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Dangers of Resiliency: The Exploitation of Volunteerism under the Guise of Civic Engagement.

After the super typhoon Rolly wreaked havoc in the Bicol Region, various groups from different provinces stepped into the picture to offer assistance that would aid severely affected individuals. While the government is playing blind-deaf to the battle cry of their people, donation drives from private sectors sounded the alarm on social media together with various organizations asking for monetary and in-kind donations. It was indeed a struggle to exhaust resources, enable transportation, and establish proper communication while cities and municipalities are barred down—all in the middle of a pandemic. The courage in each one of us may be in deep slumber, but with constant affirmations from people that deepens our in-depth analysis and awareness which awakens various potentials, it can affect change in the long run if we choose to actualize our advocacy and serve its purpose aligned with the current national setting—advocacy that would not enact ways to feed the need for resiliency, but rather, advocacy that grounds to strong principles of our nationalistic and democratic aspirations—something that would serve the interest of the masses up to the grass root levels of our society. To be able to advocate for a mass-oriented development mechanism means to further the call to demand accountability, transparency, and efficient public service amidst being a catalyst carrying out Band-Aid solutions to a system growing backward. This does not invalidate the efforts of those that embody the spirit of volunteerism in serving the people because it is clear that only through civic participation we can get a glimpse of the demands and interest of the community.

This also does not demonize the acts of kindness by respected volunteers that aided the socio-economic crisis that endangered many lives for the past few weeks. We are always reminded with such upbringing that it is significant to back up our words with meaningful actions that we can consistently do one step at a time, strong enough to prove and justify the claims that Filipinos will always volunteer for the frontline when a situation asks for it, even if it means facing potential risks.

But even if spontaneous solidarity rekindles in the heart of strong-willed individuals, poverty in all aspects would still resurface in the community in one way or another if people will continue to live under the roof of a faulty and poorly planned system. It is also important to realize that all though people will always be willing to exceed their helping boundaries, it should not be a free pass for the government to allow Band-Aid solutions as people should not carry the burden of bad governance in the first place. There is no harm to aim for positive transformation in communities but volunteers should also be under the obligation to demand transparency and accountability from those who are in direct authority to act on specific community defects. The mishandling of the pandemic as well as the unprecedented events of three consecutive typhoons just exposed how important it is for the government to innovate, realign, and amend its framework to come up with radical solutions. While ordinary people are almost emptying their pockets to suffice the need for relief goods, government officials should
not allow volunteerism to be exploited in any way. This boils down to the idea that to champion the goal of a society, the locality should not just resort to Band-Aid solutions but rather, find the cure to what is being aided.


P.S. Several months ago, I published an article entitled One Vision, One Future, an advocacy-driven opinion piece about unifying visions. Now that the entire nation has gone through a lot, it’s time to see things through the lens of a supporter of radical reforms.

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[Appreciation post] Dear frontliners and essential workers.

We all know how risky it is to sacrifice your life just to keep the entire community safe from the virus. I cannot equate my gratitude into words, but I hope in this simple letter, I can manifest my strong and sincere admiration to all the front-liners and essential workers out there.

Nothing can beat the unwavering support of the Filipinos through tough times, not even a pandemic. The COVID19 closed borders to observe strict lockdown guidelines, but it opened doors for people embodying great compassion for the underprivileged. People coming from different social class unite as one to combat this dangerous disease which cost the lives of many. Truly, the pandemic resurfaced a lot of kindhearted and good-natured individuals.

The Coronavirus has caused fear to everyone, but here you are, standing strong, aiding people with their necessities, and waking up every day to work for the healing of our nation. You are the bravest risk-takers I’ve known.

To all the front-liners and essential workers, may your burning passion to be of service to others help in rebuilding the nation through your hard work and dedication.

This too shall pass. In these trying times, while all of you are working outside the comforts of your home, may you always remember to take care of yourselves as well, and we, the Filipino youth will always be here to cheer you up and show our heartfelt support in every way we can.

Yours truly,
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One Vision, One Future.

A progressive society equipped with globally competitive individuals begins with a simple dream.

Our simple dreams for ourselves can affect change in the long run if we choose to actualize our advocacy and serve its purpose. Being a youth, I always believe that it is significant to back up our words with meaningful actions that we can consistently do one step at a time.

Our growing society continues to rely on the hopes and dreams of the youth. The goals that we always sought after, may it be big or small, reflect on the aspirations we always want to meet. We are entitled to an innovative realm where social media platforms have the potential to unify us with our visions. Given the privileges that we are blessed with, we always have the choice to utilize our resources in creating an inclusive locale where the youth can effect change in their very own way. This inclusivity opens a door for thorough discussions about the status quo of the society where the youth can actively participate and articulate their ideas. There are times that the current directorate requires innovative ideas, and that’s the time where the youth can enter the bigger picture. In that way, every voice will be heard and it can pave its way to reconstruct an existing framework governed by our officials.

The determination of every person gravitates to strong energy. A hard work of a persevering individual will realize a dream that will soon turn into reality. The voice of every youth in our community can awaken countless concepts about how we can generate a borderless society. It is our duty as advocates to embody the spirit of volunteerism to champion the goals of the community. If we always aim for success, we should also remember to aim for better progress.

