Mark Phillip Castillo: Pairidaeza And The Birth Of A New Author

Engaging. Generous. Fresh.
These are the three words how I can described this published author I came across while I am at the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) 2019 last Sept 12, 2019. Who wouldn’t go to his booth if you saw a “free book” signage on the top of the table? Funny, I became inquisitive and asked the woman next to me if it were actually free. And yes, it was.

I was quite amazed on how Mark was able to give away his first published books for free. I know I might be over reacting, but hey, this is 2019, there is no freebie nowadays! Especially in this destitute generation of illiterate millennials who have nothing to do but to play mobile games, instead of reading a book. With his genuine generosity of not just giving his book away but, he signed it for us who were there. So sweet of him to do that, really. Not every new authors would do that, if ever, it would end up in a raffle, in pieces of first 3 or five giveaways. That was utterly heroic, especially in the indie sectors where everyone is striving just to be published or give his or her contribution for the Philippine literature.

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I was moved from that simple gesture, that is why, I am doing him an article for everyone to know. This is not just my simple way of acknowledging his deed, but in respect for all my fellow writers especially those authors who keep on pursuing their dreams despite many odds. He was pretty candid and smiling while talking to the ladies who were all-cheers and candidly waiting in the line. I got the chance to know this guy and did a little interview.



Since when did you know that you want to write?
Mark: Actually, I started writing when my parents are still alive, both my father and mom. Actually, I dedicated it for them. As you can see in my book, you can see it from here, it’s to Mama and Papa. And what my mother said, “you started writing it, you have to finish it.” …Tinapos ko siya (I finished it) 7 years in the making. 3 years na writing, 3 years ‘yung processing ng editing (the processing of editing). Naghanap pa kami ng English native speakers. Sila ‘yung nag-edit. (We hired English native speakers. They did the editing)

So, based in 3 years, was it a hobby or a passion?
Mark: I can say that it is both a hobby and a passion.

What is the book all about?
Mark: It’s about love, mainly.

Why?
Mark: Usually, I still have to work from another company. When I am going home, I started writing again, I could say weekly. It’s not everyday naman talaga na makakapagsulat ka (that you are able to write) … But ang contribution mainly ng mga kasama mo na gumawa ng book, sila, kumbaga, sila rin ang nakakatulong sa’yo. Kasi siguro masasabi ko na nasa more than 20 katao ang tumulong sa akin. (But the contribution mainly of my colleagues that helped me with the book, it’s like, they were there to help you out. I could say that more that 20 persons had helped me)

What particular love or what kind of love?
Mark: I could say it as.. kasi meron kasing carnal love (because there is called a carnal love). Which is meron din siyang (it has) carnal love but more on filial love, parental love.

Why make it free, especially it is your first book signing?
Mark: Book launching talaga siya (it is actually). So, para mai-promote namin o mai-market namin na ito may isang author natapos niya yung book after 7 years. Worth it naman ‘di ba? (So, for us to be able to promote or market that there is an author who was able to finished the book after 7 years. Worth it, right?)

What is your message to this generation, where reading has been almost forgotten?
Mark: Hindi na nahihilig sa pagbabasa? Kasi ang generation kasi natin ngayon more on electronics. Although hindi naman natin dini-discourage na hindi magbasa sa electronics. Kasi para sa akin, marami akong nakita sa videos yung mga taong nahilig na sa technology meron sa kanila na brain dead….so kung physical book, walang masyadong risk. (Who were not into reading? Although we don’t discouraged that they shouldn’t read electronics. Our generation today is more on electronics. For me, I have seen many videos of those people addicted to the technology where some of them were brain dead.. so if it is a physical book, it is less risky)

What is your message for your fellow writers that haven’t published their book but they want to?
Mark: Just keep up the good work. Ano talagang ituloy-tuloy mo lang. Kahit tumagal ka man as long as meron ka naman goal na tapusin siya. Kasi kung mag-stop ka, yung ideas na sinimulan mo magfe-fade away na yun. Tapos malay mo maganda pala ng ideya mo na ‘yun at hindi nalalaman ng mga tao? So para lang siyang naging oblivion, yung idea na ganon. Walang naka-discover na ganung idea. (Just continue what you are doing. Even though it could take years as long as you have set a goal to finish it. Because if you stop now, all your initial ideas will fade away. What if your idea is great and people didn’t recognize it? So it only became oblivion, that kind of idea.  No one was able to discovered that idea)

Where can they buy your book after Mibf?
Mark: After this ang mangyayari kasi, di ko pa masasabi kasi nagaapply-apply kami sa iba’t-ibang mga bookstores. May publisher na siya, Reyes Publishing. (After this what will happen is, I cannot discuss it yet because we are trying to apply in other bookstores. There is a publisher, Reyes Publishing)

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After the interview, I took a photo with him (which I almost forgot.😅). It was kind of him to accept my short interview and of course my copy of signed free book of him. You can contact him only at his Facebook id: Mark Phillip Castillo.


