Happy Birthday Mama Helen!

Happy Birthday Mama Helen!
With mama, papa and Ioan.
With mama, papa and Ioan.

Mama Helen,

I feel proud each time I am asked about when my birthday is. And it’s not about my zodiac sign and definitely not about how I am supposed to be lucky because my birthdate both has numbers 2 and 8 on it, but perhaps it is most likely because every single time I am asked about my birthday, it also reminds me how much of a superhero you are to me.

20 years ago, your life nearly got endangered, and definitely you had a choice. There’s the easier and safer way, and there’s the harder way. But you chose the latter, you chose love, sacrifice and pain, just to deliver me in the caesarean section. You tried to be brave for me and chose to put your one foot ahead, while the putting the other six feet under.



They say there’s no such thing as endless love, they say it does not exist because people are not immortal. But I disagree, because what you have been doing for us, no matter how big or small it would be, is showing your version of love.

This love that you have showed to us transcends the romantic one, it’s the kind of love that’s more than enough, the kind of love that puts you in content, the kind of love that would not make you ask for more, it’s unconditional love.

I have failed you many times, hurt you many times, broken your heart many times, or even disappointed you, but you loved me despite those things. Love, which is supposed to be intangible, became tangible because of the things that you have done not only for me but for all of us in the family. Salamat kaayo Ma.

Going wacky with them.
Going wacky with them.


I always remember when you get mad at me, you sometimes say “dili pa na nimo mabaw-an kay di pa ka ginikanan” (you won’t understand it unless you become a parent yourself). What makes me happy is that although you get mad at me, you always me it a point to try and try and try to let me understand whatever point you would want to inculcate, you did not give up on me, and you still continue to do that up to now.

From what I see from you, and other parents out there, it’s really hard to be a parent, and it’s hard to raise a child, it’s sacrifice, and no sacrifice is easy. I may sometimes forget to thank you, I may not be showy in terms of being grateful, but I would like you to know that I am deeply thankful for all the things that you did and continue to do no matter how hard or how challenging it would be just to make us happy, just to see those little smile in us.

Family Picture circa 2014.
Family Picture circa 2014.


You’d always tell me I may not need much attention or guidance from you since you believe that I am independent enough to go about different things. However, when things start to go out of the way I wanted it to be, you are the first person who is there to talk to me and ask me about what happened. You don’t let it reach the point where things go out of hand.

Whenever I have a problem, big or small, you give your time just to listen. When in pain and suffering, you’re my comforter, the one I can call in the middle of the night just to seek words of wisdom, the one I call during dawn because I can’t make my lessons get inside of my head. You smile and share your happiness with my happiness. You become happy when I am and you try to make me happy when I’m not. In challenges, you’re the one who’s telling me to fight, who encourages me to fight and never back down, which is why I victor sometimes, you’re my number one critic of my works and give it a constructive criticism, you give me advices how to be better, and how not to go beyond the line. On the other hand, when I get defeated, and when I lose the game you’re still there telling me explicitly that it’s ok and there will always be next time, and telling me implicitly that I will always be the winner for you.

Mama Helen, I LOVE YOU VERY MUCH. I may not say this very often, but I mean it when wrote this. Happy Birthday and we are always here for you!

Save your tears, save it till May, till my Graduation day,

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What I am up to these days

What I am up to these days

It’s been a long time since I last updated this blog, school has taken its toll on me, made me too lazy to write. But since my enthusiasm on updating this blog rekindled, so here I am up with this short note.

I have just survived what my superiors say as the most challenging year in my Medtech life and by next week, I shall become a full-fledged intern.

I welcomed that with mixed emotions, I was happy because I was able to survive junior year without failing or flunking any subject, but at the same time anxious because internship will test what I have learned from those major subjects I have taken up.

But let’s leave it to that for now as I will still know how well will I tread the path of internship.

Rappler’s Ambassador

CITIZEN JOURNALIST. Rappler through its MovePH arm launched the “Rappler’s Ambassador Program” to train citizen journalist for the 2013 election coverage.

Over summer, particularly during the election season, while I was busy trying to keep up with my academic life, I was also busy contributing to Rappler.

Rappler, is a social news network, led by then CNN Jakarta Bureau Chief and then ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs Chief Maria Ressa.

In Rappler, they had this program called “Rappler Ambassador” which was aimed at training citizen journalists for the election season. Although I was not able to attend the proper training in Manila, which I highly regretted had it not because of the conflict of schedules, Rappler was still kind enough to include me as one of their ambassadors.

I was throwing updates about the local elections in Pagadian, my hometown. I even went home not only to vote but to be able to give updates and reports about the election scenario in Pagadian.

I can say that even for just a short while, I was able to do again the thing that I so enjoyed doing back when I was in high school, reporting. I am forever grateful of Rappler for giving me the opportunity to be one of their Rappler Ambassadors.

In case you are interested about the stories in Pagadian or the news site itself, just visit Rappler.


ACCEPTED. The National Youth Commision’s official email informing me that I have been accepted in the JENESYS 2.0 Program.

Debate with me, but I think it’s almost every student leader’s dream to represent his own country especially in international gatherings of the crème de la crème. I know that very well because it has been one of my unrealized dreams.

Not only last Tuesday.

While I was checking my email, it was surely a pleasant surprise to see an email coming from the Philippine National Youth Commission congratulating me for having been chosen as one of the youth ambassadors that they will be sending to Japan this coming June 21-30 as part of the JENESYS Program.

Up to now, I am still in disbelief considering that after how many rejections I had received from the NYC following the countless applications I had attempted, I was still chosen to be part of the 3rd batch.

