Sunday, July 16, 2017

Resilience of The Filipino Spirit: Dealing with the Impact of Climate Change


The recent environmental issue on climate change is greatly affecting humanity and the world and we are all living testimony of how our lives have changed in many ways; either we adapt to it or have become a victim of circumstances. This is not only about the present situation since we are looking forward to its massive destruction on the succeeding years and generations to come. With the biggest issue on global warming leading to climate change, how can we foresee the future that lies ahead of us? How can we ensure that the next generations will live in harmony with the nature? Is the human race losing the battle and on its way to extinction? We may never know, but one thing for sure is that we are now living on uncertainty due to the destructive Power of Nature and consequence of greediness and negligence for personal gains.

The great debate on climate change started several years back and it has become a major issue confronting several nations most especially the Philippines, which is one of the most disaster-prone country in Asia and the world. This small archipelago of brave Filipinos have suffered tremendously at some point in time due to a major natural calamity; typhoons, landslides, earthquakes and storm surge that have killed thousands of Filipinos. 

Natural disaster may be inevitable, however the Resilience of Filipino Spirit made us stronger and became an ultimate survivor. Our survival instinct enable us to better prepare ahead and to anticipate for a more destructive forces beyond of control. We may have a bended knee, but that's only temporary as we are able to bounce back to live a fully recovered life. 

Philippine Government, NGOs and  even private companies and organizations are doing its mandate in response to their environmental duties and contribution for a more livable community. Media Company, Rappler has been a leader on its humanitarian effort concerning the effect of climate change. Their AGOS project in partnership and coordination with several Government and  Non-Government agencies calls for an action to raise awareness to every Filipino that we can do something in our very own simple ways. Through the power of social media, we can be empowered to send and receive reports about calamities and disaster-related occurrence. The AGOS project introduced a way of making a difference through a practical and achievable 3-way goal which is to "Prepare - Respond - Recover" applicable before, during and after of a disaster or calamity. 

The 2-day AGOS Disaster Preparedness on July 14-15 was a remarkable achievement of Government and Private Organization working together for a common goal to achieve a zero casualty in times of natural disaster. Rappler in partnership with Humanitarian Organizations was successful in attracting members, followers and volunteers who are willing to spend their precious time and devote positive energy for a humanitarian cause. Present on the event is our Philippine Senator, Richard Gordon who is the Chairman of the Philippine National Red Cross. He shared about the power of volunteerism and what they can achieve to alleviate the suffering and restoring the dignity of the victims of calamity. Senator Loren Legarda also shared about the environmental law which she has authored since early 90's. Her concept of zero waste management "Reuse - Reduce - Recycle" is her environmental advocacy teaching people to save our environment for further damage or harm. Other invited speakers talked about the role of their respective office or agency to minimize the effect of climate change and our ways for adaptation and survival. 

With Maria Ressa, CEO, Rappler
The initiative of Maria Ressa, CEO of  Rappler together with her whole team is truly commendable as they have proven their leadership in disaster management and their advocacy for a more resilient community.  Maria's approach to public-private partnership doesn't need huge budget, but to empower Filipino people especially the younger generations to become an active change agent capable of influencing others to have their commitments for Enviromental causes. The Summit was very empowering as it inspires us to have a voice even in digital media. Through social media, we can actively communicate ideas and solutions that are beneficial for disaster management. The humanitarian drive creates a ripple effect of goodwill among its followers and will further influence young people for their active involvement in nation-building. The great thing about being a Filipino is that our 'Bayahihan' culture has become digital and its evolution enables humanitarian and advocates to continue on living with a sense of purpose and direction. We have already proven the Resilience of The Filipino Spirit: A Year After Typhoon Yolanda and no matter what unfortunate events may hit us, still we're ready to break the barriers for a smooth-sailing journey to recovery. We join hands together and our soul-purpose will lead us to uplift the lives of other Filipinos who are lost, misguided and victims of this sad fate. A resilient spirit will always be unshakable and always create a ripple.                                                                

© 2017 Del Cusay


Monday, June 26, 2017

Eid'l Fitr: A Moment of Peace


After a month-long of battles between the Philippine Government forces and the local terrorist group, finally our Muslim and Christian brothers and sisters in the city of Marawi in Mindanao have a glimpse of a peaceful hour for today's celebration of Eid'l Fitr or the end of Ramadan a meaningful religious festival to break the 30-day fasting. Though a short duration of ceasefire, it may have given them hope to escape and to live a peaceful life away from their devastated city. 

As I reflect on the significance of this religious celebration, we are in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters who sacrificed their life to achieve a peaceful living. Islam as a religion of peace brings a message of hope and not to instill fear and terror among fellow Islamic faithful; may be opposite of the current events where a fearful people cries for justice, unity, solidarity and peace they deserve. As a Christian in faith, I condemn the evil acts of terrorism and wars brought by greed and selfishness. Even the religion of peace would have condemned the same adversity that they have experienced for a long time. A never-ending conflict and war in the region resulted to political instability and has affected the social and moral welfare of the people. The psychological traumas in children and even adults will forever leave a permanent scar in their being. Unless they rise up to adversity, they will continue to suffer until the end of their days. 

We are not certain of what the future will bring to the people of Marawi, but we are one in prayers for their rehabilitation  their hopeful journey to recovery. It may be a spiritual test, but part of the recovery is to understand the nature of the Divine. A Violent God in Our Time would punish his people for the greater good and eventually achieve a heaven on earth living. Everyone can become a victim and a sacrifice for the future of humanity. It may be unjust, but that's the present reality in this world. People can kill others for the sake of wealth, power and influence; a dictator can order a massive killing of his own people; countries may bombed a non-allied nation. There's really evil in this world that is trapped in the hearts and minds of the radicals. 

