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

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