Monday, December 25, 2017

Christmas in Our Hearts 2017: The Unexpected Reality

Christmas season brings wonderful memories in each of us; feeling joyful for the gifts received as a kid during Christmas parties and grand year-end parties as an adult. Those moments brought a meaning to our lives, our families and dear friends. It created a certain bond — a connection that could last forever. However, no matter how pleasant those memories were, still there may be some unpleasant events that didn't prevent us from moving forward. Yuletide season goes on and it heals and renews certain emotions, beliefs and personalities.

Christmas in Our Hearts: A Wonderful Beginning reminded me of celebration away from home, yet connected in spirit. It was the time when I felt very much grateful and joyful for the wonderful blessings received. That was unexpected reality and not in a dream state from a deep sleep.

Years have passed and the road ahead brought so many endless opportunities. The world showers abundance for those who believe and have faith; those who have fallen, but never gave up. A temporary shelter to a wandering spirit, but when knocked and called, it passes the same road to exit and back to where our hearts belong. To follow our heart's desire could mean freedom from emotional and mental assault; to bring back our old-self — stronger and better.

On the road to the peak is truly a bliss. Christmas in Our Hearts 2015: A Blissful Journey is a memorable moment of fun and excitement. It is the road to self renewal and feeling hopeful of the next chapter. Just like those whom have just started to live on their dreams and now living on the next level of a more wonderful reality. They have persevered and endured the pain and now have gained their greatest surprise that they truly deserve.

There were moments of victory and living our purpose. The road to healthcare mission brought a different kind of service for those who seek healing. Just like a book, it has its last chapter and page. Christmas in Our Hearts 2016: Breakthrough to Success was a call to service, self discovery and affirmation. When the last page was done, we seek for a greater challenge; something unknown and it brought us to unimaginable journey. It may have revealed our personal weaknesses, our dislikes and move out to comfort zones, but it also revealed a different personality who is vulnerable to threats and uncontrolled forces.

Along the way, we meet people who are good and bad to us. People whom we met by chance and have helped us where we are right now. No matter what happens; with life's ups and downs, there will always be a family of our own and wherever we have settled in. The virtue of gratitude, forgiving and loving nature still reigns in our hearts and we continue to look back and reminisce those wonderful moments in our lives and have faith on current state of unexpected reality. The chapter doesn't close yet. It's still a wonderful journey and challenges on the crossroads. The seed of thought planted years back is now becoming closer to reality. There are several unexpected circumstances, but certainly we create our reality; our desires and destiny.

© 2017 Del Cusay

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

A Soulful Holiday Retreat

A five-day holiday seems so long in a place where our heart belongs. A simple yet  meaningful living away from the crowd and noise. It is truly  home; where life seems unhurried and not preoccupied with chaotic city living; when time seems so slow while enjoying the moment. At last, after working tirelessly, there's a reward. It's priceless, hence a short time vacation really matters.

What makes life significant is when we get back to our place of birth once in a while to get reconnected with how it all began. We've been to far places to earn a living and provide our needs and desires and to be disconnected is just temporary. The compass would always point us back to a place where we are most comfortable. A home is where our heart is. To listen to a different kind of story  and express with deepest affinity. 

I always believe on the power of natural healing. It doesn't cost much. It's priceless and significant renewal of self to gain new perspective about people, place, things and experiences. Truly, a soul knows how to heal itself. It directs us somewhere to get revitalized, thus making us stronger and more ready to handle complex task. 

A holistic healing involves the body, mind and soul, integrated into a personality. When in a low frequency mode, it needs time to heal and regain the lost positive energy. It feels great to be whole again through a retreat even for a while. The strong vibration makes us feel more confident that we can make things possible through our belief and effort. A positive vibration that draws people to get some inspiration and to believe in themselves for who they are and what they can accomplish.

Once I have experienced a highlands retreat in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh in India. I have stepped into The Land of Tibetans in Dharamsala where life is heavenlike. The people have a deeper spiritual connection and they seem to be happy and contented. Back in my hometown, people are enjoying a spiritual bliss in a highland I can compare to Dharamsala. The place may not have the same grandeur and charm, but it is similar in some ways. The cool breeze in a foggy mountain, the chirping of the birds, the gentle blow of the wind and the spiritual nature of the people. 

