Sunday, July 14, 2019

Happiness in Our Hearts

What could be more important in life?
Biggest dream, achieved goals, a success...
A dream job, a dream house, a fancy car
A dream destination in a farthest nation

When success means a million dollar
Yes! having a lot, but not feeling enough
Giving it all, but no contentment at all
No happiness, no pure joy.. No bliss

Success is the presence of happiness...
When I get successful, I'll be happy... Nah!
When I am happy, I feel successful... Yeah!
Happiness is a positive psychology... Aha!

Happiness comes from a natural thing
Not so expensive and not an elusive thing
A glimpse of a dawn; a beautiful twilight...
A magnificent sunrise, a morning exercise

What else could make us truly happy?
A morning cup of milk, coffee or tea
A mist in the garden, a drizzle... A blessing!
A chirping sparrow... A Nightingale's song

Happiness is within us... Within our reach
Morning ritual of gratitude making us rich!
A good morning greeting... A morning hymn
Thanks God for the happiness... I am lovin'

© 2019 Del Cusay

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Highlands' Sunrise: A Heaven's Call

There's a certain energy that a sunrise would give. At dawn, just before it rises to awaken one's slumber, waking up gives a serenity of a peaceful morning with the natural sounds from chirping songbirds and a fresh morning mist.

To awaken as early as 4:30 in the morning and getting up in bed at 5 A. M. is a pure bliss of an awakened soul to start a brand new day that brings new hope of an awesome adventure and the opportunities that awaits.

In my beloved highland town is where I would experience a pleasant morning to awaken my senses. Watching the colorful hues of the sky from the terrace is like staring at a live painting; a natural masterpiece that showly turns into a bright light and ultraviolet rays that brightens my mood to last for the entire day.

What makes me fully alive is the healing energy that the sunrise gives. It nourishes the physical body of the required Vitamin D for the absorbtion of Calcium giving a stronger and healthy bones and an energetic vibes for productivity.

Sunrise would give a positive emotion and expression of happiness and joy and not entertaining any negativity to ruin the day. It is when we leave our negativities behind that makes us feel grateful to life and to the Earth's natural wonders.

A deep breathing exercise absorbs the prana or chi; a life force for healing and  longevity. While a simple yoga-like and internal stamina exercises would loosen up a stiff body and shaken up the soul.

What compliments the sunrise is a cup of coffee; a black and a strong one to completely awaken the senses for daytime alertness.

The sunrise is God's gift for us to wake up each morning with a sense of gratitude to life and to endless energy for our survival. There's a natural wonder as we open our eyes and there's a natural healing as we open our hearts. The sunrise is a heaven's call; a hope for a better day and a hope for a better tomorrow.

© 2019 Del Cusay

Sunday, June 30, 2019

A Beautiful Sunrise

A magnificent dawn
Staring at the garden
Hearing the music
The nature's so fantastic
Is it real or is it magic

The birds are chirping
The flowers are blooming
Gentle wind is blowing
Thanks God I am awake
I have a beautiful morning

It's the bird that flies
It's the cloud on the sky
It's the sun on the rise
Giving energy so wise
Truly endearing sacrifice 

© 2019 Del Cusay

Thursday, June 27, 2019

The Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help: Our Love and Devotion

In July of 2012, a Catholic Mission Station named after a title of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Our Lady of Perpetual Help was founded in a peaceful Sitio of Lomboy in Barangay Linambasan, Jamindan, Capiz upon the order of the Archdiocese of Capiz through Reverend Father Rowelyn Langurayan who was the outgoing Parish Priest of San Sebastian Parish during that time. It was Reverend Father John Denosta who was the first ever Priest assigned to celebrate masses and to look after the Spiritual needs of the faithful.

Father Denosta served for 6 year until July of 2018. He is well loved by the people due to his sense of community and Spiritual leadership. For about 6 years, he was able to build and transform the Mission Station into a beautiful  Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish on June 27, 2018. Just few days before the end of his service, he was able to witness and celebrate his success together with the Parishioners, devotees and hundreds of Catholic Faithful.

Today, June 27, 2019 on the Feast Day of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, we have the successor of Father Denosta in the name of Reverend Father Jeffrey Estrella. It's been a year that he is in service to the faithful community not only of Barangay Linambasan, but also from people coming from different barangays of the town of Jamindan.

On this feast day, our Archbishop of Capiz, Most Reverend Jose Advincula officiated the mass together with our Parish Priest Father Estrella and other Priest from different Parishes.

Reverend Father Chris Señeres, co-Parish Priest commissioned a large size iconic portrait of the Our Mother of Perpetual Help through the contributions of the faithful. The icon is placed on the left side of the front wall facing the alter and was blessed by Most Reverend Father Advincula on this feast day. 

The icon was made popular all over the world by the Redemptorist Fathers and has attracted flocks of devotees due to her known miracles of healing and granted special intensions.

I am a living testimony of the miracles of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help and I am grateful for the blessings I've received. Wherever I visit a church in her name, the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Cubao and the National Shrine of our Mother of Perpetual Help in Baclaran  would never fail to grant my petitions.

In our town of Jamindan, we give highest honor to the Mother of God in her blessed Title, the Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Today and in the years to come the Parish will continue to accommodate and serve the ever growing faithful community and even beyond our generation. We will protect and preserve this spiritual sanctuary so that the next generations will be able to witness its glory and miraculous powers to live in their hearts forever.

