Aside from travel blogs, one of the few local tv personalities I follow on social networks is Bianca Gonzalez. Every year, she posts on her blog (iamsuperbianca.com) the “people of her year”. From the occurrences that happened to me and to our country last year, I was inspired to just do this for 2013. Actually, there are a lot who have inspired me regardless of how much impact they have brought into my life, so I just trimmed them down to 13…A list of 13 folks…Here they are:
1. The Reyes family — tadannnnnn!!! My dad (Lino), mom (Luz) and sister (Kaye) — Well, I guess I don’t need to elaborate how much they have influenced me this year and every year of my life. Through the years, we have evolved (from the much conservative traditions to going with the flow of modern times yet keeping the proper beliefs and actions intact). Each one of us have similarities and differences. And trust me, we really clash with those differences, but we manage to keep the peace in the process. 2013 was a challenging year for us and though I must say we haven’t 100% been better, but somehow, there were a few improvements and for that we are grateful. Of course, I may have my own family soon but I wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world…
2. The Music and Praise Chorale peeps — It’s been years since I was an active member of this group, but they never ignore or let their members go astray. If you need a classic example of a simple bayanihan, this group has got it. From members who face issues with their faith, personal or family aspects to concerns of what or where to get their outfits (just for everybody to be in uniform while singing), it’s in this group. And during the last quarter of the year, when something happened to my family, they were the folks who never had a 1000 thoughts or hesitations to help us. In addition, this is the group that never gives up in keeping at pace with their previous members to walk along with them to the Lord. As most would say, we may have a lot of acquaintances but we can only have a few good friends around…
3. Clang Camposano and Hazel Ortanez — As much as I would like to separate them, they really have to be combined in this list. Both of them were my previous officemates and now friends-slash-kumares. Hazel’s son happens to be my godson in baptism while Clang and I have the same goddaughter from one of our officemates. These two actually have been my go-to-gals lately and most of the time, our meet-ups are unplanned…Well, they have been understanding especially during my trying times and for that I’m grateful to have them — the conversations, the laughs and the time.
4. Danicrab (Danica Romero) — She’s been my officemate and teammate at the same time in my previous work. During the 1st quarter of 2013, she left that company (ahead of me). Despite that, we still meet-up and just like Clang and Hazel, she is also one of my go-to-gals. However, when it comes to discussion on travels, passions and escapes, we somehow are of the same wavelength. And I must say, she was one of those (super-uber-very *exagg i know…hehe*) who broke the spell of not being able to travel with a friend, for me (NO OFFENSE TO MY FRIENDS…hehe). Months ago (August to be exact), Danicrab and I traveled to La Union. If there was just one epic fail, it was we should have traveled by land during the night time. But overall, she is one good travel companion and hopefully, I can travel with her again soon ^_^
5. Laine (Llalaine Sison) — Laine has been one of my closest officemates-slash-friends I have. Years ago, she was based in Singapore for work. Just last year, she finally decided to stay here in Manila to work (due to some certain reasons, I am not allowed to divulge here…let her do that…hehe). If you have been wishing to have a supportive and friend you can really count on, trust me, she is that person…Up to this day, I am thankful to have a friend like her. The last time we saw each other was weeks before I traveled to SG, but I must say, I didn’t feel her absence because she was always present in any way she would know how…And since she’s now back here in PH, hopefully, we’ll get the chance to travel together and finally fulfill what I have shared to her (and the advises she gave).
6. My fellow Archie peeps — Being a fangirl of somebody is slightly hard to comprehend by majority of ordinary folks. It’s like being a nerd or a loser like in “Glee”. Moreover, if you are a fan of a younger idol like David Archuleta. And I’m just glad to have known fellows who believe in his talent and attitude like me, much more if they have eventually been your friends and cushions-slash-cheering-team-in-life. From being mere fans to being my coffee and movie buddies (Lorms, Naree, Tita Ditas and Ana), it has even evolved to being fellow organizers of keeping our fellow fans together and amped up. And last 2013, I even met two awesome Archies from across the miles — one who toured me to her place and one I toured in homeland. They have made my fangirl experience so worthwhile and meaningful.
well, we’re more than that…hehe
7. Siege Buendia — He is a former officemate as well. Despite our communication hiatus at times, we still get to have meaningful conversations when there is time. When it comes to talks about life in general, arts and patriotism, he has been my go-to-person. Last 2013, he helped in choreographing for Ms World 2013 Megan Young for her “Dances of the World” which was one of our national dances — Singkil. Just when I feel there are so many reasons for me to think or say negative stuff (unfortunately) about the Philippines, he enlightens and makes me realize to look at the bright side of being a Filipino and of life as well, coming from an opposite sex’ point of view.
