30 Wishes

I wish you the all the usuals –
The perfect health, many more years
For more loving moments with your man
A stronger bond with your cool kid
And while we’re at it, I wish for another quirky one to come
I wish for more love in your extended family

I wish that you get to all beautiful places you can’t even imagine
For more walks in the forest and lovely strolls by the beach
For you to try more exquisite cuisines and food trips by the street
I wish that you enjoy the wildest adventures and capture the most stunning pics
For you to revel in the most varied cultures and meet the weirdest of this species
I wish that you get to find some as treasured friends for keeps

I wish you more exciting political discussions
For more debates about even the most mundane things
I wish you more meaningful conversations and reflections deep within
I wish for more creations that come as a result of your brilliant mind
What else could I wish for a stellar human being
But for you to fulfill your grandest dreams

I wish you more head-on collisions and more bended knees
I wish for more seemingly impossible choices and decisions that bring you chills
I wish that these bring to an entirely new place
And remind you of the towering strength you’ve always had within
I wish for a faith that continues to deepen
I wish you joy that constantly wins

Love Lives

I saw this video with a blindfolded guy
Beside him was a large sign
“I’m Muslim and people call me terrorist,” it said
“Do you trust me? If yes, hug me,” I read
“Well, this is weird” was my first thought
But I kept on watching and waiting like a tot

One by one, they slowly came
These wonderful people who had no shame
They gave the guy a tight hug
And one full of love, may I add
Tears came rolling down my eyes
And to myself, it came as a surprise

Why was I crying? What was it about what they did?
Now, I feel like the one who’s weird
Was it the pain I carry everyday?
Was it the things I can never really say?
Was it all that’s happening in the world today?
Was it the fear of a future full of disarray?

After the tears came a feeling of relief
Then came that indescribable feeling of peace
For now, I have been reassured and reminded
There is still a lot of good in this planet
When you need it the most, love will always find a way
Even when you’re hopeless, even from the unlikely places

Today, I Vow to

Today, I vow to forgive you

Even when it’s the easiest thing in the world not to

Even when I know it’s gonna be extremely difficult

Even when I don’t even know where to start


Today, I vow to try to understand you

To think about how difficult it must have been to fight through

To remember that you must have tried hard to deal with your demons

To accept the worst parts and celebrate the best parts of you


Today, I vow to try and try

‘Cause I know in my heart that it is right

‘Cause I know I just have to, one way or another

‘Cause I know running away was and will never be the answer


Today, I vow to forgive you

And I vow to forgive myself too

I know my love should never have had a condition

And by withholding it, I failed you too



Blessed and Blissful at 30

To me, age has always been irrelevant. And I don’t mind people asking how old I am for two reasons. One is because I act and feel like a kid most of the time people usually think I am younger. And second is because when you ask how old I am, I think about years of being blessed. I think about years’ worth of adventures, years’ worth of learning and improving myself, years’ worth of struggles and challenges that made me try to understand people more, years’ worth of love and kindness from people that have come and gone, years’ worth of love and strength from those who stayed, and years’ worth of the Lord’s love and guidance.

So, every time that clock strikes 12 on the 25th of the 2nd month of the year, I am reminded that every year added to my life means another year’s worth of blessings. And I can’t let the moment pass by without saying thank you to you who remembered and are happy for me, to you who took time to celebrate with me, to you who has been or continues to be a part of this unbelievably beautiful journey, and to You up there Who has been on my side since day 1.

We’re the Same, You and I

Your fears are my fears

We feel the same shivers, shed the same tears

The world is full of things that leave us paralyzed

We’re the same, you and I


Your pain is my pain

We give and give and give to no avail

Little by little, we let ourselves die

We’re the same, you and I


Your broken is my same kind of broken

We try to fit in and be accepted

But we can’t fit the mould no matter how we try

We’re the same, you and I


But also…


My courage is your courage

We dig deep no matter the circumstances


My strength is your strength

We fight for those we love ’til the end


My faith is your faith

We know deep down we’re meant for greatness


So, there’s no room for worry; we’ll be alright

‘Cause we’re the same you and I

Ayaw Tumaya

Gustung-gusto mo manalo

Ipinagdarasal mo pa

Walang tigil sa pagsamo

Ayaw mo naman tumaya


Nais mong makarating ng malayo

Lahat ay pinaghandaan mo na

Nariyan na ang eroplano

Ngunit natatakot kang bumagsak


Ang taas ng iyong mga pangarap

Ang mga plano’y nakalatag na

Ang paghakbang na lang ang kulang

Ngunit ayaw mong magmukhang tanga


Ang nais mo lang naman ay sumaya

Kung paano, alam na alam mo na

Ngunit ‘pag paninindigan mo na ang kailangan

Ikaw ay napaparalisa

I am Magic

I am a Slytherin
I know I could be great someday
I’m willing to do everything
So things would go my way

I am a Ravenclaw
Smart beyond my years
I always seem to find the flaw
And figure things out with ease

I am a Hufflepuff
Never mistake my kindness for passivity
I can be a beast, I can be tough
If you cross my friends and family

I am a Gryffindor
I fight demons everyday
It’s not that I don’t get scared
I just choose to keep the fear at bay

I am all these
But I’m also so much more
I couldn’t be defined by just one thing
I am magic afterall

Keep This In Your Heart

When the world sees but never believes
When the world takes but never gives
When all it sees is black, white and gray
Even when a full spectrum’s on display

When the world’s so quick to judge but so slow to understand
When the world gives out opinions but never takes a stand
When the world just talks but never listens
When it sees the clouds but never the sun behind them

When the world always plans out an escape
When it is so quick to run every chance it gets
When the world continues to sin but never forgives
When it has become even less accepting

Stay true; be yourself
Continue to love without regret
Put on your best smile; laugh your heart out
Hug without ever holding back

Hold on to hope; keep the child-like faith
Plant the seeds of kindness everywhere
Know this and keep this in your heart:
You are exactly what will give this world a new start

You’ve Just Forgotten

The grass isn’t any less green
The sky isn’t any less blue
The sun is brighter than it has ever been
You’ve just forgotten how to stop and look

The flowers aren’t any less fragrant
There’s nothing wrong with the wind
Now, you just have to understand that
You’ve forgotten how to take it all in

The waves never stopped rolling
The whispers never ceased
There really isn’t much silence
You’ve just forgotten how to be all ears

The chocolate has never been sweeter
You can experience every flavor anew
And nothing’s ever really hard to swallow
You’ve just forgotten how to chew

The warmth, the grace, the miracles
Have always just been lurking
Nothing’s as constantly present
Really, you’ve just forgotten how to feel

Unspoken Lessons

My mom told me,
Love with all your heart
Even if it hurts
Even if it hurts so much
You don’t even understand why you continue loving

My mom told me,
Give it all you’ve got
Even if you feel tired
And it doesn’t seem to have a reward
After all, the best reward is to know you’ve done a good job

My mom told me,
Be yourself
Own your weirdness
Even if the world doesn’t understand
What matters is that you live and love the way you want

My mom told me
And I listened
Even without an exchange of words
She knew, I knew
And it was enough