Sunday, February 16, 2020

The Ruins and The Love Story


The Taj Mahal of the Philippines. That's what 'The Ruins' of Negros is known not only in the country, but also have gained prestige and recognition globally.

Half a decade ago, in 2015 when I have finally appreciated the Italian-inspired mansion that was the talk of the town and is gaining popularity among tourist both locally and from different parts of the world.

Seeing it for the first time from a distance was a nostalgic experience about its glorious past and the story behind the mansion built with great and deepest love.


That's one of the finest architectural masterpiece shared to the world. And the ruins stand out to last over the next centuries if the legacy is preserved for the love story to be relayed to the next generations. 

What makes the ruins of Negros so special is a sad yet beautiful story with a heartfelt dedication of a mourning man to his lost wife. Just like The Taj Mahal of India when a mourning emperor built the structure in memory of his lost wife.

That's quite a similar story about immortalizing the memory of a loved one that was lost. And so the Philippines has it's own version of the great Taj Mahal of India the Ruins of Negros.



That's the greatest love. Building a lasting memory and legacy for something that is lost yet remains forever in one's heart.

Not everyone could do that and so that piece of historical masterpiece is to remind us of our greatness in our own ways.

We may not be as great as the builders of the Taj Mahal of India and the Ruins of Negros, but one thing that we can learn is that we can build great things out of greatest love when we are crushed in spirit and in deepest pain.

On this heart's month, we celebrate people's love stories and our very own. We look forward to building a great and lasting memory to share to our love ones and even share it to the world.



Love can be tough, but it moves people. It moves us mysteriously. We are reminded again that when we are brokenhearted, we can always pick up the pieces to make it whole again. We need to be complete to experience and live the greatest love we deserve.

© 2020 Del Cusay




Friday, February 14, 2020

Heart's Desire and The Purple Sky


A purple sky and the purple rain. That signifies our roller coaster of emotions. When we experience the 'purple sky', we are the happiest and on a cloud nine. And when we are bluer than blue, we feel the 'purple rain' pouring in.

That's life! we feel the roller coaster of emotions that brings out the best in us. The purple sky can be so rare that makes it mystical and naturally beautiful. And that's the color that I have found. The color that symbolizes my love.

It was not long time ago that I have discovered some level of spirituality acquired from a Master of Life and revered Spiritual teacher who unifies Eastern wisdom and Western practicality. That was a higher level of Spiritual love for service to humanity through charity work.



Not known to many that purple color symbolizes spiritual awakening. It calms the mind, enhances our creativity and uplifts our spirit. And when we achieved such level of enlightenment, the spiritual color reveals to us in unexpected place and moment.

As we live our purpose, we continue to experience giving love and receiving love. It's the most essential spiritual gift and the most important emotion to carry within.

As we celebrate the Valentine's day, we are experiencing the color of love that is revealed to us. It may be the fierce energy of red to some, the calming effect of blue to others or a combination of both red and blue, and that's the purple - - a highly significant spiritual color.




Love will always be more than and beyond our self. When we have found the love, it gives the Purple color; a romantic, lovely and royalty color in our life that our hearts' desire.

© 2020 Del Cusay




Sunday, February 9, 2020

The Sacred Heart on The Hilltop


Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil is so huge and tall; a popular symbol of faith among Christians on that part of the world and also known to most Christians worldwide as a pilgrimage destination worth visiting.

That's thousand miles away from the Philippines, my home country and home to millions of the Catholic faithful. I may not be able to visit Brazil and see the famous statue, but in my hometown, we have a similar statue known as the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The uphill road going to the summit may be rough, but it offers a breathtaking panoramic view of Roxas City in Western Visayas region. On the top of the mountain is the 132 ft statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus that was constructed on the beginning of the decade 2010 and was finished in 2015.


Since then the statue that is visible on the lowland highway of the newly constructed business district became a famous pilgrimage site and considered as the tallest statue of the Christ in the Philippines.

