A day will come

A day will come

 
She wakes up in the morning
Tireless, selfless
It’s a new day, she thought
To carry the weight of the world.
 
In every step, in every bow,
She hopes that future’s planted
In the vastness of the universe
In uncertainty, in poverty.
 
When the sun and the moon meets
Signalling that the end is here
She stops, she crawls,
And prays a day will come.

A day will come.
 
 

What makes your heart beat?

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Many people are trying to do anything to search for what their true passion is. For some, they discovered it when they were working; for others, it took them years to fully understand what they really want to do in their life. I think it is very important to understand what your calling is and live fulfilling what you are called to do.

When I was in primary school and asked what I want to become when I grow old, I proudly say I want to become a lawyer. I have such a loud and solid voice, and people always tell me it would really fit when you are arguing in court. Growing up, I always enjoy TV shows and movies that have scenes in the court, thinking someday I will also do that.

I reached Grade 6, and I became our school paper News writer. Then in high school, I intentionally chose Journalism over Home Economics. I became the Editor-in-Chief of Ang Gabay, our school paper in Filipino. Writing became my way of voicing out my thoughts and influence people. It then led me to consider becoming a journalist as a profession.

I vividly remember how I easily chose Broadcast Communication as my first option for undergraduate course when I filled out my UPCAT form. I know deep in my heart that I want to be a communication major in my four years at the university. But circumstances did not permit me to take up BA Broadcast Communication. I passed and was admitted in Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts in UP Diliman. Let me tell you, until now I am thanking God for bringing me to that department. Who I am today has been influence by my UP training as a Speech Communication major.

During all this time, there is something that didn’t change: I am a girl scout. This has exposed me to be independent, to lead others, and to empower girls. In 2006, I became a volunteer at the National Headquarters in Manila that gave me the opportunity to participate in national, as well as international events.

God is with me through all this journey in knowing what my true calling is. My spiritual family also helped me understand God more, and helped me in developing my relational skills.

Put all this together, my heart beats to be the voice of young girls and women. I want to be forever an advocate for young people. Being an advocate is not a profession, it is a way of living. God has blessed me with skills that I can use efficiently. On every opportunity I am asked to speak, I know it is an opportunity to influence lives. Extending help to every needy is helping myself as well. This is my way to change the world.

Last November 2, 2012, I went to the UN High Level Panel meeting with young people in London. There was uncertainty, but I know I will be there to fulfill what I have been wanting to, that is to represent the voice of young people. True enough, I was given a chance to speak in front of eminent persons around the world, and other young people with the same passion. It was surreal; I was on the verge of crying because I was overwhelmed with that once in a lifetime opportunity. I was there, standing, in behalf of the young people worldwide.

My heart belongs to the young people, if I would specify it would be the girls and young women. I envision a world where every girl goes to school, where she has access to health rights, where she is given the voice in the decision-making, where she is empowered. Reality tells us that we have to do more to achieve that vision. I want to be the change; I am doing my role in this society for my dream to become a reality.

Only few people discover the path they want to take at a young age. I am grateful I discover it this early, so that I can have every chance to develop this passion and live a fulfilled life.

You are not too young or too old to know what your true passion is. During one of the speeches of a Korean advocate Ms. Hana Biya, she asked everyone a significant question we need to answer in life: What makes your heart beat?

I am asking the similar question to you. Go find it.

 

 

 

A boy I will never ever forget

I heard a sad news that Multiply will no longer function as a social networking site, thus on December 1, if you didn’t save your files it will just be gone with the wind. Multiply documented my entire college life, and there are some important things I posted there that I want to save, like this one. This is rather a long post, but I want to share it, and I hope you’ll be inspired.

Posted March 10, 2009

When I was on my way home this afternoon, I saw him again. I saw his one big smile. I was supposed to ride a SM North Edsa jeep, but I perceived a great competition at the shed so I just planned to transfer at Philcoa.

Tantananan.

*flashback*

One day, inside the UP-Katipunan jeepney, I saw one of the most beautiful smiles ever. A street kid went inside the jeep. He didn’t hand any envelope to the passengers; he didn’t even wipe our shoes. He just sat, and asked the driver to drop him off somewhere (medyo close sila ano). He was smiling to everyone. But he gave his biggest smile to a school child sitting beside her mother.

