Before Moving Forward

MVP, UAAP SEASON 80 MVP, Season 80 Volleyball
Credits to the owner of the photos

The University Athletic Association of the Philippines popularly known as UAAP ended its Season 80 in the sport of volleyball but let me give these ladies the appreciation they deserve.

They always been a fighter, a strong woman and a dependable leader on their own way. Many praised them in time of victory and bashed them in defeat but these doesn’t stop them from playing and giving their all. 
They became what their team need. When they’re in need of an attacker they delivers. Floor specialist in most cases, they contributes. They became one of the pillars of her team if not the core of their respective teams. Standing-out from the team in terms of attacks made opponents scout them, target them and giving them a hard time to adjust but eventually they produce the points that the team need and most of all the leadership that stabilizes the team.

They have their down times, off games despite giving their best but they have a strong support from family, friends and fans who support and encourage them to rise up to the challenge. They have been lifting their team for years after losing key players from their team. They worked hard juggling academic and extracurricular activities. They’re grounded individuals who just wanted to play for their respective schools and graduate with the degree. They deserve to be appreciated for the years they’ve given to their school, sport and the whole volleyball community. The sacrifices, victories and momentary setbacks they’ve faced paid off as they’ve reached their goal and dreams. May you, ladies, prosper in your chosen career and have a life with no regrets.

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On Higher Ground

​I have the opportunity to climb the peak of the mountain which took us about 4 hours just to get there. The path was to steep and nerve-wrecking but it was a satisfying experience. 
We climb there on Lenten Season, time for reflection, and I did. The experience was so memorable to me because that was the first time I engaged in an activity after I got injured with an ACL. Also we met our housemaid (back when we were young) living in the small barangay near the peak of the mountain. 

It made me realize a lot of things especially on Family and People. 

Family

  • I came there with my family and relatives. We’re the young ones getting excited with the trip to a place we never imagined going. With us are our parents, uncles and aunts, they were also taking on the challenge of climbing there despite their age and numerous reasons not to. Being with Family makes the climb bearable. Family tend to encourage one another and lift each other up (figuratively and literally speaking). Family is an important component of life that we tend to neglect but it is on of the things that is constant in a changing world. 

People

  • As I mentioned earlier, We met our ex-housemaid. We spent almost 3 years with her taking care of my younger sibling among other things. We liked her since she was one of those who lasted more than a month (believe me it’s a very short list) but due to the request of her father she went back home to marry the one her father had arranged for her. She was from a mountainous area from our town and there she was in a mountainous area of another town. She was happy as we was seeing her. Now, she has 5 children and she’s working with her husband in the other side of the mountain. Seeing and experiencing a bit of their life made me think that there were still unfortunate people who were deprived of access to health care, to a nearby school since her eldest child had to walk for an hour or so just to reach the bottom of the mountain to go to school in the next barangay, and access to opportunities that may elevate the quality of life they had. At the same time, I felt that they were perks of having a lif such a theirs. One of those is the cold and pure water coming from the springs, bountiful harvest of crops that they grew there and the clean air that I surely miss. They have a simple life and have simple dreams. I hope that most people would realize that there were others such as Manang (who we call her) that lived with even less than what we normally have. We should be thankful for what we have and appreciate the strength of people despite of adversities or unfortunate circumstances.

God really do wonders in things even if we least expect it. More than reaching the peak and seeing the magnificent view from above, I gained experiences, learnings, realizations and most of all seeing a familair face in an unexpected place. This makes me believe in more on God, family and people.

#reality

Present Status

I Believed Once is about the reality of how news can change the landscape of history and human perception on things. The social media interaction also leads to damaging reputation and even lives if people weren’t responsibile enough to respect certain boundaries. 

Nowadays, people write whatever they want even if it degrades others because of the animosity in the world of social media but it shouldn’t be that way. People should learn to lift others when they feel down. People should be compassionate to others despite not knowing them personally. 

Animosity should be coupled with Social Responsibility. It’s not an excuse if you are a nobody in social media, when you say something you should be responsible to the consequences of your action. I hope that people shouldn’t rely mostly on online interaction but we should expose ourselves in the world with real people to talk to and create memories with them. This is how things should be.

Feminism Reinvented

I consider myself as an advocate for womens’ right and a feminist who value equality between gender. I tried myself to be gender sensitive and to look at the two face of the coin before creating a conclusion. I also believe that strong modern women can be who they want to be and do what they wanted to do despite of gender biases without breaking any laws.

I didn’t met any person who shared the same sentiments as mine but I’m sure there are those who are in the shadows. This is not about me but my views.

Recent events showed that there are high ranking people using their sex or gender as an excuse and claimed that violations occured, inequality of treatment and as such just to get the public sympathy and to evade persecution due to their unlawful ways. It pains me just thinking about it because we female are asking for equality on the treatment, compensation and job opportunities with our male counterparts yet there are these people who stains this cause.

They use inapproprietly the law on women and fits the advocacies of females rights on their cause as fronts to shield them from liability or even law suits. We are empowering women to be independent and with principles but the high ranking women officials are setting a bad example. They became dependent to those who gave them power and their so called principles exist no more as they were tinted by biases and altenative truth to protect themselves and their allies who break laws one way or another. 

They were the group of women who poses as strong individuals in public eyes yet they were being manipulated, knowingly or unknowingly, by dominant person/s who are hidden in public view. They are the group of people who allow other people to exploit them to show the public of their vulnerabilities as an excuse to commit crime. They think of their flaws as women as a free pass to do unlawful things. 

