The Harder it Gets to Find Silence, the More Necessary it Will Be

In a world invaded by smartphones and laptops and screens, face a book or a notebook for a few hours. It might take a while but, eventually, the thoughts will come pouring. This is you, without the sharp pings of notifications. This is you, without the endless cycle of one Netflix show after another. This … Continue reading The Harder it Gets to Find Silence, the More Necessary it Will Be

A Guide to Mastery for the Average Human Being

"Genius too does nothing but learn first how to lay bricks then how to build, and continually seek for material and continually form itself around it. Every activity of man is amazingly complicated, not only that of the genius: but none is a 'miracle'." Friedrich Nietzsche Albert Einstein, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Leonardo da Vinci. We've … Continue reading A Guide to Mastery for the Average Human Being

Singapore: The Merit of Meritocracy and What the Philippines Can Learn

(I had the privilege to join the Young Societal Leaders program of the Singapore Summit, where 22 young leaders from all over Asia spent 5 days in Singapore being mentored by government ministers, top CEO's in the Asia Pacific, heads of international NGO's and more. Here are some insights from that trip.) I sat at … Continue reading Singapore: The Merit of Meritocracy and What the Philippines Can Learn

Unmasking (and learning from) Heneral Goyo

(This was originally posted on my Facebook account and had so unexpectedly gone viral, with currently 34,000 likes, 15,000 shares and a surprising feature on Rappler. Sharing it here to spark more conversations on quality Philippine movies.) Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral was frustrating. But you HAVE to watch it and be frustrated too. Let me explain. … Continue reading Unmasking (and learning from) Heneral Goyo

Why the Bangsamoro Organic Law Will Not Be Enough

Today, President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL). Well and good. Coming from a family with roots from Sulu and Zamboanga, I understand why Muslim Filipinos have long struggled for autonomy. I now hope - along with most others - that the BOL becomes a concrete step in attaining peace. With the involvement … Continue reading Why the Bangsamoro Organic Law Will Not Be Enough

15 Really Helpful Quotes in Really Difficult Situations

Life is no joke. Whether it's work, school, or personal, certain situations and problems can seem so insurmountable that we seem powerless against them. On a particularly challenging day, charging ahead, getting things done - and even getting up from bed - can be difficult. Nowadays, the daily news, politics, and even social media can … Continue reading 15 Really Helpful Quotes in Really Difficult Situations