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MIBF: Books are Marching and Heading to SMX Convention

It’s the time of the year again, and nope, I am not saying it’s Christmas even though we welcomed the month of September yesterday. September is the month where all the book worms, storytellers, authors and fans will gather for the much anticipated book fair of the year – The Manila International Book Fair 2019.

Manila International Book Fair

Held yearly, every 2nd week of September. It is a week long celebration of books, books and more books. It is also the gathering of amateur writers, published and famous authors all around the nation. Of course, house hold international names are present as many book enthusiasts will definitely hoard these books. Mibf is also the time where books across all genres will be on sale or under discounts, so you can now avail your most coveted series or trilogies that you weren’t able to buy when it was released last year or early this year.

Manila International Book Fair

Indie and big publishers will be present so you can have the opportunity to talk to them regarding how to publish your work or details on publishing and self-publishing if you are a writer and thinking on the either processes. And you can expect author celebs or high-profile book worms during the book fair. Also, see their latest additions of different activities, and booths that will run for the entire five days.

Manila International Book Fair

Whatever the reason why you are going, this is a celebration of the thousand years of acquiring knowledge gathered from facts, biographies, tombs and ancient documents of our ancestors – reading. So, let’s celebrate and go to the Manila International Book Fair at SMX Convention Center, Manila running from September 11 – 15, 2019 at 10 am onwards. Who knows, you wouldn’t just meet old acquaintances, or popular personalities, but your match made because of loving books. See you there!

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Success: The Sacrifice of Losing People

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If you started from the scratch, you will value everything, even the one with the least value. You will appreciate and understand how people got their way up the ladder of success. Starting from the scratch is better than not trying at all. And not trying at all because of the lack of support from the person you thought will help and understand you is toxic and negative in the relationship. Get rid of the negativities around you. If it is a person, cut your relationship with him/her especially if he/she isn’t helping you nor giving you even an ounce of support.

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Success isn’t just about learning from the hard lessons in life and applying it, or the contentment of doing your passions in life. Success isn’t just about your networth or the level of achievements you have succeeded. Success is removing the negativities around you. Be it a person, a thing or a relationship. Remove the people in your life that hinders you. People that are making you feel inferior and a loser your entire life. People that are toxic and the source of your burdens.

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Success is a formula of hardship, failure, sacrifice, mindset, action and loss. At one point, you have to sacrifice and lose something or someone in exchange. You have to remove the negativities and motivate yourself. That is why, not everyone are able to succeed because not everyone are willing to sacrifice. Unless you are born with a silver platter.


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When To Rebuke; And When To Judge

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All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.


At some point in time, we lose track of where we are heading. We become indecisive. We feel lost. Uncertain. Disappointed. Defeated. We start to look for validation in this judgmental society. We start to worry and doubt. The beautiful picture of our future are now just a dream. Until such a time, we are unable to see our worth. We no longer able to distinguish ourselves as Christ ambassadors. We lose our identity in Christ.

This is the problem when we only focus with ourselves – self image; self interest; self glorification; self entitlement etc. When we only focus on what the world can serve us at our table. When we don’t know who we are in Christ. When our judgment misguides our faith. When our pride is hindering us from repentance. When our ego is being trampled upon because of humility or any God-given mission.

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This is also the problem when other Christians corects us. We find it so  offensive that we label them as ‘JUDGMENT’, instead of rebuking. Why? Because of our pride. Brethren, no one can correct you unless you humble yourself. To be able to do that, we must know how we clearly see Jesus in our life. We must accept that we are sinners; that we need Christ or His ambassador to lead us to Him. God uses His word, sometimes circumstances, if not people to correct us. He uses our fellow brethren to rebuke us, because we aren’t perfect. We fall and commit mistakes, just like the imperfect world. Many believers had whitewashed, if not interchanged the definition between when is it considered rebuke from when is it considered as judging.

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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REBUKE AND JUDGE?

Rebuke is synonymous to correction. Generally this is the meaning of rebuke in the dictionary:
REBUKEto express sharp, stern disapproval of; reprove; reprimand; harsh criticism

Many biblical passages has emphasized how a believer rebukes his fellow believers.

Verses to Ponder:

 Psalm 141: 5. Let a righteous man strike me—that is a kindness; let him rebuke me—that is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it, for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers.
Proverbs 9: 8. Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you.
Proverbs 27: 5. Better is open rebuke than hidden love.

Rebukes are forms of criticisms to biblically CORRECT someone or something by means of reprimand in a good biblical manner without malice and prejudice. It doesn’t have any hidden intentions nor tolerates a wrong doing, but rebuke aims to discipline a brother. Now, the guidelines of rebuking a brother should be based in the biblical doctrines that Jesus himself, and all the disciples taught in the bible.

