheWorld: Let culturally-diverse Singapore teach us about Inclusivity”

Dear Breadwinner, can you please come through?

There you are walking through life with a smile, as if the load you carry isn’t heavy. You’ve been carrying it your whole life, that you’ve let it define you who you are, dictate you where you go, and stretch your lengths to what things you can do.

I know the depths of you.

Continue reading “Dear Breadwinner, can you please come through?”

26 and freer!

Life gets lonelier as we get older. That’s what I realized the past year. There are too many things that hold us back; finances, responsibilities, worries, stereotypes, fear of failure, rules, expectations, societal standards, jobs, and more. Amidst all this, I hope we don’t hesitate to give ourselves more freedom to really live.

Continue reading “26 and freer!”