© 2019 Del Cusay

Sunday, June 23, 2019

The Pathway to Kindness

In any unexpected moment and wherever we may go, we may meet people whom may either be a familiar face or totally a stranger to us. To travel far distances with less resources and feeling of emptiness, but relying on people's kindness.

Whether at home in the countryside or in the busy metropolis; the chilly mountain top or the ocean's summer breeze; in our homeland and even in the foreign land; we get to experience a different level of kindness from the people we meet on the road.

There are times when we feel the need for a soulful reflection in a different direction. Our desire to be alone, but lacks inspiration and motivation. There's a feeling of solitude and pity with some doubts and fears that nobody is there with us willing to sit and hear; to rescue and to care. 

Along the way, some may reach their helping hand while some may walk away. Others may listen while others doesn't even care. It takes a little act of kindness to open their arms, to listen and to embrace. The kind of person who is unknown to them in the beginning, may become someone with a heart as endless as it seem.

Some cultures totally different from ours makes us seek for kindness from their hearts. To be friends with them and to better know them. To plant a seed of kindness and to harvest a gratitude with gladness. 

In our travels, some will challenge us, some will rob us, but there will always be someone who will teach us. To stand when we have fallen, to fight when we are frightened, to love and give hope from despair and sadness.

We take a different pathway on the road we choose. Sometimes we get lost but oftentimes have regained the cost. We may take a shortcut to reach the destination with ease and less stress. We may take the common and the known road. We may take the road less traveled and be the person who is most traveled.

All these experiences happen due to different people on the road, some that will hurt and some with a heart.
We laugh, we cry, we jump and we try. A shoulder to lean on, a back to carry on, a cheek to kiss and the memories that will be missed.

Kindness in our hearts will always be the pathway to fulfill our desires. An open heart, a big heart and a great heart. That is you, not a stranger, but a lovely dear and a sweetheart.

© 2019 Del Cusay

Thursday, June 20, 2019

World Refugee Day: In Memory of President Quezon

Photo courtesy of America Public Television 

A striking and heartfelt stament was uttered by President Manuel L. Quezon during the Philippine Commonwealth Period in the early 40s . And he said, 

the people of the Philippines will have in the future every reason to be glad that when the time of need came, their country was willing to extend a hand of welcome.”

That statement was in response to the strong intent of Quezon to accept thousands of Refugees during the Nazi Germany Holocaust where millions of European Jews were persecuted under the powerful command of their leader, Aldolf Hitler.

Although physically weak and dying due to a pulmonary disease during that time, Quezon chose to be a humanitarian to give social justice to those who are persecuted. Of the potential 10,000 refugees that Quezon would want to accept, about 1,200 refugees were given a shelter. We have opened our doors and welcomed them wholeheartedly. They were given a piece of land and a livelihood for security and survival.

Quezon was right after all. Fast forward to that future which our present day.  In the year 2018, a film was produced in his honor entitled "Quezon's Game" which was shown to the world in the month of December and in the Philippines in May, 2019. The film was a showcase of our solidarity and compassion to others that we have an open-door policy in accepting refugees.

I have watched the film on this month and it gave me a sense of pride as a Filipino that we are indeed a Nation of kind-hearted people with a sense of humanity and social dignity.

When the world turned down those refugees, only one nation embraced them with open arms and those are the Filipinos. We gave them not only a shelter, but we have helped them regain their identity and sense of humanity and that goodwill was recognized by the Jews when a statue of Quezon was built in Tel Aviv, Israel in his memory and the goodwill of the entire Filipino nation.

When some of our present day leaders would utter words of killing his own people, President Quezon was different and indeed a gentleman with highest regard to human life by saving more than a thousand lives.

Today, we need a leader who is not only tough, but someone who values and upholds the sanctity of human life. There are currently hundreds of millions of stateless people in the world seeking refuge due to wars, armed conflicts, persecution and even economic downfall. They are sick, dying and unwanted by their own people. However, they are still hopeful for a miracle for a second life they deserve.

Today, June 20 is World Refugee Day and it is also a celebration for us Filipinos of our sense of dignity and pride. May our sense of humanity be upon us all for those who are abandoned, unwanted and persecuted. We are a Filipino and we are a life-saver from our past and until forever.

© 2019 Del Cusay

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Father's Day Special: Greatest Life Lesson

I have followed and learned from our world's best teachers and they are the source of inspiration and motivation on how to live well; living with dignity and sense of purpose. 

From the Dalai Lama to Deepak Chopra; both world-renowned teachers, have guided me on the path of spirituality through powerful knowledge and wisdom .

Master Del Pe, a modern Sage and life mentor have also made a significant impact in my life and led me on the path to higher consciousness and a balanced life.

But today, I give my highest honor and gratitude to the one who gave me life on this world and continue on leading my life through his words and actions. He is none other than my Father. My great teacher and life mentor. 

My Father is  Leading the Way when I am frightened; when I don't believe in myself. He gives enlightenment when the path seems dark. He pushed me when I don't feel life standing for myself. He saw my struggles, but he let me did it my way. He believed in my capability that I can always make it just the way he did. He taught me the greatest life lesson; to believe in myself when nobody else does.

For 3 decades of my existence I am grateful for the great life I have been given. I may not have the gift of a more comfortable and luxurious life when in my growing up years, but I know that I am filled with love and affection.

