Sunday, May 13, 2018

Mother's Day Special: Unconditional Love

A Mother is someone who loves us with all her heart. That perhaps is the definition that most of us would describe to our mother. Being loving and caring is beyond her duty of motherhood; it is a commitment and it is eternal. When we were young, we were helpless and we ended up crying and we cling to our mother who would then comfort us; making us feel safe and feel protected. As we grew up, our mother is still there who watches us as we embrace our own world making sure that we can stand up on our own.

Today, we celebrate Mother's day and it is a celebration of life; that we are here in this world because of her and we continue to live better for her undying love and support. Mother's Day Special: A Celebration of Love is not just a one day celebration. It is to be remembered and celebrated at any time of the year whenever we feel the need to appreciate them and make them feel special. We may not be showing off how deeply we love them, but somehow we get to make them feel good with our sweet gestures.  



Distance may not become a hindrance in showing our love to our mother. She is there to listen when we feel weak or frightened. She assures us that everything would be fine and you keep on fighting. The world is tough and we need to become a fighter in the real world. Mother's Day Special: Compassionate Care is a way of raising us to become a better person and to realize our purpose in the community where we live in. We are being taught never to give up easily, but whenever we feel lost, there's a victory coming on our way. We just need to be prepared to accept and live it wholeheartedly.

Today, there may be children who doesn't have a biological mother on their side. But someone has given them hope and stand up to be their mother. It is a commitment and a testament of unconditional love. Blessed are those kids who has a second mother to be at their side and to guide them on their way up. When the time comes that they are living independently, they will reminisce and look back to their second mother and honor them for raising them well and for giving them a life worth living. 

Our mother, our heroes! Our fighter and our defender! They will always protect and love us and we give them back by way of following them because mother knows what is good for their kids. We honor and give them thanks. To our mothers, we pray for them to have more strength and power to live in this world and to continue on loving us children today and forever.

© 2018 Del Cusay

Sunday, April 29, 2018

The Great Escape


Weekend  is a great time for soulful conversation or reflection. But, when today's lifestyle is spent mostly on computers or smartphones, there's a little time for a real and deeper retreat about the things that matters; our life's soulful journey and quest for meaning. I may be guilty of binge watching over Netflix series or movies, but hey! It's Sunday and just a moment of relaxation and appreciation of visual arts. After all, we get to enjoy and got a moral lesson from the striking lines of the actors. Sometimes, it's the simple and short movie lines that strikes us from inside leaving us in tears. It brings back wonderful memories of a recent or distant past and we couldn't get over easily.

What's with The Dalai Lama that I got so interested to watch a movie of his great escape? It was back in 2011 that I started to know more about him and how significant and influential he is to India and the rest of the world. The Dalai Lama may be a Tibetan by blood, but through the years he has become a world-renowned spiritual leader. It was then in India when I started to read his books that talks about love, peace and compassion — truly captivating to the soul. Perhaps, many people still do not know him, but his message of love and compassion is similar to that of The Pope. I am a Christian, but love is a universal language that unites humanity and the world. Same as with compassion on which we have evolved as a human being. When we love someone, it's not about the similarities that we are looking into. We love someone despite of our differences; in race, creed or beliefs. 

The Dalai Lama's great escape was about the sacrifice he did to save Tibet and its people. It was in 1959 when he sought asylum in India to escape from persecution of the Chinese. He feared for his life and the fate of the Tibetans if they chose to stay under the Chinese rule. His escape doesn't mean cowardice, but he was thinking about the future of the Tibetans. Almost 6 decades has passed and The Dalai Lama is still strong and remains to be a highly influential figure both political and spiritual. He is a greatest gift to India and is visited by thousands of people globally in his hometown in Dharamsala, the state of Himachal Pradesh in India. People who are into spiritual practice would love to see and hear from his lectures and stories that are practical in today's time. 

I was fortunate to have seen him personally in Dharamsala back in 2013. Meeting His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala was one of the greatest experience I had. To have met him is a spiritual bliss that I always cherish. His philosophy is beyond the teachings of Buddhism and that was the time when I see Buddhism in a different perspective. It is simply universal teaching about love, peace and compassion that is relevant in our time. 

The Dalai Lama's great escape led to a movement calling for a "Free Tibet" even after decades of settlement in India. The Tibetan Government in-exile is very much active in their quest for freedom. to be an independent state with respect to their culture and spirituality. How could his great escape be relevant in our time? As I watched the movie, I could imagine his suffering, but that is due to his undying love for his people. The Dalai Lama left Tibet without expensive and luxurious possessions. He just had enough to survive the long days of wandering until he reached the spiritual land of the free. 