People are getting anxious, fearful and powerless. Nations are getting upset and always on fire. The world is getting so chaotic that we sometimes ask, Is There A Divine Light in A troubled Nation? This might give clarity and answer to the untoward events that are happening everywhere. In situations like this, we remain steadfast and faithful to the most powerful force in the universe. When human being has lost its divinity, we again go through the process of purification to regain the divinity that is lost. With perseverance and faith in God, we can become whole again if there's a belief that There's A Certain Holiness in You. Humanity has to regain the lost beingness, so we can live in harmony and camaraderie with our brothers and sisters with different faith. We are one nation that belongs to one world with universal feelings and emotions. We can always make a difference in other people's wellbeing through our loving and compassionate nature. No matter what race you and I belong, our spiritual nature guides and directs us towards our purpose  to live and reign peace and harmony in our hearts forever.

© 2017 Del Cusay




Sunday, June 18, 2017

Father's Day Special: The Greatest Gift


I remember the times when my father would give us practical advice about living our life based on our choices. An ocean deep of insight that he might have gained through personal struggles and miseries on his early days of fatherhood. As I grew up, I have heard several stories that are inspirational and worth emulating; would have pushed me to follow his path and was almost there.
His life stories in a form of wise sayings, cliché and hyperbole created a deep impact in me that will be forever in my heart and my mind. 

It might be hard to emulate his ways, but what I have learned from my father all through these years is to be generous and be kind to people. As a public servant, he has the heart to serve the people in our locality and that he is driven and committed to give back to the society in any way he could. His kindness may have created a ripple effect of goodwill and that people are easily drawn to his personality. His values and character makes him win people's hearts and it is his best weapon in staying on the ground and remain to be strong. As courageous as he is, I have learned to be tough yet gentle and always do my best to be on the good side -- never to allow defeat when fighting for the right. His way of handling issues are never complicated, he gives an outright advice that will inspire and move your spirit.


My father may have won several battles, but he is brave enough to surrender to the Divine all those things that is beyond his control. As a wise man, he believes and surrenders to God his challenges and he can surpass all those trials through his faith. As our provider, he is 'leading the way' and is always responsible in his role as a father to our family and our community. He always think of the welfare of other people and would think of ways on how to be of service to a greater whole. I may never know what the future holds, but what I know for sure is that I will continue to follow the path he has shown and will cultivate kindness to others. 

It is always a challenge to me how to become a better person and it would take a commitment and perseverance to become a better version of oneself. It's a choice we make and when our soul purpose would ignite the sleeping giant within, then we can move the mountains if we just keep our faith on a higher level. His journey to life is never easy as he is confronted with obstacles that made him stronger. As he punch the barriers, he can envision limitless possibilities that we can achieve. He may have started to be a nobody, but with his determination and will-power, he has achieved a milestone that we are all proud of. I will forever be a follower and I will continue the path that was started. After all, the greatest gift is not through materialism, fame and riches, but the gift of everlasting joy and fulfillment through service. 

© 2017 Del Cusay


Monday, June 12, 2017

Freedom in Our Hearts



Philippine national hero -Jose Rizal as a visionary leader once expressed his deepest sympathy against massive aggression to his countrymen by foreign invaders. In his younger years, he witnessed the abuses and suffering of his own family and he carried all the emotional baggage in his youth until he became a full grown man. In his youthful days, Rizal was already a champion in many ways and he has proven his capacity through great leadership in his family and the community where he belong. He was a great believer of the youth and their power to do great things and so he once uttered  "The youth is the hope of the Fatherland" a heroic statement that we always remember. Back then, Rizal was just a little boy, but with a very strong character in physical and mental and emotional being; such a commendable trait in his time. 

Today, in our generation after more than a century, how many of us have inherited those traits of a hero. Who among our youth have shown deepest respect and concern about our nation. How many Filipinos truly care and will continue to fight for freedom that we have achieved though the years. To become a hero is never an easy task, but to become nationalistic is a meaningful expression of what it is like to become a true Filipino.

Conflicts, violence and wars continue to happen in our time. It is unending and it keeps on repeating itself and becoming much worse than ever. Filipinos continue to suffer the consequences brought by false beliefs and egocentric mindset of some Filipinos who would spread terror and invade the peaceful land making it chaotic, disorganized and ruined. With the latest event that happened, Marawi City in Southern Mindanao is another victim of conflict and war between so-called Islamic State radical Muslims and the Philippine Government troupes. People lost their peace and sense of freedom to do the things enjoyed by an ordinary Filipino citizen. We have lost several brave souls who fought for the dark forces. They have sacrificed their lives for the call of duty; which is to protect and defend our country and its people against oppressors.

We have lost our freedom. Our countrymen, The Maranao people is enslaved by fear and struggled to recover their lives; to rebuild and stand again -- continue to live despite the odds. It is not only the Maranaos, but the entire Philippine islands; the Filipino people who also showed deepest sympathy. We have mourned and expressed our emotions and we are concerned of the welfare of our brothers and sisters who are in trouble. It's difficult not to care about what is happening especially when we are dealing with terrorism. We might be living in a city far away from the bombings, but we could be the next target. It's easy to be complacent when we feel more secured and guarded. It's easy to get numbed of the unending conflicts and wars. However, in the end, we cry out loud for our misery when we suffer and become the victim. When our country is not safe anymore, we could only hope for more protection and salvation to escape from various threats. We could hope for a superhero to defend us from invasion and bring back our freedom. We are longing for a powerful Divine intervention to fill in peace and love in all our hearts.

