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Father’s Day In The Midst Of The Pandemic 2021

Happy Father's Day 2020 - Chesz Dylan

It’s true that when you become a parent yourself, there will be realizations wherein you would only understand once you are at that phase in your life. Until then will you only understand the deeper meaning of the love of the parents? Regardless if you came from a bad parenting or a traumatic childhood experience, I believe, there are still some great facets of your parents that you would like to carry out as a parent yourself – ideally or maybe partially.

Happy Quarantine Father's Day 2020 - Chesz Dylan

Being a father is not similar to being a mother. Sometimes if not oftentimes, these dissimilarities affect or contribute to the welfare of the children. God created fathers and mothers for a specific role and specific purpose in the different areas of child development. However, with the breaking of the norm in the past decades, these roles are impacting most of the millennial children and Gen Z children of today. These impacts are affecting the sociological, intellectual, and emotional views both in positive and negative ways.



With the ongoing debates in child psychology, more children have shifted to a more pronounce and lax upbringing. Gender roles and expression, conservative and strict disciplining, gender equality, privacy, personal choices, and politically motivated ideologies among college students are some of the issues that have long been circulating. However, this era unlike its predecessors has been more liberating and expressive, breaking the stereotypes while challenging these issues.

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https://www.cheszdylan.com/2019/06/10/16-fathers-day-gift-ideas/

During The Covid 19 Crisis

Covid 19 pandemic have invaded not just the health sectors in the government and communities, but it invaded the livelihood and financial stability of each family, to the point of losing jobs and income, and soon bankruptcy. Who is most affected by this? Who are mostly the breadwinners of the families? The fathers, the foundation of the family. I know some of you might raise a brow, but I just want to be more general, we all know that most of us have had fathers.

This pandemic (aside from the previous pandemics like Spanish flu etc) is something I might assume as the most difficult time for millennial fathers. This is the most burdensome event in raising a family, in sustaining finances and needs for the family, more stressful than the combined recession and losing a job.

Dads In Different Clothing

I didn’t literally mean the clothes worn by our dads. These are the single moms (or parents, father figures) that are working hard by themselves and at the same time raising their children. Like the fathers, they too carry the weight on their shoulders on how to provide for their families needs during this crisis. With dads having difficulties in these trying times, what more are these moms who are working their asses off to meet everyday needs?

The Essence Of The Father’s Day

Despite all these challenges, we should be thankful that our families have no coronavirus and are thriving every day. I know how hard it is to remain positive while listening to all the bad news and saddening covid 19 updates in different countries. I know how hard it feels to avoid giving alms, instead of helping other people. I know how tough it is to look for financial aid or jobs that will get you through the day for the past 3 months or so. These are possible because of the dads and father figures who are working hard to live especially during this crisis. Those efforts can never be done unconditionally, but it became possible by our dads.

So today, as we celebrate Father’s Day,  I would like to at least encourage you my dear readers to tap your dads, maybe on their shoulders or backs, and tell them how grateful you are for having a special and hard-working dad like them. Most dads might not reciprocate since men are biologically created to show fewer emotions or father figures don’t want to show their frailty but I am definitely sure it was highly appreciated.

   
Father's Day 2020 In The Midst Of The Pandemic - Chesz Dylan

Happy Father’s Day to all dads and father figures around the globe. Dads, you are appreciated, you are loved, you are doing great in providing your family’s needs. You are your children’s superhero, your wife’s shoulder to lean on and your daughter’s first guy best friend. Please remain strong, positive, and happy despite the challenges of the covid 19 crisis.

5 Historical Shows To Binge-watch This Philippine Independence Day 2021

Independence Day 2020

Celebrating one of the Philippines’ national holidays this June 12 is the historical 122nd anniversary of the Philippine independence. However, unlike the previous years, and while the threat of the covid-19 crisis is rampant, it’s common knowledge that Filipinos will be celebrating it indoors, at the comfort of their homes.

With the softer General Community Quarantine (GCQ) guidelines in the NCR, it’s highly likely that many Filipinos would go out to celebrate the historical event (or at least in the areas with zero covid cases and less stringent protocols). For those Filipinos that would just stay home, do not fret, there are other ways that would make the celebration productive and enjoyable – that is binge-watching.

Sunset in Mindanao

With more online transactions and activities during this pandemic, binge-watching some historical shows and films would make it worth your day and a well-spent Independence day. It’s also worth noting the importance of live streamings like Netflix, Iwant TV, and Iflix as it became the movie and show hub of the boring species. Of course, food is just one call away through Grab Food, Food Panda, Lalamove, and other home delivery services, that’s convenient!



We listed five (in no particular order) of the most recent Philippine Independence historical series and films that are worth your time, money, and effort. These series/films showcase the rich culture of the Philippines since the Pre-Spanish era, the courage of our ancestors, and the patriotism of our national heroes towards our freedom, our independence against all the countries that colonized our nation.

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5 Series And Films That Will Capture The Heroism In You

Ilustrado (GMA)

The series is about the life of Dr. Jose Protacio Rizal Mercado y Alonzo Realonda a.k.a Jose Rizal portrayed by Alden Richards. Dubbed as the Philippines’ National Hero, he hid under the name of Jose Rizal in order to avoid the pursuit of the Imperial Spanish government against his mother, Teodora Alonzo, and his family. Jose Rizal, known also as Jose Mercado and Pepe, went to Spain to continue his education in college where he met other national heroes such as the Luna brothers, and Marcelo H. Del Pilar to name a few. During his stay, he and his fellow Filipinos managed to establish an organization, La Solidaridad that condemns the ruthless and inhuman acts of the Spanish armies in the Philippines, the geopolitical issues between the two countries, injustice, the tyranny of the friars, and the slavery of Filipinos under the Spanish regime. Jose Mercado later founded La Liga Filipina, a secret organization composed of another fellow Filipinos in La Solidaridad that aims to dismantle the rotten political system of Spain and end the oppression.

Ilustrado Philippine Independence Chesz Dylan
GMA

He wrote two books, the Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo which aims to show the gravity of oppression and the unjust practices between Indios and peninsular. These books created strong indignation that led the Indios together with the Philippine heroes to uprise and defend the Philippines’ independence against the Spanish regime.

With its great story and cinematography, it took home a finalist certification from PromaxBDA Global Excellence Award, a certificate in 2015 US International Film and Video Festival, 2015 NAMIC Excellence in Multicultural Marketing Awards (EMMA), won in PromaxBDA Asia 2015, and finalist certificates in 2016 New York Film Festival Awards.

Katipunan (GMA)

A series that tackles the history of the Philippine society Katipunan. It’s an organization of Indios against the tyrant Spain that took place when Jose Rizal’s second book El Filibusterismo was published. Helmed by Andres Bonifacio (Sid Lucero) who also attends secret meetings of the Freemasons. Tension escalates as Indios were awakened from Spain’s oppression of the natives, they started a revolution to end the grueling and rotten political system of Imperial Manila and defend the democracy.

Katipunan Philippine Independence Chesz Dylan
GMA

This series took home a nomination and award from Asia Image Apollo Awards and a finalist certificate at the 2015 New York Festival.