2 Timothy 3:16. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.

Whereas, judging is more of a legal biblical matter that comes with consequences. First, let us know the general definition of judging:

JUDGEpass legal judgment on; pass sentence (on a person); to form a judgment or opinion of; decide upon critically; conclude about or assess; estimate

In the bible, judging is somewhat a task done ONLY by a higher ranking officials, if not the source, our Creator which is God. A penalty comes after a judgment. Unfortunately, believers and non-believers are twisting it based on what they deemed favorable to them. Nowadays, judging is a conclusion without trial. Judging is imposing someone’s opinion without biblical facts. That is the greatest differentiation between the two.

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Verses to Ponder:

Leviticus 19: 15. "'Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.
Deuteronomy 19: 18. The judges must make a thorough investigation, and if the witness proves to be a liar, giving false testimony against a fellow Israelite
Psalm 98: 9. let them sing before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples with equity.
Matthew 7: 1-2. "Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

The verses in Matthew are becoming the standard logical verses of both believers and non-believers just to prove that it is right to judge. When in fact, it was misinterpreted and twisted just to justify themselves to those who opposes their ideals. Having said that, it biblically emphasizes that you cannot judge a believer based in a non-believer standard, and so is judging a non-believer based in a believer standard. It means, when you want to judge a believer, it should be according in the bible, thus, you shouldn’t judge a non-believer because you don’t share the same faith and standard.

In reality, even believer fails to understand it. Many preachers of different religions are using the word of God to judge a person, a government or an entire nation. Israelites were judged according to the Laws of Moses which includes the Ten Commandments. Israelites are God’s chosen people. But because of Jesus through the teachings of Paul that is why even Gentiles like us can now come to God.

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Before you open your mouth, please examine yourself, especially your motives.

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Before you open your mouth, please examine yourself, especially your motives. There are far too many wars and personal battles that every people are encountering each day. And your words once you uttered it, could make it worst. If it doesn’t encourage or edify a person or the church, do not say it. If you really cared, then go to the room and tell that only to the person involved. Or tell it directly to the head pastor and the ministers. Before you say a word, pray so that the person will be wise to accept the rebuke, and that it would not turn into judgment.

Remember, we are created after God’s own image. So, to be able to clearly see ourselves, our intentions, what to speak. To be able to know who we are, our purpose, our future — first thing is we need to know our relationship with God. And then, if you accepted Him as your Lord and Saviour over your life; repented from all of your sins; worked in His ministry; do His will and share the gospel, you will clearly not just correctly see yourself that shares the same identity with Christ. But God will give you wisdom to be wise in all things and actions. You are already a citizen of heaven — our eternal destination. God bless you!

3 Types of Wooden Doors You Must Know This 2021

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Choosing the right type of wood for your front door is stressful. This guide aims to help you a budget-friendly wooden door without compromising the durability of the wood .


Houses are one of the important assets people need to invests into. Owning a house is somewhat expensive but it’s a good investment overtime especially real estate business have been always growing and never undergo devaluation in the market. Real Estate is most of time, if not always a win-win situation. In the Philippines, housing can be obtained through a government housing insurance like PAG-IBIG payable depending on the number of years of agreement. There are other ways like bank financing, loan or mortgage, rent-to-own, and of course buying it with cold cash.

We are familiar with the proverb, “The eyes are the windows of our soul.” Just like the saying, a great door made of great material emanates a great house inside. Many home owners, especially within the socialite class are meticulous in choosing the right wood for their door. But since the financial capacity of most Filipinos are in the middle or upper middle classes, they tend to choose the inexpensive but durable wood for front doors.

In the United States of America, woods are classified into ten types that are commonly used in doors among the American households, that is according to Bill Esler of Woodworking Network. These are:

  • Pine
  • Bamboo (debatable since it is classified as a grass)
  • African Cherry
  • Douglas Fir
  • White Oak
  • Red Oak
  • Teak
  • Pacific Cherry
  • Knotty Woods
  • Mahogany
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However, due to the climate differences and other contributing factors, here in the Philippines, the most common types of woods for the doors you would see are: Melina, Mahogany and Narra. I was able to know these things because I went to many furniture shops in my province. I was asked by my sister for her house, so I thought it would be better to enlighten my readers and share this nugget of information.

1- Melina/Gmelina Wood

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Known as Gmelina Arborea, of the Verbenaceae family. A growing forest species that are commonly used in industrial reforestation development due to its ability to grow fast, versatility, easy management, and its physical and mechanical properties. Melina’s great growing environment is in the humid or dry lands. And mostly found in countries like Nepal, Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, in southern provinces of China and throughout India. Its timber is commonly used in doors, window panels, in furnitures like drawers, wardrobes, cupboards and muqsical instruments. Frames, brush handles, toys, tea chests, plywoods and blackboards.