I haven't been on the summit to see the statue for quite a long time since it was opened to the public and we just have a glimpse of it from afar whenever we pass by the vicinity. But on my heart I would love to see it closer and appreciate the holiness of the place on top of the mountain.

At last! I was able to see it on the beginning of the decade 2020 in January, and for the second time I was able to bring my parents back to the statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on this month of February. That was a soulful journey on the summit and the best way to celebrate the month of love.


The physical structure or the statue symbolizes our deepest faith to the Christ who watches over us and protects us. At times when we feel abandoned and uncared, there is one powerful Divine being who embraces and loves us for who we are.

The Sacred Heart of Jesus reminds us of the holiness of our heart no matter how unlawful and wicked we may have become. We are born to be good in nature and our own sacred heart is our guide to touch the lives of others as inspired by the Sacred Heart of Jesus; the way, the truth and the life. 

© 2020 Del Cusay


Sunday, February 2, 2020

The Mighty and The Candle in The Wind


So much untoward events for January 2020! From natural disasters to pandemic health issues, we have experienced a crisis; a threat to our health and wellbeing. This however continues and within our control.

The start of the year may not be good, but it gives us tough lessons to ponder about our strengths and weaknesses  our vulnerabilities as a human being.

We can not be certain about what is next, but one thing that can help us to survive is to have faith on things beyond our control. That there is a higher and Supreme being that is in-charge.

We feel mighty at times; feeling strong and powerful. However, there are moments when we are crushed in spirit.

When we are weak and feeling helpless and powerless, our Divine master is there to rescue. And when road is rough and the surrounding is dark, we seek for the Divine light.



When we feel blessed and grateful, we always see the guiding light. And so in bad times and good times, we need the Divine light. We never stop to follow and seek for the truth and life.

Today, 2nd of February is the Feast day of Nuestra Señora de La Candelaria or the Our Lady of the Candles. Known as the Patroness of entire Western Visayas, Philippines.

The Holy image canonically crowned in 1981 by now St. John Paul II, brought miracles, healings and blessings to the people in the Region and the entire country when flocks of the faithful from every places visit the blessed Marian image and pray to God for Her intercession.


Back in 2016 when I lived and worked in Iloilo, I always feel the serenity of the National Shrine of the Our Lady of Candles. I have celebrated Sunday masses and the Holy week and it brought light when I am a Candle in the wind; when I am weak and vulnerable.

The devotion started not just in recent years, but in the late 90s when our dear mother brought us to celebrate the feast day mass. And years after I have known its miracles, I visit to offer a prayer and thanksgiving. That is faith. To continue the devotion for years and for a lifetime.

The Our Lady of the Candles is just one of the many Marian titles given to the Mother of Christ. We always pray for her intercession for all our wishes and whatever our heart desires.


And for the happenings in the world today, we go beyond our personal intentions and petitions. We pray for our people, our country and the world. That healings will take place and peace will reign in the world and in our hearts forever. 

© 2020 Del Cusay


Sunday, January 26, 2020

A Moment of Solitude


You need some time to be alone. That's an addition to our basic physiologic needs. A time where you can be yourself and know thyself better and in a deeper way.

I have always been enjoying a moment of solitude since I have discovered its healing powers. Nature does healing wonders for those who walk alone and seek for life and truth. There are moments of self-discovery of who we are and what we are capable of doing  our purpose of living.

With the sound of silence, we go through the deafening stage until we get used to it. There is miracle in silence and being in a state of solitude can we hear out loud our voice from deep within. We are quiet and in stillness. We listen and respond to our being. That's a fundamental truth of our soulful desires of being.


There's always great things about having some moment of solitude. Our 'me time' reminds us that we need to heal ourselves as we get back to the present reality of dealing with most important people in our lives. That's what really matters. 

