BALIK ISKWELA SA ISLA PROJECT: Gilutongan Island 2017

Hello one and all! I’m posting this to say a ginormous THANK YOU to all the generous and amazing people who have made this project possible. I was not able to attend the event which was unfortunate, because I was out of town. Then again, for this year, we are happy to let you know that…

BALIK ISKWELA PROJECT and PASKO SA ISLA 2016: Gilutongan Island

Panahon na sab sa Pasko. Ang panahon na kinaham sa mga bata. Sa kaning higayon amo kamong gi-awhag na makigduyog kanamo sa pagsaulog sa kapaskohan uban sa mga Daycare na tinun-an sa Isla sa Gilutongan, nga unta sa kining panahon atong mapa-ambit sa mga gagmayng anghel ang kalipay sa kapaskohan. ♪♫Christmas, Christmas time is here….

VOLWORK: Children of Asia: Show and Tell 2016

Enfants d’ Asie (Children of Asia) is a French-based NGO that aims to help disadvantaged children in Southeast Asia build their future. CoA provides comprehensive support services to their beneficiaries (including nutrition, housing, medical care, and emotional support) and equip them with the tools they need to access the job market: schooling, professional training, scholarships,…

My Yogini Diary: Practicing Ashtanga

“The most important pieces of equipment you need for doing yoga are your body and your mind.” ~ Rodney Yee It was a sunny Saturday in March when I googled about yoga.  It was the final week for university’s second semester and the stress was overwhelming.  I typed in keywords which I hoped would display…

Thoughts, Growth and Goals

You find the “story of your life” by asking yourself this question. What did you want more than anything? Was it the love of your parents, or romantic love, or an end to abuse, or financial security, or self-esteem, or a puppy, or to be famous, or to stop being bulimic, or what? Then you…

BALIK ISKWELA SA ISLA PROJECT: Gilutongan Island

Gilutongan Elementary School is located in an islet, 20 mins away from Cordova, Cebu. The main sources of livelihood for the Gilutonganon’s are fishing, seaweed cultivation and local tourism. Despite being a favorite diving spot for foreign and local tourist, the islet has NO natural source of fresh water. Generators are also the ONLY source of electricity in…

Kinhas 101

Manginhas  is a Cebuano term; a tradition for those living near the sea wherein they look for sea shells early in the morning and/or in the afternoon when the tide is low. These shells can then be sold in the market or can be prepared for dinner. My family and I live in an island and…

VOLWORK: An Evening with Child Advocates

There are plenty of children in the Philippines who need the care of a loving family. 1 out of 20 Filipino children is orphaned or completely abandoned. Around 6 million children under the age of 5, die of hunger each year. 3 out of 10 Filipino households have a child working to feed their families. Every…

I’m occupied, I guess

The gust of wind from the air conditioning unit is making me shiver. I move my jacket closer to my body while I sip from a warm cup of black coffee. It’s a cold morning here in the office and here I am staring at my computer’s monitor squinting, with brows almost meeting in the…

Lies You Gotta Stop Telling Yourself

Lying to others is wrong, but lying to yourself is an absolute tragedy. The worst lies are the ones we subconsciously tell ourselves. They’ve been ingrained in our minds by bad external influences and negative thinking.  So the next time you decide to unclutter your life and clean up your space, start with your intellectual space…