Other Facts
• 15% of the world’s total area planted with Melina is in Costa Rica, thus, the name ‘everyday timber’ in the country.
• The famous brand Faber Castel used it in their pencils
• The ‘Lion Throne’, one of the eight royal thrones of Myanmar, is carved from Gmelina arborea wood, and it is preserved at the National Museum in Yangon.

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2- Mahogany Wood

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Known as Swietenia macrophylla, of the family, Meliaceae. Indigenous to America that ranges from Mexico to southern Brazil where the true commercialized species of mahogany is grown. There are also known species of mahogany like the African genera (Khaya), and Entandrophragma, the kohekohe of New Zealand, Toona species of China, Chinaberry (Milea), Pink (Bosse), Guarea of India, Crabwood (Carapa) and Shorea. The Philippine mahogany and Tanguile are included in the species Shorea. Shorea is known under many trade names like Lauan, Lawaan, and Meranti to name a few. The characteristics of mahogany are fine, straight-grained, reddish-brown, free from voids and pockets timber. It is known for its durability, beauty, and color and displays a reddish luster when polished. Primarily used in doors, cabinets, furnitures, boats and musical instruments.

Other Facts
• Mahogany is the national tree of Belize and Dominican Republic.
• Cuban and West India mahogany are the most rare, expensive and desirable species that people pay as much as $28 per board foot compared to the furniture-grade cherry species that only costs $3 per board foot.
• Mahogany was the most planted tree of the National Greening Program in 2010 and 2011.

3- Narra Wood

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Known as Pterocarpus indicus, of the family Fabaceae, is full of well-defined clusters of knots. The grain is either interlocked or sometimes wavy. With a natural luster and uneven medium to coarse texture. Red or rose color, with a streak of yellow. It is termite-resistant and rose-scented. Other alternative names are asana, mukwa and padauk. Its timber is sought for its durability and is primarily used in floorings, doors, furnitures, decorative carvings and musical instruments. Narra is native to Asia and Africa.

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Other Facts
• Narra is the national tree of the Philippines.
• In the Philippines, you need a permit to cut this type of wood.
• Narra is a leguminous plant capable of transforming nitrogen into other usable forms.

Canvasing, and looking for the pieces for your house is fun and informative. You get to know some things you aren’t familiar with. It’s the same feeling as when you are shopping. 😁 Unfortunately, I have to come up with conclusion.

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CONCLUSION

First, you have to ask these personal questions: Why do I need this type of wood for my door? What will it benefit me in the long run? How long will this wood takes before wear and tear?

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90×210 made to order wooden doors. A product from Wilma Furnitures.

For that, when it comes to durability, I will recommend you all these three types of woods. They are all durable, hard and a great wood for furnitures especially for the door. When it comes to the wear and tear, Melina wood is the mediocre. However, according to my source during my canvasing, mahogany are prone to wood-boring beetles. So, it will shorten the usability and durability of mahogany woods. Wood-boring beetles are similar to termites, but not as destructive as the latter. When it comes to the price, this is where the deal-breaker takes place. Narra woods are very expensive, twice or even combined prices of both Melina and Mahogany. While mahogany is just a hundred to thousand bucks more than Melina wood.

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90×210 Wooden doors at the other furniture shops.
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This was the given prices in one of the furniture shops I visited. Hamba is the wooden sides assembled together with the door.
Different 90×210 mahogany designs at a cheaper price of ₱8k bucks

So, Narra Wood is the sure winner among the three. Except that it comes with a hefty price tag. So if you are in a tight budget, I would recommend you the durable and cheaper Melina and Mahogany, but if you are willing to splurge more thousand bucks, I will definitely recommend you the Narra wood for your door.

The Father in Me

Working in the daytime, tired at night;
My weary soul took the yoke from the busy corporate world tonight.
"Hush my darling, rest in my arms," said my wife.
"Allow me to ease your body pain, you've been working hard your entire life."

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At the age of eighteen, I was suddenly committed to a responsibility,
A child was born, out of carnal desire and curiosity.
We were both young, wild, free and eighteen,
Call it a fling, a debauchery or unbridled indulgence of passion.
Caressing my forehead, "Oh what a relief!" I muttered.
Her soft hands tapping my head, my heart fluttered;
For that brief moment, I felt the warmth of her love,
That I am the father of her children, they are the treasures that I have.

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A part of me was eaten by the corporate society,
Needless to say, I am a nobody to my family.
My children grew up and I lose track of time,
In the eyes of my children, I feel like I have committed a crime.
The suppposed-to-be-sundays are not our usual family days,
From Mondays to Saturdays, I am out and returned to our bed only to lay.
Our typical breakfast is a morning race to work,
While dinners are past eleven, just sleeping at the nook.

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I work so hard, but I feel like dissatisfied and unhappy,
Everything was out of place, broken relationships, my life is a mess!
I only realized today when people greeted each other a happy father's day,
That there was a father in me, that I wasn't able to see.

