Why I Left My Job as a TV News Reporter in a Popular Network

It’s not the pay. To be honest, it’s the pay that had held me back. For years, I postponed any pursuit of relatable opportunities because of bonuses and pay raise that were at stake. Bills and payables were also powerful grounding forces. Then one day, everything imploded into a thought: kung puro pera at bayarin…

Still Waters: A Docu Film on Depression

More than three million Filipinos are affected with depression, according to the Department of Health. But in countries like the Philippines, mental health is rarely discussed, let alone acknowledged. Oftentimes, a high profile case is required to trigger conversations regarding the matter. “Still Waters” is a documentary about the journey of a girl who struggles…

25

At 8 years old, it was easier to be 25. For career day, your teacher asked you to dress up like your hero. You grabbed a white coat and put it over your little shoulders, and just like that, you were a doctor. But being 8 was hard when you were 8. You didn’t know it…

Crossing Borders

“We meet people for a purpose, and it is up to us to define that purpose.”

Balik-tanaw sa Bukas

Lahat naman tayo, darating dito. Pero mapagdesisyon ang ilan. Sunud-sunod ang patayan. Hilaan pababa. Mas clingy pa tayo sa mga alimasag. Hitik rito ang ating lipunan. Ngunit ang ating kasaysayan ba’y may saysay? Lahat nga ba ng nasusulat sa aklat, katotohanan o may naipuslit na kasinungalingan? Marami ang palasimba, pero ang ugali, kay sagwa. Kung…

My Quest for Employment: Moving Beyond Bipolar Disorder

I usually thought I was late. Back in April 2011, I was a 23-year old Economics fresh graduate from U.P. Diliman wanting to make a mark in the world. But I was also struggling with the thought that many of the young people like me believe we can change the world by finding a job….

Distance

With each waking moment of your student life, the stressful hardships co-exist with the sublime happiness of spending time with people that matter. Difficult, yes, but you could endure together. And then it suddenly stops. Not that you want it, sometimes it has to. Everything will be a memory: something you can forget or something you…

‘Huling Habilin’ of ‘Comfort Women’ for Duterte

Saturday, March 3, passed quietly without fanfare. But it is an important day in history. March 3, 1945 marked the end of the Battle of Manila to liberate the Philippines after three years of Japanese aggression. It is widely considered as one of the greatest tragedies of the Second World War where 100,000 men, women,…

Home

“Home is not a place, but a feeling.” That’s what they say. In my case, it’s true. For some time now, I have lost the sense of being home. Don’t get me wrong, my family makes me feel loved, but I have lost the meaning of it by being a stranger to myself. The past…

Starbucks Planners and Handwriting

Nothing marks November like Christmas songs and hype for planners. Anticipating the new set of months, the market is ripe for consumers looking for that perfect paper partner in an attempt at organizing the foreseeable future. A few years back, the Papemelroti pocket planner was the young counterpart of the daddy organizers: small and artsy…

100 Days without Facebook

“Who are you avoiding?” “Are you okay?” “How are we going to contact you now?” If you’re going to quit Facebook, expect these questions on Day 3 — or the day your friends will realize you’re not on Messenger and can’t be tagged on 9gag memes anymore. Your profile picture is reduced to a blue…

One Light’s Out

It’s been more than three months since his light was put out. That one light that lit up one dim moment of my life. When I was in grade school, I barely had true friends. Most of my so-called friends then are just people I had to be with because of same advanced classes and…

The Ten Commandments for the Millennials

Here are some insights that will help millennials live a better life. 1. Never discriminate people based on race, gender, religion, social status, and cultural beliefs. And if possible, never discriminate at all. The world is better when we respect each other. After all, we are created equal. 2. Drive defensively. Imagine if all drivers…

Depression: The Window for Helping

Depression is an opportunity for those experiencing it and those witnessing it. To the one experiencing it, this can be a great journey into creating and transforming the bad into wonderful or the pale into colorful by tapping one’s inner warrior. For the witnesses, it is a brave chance to bring hope and show compassion even…

What Should Gender Equality Mean?

For the 2017 International Women’s Day (#IWD2017), I’d like to discuss something that has been bugging me for a while now. Several months back in London, I was doing pre-interviews with a businesswoman for a feature we were doing on her friend, a top female CEO. A female colleague chided me for inquiring about how…

Only Suman

My father used to be very muscular and heavy but after the war he has changed so much. It was a bad night for him as he woke in the middle of the night screaming and drenched in sweat. He kicked me off the banig (a woven sleeping mat) and only then that I shook…

Little Angels in Need of Hugs

There are many reasons for every baby’s cry. In that moment I witnessed however, I was quite sure it was because of pain. The child lay on the crib face down, with a white cloth wrapped like a chain binding his two tiny hands. It kept him from scratching and bleeding his skin, which was…

Bagani

Editor’s Note: This piece placed 1st in the Short Story Category of the 2016 Chronicle Literary Awards of Adamson University. While this is a work of fiction, some details are based on the experiences of a Martial law rape victim. Images used are from the film “Ang Mga Alingawngaw sa Panahon ng Pagpapasya” (Echoes in the…

Saturn Return: Notes from a 31-Year-Old Minimalist Weirdo

Whatever the 31-year-old in me has become, I think I like it. While many of my peers are in their prime — starting a family of their own or reveling in the peak of their careers, seeking greener pastures abroad, earning their graduate or post-graduate degrees or driving their own fancy cars — I’m just…

Words of Wisdom for Turning 30

For my 30th birthday, allow me to share words of wisdom from family, friends and teachers. May you also find them helpful the same way I find relief, comfort and assurance when reminded of them.  1. Remember, there is always light at the end of the tunnel.  Misfortunes exhaust themselves. – Lolita Lutanco 2. We have to…