These thoughts that such group of high ranking women exists not to uphold the true essence of being a woman but to use whatever laws available as a security blanket to escape their prosecution angered the inner me. Their actions will create a riplling effect and the most affected will be the women who are not in power, they are the regular housewives, employees and women who strive for their family, starts at the bottom of the chain are the ones who really are strong, independent and modern day women heroes who fight injustice daily. They are the underated fighters who are facing daily challenges of injustice, inequality and discrimination yet their victories were overshadowed by the negative popular opinion of the public created by powerful women who only cared about their status and position in the society.

To give benefit of the doubt to those women in power who unjustly uses of womens’ rights to evade justice, I would leave positive outlook in the matter that they will acknowledge the wrong doings they’ve comitted coz as an ordinary citizen of this country I assume that since they’re holding powerful positions, they’re educated enough you know what are the consequences of their actions.

I hope that one day there will be true equality and equal opportunities to both men and women. I also hope that highranking women will realize that they should be accountable to their actions without the expense of other people. I also hope that laws should not only be about women being abused rather include also those men who were victims too. Protect everyone regardless of sex and gender. Acknowlegde the fact that their ar biological and chemical differences among sexes but this is not a hindrance to equality as we all humans have the ability to adapt to changes. Let us all geared toward positive change and development. 

Game of Politics

Human Rights. This is sensitive and most talked issue in the Philippines right now. This is due to allegations of human rights violations from the present government. Philippines had a history of a governement wherein human rights is not upholded and rampant violations were made because of the declaration of Martial Law. Because of this, people feared to experience the same treatment. They associate martial law with human rights violations. They even associate martial law with extrajudicial killings which is often associated with police force under the present government. 

I feel pity for all the victims of these, us. Victims in the sense that we are being used as a front for advocacies with hidden agepndas. Yes, we condone extrajudicial killings and human rights violotions. We are totally against these actions and people rally to make their vioces heard but the reality is we are used as pawns in the game of chess called the politics. 

PAWNS. They are the most weakest yet if overlooked they can be the greatest weapon if used well. Pawns are used as first line of defense. They are utilized to slowly gain enough space and pressure the opponent.to make a wrong move. This is where rallies are born. Leaders of groups have different kinds of personalities, there are some who are principled and rightious who would take a fight to the end. These people are being used by ambitious people who are aiming for power and authority, even for momentary fame. They are fueled by some persons who are working behind the scene and would like to finance whatever activities the activist group would do just to disrupt the peace and create a diversion for them to be placed at the ideal area, they are the bishops.

BISHOPS. They don’t refer to the head of a church rather as a chess piece. They focus on an area of target, and manuever the pieces to make way for when the timing is right, they would move toward their target. They are the ones who work behind the scenes. Politicians who are more ambitious and power greedy but with an introverted attitude belongs to this category.

ROOKS. They are comparable to the muscles of the queen. They are second best when it comes to power but with limited options. It is better to have it in pairs to make it more powerful. Tower is another name for it. They also are the eyes and guard of the castle. Rooks are those people who are well connected and best in guarding their allies best interest. They can compensate for the lacking queen which makes them a threat if not treated well by their masters, the queen.

KNIGHTS. They move from place to place even in closed game givem with enough space to go to. They are the trickest and most decisive pieces because one move can cause ripples of effect. They can create a multiple threat to multiple people or circumstances. They are the people who are powerful enough but tend to suppress or hide their identity or involvement. They act as spies who can easily move undetected or not considered as a threat until it’s too late.

QUEEN. This is the powerful figure in the game. Its presence can determine victory over the opponent. Yet they can be blinded by power itself. One who is believed to be irreplacable becomes dispensible and be sacrificed for nothing. They is the strongest yet they can be a liability if not used properly. They are the type of people who lead the group and have the greatest authority bested upon yet can be easily put down if th need arise. They only stand because of their image and sympathy of the people. They are the heart of the game or the darling of the crowd.

KING. He only serves as a backbone of the game. The main goal and public figure. They can either hold the pieces together towards victory or defeat. The most guarded yet the most vulnerable. The most powerful yet with limited resources and space. They usually can’t control what happened but theycan dictate the tempo of the game. They are the people who have the same characteristics as that of the king. 

We have these people in our society and their using the advocacies, stories and voices of ordinary people to manipulate and fight their battles against their opponents. 

In the end we are all pitiful people who are used and violated without our knowledge. We are exploited without our consent. 

Are we still going to play the game of Politics as pawns? Do we still wanted to be used as Pawns? Are we allowing others to used us as weapons? 

If not, then let’s criticise and create a solution. Change doesn’t only occur if we pick on the little things, good or bad. Change occur because of an action and a solution. So let’s do our part by giving solutions to our country’s problem rather than talking bad things about it.

Finals Series

With two games done in a best of four series of the NBA Finals between Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, the public is now tensed on how the Cavaliers will come back from a deficit. 

Golden State emerged victorious after the first game match up with the Cavs. In their second game, the Warriors proved that they can take the Cleveland with a convincing victory. 

Now that the game three is on the Cavaliers home court, will the Cleveland team bring down the Warriors and achieved their first win of the series?Will the Warriors continue to dominate the series with another will?

One thing is for sure the Finals will be an exciting experience for both teams and fans.