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This is a message to the busy dads, who worked so hard but compromised their family’s relationship. Make a time for your family, especially to your children. They will be only children once, so at least, make the most out of it.

7 Struggles Of A Content Writer And What To Do

Social media is now the perfect advertisement tool if you want to promote a product, a service or an event. Gone are the days when mainstream media and publications are the only means for you to advertise. Social media engagements, likes, number of followers and traffics has been the bases of advertisers. And your content is the primary driving source to make it. Connections and influence might help, but still, a great content can attract even the most capable client. Year after year, content of the websites has been the most in-demand medium to promote a certain product. Your content matters to the advertisers or any prospective business partners. That is why content writing has been the most sought after and meticulously woven words to cater the demands of the clients.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, writing employment for both writers and authors is projected to rise at 8% from 2016 to 2026. That is equivalent to any occupations. Experienced writers can find work in public sectors of corporations and in nonprofit organizations. While those who are in the freelance category can find work with the journal publishers, newspaper and magazine agents, or write their own books.

Unfortunately, due to its rising demand in the market and the ever increasing number of writers, experience and qualifications has skyrocketed and strong competition is expected for this job. With this new age, working with a variety of digital and electronic tools is definitely an advantage. But with these predicaments, many aspiring writers are in distress of achieving a writing career, so self-employment or self-publishing is inevitable. The good thing is that, the traction of ebooks and digital formats will allow many writers and author both aspiring and professionals, both the corporate and self-publishing to publish their works. In reality, it’s funny that you will only do the same job of a typical writer once you are hired, regardless of your qualifications. I know, right?

Now, for those aspiring writers or those who aren’t competitive enough in this industry, struggles are real and it will hit you rock bottom. These are some of the struggles content writers, aspiring writers, and authors are facing in the writing industry.

1- EDUCATION

Definitely the deal breaker. Unfortunately, many writers with a creative mind are either no degree or have not finished their college. For different personal reasons, however, this is the first thing they lack inorder to enter the industry. Regarding the passion in writing, I find that these underachievers are more passionate compared to those have their bachelor’s degree. These underachievers will definitely face the harsh reality of life even in any other industry when you don’t have a degree. Only few companies are giving chances to these underprivileged. Fewer than the number of your fingers.

What To Do:
Simply put, if you have the money and the opportunity to study in any school, grab it. Try to finish it as much as possible. If someone granted you scholarship, take down your pride and remind yourself of your future. Think of ways on how you can study. You can work in day job and study at night or vice versa. Do part-time jobs and save that earnings for your college tuition. This is already a great investment when you have a degree.

2- EXPERIENCE

Again, even the greatest content writer is nothing compared to a mediocre college degree writer that worked in a prestigious publication. For those who earned it through hardwork, I commend you, but for those who are just referred without any qualification, goodluck. Opinions aside, connection and influence is important for this job or any jobs in general. Unfortunately, this is also one of the main reasons why potential contents writers aren’t hired.

What To Do:
Invest in your writing skill first. Write articles in your school, or write as a volunteer until such time you found your niche and what subjects are you good at. Write an article in your social media accounts, always practicing zero grammatical errors and original contents. Hone it, and when you think you have the confidence, try to write your pitch to any publication.



3- COMPENSATION

Payment is one of the important factors why some content writers are discouraged in pursuing a writing career. Depending on your level of expertise, some writers are getting an above average compensation while some are getting a menial compensation especially those writers in the Freelance sector.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $62,170 is the median annual salary for writers and authors last May 2018. Based on the survey in 2016, about 1 in 4 writers and authors had worked as a part-time.

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According to an article published by Dennis Abrams of publishingperspective.com, a 2014 Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest Author Survey was conducted. The respondents were divided into four categories. “Just over 77% of self-published writers make $1,000 a year…with a startlingly high 53.9% of traditionally-published authors, and 43.6% of hybrid authors, reporting their earnings are below the same threshold. Only 0.7% of self-published writers, 1.3% of traditionally published writers, and 5.7% of hybrid writers reported earning more than $100,000 a year from their writing.”

Some writers also used different means in order to monetize their work. Google Adsense, WordPress Adwords, Facebook Ads, Amazon Affiliates Program, and Rakuten Marketing to name a few are the names you will commonly hear for a commission-based affiliate programs. These are helpful for bloggers and website owners to generate additional income aside from their daily lucrative jobs.

What To Do:
Compensation are the usual issue of an aspiring content writer. Some writers are working a full-time day job in order to meet their financial needs, and content writing is only their part-time job. Whatever options you choose, whether you work a day time job, participate in affiliate programs, write a book, write as a ghostwriter, write in a paid guest post or outsource your articles in commisssion-based clients, what’s important is you are maximizing your money-generating potential by these alternatives. You are also creating connections and influence that could land you to a potential big publications in the future.