I had the second encounter with this kid in my college building. I asked him “Babae ka ba?” ‘Cause he really looked like one. He ran away, got a cap from a friend and returned “Ayan mukha na ba akong lalaki?” Then I got to know that his name is Joseph (probably you have met him around the UP campus). He didn’t fail to give that one big smile.

*back to reality

A familiar 9-year old boy went inside the jeepney. I wondered why the driver didn’t shoo him off. So he sat again and talked to the lady beside her. “Uy ate ikaw pala yan.” Then he asked for money. He received nothing from the girl. “Kala ko pa naman mabait ka”. Then manong driver-na-wala-naman-masyado-magandang-maidudulot-sa-buhay commented, “Di na uso ang mabait ngayon.” I wanted to tell the driver right away “Thanks for the inspiring words.” 

After knowing he’ll get nothing from his “friend”, the boy sat beside me and asked “Ate marunong ka mag-plus?” Then I realized this kid must have attended Dean A’s Rhetoric class for knowing what persuasion is all about. He also knows what it means to ENGAGE. Sabay banat sa napakahinang tono, “Ate pengeng pera.” I seldom give money to beggars. What I really want to give is food. Eh at that time I didn’t have any baon on my bag, so I just said “Sama ka sa akin sa Philcoa, ililbre kita”. He nodded and went on story telling. When we passed the Shopping Center (SC), he shouted “Para!” and said “Eto na SC”. Out of the way niya daw niya ang Philcoa. We went to SC,  and guess where he wanted to eat – Rodic’s. At ang gusto niya—Tapsilog. Haha. Natawa talaga ako nun and was thinking (ako nga minsan lang kung mag-Rodics, pero minsan ko lang din gagawin ‘to, go na). Then he started eating. My treat. :p

All the time I was thinking this kid will just ask money from me, as he usually does to others (but he keeps them as friends).  In that short moment I spent with this kid, I learned a lot. I learned that behind his sweet smile is an aching heart.

 I am not saying I am a kind person, a compassionate who feeds the needy. I am not trying to be the Mother Theresa here, huh. I didn’t gave him big bucks because I still wanted to make sure that what I give is beneficial, in it’s simple way. I wanted to keep this experience  by myself, pero hindi ako makaget-over sa experience.

I am sharing some of the conversations that we had that time:

While he was eating, I was interrogating Joseph.

“So kumain ka na?”
“Hindi pa nga eh.”
“Aanhin mo ba ang P45?”
“Pambili ng ulam P20, bigas P25.”
“Anong mangyayari pag di ka nakadala ng pera?”
“Edi di makakapasok sa bahay.”
“Asan ang nanay mo?”
“Sa bahay.”
“Ang tatay mo?”
“Asa Cubao.”
“O akala ko sa Caloocan ka, bakit nasa Cubao tatay mo?”
“Patay na pala si Francis M. no.”
(Yun ang tinatawag na segway)

“Bakit kelangan ikaw ang bumili ng pagkain?”
Wala lang.
Di pwede wala lang.
Eh ako naman ang may kasalanan nito. (I want this answered though sayang di ko masyado natanong pa.)
Matagal tagal ko din nakausap yung bata. Ito ang ilan sa aking mga natutunan 🙂

On TRUST
Kaya pala una niyang tinanong sa akin  eh “Ate 22+23?”, kasi that  day. All he needs is P45. P20 ulam and P25 bigas. Up to now I don’t know if he was just screwing me up. He already has P22 pesos that time, so all he needs is P23. Simple Math. 🙂

As I said I don’t want to give him money. So eto ang nagyari:

Mitch: Tara bili tayo ng isang kilong bigas.
Joseph: Doon na sa amin, P25 lang.”
Mitch: Weh? Di nga. (Sinusubukan kung mabubuking ko siya)
Joseph: Bakit ka ganiyan, wala ka na alam sabihin kung di “Weh?”
TRUST.

Naglalakad papuntang Area 2 (I was looking for a Sari-Sari store to buy for him)
Joseph: Wala diyan. Ayaw mo maniwala.
Mitch: Meron yan tignan natin….
(after a while)
Mitch: Wala nga.
Joseph: Sabi ko sayo eh.
TRUST.

On NEIGHBORHOOD and COMMUNITY
Joseph: Alam mo ba may nasaksak ako ng stick.
Mitch: Talaga? Ano nagyari?
Joseph: Ayun na-ospital.
Mitch: Ano ginawa sa’yo ng nanay nung bata?
Joseph: Sinigawan ako “Manang-mana ka sa Tatay mo!!!!”

