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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.