Looking farther on the surrounding mountains is a a feeling of faith and hope; that we can reach the summit as we envision a greater height of limitless capabilities. The road to summit leads to a soulful journey of retreat to a place closer to our heart. Our endless desire and need for renewal makes a powerful personality that knows no limit. With endurance and perseverance, the summit is always within our reach. It's a cycle of life of a burning desire and soulful recollection, leading to a meaningful life we deserve. 

© 2017 Del Cusay

Sunday, November 5, 2017

6th Year Blogging Anniversary: Reminiscence of The Glorious Times

We will never know how far we have gone through or how great we have become when we don't push ourselves to our limits; knowing who we really are and what we are capable of doing. That's when we start our journey to the road of limitless potentials and possibilities. Enjoying the moment of overcoming obstacles on the way to the peak. We may have conquered the summit and felt victorious, but that moment isn't forever and we continue the journey back to where life seems normal and easy. That's the cycle of life. No permanence, but just unending highs' and lows'.

I reminisce the days when I have followed my soulful desire and made a commitment. It's not a major one. Not even an absolute commitment. I call it a passion  a lifestyle that is for a chosen few. This is to follow my desire to put my stories in writing. Blogging is a lifestyle that triggers emotions and can move people; not to be idolized, but an inspiration that life is a series of stories comparable to a book. It has chapters and stand alone pages and a title.

As I write a title in every pages or chapters, it highlights the wondrous journey of past, present and future living. Not merely dwelling on the past, but enjoying on the moment; the power of now. That's the way it is. However, we envision a life ahead of our time. That's a gift of time travel; of living maybe light years ahead — to the extreme.

Today, November 5 is about remembering the past. On this day, about 6 years ago, I started to become a writer of my journey and destiny. As I recall, "Insights For A Fulfilling Life" made a significance as I documented life's precious learning turned into wisdom from Sages of the East and West. It's about living a in a deeper consciousness; in a different state of being and planes of existence. That was surreal for sure. 

As I began to be awakened, life is still continuously changing. Some old ways of living and some great deeds done. Awakening starts when we explore the deeper core of our being. Our soulful quest for meaning and understanding the chaos and adversity that happens to everyone and the world we live in.

It was on November 5, 2011 when I first started to share about the gentle awakening through The Power of Meditation. It all started with a light; an inspiration; a sparked leading to an action. A tremendous energy that was so powerful enough to change a personality. That's how it all began. Whenever I look back, it was a simple wish; a desire for something different and meaningful. It was granted and I have gone through the test of time. Rough as it may have been, still on the journey of fine tuning.

On the first year of blogging anniversary, it was about Reminiscence of The Glorious Times. A run through of the insights on my travels: interaction with people and exposure with different and bizarre cultures. A year after, on the 2nd year was like a viral post on the western readers when I posted about Following Our Heart's Desire. Since then and up to date, it's the most read and shared blog post. I describe is as an ordinary post, but a meaningful and significant one.

My ebook entitled "Heart's Desire: Journey to Success" came into reality as inspired by that post and was even accepted by amazon for international readers. It was never easy, but I have learned to do it on my own and beyond my wildest dreams, I have faith in myself to live up on my future desires that may be unimaginable. It's a journey, and along the way are crossroads. There will be times that it will be good to feel defeated and some days feeling like a champion  a winner.

On the 6th year anniversary, is a celebration of a new chapter: The Road Ahead is about living your greatest life inspired by the light from within. On this new chapter, it's about a meaningful silence and experiencing and overcoming the challenges. To overcome defeat and emerging as a winner based on personal definition of success.

As I said, this personal blogsite is what I considered a masterpiece: a collection of stories shared by great people from great places, culture and events. This will continue to exist in the years to come and I will always be delighted to share it with people who aspires to awaken their inner giant from within and share the light today and beyond.