Today I feel so blessed that God has given us a responsible and a loving Father and I will forever be grateful for all the sacrifices he did to fulfill our needs and his continued guidance even up to this time.

© 2019 Del Cusay

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

121st Philippine Independence Day: Our Struggle for National Identity and Unity

The present day "Pearl of the Orient Seas" underwent a massive transformation in terms of Socio-cultural, political and economic factors, but since the beginning of the Philippine civilization we may have one of the greatest challenges of all time; to learn about our identity and to achieve national unity.

Las Islas Filipinas under the Spanish regime have made a great effort of mapping our thousands of islands, naming and renaming the places as well as trying to unify the Filipino people while imposing on their culture and religion.

Spanish influences as evidenced by our religion, festivals, food, music and dances have thrive through centuries. We have celebrated cultural and religious fiestas in honor of Patron Saints. We serve Spanish dishes like Adobo, Afritada, Caldereta, Menudo, Mechado, Arroz Caldo and Arroz a la Valenciana. We have Spanish influences on our folk dances like the Fandangos; we have the most popular Pandango sa Ilaw or Dance with light which originated in Mindoro province. Another is the Pandango Oasiwas (Wasiwas) which originated from the fishing town of Lingayen, Pangasinan. We have several La Jota dances like La Jota San Joaquiña which originated from San Joaquin, Iloilo. And we also have affectionate dance, CariñosaThese are some of the Philippine folk dances which I had the opportunity to be part of in High school until College and that made me appreciate our Philippine Arts and culture even more and up to date.

With the treaty of Paris in 1898, we were sold by Spain to the United States for 20 million dollars and that concluded the Spanish-American war. Then came the declaration of the first Philippine Independence on June 12, 1898 headed by Emilio Aguinaldo at Kawit, Cavite. We thought that Americans were on our side, but we suffered a great defeat under Philippine-American war from 1899 until 1902 and had been under their rule until they have granted us independence on July 4, 1946 ⁠—our real independence.

It was during the American rule that we started a modern way of living and we had our new identity being Americanized. We had a free education from the Thomasites and learned the English language. And the Filipinos had a religious freedom with the establishment of new religions founded by Filipinos. Today, there are several American influences on our culture; we eat hamburger, sandwiches and oatmeal. We dine at fast food restaurants like Mc Donald's, Burger King, Wendy's and KFC. We wear polo shirts, belts, tennis shoes, baseball caps, coat and tie. Filipinos love American culture as we continue to speak the English language that is also a great job opportunity for workers in the Business Process Outsourcing industry. We appreciate American music and dance and some Filipinos covet the American dream of living and working in the land of the free the land of Uncle Sam.

During the Word War 2, the Japanese occupation came in 1941 and invaded our Islands and have contributed not much cultural influence for about 3 years, but have left us with painful experiences for the struggles and deaths. For the shortest time of Japanese occupation, the greatest influence would be 'discipline' due to the imposition of curfew. Today, Japanese influence has been part of our culture as we have embraced their martial arts like Karate, Judo and the Filipino version, Karatedo. We have Japanese elements in our gardens. We eat sushi, sashimi and Ramen. And some Filipinos are now eager to visit Japan because it is an ultra modern nation with natural wonders and a better way of living as a first world country in the East.

Over 3 centuries of Spanish settlement, over 4 decades of American rule and over 3 years of Japanese occupation, we are left with painful memories of the past that haunts us even at the present time. We have embraced different cultures from foreign invasions, but we have struggled with our own identity of being a Filipino.

Today, foreign invasions have not ended yet. Trade wars are happening between economic giants from the East and the West. Religious wars are endless in different cities of the world. There is bullying of a bigger country over a dot in a map in the Pacific.

We Filipinos may have a world-class spirit, a globally competitive people, but with the current trend of globalization, the desire to be different, having a colonial mentality and being confused with our identity, then we might secretly be invaded by foreign entities already on this 21st century.

On this day, June 12, 2019 marks the 121st anniversary of the Philippine Independence. It is my first time to celebrate the momentous event in the historical place of Rizal Park. To have witnessed the flag raising ceremony on this day gave a glimpse of a nostalgic past and a vision of uncertain future. 

Today, it is a challenge to retain our real identity of being a Filipino and it is even more challenging to achieve unity for all of us Filipinos. From the Katolikos (Catholics) of the North down to the Moros of the South. The fight of the Manobos and the killing of the lumads. The struggles of the Aetas, Igorots and Mangyans. The differences of the Tagalog and the Bisaya. The war between Philippine armed forces and the local terrorist groups. Diverse groups and cultures striving to establish and secure their local and indigenous identity while striving for significance with national identity to be a Filipino and be proud to say that I Am a Filipino. 

The solemnity of the flag raising ceremony  on this day signifies our unity in diversity. We may come from different Philippine Islands, but we aspire to raise our voices even on silence, to raise our dignity and to raise our humanity. With Freedom in Our Hearts we can achieve lasting peace and unity by instilling a sense of national pride and distinctive identity.

© 2019 Del Cusay

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Eid'l Fitr: A Moment of Peace and Harmony

It has been a wish that one day I will be able to have a glimpse of an Islamic religious celebration and have a deeper understanding and experience about the faith of our Muslim brothers and sisters and for today finally that wish came true. 

