Lulunurin mo nanaman ba ang iyong mga mata ng luha? Luha na gabi gabi na lang ay kusang kumakawala. Kailan ka ba masasanay sa mga taong darating at aalis na lang bigla? Kailan mo matutunan na ngumiti ng walang hlong daya? Alam mong kaya mo yan ; Noong nakaraan lamang imot mo ang sakit, nakita ko na wagas ang mga ngiti mo. Siya rin naman ang dahilan hindi ba? Siya at siya lang din naman ang dahilan ng pighati at ngiti. Huwag kang mag-alala nandito parin ako. Ako na ikaw, Ako na kailanma’y hindi bibitaw. Kasama mo akong babangon, haharapin natin ang lahat ng hamon. Kaya’t humimbing ka na at wag na muling patuluin ang luhang siya ang nagdudulot.
I am a poet
Whose pen is inkless
Where words is scattered
With a poem that is rhymeless
I can’t construct a thought
that people could understand
I just write with a knot
Using my lazy hand
I share what I want to share
With my story that is endless
I write all about the things I care
Even to you it is pointless
Indeed a jack of all jack
An untouchable master of none
An isolated pariah
A not so important one
Well this is actually a story
Of someone’s who’s after his glory
Someone confused, so empty distraught
Compared to a season, his life is in drought
His journey is boring
His life is lacking
Wandering in the wilderness
With all his might and foolishness
This is not just a poem
of a nonsense poet
This is also his jaunt
So judge him don’t
Searching for reasons
Of all the things in this treason
Finding his sail for direction
Can’t barely make any motion
He is a loser in the making
Just like a faded drawing
Been left behind by ages
Been swallowed by his savages
A lone soldier in this battle
A lonely fisherman without a paddle
Seems like a farmer who lost his cattle
Yes deep inside he is brittle
Lining up the cavalcade
Of all the losers in a parade
Starting to quit and walk away
Going to a place real faraway
This journey must continue
So let us not go any further adieu
Just wait in line as if in queue
How this story will end without a clue
Well, His story is not yet ending
So finish this poem as if we’re hanging
Might as well there’s a good finale
Like a graceful bow in a ballet
Life is not life without a problem
Just like the most precious emblem
Endure the tough and bumpy ride
You are the driver so learn how to drive
Everyone commits mistakes and those mistakes are what makes you a successful one. Flaws and failures are part of being crafted as the precious diamond. Endure the toughness of this life debacles and shine as the brightest diamond anyone could ever see.
Abot tanaw ang iyong kislap
Lagi ko itong tanaw sa alapaap
Ang ‘yong makislap na ngiti
Hatid saki’y kakaibang kiliti
Ika’y aking bituin sa langit
Araw, gabi’t masdan iyong rikit
Hanggang tingin na lang ba, ikaw aking giliw
Darating kaya ang araw na ika’y mapasakin din
Pano kayamakakamit, ang tulad mong dilag na marikit
Na tipong mga mata ko’y napako na’t di maipikit
Minamasdan kislap mo sa ibabaw ng langit
Mala anghel mong muka’y sa isip di mawaglit
Oh bituing maningning
Dinggin mo sana itong aking daing
Abot tanaw na lamang ba kita
Sana’y bumaba ka’t magibg abot kamay ko na
Pakinggan mo sana tula ng isang aba
Na sa iyong kagandaha’y lubos na humahanga
Bigyan sanang pansin
Itong aking damdamin
Saksi ang buong langit
Kailanma’y di ka ipagpapalit
Oh aking bituing marikit sa langit
Ako yata’y masisiraan na ng bait
Di ko kayang mawala ka sa aking paningin
Puso mo ba’y paano mapapasaakin
Oh binibini, aking sinisintang pag ibig
Pakinggan itong sinisigaw nitong aking dibdib
Mahal kita sana ganun kadin sa akin.
TFCU Invades Manila as it held their very first TFCU talks in the Philippines last March 27 at the Dolphy Theater – Sgt. Esguerra Ave cor. Mother Ignacia St. Quezon City Philippines. Spearheaded by TFC (The Filipino Channel) in cooperation with ABS-CBN corporation.
The TFCU talks was packed with 3 great speakers who made their mark as an individual with passion and purpose. The said program were delegated by the different Universities, Colleges and other media partners.
The program started with the singing of the national anthem followed by the invocation led by a student from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. Then a welcoming remarks were given by the COO . Moving on, Engr. Aisa Mijeno, one of the speaker, shared her story on coming up with her ingenious craft- The SALT LAMP. “You don’t have to do big things to make a change.” she said as she challenged the delegates on finding their purpose and creating a positive impact for the common good. Then a 30- an hour break was given to the delegates preparing them for the next talk.
