Creations, Not Obstacles

On the last day of a recent retreat,  me and other participants were asked by our mentor and facilitator Ms Leah Tolentino to collect some small stones and leaves outside the room. Later, we gathered them all in the room’s center, laying them down carefully on the floor. Then, we were asked again to scatter […]

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The End of the Suffering World

Doomsday and dystopian themes in American movies are often blockbusters. Those arresting fictional images of global chaos suspend our disbelief as we watch them, and questions about our threatened existence keep blowing our minds. We have seen zombies, nuclear wars, alien invasions, viral epidemics, terrorism and anarchy, comets and asteroids, massive earthquakes and other natural […]

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Through the Piano

When I was in prep school, I saw a sixth-grader playing piano in the principal’s office. Her fine fingers fell gently and swiftly like falling leaves over piano keys, as she played a song that hooked me for about 10 minutes. I was amazed, but my amazement did not stop there. I wanted to learn […]

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Folding, Unfolding

I was 12 when I became hooked on origami. My ninong (godfather) taught me my first lesson, the famous origami crane, some weeks after he arrived from Japan. I was in sixth grade and it was a creative adventure. At the time, aside from cheap plastic toys sold along the sidewalks near the school entrance, […]

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The Dance of Words

Word Intuitive   My new community of spiritual-creatives knows that aside from being a teacher and writer of Love,  I am also a word intuitive. A word intuitive is a term I coined to refer to people who have the gift of understanding the divinity in words. A word intuitive has the capability to see beyond […]

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The Call of the Soul

Two days ago I met Michael, a 20-year old college student. Together with his friend and classmate Earnest, who lives  in my own neighborhood, Michael came to see me and ask my help for their writing project. I was eager to talk and help them but our conversation led me to discover the other side of […]

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When Dancing Tells a Story

Dancing is among the things I enjoy doing. As early as 12, I learned some basic steps of  ballroom dances like swing and cha-cha-cha, not only from our physical education classes but also by merely watching dancers on TV.  I developed that grace and swiftness by sheer observation alone. I took every opportunity dancing in […]

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