with now Ms World 2013, Ms Megan Young (photo c/o Siege’s FB account)
8. Lois Yasay and Raf Dionisio — They are the dynamic duo of Passion Play. I’ve attended two sessions of Passion Play already — one in Zambales last 2012 and one in Baler, Aurora just months ago. Lois is one of the brainchildren of the travel blog, We Are Sole Sisters and she has more titles up her sleeve. She gave up her job in US to pursue her passions (one of which is traveling) and trust me, she makes it happen, even until now. She is currently beefing up stuff in Thailand and showing some love-love-love there (haha…peace, Lois^_^). Meanwhile, his fellow speaker in Passion Play, Raf, is one of the owners of The Circle Hostel and is also a social entrepreneur at the moment. He quit his job as well in a big company here in the Philippines that eventually lead to his pursuits. Both of them are inspirational when it comes to making things happen (regardless!!!). I know I’m still a bit far fetched from what they have gained, but I’m not letting down my passions and plans go down the drain (thanks to these two!!!)
(photo c/o Pinoy Passionistas FB page)
9. Lea Michele — 2013 was a sad year for Gleeks (Glee fans) when one of their lead stars, Cory Monteith, suddenly passed away. Not only did he leave his family, friends and gazillion of fans, but most importantly his fiance (to be wed in 2weeks before his death) and fellow co-star in Glee, Lea Michele. Many felt he was gone too soon and felt bad for Lea to have not even been wed to him. Amidst the tragedy, she rose above the ruins and felt it was time to keep going one day at a time. From going back to their studios of Glee to do shoots, to being covers of magazines, to finishing a recording album, she takes each and everyday with optimism and courage.
photo c/o Lea Michele’s FB page
10. Megan Young — Apart from sports and singing contests, beauty pageants is one of those anticipated events cheered on by Pinoys. In other countries, they see this as a career and no wonder our beauty queens here aren’t left out in putting so much efforts just to win or at least represent our country with much pride and decency. 2013 has been the year of Filipina beauty queens, either winning or getting places / ranks in their pageants. But the one that really struck us the most was our very first Ms World win, thanks to the actress-student-host named Megan Young. I guess what made her win striking was not because she was a celebrity beforehand, but because of her talent, wisdom and distinct Filipina beauty. To top it all off, she never hesitated to prove the “beauty with a purpose” as she personally helped in every province stricken by typhoon Yolanda months ago.
photo c/o Megan Young FB page
11. Mitoy Yonting — One of the living proofs that there is no age limit to fulfilling one’s dreams. Mitoy was the winner of the 1st season of The Voice of the Philippines (from The Voice franchise). He is a member of a band who worked abroad in his younger years and also extras as a comedian / actor. Coached by no less than Ms Lea Salonga — apart from having a very talented and good coach, it was his singing prowess that made him win. And thanks to him, I will never stop dreaming and trying my best to fulfill it as long as I am alive…
photo c/o Michael Mitoy Yonting FB page
12. Bianca Gonzalez — a tv host, editor-at-large and a blogger — Bianca has many roles up in her sleeves, but one of the best things I admire about her is the philanthropist in her. Nobody wishes for a calamity to happen, but her generosity and Filipino spirit radiates during times of crises. She utilizes her social networks with utmost responsibility and she also acts on helping others. What’s best about is she doesn’t do these for publicity alone. It’s always for the country, for our fellow Pinoys.
photo c/o Bianca Gonzalez FB Fan Page
13. Teng Brothers (Jeric and Jeron) — Last season of the UAAP, we have witnessed brothers not as teammates but competing against each other. Take note, not just for a simple game, but during the UAAP Men’s basketball finals. Sons of a former PBA player, Alvin Teng, the brothers Jeric and Jeron proved that their competition is all just a game and their blood will always be thicker than water. After the competition, they were exposed to various tv shows for interviews and guestings. Not only did they get even more fans and followers, but they also gained people who they inspired to keep their families intact and humble amidst the fame and recognitions they are getting. Pretty sure, in years time, the competition will still continue in the PBA league. But for now, we can enjoy the cheering separately — Jeron is still with De La Salle Green Archers while Jeric is now with Rain or Shine Elastopainters.
photo c/o Abs-Cbn’s website — abs-cbnnews.com
That’s a wrap for me…I’m sure there will be more who will continue to inspire me and move me as I head on to 2014. Let’s make 2014 a year not only to be inspired but to inspire others, not only to be moved but to move others, not only to believe in change but to be a change for others…
Happy New Year everyone!