My mom is Superwoman. Despite her small frame, she’s endured many challenges in life and has come out of it all still beautiful and with so much grace.
She’s super smart and knows all these information about healthy living, she’s a really good cook, she seems to have so many friends, and she’s the most beautiful woman in the world.
My mom is a beauty queen. When I was little my goal in life was to be just like her when I grew up. It was much to my frustration that I looked nothing like her. I looked just like my dad (make no mistake, I’m not saying that my dad isn’t good looking or anything). I got most of my built and features from him. The only thing I got from my mom were her eyes and her pear-shaped body (although she’s a smaller pear than I am, again much to my frustration).
So, I compensated by dressing up like her (I got my sense of fashion form her). I would always go to her closet and rummage through her clothes to see which would fit me. Then I’d have my own fashion show in front of the mirror as I awkwardly wore her clothes and even make-up. She would often scold me because I would just dump the clothes I used back in her closet leaving it disorganized.
My mom is selfless. I have so much respect for my mom, especially when I brother was born. It was difficult because he had very special needs and it affected my family a lot. My mom probably sacrificed the most among us. She gave up her social life for a while and she spent most of the past 9 years at home just to take care of my brother. I tried imagining myself in her place, and all the sacrifices she has made for him, only to realize that I am not selfless enough to be able to give up these things.
She had sacrificed so much of her life for me when I was young. Whenever I was sick, she would instantly prescribe the right medicine and make sure that I would drink it and get enough rest so that I’d get well right away. Whenever I had difficulties with my homework, she would always seem to know the answers. Whenever I had problems with my friends, she would always listen to me and give very sound and Godly advise. I’d often take her word as absolute truth because she seemed like the wisest person on earth.
This is a sacrifice that seems to be only seen in telenobelas, or read in stories. It sounds like a trait that all mothers should have but when we look into our own lives we may not necessarily see it. I deeply appreciate her because her sacrifice for my brother and me was so real and so genuine.
My mom is my hero. I’ve learned not to take my mom for granted. At my age, I have heard and read many stories of people and their relationships with their mothers. Some of them have mothers that were too strict and controlling, others had mothers that didn’t seem to care about what was happening to them, and some didn’t even have mothers. I am so grateful to God that I was born into this family and that this was the mother that I was given and blessed by. Even if I were to be given a choice, I would still choose my own mother. I can’t imagine anyone else taking on this extremely important role in my life other than the woman that has been doing so these past 21 years.
I hope that I can emulate that true beauty that my mom has demonstrated, a combination of a beautiful appearance and a beautiful character. I hope that I will be able to show how much I appreciate my mom by passing on the love that she showed me to my own children one day. I hope that her legacy will live on in my life and will continue to live on in my children and in my children’s children.
You inspire me, ma. I love you. I always have and I always will.
11:04 pm • 13 May 2013 • 5 notes
Rappler Adventures: Wawa, Taguig
Such an eye opener. I wish we were able to help her more. Check out the article on Rappler here.
Covered a story with Haiko about a mother whose 3 year old son went missing a month ago. They still haven’t found him and the other boy (his playmate) till today. Police officials say that they are continuing to follow up the case, but so far there is no tangible effort seen.
Photos by me. Article here: http://www.rappler.com/move-ph/28065-missing-kids-kidnappers
Behind the scene photos:
5:53 pm • 7 May 2013 • 1 note
Rappler Adventures: Rock for FAN @ Eastwood City
I made a separate tumblr account for my internship in Rappler (for the purpose of updating my professor about my whereabouts and to fulfill the required blogs for interns).
Here’s what I did last night. I hope to post the published article soon! I’ll update you guys as soon as it’s out :)
Photos by Diody Fadullan.
Covered the Rock for FAN concert in Eastwood yesterday. Its goal was to inspire disabled people to participate in the elections this coming monday. Check out further details in the official poster
Interviewed Righteous One (below), a cripple who sang a couple of covers with his band to inspire other PWDs like himself to exercise their right to vote.
Two of my friends visited me and watched the concert as well (below)
Some of my Rappler co-interns! (below)
5:48 pm • 7 May 2013 • 2 notes
sojourn: a temporary stay; stop; stop over; vacation
March 27, 2013
I had no plans to go Eastwood. It just happened. And it happened with these wonderful people (you’ll see more of them below)! So grateful for friends that can just go with whatever and have an awesome time. Great food + great food is always the best combo!
It’s Sella’s fault (above). She was the one not doing anything. We met up cause she was bored, and soon we were calling everyone else that was free and ended up going to Eastwood to try out JCo.
(above) R-L: Sarah, Sella, Me. Ended up eating in Bigoli because the line in JCo was too long for our lives.
We made the most of the free garlic bread sticks. They were the best. If you ever go there, I suggest that you try this!