Mr. Jonathan Joson who is an experienced digital marketer and an affiliate of Google gave his 4 cents after the break where he shared 4 important factors millenials must know. First is that Everyone is entitled for mistakes for “career starts at 30” as he said. “In order for you to excel, you have to practice a lot. Ten thousand hours and a lot more.” he added. Second is to make value as “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”. Third is, measure everything for “A life well-measured is a life worth living and lastly the fourth, is to take control for the worst thing you can ever experience is to yonder along aimlessly”.
Finally, Mr. Garett G took the stage and shared his story on how he has created his mark and his experience staying here in the Philippines. He also shared his story of success, passion and advocacy as he continue to make his mark in this world.
Then, a blasting performance that rocked the audience were given as KZ Tandingan, the soul supreme heat up the stage with her astounding song productions. The program ended with a closing remark and a photo ops with the speakers.
“As an individual youth of today’s era, attending the TFCU talks prompted me to push through and hold on still amid life’s debacles and endeavors. It motivated me to be the best individual as I can be. Everyone has their own story. Stories of success and some are of failures. Despite of those, everyone can shine and make a mark, leaving footprints behind, creating a positive societal impact. TFCU reminded me to be strong and passionate ,igniting my zealous desires to keep on moving forward. Though the stars seem to be out of reach, but with perseverance and dedication your goals and dreams will be within your grasp.”
Ang mundo’y sadyang mapanghusga. Marami sa mga tao, iniisip na nakahihigit sila. Ngunit ang iba nama’y patuloy na hinayaang maiwan sila sa ibaba. OO, Tama! Ang mundo ay hindi patas. Bakit hindi nalang ginawang pantay ang lahat; Bakit di na lang magkakapareho ang lahat. Ang mga iyan ay iilan lamang sa mga bagay na umiiral sa aking mumunti at payak na isipan. Namulat ako sa mundong mapanghusga, Nabuhay ako sa mundong dilat ang mata. Dilat ang mga mata sa mga bagay na nangyayari sa kapaligiran. Dilat ang mata sa mga katotohanang hindi nakikita ng ilan. Ang mundo’y may pagtatangi sa iba; Ang mundo’y hindi patas.
Ako si Tikboy, labindalawang taong gulang. Mulat sa kahirapan, Salat sa kayamanan. Kuto sa tingin ng iilan. Pabigat sa mata ng lipunan. Sampung taon ako noong ako’y maulila nang parehong matupok ng nagngangalit na apoy ang aking mga magulang noong nasunog ang aming tahanan siyam na taong gulang palang ako. Namuhay akong nagiisa, palaboy laboy sa kalsada. Tanging sarili ang naging kandungan. Sipag at tiyaga ang aking naging puhunan. Sa kabila ng pagdarahop na aking tinamasa ni minsan di ako nagalit doon sa tao sa itaas. OO, aaminin ko. Minsa’y kinukwestiyon ko siya, kung minsa’y sinisisi ko sya. Anupa’t narito ako sa mundong ibabaw kung patuloy lang din nya akong idadayukdok sa dusa. Ngunit alam ko naman na may dahilan kung bakit nangyayari ang lahat ng ito. Dahil may plano Siya para sa bawat isa sa atin.
Dito ako sa tondo napadpad. Kung saan, halos buong buhay ko dito na idinusta. Saksi ako sa lahat ng kaguluhan; Saksi ako sa lahat ng karahasan. Labing isang taong gulang ako ng matuto akong magbatak. Tulak dito, tulak doon. Singhot dito, singhot doon. Lagi akong kabilang sa mga basagan, Kahit sino pa yan wala akong uurungan. Pabalik balik ako sa kulungan. Bawat pasikot ay kabisado ko na. Hanggang isang araw, doon sa aking selda. Tila may isang sensasyong kumudlit sa aking matigas na damdamin. Isang pakiramdam na di ko mawari. Sumandaling napatigil, sa kawala’y sumisid. Binalikan lahat, bawat pangyayari. Hanggang ang bukal sa mga mata’y walang tigil na sa pagtagas. Naalala ko noong kabataan ko, napakasaya ng pagkabata ko. Ang nanay ay laging nakangiti, pakanta kanta sa bawat gawain. Ang tatay ay laging may pasalubong na bitbit di alintana ang pagod sa trabaho. Namiss ko ang mga magulang ko, mga magulang na ngayon ay wala na ako. Dahil dito naging ganito ang buhay ko. Magulo, marahas, walang direksyon.