Our freedom once lost will always find its way back on track. As we remain to be hopeful and resilient, we will always regain what is lost and we will fill in what is empty until we become whole again. As a Filipino, it is our duty to fight for our freedom and to contribute for nation-building. A divided nation will once again work together for a common good and the lost of national identity will find its meaning. Do we still care about what is happening around these days? Are the youths of today willing to sacrifice their comfort in order to express their fearless views and to show solidarity? Are the Filipinos willing to fight again to regain freedom and establish peace in our land? We might not feel it, but the heroism of Rizal is always in our hearts. That's the greatest gift he has given to us and we must uphold the strength and power we are bestowed. We have the blood of a hero running in our veins and we could face any obstacle in our quest for lasting peace and order. We will not accept defeat and the goodness will always reign in us. We can't be certain that history will break itself and not bound to happen again, however one thing is for sure; that whatever happens we will always stand as one... one Philippines ... one Filipino people. I am A Filipino and I am a part of our nation-building. I am a Filipino and I will uphold and respect our laws and constitution. I am a Filipino and will be a freedom fighter. For the freedom leads to peace and the freedom will always reign in our hearts.

© 2017 Del Cusay


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Where is The Divine Light in A Troubled Nation?


It was just recently that President Duterte declared  martial law in the entire Island of Mindanao, southern Philippines due to clashes of the government troops versus the local terrorist group "Maute" which is identified as an ISIS-linked group. That was late evening of May 23rd, this year when the news brought anxiety and fear among many Filipinos especially those who have remembered the negative effects of the 1972 martial law imposed by late President Marcos. Widespread violence and violation of human rights triggered the memory from the distant past; a horrible fate experienced by our countrymen on this kind of rule where there is absence of due process in a civil disobedience act. Every year as we commemorate the People power revolution in 1986, it flashes back the kind of life Filipinos have lived under the martial rule; freedom of expression was suppressed and thousands were victims of cruelty and summary executions under the hands of the military people. 

That was a history! and now the history repeats itself. This time the cause of the declaration is different. Martial law was imposed due to massive civil disobedience back then, but now the declaration is due to rising power and terrorism of the local terrorist group called "Maute" which is gaining popularity in the country and getting recognized by the international terrorist group -- ISIS who is known to be behind deadly attacks in major cities in the world. To date, thousands have been killed including the lives of innocent people; children heavily injured and killed due to conflicts and wars. People got sick and experienced post traumatic-stress symptoms that they will perhaps carry on for a lifetime. Their life was totally a hell on earth that some would have wished to die than to suffer. 

In times of chaos and war, our government's primary goal is to bring back stability, peace and order by protecting its citizens from from harm and its negative effects. It is a tough challenge and putting it on the hands of our national defenders would make a difference in resolving the conflict. However, 
isn't it  that martial law is declared to protect our people? or is it a disguise for a hidden ulterior motive? It's been centuries long of battle against terrorism in Southern Philippines, but it hasn't been totally resolved until the present time. Martial law may be extended even up to a year or might be declared in the entire archipelago, however it will not be the ultimate solution to end this national problem. What really scares Filipino people is when this "Maute" group started to invade the Visayas region just recently when a clash happened in Bohol province. Now, the Government's intelligence reported a plan to terrorize the province of Iloilo. We couldn't imagine what life will be like for the Visayan people who are living peacefully in  a Christian dominated territory. 

Where is God at these times? When people are praying for peace, evil forces are gaining more strength and spreading the darkness. Is God an absolute good? or Is There A Violent God in Our Times ? No one is spared, but anyone could be the next victim of this darkness even those who may bring the light. In moments like these, we need a Divine inspiration -- a Divine light to shield us from evil forces in this world. But why do God allow his people to suffer? The Philippines is a troubled nation despite of its economic development and the invasion of darkness makes us become blind.

We have been fighting for different wars; President's War on Drugs: A Major Mistake already killed thousands of suspected drug addicts and dealers. It is right for the government to protect the good versus the evil and to eradicate them all has never been easy, instead we co-exist with these evil forces all throughout and in our lifetime. While terrorism can't be defeated easily, we desperately call for forces of Divine light to shower in us and to protect our love ones and the entire nation. We can't pass on to the next generation of Filipinos the kind of suffering we are currently living. We cant imagine our offspring to blame us of the problem that they inherit. Looking forward to 2025 or 2030 and beyond, what will be the fate of our nation? How will we live as a Filipino? Will there be a peaceful Philippines in years to come or are we about to start living in our darkest era?  Let there be light on our people; the defender of our democracy -- our leaders and the chosen ones. Let there be Good Governance Towards A Better Philippines and surely we will see the light after a long tunnel of darkness we're going through. I believe that where there is darkness, there is light! There's a healing in every pain and injury and there's a happy ending in eternity as long as we keep on fighting for goodness sake while unleashing the Divinity from within.

© 2017 Del Cusay


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day Special: Compassionate Care


Whenever I look back and reflect on my younger days, it always bring back wonderful memories of the kind of parenthood that my mother showed. Being the youngest in the family brought extra level of attention and care perhaps due to vulnerability and immaturity. I felt the love and care of my mother who was there to look after all my needs and would protect me from harm and danger. Though there were times that I would feel grown up already and doesn't need much help from her, I still long for her presence whenever I felt lost and misguided. I thought growing up increases dependence, however I can't help but to rely on strength when I couldn't even take care of my self when I was sick. My mother was there from sickness until regaining strength and back to wellness again.

Growing up is never easy without the role played by mothers. Although it's a right to be taken cared of, the kind of love one gets from a mother is always a privilege. As a grown up adult, I've seen different kinds of parenting from elite families to the underprivileged. Immersing myself on the kind of living of the upper class families gave me a different perspective in life where others are greatly suffering. Some families are living in an extreme luxury while others are sleeping on the streets defying all the security and safety threats and uncomfortable condition. Although it is an eyesore to many passersby, it is the kind of suffering that I deeply reflect. Why do people like them suffer in an extreme poverty? Why do mothers can't give extra level of care and love to their kids? Why do parents allow their kids to go and run naked on the street? A lot of questions about suffering and how they can help themselves let go of suffering. 