There are times when we have to make the greatest sacrifice for our love ones. We have to go independently by leaving them behind. However, no matter how long we haven't seen them, still they are in our hearts. Our love has evolved that it is not only about serving them, but serving others with love and compassion. Great escape is about leaving our fears, hatred and other negative emotions that are toxins in our being. In today's time, people may fear the unknown, becoming hateful and full of revenge and wicked thoughts. We forgot to align ourselves back to our nature of being good. 

We have seen countries go against each other; world leaders fighting each other; citizens against their government. We have not ended centuries old conflicts and wars resulting to poverty and suppression. When shall we become free gain? Free from abuses, maltreatment and slavery? When shall we end physical and emotional suffering and killing? We may never know what the future holds, but one thing that can free us from pain and suffering is when we learn to plan for our great escape. Like the Dalai Lama, he made a wise decision and acted with bravery to face his fears, deal with the unknown and free his heart from hatred. We can learn from The Dalai Lama's spiritual journey on why love and compassion can free us all modern day suffering. That we can live not by having more, but by having what is truly important and meaningful. 

Back to reality, that was another quality Netflix time. With a cup of coffee and a relaxing meditation music, I can have a goodnight sleep and start the working week full of positivity. No matter how tough our world has become, still we have to free our inner world not to defeat our life's purpose our quest for life and meaning. 

© 2018 Del Cusay


Sunday, April 15, 2018

Weekend Fitness Inspirations for Better Health


It's summer time and people are into different activities that are fun and exciting. It may be the  ocean breeze that makes people swim in the beaches. Others may enjoy the long ride reaching the mountain  peak; offering the best view of the valley and the sky. Some may enjoy bonding moments with their family in their hometown while on summer vacation. Endless bucket list to fulfill desires to unwind, feel relaxed and to live the greatest moments of their lives. These are what different personalities are up to as they experience the hottest season just before the onset of the monsoon.

Summer time is what brings us closer to our goals as we finally execute plans in action. I have set some goals as my new year's resolution to shed a few pounds, maintain ideal weight and get fit. Forget about Travel Inspirations for a moment and focus more on regaining better physical health. This way I can do lots of activities and opportunities as I get back on track feelings lighter and healthier. It seems a simple goal, but determination and the will-power to make a brand new start is the key to make it happen. Oftentimes it's just a plan and when a cycle of procrastination attacks, nothing happens and the goal is dying and worse is to have just expired. 

All these years, I have learned to put an expiration on the goal being set to accomplish. Never to wait for the right moment or the perfect moment; but to have the will to start and discover ways to improve as you get closer to achieve success. Nothing in life comes easy from the start. It's always the will power that sets us to burn our desires to become fast like a car or higher like an airplane. Our dream, it's limitless! It's our pace that sets us closer to the destination and to win. Like a race, we burn the fuel of passion and perseverance and we stay on track with agility and endurance. 

I am determined, so I have to start... on my own time... my own pace. This summer season is ideal for physical activities as there are fitness enthusiasts who bring awareness to people about the value of health and wellness. I have witnessed the 2-day Fitstreet which is an annual event at Bonifacio high street, BGC offering various activities for the body, mind and spirit. Non-stop zumba of different classes encourages everyone to relieve stiffness and to start swaying the hips and lose love handles. Marathon is fun for those who would love to go an extra mile and burn calories fast while strengthening their core.  Yoga and meditation is purely bliss. It's done just before the sun shines so bright in the serene environment. The Power of Meditation is alive! It's been a while since the last time I practice it regularly, but the body, mind and spirit has to sync so well for better awareness and right consciousness. 


Fitstreet was created with a purpose of inspiring and motivating people to step up, move up, get started and finish what you start. In years to come, we may be living in a highly digital society, but being aware and conscious of what truly matters makes life valuable and precious. A lifetime commitment for physical fitness might not be a goal for now, but a single step is enough to start the game until the time when we lose the energy and could no longer carry out the things we used to love. As long as we have the energy and the will to live, we can go the farthest distance and live the greatest life we deserve. 

© 2018 Del Cusay



Sunday, April 8, 2018

Physical Fitness For Better Health


Lifestyle change is such a hard thing to commit since it requires discipline and consistency. Dietary change for instance is hard especially when living and working in a place surrounded by instant or fast food. That is more convenient for always on-the-go people who doesn't have much time to prepare their food. The physical effect could be worse since it makes people become obese and prone to hypertension and higher level of cholesterol. This urban lifestyle is making people becoming unhealthy. Looking fit but on the process of developing symptoms like pre-hypertension or hyperlipidemia.