Lumipas ang sampung taon, ngayon ay tignan nyo ako. Sino ang magaakalang ang batang mistulang walang direksiyon noon ay haharap sa inyo ngayon. Magtatapos ng may pinakamataas na parangal sa kurson pagaabogasya. Sinong mag aakalang ang batang palaboy noon ay magiging ganito na ngayon. Marahil siguro ay nagtataka kayo, di makapaniwala sa mga narinig ninyo. Tama po ang narinig ninyo, lahat ng sinabi ko ay totoo. Bakit ko sinasabi ito? Marahil ay gusto kong ipaalam sa inyo, mga kamag aral ko, mga guro, at mga magulang na naririto na sa usaping edukasyon ay walang mayaman, walang mahirap; walang mabuti, walang masama. Na kahit ano ka man o sino ka man, hindi malabong magtagumpay ka basta’t magsumikap ka. Walang ibang hadlang sa pagaaral kundi ang sarili mo lamang. Maaring kapos ka sa pera o di nama’y sadyang wala ka, pero kung nais mo talaga ang isang bagay hahanap at hahanap ka ng paraan para makamit mo ito. Papaano? Madali lang po. Tanging sarili mo lang ang makakatulong sa iyo. Hanggat patuloy kang lumalaban, hanggat patuloy kang nagsusumikap at hanggat patuloy kang bumabangon pagkatapos madapa. Pasasaan pa’t maabot mo rin ang bituing nais mong abutin.
Walang mataas na bundok, malalim na dagat at matigas na bato ang kayang tumibag sa taong handang gawin ang lahat para umunlad. Hindi naging hadlang ang masalimuot na nakaraan, ang aking mga pinagdaanan upang marating ko kung nasaan man ako ngayon. Bagkus, ginamit ko ang mga ito bilang motibasyon upang patuloy akong magpursige upang mapaunlad at mabago ang takbo ng buhay ko. Hindi biro ang lahat ngunit nagpapasalamat ako sa Maykapal dahil hindi nya ako hinayaan. Hindi sya sumuko noong panahong gusto ko ng sumuko. Salamat, Salamat sa mga taong ginamit nyang instrumento upang maituwid muli ang landas na minsan ng nabaluktot.
Alay ko ang tagumpay na ito sa Diyos, sa mga magulang ko na pinapanuod ako mula sa itaas, mga taong sumuporta at patuloy na sumusuporta sa akin. Walang Mark Tyler Tuazon dito sa harap nyo kung wala ang mga taong ito. Ngayon sa araw ng ating pagtatapos mga kapwa ko estudyante, patuloy nating pagningasin ang apoy na isinindi sa atin ng ating mga magulang at guro. Patuloy nating paningningin ang ilaw natin upang magsilbing inspirasyon sa mga taong nakapaligid sa atin. Alam ko na bawat isa sa atin ay may kanya kanyang kwento, kanya kanyang aral na napulot at kanya kanyang karanasan na ating babaunin sa patuloy na paglalayag sa susunod na yugto ng ating buhay.
Ngayon sa araw na ito ipinapangako ko na patuloy akong magsisilbing inspirasyon sa bawat isa. Patuloy kong itataguyod ang pangarap ko at ng mga magulang ko. Patuloy kong payayabungin ang nasiimulan kong adhikain at adbokasiya. Sa ating pagtatapos binabati ko kayong lahat, patuloy tayong sumulong at gampanan ang bawat papel na nakaatang sa atin. Patuloy nating parangalan ang ating mga magulang lalong lalo na ang ating bayan. Muli binabati ko kayo at maligayang araw ng pagtatapos. Maraming salamat po at pagpalain nawa tayo!
This is just a product of my mind to inspire youth to continue reaching their dreams. To motivate every individual that there may be a lot of obstacles to face but as log as you keep moving you’ll get going.
There’s no such thing to which I can compare my awesome experience in Iloilo. It was my first in Visayas region and definitely not my last. It was indeed a great blessing to be chosen as one of the delegates to go to Iloilo.
As part of the Leadership Development Program, students were being molded and honed as the future leaders. In line with this, students were given trainings, immersions and different set of activities that will shape them holistically.
Students from Luzon were divided into two were 8 students were chosen to go to Iloilo and the rest to Puerto Galera, Mindoro.
May 29, 2016 I stayed at Kabayan Hotel with my co-LDP student. Excitedly waiting for the next day to come. The Kabayan Hotel where we stayed were situated in Pasay. We were accommodated in a capsule room. [(Capsule room is a japanese style room that somehow look a morgue or cemetery apartments) See photos or visit their website for more details. KABAYAN HOTEL]
Then the most awaited day has come, I woke up early and prepared all my things then off we go to NAIA terminal 2. From there we met our co-LDP students and specialist.