In a deeper reflection about suffering, I've realized that it's a natural occurrence in any moment of our lives. Some have lived in a poverty when they started, but eventually have escaped from it and now living their greatest life in abundance and balanced living. People who are lost and helpless will continue to suffer in their lifetime when they haven't learned a lesson from past life until the present time and the cycle goes on. Some people are enjoying a life they deserved based on the amount of energy they possess and the perseverance to live a resilient life -- an indispensable trait. When people starts to give up on us, we remain to be resilient; when we are losing faith on our self, we also remain to be resilient. It is when we are unshakable that we learn to fight the struggles and leave all the miseries behind. When we were young and cant fight for ourselves, then our mother is there on a rescue to stand up for us and become our voice when we can't speak for ourselves. A mother's unconditional love is always felt and an inherent nature to always look after our well being. 

From birth to adulthood and when we are separated by great distance, there's always a feeling of mutual connection. A mother's compassionate care is felt miles away and it gives a feeling of greater love. At any moment in our lifetime, we celebrate this loving connection in a way of giving a special treat; a way of making her feeling loved and cared in return. When we can't express through words, we can always give it through actions and the bonding becomes much stronger than ever. A mother guides us all the way out and will always be with us in our minds and heart -- Mother's Day: A Celebration of Love makes us fully alive because of a different level of love we receive and the compassionate nature that we have learned to give it out to others who may need it most. 

The greatest give from our mother is to be loving and compassionate and we extend this to other people in our lives. When others lose faith in humanity, we learn to understand and give ourselves a chance to serve and to give unconditionally just like what our mothers are showing to us. No distance can separate us no matter where we are and we learn to give back in any way that they will be more inspired to live a better life they truly deserve. A mother's compassionate care will always persevere and her undying will always be forever in our hearts. 




Monday, May 1, 2017

The Crossroads: Hope in Uncertain Times



Everyday is a journey that we battle. From the road we choose to take and the destination we expect to arrive. Along the way are different noises not only from the physical environment, but also from ones' own mind — the noise from our thoughts. These noises either distract or enable us to give more focus to the filtered thoughts; the good ones creating more fulfillment on that very moment. When travelling a distant mile seem uncomfortable and inconvenient to others; some would feel the opposite thoughts and emotions. Though feeling uncomfortable at times, it is the chaos that sometimes we unleash the power within  our emotional desires from powerful thoughts and intentions. 

That little discomfort is nothing but a struggle and challenges to fight and learn to overcome. When we are overwhelmed with negativity around, we suddenly choose the way to respond. To ignore is never the ultimate way to escape, but to face it with fierceness and boldest intentions to hit it and see the path with the clearest view. The obstacles give us a viewpoint to surrender or to take a deeper breath giving us clarity of mind and rightful decisions. Back to the times when there was a little physical discomfort in a long journey, is an uncertainty of what lies ahead. However, the excitement and a good conversation gave a meaning despite the uncertainty. It is when we are not on our best self when we learn to find balance and soulful healing to others and to oneself. Then we feel some relief and healing from within. 

In an uncertain moment, we may feel disheartened of conflicts in relationships. It may be brought by fears and pains from the past and worries of the future. We can't escape from our own negativity affecting us so deeply, but giving it out on others to have a share of discomfort and misery creates undesired energy pulling us down. When one is in conflict from inside, others would absorb that emotional disturbance giving stress and anxiety. That's terribly a draining energy! No matter how we try to shield ourselves, it would still penetrate on the deepest soul level. Shielding from negativity won't give a lasting solution, but to pay attention to the cause and healing past life struggles and miseries surely will. 

The road ahead: Dealing With Life's Uncertainties is an audit of previous life experience of hope in uncertain times. When false hope gives a false perception of reality, then a genuine hope is giving clarity and ultimate fulfillment of a soulful journey transforming your reality and eradicating fear and uncertainty. The powerful force of self-awareness activates positive hopes and dreams that ignites ones' life purpose — our heart's desire. That's the highest hope we can give to ourselves that will benefit the greater good. As we follow different path in life, the inner compass still ignites and guides all the way out even in the most uncertain moment and in the most unexpected time.

 © 2017 Del Cusay




Friday, April 14, 2017

Holy Week 2017: Leading The Way



Holy week has been a tradition passed from generations of devoted Christians; from Christian ancestors like Peter until the present time descendant, His Holiness Pope Francis. Christians are celebrating the passion, death and resurrection of the Christ who promised the salvation of humanity through the Holy cross where he suffered and died and became a symbol of our Christian faith.

In the Philippines, we have a great tradition in commemoration of the Holy week. It's all about Christ; the center of our faith. Our devotion is directed to Him as he saved us from sins. Like most Filipinos, we honor Christ in many ways. Some would show their faith in deeper self-infliction, similar to the suffering of Christ. Others would celebrate at home in a deeper self-reflection and meditation. We have our ways of showing piety and devotion to Christ and this is the culture to be passed on to the next generations of faithful Christians.

The Good Friday is a symbol of our personal suffering as a reflection of the passion of Christ on the cross. As Christian, we have our cross to carry and overcome the challenges. Life has been meaningful as we remember the sufferings we embraced with Christ at the center of our life. Our savior will always be the Christ as our guiding light no matter what obstacles we are going through; the light of the universe and the light of all.

The negativity of the world is a reflection of individual' thought towards humanity. Conflicts and wars resulting to destruction of life is a major source of stress and devastated self. Inhumane treatment to others is a result of selfishness and greed. The world has never been peaceful even at the early age of time, but the greatest gift we could offer to the world is a little peace inside our heart and soul. We give out peace and we receive peace of mind in return. It's always good to be reminded that the holy week is about getting out of our personal sufferings that we ourselves have created. Our sick mind could manifest into sickness of our soul and physical body. To escape from suffering is to understand the cause of suffering and the way out of suffering.