It is still clear to me how my initial reaction was upon reading the email, I could barely talk at all, perhaps because of excitement and happiness. I urged myself to re-read the email, and it was followed by series of shouting and exclaiming.

My parents and relatives were happy to hear the news too and they promised support in whatever ways they are capable of.

Indeed, this is one of the best early birthday gifts I have received. As I would turn 20 on the 28th, I know that I would surely enjoy it, and will make the most out of it in Japan.

As for now, I will just try to compose myself and prepare. It has been my practice not to really formulate some “expectations” to not invite disappointments.

One thing’s for sure, three weeks from now I will surely exclaim, “Konnichiwa Japan!”

Here’s to the pleasant surprises in life,


Cebu Blog Camp 3

Cebu Blog Camp 3

It has been three years since I started writing my blog, and for all those years I have never been able to join any formal training and conference where I could further enhance my skill in writing.

Yesterday, while I was looking through the some pages in my Facebook account, I came across with this invitation:

Invitation for the Cebu Blog Camp 3

I got giddy upon seeing the invite because it is nonetheless the most anticipated event of the bloggers here in Cebu. I have always looked forward to joining events of this type, for it’s not like everyday that there would be conferences about blogging or social media contrary to leadership trainings, science and environmental camps, or peace conferences that could happen almost every month. The last conference about Social Media that I participated was when Rappler.com had its #Move.Ph Chat Series in USJR (I still owe you guys a story about that).

Bearing no hesitations at all, I immediately pre-registered for the event, and since this is my first time to participate, the only expectation that I would bring with me on that date, in CICC, at the Cebu Blog Camp, is to learn many things about blogging so that I could further my skill on it.

For a person who’s had experiences of being a speaker in conferences (although not related to blogging), it is always a good feeling to go back from where we once were, on the receiving end. Indeed, I am very much excited to join in the 3rd Cebu Blog Camp, and be a student of blogging for a day.

This event could not have been possible without the help of these different companies and organizations that are supporters of bloggers, or at least that’s what I would like to believe.

Cebu Provincial Government 

Globe Corporation Inc. 

The Center Suites



Here’s to looking forward to the event,

PS: If you want to register for the event, you may visit this SITE.

Filed! Doodle Planner 2013 :)

Filed! Doodle Planner 2013 :)

It’s this time of the year when many people are going loco about getting a… (drum roll please) PLANNER!

And yes, I don’t blame them for going loco because it’s during this time (especially that we’re few weeks before the year ends) that many coffee shops, restaurants, or bookstores roll out their limited-edition-one-should-get-because-you-cannot-see-this-elsewhere types of planners.

However, what saddens me is that they would still have to let you buy stuff, collect something, just to have that planner. Indeed, a classic example of “hard work pays off” ha ha ha. But if you come to realize, it is still a planner. Don’t get me wrong though, I’m not bitter about those coffee shop planners, I even got myself one last year, it’s just that I realized now that they serve the same purpose with those other planners you can buy elsewhere and also, I’m never a fan of planning ha ha ha just joining the bandwagon of getting planners. 🙂

While I was looking for a planner online, I bumped into this article from www.spot.ph about the “50 Best Planners for 2013”.  While running one’s eye over the pictures, something caught my attention, and it’s this artsy planner from Filed Inc that made me realize to get a planner for next year.

My Doodle Planner 2013!

So here’s it, my 2013 Doodle Planner from Filed Inc


  • -7”x5”x 0.75”
  • -Isometric Grid Cover Page
  • -Doodle Pages Per Month
  • -Monthly Views
  • -Daily Views
  • -Feature-a-day page and Monthly Expense Tracker
  • -Vision Board
  • -Movies to see
  • -Books to read
  • -Places to visit
  • -Restaurants to try
  • -Special FILED page marker
  • -Kraft Pocket
  • -The best thing is, it’s never too late to buy because date starts December 17, 2012!!!

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Not only those, I even got two freebies online (you get it when you buy online or some selected stores):

  1. A cute plushie!
  2.  Garterized Pen Holder

In case I got you enticed of getting the same planner, you can get it online at <http://bit.ly/TS79Bb>! 🙂

You can also follow them on twitter: @getfiled

Or Like Filed! Facebook Page at: http://www.facebook.com/organize.in.style



Here’s to planning good things ahead,

How do you cope?

Life is a rollercoaster ride, how do you cope?

Coping is hard. So hard. Especially when you are so attached to the situation, getting over it and getting back on track would be one of the hardest things to do, and the least thing you want to do.

Ironically, our friends or family seem to make coping appear as an easy, and a fast thing to do. When they see you that you are bothered, or when they feel that you are in pain, or simply, when they sense that something is bothering you, I bet the first words that would come out from their mouths would be, “Just move on” or “Just let it be”, or even “That’s life, there’s always a next one” plus those endless cliches like “When the door closes, windows of opportunities open”, or “There’s always a rainbow after a storm”, or “It’s a wide wide world out there with a lot of opportunities”. Oh please, give me a break from those cliches.

It’s true, you just move on. You just cope. But it is not that easy.

I’ve heard many people saying that coping from a situation- either from a loss of someone they love, heartbreak, failed endeavors- is a lengthy and tedious process. Lengthy, because sadly in reality, the process itself is the exact opposite on how fast we could easily tell the person next to us to just move on and cope. Sometimes I wish that it was as easy as that, that all we need is five seconds and then puff, everything’s back to normal. Everything’s the same as before. Everything’s back on track. Oh, what a wishful thinking that is. Continue reading “How do you cope?”