It is time to celebrate the life of a hero; a man who has an ubelievable courage to make a difference in the world. I only have a little knowledge about who Nelson Mandela is, but he has become part of my life somehow. How? His sayings are some of the words I live by. I couldn’t count how many times his words made me overcome what I thought was impossible and the many times I conquered my fears because I hold onto the power of his words. Perhaps, that’s the same for you too. And with that, I really pray for God to bless this world with more people with heart and courage like Nelson Mandela’s. Because that is what the world needs right now — People with courageous heart. People who will break their walls and barriers just to make a dent in the world, not for theirselves, but for the life of others. And I pray the same for myself—to live life the way he did.
Rest In Paradise Nelson Mandela 1918-2013
May you spread your greatness in heaven.
A second of fame
Our family has always been a fan of ABS-CBN’s Christmas Station ID. Every year, we look forward to watching it. It seems like the time of its release marks the beginning of Christmas season in the Philippines. It’s like Christmas back home wouldn’t be complete without it. I must admit, I once dreamed to be part of it one day. But little did I know that “one day” would come sooner that I expected.
You have probably seen it.
Yea that’s us on 9:02-9:03! hehe
So everyone’s wondering how did we end up in this year’s ABS-CBN Christmas Station ID. And today, I will finally end your curiousity.
The pleasant surprise happened on my birthday week. I was so stress because of uni and other activities. Having said that, I barely went online. I usually just go to YouTube to have a little breather from my busy life. So when I went to my YouTube account, I saw that I have a message but I didn’t bother checking it because I thought it was only a spam. Needless to say, I ignored it. The next day, I visited again my account and finally decided to check my inbox to delete the message. But in my surprise, a subject called “ABS-CBN Christmas Station ID 2013” subject welcomed my eyes. The message is from a promo-producer of Abs-cbn, Miss Jill Cabradilla, asking if we can be part of the said Christmas Station ID. She didn’t randomly choose us to be part of it. Miss Jill stumbled upon our cover of last year’s Station ID (which was my kuya’s project) on YouTube. So totoo nga, pwede ka nga madiscover sa YouTube! Justin Bieber ang peg? haha
After consulting my friends, we eventually said yes to this opportunity! So Miss Jill and I had been exchanging emails since Semptember. So we’ve been singing along to their Christmas jingle two months before it was released. We kept it as a secret because we’re not the type of people that would just brag about it, especially we expected that we would only get a second of exposure. So we had filming and not everything goes smoothly. In fact, our first video got rejected so they asked us to refilm it. I honestly didn’t want to do it again at first, because I don’t like disturbing people and two of our friends weren’t able to join our second filming due to scheduled appointments. So I felt really bad, but mum reminded me that sometimes opportunity only knock once…so I better grab it! So I did and ended up sending the video one day before its deadline!
And after a week or two, the station ID was released. I started getting feedbacks from my friends and followers. They’re so cute!! But I must admit, I do feel shy when people bring it up. I just don’t know what to react, I’m not used to this. hehe But you guys are much appreciated <3
From this experience, I appreciate more the people in the media. Their work seems so easy for others, but their are not. They are NO PICNIC. The one minute video we usually watch on our TV screen actually takes a long process before it’s released. So behind every production we watch, are people with so much patience,perseverance, talent and creativity. Sila yung mga taong sinasakripisyo yung tulog at personal na oras para maentertain at mapasaya yung mga tao. Saludo ako to everyone who’s working in media! This project also made me feel that I’m on the right track. For those who don’t know, I am actually a media student :) So yea, I look forward to work on projects like this in the future that will not only entertain people but will also inspire them. That’s why I am so thankful for Miss Jill for giving us this opportunity; and of course, for God and his little surprise. Si God talaga hanep magbigay ng blessing! Ang imposible nagiging posible! Si God na talaga! Dreams do happen not in your time, but in His time! :)
To end this, here’s a good news for everyone!! You could also be part of the Kwento Ng Pasko Version Natin To! For details see the video below:
Goodluck and God bless yall! <3
TOP THREE: Beauty in ruin
When we hear the word calamity, we often associate it with words like tragedy, disaster and devastation. Over a week ago, my beloved country, the Philippines have suffered the wrath of Typhoon Haiyan (known as Yolanda locally). It is known as one of the strongest, if not the most strongest typhoon ever recorded in the world history. It almost washed out the entire Visayas Region, leaving millions of people grieving, homeless and shattered. We have seen it in news and in all different sort of medium how most Filipinos are now left in horror from the aftermath of the Typhoon. They are devastated. They are traumatized. They are mad. They are hungry. But despite of all this sad news, we have also heard and seen the other facet of Typhoon Haiyan. Through this calamity, we have witnessed the impossible became possible. And with that, I decided to compile everything that I stumbled upon the net that really encouraged me to not doubt in God’s will, to restore my faith in humanity and to appreciate more my being Filipino. Here are the top three things (in no particular order) that inspire me to see beauty in ruin.
