My 10 go-to churches for Visita Iglesia

The seven churches visitation has been a tradition of Filipino Catholics during the Lenten season. It is usually done on the evening of Maundy or Holy Thursday, after the last supper mass.  Born and raised as a Catholic, I got used to doing VIsita Iglesia with my parents usually after attending Chrism Mass at theContinue reading “My 10 go-to churches for Visita Iglesia”

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”

‘The Sandy Project’: The launch

To celebrate Sandy Aranas’ fifth year in heaven, her family and friends gathered on February 12, 2018 at Green Sun Building in Makati City to launch The Sandy Project, a dengue awareness and prevention campaign with school aged children as the target audience.   “At a tender age of 10, we lost Sandy, my onlyContinue reading “‘The Sandy Project’: The launch”

5 people you will love in your lifetime

It’s February, the love month, so we’re supposed to talk about love. But when we talk about love, some people only think of a guy/girl or a romantic love. Here, I am going to share those people we love other than a guy or girl: Our Family. Desmond Tutu once said, “You don’t choose yourContinue reading “5 people you will love in your lifetime”

Goodbye, ate Yollie

“It is a curious thing, the death of a loved one. We all know that our time in this world is limited, and that eventually all of us will end up underneath some sheet, never to wake up. And yet it is always a surprise when it happens to someone we know. It is likeContinue reading “Goodbye, ate Yollie”

4 things I learned about life this 2017

I honestly don’t know how to start this post. I agreed to participate in this collaboration since this is our last for this year, but I seriously don’t know how to begin, what to say or how to say it. This post should talk about my reflections about 2017 – what happened, what I achieved,Continue reading “4 things I learned about life this 2017”

How do you really cope when someone you love dies?

They say each person has a unique way of dealing with loss and death, especially if that’s someone they love. I’m just person who’s having a hard time dealing with the loss of her niece, what more my sister who lost a child? My sister was 26 years old when Rianna was born. I wasContinue reading “How do you really cope when someone you love dies?”

Life without Rianna Jewelle

The hardest part wasn’t losing Rianna Jewelle, it was learning to live without her. As of this writing, it’s been three weeks since she left us. It was hard. I’m sure some of you who experienced losing someone due to death and sickness can relate to this feeling of missing her every day, struggling toContinue reading “Life without Rianna Jewelle”

9 things I’m grateful for this year

It’s hard to be grateful when you’re feeling down, hopeless, and feel like the world’s against you, but if there’s one thing I learned during hard times was to be grateful in whatever circumstances I am in. Whenever I feel like ranting about how bad my day was, I try to be grateful first andContinue reading “9 things I’m grateful for this year”

5 important lessons on strength in difficult times

It’s been nearly two years, but I can still feel the pain, anguish, and trauma brought about by Rianna’s sickness that almost cost her life. Rianna is my nine-year-old niece who suffered from mycoplasma encephalitis. She was hospitalized last October 17, 2015. Encephalitis is an acute inflammation of the brain. The majority of cases are causedContinue reading “5 important lessons on strength in difficult times”