What’s in the age? Yes, that’s what we say, usually in jest, when we don’t really want to grow old and be treated like one. But, yes, age is also a a beautiful thing – what with the lessons that we have learned, the experience that come with the tears, the laughter, the pain. And the wisdom that only come with age. This has always been my prayer for my birthday : to thank Him for a wonderful year and to claim for a best year ever for the following year. It is, almost always, the case. Every year. Like this year is better than the last. There were trials, of course, and struggles, and failures and disappointments, and pain, and tears – but they can never outweigh the good things that happen. I do see a better year every year. This year was different though. I got complacent, very pleased with how things have gone. And then trials again
Filipinos celebrate Mother’s Day every second Sunday of May, for this year, it falls on 13th May. For me, today is nothing out of the ordinary, except that I got several Happy Mother’s Day greetings from family and friends. But what got me thinking is the role that I have played as a Mama to Ate Adz, Manay Jai and Kuya Jul. I have been away from them for a good part of their lives, been absent in very important moments of their lives. I wasn’t available in times when they needed a shoulder to cry on, wasn’t there to cheer them on in times when they’re down, wasn’t around to witness their triumphs. I realized I was not even a friend when they needed one. I have I missed a lot as a mother, and while I always say I love them, they may not have really felt that I do. There is a huge difference between telling each
Just today morning, I saw a post on Facebook that says, “Life is short. Cut out the negativity, forget gossip, say goodbye to people who hurt you. Spend your days with people who are always there.” That statement is very simple, if it refers only to friends, acquaintances, colleagues, neighbors, enemies or just anybody. In others words, saying goodbye to non-members of your family is easier, yes it hurts, but easier. Easier to burn friendly bridges turned bridges of sigh although yeah, bridges of sigh can be relevant and attractive. From the way my Mama raised me and the values I’ve learned from her, goodbye should’t be apart of the family’s dictionary. “So long” yes, but not goodbye. Family is family is family is family. A description of family not being always about blood, is gaining popularity. The employees of a company is considered belonging to a family. Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) for example, become parts of a family not
Writing about the Philippines these days has the danger of you being called pretentious, a hypocrite, nagmamagaling, hindi naka move on (as in falling out of love?) just to name a few. It is easy to brush these off, but it hurts. It hurts because I care. Anyway, I don’t want to be silent, I don’t want to keep silent. Even if it seems like I am a small voice in the wilderness. And in doing so I am able to convince one soul, even just one soul, then I can confidently face my God and say, “I did what I had to do.” I am with everybody and anybody who wants a peaceful and progressive Philippines. I am with you who want a drug-free, crime-free, corruption-free Philippines. I am with you who support a leadership with an iron fist, a leadership with a political will to clean up the mess that the previous administrations left. I am with you
I am an OFW living and working in Dubai, and yet, I cannot just shrug off with indifference all that I read from social media sites and from the sites of national news media in the Philippines. Add to that, there are some of the prominent sites of the international media, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, the New York Times, the Times Magazine. To name a few. And of course, the local television stations in the Philippines that have gone international, TFC, TV5, GMA7, Rappler. In other words, the world has gotten smaller and smaller. We, Filipinos living outside the Philippines, will know what happens in the Philippines in real time. Words for the day – stultify and misogyny. I never ever expected myself to use both terms, but it came to my mind while listening to one of the latest pronouncements of the president of the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte in line with his fight against illegal drugs. I am referring
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