I am a Christian, but I have celebrated and immersed on other Religious holidays particularly a Hindu festivals like Diwali and Holi; a major festival commemorating the triumph of good versus evil. That was few years back when I had the opportunity to work and travel in India— sometime in 2011 until 2014.

In this new world age we have started to have a greater understanding of different faith and slowly we have gained not only experience but also wisdom and enlightenment. We have started to embrace the world of secularism not because we have a wandering soul, but because we have the desire to stop interfaith conflicts and wars, prejudice, fanaticism and misunderstanding. We have one big desire on this world of numerous faiths and creed, and that is world peace that is achieved through acceptance, humility and love.

There is so much misconception about Islamic faith since some radical Muslims are tagged to be involved in terrorism activities mostly in Middle East and other countries in the world. The negative actions of a few that not define the character of a greater whole, so it is about time to discover more about Islam and to break the barriers in understanding their faith.

In India, I have met some Muslim brother but was not exposed to their major Religious celebration. So now as the world celebrates the end of the Holy month of Ramadan or Eid -al Fitr and declared as national non-working holiday in the Philippines, I have to take the opportunity to be one with our Muslim brothers and sisters as they celebrate their freedom and victory after a month-long of fasting and sacrifices.

At the Manila Golden Mosque 

My journey started as a simple walking tour heading towards the Golden Mosque found in the busy district of Quiapo in Manila; considered as the old downtown of colonial times. I have been to Quiapo several times to visit the Basilica of the Black Nazarene, but I haven't explored much on the other side where the biggest mosque in Metro Manila is found.

The Golden Mosque in Quiapo, Manila has a similar structure with those found in Middle Eastern countries like the big dome with a crescent moon, the pointed arches, the columns and the artistic carvings. This is also common in Muslim Mindanao where larger mosques in the countey can be found.

On this day as they celebrate Eid'l Fitr, they give their last best shot until they are fully back on regular activities and breaking the fasting ritual. This is purely a day of fun and happiness; a joyous moment.

Starting at dawn just before the sunrise, they would prepare their physical bodies, wear new clothes before heading to mosque for a prayer and sermon, after which they would do house visits to their relatives and neighbors with greetings like Eid Mubarak or Blessed Eid, have some gift giving or cash gift and sharing of foods and sweets.

Christians and Muslims shares the same creed and I have found some similarities which is also the center of our Christian faith. In Islam their teachings include alms giving to the poor and giving food to the needy and helping the poor to uplift their lives; an act of compulsory giving which is one of the pillars of Islam similar to the Corporal works of mercy among Christians.

Lunch at Pamanganan Halal Restaurant

Since it is a feast day for Muslims, I had my lunch at Pamanganan Malaysian Halal food just few steps from the mosque entrance. There are other Halal certified restaurants nearby like Junaira and Landap café offering Mindanaon cuisine.

We may have read the word "halal" on some some food labels in the supermarket and for Muslims it means 'food that is permitted or allowed according to Islamic law' and the term "haram" is the opposite and would mean 'food that is forbidden' and this shows how strict a Muslim diet could be for the sake of physical and spiritual health.

My day trip at the Manila Golden Mosque was a great experience about Islamic faith and culture. The Arabic architecture and culture makes me appreciate their faith even more. Forget about the radical groups involve in wars and terrorism because they would also condemn it since they do not represent the real Islam. What I know is that Islam is for peace and with great appreciation and understanding we can live harmoniously without instilling harm, hatred and fear, but instead a culture of love and respect with each other.

© 2019 Del Cusay

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Beyond the Horizon: A Euphoric Summer Escapade

It's not officially the end of summer or dry season in the Philippines and that people can feel a hotter and humid weather that has started on the first day of June. Also, few days left before the start of the rainy season and for sure many will be missing the hot summer days that brought fun and holiday bliss; while others still catch up before it finally ends.

I love summer no matter how hot the weather is. That's our reality and we can't escape it anyway. During this season my body can tolerate intense heat and even get sunburned while at the beach. Why is summer more fun in the Phillipines? because this is the time that most people get to enjoy the blue waters, the gentle waves, and the footprints in the sand.

I am on a joyful state of being during summer unlike during monsoon season when it rains heavily that brings a depressing mood. That explains why most people would love to go and have fun at the beach, at the waterfalls, rivers and lakes because of the natural healing it brings. Certainly that would mean that a bright and sunny day makes us fully alive.

I enjoyed my beach hopping before the end of May in the peaceful coastal town of Zambales. Memories of Summer 2019 brought not only a euphoric experience but a rejuvenated body, mind and spirit.

The cool breeze of the ocean, the relaxing sound of the waves and the chirping of the birds are a natural wonder and is part of our self-care; for our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.

During my precious time at the beach I would take the chance to do some meditation and that brought stress relief, a lighter mood and a greater feeling of happiness; that's truly a bliss!

For just few minutes while sitting on a beachfront I got to breathe out my own negativities that are considered as blockages to my wellbeing. It has wonderful results and it truly heals.

Being mindful of our breathing is an essential step for meditation. It is when we inhale deeply that we prepare to get rid of what is supposed to flush out from our system; those stale energy that blocks our path to success and fulfillment that we deserve.

