Thursday, August 10, 2017



Last night, I felt so lazy again to do my exercise. I AM A LAZY PERSON. Really. I reasoned out to Michelle that the weather is so hot and I had a mild headache that day. Though I was already fine. Everything has a reason and when we are lazy, we can easily come up with reasons and excuses, right? I always fo that so I know.  Haha. And then while we were talking, I told her that I think I can stand on my own, I just need to lean my lower leg & knees on the bed. I think I can do it. And then I got curious.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

May 13 is Kcat’s Birthday and then May 14 is Mother’s Day

May 13 came once again. I was happy because of course it means 34 years of life, but at the same time, I was a bit sad because it will be the first time in 34 years that my mom won’t greet me personally on my birthday cox she is admitted in the hospital (that’s what I really wanted for her though).

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Wanna know my birthday wish?

“Most of us consider our birthdays as a significant and meaningful event in our lives. We celebrate it in different ways, but what is important is that we have to be thankful because it is the day that we had been given our precious life here on earth. We have to live through the days, months, and years in spite and despite all the events in our lives.

Having another birthday means a new day is waiting for us to experience life. We may be a year older, but we definitely grow wiser and stronger.”

(28 years – May 23, 2011)

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Why are you not 100% PWD-friendly, Circuit Makati? WHY?

Dear Circuit Makati,

I’ve been hearing (reading, technically, for I am deaf) a lot of good things about you – good online reviews and positive feedback from family and friends. To celebrate my dad’s birthday, we wanted to try a different place. As I went out of the car, the view from the parking was nice – it was spacious and well-lit in the evening. I was excited! There was even a designated PWD parking slot. But for a little while, I WAS STUCK. There was no pathway for my wheelchair to access the mall - NO RAMPS IN SIGHT AND BIG HEAVY PLANT POTS FENCED ONE SIDE. So, HOW? How do I get to the mall? How do I get out of the parking lot?  Fortunately, kuya guard willingly helped when asked (Thank you). He moved the pot to give enough space for me to pass.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Stepping up to show compassion by Tan Yi Liang

My story was featured by my awesome journalist friend (who keeps on refusing to believe that he's awesome...everyone that I call "my friend' is awesome, y'know). He is a Malaysian.

You can read this beautiful & inspiring article here: Stepping up to show compassion by Tan Yi Liang.


The answer is: NO

Monday, May 1, 2017


When we are aware about something, we start caring about that something and because of caring, great things can happen; small and big things.

I made an NF AWARENESS Twibbon that can be used by anyone and everyone – with and without NF. Use this and show your support. It may be a simple and trivial thing to do but this little thing ban bring us closer to greater things.
Know all about NF and share the information to at least one person. In this way, we can make NF known and increase the possibility of finding a cure for it.

Be aware about NF and show everyone that you care.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

A beautiful miracle happened to me 11 years ago

April 17, 2006. Just like today, it was the Monday after Easter Sunday and that Monday from 11 years ago means so much to me.
It all started during Lenten Season in 2006. Everything dawn on me. I am so weak. I look very much different from a couple of months before. I am totally deaf. I can’t walk. I can’t chew and swallow properly. Etc. Etc. Etc. Etc. Etc. It felt like everything and everyone is moving with time and I was already left behind. I was sad. I had a hard time sleeping. It was an anxiety attack. It felt like I was already going to die because of my condition that time. I kept telling myself that’s It’s alright. 22 years (I was 22 years old then) is already enough.

But what really comforted me were all the bible verses and prayers that were posted on the wall beside my bed. I didn’t talk that much and the only One who I talk comfortably with was God. I’m just so used to talking to Him like how I talk with the people who are close to me. Since I don’t need to put much effort talking to Him and I won’t get tired. I don’t need to use any of my weak strength. All I had to do was think. Everything that I think about was passed on to Him so I don’t really keep everything to myself.