On THANKSGIVING
Joseph: Pag yumaman ka ‘te, wag mo ko kalimutan.
Mitch: Pag yumaman ka ah, wag mo ako kalimutan.
Joseph: Oo. Pupuntahan kita.
Mitch: Eh paano mo ako mahahanap.
Joseph: Sa mukha mo.

ON MONEY
Joseph: Pag ako yumaman, bibili ano..ano..lalagay ko dun sa  bangko. Ano nga tawag dun, yung nilalagay sa bangko?
Mitch: Savings.
Jospeh. Pag yumaman ako, magsasavings ako, tapos maglalagay ako 10M. Tapos bibili ko nung ano, yung nasa probinsya ano yun?
Mitch: Mansyon?
Joseph. Oo yung mansyon.

ON FAMILY
Joseph: Pag nagkapera ako, tapos magkaanak ako bibilhan ko siya ng bike*. Tapos pag nagka-asawa ako, sasabihin niya “Bili ka naman ng pagkain”. Bibilhan ko siya ng pagkain.

(gusto ko maiyak sa moment na ‘to)

*Dun sa jeep, sabi niya gusto daw niya bumili ng bike na P2,000. Nag-canvass pa kasi alam ang presyo. May pinaghuhugutan.

On SHARING
Joseph: Ate sige na penge pambili bigas.
Mitch: Bibili nga tayo.
Joseph: Sabi mo yan ah. Tapos hindi na ako kakain kasi kumain na ako ngayon eh. Sila na lang.
Mitch: Di mo na ba maubos?
Joseph: OO. Uuwi ko nalang kay Mama.

ON RELIGION
Joseph: Patay na pala si Francis M.
Mitch: Paano mo naman nalaman?
Joseph: Sabi niya (pointing upward)
Mitch: Sino?
Joseph: Papa Jesus.
Mitch: Bakit si Santino* ka ba?
He laughed.

After sometime…

Mitch: Sabi mo kanina kilala mo si Papa Jesus.
Joseph: OO!
Mitch: San mo nakilala?
Joseph: Dun o sa simbahan.
Mitch:  (smiling, thinking that the priests or the volunteers at the church taught him) So ano ang sabi niya?
Joseph: Maraming salamat!
Mitch: (LOL). Nakaputi? Pari yun.

On DEATH
After sharing that Francis M is dead…
Joseph: Kung mamatay kaya ako, iiyak ang nanay ko?
Mitch: Oo naman. Tapos baka pagalitan ka niya sige ka. Kasi iniwan mo siya.
Joseph: Pag namatay siya, mamatay na din ako.
Mitch: Bakit?
Joseph: Basta inutos niya, susundin ko. Siya naman lagi ang nasusunod eh.

***

Di ako maniniwala na inimbento niya lahat yan. At kung inimbento man niya ang summary ng buhay niya, bakit hindi happy ending?
He always smiles. That’s all I remember.

“Anyone who has a continuous smile on his face conceals a toughness that is almost frightening.”

The Princess wannabe in the Land of the Brave!

As promised in my previous blog, I will share how beautiful Scotland is during my visit in July 2011. Scotland does not exist in my Dream Destination list, and I still don’t understand why God keep sending me to Europe (I am not complaining hehe I’m just wondering ;)).

So there, on July 6 we flew to Edinburgh. We allotted three days before the start of the World Conference for the tour around Scotland. We arrived at night, but it was my first time ever to see the sun around 8pm. Cool, eh? Europe was telling me “This is really the other side of the world.”

On our first day, the first agenda was to see Loch Lomond, which is the biggest lake in Great Britain by surface area.

This is a postcard-ish photo which I took after being captivated by the beauty of the landscape:

As you can see the sky was on the verge of crying. But we’re fortunate that it was after we left that the rain started to pour. We stayed in a Fish N’ Chips restaurant during the downpour and enjoyed the lunch.

Next stop was Stirling! I love the place because it was only that day that I first saw a castle.

Tanaaaaan!

The Doune Castle!

And the Stirling Castle from a far! (With my big face hahaha)

The next day, we headed to St. Andrews, a small town but now a famous spot because of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

St. Andrews University

Just across the university is the coffee shop where the two met (So giddy because I always want to meet “my man” in a coffee shop haha ;))

One of the Tita’s asked us single ladies if we want to stay longer and wait for our “Prince”. We already finished our coffee, but no one came. 🙁

St. Andrews is a small town but the it is very vibrant with happy people roaming around.