I learned the Power of Meditation from a world renowned expert, Master Del Pe. He taught us how to be in stillness, to quiet our mind and expel toxicity from energy fields through meditation and powerful physical exercises and martial arts. I will forever be grateful for the Lessons From Master Del Pe and the powerful life tools and techniques will be shared to others who may need it most. Anyone can start to learn and practice the ancient science and art of meditation. It doesn't cost a fortune but it requires openness, patience and discipline to get the desired results.

The summer season is truly fun and exciting and wherever the road may have taken us whether on the mountain or at the beach, still we get to see the boundaries and we can always accomplish things beyond the horizon; beyond our wildest dreams.

© 2019 Del Cusay

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Memories of Summer 2019

That was endless summer fun! Starting from the month of March during the Holy week until the blooming flowers of May; a season in the sun that is hotta fun. For about 3 months time we have experienced and collected another memories that we will cherish for a lifetime.

Summer time in the Philippines is a celebration of a vibrant life. We enjoy the waves on the beach with less worries of getting tanned or sunburned skin. Anyway it comes once a year and so we want it to be more fun and the most memorable experience ever. That's the kind of summer I want... get burned and just be alive!

I've spent 2 weeks in our hometown to support the candidacy of my father as a Municipal councilor in the midterm election last May 13. We celebrated with Thanksgiving for a Victorious Journey along with the Christening of my nephew, J. Frenz Matthew. That was a joyous occasion and indeed a celebration of a new life.

A day after the winning moment, we visited the birthplace of my mother in the highlands of Bato-Arobo in barangay Pasol-o. That was about 2 decades ago since my last visit. Memories of Mount Bato-Arobo reminded me of a hiking experience to reach the place with an awesome mountain view and a place that offers serenity and peace of mind.

We live in a landlocked town and what we only have are natural wonders like rivers, natural parks and waterfalls. No sea and beaches. Malinamon falls is one of the best that we could offer for the tourist and nature lovers. It is located inside a military conservation known as Camp Peralta in Jaena Norte. We had an excursion with my family and that was a respite from the summer heat. We love the natural environment and we had a great adventure; surely worth reminiscing.

Back in Manila after a 2-week vacation, I knew that my summer isn't complete without a visit at the beach. I traveled to the coastal town of Zambales to enjoy the remaining hot summer days.

The Crystal Beach in San Narciso is one of the finest beach destination offering the best in scenery and accommodation. On a mid-day sun, I was seated on a modern beach-type nipa hut while watching the seashore and doing some meditation. That was a stress-relief; to be at the beach front and in a meditative state. Truly a blissful experience!

Crystal Beach Resort, San Narciso, Zambales

A day at the beach is too short so I had to beach hop at the nearby town of San Felipe. That was my beach destination for the previous year. Memories of Summer 2018 at Camp Rofelio was the beginning of my fascination on this peaceful and uncrowded beach of Liwliwa.

On the second time around, a new accommodation, El Zamba resort in Liwliwa may be at the farthest end of the group of resorts, but it offers the best view of the sunrise and the sunset. The water is greenish-blue and the waves are perfect for surfing.

El Zamba Beach Resort, San Felipe, Zambales

That was my summer adventure. Truly captivating and soul-searching. I left the place with a smile on my face and the distance traveled is worth a million bucks of pure bliss. I am feeling good. I feeling blessed and I am feeling grateful because life has been so wonderful.

© 2019 Del Cusay

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Sunday Thanksgiving: A Victorious Journey

A milestone was achieved when we have worked together for a common cause; a strategic operation that is mission accomplished. A thousand miles, yet a fulfilled journey. 

It was in year 1998 since it all started when a Divine calling for public service was initiated. My Father was chosen and called to serve the people. At first there was a resistance; a protest due to fear. However in the end, we all agreed and listened to the Divine call. 

As a three-termer legislator, my Father showed courage and perseverance. He may had some fair share of struggles, yet he stood up and fought for the common good. 
He was never frightened to those in the higher authority with the values he uphold and the principles he instilled. 

In 2007, after his 3rd term of public service he went back to business and enjoyed farming as a hobby; a source of joy and serenity. 

In 2013, at the age of 61, he was back in public service and became the head of the Office of Senior Citizen Affairs in our town. 
He advocated for the rights and the benefits of the elderly in collaboration with the Department of Social Welfare and Development. 

On May 14, 2016, after 9 years since his last public service as a Municipal councilor, he decided to make a come back to answer the call of his constituents and on May 15, a day after the midterm election, he was declared for another seat. He actively serve for the interest of the public through local legislations and resolutions that will benefit the general public and uplift the lives of the people. 

On May 13, 2019 Midterm election, my father was declared a winner for his 2nd term. He will continue his public service and speak out and fight for the rights of his constituents. He will continue to be an advocate of our town's agricultural economy and livelihood and will stand up for the welfare of the public transportation sector - - his major committee chairmanship. 

My father is forever thankful to his constituents and to everyone who supported on his political journey. His love of public service remains even when he is not in the position. He speaks loudly on his advocacy and for general services in the community. He is leaving a legacy for his love of the society. He is forever grateful to God for his victory. 

© 2019 Del Cusay

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Mother's Day Special: A Sweet Embrace

A Mother, more than anyone else is always there to show her love and care to her children. A Mother shows compassion; a tender loving care that nourishes our soul and spirit.

Today as we celebrate Mother's day it reminds us of what we have become due to motherly love and care. As we reminisce our childhood days, our Mother was there to comfort us when we are afraid, to care for us when we are sick and in pain and to push us forward when we are frightened or timid.

