Six lessons I learned at 41

One thing’s for sure, it is only through positive thinking that I was able to see good in everything Today, I am celebrating my 41st birthday. Like everyone else, this is my second birthday on ECQ/GCQ, but I couldn’t complain. I am blessed beyond blessed today because I’m living, breathing, and surviving despite this pandemic.Continue reading “Six lessons I learned at 41”

Ramil Sumangil beats all odds with ‘Books for a Cause’

For 10 years, Ramil has been working with companies and NGOs in bringing books to children in far-flung corners of the country It all started with an invitation to speak during the commencement exercises of his alma mater in Baloy Elementary School, Nueva Ecija on April 1, 2011. Ramil Sumangil didn’t want to go empty-handedContinue reading “Ramil Sumangil beats all odds with ‘Books for a Cause’”

A year into quarantine: 6 Filipinos share their best realizations

As we officially mark a year of being in quarantine, we asked six Filipinos about their key learnings from the pandemic. It has been a year now since the COVID-19 pandemic changed the world. Thinking it was only a simple virus, many people fell victim to the illness that changed the ways we relate toContinue reading “A year into quarantine: 6 Filipinos share their best realizations”

Some days I’m okay, some days I’m not

But I don’t feel guilty, it’s okay not to be okay sometimes When a good friend and former colleague suggested that I enter this contest, I was hesitant. Up until the last hours before the deadline, I couldn’t write anything. What could I possibly tell my readers about moving on and surviving when I’m stillContinue reading “Some days I’m okay, some days I’m not”

‘How my family coped with unexpected pregnancy amid pandemic’

She kept asking God why now when there’s a global pandemic. Her answer came in the most unusual way. Jiji-Anna Orillo-Pango never thought she’ll get pregnant for the second time. She’s been married for 10 years, but she and her husband had to wait three years in to their marriage to conceive their first baby,Continue reading “‘How my family coped with unexpected pregnancy amid pandemic’”

How biking helped Nerissa Manuel cope with loss

“Life is like biking. At first, it’s hard, but if you’ll learn how to balance and pedal properly, it will be easy.” At first, 37-year-old bank teller Nerissa “Rhiz” Reynosa-Manuel only biked whenever she goes to a friend’s house or buys something from a nearby store. But when the pandemic hit, she tried getting seriousContinue reading “How biking helped Nerissa Manuel cope with loss”

How I lost 50 pounds before I turned 40

With hard work and fervent prayers, thank God, I finally achieved my ideal weight I never thought this day will come. After many years of being called ‘obese’ and ‘overweight’, I am now inspiring many people with my successful weight loss journey. (READ: Fit, fierce, & 40) Did you know that I used to tellContinue reading “How I lost 50 pounds before I turned 40”

Work in the time of pandemic

How to successfully manage challenges, and stresses of working from home At some point in our lives, we all wished we could work from home so we won’t have to wake up early and go home late, endure long hours of commuting and sitting/standing in traffic, and long queues at the train stations, hoping weContinue reading “Work in the time of pandemic”

Fit, fierce, & 40

Today, I’m celebrating my 40th birthday. My mom told me not to post this photo, but I insisted because I wanted to remind myself that with God’s grace, support of my family and friends, and constant criticisms, He granted my wish to reach my ideal weight before I reach the age of 40. Why didContinue reading “Fit, fierce, & 40”

How to stay healthy while stuck at home

Most people have been isolated or confined to their homes for more than four months now due to the threat of a pandemic. If you’re feeling sad, depressed, impatient, craving for food, unmotivated, and hopeless lately, you are not alone. We all wanted our “old” lives back, but we can’t do that for now. So,Continue reading “How to stay healthy while stuck at home”