Advocacies, Character & Leadership, Heiress of His Promise

Leader, Not Boss

We must lead without demanding, motivate without manipulating, encourage without expecting compliance. We pray for people and we let them take charge of their relationship with God.

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I haven’t written in a while, simply because I got caught up in Korean dramas, MOOC’s, work piles, and my own propensity to just scroll through social media until I’ve suddenly spent hours staring at a 5.2″ screen.

Lately, social media keeps bursting with issues and new fads. On some days, my feeds are all about people’s thoughts, both for and against, certain news. It’s in these times that we would see the principles and values that people hold dear. You will see it everywhere. They will write comments about it. They’ll tweet about it. They’ll put heart or angry reacts on it. It gets a little overboard sometimes.

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I’m proud of my candidates

Prompt #16: Something you’re proud of in the past few days

Here’s something I’m not proud of: I missed 2 days of blog posts! Nevertheless, we trudge on!

Hmm, something I’m proud of, eh?

In questions like this, it would really take me days if I want the most meaningful answer. But, I’ll answer what came to my mind first. It isn’t about me. It’s about my friends who are running in the student council elections.

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Education & National Change

Prompt #12: Talk about how important you think education is.

If I was a fairy godmother, I wish I could be the fairy godmother for intelligence. I would give talents and skills and inexplicable genius to little babies because I really wish people were a little more intelligent. If I could, I would make every Filipino hold a master’s degree. That’s how much I wish people were a little more educated.

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Why is losing your virginity such a big deal?

This article that I saw on my FB feed caught my attention because a publication entitled “Young Star” released something on virginity. Eventually, this will propagate to many young people, and the majority of them would be influenced one way or another. You can read it first so you can understand my context.

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092114 | one.zero.four.three 🙂 okay 1.5km run + 1.5km nature walk talaga yung ginawa ko hahahah 💚 Hi CN friends 😊

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A little unfair

Sad moment talaga. Na-hurt ako for Lolo.

Nag-stay ako sa CBTL-Rob starting around 4PM para mag-alone time. Dun ako naupo sa malapit sa door, kadikit ng glass wall, and kita ko yung nasa loob ng mall, may mga chairs pa sa labas ng shop (na inside ng mall).

May table dun sa labas ng shop, may korean/chinese (not sure, I can’t discern eh, basta foreigner), tapos may matandang artist. As in atleast 65/70 years old na siguro si Lolo. Dino-drawing niya ‘yung foreigner sa isang 1/8 illustration board. Kitang-kita mo na mahirap ang buhay ni Lolo. Although maayos naman yung damit niya, feel mo lang na ‘yung pagiging artist niya lang ang source of income niya, a very fluctuating, unsteady source of income. Napa-ngiti ako na, wow, may mga artists pa rin tayo na passionate sa work nila & even if matanda na si Lolo, yun pa rin ang ginagawa niya.

I went back to reading personal notes & stuff, bought something to drink and after less than an hour, napatingin ako ulit sa labas. Inaabot na ni Lolo yung art work niya dun sa foreigner & actually maganda yung gawa ni Lolo. Simple pero kita mong kamukha nung babae yung drawing ni Lolo. Hindi kulot yung hair sa drawing (naka-curls yung foreigner), pero appreciable naman.

Tapos AYAW tanggapin nung foreigner. As in inaabot ni Lolo, ayaw niyang kunin. Nakita ko 1K yung price, so sige medyo mahal, eh simple lang yung pagkakagawa. So pinababaan ni Lolo, signaling 500 pesos with his hands. Ayaw pa rin. Na-start akong mainis kasi, bakit ka pa pumayag na magpa-drawing, you took his time, tapos hindi mo babayaran? Hindi kaya normal yung ganung effort, and sana kahit sa awa na lang bigyan mo man lang ng bayad yung effort. Nag-signal na si Lolo ng 300 pesos. Ayaw pa rin nung foreigner. So sige, inaabot na ni Lolo yung drawing, wala nang bayad to ‘ha. Pero tinatanggihan pa rin nung babae.

Naiiyak na ko dun sa scene. Nakaka-hurt eh. Siguro factor na rin na naisip ko, ang yaman yaman niya, hindi man lang siya magbigay ng konting pera? Siguro naman pansin niyang tag-hirap si Lolo sa itsura ni Lolo diba?

Tapos as in patayo na sila, the companion of the lady convinced her na lang to take the artwork and give something. Ayun, binigyan niya ng 100 pesos, kinuha yung illus board tapos umalis. Halatang pilit pa yung paglabas niya ng pera sa pouch niya.

Gusto ko lang sanang maiyak, pero nasa coffee shop ako tapos wala akong kasama, so pinigilan ko na lang. Naisip ko, mas mahal pa yung nabili kong inumin kesa sa binayad kay Lolo, samantalang nag-effort siyang mag-drawing dun habang nakaupo lang ako nagbabasa ng Bible.

Somehow, na-hurt na rin ako dahil naka-relate ako sa pain niya. Doing something and not receiving the recognition that you deserve. Natuwa actually ako nung inaabot ni Lolo yung illustration board dun sa girl na kahit wala nang bayad basta kunin na lang niya.

Pero whyyyyy? You know you’re in this country tapos yung dumayo lang, sila pa yung mas mayaman, and nagkakandarapa yung mga taga-rito talaga para sa pera. Naka-sense lang ako ng injustice.

Maya-maya tumayo na si Lolo, and tinititigan ko siya. Kita lang sa face niya yung disappointment pero he knows na wala siyang magagawa kung hindi nagustuhan nung babae yung gawa niya.

Then, pumasok siya sa shop and lumapit sa ibang customers para i-convince na magpa-drawing sila ng sarili nila. Gusto ko sanang bigyan ng pera, pero na-realize ko rin na marami pala akong babayaran this week, plus pamasahe ko rin na pang-uwi sa Pangasinan.

I told myself, maybe someday when I earn my own money, I will provide for people like that. Papa-upuin ko sila tas papakainin ko, bibigyan ko na rin ng extrang pera. Kasi hindi naman siya ‘yung tipong inaabot lang yung kamay para humingi ng pera eh. Nagtatrabaho siya. He’s working hard, approaching random people who might be interested. He wasn’t being a parasite. Sana ganito rin ‘yung iba noh? Kahit na mahirap ang buhay, humahanap pa rin ng magandang way para humanap ng pera. Using what talent God has given him to find money and noble enough to respond properly even though people are not recognizing his efforts.

Sigh. 😥

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