© 2017 Del Cusay

Monday, September 25, 2017

Jason Ong's Sweetest Gift to her Beloved Wife, Angelita

Mr. Jason Ong is an Overseas Filipino Worker; currently based in Panama where he works as an Electrical Supervisor for about 4 years. He is working hard for his family in DasmariΓ±as City province of Cavite and he get to see them yearly whenever he has to renew his contract. The last time they reunited was in May of this year for about 2 weeks of stay and he had to fly back to Panama to resume on his responsibility as a Supervisor.

Mr. Ong had been dreaming of buying a compact SUV crossover as a gift to his wife and family. He then decided to choose Ford Ecosport which has enough seating capacity for his family. In August, this year, he browsed the internet and made an inquiry through our FGC Facebook page. He immediately filled out an online application; was processed right away and got the most awaited approval from East West Bank.

His wife, Mrs. Angelita Ong was there along the way to follow up and submit the necessary documents on behalf of her husband. Although there was a slight delay in our communication with Mr. Ong considering the difference in time zone, still we manage to comply with the necessary requirements for the release of their vehicle.

As an OFW who has been working tirelessly for his family, Mr. Ong made a practical decision to avail the ZERO downpayment promo. It was such a good deal for him and the monthly auto-debit arrangement is favorable to his wife in the Philippines since they have made it hassle-free.

On September 22, 2017, I met Mrs. Ong together with her son and grandson. That was their scheduled vehicle release. They had a pleasant experience while waiting for the releasing process to be finally done. They were delighted by the customer service through offering of refreshments and the visual entertainment while sitting in a comfortable couch. That was a wonderful showroom experience that may be quite different from other dealership they have previously visited. 

Upon the final turn over, Mrs. Ong and family can't wait, but excited to experience their brand new Ecosport. From BGC they traveled the fastest route on the way home to DasmariΓ±as City. That was truly a fulfilling moment when finally they have acquired their dream car. Mr. Ong was grateful for the successful purchase after several weeks of waiting. There were some blockages along the way, but they haven't given up and kept their faith. That was the sweetest success when you have gone through with the challenges — not to give up but to go on further.

I am looking forward to meet Mr. Ong when he arrives back in his beloved country soon, and as an OFW, he deserve a heroes welcome when he finally get to see the fruit of his hardwork abroad and they will travel together to a place they call a home.

© 2017 Del Cusay

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Mr. Calayag's Journey from Manila to Siargao with his Brand New Ford Ranger

Mr. Calayag works as a Production Manager at Bountry Fresh Food, Inc for several years in Manila until he was assigned in a province in Mindanao which is closer to his hometown in Siargao Island, province of Surigao Del Norte. He has been traveling regularly from Mindanao to Manila as part of his role in the company and he's very much familiar with Bonifacio Global City where our Ford dealership is located. 

Upon receiving an email in our August 2017 zero downpayment promo, Mr. Calayag sent his online application immediately and was approved by the East West bank for 15% downpayment promo. Zero-downpayment was a great deal for him and he relied on the power of technology through online in-house financing. For him, online application is more convenient and faster as compared to making a purchase in a Ford dealership in Mindanao which is a bit higher in price.

On August 25, 2017, Mr. Calayag and his wife, who is a  Secondary school teacher flew from Mindanao to Manila for the scheduled release of their brand new Ranger XLT FX4 vehicle. They were comfortable in our showroom as they go through the process of signing the required documents. Their excitement was noticeable as we presented them their new vehicle. Mr. Calayag admitted that he has a pre-owned vehicle and it is their first time to own a first-hand brand new car. 

The couple was impressed by the appearance of their new Ranger vehicle. They have chosen cool white color which was obviously their favorite color.  The comfort and convenience that the vehicle provides was also their motivation. In fact, they traveled back to their hometown by inter-island. That was about 2 days of long drive from Metro Manila down to Bicol Region, crossing to Samar Island and finally their destination, Siargao Island in Surigao Del Norte. 

Although that was a long journey on the road, the couple had fun with their new vehicle and have proven its fuel efficiency. That was an accomplishment for the couple to travel and arrive safely back home. Now, they have a new vehicle which they can use for both personal transport and for their business. 