Holy Week 2006. I felt worse and worse and worse. I kept saying, “I’m going insane. I’m going insane.” I don’t understand what’s happening to me and to me, it really felt like going insane. That time, I just don’t understand. It was like an Angel versus Devil scenario in my mind. The one that we watch & read. The angel versus the devil. Yes, that was how it was. Crazy, right?

My mom kept reminding me to continue fighting and then placed a small silver crucifix on my hand and I never let go of it. I held it in my hand, in between my palm every time, any time and all the time.

My “I’m going insane. I’m going insane.” chant became “On Sunday. On Sunday.” I was looking forward to Easter Sunday. I was counting the days until Easter Sunday and I don’t know why, I just want it to be Easter Sunday already.

Easter Sunday finally arrived, nothing special happened to me. I still don’t know why I was excited for it to arrive. Still, I was happy. That’s all.

A very very very AMAZING thing happened the next day! I felt so good and while I was having my breakfast, I cheerfully told my mom that we’ll get better! “I will get better! You will get better!” and then my grandma came inside the house and I told her that she will get better too. With full of joy and excitement, I kept on saying “We will all get better!”

After a while, I told my mom, “Life must go on.” that I will give my best in everything. I can still do a lot of things despite my disabilities.

and He brought my dying spirit back to life!

images from google

Sunday, March 26, 2017


I was browsing through my old files when I saw this. I can't find that quiz I took at WebMD in 2013.

Presenting.. my superpowers:

Saturday, March 25, 2017


We’ve been friends since we were 4. I’m not sure if she the one who was 4 or I was the one who’s 4 or both of us were 4 years old. Probably it was summer vacation and both of us were 4 years old. Let’s just assume that it all happened in the middle of March 25, 1988 and May 13, 1988. They live in Taguig back then but is often in Mandaluyong. She was one of my playmates. We grew up together (along with the rest of the GYA Peeps. There were Kyannahs, Dianas, DMK, ChaKhaDaiKcaMiYeKy, etc. There were lots of parties, baseball, volleyball, badminton, picnic sa labas ng bahay, outings, tambay nyts, lots of games, plants that became foods, candy wrappers that became money , adventures and more more more plus lots of party organizing headed by Daisy, Michelle and Kcat. These 2 girls are my LONGEST CLOSEST BESTEST friends Daisy who I’ve known since I was 2 years old (I can still remember that we often play on the rocking chair together with Taj, Maan & Donna) & Michelle, the mataray pero mabait na bata who I met and became friends with when I was 4.

October 4 is my favorite day because it’s the day that Daisy becomes the same age as me. But there something bigger: MARCH 25 – my most favorite day because its MICHELLE’s birthday and the 3 of us share the same number in terms of age.

Happy Birthday to one of my longest closest bestest friends, my cousin, my teacher, my motivator, my alalay, my ka-chikahan, my lakwatsa buddy, my supporter especially in my kalokohan (ssssss), my exercise buddy, my foodtrip buddy, my food supplier, my listener, my cheerleader, my caregiver, my model (Yes, she modeled for our fashion show contest in college and we won 2nd place!) etc. etc. etc.

Thank you for being born

Tuesday, March 7, 2017


In 2008, I gave myself the best birthday gift from my hard-earned money. I was able to buy

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

February 14 is GALS Day

Move over Valentine’s Day, today is GALS Day!!!

GALS is Graciano Altre Lopez Sr. He is the husband of Diding (Mang). He is the father of Vic, Jun, Belle, Miriam, Madge, Angie & Jim. He is the grandfather of Miguel Franco, Maria Kathrina, Jonathan Mark, Cristopher Jason, Ana Celina, Mark Anthony, Valerie Ann, Talitha Karisse, Viella Mae, Paul Michael, Paula Therese, Holy Ann, Janna Mariz, Allen David, Juan Mikhail +, Chrissie Ann, Patricia Nicole, Kiefer Jan, Maro Luiz, Jesper Ryan and Atom.

He died on February 14, 2000 due to heart ailment. We call him PAPA or Papa Lolo and everyone else called him Noning.