Looking back at the past is all about struggles and sacrifices of our Mothers, but looking forward to the future is about higher hopes and positive spirits that we will still feel a sweet embrace a tight hug that symbolizes love.

Today and in the years to come, we may not be together everyday and will be miles away, but the soulful connection binds us together.

Our Mother, the love of our life is the one who let us experience the best life she could offer; the best life forever.

© 2019 Del Cusay

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Living in Faith: The Greatest CEO Alive

"Our greatest CEO doesn't fire people, but He is forgiving. He doesn't hate and curse, but He is kind and loving. He is the way the truth and the life. And so when life seems so dark, let us remember that there is one greatest CEO alive who is there  for a rescue. For His love is greater, for He is a true Master."

In our world today, more people are becoming obsessed and are a fan of a grandiose title just like the People magazine's "The sexiest man/woman alive" or the Time magazine's "Most influential People in the world" and the Forbes magazine's "World's Most Powerful CEO" which are quite popular and have a huge followers worldwide.

This obsession with great titles could mean greater power, fame, prestige and authority. It also evokes superiority that sets boundaries in social class and standing; being superior and powerful versus the ordinary and less privileged people.

In our society today, we may idolize someone based on merits that made him superior in many aspects. For instance, one may look up to his own father for being a good provider and leader for the family. Others may have a great admiration and support to their community or religious leaders. For the working people, they may have greatest respect to their CEO or the Chief Executive Officer.

I have worked with several CEOs in my corporate life. They are among the best and the brightest in their industries. They have gained my respect and admiration even though they may have their flaws and different personalities and values that makes them imperfect.

Today, I am working on following with the greatest power, love and light. I am working for the best and the brightest CEO of my life. His personality is beyond excellence. He is a Supreme power; a Divinity.

This ever powerful CEO has died and risen again. He is our Lord, our savior. He is Jesus Christ. He is the Greatest CEO alive. My God, our God.

Jesus works as the greatest CEO who directs us and guides us to the right path. He empowers us, uplifts us and inspires us with his great deeds and miracles.

Jesus our God is working on us, on our family and small community, our country and the world. It is only right that we must also work with Him and follow Him. Jesus is not dead, but He lives in us. His presence is in our hearts, in our mind and our soul.

Our greatest CEO doesn't fire people, but He is forgiving. He doesn't hate and curse, but He is kind and loving. He is the way the truth and the life. And so when life seems so dark, let us remember that there is one greatest CEO alive who is there for a rescue. For His love is greater, for He is our true Master.

© 2018 Del Cusay

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help: Our Love and Devotion

In times of our difficult moments, we always seek for a Divine help; a spiritual intervention that will give us answers to our specific needs. We have our prayers; our personal petitions from God. With humily and faith, we come to the house of God, His church to kneel and offer a prayer.

Today, I chose to travel to a special place of the Mother of God. The National Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, also known as Baclaran church. I have visited the Shrine many times since mid 2000, just the beginning of the new millineum. 

What makes our devotion special is when our Mother took us to the Shrine to pray the novena and to celebrate the mass. Later I have realized that my Mother has a great devotion and faith to the Our Lady of Perpetual Help and with the intervention of Mama Mary, a mission station was built in our hometown in Jamindan, Capiz and was named from the same title of Mary - - Our Lady of Perpetual Help. 

Located in Barangay Linambasan, the mission station of Our Lady of Perpetual Help was elevated to a Parish in the year 2018 with Reverent Father John Denosta as the first ever priest assigned, few months before Reverent Father Jeffrey Estrella took over to continue the religious service to the people. 

Whenever I am in our hometown for a vacation, I visit this peaceful sanctuary to pray for the intervention of Mama Mary. My devotion started because it was our own Mother who led and guided us to come to the Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. My mother has testimonies of the blessings and miracles of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help and she would want us to get dovoted to Mama Mary as our Divine love and light. 

Since then, I have experience peace and serenity and answered prayers which I consider to be a miracle because it was answered at the right time when I almost feel hopeless and desperate. 

Today, the first day of May of 2019 was a blissful experience to be with thousands of devotees who recited the novena and celebrated the mass. There is a Divine presence that keeps us feel embraced and comforted. The solemnity of the eucharist makes us feel strongly connected and our communication feels being heard. 

It is during the silent moment when our hearts could feel and Mama Mary, the Mother of Christ is there for us like our very own Mother who protects and comforts us. 

For today, my petition is for our good health and healing, that God will protect us from sickness and illnesses and heal our physical, mental and emotional discomforts. I believe that we can accomplish whatever we can imagine, with all our energy, only if we are in a better state of health and away from illnesses. This without a doubt, I believe that God will grant though the intercession of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, our Divine Mother.

Today, I am with the Divine and I have prayed for whatever my heart desires. I am forever grateful to Mama Mary and may she always hear and intercede on our prayers to God for our love and devotion is never-ending and an eternal.

© 2019 Del Cusay

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Easter Sunday 2019: A Peaceful Journey

Holy Week 2019 at Antipolo Cathedral 

Holy week gives us time for contemplation about our faith in God. It renews our faith with Jesus Christ through his passion, death and resurrection. In commemoration with his painful sacrifices and journey to Calvary, we have walked through our own path and be with Him.

