New Year usually evokes feelings of hope and new beginnings. But what I am is anything but usual. The fact that I am so different makes me much misunderstood, rebuked, and even pitied. In some cases for me, I feel there should be no apologies. We are all the same by being unique and different in our ways. And I celebrate this New Year differently in memory of some things that died or have paused, like a seed in slumber, my initiatives that didn’t fly. Continue reading
(Note: In trying to reconstruct my Climate Presentations list, Arlene Grino of MISSION Dumaguete sent me her report of the Climate Change Presentation Series I did in Dumaguete City. This originally appeared in the MISSION website on October 6, 2011.)
Last Thursday, at exactly 6:36 AM, our dynamic speaker Shiela ‘GORE’ Castillo texted me that she was boarding her Cebu Pacific flight. She was finally enroute to Dumaguete after missing the previous flight having been stranded at Calapan Port due to typhoon Pedring. Having moved the schedules twice, I was happiest to see her emerge from the airport’s arrival area. Shiela had plenty of time to prepare and freshen up for the first engagement: Silliman University, 10 o’clock AM, Assembly Hall.
September 22 was all about love. The super busy day started as I woke up very early to go with MISSION Iloilo’s HermzGacho and his Environmental Science Class for their participation in the International Coastal Clean Up. I joined primarily to observe and I volunteered to fill up our group’s form. We covered only a few meters along the beach near Molo Blvd., but we filled up several sacks of garbage. I’ve always loved the sea, but now I’m finding I pity it more. I hope people would care more for the seas every day of the year and not only during clean up events. Continue reading
I have always been proud of being a farmer’s daughter. Pop, although a surveyor by profession, is still actively farming and has dedicated several decades of his life to the land, as his father had been. He once told us that he helped clear the land which he farms until now, with his father, when he was 8 to 10 years old. Continue reading