It was in 2016 when I felt that there's something wrong with my health. Heaviness on my head accompanied by cluster pain is making me sick. I experienced increase in heart rate and hyperventilation. That time I felt anxious about what's happening in me. Until I seek medical help and through diagnostic and laboratory test it was found out that I have a very high level of total cholesterol and LDL or bad cholesterol. In medical parlance, I have a hyperlipidemia and I am predisposed to cardiovascular diseases leading to heart attack or stroke if left untreated. That really scares me whenever I think of the possible consequence of the lifestyle I have chosen.

I used to be a health trainer for about 4 years and during those times I have helped people getting fit and healthier in all levels of health; physical, mental, emotional and even spiritual. I used to teach physical exercises and breathing techniques for health and longevity. I have reached out to more people in several cities in the Philippines and Asia. After I left my role, I am back to the old ways; less exercise and meat-based diet that is high in fat content. I can't resist or maybe I couldn't live without meat in my diet. I didn't bother since I believe I could eat anything without getting sick. I am not obese and I didn't feel unhealthy. Until one day, I am convinced that unhealthy and unbalanced diet is really bad to physical health since its manifestations bothered me.

It was in November 2017 when I decided to consult a physician again and have a laboratory check and the result is still the same. My cholesterol level remains high and I was prescribed to take anti-cholesterol drug and dietary change. Another test 2 months after and the result was consistent though I have taken a medicine but have ignored food choices. I just can't avoid eating fast food almost daily for about a year. However, I was alarmed about people getting stroke at a very young age and I don't want to experience it. So I have learned to ignore fast food, though not totally and I try to drink less soda. I started eating lighter and preferred pescetarian diet; fish with some vegetables. Then I felt good that I can survive the dietary change. One more thing is the physical fitness to be part of the lifestyle change. I used to be physically active, so I believe I can start again.

Living in a highly urbanized city should not be an excuse not to become physically fit and healthy. In BGC, just few steps from my new place is a good place for exercise. Built as a recreation park, the Track 30th  is for those who have interest in any forms of exercise like jogging, brisk walking and breathing exercises.  You can see people of all ages, young and old who are into fitness even for few hours. It's a wonderful thing when urban planners now see the importance of having a piece of nature with trees and natural elements that makes people grounded. There are bigger stones where one could sit to relax and meditate.That was a bliss when finally I have the energy and enthusiasm to be back on fitness for a better health. Track 30th is a good place to start and as I continue to explore, I should get more determined of the end result; to feel lighter, calmer and healthier -- free from diseases and untoward symptoms.


Post exercise meal should have been light and to have dropped by at my favorite bakery is also a fitspiration. Few pieces of Pandesal sfuffed with spanish style sardines and coffee is already enough for carbohydrate and protein dietary requirements plus the antioxidant for free radicals. I should learn to prepare a healthy meal and snacks to improve my health and achieve wellness. With exercise and proper diet I can become a living testimony that we can achieve health and fitness and fight off diseases through appropriate lifestyle changes.

I am inspired to share this journey to others who may share the same story or those busy professionals who might be struggling to commit for a total lifestyle change. Physical fitness starts with a commitment followed by endurance and perseverance. It's not only today, but I hope to maintain what is ideal.  A strong physical body also follows a strong mind and spirit that's all we need.


© 2018 Del Cusay


Saturday, March 31, 2018

Holy Week 2018: A Loving and Merciful God

Visita Iglesia 2018: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish; Divine Mercy Shrine; San Roque Parish - Mandaluyong

This year's  Holy week reflection may be different as compared to my previous years' celebration, since I have contemplated on the reality in today's society where there's an absence of light in the hearts just for the sake of cleansing or renewal. In our country where the battle between good versus evil is such a big challenge to be won; when thousands of lives were not saved, but have left a scar and darkness from deep within. It's a terrible and sad reality where darkness has invaded the souls not just of the sinners but also the righteous men; the so-called protector of the state and its people.

When killing has been a normal thing produced in the mouth of the most powerful man...
When abuses to women have been a normal form of mockery...
When the biggest offenders are being protected while the poor men are being executed...
When the young minds are becoming influenced and confused of what's right and wrong...
When dealing with things in a violent way to prove righteousness and justice...

In this new generation of believers and non-believers, we have allowed ourselves to be defeated by the darkness. We have allowed to be tempted to commit a sin to eradicate the dark, yet it's done in a wicked way; a barbaric way that is unacceptable in today's time.