This year's Holy week gives a new level of enlightenment. Just few miles away from Manila is a pilgrimage city that is visited by millions of Christians most especially during the Holy week. The Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage or known as Antipolo Cathedral offers tranquility for devotees as they pray and renew their vows.

Holy Week 2019: Our Journey to Calvary is our own version of Christ's passion. We carry our own cross towards our own Calvary that is experienced perhaps in our lifetime on earth. Our sufferings give us hope and strengthen our faith that things are not in our control, but only God who is the source of our power and the giver of life.

Easter Sunday gives a new hope for Christians and the humanity as we celebrate the resurrection of Christ. It is a celebration for every family knowing that Christ is truly alive and with us always on our life's journey.

Easter Sunday is a moment of joy that we share among family members and friends. We see the joy glittering in the eyes. We hear the holiness in someone's voice. We feel the compassion in someone's action.

We are now truly living and we continue to follow the path that gives us pure bliss and enlightenment through God's loving mercy and glory forever.

© 2019 Del Cusay

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Holy Week 2019: Our Personal Journey to Calvary

Holy Week 2019 at the Parish of Immaculate Heart of Mary in Antipolo, Rizal

Calvary is a hilly place associated with the crucifixion and death of Jesus; a place we always remember to be the most painful event in His life. It's relevance in today's time goes beyond our catechism about his passion and death, but also our personal journey as we experience to carry our own cross our own journey to Calvary.

On this year's Holy Week celebration, we commemorate the passion, death and resurrection of the Christ our Lord. This is the time for personal reflection and devotion about the significance of Christ's suffering for the humanity that is not exclusive to a particular faith, culture and social status, but referring to Christ's love for all human beings.

We may be suffering endlessly in our lifetime even after death, but it is through pains and sorrows that we learn to grow spiritually and become stronger follower of Jesus and servant of God. If we can remember the stories of several saints that we venerate, they may have been the most sinful man who lived on earth, however God transformed them to be his living disciple until their last breath.

Just like us ordinary human being, we strive hard to become holy, but sins are inevitable on us. We commit sins with our thoughts, words and actions no matter how prayerful we are, yet we still follow the Christ and do not abandon our faith. It is the church that is our refuge in times of difficulties; we kneel to pray, we ask for forgiveness and repent for our sins even we we continue to commit sins in various degree.

We carry not just our own cross, but we have multiple crosses along the way. We carry the cross for our family, country and for the whole of humanity. From our own cross, we are now connected and interrelated. We have sinned personally, so does our families, our country and the humanity.

These crosses are the hardest and the most painful to carry. Everyday we struggle for something; from our thoughts and intentions and to our decisions and actions. Our daily suffering is a reminder that as we live on earth, we are bound to suffer just like Jesus and He taught us that through pains and struggles, we can be saved through His examples; for me that's how Jesus saved us from our sins through His unconditional love.

We have our personal journey of sufferings and we have our very own Calvary in our hearts and mind. When we become a prisoner of our negativity, we also become a prisoner of our faith.

In my hometown in Jamindan, a Parish was built by the people as they carry their cross. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Linambasan, Jamindan, Capiz is a place for people who would call for the Divine Mother to help us ease the pain and comfort us in our difficulties as we carry our cross.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Linambasan, Jamindan, Capiz

At these times, we even go beyond our personal cross as we help each other carry the cross of the community of the faithful so that we may be able to walk straight on the path and carry a lighter load we could bear. When we are able to bear the little discomfort as we carry our cross, we can help lighten up the heaviness on our society created by our negativity. We can then go beyond by our share to the country by being a responsible and a faithful citizen that our family and small community have produced.

Holy Week 2019 is to reflect beyond our personal desires for holiness. We may be a sinner, but we can grow spiritually becoming a better member of our family and our community and our beloved country. The Calvary in our time is not a final destination of suffering, but we always carry it and bear with it until our final moment and judgment.

© 2019 Del Cusay

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Lent 2019: God's Amazing Grace

The 40-day Lenten season may be a long spiritual journey among the faithful. This is quite a long time of sacrifice and to give up on things that are insignificant with our faith. Though this is a yearly commemoration of Christ's passion, death and resurrection, still we haven't forgotten it's meaning and we keep on following the Christ for His teachings on living a Christian way.

On this Lenten season, our sacrifices would mean to receive a Divine grace. It is when  we feel hopeless and defeated that God is on a rescue. When we are lost, tired and sick, God comforts us with His loving arms. We feel His presence and that grace means so much that is His amazing grace.

No matter how undeserving we are of God's blessings, still we receive it and we accept it. That kind of saving grace is God's love to us; His love for humanity.

As we celebrate Holy week 2019, we will be going through our personal struggles that signifies our limitations; that we are one with Christ's suffering. We will also be offering our prayers and petitions for ourselves, for our families, for our communities and our country. 

We may have different prayers and petitions, but the most common thing we ask for is our safety and security in times of crisis and at all times, to be spared from natural calamities, to achieve peace of mind and to experience soulful renewal.

God's grace is truly an amazing grace. We will forever be grateful for this Divine gift. A gift that uplifts our soul. A gift that makes us whole.

An amazing Lenten Journey 2019.

© 2019 Del Cusay

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Lent 2019: The Spiritual Works of Mercy in Our Time

In celebration of the lenten season, I have shared about the 'Acts of Mercy' which Jesus Christ taught us by example during his time as a living son of God on earth.