The 2017 Ford Ranger is built for tough and a reliable vehicle for the whole family. It is equipped with safety features and advanced technology that will make your journey memorable and fulfilling no matter how tough the road may be. With the Calayag family, having a brand-new Ford Ranger is a blessing and they are grateful that they have made the right decision in trusting Ford Global City as their dealer of choice. They may have met challenges on the crossroads, but they will surely succeed as they navigate the road ahead with optimism and gratitude.

© 2017 Del Cusay

Monday, August 21, 2017

The Road Ahead: Move on and Go Further

"A highway of success is not possible without a rocky road. And we always go forward in life no matter what the obstacles and challenges we are going through as long as we believe in ourselves and we keep our faith not to be stucked, but to keep on going further."

Life has been a series of a wonderful beginning. A series of unexpected events; a sudden turn of fate. When the door closes, there will always be a window to open up. Vast and limitless possibilities, offering the best world you have been dreamin' and  that window offers a glimpse of a gentle light that's very promising.

The road ahead may have directed me towards another viewpoint in life, that we can unleash our potentials in whatever way possibly we can. Though it may be unknown to me, but then the hardest thing will always be the beginning. As long as the fire keeps burning, everything will have its happy ending. That's what I know for sure.

Aha! It was exactly 5 months ago when I joined the automotive industry. It was  never in my mind, but I trust the guts and the fate that is there for me. As a trained healthcare professional, I have dreamed of working in a medical facility, helping people regain strength, achieve wellness and become purposeful member of society again. Well, that happened just recently and that was truly an experience. There's always a healing power in our hands and we are all capable of healing people. You don't need to become a doctor or a nurse to heal people, as there's always a healing energy in compassion and motivation. If that's what you can give, we can create a ripple of goodwill whoever we are and whatever industry we are in. That's it!

Service to humanity is not confined to a single industry where compassion is much known. Compassion is in the soul of our being and we carry it in any work that we do. In our dealings with people, we show compassion through excellent customer service, ensuring the best experience leading to customer satisfaction and retention. In any industry, our job involves delighting our clients with our services that are exceptional, something that is incomparable that makes them a happy and delighted customer. As what the Dalai Lama said that "our goal is be happy and to be happy one has to be compassionate"  so with that, it is truly our loving-nature; a big and overflowing heart that makes us not only experience happiness, but ultimately bliss -- a deeper spiritual experience.

There will always be a a light that will guide to the deepest of our soul. A material world that may be less spiritual to many, but a single step towards a thousand miles of spiritual journey. I believe that material and spiritual world co-exist and in this chosen path it's hard to resist. We are in control of or decisions, but there's a higher soul that will make us realize our worth. We can always choose whom to follow, the ones who will show compassion on our being; to the realization of  our deepest dreams and desires to fulfill. I feel the connection, I feel the care, the gratitude and the sense of pride. The culture is wonderful and that has been created from the foundation of love, respect and trust to its people. It's not about the name of the company or how big it is; it's about making a company big even from the simplest contribution that is worthy of recognition. We can certainly create a culture of unity and not divisiveness. A culture of respect, friendliness, camaraderie and compassion. That's what we all need to succeed.

I remember the smiles, the happy faces and the grateful heart in every interaction. I can sense the sincerity and humility to help that no matter how busy we are with our work, still we find time to reach out with our helping hand. It's the people that we're working with that will help us stay alive. No matter how tiring the day may seem, nothing beats the positive energy and enthusiasm that makes us energized and keep motivated. It's the culture that makes a difference. As I brave the storm of impossibilities, there will always be a mirror to hold; to look back from the past successes, thereby rising up from the challenges. It's never too late to start with a positive spirit fighting for greatness in a little world that I live in, but an expanded consciousness is unlimited as I have been given. There are so many things to realize and to discover within ourselves. We can look forward to a brighter future and  keep the passion ignited in every single day. Trusting the leader and giving all out support to the company we highly believe in.

The road ahead is full of uncertainly, but we always create our own reality. The roads may me rough for now, but eventually a smooth ride will follow in the days to come as long as we keep on moving in a forward direction. A highway of success is not possible without a rocky road. And we always go forward in life no matter what the obstacles and challenges we are going through as long as we believe in ourselves and we keep our faith not to be stucked, but to keep on going further.