Ang Babae ng Balangiga (ABS-CBN)

A hidden heroine in the face of adversity that played an important role in the Philippine – American war. This documentary narrates the story of a Visayan heroine named Casiana Nacionales in the historic encounter at Balangiga in 1901. This documentary earned a certificate under the documentary history category in the recently concluded US International Film and Video Festival.

Ang Babae Ng Balangiga Philippine Independence Chesz Dylan
ABS-CBN

Heneral Luna

Played by John Arcilla, this film depicts the story of Antonio Luna. A general that led the Philippine Revolutionary Army against the American colonization in the Philippine – American war. He has received awards in a variety of major categories at the Luna Awards and the 39th Gawad Urian Awards.

Heneral Luna Philippine Independence Chesz Dylan

Lapu – Lapu

Dubbed as the first Filipino hero who led the native army at the Battle of Mactan against Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan which was said to be wounded in the leg with a poison arrow. Datu Lapu-Lapu (played by Lito Lapid), was the rival of Humabon during that time. Facts about the life of Lapu-Lapu were recorded in the Aginid chronicle. The film received a few awards from different categories at the FAP Awards.

Lapulapu Philippine Independence Chesz Dylan
   

With all the political, social, and health issues that the Philippines is facing right now, it’s important to be unified. Everyone has a say on something. However, let us not forget the essence of independence and the lives that were slain, all in the name of freedom. Let us not be divided by our personal ideology just because we think we are superior or we think the government is anti-poor or vice versa. Let’s support the importance of meaningful discourse with the government and come up with timely solutions and/or suggestions. Let’s respect both sides of the fence. The battle for oppression and injustice will continue unless we have the unity to counter it all together, the unity to be heard in a peaceful manner, and the unity to achieve the reality we want the future generations to live, as unified Filipinos. We are better than this.

5 Historical Shows To Binge-watch This Philippine Independence Day

What historical series or films have you watched? Let’s chat in the comment section below.

The Philippine Ancient Scripts: Baybayin

Baybayin Chesz Dylan

The Philippines has been a colonized country way back in 1521 under the Spanish Empire led by the Spanish explorer Ferdinand Magellan until the Philippine Revolution in 1898. After which Spanish – American war took place and the U.S took possession of the Philippines prompting again another war, the Philippine – American war from 1899 to 1902. This year, the Philippines will celebrate its 122 years of independence.

Philippine Scripts Baybayin
Rappler

Baybayin: The Native Script

Before Filipinos learned Spanish and other dialects, Filipino ancestors had an alphabet of their own. From the Tagalog term meaning “alphabet”, it is recorded to have been existed since the 16th century. Baybayin is more of a syllabary, it comes from the root word “Baybay” which means “to spell”. Some dubbed it as “Alibata” which is according to Paul Rodriguez Versoza came from the arrangement of the Arabic alphabet: alif, ba, ta, eliminating the letter “f“. He is a member of the old National Language Institute and also the person behind the alibata name. However, due to the inaccuracy and illegitimacy of evidence, it never materialized.



Baybayin 101
Harley Oñes

There are early Spanish accounts stating that baybayin is also called Tagalog letters or Tagalog writings. Visayan natives called it Moro writing. Many writing systems in Southeast Asia originated from the ancient scripts used in India about 2,000 years ago, and baybayin shares the same important features. Despite its spread in the Philippines around the 1500s, it began to decline in the 1600s. Some say due to practicality, others noted social expediency. However, in some parts of the country, it was never lost or forgotten, instead, it developed into distinct styles spoken by other natives.

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Today, baybayin is taught in schools and some millennials are keen on learning it. For someone like me who is new to these ancient scripts, and despite my age, it piqued my interest. After learning a little of the Japanese scripts – Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji, I find the baybayin almost similar to it including other scripts like Arabic. Take note though that I didn’t learn how to write Arabic and I badly needed a refresher from Japanese because I forgot as of this writing. And I have a not-so-good personal memory about the time I am learning the Japanese scripts (so, please bear with me).

Baybayin 101 Chesz Dylan
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Learning baybayin is fun, I felt the Filipino pride somewhere in my heart. However, while it is fun learning it, I had a hard time with some letters since it doesn’t have an equivalent in baybayin. Some English words especially consonants don’t have a Baybayin equivalent. I have to transfer it to Tagalog in order to write its Baybayin scripts.

The Baybayin Vowels

Similar to the vowels in the English alphabet, the English alphabet consists of vowels such as a, e, i, o, u, in the baybayin scripts the vowels, however, are a, u/o, and i/e. However, to make an accurate sound, you have to put kudlit marks. An abugida is a method of writing in baybayin. The vowels along with kudlit marks work together to emphasize the sound. If the kudlit mark is placed above the letter, the a changes to i or e sound. While when placing the kudlit mark below the letter, it will sound like o or u.

The Baybayin Consonants

Similar to the Japanese Hiragana and Katakana, baybayin has consonants: ba, ka, da, ga, ha, la, ma, na, nga, pa, ta, wa, ya. Almost like in Japanese or other alphabets, it is written to how it sounded.

The difficulty when writing consonants in Baybayin scripts is when the consonants has no vowels. Generally, those letters are omitted.  But there is also a way how to write it. Based in Doctrina Christiana of 1593, the oldest surviving example of baybayin and similar to Japanese script, consonants can be separated by inserting a vowel in between and usually, it’s the same vowel that follows the consonant pair.

The Non-Baybayin Scripts

Similar to Kanji in Japanese, there are also some baybayin scripts that doesn’t have a direct equivalent. These letters are substituted as b for letter v, p for letter f, k or s for letter c as few of the examples.

Baybayin vowels and consonants Chesz Dylan
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This language of ours is like any other,
it once had an alphabet and its own letters
that vanished as though a tempest had set upon
a boat on a lake in a time now long gone.

“To My Fellow Children”,
attributed to Jose Rizal, 1869
English translation by P. Morrow

Learning something new especially when it has to do something with your country’s tradition and rich history is fun and exciting. I got to write my name in baybayin.

Baybayin Chesz

You can use this link to generate your baybayin name.

The Philippine Ancient Scripts Baybayin

Did you learn something? Do you see the similarity of Baybayin from other foreign alphabets? Tell us in the comments section below.

Guilt: A Silent Form Of Slavery – Ang Huling El Bimbo Musical Review

Guilt: A Silent Form of Slavery - Ang Huling El Bimbo Musical Review

Honestly, I have a liking for musicals. Given the right blend of songs, the performance, and of course, the story. Watching “Ang Huling El Bimbo,” brought me back to the nostalgia of my youth, in my High School days when we performed our school’s musical play, “Just Teen”. I could sense how these people have been totally attached to their characters and co-actors. I could imagine how fun it is while doing the play. And how hard it is to let go of the characters and the relationships developed along the way until it ended. Rehearsals alone are fun and exciting. Especially when all your co-actors are fun to be with and enthusiastic. There will be no boring days and I saw that from those actors.

Huling El Bimbo Hit Musical
Credits: Resorts World Manila/ABSCBN

I wouldn’t divulge on the technical aspects of the play because it’s not my line. But I’ll throw in what I thought about the song choices. I wouldn’t go for specifics, but what I will point out in this review is its overall outcome, my thoughts, and the story of the musical. I felt compelled to write a review, for such creativity as this musical play.