 Papa Noning is G.A.L.S. and it is not mere acronym of his name for us, but happiness, love and togetherness because that is what he shared and taught when he was still with us.

Almost all of my happy childhood memories were spent with my cousins from the maternal side, and all gratitude I give to our lolo Papa. “Basta bigyan niyo ako ng maraming apo,” those were Papa’s words as he blessed the weddings of all his children.

I remember having many overnight stays with my cousins at my grandparents’ house in Mandaluyong. Good thing our home is just a few blocks away but my cousins who live in Navotas, Muntinlupa, Makati, Pasig, and Cainta were all personally fetched by Papa. How fond of and loving he was to us.

During summer, the whole family traveled to Aloleng in Agno, Pangasinan to stay at our Papa and Mang’s vacation house. We frolicked in the beach, ran around the grassland, climbed up the tree house Papa made for us, picked mangoes and chicos, and made campfires.  Because of these bonding moments, my cousins and I have been like siblings who are really close to each other, up until now.

Papa was a survivor. He faced a lot of accidents, from minor accidents like falling down the ladder, to major ones like a vehicular accident, and serious burns from a fire accident; but he bravely overcame all these and continued on with his life. Now that I think about it, it was through Papa where I witnessed the real meaning of the quote “Life must go on”.

Sunday, February 12, 2017


Love is a most potent force.  It does make our world go round.  It puts gladness into hearts, making them skip with joy and excitement.  In most countries around the world, and since time immemorial, a day is specially celebrated for love’s sake.

There are several stories that tell about the origin of Valentine’s Day.

There is one that tells of a Roman citizen who was martyred on February 14 for refusing to give up Christianity and for helping Christians escape the harsh Roman prisons.

Another person named Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer's daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it "From Your Valentine".

There is also a story that tells about St. Valentine, a priest who was jailed for defying Emperor Claudius who outlawed marriage for young men because the Emperor believed that single men made better soldiers that those with sweethearts, wives and families. St. Valentine saw it as an injustice and continued to perform marriages in secrecy.  He was beheaded on February 14, at around 270 AD.

The origins and history of why we celebrate the day of hearts on February 14 may differ; nevertheless, it puts emphasis on a common subject – LOVE.  And celebrating LOVE is precisely what Valentine’s Day is all about.

Giving love and celebrating love on Valentine’s Day is not limited only to the romance between two hearts (romantic love).

Not being in a romantic relationship does not mean one is loveless.

Love is everywhere.  Love is free.  It is a God-given blessing for us to give as well as to receive.

Thursday, January 5, 2017


I love NDREI so much!
(Migraine aura is preventing me in finding our last picture together, I have a picture of him in my heart though.)

I wrote about Ndrei Riña in 2014. And I became friends with Ndrei & her mom, Rubi (along with Ndrei’s 2 younger siblings, Eli and Sam). I really admired Ndrei’s Faith in God. Yes, I have a very big FAITH IN GOD and that’s the reason part of the reason why I am amazed with him. A very young boy who is battling a chronic illness is able to have that big and strong Faith. He is still very very cheerful and very positive child despite everything.

And then on September 2016, Ndrei died.

He lost the battle with Liver Disease, but he was able to touch a lot of lives and helped them gain something (a lot of things) from life.

Ndrei may have been gone, but the film NDREI: THE LITTLE WARRIOR IS BORN!

Mommy Rubi shared Ndrei’s amazing, inspirational and touching story and made the script. They were able to start and produce the film by using all that was left o NDrei’s previous medical funds.

Through this film, they’ll be able to share Ndrei’s very inspiring and touching story while raising awareness about the struggles of persons with a deadly Liver Disease, especially on children and how their family and love ones lives with it.

At the same time, the proceeds of this film will benefit a couple of children with Liver Disease (Biliary Atresia).

The film is already completed and fully done.

They need to raise more funds so that they can be able to do a premiere showing of the film so that the MTRCB can be able to review it and that everyone can watch how inspiring Ndrei’s life was by having it shown in cinemas and schools Nationwide.

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