On this Holy week, we hit the negativity that haunts us, even those that are closer to us. We repel the dark light and replace with a pure light from the Divine. People will poke us of our misdeeds and be the guide Leading us to Jesusour greatest source of strength in our lowest moment in time. We take the path we have chosen and we have the to understand the and accept the Divine power, love and light bestowed on us.

 © 2017 Del Cusay

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Circle of Life: Turning Back Time


Time travel seem to be impossible in a world that is preoccupied with the present and future living. What life may seem to be in ten or fifteen years or even beyond? What's the plan I will execute today that will change the compass of life? Clueless of what's going on enables one to reminisce and daydream forward. Going back or beyond the present time gives a glimpse of a meaningful journey of existence. When life's ups and downs knock you out is not a punitive reaction, but to awaken from a deep slumber of an impossible dream or maybe a worst nightmare.

A 'big bang' once change my life that's like a poke on the head. That was intense and painful beyond the physical level -- that was a different spiritual awakening ever! I couldn't resist, but to follow the inner compass -- a trusted barometer of life's goal and a future self. As I was saved from fiery place is a great redirection like an instant decision without a doubt. The 'big bang' that saved me no matter how painful it has been, may also be the 'big bang' that will help transform others in their own ways; wise decisions without guilt and bold actions that is mighty. No matter what life hits us, always depend on how we react and accept that we are vulnerable to untoward decisions resulting from faulty thoughts.

Going back in time, one has realized his potential and lived his greatest life because of right choices; no blockages along the way. As smooth as it flows, life has moved as fast and furious like there's no way of turning back. It was the best way of reaching ahead as fast as possible -- no distractions and defying limitations. Reaching the peak has some valleys that are tricky to navigate. Lost along the way may be challenging, but regaining oneself gave a hard-hit lesson not really to follow 'fast but sure' policy, but ones' own pace of living.

Back to the days when life seems rough gives courage to become braver to live in the present time. This is the  moment in time that is more realistic giving less stress than dwelling on the past and a future dream that is overwhelming. As I turn back time, it creates either wonderful or sorrowful memories that may be carried over a merit to the present and the future. The past may be ignored, however it could be the key to understanding the present reality. Having been somewhere doesn't mean the end of further exploration of what more it has to offer. One has to come back numerous times and enjoy a different perspective of living.

The circle of life is an amazing journey of giving in and giving up. Giving in to right thinking and decisions and giving up to unwanted thoughts and impulsive actions. By turning back time, I recall the good and the bad days where I learned and persevered. Keeping the challenge helps to correct and improve the knots; when untangled becomes a linear direction one has to go through. Reliving memories creates a nostalgic experience and it is in those times that we learn to grow and become better than ever. The circle of life is wonderful and the experience of turning back time is even meaningful and blissful not only in the present, but for a lifetime.

© 2017 Del Cusay


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Heart's Desire: Living A Humanitarian Life



This day marks the beginning of a new journey to life; the start of a soulful experience of a higher self beyond the physical realm of existence. This day also marks the re-discovery of true self beyond ego and lower emotions. When the lost soul wanders, it surely will find its place to regain self and follow the guiding light.

The lost chapters may be out of sight, however those darkest moments find a way to escape leading to a brighter and fulfilling journey. Through a deeper self-reflection, one has to find the right path and live with its soul purpose -- the so-called dharma.

The darkest moments in life are the unheard hopes and aspirations; the endless sufferings and blockages towards living a better life. Being redirected on a long tunnel is to experience the reality of the negative side of the physical world. To experience not just the good but also the unfavorable things beyond personal control. To be human is to experience suffering. Learn from it and continue to seek for the answer; find the truth and be the guiding light to those who wander. When you've been there, it will be easy to relate to the suffering one is dealing with and you become a master of your life -- your thoughts and emotions.

Those years when I started to discover another dimension of life, was a great spiritual experience and of personal transformation. It wasn't easy at the beginning. You have to undergo self-restraint and sense of control in thoughts and emotions. It was only then, lower emotions are defeated through enlightenment of the nature of man's suffering -- an endless suffering.

The initiation towards the path brought significant change not only to self but to a greater world. Being called to serve humanity and the world revealed the spiritual powers vested on me and it became a way of living.  Understanding the nature of  humanity requires certain values one must learn to live.  It was then I've learned to unleash love and compassion  that is innate and the core of our being. I couldn't have given it to people without deeper understanding and loving of my self. I have loved myself and had given it away.

Truly, humanitarian service is the greatest expression of love and compassion. To regain myself is to continue the lost journey. It will be a challenging task, but hopefully will be a rewarding journey ahead. Following Our Heart's Desire serves as a guide to live one's purpose and for me, service to humanity through education and personal development is the path -- the soul purpose to live and master not only today, but for a lifetime.

© 2017 Del Cusay


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The State of Philippine Justice System

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The recent issue about the reinstatement of death penalty was brought up to legislative body and this has awaken the moral consciousness of the Filipino people who are in-favor and against capital punishment. The debate on death penalty is significant since it involve the present and future welfare of the Filipinos. We have been giving impulse statement or deepest insight as a symbol of freedom of expression on the moral and social implications of major decisions to be imposed for all Filipinos.

Our Nation's Justice System

Corruption is still evident in our political and justice system. Through the years, we have been dealing with corrupt practices of our leaders resulting to bad governance. Today, after many generation of living with a corrupt government, the justice system is still tainted with corruption issues and this has become a cancer of our society. In a country where the elite and rich are more powerful, only poor Filipinos are victims of injustice -- unfair judicial process. Those who have nothing can't stand up and speak up for themselves against opponents who have everything to escape from judicial execution. Unjust judicial system are in favor of them and the poor usually are the victims of oppression and impartiality of the judicial process.