It was my first time to ride an airplane and I was in mixed-emotions as I recall. We waited for our flight and boarded a Philippine Airlines plane bound to Iloilo City our first destination.
Arriving at the terminal was ecstatic. I cannot explain which feeling I had. I was mesmerized and captivated by the beauty and the warm greetings of the place.
From there we met our service that will bring us to the hotel that will be accommodating us. From the terminal it is approximately 30 minutes of travel going to Amigo Terrace Hotel.
Amigo Terrace Hotel served as our home as we stayed there for three days together with the Visayas’ LDP students. We were given comfortable big rooms, a fancy function hall, and an amazing leisure areas.
Our 3 days of training were held there, from there different sets of activities and seminars were given to the students. We sing, We dance, We play- WE REALLY ENJOYED OUR STAY mostly our bonding moments and the memories we shared.
3 days went in a swift and we bid goodbye to the city for we will be transferring to an island to continue our training. From Iloilo City we rode a bus bound to Carles port. From there 2 big boats were waiting for us.
It is approximately an hour or so venturing the sea. Along the ride we took pictures, chatted, and sing to entertain ourselves.
Finally we’ve reached the Maruja Island that will serve as our home for the rest of our stay in Iloilo. The Island were not that big enough but it is astoundingly amazing and splendid. From there different sets of activities were given including fun activities to fully enjoy the place. We slept on cottages and also there were tents piled up along the shore.
One thing I cannot forget which adds to my wonderful experience in the island is when I was stung by a sea urchin. It was because I was helping a friend to dive and go find her pearl earing. Unfortunately as I dived deep I didn’t notice that a sea urchin was nearby and was accidentally place my right hand to where it was situated.
I was so nervous that time LOL , I don’t know what to do whether to tell it to our doctor who is with us nor cure it myself. I was reinforced to tell them what had happened when one of my coLDP students were stung by a jellyfish. With that my hand were soaked in an apple cider vinegar for the rest of the day. I was advised that if the sea urchin’s sting weren’t removed I will go back to the city to have it removed through surgical operation. Thankfully I was healed, I went well the other day and been back to my usual energy LMAO.
It was our fifth day and our last full day in the Island. This is the most memorable part of our training where we go Island hopping. We’ve ventured along the majestic crystal waters of Carles, Iloilo. Went all over their pride, the Isla de Gigantes Islands:
From here we swam around the tantalizing crystal clear water. You’ll enjoy the place with its amazing rock formations. You can also see monkeys roaming in the wild. You can also do rock climbing and diving from here.
The Isolated Island I forgot the name:
They say that this is an isolated area, an island that weren’t inhabited by humans. I don’t know more about this Island since I wasn’t paying much attention on our guide but what we did there is we have conducted a community service. We cleaned the area since garbage were scattered everywhere and afterwards we have brought the garbage with us.
After cleaning the island i’m not familiar with, we went to Arjan Beach resort where we conducted team building and enjoyed the place under the ablazing sun.
And Finally, The Antonia Sand Bar:
After all the things we’ve done we headed to one the best place everyone must visit in Iloilo- the Antonia Sand bar. From here we enjoyed the place through picture taking and some activities.
It was a tiring yet, worthwhile experience we headed back to our home Island and had an amazing bohemian party partnered with fresh and mouthwatering sea foods. We enjoyed the night we the company of each other and also the program we have prepared for ourselves. Then readied ourselves, our things as we will return to our respective homes tomorrow.
Iloilo had given me so much things to treasure, so many unforgettable experiences and lesson and left a portion in my heart, the eagerness to go back and explore the other cities in Visayas region.
Many times I asked myself if still I can? Am I really that good? And am I really that happy? Few questions lurking on my mind bombarding me whether I am or not. At this juncture of life, I’m so confused, so empty and so distraught wandering around this quagmire of my darkness. I kept walking on and found myself out nowhere- no path, no direction.
I’m in this certain dilemma that I myself cannot explain. I cannot fathom how deep is the source of this feeling. Seems like I’m on a dark place – no one’s around and nothing to be seen. I feel so all alone when I know there are a lot of shoulders I can lean on. It’s like I can’t speak my heart out that no matter how heavy this burdens I have, my mouth can’t speak what was it all about. Maybe because I get used to it? Or I’m that really afraid telling anyone about this just to portray a strong character that I should be. I don’t know, I can’t figure out why and how. I can’t describe what kind of scenario I’m in, where on earth could I find the answer and who to ask about it.