ACT 1

Love. Freedom. Betrayal. False Hope. Broken Dream. Our primordial thought.

We were all once a child. We all at one point had that rich mind full of dreams and ambitions. Going back, did you imagine yourself fulfilling that degree you were aiming at that time? Or the job you thought was cool and practical that made you decide your chosen career path today? Maybe it was triggered by your youthful passions and naivety. Now, have you accomplished it?

Joy, Hector, Anthony, and Emman are just typical teenagers. They represent all of us, during our youths going through our adolescence and teenage years.  Their achievements, hardships, and frustrations are that of a typical youth. Imagine, we were all excited for all the new things in our life. We are young. Hopeful. And untainted from all the filth in life. We feel joy from the simplest things. We sympathize with the sad things that our eyes could only perceive. We have a great time without having to worry about anything.



We join organizations without thinking if it will benefit us in the future or just feed our rebellious side of personality. We are wrapped up with our emotions. We just want to fight for our rights inside the box we only knew. Or do we just join and search for peers because we want acceptance and validation? Hector, Anthony, and Emman created their bond because they were all roommates sharing the same aspirations and the youthful angst of being in control of themselves, of their life now that they are in college. Despite their differences, they managed to create a brotherhood without joining fraternities which is prevalent in the 90s.

Hector, who wants to prove something and pursue his passion in arts, thus, becoming a director. Anthony, who wants to become an entrepreneur but hiding his real identity from his macho dad. He did manage to become a businessman and managed to tie the knot but at the expense of being trap forever. Emman, who created a liking for activism that may have originated from his obsession for his girlfriend, then later dumped him. But he managed to become a government employee. Joy, our lovable Joy, your typical girlfriend who easily falls in love because she is also lacking in it herself. She has the typical ambition of finding the right guy and settling down.

Just like them, we haven’t had any clue about the enormous difference in the statuses. We haven’t had any clue about the harsh realities and adversities of life that await us. We make instant decisions out of our emotions that we aren’t able to support nor sustain in the long run. Creating regrets and broken dreams in the future. We are living in front of a great curtain that will unveil once we enter the real world. We are living in a world of comfort created by our parents and the school system. We thought that we are free from the consequences of our life decisions. We just live in the moment (YOLO!).

Overdrive: Ang Huling El Bimbo Musical

Our youth, those were all great memories. Just like the scene atop of the car. Hector, Joy, Anthony, and Emman thought that it was the best time of their lives. Priceless. However, the naivety in life we know is as dangerous as pointing a gun at our heads, (the pivotal scene – rape scene). Those we thought trivial will dig our graves in the future. Those we don’t pay attention to will leave a scar in our personality, in our self, and in our society. Those betrayals will fill us with doubts, and fears. Being impulsive comes with a price. Guilt, stocked over time will make you its slave. An invisible slave of deceit. It cripples you inside until it becomes part of your system. Guilt binds you and hinders you towards your personal freedom. It takes away your optimism in life to a dead end. And because of guilt, you could sever one of the most important connections in your life.

Act 2

Delusion. Depression. Choice. Misfortunes. Self-Worth. The Process. The Stage. The reality we created.

This is one of the saddest parts when Hector, Emman, and Anthony turned their backs away to Joy. The friends you admired, respected, and loved. And it happened in the worst part of her life. You see, in life, these are common scenarios that everyone would experience. It will test your expectations. There will be unexpected things that we are unable to endure. Battles that we are unable to fight. Joy’s positivity in life suddenly became a delusion. It bled her to no end becoming a misfit, and misguided heading to a pitfall, a catastrophic pitfall I might say.

We conform to what we think is practical and allowed ourselves to just be taken away by the currents of societal norms. The reality will slap you big time in a manner that you will feel the scorching flames of hopelessness, poverty, corruption, unfair practices, injustice, and miserableness. In a manner that you won’t be able to get out. Similar to Joy, our predicament sometimes affects our choices. On her part, Aunt Dely tried to convince her to return in the province. Indeed, she has a choice. But what did she do? Honestly, we all have this “Joy mentality”. We have these misconceptions that there is no future in suburbs and countrysides. That there is no life in the province. We were brought up to believe that, going to the countryside is only for leisure. No! Remember that we make our choices in life. I am telling you, there are self-made millionaires in the province.

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Joy allowed herself to sink in her misfortunes. She chose what she thought was practical. What she thought was inevitable. Repeating the cycle of bondage to her daughter, Ligaya. The same fate she tries to evade. She resorted to clutching unto the blade of the knife, engaging to clout with false hopes. Becoming promiscuous by using her body like it’s just casual, and allowing herself to be a vehicle of drug cartels. To a point that it disgusts her to the depth of her bones. That is not survival! She allowed herself along the process. She set her own stage into her own trap.

Hector, Anthony, and Emman managed to create a better future because they were able to graduate. Honestly, they are the epitome of millennials today. There are some people who should get off their high horses. They sever ties and connections with you because you are no longer relevant to them. You have no purpose anymore. However, in their cases, their minds were clouded with guilt. This guilt severed everything they all once shared with Joy. Leaving the latter without resolve. No apology. No console. She was left alone, the most realistic circumstance one would feel in life. That guilt affected all of them and made them distant, despite that Joy tried to reach out.

We all have been to that point in our life. Joy’s chosen path is relatable to most of us. Remember, we create our own path. We have the option of setting our own rules and goals in life. It’s unavoidable that you will experience the shittinesss of life. But what transpired in her is that hope, the strength to go on, and the willingness to change. She was in fact, human after all. Sadly, it was too late for her. And I think, it was in all honesty, the rightful demise for her. The law of nature only took its turn.

Joy death: Huling El Bimbo Musical

Think of yourself right now, I know that there were decisions and negligence that you wished you could have done something. You can’t change it, that’s a fact, but just like Joy, you have the power to redirect your path. Remove the guilt, reach out to a friend. Stay connected regardless of your differences. Never burn bridges to the people that came along in your life. You have the power to do it right this time.

Moral Of The Play:

For every promise, there is a price to pay. ~Jim Rohn

This is the message of the play that was not emphasized or understood by some reviewers. And this is the loophole of the play. Going back, Hector, Anthony, and Emman made a promise to Joy in Act 1. This promise was broken when an unfortunate event happened. They promise to protect her, to be with her, and to love her no matter what. However, those unfulfilled promises turned into guilt, remorse, and abandonment of a once dear friend and a loved one. Those broken promises made all their life miserable. It was the cause, and what they were reaping are the effects.

And the ironic part is, or I don’t know if the playwright was aware of it, they broke their promises to Joy at the height of their youth, and then made a new promise to Joy’s daughter in the end. Like what? Promising for the sole purpose of fulfilling an unfulfilled promise? That’s an awful ending for a dear friend because of their own guilt and fault. Joy could have changed her misfortune if Hector, Emman, and Anthony didn’t sever the tie. Although, we’ve seen that Joy was indebted to Anthony for some reason.