1. Different nations showing their symphaties to us in their own ways. Who wouldn’t be amazed when some of the famous premises in the world lit up in the colour of our very own Philippine flag to raise awareness and show their concern not only for the typhoon victims, but for our whole country as well?
Who wouldn’t get teary eyed when you see posts on every social networking sites that non-filipinos also exert effort to show their support for our country?
But if there’s something that really warms my heart that is the capability of this calamity to put aside the desputes of our country with China and Hong Kong. I’m amazed how Haiyan can brought the world together.
So to every nation that shows overflowing support and generosity to our country, words are not enough to express how thankful we are that you never leave us behind. I know that God will bless yall in His own way.
2. The Bayahinan
Saludo ako to every filipino who never allowed the frustrating issue of corruption and poverty dettered them to push through the bayanihan. Almost everyone exert effort—from celebrities to the undocumented people. It’s inspiring that despite of what our country has been going through this year, we allow the filipino spirit in us win. Even I witnessed this bayanihan in the filipinos abroad. In fact, the Filipino Community in New Zealand held a one day Street Appeal for all the typhoon victims and I’m so blessed to be part of it. For sure, all filipinos worldwide are also exerting effort to gain funds and help our folks back home.
3. The Anderson Cooper’s reflection
This report sums up almost everything I want to put up here. This brought me into tears and through watching this, I was able to reflect as well; and slowly I realize the reason behind all this catastrophe. If we’re going to look at it, this calamity happens to emphasize the greatness of the Filipino people. Watching this only reminds me of the saying: “God gives His hardest battles to His toughest soldiers.” And indeed, Filipinos are God’s chosen warriors. This reflection only testifies that never for a single second God forsaken the Philippines. It must be hard for many to believe that, but if we’re gonna connect the dots, we would find that everything is relevant and it happened for a purpose. Anderson Cooper was sent to the Philippines not to deliver news, but to share to the world the spirit of our nation and our people. This calamity happened to somehow unite the world, to set aside the pride and anger and just simply join together to give a hand for the ones in need.
Indeed, calamity has a face. It’s not all about devastation, but it is also about growth and restoration.
There are so much negativity on different social media platforms. And it saddens me so much that oftentimes people dwell more on the negative than on the positive. In fact, these are just the few beautiful things we come across on the net, for sure there are still more. So hopefully when the calamity strikes again, we don’t just focus on the horror it will bring, but also to the beauty that it’ll spring.
God bless yall.
Finally found the time to compile and edit our videos during my Paraparaumu trip with two of my favorite girlfriends in the planet, Chet and Zahra. To read more about our trip, Click Here.
STOP THE HATE
It saddens me everyday to see the news and the photos of the filipinos affected by the Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), but if there’s something that saddens me more that is the filipinos (mostly in social networking sites) adding to the negativity of the ordeal most filipinos are going through right now. Everyone’s complaining and blaming the Philippine government for the slow progress of the rescue and relief operations. I understand their frustrations for I am one of them. I’m like everyone who’s against corruption and mad by the PDAF scam. I’m also discouraged everytime I watch news and all I can hear is that people in the most affected areas are still in miserable condition—no food, no shelter. I’m losing my faith with our government just like most of you, but can’t we be a little more open-minded? We must be aware that not everything we watch and read on the internet are true. Even the news we watch on TV are not all facts, since news have gatekeepers that operate which news they would air or not. Yes they have clips as “proof”, but most of them are edited. Hence, we still don’t know what is really happening. It’s just so frustrating to see how most filipino netizens curse the government and blame people and religion on their statuses and tweets because of an article they read or video they watch. They don’t help. They are just encouraging more people to feel negative about what is happening. They are just making more people hopeless. Instead of being part of the solution, they are just adding to the problem. Of course, it’s easier for us to criticize them because we’re not the ones who’s doing the operation. We don’t acknowledge their efforts because we’re too busy pointing out their flaws. We’re too blinded by our own frustrations. Now is the perfect time for the world to see our capability to help as a nation. Nasaan ang bayahinan, kung walang pagkakaisa? Nauuna ang galit sa tao kaysa ang tulong. Sa totoo lang, we have humanity crisis. Hindi lang gobyerno ang problema ng Pilipinas, kundi ang ugali ng tao. If you have nothing good to post or say, just stay silent and pray. If you really want to see some sense of action, be part of it. Do your part as a filipino. No more pointing fingers please. We can’t blame the slow progress of the reliefs and recue to one person. Philippine needs us. We need each other in order to rise again. So please stop the hate and let’s be more open-minded and help as much as we can.