Moral Dilemma 

Revival of the death penalty will only lead to a bigger problem. Our society will suffer from moral dilemma brought by corruption and loopholes on the judicial system. Those who are law offenders deserve some fair punishment through judicial trial once proven guilty. They are criminals, but they are also human being who happen to be directed to a wrong path in life. They can also be a victim of immorality and injustice and they have been trapped on this for years. Our society of millions of Roman Catholics believes on the teachings of the holy church. However, we are now becoming divided on this issue due to our spiritual disconnection. The recent War Against Drugs: A major Mistake  is brought by moral dilemma in our consciousness. We believe that man is good in nature, but we have become impatient and irrational on our social and spiritual beliefs. We have despised the church on their stand against any injustice and we ridicule our spiritual and political leaders who protects the moral and social welfare of everyone.

The root cause of crime

Solving root causes of heinous crimes must be the ultimate goal to accomplish. This will also correct impartiality in justice system. Everyone, rich or poor; old and young can commit a crime due to several circumstances. For instance, social justice is corrupted where equal opportunity is tarnished can lead to committing a crime. Poverty due to lack of resources and social services can lead to frustrations and faulty mindset leading to criminality. Most Filipinos are losing their moral and ethical values and that they're losing spirituality. The mindset that is corrupted with anger and vengeance will not correct our social problem, but it will only create a disastrous and chaotic society of lawless and violent citizens.

Some Filipinos are shouting for the revival of the death penalty due to conflict on their ethical and moral self . They have forgotten their spiritual nature of being a just and morally-upright human being. Most people are living in mental and spiritual torture carried away by lower emotions of hatred, anger, revenge and evil thoughts against humanity.

The problem with death penalty

Capital punishment is inhumane and immoral which is against the law of God and of man. We should not put criminal justice on our hands but it needs moral and just verdict in accordance with the rule of law and correct justice system. There is a need to cleanse the justice system to provide equal justice to all who have sinned against the law. We deserve social justice and as a civilized country, we must live according to moral and ethical decisions and actions. Our leaders must have a deeper insight on this issues and not for personal interests. Good governance is guided by right mindset and our leaders must be enlightened to speak for the welfare of all Filipinos. We don't want to see our leaders to be impatient, unjust and corrupt on their thoughts and actions. We must  choose to be on the bright side of life by helping people to regain themselves when they are lost and misguided.

A Moral and Just Society

Filipinos may be losing its identity and our leaders are becoming unjust, but we shouldn't give up on them. We have the obligation to speak up and remind them to practice good politics so we can achieve Good Governance Towards A Better Philippines. We deserve a nation that is lawful and morally-upright citizens and a government that will protect and win his people, not only today but for a lifetime. We will not give up on our nation that this will soon rise up to be a champion in human rights, human dignity and social justice. 

© 2017 Del Cusay





Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Evolution of The Mind: Path Towards Right Consciousness

I was in mid 20s when I decided to live a different path of human consciousness. It's not an ordinary life where freedom is absolute, but it was a life full of challenges and sacrifices. At first it was not so easy until I have discovered my capabilities and unique qualities that are beyond the limits. I struggled... I endured the pain and I persevered the uncertainties that comes my way. During those times I have pondered on the meaning of my existence and my role in service to humanity and the world.

I am blessed with being born from a loving and supportive family. My parents have raised us well and able to send us to good school to get the right education that eventually gave us a comfortable life. My parents valued  the education of their children more than what they have accomplished. For them education is an opportunity to succeed in life; although it may not be a guarantee, still they pushed us to get the education that we wanted. 

I graduated with bachelor's degree in nursing and became a registered nurse. Back then, I was fully supported by my family for what I would become -- to live my life as a nurse. Perhaps I would have become a bedside nurse abroad and live a more comfortable life just like other Filipino nurses that are enjoying the greener pasture. But those were just a missed opportunity and a fantasy to my vivid imaginations. I did not become a  nurse and I remain to live in my country. It was a failure since the goal was not hit and it diverted my attention to other things that can satisfy my senses and provoke my creative imagination. I started to think and asked questions about the future. What do I want? What will I become?  I needed a rescue out of the blue. Clueless about the future, I couldn't  think but act like a happy go lucky; no destination ... nothing to see. It was dark and I needed a guiding light.

Mid 20s is when I started to rewire my inner dialogue. Connecting the missing link that helped me to regain my life for the greater opportunity. That was the time I entered an ashram. A school of initiation for higher consciousness. I developed several intelligence that are not attained by ordinary people not devoted to spiritual journey. It was in the ashram that I learned to become a trainer and a public speaker. I decided to improve my skills both intrapersonal and interpersonal and it led to a magical journey -- I couldn't believe the things that I am capable of doing. I envision to be the best version of my self, upgraded my skills and learned to decipher reality from obsolete beliefs. The learning was truly indispensable and that made me who I am today -- renewed and transformed. 


To evolve in consciousness is to change self-limiting beliefs and habits that doesn't give meaning to higher existence -- universal service through spirituality. I meditated, chanted and used special mantra to achieve sense of contentment and bliss. It changed my personality and reached certain level of maturity through service. It was then I have learned to appreciate the tagline "Live Your Greatest Life." I thought living a good life is just enough, but then to live one's life to the fullest is something that is more meaningful and substantial -- truly a spiritual bliss. Then, going beyond esoteric practice is "Serving Humanity and The World." It was the ultimate realization and fulfillment of my goals. I discovered to unleash my hidden potentials and increased my self-worth. I became stronger and firm with my philosophies and elevated my personality to connect with stronger souls. If I didn't, then I wouldn't survived from the start. My inner compass would have directed me towards the path. 