Overall, the play was almost perfect. It gave you that consistency from start to finish leaving you wanting more. The song choices were decent and did a different approach to the other songs. Some arrangements were astounding, while some were mediocre. This falls down on preference. The characters were portrayed well. Especially the character of young Joy, she gave justice to the role. There is lacking in terms of acting for the part of the three younger versions especially young Hector. But I love their enthusiasm, it didn’t bore me a bit. Of course, the adult casts did a great job as well as all the supporting roles, production, and the entire ensemble.

What part of the play were you deeply related to? Were you able to relate with the misfortune of Joy or the rest of the three? Did the hit musical play, Ang Huling El Bimbo satisfy your curiosity and willingness to watch it again? Tell us in the comments section below.

Happy Quarantine Mother’s Day 2020: What Better Gifts to Give for Moms 2021

Happy Quarantine Mothers Day 2020

It was late in December 2019 when the dreaded covid-19 virus or coronavirus took the world into its pandemic dominion. The world is severely crippled and every sector has its shares of depreciation, fluctuations, and bankruptcy. Coronavirus may not have stopped all businesses from ceasing, but it put a major damper to all major facilities, to the people, and to the world’s economy.

Even all crowded places have become deserted. People are forced to either stay at home or work at home. Social distancing and other preventive measures that were once a choice became mandatory and failure to do so could land a person in jail. We are now experiencing a different norm, and it is even said that it will be the new norm after this. Mommy duties have become more chaotic and tedious since all the family members are at home.



Since the covid outbreak, many private occasions, public gatherings, and national holidays have been suspended and canceled which are likely to be move until next year or never at all. This dilemma has caused a lot of health fear which outweighs greater than celebrating birthdays, or national holidays such as Mother’s Day.

However, just because we are in the middle of this health crisis doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the Mother’s Day occasion like usual. Since all department stores are closed, it’s likely that you wouldn’t have a present for your mom. It’s understandable, however, there are alternatives that can be done and given. Luckily, delivery service has been handy for most of us who stay at our homes. Frontliners like them have been helpful, and they are highly appreciated these days including our nurses, doctors, soldiers, and other local government units.

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Gifts For The Moms This Mother’s Day

There are realizations that have been meaningful in this covid crisis. Going back to the basics and the essence of being alive is already a gift from the almighty. What more if your mom is safe and healthy during these trials. But putting it into a list, these are simple alternative gifts you could give to your mom this Quarantine Mother’s Day.

A Packed Food from A Delivery/Drive-Thru Service.

I know this may sound boring or for some, it might have been a regular day, but this applies to those families who are on a tight budget or cannot go out to spend the occasion at a diner or fancy restaurant. We all know that if there is the busiest person during this crisis aside from the frontliners, it would be our moms or your wives. And giving them the food they are craving is beyond deserving. It doesn’t hurt to cut a little budget for this occasion, what matters is that you treasure her importance in these times.

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Cook an Edible Arrangements.

This might be an advantage for the cooks and chefs at heart. With a lot of cooking videos, and tutorials circulating on social media during this covid pandemic, cooking or baking edible arrangements with the use of chocolates and other creative ingredients are not just a nice gift for the moms and wives. It also relieves you from stress and anxieties brought by staying at home and being unable to do anything if you are not an introvert type.

A Flower from Your Garden.

Wouldn’t it be nice seeing your plants bloom? But wouldn’t it be nicer, if you give these flowers to the most important woman in your life? The first flower in your garden would be great, however, if you don’t have a garden, you could stroll down in your village and search for any decent-looking flowers. Giving it to your mom or wife when she wakes up, in addition to a hot coffee and a little note of greeting is bliss for them.

A Greeting Note from Your Children.

Teaching our children in celebrating Mother’s Day with a greeting card is so classic but memorable. Tell your children to write a note for their mom the day before Mother’s Day. This way, you don’t only teach your children to be empathetic, but you are teaching them (especially your sons) the importance of a woman and how they should be treated and respected. You are setting an example for your children.

However, with the use of technology, there have been meaningful alternative ways. Personalization like E-card has become more creative. Tell your children to text their moms or create a simple artwork from your mobile app and send it on Mother’s Day. Create a TikTok greeting, a Snapchat video, a slideshow, or an IG/Facebook post and tagged them in. Add it with a personal message, and it will be all worth it.

Arrange a Netflix Date.

With the scarcity of resources due to the covid pandemic, a Netflix date is more convenient than a dinner date. Don’t get me wrong, dinner date has always been one of the most worth noting ways in occasions such as Mother’s Day.

However, this year is incomparable to the previous years, we are facing an invisible enemy. We are stuck in our homes. We can’t just easily buy anything even luxuries regardless if we have all the money in the bank. Set up your room or set up the porch with your flat-screen television. You should have known beforehand the movies that your mom or wife enjoyed watching. If you don’t like the movie, at least sit beside them or her to know that you are sincere in giving them or her the best Netflix quarantine Mother’s Day celebration coupled with her favorite snacks, and drinks.

Be The Mommy for The Day.

This has always been the most effective way of appreciating your mom or wife during Mother’s Day. Let them or her take a day off. Do all the chores and lets the mommy sit on the couch all day, sleep, or rest. With how many days she has been busy taking care of you and your children during this covid crisis, this is her special day. This is advisable for those dads or husbands that don’t usually help in the household chores. Be the momma for the day!

Alone Time Together.

I get that this might be debatable for some, or don’t like the idea since the couple has been together ever since the covid. However, family time is different a couple time. You could just celebrate Mother’s Day with your children but it would be greater if you have included your alone time together. Believe it or not, there are couples who have been divorced or got separated because they don’t have time for each other. During this covid-19 crisis, spend all the time possible together especially if you are a workaholic husband, or father. This is the time you could rekindle or explore each other’s passionate desires. This is the only time you could make it all up for your wife. But, please avoid filming it regardless of whatever purpose.

Putting the sensual way aside, there are things that you could do for that alone time together. Give her a full-body massage, read a book together, engage in a meaningful conversation together, have great laughs about your previous Mother’s Day memories together, do your devotions together or sit with each other especially when you haven’t done this because of your busy schedule.

Happy Quarantine Mother's Day 2020: What Better Gifts to Give to Moms

It’s always nice to go back to the basics. This covid 19 crisis took all of us to the whirlwind mayhem that allowed us to realize some things or meditate our lives. It may not be the usual and fancy Mother’s Day celebration, but it gives us a more emotional approach, hopeful, healthy and family get together that are memorable and priceless. Realizations that occasions like this are worth more than luxurious gifts, worth more than the countries we visited together, and more than fancy restaurants we dined together. This quarantine Mother’s Day celebration is not your usual Mother’s Day celebration, and it will change that norm from Today, onward.

At the end of the day, appreciate your moms and wives, and all the everyday sacrifices they do. Happy Quarantine Mother’s Day 2020 to all!

What have you been planning to do or Mothers Day gifts during quarantine? Share it in the comment section below.

Autism: A Mom’s Diagnosis Story

It’s an extremely early morning in March 7 years ago and my husband, two young children and I are rushing to an appointment that’s a good 2 hours from home. Anyone who has children, has an emotional image of that morning. Your blood pressures up, your short tempered, and anything that could go wrong, does! To add assault to injury, this wasn’t your everyday checkup, no, this was an evaluation for my youngest, my son. He had been exhibiting some concerning behaviors for his age (he was almost 3) and after consistently bringing up his speech (or lack thereof) and hyperactivity to his pediatrician, we finally were referred to a child psychologist.