4- INTERVIEW

Bear in mind that writers in general tend to be introverts. Thus, affecting how they interact with the clients. This might also be debatable for some, not everyone who pass the interviews are good at the field. And not all interviewers are objective. It boils down to personal preference if the interviewer likes you or not, shunning the passionate ones for the writing job.

What To Do:
Read Self-Help books and articles in personal development. Watch Youtube videos in articulation and fluency. Practice yourself talking in front of the mirror. Read some books aloud just so you know if you are saying it right. Be more confident, even in any circumstances.

5- LEARNING

This is a personal choice. Whether you like to continuously grow as a writer or not, it is important to keep on learning, regardless of your age. Even the billionaires keep on learning by reading some books. You have to continuously develop yourself in the field you are into or as an individual. By doing this, you are getting more ideas and knowledge in the ingredients of a great article should be. When you stop learning, you are giving yourself limitations to the things you can do, you will do and what you have done, without knowing what hidden talents you still possessed.

What To Do:
Read. Read. Read more. Attend free seminars, workshops or if you can afford to pay for one, that would be better. Interact with those people who are great in the industry and remember their insights.

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6- IDEAS AND MINDSET

Because of the increasing demand of writers, many ideas has been cliched. Unknowingly, the book or the articles you already wrote maybe the same as the others. This is where originality and creativity takes place. Remember, many writers can copy your article, but they can never copy your writing voice. Stress and mental stability plays a critical role in your writing, leading to the writing state called Writer’s Block. I did an article tackling the issue about writer’s block and blank page syndrome for your additional reference. So before you will write, try to pray and meditate. Calm your inner self for the ideas to follow freely.

When you aspired to be a writer, it was your passion that drove you in this industry. Many writers tend to stop at the middle or weren’t able to pursue their writing career, probably because of some personal reasons. But if you are passionate in this craft, quitting should not be an option. Stopping anytime will become laziness until such time you lose that passion or interest.

What To Do:
It is a must for writers to think about their content, especially when the clients has their criterions about the content you are commissioned to do. It is also the content that would make or break your writing career.

Consider these three questions as your guidance.

  • Why am I writing this?
  • To whom is this article for?
  • What benefits can my readers get?

7- PROCRASTINATION

Proscrastination hinders our growth. It hinders us to accomplish something. It hinders us to be productive at our writing. It hinders us to take actions and do our responsibilities. Consider this, delaying your work is also delaying your salary and delaying your achievements in life. Completing even a little task one at a time, is a one step of making your writing career a success. Hahaha.

What To Do:
Practice Time Management. It is self-motivated. Try to create a habit, by starting to write in the early morning. When you feel like it isn’t working, work for the first two minutes, during that time you have to focus about your content. It could lead to two possible outcomes. Either you will continue or stop afterwards. If it is the latter, try to take a break but continue again after an hour or if you regain your momentum. Remember, continue writing even when you don’t feel like it.

Being in the field of writing is not that easy. There are days when you feel a Writer’s Block and there are days when ideas keep on coming. There is no perfect content no matter how good you are. There is no habit and routine that could transform you into a perfect Content Writer. There will be people in the industry that will not like you or even your work. There will be many struggles along the way. There is no shortcut of everything except hard work and perseverance. If you want to be good at something invest 10000 hours in it to be able to master it. If you are passionate about it, no matter how many failures that discouraged you to stop, pursue it!

I would love to hear your struggles in whatever job you are currently in. Comment in the section below and let us encourage each other to be the best version of ourselves.

4 Places to Visit this Independence Day 2021

Celebrating its 121-year of independence (Araw ng Kalayaan),  the Philippines has come a long way eversince it gained its sovereignity. Philippines has its share of rich culture and tradition. It has a diverse culture that originated from different colonizers that inhabited the island. The Philippines has been captive for centuries, thanks to the brave heroes that fought for its independence, Filipinos are now reaping the benefits of the freedom that was worth fighting for. Without these heroes like Jose Rizal – Philippines’ national hero, Andres Bonifacio, Emilio Aguinaldo, Lapu-Lapu, Gregorio Del Pillar, Melchora Aquino, and Apolinario Mabini to name a few, Filipinos would probably be still enslaved. A history of bravery, unity and a sense of nationalism. These are just prelude to a hundred-year of history of the Philippines’ independence and national heritage.

Today, many Filipinos all over the world are remembering, if not celebrating that freedom. And what’s greater way to celebrate it is to visit those iconic and memorable places that contributed an impact to the Filipinos and to the world in remembrance of the sacrifices of these great heroes. Here are the four great places to visit this Independence Day to experience a glimpse of that chivalry and patriotism.

Philippine National Museum. What comes in mind in order to know the brief history of a country is to visit their national museum. Located at Manila, where you can take a walk near the famous Manila Bay afterwards, its strategic location is near the center of many establishments, the national park, and national facilities.