Corporal Works of Mercy in Our Time  is about showing compassion to those who may be suffering physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually in this modern times and how we can help them live a dignified life and feeling the love, care and support of fellow brothers in Christ. 

Corporal Works of Mercy is more on the physiological needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ, but there is another Acts of Mercy that we called to practice and that is the Spiritual Works of Mercy; to purify our soul and uplift our spirit.

To instruct the ignorant and counsel the doubtful 

As a Christian, we are being called to reach out to others to draw them closer to Jesus Christ. During our younger years we used to attend a catechism studies in our Parish. That was our first step in knowing and practicing the faith which was passed on to us by our parents and even our great grandparents as they have known the Christ before us.

In our society today, we may see a lot of street children, orphan and out of school youth who may not receive proper guidance and are the most vulnerable to exploitation and dangers. They may still be innocent and doesn't practice their spirituality since they may be abandoned and neglected by their elders. This may lead to doubts about their faith and the absence of Christ in their hearts.

At some point in our lives we may have doubts about our faith when a painful event happens to us. Why me my Lord? This conflict in our spirituality may result to a deeper understanding and relationship with God as we strive to know deeply the mystery of his love and mercy.

Even Mother Teresa of Koltata experienced a dark night of the soul when she express her doubts on her faith, however in the end she conquered this kind of spiritual conflict and continued her ways of serving and loving the poor who were abandoned and uncared. She left a legacy for us to overcome our doubts and remain to be faithful to Christ by letting people experience Divine love.

To Admonish the sinner

To give warning or reprimand someone of sinful acts may be a hard thing to do since we are all sinners and at some point have committed a sin and may be vulnerable to committing future sins in our lifetime. In short, who are we to judge?

But as a Christian we are called to protect our brothers and sisters whom may be are lost and against the direction of Divine light. Yes, we are all a sinner but that doesn't mean we can't lead others to correct their ways when they are fallen in the dark.

In today's time, we see children who are victims of peer pressure, lack of good parenting and curiosity which makes them vulnerable to sin. They ended up showing bad behavior, rebellious attitude and being indifferent. This may be quite different from the previous generations when kids show highest respect to the elders and are afraid to commit wrongful doings that are against family values. Parents just wanted to protect their children so that they will grow to have the right values and become a contributor in the society. Parents want their children to take the right path and to rescue them whenever they are on the crossroads of what is right and wrong.

To bear wrongs patiently and forgive offenses willingly

There may be times when we become impatient towards the wrongdoing of others and as a human nature it seems that taking revenge or hatred would justify our actions in return.

We may have been a victim of circumstances where our patience is being put to test; either we accept it or we fight for it. For instance, someone may have cut us in line. We may just let it happen and understand the person for whatever reasons he may have or we could confront and verbally reprimand and embarrass him. There are times we commit the same mistake without us knowing it, but others acted patiently on us without any harsh words received from them.

Also we may encounter road rage and both sides seem to be aggressive just to prove his right. It may happen that when someone offended us our reaction would be to hurt that person even more just to get even and to protect our ego. This happens many times on the road causing public scandal and physical injuries.

Patience is indeed a virtue that we have to cultivate and practice and forgiveness is something more significant for our peace of mind and purity of the heart. It may be very difficult to forgive those who have wronged us, but we have to remember that as human being we may have consciously or unconsciously hurt other people resulting to their emotional and mental suffering.

It is said that 'forgive and be forgiven' and this is a timeless wisdom that is relevant even in our time. We can forgive people, but how could we be forgiven by people whom we have wronged? I have learned that one of the steps in meditation is the forgiveness ritual on which we have to visualize that we are already forgiven by that someone. This two way process of forgiving someone and asking for forgiveness gives lightness on our heart and freedom from worries and fears.

To comfort the afflicted

There may be moments when we are put to test through sufferings and pains. We ask God, why me? Yet, we are not alone on this trials since Jesus even asked, Father why have you forsaken me?

We may have been victims of circumstances like natural calamities and death of love ones and heartaches resulting to loneliness, grief and apathy. We may be experiencing setbacks and discomfort to fully understand and be compassionate with the sufferings of other people. We go through the same path and we feel their pains and sorrows.

In difficult times one way of giving comfort to those who are suffering is to walk with them to find their inner peace, thinking of their fate and offering a prayer. Then when they regain strength, they will be able to live a peaceful life and comfort other people who are wounded within and lost.

To pray for the living and the dead

Oftentimes our religious leaders would ask us to pray for them and even Pope Francis did it several times when the church has been exposed to scandals and issues that would test his leadership and faith.

There are also times when we offer our prayer to someone to ease his suffering or for whatever intentions they would want to receive. It is said that whatever you ask, it will be given to you. This may be a universal law and it doesn't fail to give us whatever we ask for through prayer.

Prayer beyond personal intentions require humility and compassion when it is directed to others who are going through tough times. It is even a greater service
when we also pray for those who have passed away before us. Our dearly departed needs our prayer for them to be cleansed before entering their final resting place in heaven. We remember them on the month of November on the celebration of all souls day and our prayers is what they need for their salvation.

On this Lenten season we reflect on the teachings of Jesus Christ for us to have a deeper understanding and relationship with Him and to receive his glory. Through Acts of Mercy we develop Christ-consciousness that will serve as our guide towards Divinely-inspired living today and beyond life on earth in eternity.

© 2019 Del Cusay

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