As I mentioned, this morning was a hectic one. Upon arrival, it was clear that the doctor was annoyed by our tardiness which is completely understandable. What I didn’t understand was the lack of patience for my son and his situation. She called us back in the tone of an over worked school mum which is very unwelcoming. My son had just endured a long car ride, so he was a bit overactive. The doctor hardly started the evaluation process when she rudely said those dreaded words “He has Autism!” Actually, the diagnosis she gave was Autism Spectrum Disorder Pervasive Development Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified (ASD PDD – NOS).

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Confusing right? Not understanding how she came to that conclusion, or what this even means for us or my son when there was supposed to be several hours of testing. I was shocked and full of questions and excuses. All she did was tell us where to sign out and handed us stacks upon stacks of packages with therapy listings, descriptions of Autism, and other things I can hardly remember. I left that place feeling hopeless, lost, and sad for my son.



For those who do not know what Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is… allow me to inform. Autism is a social spectrum disorder. No two children are alike. There are extreme and mild cases. Children are nonverbal and a lot of them have sensory issues with light, sounds, and so on. Most children can be diagnosed as early as 2 years old. Autism affects 1 in 68 children worldwide and is the fastest growing social disorder to date.

Of course, being a mother, I expected the worse and also over researching made me compare him to others so it put me in a form of denial. We did what we felt he needed by signing him up for every therapy available. Which was overwhelming for him. He was 2 and had over 20 hrs. of therapy a week. I’m talking occupational, physical, speech, early intervention school, Wrap Around service at the house. All the therapy didn’t help at all! It actually increased his hyperactivity and tantrums due to being over worked. This could’ve been prevented with a social worker or someone qualified to not only point us in the right direction, but help emotionally so I wouldn’t act so erratic.

This story is one that needs told. We live and breathe our children. When given news of this nature, I feel the parents should be handled with care and there should be more workshops available for parents with a newly diagnosed child. Being that Autism is the fastest growing development disorder affecting 1-68 children worldwide. There should be workshops for Autism parents offered immediately after diagnosis to talk about hopes, fears, or whatever crosses their minds. An Autism diagnosis can mean a lot of things because it is a Spectrum Disorder. I obsessed and read everything from horror stories to extremely hopeful stories.

Needless to say, I had a lot of sleepless nights. Offering workshops or specialized therapy for parents would save people from unnecessary grief. Our experience also put me in denial because he was diagnosed with Pervasive Development DisorderNot Otherwise Specified Autism Spectrum Disorder. To someone uneducated that sounds like he “kind of” has Autism but not really. That delayed our understanding of the tribulations he will face. To my knowledge, they no longer give this specific long-winded diagnosis and for that I’m extremely grateful.

The emotional state of a parent that is told their child has autism is hard to explain. You worry about their struggle, how the world will receive them, education, and so on. Of course, there are groups and one can chose to talk to your therapist, but specialized care would help immensely. Today my son and our family are doing well. I needed to tell our story because I’m sure a lot of parents can relate and to maybe help a family about to embark on this journey called Autism.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Pervasive Development Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified (ASD PDD - NOS)

Author’s Bio

Nita Z Juanita Zeigler

Nita Z (Juanita Zeigler)
Hey. How is everyone? I hope all is well. My name is Juanita Zeigler, but in my virtual life, I prefer Nita Z or just Nita. I’m a SAHM (stay at home mommy) who has been for too long, with that being said, I am packing up all my ambition, passion, and skill that’s been stored away, to set off on a blogging/writing adventure (wish me luck)! I am married and have been for all of 13 years this April (Cheers). Together we have 3 wonderful kids, one girl age 12 and two boys ages 10yrs and 11 months (never a dull moment here).

I enjoy writing (obviously lol), music, and cooking. I attended The Art Institute for Culinary Arts Associates program some years back. Didn’t have opportunity to finish but had a great time and learned a lot on the way. I am in the beginning stages of having my own personal lifestyle/opinion/advice blog (www.nitastruth.com). It is currently under construction and should be up and running in the near future.

My ultimate goal is to not only inform, but to have a voice for those who don’t, help others, and gain experience for other opportunities. I honestly don’t care about monetizing so much (though it would be nice). If I reach out and only help one person, my vision will have been realized. Well that’s my introduction, I hope you enjoy my article and become loyal readers in the future.


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The Hyped Wonder of Daang Kalikasan in Mangatarem

Daang Kalikasan Mangatarem Chesz Dylan

Rarely do I go to the trending places featured in social media? That’s because it’s either too far or I can’t afford to. Traveling is one of my hobbies that I would like to explore more. For years, I was stuck in some places due to my work overseas, so I wasn’t able to travel. However, now that I am able and I have the time, it’s my finances that are limiting me not to. So, traveling is both a struggle and a luxury for me, at this point.

Signage before going to the View Deck

There are natural wonders and historical locations near me. That is something I can definitely be proud of. That is something I can afford to go to as I have the means. Recently, there is this trending spot that took social media by storm. With a lot of good reviews from both travelers, riders, and locals, you will find yourself wanting to see this viral natural beauty located at one of the mountainous regions in Pangasinan.



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Daang Kalikasan Mangatarem

A 5-hour drive from Manila and home to one of the best-produced exports of the Philippines, the mangoes. Thus, the Ilokano coined “Manga ken Tirem”, meaning mango and oyster, got the name of Mangatarem. With natural rainforests, enchanting hills, and scenic terrains, it’s no wonder why this wonderland got the attention of tourists and netizens.

Daang Kalikasan, a 54-kilometer road stretching near Mangatarem town proper to its neighboring province Zambales, has some fascinating hills to tease the growing local tourism and foreigners in the country. A natural wonder with airy sunny weather for almost the entire year, the blue sky and the landscapes that are molded by zigzag roads along the rough hills make up the hype.

Going to Daang Kalikasan

Depending on where you will come from, you can easily find your destination without any confusion. Whether you take the route from Zambales, bus trip directly from Manila, or coming from the North, it’s entirely a straight road. So easy! However, once you reached your destination, you are cautioned to take an extra measure as the Daang Kalikasan boundary is mainly a steep, sharp curved mountainous slope. Similar, if not elevated to the road in Baguio. And if you are lucky riding in a nice brand of the vehicle with a powerful engine, you won’t have to walk the steep slope towards the Daang Kalikasan View Deck where most of the tourists park their cars and the highlight of the landmark.

View at the second summit

The scenic spot is still under construction as there are no amenities, toilets, hotels, and restaurants present or near the area. Due to the flock of local tourists, the fad made an astonishing record but somewhat a disappointing experience once you are there. Disappointing in the sense that the place might have a lot to offer but there are constructions going on.

It will take some time before it will become a tourist getaway. In the meantime, you can climb the hills and take pictures of the valleys and terrains. An Instagrammable-worthy background for your next profile picture. But there is a catch, you have to climb the steep with a lot of sweat and dirt. You will have to catch your breath and drink a lot of water before reaching the top. There are three summits that you can climb, but recently they closed one summit for renovation. So, if you think you are an adventurous type of person, willing to climb a hill, then Daang Kalikasan is definitely for you.