I get used to it. I get used of being independent since then. I get used of being secretive as I am. I get used of being pretentious as I can be. I get used to be all alone from the very beginning.
I am chained. I am struggling. I am fighting.
I am Chained.
I am chained in my own world that I guess no one could ever understand. I am chained to my own ideas about things in life. I am chained to the reality that my parents would never understand the things I want in my life. I am chained to the powers over me making me like a lifeless robot doing whatever they direct me. I am chained to the elegant lies I feed myself just to cope up with this life I have. I feel so weak, so helpless, so powerless. I know what to do but there are things that holds me to do so withdrawing me to break free from these chains that’s been binding me disabling me to move and act according to my own will.
I am Struggling.
I am struggling finding my way out of this darkness I’m in. I’m struggling towards life butt ins. I am struggling to the reality I’m in. I’m struggling towards the dreams that I have. I’m struggling to the ideas that may never happen. I’m struggling over the powers that’s controlling me. I’m struggling to the fact that life should be like this and not that. I’m struggling with all my might and power to be as free as I want to be. I am struggling to break the chains and show to the world what I can do and who I really am. I may be weak as I am yet I can be strong amidst my weaknesses, Brave beyond my fears, and better than my past.
I am Fighting.
I am fighting against all odds I am experiencing. I am fighting towards the ideas that should be. I am fighting showing the world my capabilities and uniqueness. I am fighting coz I hate to be chained anymore. I want change in my life, I want to direct my life and I want to be what I really want to be. I am fighting coz it’s enough being afraid anymore. It’s time to prove myself, that in this decision I’ll be taking – this where my happiness is found, this is where my life should start and this is my life should be.
You just only see the preface and haven’t gone far deep. Remember that what is essential is invisible to the eyes. Open yourself to the reality and embrace your new beginnings. Leave everything behind and walk straight your path. Learn to live your life and be not afraid.
Life is full of challenges and breakthrough. It is okay to stumble but learn to stand again after you fall. It is not shameful to retreat and be defeated coz that is life is all about. What is shameful is you stop and quit the fight.
And today as I step unto another breakthrough of life. I will fear nothing for I am firm that what I am doing is what will keep and make me as a being. I’ll walk to the path I am creating with boldness and hope to be where I want to be. Head high, fears down. Soon I’ll be the person I want to be.
IM HOPE is a korean film from the year 2013. Getting curious about the film? Why don’t you give it a hitch and try to feel the same way I’m feeling.
Having watched this inspiring film made my eyes wide open at two important things everyone must give attention of.
First is the Parents love.
“Nobody can love us just the way our parents do”
No matter who we are, what we are. No matter how rebellious and hardheaded we are. Nothing can suffice than the love of our parents for us.
There may be circumstances that they get mad at us nor they lack time for us. That sometimes we may feel that we are not loved. But that’s wrong. Our parents love is more than we can just imagine.
Just as before we were born, they were so excited to embrace us with their loving arms. They may be overprotective but they just want nothing but for you to be in good shape. They are there guiding you as you learn to walk. They are at your side teaching you everything you need to learn. They are there at every milestone you reached. They get hurt when you feel hurt. They were happy when you’re happy. Your parents are proud with your achievements. They’ve been boasting you over their friends. They may not express their love for you through saying it but their hard-work speaks louder than what you want to hear.
There may be instances you’ll doubt their love for you but a great saying says : Parents will give everything for their child, they will do anything even at the extent of giving what they have and risking their own.
Second is keep holding on no matter how tough the situation we are in.
“Life may knock us down and tear us apart but as long as there is life, THERE IS HOPE”
Problems do come and blocks our way. It may trip us over and knock us down. Well that life is. We must learn to swim with the waves and dance with the tides.
Everyone is walking along their own journey. Each path we are walking is filled with different hurdles that will challenge our faith, character and strength. There’s no person who doesn’t have problem. Each of us is facing different endeavors of life. So don’t think that you are the only one who’s beset with obstacles as you go along your way. Always remember that there’s no problem that doesn’t have solution. The battle may be tough but keeping your faith along the way will lead you to success.
The story of hope will continue to remind us to be strong amid the trials of life. Life may be unfair but always remember that everything happens for a reason. We may not understand why it is happening to us but time will come that we will realize its essence.
IM HOPE is a film that will teach us so many lessons in life. It is a reminder to everyone that life may be harsh but with your family everything will be fine. We may not experience life the way we want it but we will experience life the way we need it.