Is there some light hidden in our hearts that needs to blossom and enlighten the people that surrounds us? That might be a reality to some, but truly a mystery that only a few understands. Today's society is focusing on wars that they will never be triumphant. Absence of love and inhumane behavior to defeat evil is never easy. Just like defeating our inner demons is a challenge that we have to fight forever. We have not resorted to other means, but to seek the Divine light to renew us and strengthen our faith that we could defeat evil in our hearts and minds.

Our society is becoming sick that we have allowed anger, resentment, aggression and violence to solve unending problem. It has become an instant solution to ward off negativity. This in return created a cycle of violence in our emotional, mental and physical state. We have have been defeated by the darkness and our solution is not to seek the light but to create a chaos; another darkness that have enslaved our soul.

Let this Holy week be a reminder that we have the goodness in everyone's heart no matter how evil people may have become. We may have sinned in the eyes of men, yet there's always a loving and merciful God who can forgive us and renew our life. There's always a God who will take us out from the darkness and live an illumined life. There will always be an evil in this world, but we can always defeat them through the purity of our hearts and our thoughts.

Let this Holy week be the time to renew our faith; to be strengthened by God's love and mercy. Let us not allow evil to influence our thoughts and intentions. Let us remain to be meek and humble like a child. Let us remain to be innocent and forgiving and not to plant seed of negative intentions or harm to other people.

Let our Divinity rule us to be kind and loving...
Let  our conscience dictate us of what is right and wrong...
Let our humanity rule instead of insecurity and bigotry...
Let us be the light in the world of wickedness and lies

Our society is dying in terms of human values and virtues, let us help to resurrect our old and good ways. When we have been raised as a good child, we will never forget that goodness in us no matter how sinful we may have become. We can better appreciate the light when we have been in the dark, but let us not prosecute those who are already in the dark, but lift them up and help them towards spiritual renewal that they may appreciate the light after a longer journey of the darkest moment of their lives. If God is Loving and merciful, how could we not forgive and help them lead a better life.

There's always opposite in this world...
There's a light after the dark...
There's a day after the longest night...
There's a joy after loneliness and sorrow...

Let the resurrected Christ be our shield to rule our hearts and to win over evil and bring light in our society and our world today and forever.

© 2018 Del Cusay


Sunday, February 25, 2018

The Road Ahead: Setting A Goal and Getting Started


Oftentimes it's hard to get things done when everything seem to be just a plan or a goal to be set in the future. Yes, there are times when we are preoccupied with thoughts that are about to happen in a distant future, but all we do it to keep on rehearsing until it becomes polished or perfect. However, no matter how refined our thoughts may be, nothing will happen with our goals if it's just a thoughtform without necessary action. For years, this has been the reality to most people who are dreamers; setting a goal, but not acting on it until everything is perfect. A certain perfection would mean no room for failure and everything must be smooth sailing.

Whether our intention is directed towards personal development; like for instance developing our self-esteem to finally quit the corporate job and become a freelance professional, such thing brings excitement though a vivid imagination. A dreamed reality is hard to distinguish from a real life achievement, though the latter is the most real and not just pure imagination. Just like a real dream when we thought that it happened already. The moment we wake up seems that it was real and not a dream state. A dejavu or whatever we call it, a dream will remain as a dream and an action will become a reality.

For some, learning to drive and owning a car is a dream. It's not just a luxury these days but a necessity in everyday living. Since a kid, we have been dreaming of driving a car even the most fancy one. Anyway, it's just a dream, but we never realized that it's the simple dream that can make it turn into a reality. Through perseverance, we have worked on this goal and there comes a time when we have achieved it. Owning our dream car has become a reality, and for others it's a fantasy, but that is now their reality. As a Sales Consultant, helping people acquire their dream car is my goal and once they have owned it and drive for the first time, it brings certain level of happiness and excitement to discover the road ahead. It's the imagination of reaching a desired destination that brings joy to self that no matter how tough the journey, still we have the courage to finish the trip.

Another thing is about the journey to entrepreneurship when some may have planted on their thoughts that someday, they'll  run their own business and  manage their own people who will help them achieve personal goals. It takes years of endless planning, but there's no action to start the process of owning it. It's not merely based on fear alone; it's not about lack of knowledge, but it's about the lack of courage and perseverance. How about pursuing post-graduate studies? Do you aspire to get ahead in a corporate world? That's just 2 yrs and you'll have an advanced degree deserved to get promoted and eventually raise in salary. So many dreamed realities that will remain to be a state of inertia unless acted through force. That's a law and the universe tell you otherwise.