  • Daang Kalikasan

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Temporarily Closed

As of the memorandum from the Local Government Unit (LGU), Daang Kalikasan was temporarily closed for the public. This is to address and fasten the ongoing construction on the site to cater to the growing numbers of the crowd. Just recently, there are two reported accidents as of this writing.

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There is always this tranquility and peace when you go to this kind of place. The mountain view is something to admire especially for nature lovers. Where have you been lately for an outback adventure? Have you been to Daang Kalikasan? Tell us your experiences in the comments below.

5 Perfect Gifts To Give This Valentines And The Importance Of The Occasion

lycklig Alla hjärtans dag, Hyvää ystävänpäivää, Alles Gute zum Valentins Tag, Valentines dydd yn hapus, Kekasih hari gembira, Joyeux Saint-Valentin, Masayang Araw ng mga Puso or Feliz Dia De San Valentin. These are words with the same meaning, but spoken in different languages — Happy Valentine’s Day!

A tradition that is mostly celebrated every 14th of February, Valentine’s Day is as special as an anniversary for married couples or in a relationship. Lovers tend to be aggressive and overly romantic during this day. It’s likely that you would bump into many couples along your way and if you are single, you’ll be dying in envy. For many, this is the only day where they can explicitly express their love to their crush or partner. In some countries, you won’t be surprised if hotels and restaurants are fully booked. That is, you know what comes next after the date, right? However, there are also couples who aren’t as enthusiastic and aggressive. There are anti-social couples out there who don’t bombard their newsfeed with their romantic getaways and cheesy Valentine ideas.



How Countries Differs in Valentine Celebration

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JAPAN

Tokyo

Japan has one of the most peculiar Valentine celebrations. It may be known to some, but in case you haven’t known, every Valentine’s Day, it’s the woman that gives chocolates or sweets to the guy. Sounds interesting? Well, while most of the countries’ traditions portrayed men as the shining armor, the gentlemen and romantic that give gifts to women, Japan, however, gave chances to women to show their creativity and artistry in chocolate making and wrapping by showing their affection to their guy crush, guys they admired or boyfriends (Honmei-choco). However, if you are the type of Japanese woman who doesn’t know how to bake, the only thing you can do is buy ready-made chocolates at the candy shops which you can give to your male office mates or guy friends (Giri-choco).

PHILIPPINES

The Philippines

While most Filipinos tend to celebrate Valentine’s Day similar to Americans — with all the flowers, chocolates, eating at the restaurants, and booking for hotel suites, one thing that stands out in Philippine Valentine tradition is the Valentine event of the year. It may be a party like the sponsored event Loovapalooza, where couples kiss their partners simultaneously, or a government-sponsored event such as the grand mass wedding, where hundreds or thousands of couples come together for matrimony.

ARGENTINA

Argentina

While most of us are celebrating Valentine’s Day specifically only during February 14th, This passionate nation managed to add a bit of spice to their tradition. Other than the one-day Valentine celebration, they have this whole week which they called the “Sweetness Week” sometime in July where kisses are exchanged for some sweet treats. Isn’t that sweeter?

SOUTH AFRICA

Capetown

South Africa followed the history of Valentine’s Day. Lupercalia, where it was celebrated as an ominous ritual for many centuries happened to coincide with Valentine’s Day. Thus, this ominous ritual consists of “sacrifice or act of sacrifice” became part of Valentine’s Day. While it’s still debatable and unclear for historians whether it has something to do with Valentine’s Day or if there is a relationship between the two, the Lupercalia festival is known as its earliest festival ancestor. The early festival was intended to enable fertility and is also associated with the matchmaking lottery, thus, why the correlation hypothetically existed.

Valentine’s Day was widely associated with St. Valentine, a Roman saint in the third century that was commemorated on February 14. He is the patron saint of epilepsy and his Saint’s day was traditionally associated with courtly love. Thus, where the celebration name originated. Today, we are celebrating this romantic occasion all over the world. What’s the best way to celebrate it is to give presents like chocolates and flowers to your loved ones.

However, as there were spikes of creativity among different individuals, there are other extraordinary gifts you can give to your partner or spouse without following the norm. These alternatives can add additional affection, or sweetness factors to the relationship.

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5 Perfect Valentine Gifts

PERFUME

Most women like to have their own scent. The scent that will be remembered by their partner or separate them from the other girls. With variants similar to the sweet smell of chocolate, velvety vanilla, or as fragrant as the flowers, it will surely attract leaving a lasting impression.

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SHOPPING

Every women’s dream and men’s nightmare (pun intended). Shopping has been correlated to women and men shouldn’t dare to contradict. Whether it’s a piece of jewelry, a trendy dress, branded shoes, and bags, you name it. It’s every women’s must-haves. Give your girlfriends or wives a lot of lovin’ by giving them your credit card or some cash and you already survived the Valentine’s Day horror.

BOOK OR JOURNAL

Books are great presents especially when the recipient loves to read. These are turn-ons for your bookworm partners whether your partner is into business books or fictional characters. Women tend to use journals than men, they are more organized when it comes to schedules and timely tasks than men.

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TRAVEL TOGETHER

No more dinner dates at the restaurants or one night in hotels. Traveling together is beneficial for both of you. Will it be better to relax and escape the busy city life with your partner this Valentine’s Day? Whether it’s a local or flights international, being together while traveling will strengthen the relationship.

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ESSENTIALS

Health is the most underrated concern of most couples. It’s always best to look your best and be at your best state. That way, both of you will become more confident with each other and live longer without being stressed out because of your relationship. Why not give your partner a new fitness machine, a supplement, a massage or enroll together for a new diet plan?

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Valentine’s Day celebration doesn’t have to look grand and spend a lot of money. Your love isn’t defined by how much money you spent or how much is the present worth. Sometimes, couples don’t always need material things. And these non-materials things are priceless.

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The Coming of New Breed of Writers: 2nd Gawad Parangal sa Mundo ng Literatura (GPML) Awards 2019

2nd GPML Penmaster League

I am still in awe remembering the much anticipated 2nd Gawad Parangal sa Mundo ng Literatura (GPML) Awards night held at The Village Patio in Brgy Maginhawa, Quezon City last Saturday, February 8, 2020. It was the day where aspiring writers, editors, illustrators, veteran indie authors, and well-acclaimed writers in the writing industry face off to fight for prestigious writing titles in numerous categories. In addition, it was also the day to celebrate the 3rd Penmasters League Book Fair which also happened to be the co-organizer of the event.

Penmasters Administration

Joining them were some of the established publishing companies like Precious Hearts Romances (PHR), Talking Pages, Lathala Press, Lampara Books, Paperkat Books, Booklat, and other indie publishers, together with other active online writing organizations. Fan meet-ups and book signing were also included in the event to make it more memorable and enjoyable for both authors and their fans.