The rest of our days was spent in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. There are bagpipers on the street, red telephone booths, and those buildings with unique architecture.

 

 

I always love to go to different places to appreciate God’s wonders. His creation is beyond any explanation. But every time I go outside the country, I see it as an opportunity to appreciate my beloved country more. I may not have all these riches, but our culture is still deemed with high respect. Proud akong sa Pilipinas ako pinanganak.

These are memories painted to last forever. One day, I will show show this photos to my children and proudly say “God brought me there.”

P.S #1: It was an inter-generational trip. Not your usual barkada gimmick. I was with Tita’s from the Girl Scouts of the Philippines. Kyla and I were the only bagets, as you may say. But it didn’t spoil the fun, it actually made the entire trip a happy experience. During the trip, I often find myself laughing with their jokes, and they are as energetic as youngsters walking and walking around. In every trip having a cool and fun company makes all the difference.

P.S #2: Tita Inday has a friend there in Edinburgh, a couple with a 6 year-old son named Michael. For two days, Michael became my “boyfriend” 😀 and didn’t let me walk alone because he wanted to always hold my hand. Hahaha! Such a cutie and bibo boy!

 

 

 

Flashback: Mitch in 34th WAGGGS World Conference

I just realized that I haven’t posted anything about my girl scouting life here in my blog. Yes! I am a girl scout. But I don’t sell cookies; I change the world.

On this day, last year, I had a dream that was made into a reality, and that is to attend a World Conference of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). That happens once every three years, so imagine how blessed I was.

I want to share first how I was able to attend, and the faithfulness of God in fulfilling his promise. Late February last year, I received an email from my beloved Tita Lyn ( GSP’s International Officer) that WAGGGS was looking for 15 girls from all over the world to represent the organization during the conference. They were looking for the ones who already joined an international event, so I was qualified. Seeing that as another great opportunity, I sent my application, and prayed that I will get a spot. Fast forwarding, on my birthday (yes, such a timely gift), I received a confirmation that I was chosen, and I will fly to Scotland on July 2011! I was the happiest kid ever.

Then came arranging all the documents, and the hard-to-get visa. I applied for a UK visa, and for the first time it was denied. For some reasons I didn’t lose hope, because I know that when God promised, he will fulfill it. Amazingly, I was able to provide a bank account, with sufficient money for myself, and the second application was a success! I got the visa, and everything was made official!

So on July 06, 2011, I, together with other GSP Tita’s and Kyla, flew to Edinburgh, Scotland and had a great experience for two weeks! It was my second time in Europe, and just like the first one, it was an all-expense paid trip. How amazing God is.

So what did I do in the 34th WAGGGS World Conference?

On the first day, I proudly represented the Girl Scouts of the Philippines in a panel by Young Women. In front of all the participants, we shared our leadership stories. I happily shared mine; some even gave their taps on my back after. One said I was so energetic! My happiness radiated to the audience! 😀

Then for the entire week, I attended the plenary sessions, and workshops that increased my knowledge about WAGGGS, and also my skills to continue our advocacy. Everything was really helpful and worth the time. During the plenary sessions, there were voting for important matters, such as accession of some countries. The celebration of the countries after everyone voted for them to be members were so heart -warming.

As a Young WAGGGS Representative, I was part of the group that managed the Intergenerational Zone. It was a spot in the conference where girls and women from all ages spent time to discuss some topics related to leadership, and we encouraged intergenerational discussions.

Every World Conference, there is a special gathering of all the Juliette Low Seminar scholars. It was my first time to attend, and I love hearing JLS stories of other participants. It was like being in a time machine! 😀  In 2008, I attended the Juliette Low Seminar in Our Chalet, that was my first WAGGGS event, and it really brought change in me as a young leader.

And my favourite night in the conference was… the International Night! I love seeing all the participants in their own international costumes. It’s like Ms. Universe International Costume Competition. 😉

That was one whole week that will never happen again. It was an opportunity to meet old friends and have new ones. But more than that, I think it was a chance to see that WAGGGS is an organization that is progressing, and dedicated to be a voice of million girls worldwide.

Girl scouting is a way of life. An I’m praying I will grow old serving in this organization.

P.S. I will make another blog post about Edinburgh and Scotland. Yeah, we had the chance to visit significant places there! 🙂