I traveled and lived in India for more than a year and reached out to different groups. I became one with the people. I dressed up and maybe started to sound like them too. I met various groups; from the elite families and well-known personalities down to the grassroots level of the society. The experience gave me serenity and sense of purpose. I gained wisdom from eastern philosophies with an integration of western practicality and that contributed to confidence in exoteric teachings. In India, I taught different subjects that are mostly of spiritual origin. It was very fulfilling and memorable. My greatest achievement would have been the construction of "Third Eye" which is spiritually guided. It was then I felt the Divine guidance that intervened my being. I feel empowered and did extraordinary things. My life back then  may not be a common path to some, but being enlightened to some degree gave me a better perspective about the kind of life that one must live. Service to humanity is truly a benchmark or man's existence. Service to improve their lives and for them to search for a brighter meaning of their so called 'dharma' or soul purpose. It was in India that I became a master of my own thinking. I challenge my own self based on my choices, and persuade others for what they believe in that's not aligned with the universal truth revealed in the ashram.

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How could I thrive years of service when I started to bring back my old self? I strive to become better, yet couldn't see the light. Perhaps I challenged myself even more, then I realize that service to humanity is everywhere; in the community where we live in or in a place where life have brought us. Wherever we go is the place to leave a legacy. Maybe unknown to many, but popular to those whom we have touched lives. Our own 'dharma' is our legacy that is inherent to us. We may be wrong with our choices at times, but we can always choose to regain ourselves and become wiser and live a better life. We have been ridiculed, but our principles could help us to hit our target. There may be times when we no longer tune in to lower vibrations, yet we thrive to live an extraordinary life just like the old days -- deeper soul connection. 

Now that everything has change, I am still evolving towards the right path. I am still uncertain about the future, but with the evolution and integration of Divine energies, nothing can be greater than our renewed self. We continue to develop and we keep the spark to give some illumination to others. Our evolution will be for a lifetime and when the time comes that we need to look back to assess our old versions, then we can say that 'I did my best' and now  the path that I am taking is the path towards the right consciousness -- not from a selected group, but a universal consciousness that everyone deserves. 

©  Del Cusay




Monday, February 6, 2017

Pasinaya 2017: Arts for Peace


Preservation and restoration of the Philippine Arts and Culture has been a significant cause of Filipino artists and nationalists. Through the years, we have been slowly transformed into following a western lifestyle where we have accepted and embraced the modern way of living. Our entertainment has become westernized through modern music, dances and other performances. We have somehow lost our cultural identity of being a Filipino by heart.

The Pasinaya Festival 2017 which is the largest multi-arts festival aims to regain our Filipino arts and culture in all genres and they have been successful over the years in attracting followers and viewers on this festival.  It is through this initiative that we regain the glorious days of the past as experienced in our modern time. It brings a nostalgic feeling and an even past life regression to some extent. It's a vivid imagination of a refined and wonderful days of the past.

This year's theme is about bringing peace through arts and culture. When we are having national issues in peace due to political and cultural divisions and beliefs, we Filipinos are pulling the strings that connects us together -- as one nation. Our dear brothers whom may have different philosophical and political beliefs may have caused damage to our cultural identity as they may not have helped our government in cultural and arts preservation. We have been divided through years and we struggle to fight for a peaceful nation of strong yet gently people. This year's theme: "Arts for Peace" is a symbol of unity through diversity. We may have different voices; various faith and religion, yet we can become one nation through arts and culture. Filipino artists and viewers from around the country and the world convene together to witness and celebrate our national identity. That we are a Filipino and we are proud to say that I Am A Filipino in words, in deeds and thought.


The Pasinaya 2013 was a previous experience where Filipino-Chinese culture was embraced. We can live in harmony and camaraderie by sharing our culture no matter how different it is. We can appreciate and embrace it as part of our culture and tradition. This year 2017 is no different from previous Pasinaya event. The message is always clear that we can not move forward if we fail to deeply understand our national identity through arts, culture and heritage.

I am an advocate of the Arts, Culture and heritage preservation of our country and we deserve a national identity that is truly Filipino. As we work together for peace and progress, let's not forget our culture and heritage. This will be passed on to the next generation of heroic Filipinos. The future generation that is braver and stronger. A citizen who will continue to raise the voice to the world that we are 'One Filipino' in words, in deeds and thought -- today and forever.

© 2017 Del Cusay



Saturday, February 4, 2017

Good Governance Towards A Better Philippines


Our nation, our beloved Philippines has been on the spotlight of controversies since the beginning of Duterte's presidency. We have become a global newsmaker due to negative events that took place in our society brought by governmental policies both national and foreign. We have been condemned by the international community due to our president's undiplomatic approach to governance and communications. We may be enjoying the attention gained, but we may also be suffering the consequences brought by the madness and impatience of our President to solve the social problems of our time; poverty, corruptions, crimes... What is wrong with our President's government policies? Is he just being misunderstood or he himself is confused and incapable of leading the nation of more than a hundred million people? How could our President exercise good governance by being undiplomatic, irrational and showing violent social behavior? 

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PROBLEM IN COMMUNICATION

Our people, the Filipino people deserves a straightforward and seriousness in communication most especially from the president whose messages and major pronouncements are so important. What the president has to say to the Filipino people must be relevant and not subject for several interpretations from his communications team. Since the beginning of his presidency, we have observed some vague statements which later on were interpreted by his secretaries to defend him from further embarrassment. There's a circus in communication and that has caused confusion to the Filipino people. Is there something wrong with the president's way of communication? 

The Filipino people deserves a clearer communication from our leaders. Chaos due to misunderstanding happens when we are playing with words that we don't mean. We can decipher the truth from a false statement. We do not only hear, but instead we listen and try to understand every singe word coming from the most powerful man of our land. 

Great power bestowed to our president comes with greater responsibility to his people. He is responsible to his words, thoughts and emotions. Now, what is happening to our society is due to miscommunication from our government leaders most especially the president. We are now suffering from a major mistake in communication. For instance, the president has been clear from the beginning that the war on drugs will be bloody. We have been hearing the statements like  "I will kill you" and the non-stop cursing which is highly unacceptable and unbecoming of a statesman.