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It was another milestone for Miss Emerald Blake, the founder and president of Penmasters Administration which is the co-organizer of the gala event. After all the hurdles of the first GPML awards, it didn’t stop her from pursuing yet another year of this awarding ceremony. After all the hesitations, setbacks, and criticisms from detractors, she remained grounded and optimistic about her vision. Thus, the success of the recently concluded event.

The Village Patio



Much has been said, but the highlight of the event is the presentation of the awards to various winning authors. With eleven incredible, and high caliber judges, not to mention their outstanding credentials both in education and the writing profession under their belt, it was a do-or-die collision of the best of the best authors in this generation. The writing aces of both mainstream and indie writing industries compete for the coveted titles.

Here are the winning awardees for the following categories:

I. GPML BEST POET CATEGORY

GPML BEST POET OF THE YEAR- Neil Mar Sales
2nd Best Poet- Rachel Macadangdang Labasan
3rd Best Poet- Mike James Palay

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II. GPML MOST PROMISING WRITER CATEGORY

GPML MOST PROMISING WRITER OF THE YEAR- JAEistyping
2nd Most Promising Writer- Neil Mar Sales
3rd Most Promising Writer- Mar Mojica


III. GPML UNDISCOVERED GEM CATEGORY

UNDISCOVERED GEM OF THE YEAR- Rosie Lopez Santiago (BasiliaSeleva)
2nd Undiscovered Gem- Margie Evangelista
3rd Undiscovered Gem- Glaiza AntonioGPML

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IV. GPML BEST ILLUSTRATOR CATEGORY

GPML BEST ILLUSTRATOR OF THE YEAR- Regina Dionella
2nd Best Illustrator- Rosie Lopez Santiago
3rd Best Illustrator- Jaoius Elmigron


V. GPML BEST EDITOR (ENGLISH CATEGORY)

GPML BEST EDITOR OF THE YEAR (ENGLISH CATEGORY)- Melai Quilla Marinas
2nd Best Editor- Elena Buncaras
3rd Best Editor- Ysabelle Frost

The plaques of winners.

VI. GPML BEST EDITOR (FILIPINO CATEGORY)

GPML BEST EDITOR OF THE YEAR (FILIPINO CATEGORY)- Elena Buncaras
2nd Best Editor- Melai Quilla Marinas
3rd Best Editor- Ysabelle Frost


VII. GPML BEST PUBLISHED AUTHOR (ROOKIE AUTHOR CATEGORY)

GPML BEST PUBLISHED AUTHORS OF THE YEAR (ROOKIE AUTHOR CATEGORY)- Jaret Co and John Michael Jalaron (Deborah Lovelace)
2nd Best Published Author- Krishmar Llorin
3rd Best Published Author- Chesz Dylan


VIII. GPML BEST PUBLISHED STORY (ROOKIE AUTHOR CATEGORY)

GPML BEST PUBLISHED STORY OF THE YEAR (ROOKIE AUTHOR CATEGORY)- Her Eleventh Blind Date by Phoebe Esquivel
2nd Best Published Story- Silang mga Winasak ng Mekanismo ng Pag-ibig by Jaret Co
3rd Best Published Story- Befall by Eiramana325

The venue. It has an elaborate touch of greeneries to breathe.

IX. GPML  BEST PUBLISHED AUTHOR (NOVICE AUTHOR CATEGORY)

GPML BEST PUBLISHED AUTHOR OF THE YEAR (NOVICE AUTHOR CATEGORY)- Margie Evangelista
2nd Best Published Author- E.M. Priel
3rd Best Published Author- Mayumi Cruz


X. GPML BEST PUBLISHED STORY (NOVICE AUTHOR CATEGORY)

GPML BEST PUBLISHED STORY OF THE YEAR (NOVICE AUTHOR CATEGORY)- Chroma Hearts by Mayumi Cruz
2nd Best Published Story- Philippines Year: 2300 by E.M. Priel
3rd Best Published Story- Rosa Magica by Margie Evangelista

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XI. GPML BEST PUBLISHED AUTHOR (VETERAN AUTHOR CATEGORY)

GPML BEST PUBLISHED AUTHOR OF THE YEAR (VETERAN AUTHOR CATEGORY): Jernalie Dumapay (Sofia)
2nd Best Published Author: Maricar Dizon
3rd Best Published Author: Heart Yngrid


XII. GPML BEST PUBLISHED STORY (VETERAN AUTHOR CATEGORY)

GPML BEST PUBLISHED STORY OF THE YEAR (VETERAN AUTHOR CATEGORY): Golden Heart by Maricar Dizon
2nd Best Published Story: Marrying My Bestfriend by Aira Ledesma
3rd Best Published Story: My One and Only You by Jasmine Esperanza

The organizers also aim to recognize some of the notable mainstream publishers and indie publishing houses that keep the Philippine literature alive.



This mini garden make up the centerpiece of the entrance complementing the cobbled pavement.

XIII. GPML BEST PRINTING SERVICE

GPML BEST PRINTING SERVICE OF THE YEAR: KPNY Self-Publishing and Printing
2nd Best Printing Service: Glyz Printing Services and Trading
3rd Best Printing Service: Immac Printing Service


XIV. GPML BEST PUBLISHER

GPML BEST PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR: Anvil Publishing
2nd Best Publisher: VIVA Books
3rd Best Publisher: OMF Literature

Special awards are also given to the following established veteran authors who weren’t just professionals in the field, but they left a mark in the Philippine writing history.

SPECIAL AWARDEES:

GPML LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Prof. Cristina Pantoja-Hidalgo
GPML LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Ms. Lualhati Bautista
GPML POSTHUMOUS AWARD: Ms. Angel Bautista
GPML POSTHUMOUS AWARD: Ms. Amanda Beltran

The organizers also recognized active writing organizations where new breed of indie writers and now seasoned authors started their writing journeys.

GPML MOST ACTIVE ONLINE WRITING ORGANIZATIONS FOR 2019

  • 8Letters
  • Writers to Watch Out (WWO)
  • PluMAKATA
  • Conscriptors
  • Akademyang Pampanitikan (AKAP)
  • Inspiring Team of Writers (ITW)
  • APIS
  • Spoken Word Poetry University (SWPU)
  • Midnight Collective
  • Fall in Arts Community
  • Horror and Trell Stories
  • Betsin Artparasite
  • Damdaming Nakapaskil
  • MKP
  • KAMPI
Early birds.

Furthermore, Miss Emerald Blake made it known the achievements of her mentees in her workshops. These mentees are handpicked with regards to their excellence and growth in her writing workshops.

2ND PENMASTERS LEAGUE AWARDS (for Miss Emerald Blake’s PL Online Mentoring Class)

I. PL BEST PUBLISHED AUTHOR CATEGORY

PL BEST PUBLISHED AUTHOR OF THE YEAR: Darl Bollon/Darla Tverdohleb
2nd Best Published Author: LC Brasil
3rd Best Published Author: Xakni Allym


II. PL BEST PUBLISHED STORY CATEGORY

PL BEST PUBLISHED STORY OF THE YEAR: The Gray Area by LC Brasil
2nd Best Published Story: Old Towns, Old Flames by Darl Bollon
3rd Best Published Story: Morgan Series 1: The Philanderer by Rashiyella Raya


III. PL UNDISCOVERED GEM CATEGORY

PL UNDISCOVERED GEM OF THE YEAR: Anj Jimenez
2nd Undiscovered Gem: Jin Yoo Han
3rd Undiscovered Gem: Jang Magbanua

Awardees and nominees present at the Gala night.