Source: Philippine National Museum

“The National Museum manages and develops the national reference collections in the areas of cultural heritage (fine arts, anthropology and archaeology) and natural history (botany, zoology,and geology and paleontology), and carries out permanent research programs in biodiversity, geological history, human origins, pre-historical and historical archaeology, maritime and underwater cultural heritage, ethnology, art history, and moveable and immoveable cultural properties.” – Philippine National Museum

To book a visit or support the museum’s cause, visit their website HERE.

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Luneta Park. The Philippines’ national park that commemorates the Filipinos’ national hero – Jose Rizal. Luneta Park (a.k.a Rizal Park) is not just a place where national activities are held. Filipino families gather here to enjoy and be amaze of the park that is located in the heart of a city. Surrounded by lush greeneries, and trees, it has a fountain that highlights the three great islands that comprises the Philippines. Children can enjoy the playground that was built by the government. There are amenities that caters the needs of each individuals. The iconic monument that is guarded 24/7, is the main attraction that attracts many visitors both local and foreign. Even the most important diplomats of other nations, paid a visit to this monument whenever they are in the Philippines.

Source: Wikipedia

Intramuros. The cobbled streets and Manila’s Walled City, this is the home of the Spanish-era landmarks that reflected the influence of imperialist Spain that once conquered the Philippines for centruries. Home to the famous Fort Santiago, San Agustin Church museum, Casa Manila museum and the Manila Cathedral. If you are a devote Catholic or has a fascination of Gothic Architecture, this is a must-see place for you and your family.

Source: positivelyfilipino.com

MacArthur Leyte Landing Memorial National Park. Located at Red Beach, Palo, Leyte, you can book a flight to Tacloban City from Manila and Cebu. The said memorial has a rich history between United States of America and the Philippines. Dubbed as the red beach, it symbolizes the blood drenched in the war against Japanese invading the island. This memorial national park commemorates the promise of General Douglas MacArthur with his reknowned phrase “I shall return”. The largest battle in the Gulf of Leyte, also known as the Second Battle of the Philippine Sea, and the last marine battle during the World War II.

Source: Wikipedia

A unified country represents the unified ideals of its citizens. It resounds the intention of the government to its people, not in a form of dictatorship but through a good governance and leadership. These heroes heard the outcry of its fellowmen, thus, resulting to the fight for democracy. This Independence Day, let us commemorate the sacrifices of these heroes beyond merits and recognition, but going to these national historical places will allow us to know them better and experience the sense of nationalism they once had. Through this Memorial places, we are also teaching the younger generations the pride of the country, the lessons learned from the history and the patriotism of why was the Philippines was worth dying for.

What other national memorial places in the Philippines you know that are not included in the list? Tell us in the comment section below.

16 Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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Six days from now many fathers around the globe will be greeted and appreciated by their family, relatives, friends and colleagues. Why? This is the most special day that is dedicated for fathers, father figures, male parenting and their father duties that impacted the lives of their children– Father’s Day.

Believe it or not, Father’s Day was originated from the idea of a woman. What? It was Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, WA idea after she listened to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. That time, Mother’s Day was widely known and celebrated. It was Dodd who came up with the idea that fathers also deserves to be recognize. Part of the idea is because she and her siblings were raised by their dad as their mother already died. She picked the birth month of her dad (which is June) and in 1910, the first celebration of Father’s Day was established in Spokane. It was only after 56 years when  President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation giving recognition to the fathers, designating the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day. Six years later in 1972, when President Richard Nixon made it official as a permanent national holiday.

See also: The Boy Who Never Had a Mom

ESSENCE OF THE FATHERHOOD

Just like the mothers, the fathers deserves the same recognition for their hard work. They play one of the most important part of the family, being the pillar of the smallest unit of the society. Fathers play a crucial role especially in the development of the son and the emotional security of the daughter. They don’t just aid the family’s finances, but they are the decision-maker of the entire household.



Due to the on-going trend in our society today, there has been single dads and father figures that are raising their family alone. Socio-economic, financial stability and emotional capacity are some of the factors that continues this social trend, becoming a norm in today’s standard of living. Some people are also drawn to themselves, thus, selfishness, self-love and narcissism has grown exponentially over the course of years. Take note that it is not wrong to love ourselves. What’s wrong is trying to please ourselves above pleasing and caring for the needs of our family. Of course, some people might disagree because of determining personal factors. There are still traditional family values that are still being practice until today.

FATHER GIFT IDEAS

Going back to our topic, giving gift to our fathers is a sign of respect and giving reward to their daddy duties because we love them. How can we show them? By giving material gifts other than greeting them and saying I love you. Below are some of the great gift ideas we can give our fathers this Father’s Day.