Even simple goals have remained as a thoughtform. Is it the goal to achieve physical fitness? Going to the gym and getting rid of some unwanted cellulites? How about hiking and mountain climbing? Was it last year that you have promised to climb a mountain before the year ends? what happened? Simple goals yet so hard to start. I may be like that or you may be like that in some ways. That's my story and you have your own story to tell. It's a popular quotation I always remember that "The best thing to get ahead is to get started" and that must be true. It gives us the courage to make a brand new start. Not to live based on fear and anxiety, but living a life of power and mighty.

So when is the right time for it to happen? in the future? when exactly? well, there's to perfect time, but to act now. I've written something about The Power of Now: Being Aware and Present and it about the present awareness and consciousness of events that are relevant in our lives. Similar to our goals, we have to stop on chasing perfection but rather to enjoy the journey along the way and correct things as it goes... the journey goes on and setting a goal is just a single step, but getting started is when we get ahead in life beyond our wildest dreams and aspirations.

© 2018 Del Cusay


Friday, February 16, 2018

Celebrating Chinese New Year 2018: Prosperity and Abundance


Chinese culture and tradition was preserved by the Chinese-Filipino living in the Philippines from several generations and they have continued to influence Filipinos in many ways. Our lifestyle which includes the food, clothing, belief system and even modern technology are embraced and valued. We are always delighted by the colorful sights and architectural designs and entertained with musical instruments that are classical. These are some of the influences we've adapted for centuries and will continue to exist in generations. Chinese tradition is worthy of preservation since they show us how to love our culture; to show respect to older people and to share blessings to others.

It was in 2013 when I first experience Chinese new year in Binondo. The street was not as crowded as the celebration in 2018, yet people enjoy the scenes and the Chinese cultural presentation. Celebrating the Chinese New Year 2013: A New Beginning is something worth reminiscing since it awakened my curiosity and facination with Chinese history and culture and their massive influence in Filipino culture. Today, Binondo is not only a great cultural hub, but an important economic center in Manila. The district is vibrant and creates a nostalgia as the wold's oldest Chinatown. Centuries of cultural and economic ties that have formed great friendships and closer relationships. There's a certain bond that unites us and by embracing each other's culture and beliefs, we're leaving a legacy to the future generations of the lasting friendships we have formed through the years. 


Celebrating Chinese New Year 2017: An Auspicious Celebration was about optimism and higher hopes of what's about to happen or a prediction of fate. Truly a magnificent celebration becomes surreal and it does wonderful thing about present and future living. With Chinese zodiac, prediction has become magical and brought a wondrous surprise. Being hopeful to the highest degree attracts opportunities and that was a turned reality in 2017. Something wonderful happened and another chapter has opened which is bigger and brighter. 

The year 2018 was also welcomed; full of hopes and aspirations for more abundance and a prosperous living. A comfortable life that we have been dreaming of and a simple life that is dedicated for service. No matter what influences we have embraced, still we are a Filipino in words, in deeds and thoughts. We will continue to be more optimistic about what is unknown and does not live in fear, but the courage to face the challenges with perseverance and a positive attitude. Like the Tsinoy or the Chinese-Filipino, they have succeeded in life because of their minset of abundance; of having enough and always asking for more so that they too can share what they have. Prosperity is about receiving and acknowledging the blessings that are coming into our life and taking a part of it to give back and become a blessing to others who are in need. May the year 2018 gives a meaningful life; a prosperous and abundant life and dreams coming true in the years to come. 

© 2018 Del Cusay

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Never Chase For Happiness: You can Create it


Some people say that to be happy we need to be successful at what we do; we have to reach for our dreams, our destiny and not the imagined reality. Well, that sounds true to some, but happiness starts to ignite from within. It is not to be chased and it is never a destination. It may be a journey that we create that even on the crossroads we still find that little spark of happiness.

There was a guy who was never content of his present life. He finds his world as dull and unexciting. Full of doubts and negativity, he always find happiness in the presence of group of friends and is dependent on them. He is not fully in control and tend to worry in the absence of his friends with whom he considered as his own family. He has a lifestyle that others couldn't afford and felt happy for having a group of friends who share the same personality and lifestyle. The guy wanted to win his friends by bragging about the new things he own and that makes him happy when he is praised or idolized. It's a kind of narcissistic personality that is too expensive for someone to possess. Wherever he goes, he has to compete with others and doesn't want to get left behind. For him, he can be happy if in the presence of friends but can't motivate ownself. Happiness is something he has to chase from others to get comfortable and secure and felt down when alone.