© 2017 Del Cusay

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Hope For Humanity: A Life Worth Living

The year 2013 was probably the worst disaster that hit the Philippines, my beloved country. The day when the most destructive typhoon killed thousands of lives and families that were left homeless. November 8, 2013 was a nightmare to consider. Several lives were lost in an instant and many people suffered from post-traumatic stress. They were helpless, they didn't know what to do and they felt abandoned and neglected. It killed not only innocent lives, but the hopes and dreams of many people; families who are living a very simple life and those who have just started to build they lives. It was all gone due to a major impact caused by Typhoon Yolanda, internationally known as Haiyan.

As a disaster-prone country, we learned to adapt to almost every calamity. We brave the storm and that proves the Resilience of The Filipino Spirit that we are as hard as titanium, but as soft as a pearl. We learn to recover and stand up again despite of the miseries we have experienced. We struggle, we cry, we laugh and we smile. That's the cycle of life we are meant to live. In the Philippines, that's our reality. We are waterproof no matter what challenges we are going through. We Filipinos are tough, but our poor soul experiences the pain that makes us feel helpless, meaningless and lack of direction and purpose. We became lost and wanderer in body, mind and spirit.

Destruction of humanity caused by climate change is the greatest challenge we are facing in this century. We have caused great damage to the earth and we also suffer the consequence; hence disaster is becoming a normal occurrence that we must learn how to fight in order to survive. Yes, we are a survivor in this archipelago of stormy seas. Our survival instinct guides our actions to escape from harm and danger. Our bodies may have become weak, but our spirit still has an energy to live. That is Perseverance in Times of Despair that we develop in our character. We became fearless and we endure all the pain.

As a survivor, I have learned to acknowledge the importance of saving our environment; our nature; the habitat we are living in; saving the forestry that are becoming denuded, creating an awareness for people who doesn't care. People are becoming greedy and busy for the destruction of nature just to gain wealth. That's their way to survive and their way to live. For us, we end up suffering. Those people are careless not to think and feel for the welfare of the people. Truly, a destruction against humanity.

A simple way of expressing disgust to environmental destruction and showing  a support to environment protection drive would mean a lot. I believe there are still people who are a better leader and has a voice and influence to beat the destroyers, the environment killers. I give my support to those who care for humanity and the world. There's nothing more worth living than a peaceful and heaven on earth experience. When we sleep so deep and wake up with higher hopes and goals to accomplish. When we live in harmony with nature and keeping our balance as we progress. There is nothing more in life than to keep everything fair and just.

My previous life experiences made me stronger and to think extraordinarily and My Life's Greatest Challenge prepared me for a bigger role of serving humanity through personal transformation through higher consciousness. I've been prepared for a disaster preparedness for a possible worst case scenario. The world is ever changing and unpredictable, however we can always foresee the events based on the current trend. Today, we are Dealing on The Impact of Climate Change. That's our reality and we are now living on it. We can't stop it, but we can prepare for the worst thing to come to fully survive. I mean not only by physical level, but also by emotional, mental and spiritual levels as well.

Life is good and it is worth living to have a little influence to others. We can make an impact in our own way based on what we believe is right and for the betterment of other people. Our humanitarian actions will go a long way; creating a ripple of kindness and goodwill that will eventually change the world to become a better place. It is our Heart's Desire: Living a Humanitarian Life that will influence others to stand up and take an action for a better mankind. We have higher hopes to ourselves, but we are also hoping more for humanities' future. As I remember, a life in service is a life worth living and a life well lived -- the humanitarian way.

© 2017 Del Cusay

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The 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 the 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. 

Together 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, clichΓ© 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

119th Philippine Independence Day: 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 sad fate that happened in Southern Mindanao, Marawi City 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 was declared to protect our people? or is it a disguise for a hidden ulterior motive? We may never know the truth.

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. 

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 economic development and the invasion of darkness makes us become blind.

We have been fighting for different kinds of war; the drug war already killed thousands of suspected drug users including the 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.

Good Friday at Manila Cathedral

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 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