Walking to Krispy Kreme (above).
Cookies and cream is the best! (above)
This is where we went on a Hidden Mickey hunt in hopes of getting a box of free donuts (below).
Btw, so glad that Richard (above right) could join us. He was planning to get a haircut, but he decided to just come along. He was the one that was so set on finding all those Hidden Mickeys.
It’s always so dramatic with this one (above). Haha! This is Elle (yup he has the same nickname as me. He copied me for sure), and he took most of the pictures. Thanks, Elle! He was having fun with my 50mm lens actually. So I decided to just let him take and take :)
One with Elle (above), and one with Richard (below).
I’m sure I’ll be having more sojourns with these guys, and many others. I’m excited for what this summer has in store! But for now, I gotta finish up all of my requirements. Looking forward to April 4, the day of FREEDOM!
10:50 pm • 29 March 2013 • 1 note
It’s been tradition for my family to go to the Moraldes’ house every Good Friday afternoon. I always look forward to the tacos and hotdogs. So much so that this year, that was all I ate. Literally. All afternoon. No regrets though. My tummy is big and happy :)
These are the best tacos ever (above)! The shells are actually fried lumpia wrappers. I love putting a lot of onions and cheese. That’s what makes all the flavors pop!
These were the only 2 hotdogs I ate all afternoon (above). I chose to keep the rest of the space in my tummy for the tacos. I think the brown one was Hungarian sausage. Not sure about what the other one was.
Made my own sago’t gulaman (above). Sorry, I wasn’t able to get a good picture of it. It was only after I drank more than half of it that I remembered to take a picture.
There were these pretty lights hanging by the trees in their garden, which lit up when it hit 6:30pm (above).
It feels good to blog again. I wasn’t able to take a lot of pictures of the people cause I was too busy eating tacos. Hehe. I’ll be blogging more this summer, promise! (Not that I have many followers anyway haha!)
Thank You, Jesus for this break from acads. And more than that, for what this day commemorates, Your death on the cross.
Isaiah 53:4-6 (NLT)
"Yet it was our weaknesses he carried;
it was our sorrows that weighed him down.
And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God,
a punishment for his own sins!
But he was pierced for our rebellion,
crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole.
He was whipped so we could be healed.
All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.
We have left God’s paths to follow our own.
Yet the Lord laid on him
the sins of us all.”
This is why there is a reason to celebrate everyday!
9:49 pm • 29 March 2013 • 1 note
Politics. Pop culture. Pinoy Henyo. What do all these have to do with Palanca-awarded author and TV host LOURD DE VEYRA?
Find out in “PREACH THY LOURD,” a forum on the shaping of opinion! See you on Jan. 24 (Thursday), at the UP College of Mass Communication Auditorium!
Registration starts at 8:45 am. Refreshments will be served.
This forum is being organized by the Journalism 103 class of Sir John Nery.
11:00 pm • 20 January 2013 • 28 notes
Some of the mentors here in TCP. I’ve known them for roughly more than a month, but I feel like I’ve been friends with them for forever! I’ll be really sad when I have to go back to the Philippines 3 weeks from now :(
Pictures were taken by Tonick (top right), the mentor from Laos.
3:39 pm • 20 September 2012
- Currently my desktop. I took that photo last year during a photo shoot for my friend’s 18th birthday.
- This is the 4th to the last camp, so I’ll be home in 3 1/2 weeks.
- I lost a 100$ bill. I hope it’s hidden in my bed somewhere.
- I’m getting fatter everyday.
3:36 pm • 20 September 2012 • 2 notes
One proud moment
Gab and Hazel used this picture as the background of their photobooth sets in their wedding. I couldn’t have been prouder (below).
Couldn’t help taking a picture with it either (below). That’s Mich by the way, my co-photographer in their prenup shoot :)
I’d love to have more experiences like this in the (near) future!
11:21 am • 28 June 2012 • 1 note
- Went swimming with the girls from LG (leadership group) yesterday in our village pool.
- This is Alex, one of my close friends from the LG. She’s actually wearing my bathing suit. This is one of the few pictures that could be used for public consumption, because it doesn’t show as much skin.
- Finally downloaded Picasa after such a long time. I miss the easy editing.
- I should really finish editing this video that I’m working on. #lazy
12:53 am • 7 June 2012 • 9 notes
In partnership with CMC ISA, UP Iris shoots promotional materials for Project Embrace at the CSSP Student Council Room.
Photos by Nico Pablo
Leggo CMC ISA! ♥
Thank you UP Iris for all your help and effort! Woohoooo >:D<
1:56 am • 6 June 2012 • 18 notes
All Around The World - Justin Bieber (ft. Ludacris)
8:17 pm • 3 June 2012 • 8,882 notes