IV. PL MOST PROMISING WRITER CATEGORY

PL MOST PROMISING WRITER OF THE YEAR: Mican Buna
2nd Most Promising Writer: Author Meera
3rd Most Promising Writer: XiAn Dee


V. PL BEST POET CATEGORY

PL BEST POET OF THE YEAR: Jin Yoo Han
2nd Best Poet: Rosemarie Plaza Tahumon
3rd Best Poet: Chili Pepper


VI. PL BEST ILLUSTRATOR CATEGORY

PL BEST ILLUSTRATOR OF THE YEAR: Ten Grams
2nd Best Illustrator: Kristina Tomodachi

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Despite the rain that happened that day, it didn’t stop the awardees to come to their OOTDs. The night ended with newfound friends and collaborations among the authors and publishers present in the event. These awards motivated aspirants to excel more and aim to become the best in their writing craft. Thus, I bet next year will become more bloody and competitive. Kudos to the organizers, and congratulations to all the nominees and winners.


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8 Alternative Places To Spend Your Christmas In The Philippines


These places are perfect alternatives for that boring and usual Yuletide celebration at home every year.

Christmas is in the air, and many people are traveling to their provinces to spend the Christmas celebration with their families. In the Philippines, you know it’s Christmas once the BER months entered. Why? Because it’s the moment where you will hear LSS Christmas songs (Good luck with that!). It has become partly a tradition that Christmas songs are played by the local radio stations and on-air. Even in the rural areas, you will hear Christmas songs played in most establishments and stalls. That’s why the Philippines has been known even by some foreigners and long-time tourists that the Philippines is celebrating a long Christmas festivity starting from early September to the celebration of the Three Kings in the first week of January.

There are also some tourists who prefer spending the holidays here in the Philippines. There is always a heart-warming feeling on how Filipinos tend to celebrate this joyous occasion once every year. Immigrants and those who have  Filipino spouses will attest to it. With many places to offer, the Philippines is among the busiest countries with a lot of tourists and immigrants during December. However, it also comes with a disadvantage as tickets are ridiculously expensive in the whole month of December. So, if you are planning to spend the holiday here, better to book ahead of time or check your local travel agencies for flight deals and promotions.

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Alternative Places To Spend The Holiday

Known to many, Christmas is also a day to travel and spend the vacation in other countries. Some wealthy Filipinos and frequent travelers are taking this opportunity to travel to their favorite destinations and spend the holiday there. This is in a way their meditative routine to detoxify from the whole year’s workload.

For the average Filipinos, their home is simply the only place they will spend Christmas Eve. With their relatives returning home from the city, it became a reunion and a get-together from distant relatives and long-time friends who haven’t seen each other for a while. Family ties among Filipinos are tight, thus, it’s a culture that makes the Filipino tradition unique and that you wouldn’t find in other nations.



There are actually many places in the Philippines that could be an alternative to the usual Christmas home celebration. Some of the places might not be new to you. But for those who don’t, we round up some places that might be an alternative and will eventually break your usual holiday celebration.

Boracay

Boracay at sunset

Boracay has been known both as a local and international tourist destination spot. It has been included in the world’s best travel destination numerous times even landed in the top spot according to a famous travel magazine. Famous destination of local celebrities not only during Yuletide season but also in national holidays like Holy Week and summer breaks. Who wouldn’t try a Christmas Eve under the stars, sands, and open seas?

Rizal National Park

If you are a city dweller, chances are you have spent your Christmas Eve in this park at least once in your life. Famous for other heritage sites, Rizal Park or Luneta Park always have that “family get-together vibe” outside your homes. Manileños will just bring with them their packed holiday meals, picnic baskets and assemble them in the area as they watch fireworks prepared by the local government on the eve of Christmas day. However, be ready to face a crowd of families that will also spend Christmas with you. With that being said, thousands of locals from far-flung provinces dreamt ongoing in this famous park in Manila. And would it be nice if that lifelong dream can achieve this holiday season?

Burnham Park

One of the most well-loved famous destination spots in the north, Baguio City. The famous city of pines should be on your bucket list. For international tourists, the weather in Baguio City reaches 16°c dropping to a 10°c record from this December until March next year. Burnham Park, similar to Rizal Park in Manila is a famous park in Baguio City and a great alternative to the city’s humid atmosphere. There is always something on a cold Christmas day. It gives that holiday chill effect of the winter like the other countries but not as freezing since there is no snow. Great when you are with your partners, spouses, and first Christmas together for newlyweds.

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Mall Of Asia

Dubbed as one of the biggest shopping malls in the world, it’s likely that city dwellers might see this as a perfect alternative from Rizal Park. With a lot of events within the stretch of Mall of Asia on the eve of Christmas, plus the view of an open sea along the seaside area, the smell of the sea almost seems perfect to start the midnight of December 25th or end the Christmas evening.

Mt. Apo

This is probably the most adventurous Christmas you will ever have this year. Wait! This doesn’t mean you have to spend Christmas on top of Mt Apo. A match made for those who are thrill seekers who love adventures and outdoor fun. Why not rent a cabin near the site? Enjoy the chill of the pre-Christmas celebration in the mountainous region of Davao and start the whole day holiday celebration hiking with your friends greeting the sunrise of the morning of the 25th.

Palawan

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Another of the famous international beaches in the Philippines next to Boracay and home to the UNESCO heritage site as one of the seven new wonders of nature, the Palawan Underground River. Similar to Boracay, Palawan has a lot to offer for both local and international travelers in events such as Christmas. If you find Boracay as a crowded spot, why not book your holiday in Palawan instead?

Siargao

One of the treasures of Mindanao and dubbed as the surfing capital of the Philippines. Currently among one of the top 20 Best Destinations in 2019 according to Conde Nast. For sea lovers who love the waves and the growling of the open sea. Spend the Christmas evening with a wine-drinking under the moon with your significant others.

See also: 4 Places to Visit this Independence Day

Pilgrimages

Christ the Savior, Alaminos Pangasinan

The Philippines is known as one of the countries with a lot of Catholic devotees, different denominations, and religious beliefs. Pilgrims have the option to bathe in the presence of God contemplating and thanking God for the blessings that happened for the entire year. Catholic devotees could spend the Yuletide season in historical churches in the Philippines, the pilgrimage of Christ the Savior in Hundred Island National Park in Alaminos, the St Vincent Ferrer Statue in Bayambang, Regina Rica in Rizal, Kamay ni Hesus Shrine in Quezon, Monasterio de Tarlac in Tarlac, the pilgrimage in GarinFarm Resort in Iloilo. And there are also prayers mountains like Mary Ridge Retreat House in Tagaytay, Touch of Glory Prayer Mountain in Antipolo Rizal, Tamayong Prayer Mountain in Davao, and TAYAK HILL in Laguna. It always refreshing to spend Christmas and end the year in a religious manner.

Wishing you all a blessed Yuletide season and a hopeful year ahead! God bless you!

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