The President has planted a negative seed of thought  to his men -- to the law enforcers on his war on drugs. His thought forms suggest that extra judicial killing is a must to eradicate crimes due to illegal drug use and trading. He even mocked that he has killed drug addicts in front of policemen when he was a mayor in Davao city, southern Philippines. 

Now, what is the effect of the president's communication style? That negative seed of thought planted to the minds of our law enforcers are being corrupted and it has already materialized. We have the extra judicial killings happening everywhere in the country. We have the "tokhang for ransom" and "tanim droga" which is proven to be existent. These unfortunate events are caused by the false empowerment made by the president. The war on drugs accompanied by a due process is good, however abuses like extra judicial killing is not tolerable. We can't tolerate a lawless society and it will never lead to a peaceful country that we would want to achieve. 

PROBLEM IN CORRUPTION 

Corruption is a never-ending political and social problem that our country has been facing. It is like a cancer of our society and it has never been eradicated just like our problem with illegal drugs and criminality. The President has to focus on solving the root cause of our societal cancer and he has to set as an example of a leader who is just not only in words but also in deeds and thoughts. He should not corrupt the minds of his people. Corruption is not only in the form of money, but it is also on our moral and emotional and spiritual beliefs. 

The President has been tough to our church leaders who are consistently fighting for injustices and immorality in our society. He has cursed our priests, bishops and even the Pope. The President has corrupted our principle when he embraced China against our territorial right in the West Philippine sea. The President has corrupted our good relationship with our long-time ally, the United States. The President has corrupted the minds of the Filipino people in his stand about morality and justice system.  

VALUES EDUCATION, MORAL RECOVERY AND SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION

In school, we have taught our children the right values. However, there is a need to strengthen this approach and there must be an active participation of the family. Values education enhances ones' character and personality. If we can raise a  well-disciplined and responsible citizen, then we can have a better world to live in. 

We can envision a society free from conflicts and wars. For years, we have been on war; and that is war on poverty, crimes and now the war on drugs which is not the ultimate root cause of our social problem. We have to eliminate poverty consciousness and replace it with an abundance mindset. We will get tired of fighting our social problem if we will not go back to the basic. What is really happening within the family? What about our upbringing? Whatever happened to the teachings of our parents and of the church? 

GOOD GOVERNANCE IS FOR ALL

It's about time to consider what is the most important. According to Senator Angara, good governance also means good politics. Since we see something wrong with  our leaders' political stance and strategies, then we have not yet achieved good governance. It is for everyone and not just to our leaders. Even ordinary citizen has to contribute towards good governance. For years, we have been fighting for freedom of expression and today's generation are empowered to speak up for truth backed up by good values and character. We deserve a better Philippines and we should not wait for our leaders. We can also do it! As we work together for peace and progress, we can leave a good legacy to the next generation and they will enjoy a just and clean society that they deserve. 

© 2017 Del Cusay


Thursday, February 2, 2017

President's War on Drugs: A Major Mistake

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President Duterte is embarrased and disappointed with the corruption in the Philippine National Police and this resulted to halting of 'Oplan Tokhang' -- a term for searching and killing of those involved in illegal drugs use and trade. Illegal Drug users, drug lords and the so-called 'narco-politicians or protectors are not spared from the massive campaign on war on drugs. The declaration was made on the election campaign for May 2016 presidential election when Duterte said that it will be a bloody war on drugs to eliminate crimes. Filipinos who are convinced of eradicating heinous crimes due to illegal drug use supported Duterte and that made him win the presidency. That was his winning campaign promise to the Filipino people -- a promise giving false hope to the people.

About six months in office, it was reported that at least seven thousand alleged drug offenders were killed by policemen through the 'oplan tokhang' and this is considered as extra judicial killing since no due process of law was done. The scheme of killing instead of arresting was empowered by the President who vowed to protect and even pardon those policemen who might be sentenced guilty of extra judicial killing. But who empowers the policemen anyway? Who gave a go signal to protect the injustices and lawlessness act of our policemen?

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Now that the morale of the Philippine National Police is low due to the killing of a Korean national who's alleged to be involve in drugs, the policemen are on the spotlight and the subject of blame and corruption by none other than his excellency.

If not due to the false empowerment made by the president, they wouldn't be a victim of the failure on the war on drugs. It is a failure due to the reason that the 'oplan tokhang' cost thousands of lives lost due to greediness and abuse of power by those in the authority. On this day, February 1, 2017, it was reported by the Amnesty International that Filipino cops are paid the amount of 8 -15 thousand pesos for every person killed due to drug involvement. As a prominent human rights organization, they have made a fearless report on the current status on the corruption in the Philippine National Police who are supported by higher office in the Philippines.

The extra judicial killing will continue until the end of Duterte's administration and we can expect that the number of people killed will increase significantly in the years to come. The war on drugs is not a 6-month game plan as promised, but it will continue to haunt for more greediness and corrupt practices if not corrected on the basis of lawful decision and action.

In due time, Filipinos will rise up from being a victim. People will decipher the truth from false leadership. Filipinos will again have a real voice and the power to stop the madness. Endless suffering will continue if we choose to be blind with the reality that is happening in our society. We deserve a peaceful country by not stepping on the human rights malpractices. A lawless society is cancerous and we are currently living on it. The power to cure an ill society lies not on the leaders alone but to every Filipinos who can be more vigilant, empowered to speak for the truth.

A major mistake is hard to forgive and  to correct especially when we are dealing with people's lives. So this must be stopped. We can start again by correcting those corrupt practices and false ideologies. It may be challenging, but we have to learn from this biggest mistake the hardest way.

© 2017 Del Cusay

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