Who says Filipinos don’t read?

Contrary to misconceptions that we don’t read, Filipinos actually love to read. In fact, a 2017 Readership Survey commissioned by the National Book Development Board (NBDB) shows that majority of Filipino respondents still read printed books. “In my experience for more than 20 years, Filipinos read. It’s just that maybe that time, books are expensive.Continue reading “Who says Filipinos don’t read?”

Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019!

Melody Beattie once said, “The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.” Before I officially let 2018 go and welcome 2019, I will be doing just that – set goals for myself, but let me first run downContinue reading “Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019!”

How I started writing about health

I’ve always considered taking care of our health as something that I should do, rather than something I should talk or write about. I didn’t plan on becoming a health writer until I’ve accepted a job for a publishing company in 2012, more than six years ago now. I thought I will only be writingContinue reading “How I started writing about health”

A tribute to all the men in my life

When I was a kid, I’ve always wondered how it was if I was a boy. As a girl and the eldest among three girls, I felt very restricted. I can’t wear shorts. I can’t go biking for a long time. I’m not allowed to hang out at night with my friends. Whilst if IContinue reading “A tribute to all the men in my life”

Race as a team for a chance to win P3M

Do you have what it takes to run as a team, represent your province for a chance to win P3 million cash? Laban ng Lahi 2018 is inviting 33 runners from your province or town to run as one and compete with different regions all over the country. A global and unique 18-km team marathonContinue reading “Race as a team for a chance to win P3M”

Abito Series: Former PMA cadet shares his journey to becoming a warrior of God

John Raven Bernarte or “Raven” (as he’s fondly called) always wanted to enter the seminary and become a priest. Born to a family who regularly attends Sunday masses, Raven shared that as a kid, he’s always in awe whenever he saw priests wearing cassock or stole, celebrating mass, proclaiming the Good News, and teaching layContinue reading “Abito Series: Former PMA cadet shares his journey to becoming a warrior of God”

How grief taught me to keep my life simple

When my nine-year-old niece died last August, I was devastated. For two years, our lives revolved around her. So when she died, something in us died as well – our hopes, our dreams, including our  drive, motivation and inspiration. Incidentally, my job contract expired a week before she died so I was given a chanceContinue reading “How grief taught me to keep my life simple”

The truth about getting sick in the PH

This year’s World Health Day theme hits close to home as I have experienced first-hand how to undergo financial hardship when my precious seven-year-old niece, Rianna got sick and died, leaving us with a huge financial debt. World Health Day calls on world leaders to take concrete steps to move towards universal health coverage (UHC),Continue reading “The truth about getting sick in the PH”

When dreams come true

It’s nice to be back! I always tell people if I’d be given a chance to go back to any school I’d been to, I always say it’s Nuestra. I have quite a lot of memories and unforgettable experiences in Nuestra. But the major one was in July 16, 1990 when a 7.7-magnitude earthquake hitContinue reading “When dreams come true”

To all women who made a difference in my life

Every year, we celebrate March 8 as International Women’s Day. For this month’s blog collaboration, I am paying tribute to all women who made a difference in my life: My mom – Thank you for being supportive, caring, loving, and understanding. I wouldn’t be here where I am today if you didn’t support me andContinue reading “To all women who made a difference in my life”