Happiness is something we create and not entirely dependent on others' opinion of us. There is happiness in solitude even more than the presence of a group or team. Happiness comes from security of oneself and the confidence to own a personal battle. Wherever we go we find happiness from even small things that are meaningful. Certainly, we create our own reality and we can always survive a journey of a thousand miles if we can rely on ourselves. Happiness comes from within and  is projected to others. We create a wave of happiness that is contagious and that improves our feelings and intrapersonal relationships. Happiness is everywhere, but all along it can be found first not from afar or a specific type of person or a group. It is when we recognize our soulful desires that makes our heart feeling joyful leading to eternal happiness we truly deserve.

© 2018 Del Cusay


Sunday, February 4, 2018

Pasinaya 2018: Love for the Philippine Arts


As a Filipino, it is always our duty to uphold loyalty and patriotism to our country. When we were conquered by foreign invaders, we have adopted their ways; language, arts, music, culture and tradition. For hundreds of years until the present time, we have these influences on our lifestyle; our way of living. We have embraced colonialism and we have slowly neglected our original identity of being a Filipino. Although, we are considered to be of mixed races by blood, still our identity will be the soul of our nation and as One Filipino, we will take pride of our culture wherever we are and in whatever that we do.

In today's time however, there is a need to preserve our culture through the arts. The latest generation of Filipinos would have to appreciate the richness of the Philippine culture and pass it on the next generation. Culture and tradition should never stop and it must continue to exist and evolve, but not to obliterate. Hence, we can truly preserve it not only in literal form, but also in our minds and hearts. 


To appreciate and preserve our culture through the arts, the Cultural Center of the Philippines has been celebrating its annual Pasinaya Festival, the term which means to 'inaugurate' or the 'opening' of something that is grand and festive. The Pasinaya festival, on its 14th year is gaining a much deserved attention from those who love arts and culture. It is a 2-day festival dubbed as "Palihan at Palabas" where art lovers can enjoy workshop offering on various arts like dancing, singing, acting, writing and theatrical performances. This is followed by a great showcase of artistic talents and renditions before thousands of viewers who appreciates and loves art. 

This is my 4th year to experience the Pasinaya Festival and it never failed to amuse and entertain. It's the great feeling of being a Filipino to see performers from different art genres who came from different parts of the country. The viewers continue to grow every year and they are joyful with the presentations which they may have not seen before. The elegance, graciousness and glamour of ancient Filipinos only shows some refinement with their way of living. So today, in our time we take a glimpse of how modern Filipinos can take us back to the early days where life seem to be simple.

The CCP Resident companies are always on the spotlight. The classical pieces of Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra; The modern pieces of the UST Philharmonic Orchestra;  the gracefulness of Ballet Philippines and Tanghalang Pilipino and the Bayanihan Folk Dance Company and other performing groups have shared their timeless pieces that are truly a product of class and elegance.

Last year's Pasinaya 2017: Arts for Peace  was a great experience and the viewers were moved by the years' theme when Filipinos can be united through arts despite the unending conflicts. Arts for peace is significant in years to come as we battle to achieve everlasting peace and harmony. While on this year 2018, is a calling to show our deepest love for arts to revive our pure sense of patriotism.

Cultural preservation and fascination through arts will go a long way if we are united and show deeper love and loyalty to our national identity. Pasinaya Festival will be one of the greatest gifts that we could offer to the future generations as they continue to reflect deeply on who they are and what they can show and contribute to the world. This is just a beginning of igniting our artistic abilities to prove ourselves and show to the world that we are a Filipino with a soulful desires and greatest love to our nation through cultural appreciation and rendition. 

© 2018 Del Cusay
                                                                     

Sunday, January 28, 2018

The Power of Now: Being Aware and Present



Living in a fast paced world as we are now is like a marathon; a race with uncertain outcome. People are always in a hurry, but end up arriving late in the destination. Along the way, we bumped with each other in an attempt to get ahead. There's a lot of shouting, screaming or even crying. No matter how hard it seem to be, still a determined soul can conquer obstacles and overcome defeat. There's no way to quit, but to continue the race towards the peak.