Educate patiently, advocate passionately and inspire consistently.
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My Miss Teen Kamuy-An Baao 2019 journey


Last August 21, 2019, I was crowned as the Miss Teen Kamuy-An Baao 2019. The moment the crown was being pinned on my head was also the moment where I realized that I should serve the purpose of being a beauty queen not just by title, but rather by actions.

I can still remember how tiring it was to travel an hour just to arrive home and attend my practice at 9 PM. Imagine being at school for 12 hours and alotting 2 hours for my practice. It was exhausting to the point where I cannot even concentrate on answering my practice questions properly. My trainor noticed that my answers are sometimes far from the topic, but I actually expected it since I was so tired and all I want to do is to sleep.

My life went like that for 2 weeks. I focused on my rigorous trainings everyday, from my walk, to my posture and smile, and I studied the nature of the possible questions when I’m at school. When I have idle time, I tried to answer questions as if I’m at an actual pageant. In that way, I was able to know how to escape dead silence, but blabbering so much is also something I avoided. Judges hate going around the bush.

During that time, It was also our midterms week, and it’s literally a HELL WEEK for me. Hell, as in dedicating all my time in studying and complying with requirements. I came to a point where I almost skipped meals just to do other tasks.

The pageant night was fast approcahing. I was busy selling my tickets, and practicing for my question and answer portion. I also need to familiarize our choreography for our production number. Imagine having a strict trainor.

Finally, the coronation night. The most awaited night for all of us. Afternoon of August 21, I already went to my make up artist for my make up. The gown that was finally delivered. My swimsuit attire, production attire, all the things that I needed was packed up. I can really say that I was really really nervous for the pageant even if it’s just 5 PM in the afternoon. My hands were shaky while I was familiarizing my lines on the phone. I need to calm down, that’s why, I went outside the room to breath fresh air. I was really hella nervous.

We finally arrived at the municipal hall. We are placed in a holding area so that the audience won’t see us. It gets really nerve wracking as minutes pass. I distract myself from nervousness by familiarizing my answers. But I know at the back of my mind, I am excited for this milestone I’m going to take. I have no idea what will happen.

We are finally at the backstage, preparing for our production number. After a couple of minutes, the pageant commenced, and I can see the municipal hall full of people, cheering for their bets. My legs were shaky and my sweat went waterfalls. The nervousness conquered me! Luckily, I didn’t made any mistakes even if I feel like I’m about to faint at any moment.

The swimsuit competition went smooth. I was a bit calmed but a bit giddy at the same time. That was the part of the pageant where we the first set of questions will be asked. It will also be the basis of the top five. I know that I answered graciously, and I really hoped my answer is what the judges wants to hear.

Fortunately, I was included in the top five, and then we were asked for the final Q and A. The gravity of our answers will clearly tell who will be crowned at that night. To be honest, I went too wordy at that time because my mind just went blank. Like space. I seriously cannot remember any of what I reviewed, that’s why I answered the question based on how I understand it. No basis, pure impromptu.

After answering, I calmed myself and my mind went blank again. I suddenly remember all my hardwork I’ve gone through. Those late night practices and rigorous trainings. I just told myself that I just need to enjoy the night without even expecting for the crown. I honestly don’t want to think that I need to win the competition. After all, there are still other ways to chase my dream.

We are called to take our final walk, and the most awaited part of the pageant finally arrived. With giddy legs and sweaty hands, I stood still on the stage, expecting nothing but enjoying the rest of the pageant.

Suddenly, my name was called and to my surprise, I won the title as the Miss Teen Kamuy-An Baao 2019. I never expected the crown.

I was so amazed and everyone dear to me was proud of me. My family, friends, my make up artist and my relatives were all in awe when the winner was announced. I can’t imagine how happy I am at that time knowing that a lot of people actually cheered for me.

That was one of the happiest moments in my life. And now that I till got the crown, I want to actualize my duty as a reigning queen.

My secret to win the crown? Practice, purpose, passion.

And now that my reign will finally end in a couple of months, the most unexpected plot twist happened. I will finally embark a journey to being a queen with a purpose. A queen who serves, and a queen who inspires.

Before ending my reign, I am ready to serve my purpose.

The purpose I shall serve


I have a purpose.

I have a purpose in this chaotic world. A world that seems to be crowded by empty people, walking down the streets at night, searching for serenity and peace. A world, where children in some parts of the world are deprived even with the simplest right to be educated. A world, where kindness is a bad thing, and with that, you are different.

I have a purpose to be of help to others. The priviledged should hold hands together as they began their mission to offer a helping hand to the needy.

I have a purpose to become a keen observer of the society, in order for me to filter those things that needs to be taken action.

As a student, I have a purpose to educate myself and others, for the perseverance of the mission that needs to be acted out by the future contributors.

As a daughter, I have a purpose to mold myself for the future that awaits me. To be responsible enough for my actions, and to be wise enough in making decisions.

As a beautiful steward of My Creator, I have a purpose to maintain peace and harmony that starts within myself. A beautifully made creature who wholeheartedly dedicate her existence for the reconstruction of our problematic society.

I am blessed physically, mentally, and spiritually, and by that, I have a purpose.