T-Shirt/Jersey/Suit. This has been the typical gift of anyone. It’s like an automatic response when we can’t think of a gift idea, or we need an on-the-spot gift to our fathers, this comes first in mind. However cliche it may seem, but this has always been effective and classic. Especially knowing that most of the fathers aren’t buying T-shirts for themselves. Hahaha. Some daddies are a fan of a certain sports team, so giving them a fan or collectible edition jerseys are great. While office daddies can look dashing and appealing in a great, if not expensive suit.

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Belt. An accessory every man must have. This is an important accessory of a busy office daddy. A great, if not expensive belt wrapped around any man’s waist is any man’s social pride.

Watch. An accessory co-equal to the belt. Unlike belts, watches are more prominent as it contributes to overall outer appearance. It is more eye-catching because belts are sometimes hidden or partially hidden. Busy daddies are always looking at the time, so checking their wrist is pretty normal. Unknown to women, buying men an expensive watch has the same effect like when women receives a jewelry from men. A great if not expensive timepiece wrapped around their hand is lit.🔥

Shoes. A nice pair of new shoes will always be appreciated by the busy daddies, whether it is a new pair of office shoes or a new pair of sneakers. At least make it blend with his everyday casual outfits or regular office attires. A nice pair of Nike or rubber shoes for a sporty dad will give more inspiration to his physical fitness routines. Shoes are one of any dads or men in general’s favorite material things.

Underwear. As naugthty as it may seem, but for daddies or men in general, buying them a nice piece of underwear is not an issue. Unlike women who tends to buy their own lingeries, men in general aren’t picky in the brand, and the fabric of the underwear. As long as it is not a bikini or string-type and flashy brief, it’s okay. Nowadays, boxer briefs and shorts are mostly prefered by many men.

Fountain Pen/Branded Pen. This is not a common gift ideas for daddies. Actually, this is only highly recommended when our daddies are working in an office, and when he is part of a writing industry.


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Mug. Most of the dads are drinking hot beverages every morning. It could be coffee, tea, hot choco or any hot concoctions they drink as part of their maintenance drinks. And giving them something usable like a mug will invigorate their morning drinks and mood.

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Necktie. Neckties contributes to a man’s overall appearance in the office. A great tie combined with a great suit is so appealing. Nowadays, fashion-conscious office dads taking great neckties seriously as a great part of office OOTDs.

Liquor/Wine. This may be offensive or debatable for some, especially among religious conservatives. Giving daddies the liquor brands they like this Father’s Day is much appreciated. At the same time, this will be a great father-son bonding time if both are into drinking. A great brand of beer, whiskey or wine and a delicious appetizer already completed the daddy’s day.

Tobacco/Vape. Give this to the fathers who you knew are into smoking. An expensive brand of tobacco or cigars, especially a collectible edition will greatly satisfy their smoking craving. In the same manner as how daddy drinkers are satisfied by their drinking habit.

Book. Self-help books, financial freedom books, DIY books, biographical books and Novels. Give these to daddies who are into reading or are writers.

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Greeting Card/Letter. The most traditional among these list of gifts. The downside of this is that, not all men in general wanted to received a card or a letter. Especially now that text messaging and social media message apps are a norm.

Gadgets. Millennial daddies use gadgets often. It is part of their lives if not of work. From a nice flat screen tv, to an amplified bluetooth headset or sound system. To a high-spec Macbook and laptop, to an expensive mobile phone. To a techie stuff in the market and to Alexa home system, name it, all daddies want these new stuff.

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Collectibles. This can be of any material form, even the ones that are mentioned above. Car, miniature toys, caps, guns, books, wine bottles, compact knives, tools, posters, cds and anything that could be a part of the collection of the daddies. You don’t know how much you would make them happy.

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Personalized Items. Unlike collectibles, most of these items are part of the daddies’ everyday use. Giving a little touch of creativity will show daddies that they are appreciated by their daddy efforts.

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Date/Outing. Above all material things, it will always be memories that are unforgotten. Treat the fathers in an expensive restaurant. There are restaurants that offers discounts during Father’s Day. Or plan a one day vacation or outing with the daddies, so they will unwind and be refresh from the stressful working days of the entire year. Another is treat them a ticket to their favorite movie or concert or buy a ticket to their favorite match or sports team, They will surely love it.

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Regardless of the gift ideas that will be chosen above. It should always come from the heart and effort. No matter how cheap or how expensive it is, if the intention is to let the fathers feel the warmth of the Father’s day, by all means, give it all out. Besides, Father’s Day is a once a year celebration. Above all these, it is important to let the fathers know how much they are love and appreciated everyday.

Any additional ideas you have in mind that wasn’t in the list? Write it in the comments below. I would love to hear your ideas and comments about this post.


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Words created can be a nugget of information.
Sometimes cheap, derogatory or a source of transformation.

In the mind of a lyricist, weaving of words is an art,
In the mind of a plagiarist, evil grins and contempt resides in his heart.