Unhurried life isn't a thing nowadays even in a rural village. We are all connected by the power of technology and we seem to get the latest information in real time, at the particular moment and as needed. Through an upgrade in transportation and communication, everything is quick and instant; as fast as teleportation if it's real. Getting towards a destination excites us and the journey becomes a cherished expedition. Years ago, life isn't that complicated and people enjoy much on the present moment of  their lives. As compared to the present time, most people are living in their past when they can't leave their worries behind. Others may be living in an uncertain future and become anxious of what lies ahead. That's life! truly complicated.  Whatever comes in the head are noises that are unfiltered coming from different sources and even our own prejudice.

Living in the past and in the future is inevitable. When the mind wanders mean lack of focus and awareness of the present; not truly conscious -- not being aware. A complicated living of being not present in the moment has its consequences. We become distracted and less productive. Our worries, fears, uncertainties are enemies to productivity and consciousness. Though it is a result of previous traumatic experiences, we are still in control and has the power to bring back to a normal state of being; where we enjoy the present moment and truly living. As we go through the next level of spiritual existence, we learn to ignore or filter those noises that will not benefit our being. We become alert and more focus on what we are doing and the result is fascinating  a stress-free living.

Being present and aware at the same time is a gift to ourself or to someone dear to us. When we are aware and conscious of someone's presence, they feel being accepted and loved by us. However, when we ignore their presence, they will feel neglected, abandoned and uncared for; that's miserable and unacceptable. But in today's world, there's another side of the story, we oftentimes focus on our own; our personal intention and goals to achieve. We go on our own without the validation from others. That's consciousness from the personal level. We go for a healing when our soul finds its peace and beingness.

The power of now is so powerful that we experience and practice mindfullness. We do not allow a mind that wanders, but we focus our intentions back to our present reality. We choose to be peaceful and live a stress-free life leading to our health and wellbeing. The power of now is a spiritual gift to people that surrounds us. When we are at peace with ourselves, we are present in our dealing with people no matter what happens and we deal with life peacefully as it happens. That's the power of presence and awareness  the power of now!

© 2018 Del Cusay




Sunday, January 21, 2018

Pit Señor 2018: Celebrating Pajotan de Sto. Niño



Devotion to the Holy Child Jesus or popularly known as Sto. Niño has been celebrated in the Philippine archipelago yearly particularly in the month of January. This is not just a tradition among the faithful, but it is a meaningful celebration of being a youthful and cheerful servant or believer of the Holy child. The image which was brought by the Spaniards was the reason of our celebration. Since then, Christianity has spread in the Philippine Islands and our ancestors have embraced Christ; our Lord and savior. Several generations have passed and we're still allured by the charming image of the Holy infant. In the Philippines, there are several parishes whose patron is Sto. Niño. Cebu City, being the recipient of the first Holy image given as a gift celebrates the Sinulog festival on the third Sunday of January. In Iloilo City, they also celebrate the Dinagyang festival on the same week as of the Sinulog. These two festivals have become one of the biggest religious event in the country and have attracted thousands of followers who are witness to to the grandeur of this festivity.

On this day, January 21, I have witnessed once again the devotion to Sto. Niño. From the old commercial district of Pajo in Caloocan and passing along the Parish of San Roque, thousands of devotees including children have shown their faith through a long procession of the Holy image. Devotees have been creative and vibrant in showcasing their images. Some parents would carry their children on their shoulder as they dance through the beat of the drums. Truly, the significance of this celebration is the innocence of the child who is full of wonders and giving a sense of happiness and joy to the parents and to everyone. It was in 2013 that I have witnessed one the the biggest celebration of Sto. Niño in Luzon. Celebrating The Feast of Sto. Niño de Tondo gave a meaning to a personal devotion; a reflection of one's faith to the Divine. 

In 2016, Celebrating Pajotan de Sto. Niño was another chance to witness and take a glimpse of this celebration. Two years after, it became more upbeat and alive. Unlike other religious procession, this is not the solemn type since they would carry the image and have it move or dance. This however is a personal devotion and belief. In the end, it is our faith that matters. Just like the Holy child Jesus, we must show innocence, but our faith must not be stagnant, it must keep on growing and flowing. We keep on expanding our faith so as to reach people to keep on believing and have faith in God no matter what challenges they are facing. 

© 2018 Del Cusay

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Divine Light: To The People of Linambasan


We seek the power of the Divine light whenever we encounter unpleasant events in our lives; the darkest moments that blocks our path to see the light. We seek for Divine protection when we feel weak and needs comfort when we are in deepest pain. We may have struggled and endured the pain, but one thing is for sure that there is a meaning in suffering. As we go along with our personal battles, we may experience the presence of Divinity in our community; the church, the parishioners, the servants, the followers and the believers. We belong to a community that is Divinely inspired and committed to serve on its Divine purpose.

It is through our heart's desire that we envision a greater community of the faithful.When one is called to serve his purpose, it will become a reality through the support and cooperation of the chosen community. Our wish; our desire is the presence of Divine love to all; regardless of one's creed, societal status and character. Our merciful and loving God has called its people to renew their faith no matter how sinful one has become. Greediness, hatred and lack of compassion may have degraded our character, but our spiritual nature cleanses and heals our flaws making us a stronger faithful. There is a Certain Holiness in You no matter how sinful one may have become. At some point, we are bound to fail and stumble upon the dark. When the soul is in the dark, there is surely a light that would shine to serve as a guide and to lead the rest towards the Divine path. 

The foundation of the church is stronger as it is built with love and compassion. People from even the farthest location are called to follow and to serve. There's no hindrance to a spiritual path when one is called to serve and believe. Doubts and uncertainties are inevitable, but a stronger community will surpass the negativity and support each other bringing more light to the path. There's no big or small contribution as long as it is wholeheartedly given through Divine inspiration and guidance. Individual and group contribution will go a long way making the church and the spiritual community a leader whose obligation is to spread the message of hope and peace and love to all. 

The church is built closer to its people; we continue to make it bigger and brighter for generations to come. When the unknown future creates fears and doubts, we call for the Divine, just like when we call our mother when we are frightened and helpless. Our merciful and loving mother would rescue its child and save him from harm and danger. We are always being heard when we call for Divine help; when we can't stand alone on our battles and easily defeated by the dark. Until we call for Divine guidance, we remain to be weak and helpless. Through the spiritual community founded, we are one for all and we feel the warmth - - the Divine presence.  We become clearer with our plans and decisions, we are guided with our personal intentions and we become a servant to those who needed help. Years may have passed by and the church that was built by the faithful will continue to become a sanctuary for everyone: the lost and wandering souls and those seeking the path towards Divine love and light. 

© 2018 Del Cusay


Monday, January 1, 2018

New Year 2018: Beyond The Limits


That was a tough year 2017. A roller coaster of unforeseen events and unexpected triumphs; an opportunity that was never lost but continuously on a cycle. When I looked back to the previous year, I am still overwhelmed of the circumstances experienced and feeling grateful of what I have achieved in any ways. What I have learned through the years is that when the door closes, certainly a window will be opened for another milestone and breakthroughs. The year 2017 ended with a positive spirit and gratitude to the Divine while looking forward for a great life it has to offer for the year 2018 for myself, my family, friends and everyone whom have made a significant impact in my life.

To celebrate New Year means a celebration of a new life full of hopes and optimism for a brighter future. I always look forward for the brighter side and taking away the negativity that may become a hindrance towards future success. Looking forward doesn't necessarily mean inability of looking back from past living; where struggles, obstacles and defeat are always inevitable. It's always good to look back for self-realization leading to stronger determination. Whatever we have gone through will not change but we can always learn a lesson for a positive change and renewal. To celebrate a New Year is just a start of another challenges to take and hindrances to break. New Year 2016: A New Beginning was a liberation of the mind and grounding back to reality. Attainment of higher consciousness will always be instilled on the mind and will be the guide for a greater living beyond the physical plane.

A thousand miles journey will be needing a guide; a GPS that will lead towards a destination. It's the will that can complete the journey no matter how far it may seem. Time will be the barometer of success; either we arrive on time, behind the time or ahead of time. New Year 2017: A Hopeful Journey was about having the faith and perseverance that things will be better ahead of time; that another life is waiting and it will be something bigger and still significant. Truly that was a greater opportunity given and will continue to persevere no matter what challenges I may face. Time has come that I don't have to be on the same level of fight, but to understand and find a meaning on every challenges encountered. I ended the year 2017 with a bigger fight of optimism that things would become better and healing would eventually take place for the benefit of the a greater whole.

A New Year celebration with the family is always a source of joy; to be reunited and gain positive insights about living. When things go wrong, it needs to be fixed in a different perspective. We may have been defeated and put to test, but we can always reconnect the dots and rewire the broken lines to become full and complete again. The principle of higher consciousness is beyond our lower emotions; beyond our limits. We can always stand up again and face the world with greater heights and clearer view of the path. The road ahead is always about advance thinking and ability to see the next episode of life. The year 2018 is welcomed with a greater energy. The light from above will serve as a reminder that things certainly become brighter even in the dark. We can rise up from the challenge and will emerge as a champion —  a winner in life.

© 2018 Del Cusay



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