For many years I have been living in solitude. Although not entirely, but I find meaning in silence just being alone. And when I share my precious moment with people, that's where I glow and show what is hidden in me. A soulful time spent to connect, to express, be heard and be understood.


Each day as we wake up we have our personal moment of reflection. We listen to our inner voice and to the Divine's voice. We get back to our goals of what are we supposed to achieve. Our dreams... Ambitions.. Wishful desires.

In our busy day and for those living in bigger cities and dealing with so much noise and distractions, there is time to walk away and experience real solitude. Some would live in the countryside which is more relaxed. Others would have a weekend getaway on the mountains and the beach to contemplate. A homecoming holiday vacation even once a year. Such thing contributes to a soulful healing. 

A moment of solitude is what we all need to keep us alive and always living in the present. It improves our ability to focus and increases our awareness and consciousness. And from that moment of solitude, we are able to stand still and walk straight knowing who we are and our self-worth.

© 2020 Del Cusay



Saturday, January 25, 2020

Celebrating Chinese New Year 2020: Love, Peace and Harmony


Tikoy (Nián gāo) and Ang pao (Hóngbāo) is a popular Chinese symbol of good luck and prosperity. In the Philippines and among the Chinese-Filipino community, these two are a must-have during special holidays like the Lunar Chinese New Year and other special occasions. 

Ang pao or the red envelope evolved into an all-season object for gift-giving. It is not just given during the Chinese New Year, but also during occasions like birthday and wedding. In the Philippines, we have adopted the giving of Ang pao during Christmas season and other occasions. 




I always like special delicacies and so I also like eating Tikoy which signifies harmony and closeness among the family. It is also the stickiness that symbolizes bonding and togetherness. 

In Binondo, the past couple of years was an auspicious celebration as I have experienced the vibrant and enchanting Chinese New Year celebration. The streets of Binondo offers the best in Chinese culture and tradition that is passed on from generations to generations. 

I remember the kilometer-long street of Ongpin in Binondo when the fun-filled activities happen during the Chinese New Year. The lion and the dragon dance are always colorful and graceful giving positive energy among the watchers. The firecrackers ward off evil spirits and all forms of negativity as they would believe. It's fun and the good vibe would bring in positive mindset and emotion; and that's the essence. 

The Chinese influences my beliefs about prosperity and so I follow the feng shui and the Chinese zodiac in some ways. They are just guide for a positive living. 

The past years are live action experience and the stories will not be forgotten.


Those were the years of celebrating abundance and prosperity. And so for this year and in succeeding years, I may not be able to celebrate it Binondo, but I will still be open to embrace the culture and tradition that gives meaning to life in different perspective.

But above all for this year it's not just about prosperity, it's about love, peace and harmony that must reign in our hearts. That's what we all need at this very moment.


© 2020 Del Cusay



Sunday, January 12, 2020

Journey of Love


Staring at the first full moon of 2020 was a great homecoming welcome after a long distance travel.

Meeting of families, sharing love stories, a sumptuous meal, wonderful conversations and heartfelt dedications. That was a fantastic and romantic day. A day of smiles, laughter and tears. A memory that will last for a lifetime.

Lying in bed at night, I was amazed by the moons' greater illumination at the balcony as seen through the glass door. I rushed to get up and see the fullmoon shining so bright. A Romantic scene of saying, "I love you to the moon and back."
That was a great day and a fantastic night to remember.

Then comes Soulful Sunday, a moment of breathing in and out at the sea. Watching the gentle waves, looking at the horizon and enjoying the moment of soulful conversation.


A great journey ahead starts with a grateful heart. We are blessed with the people in our lives who are there to be with us and to counsel us.

As we move on to the next level, the journey of love will grow and will be strengthened by faith. Just like the great illumination of the moon, it will shine brighter and fuller.

Until the next time we will continue the shining moment and the journey of love always living at the present moment. 


© 2020 Del Cusay


Sunday, January 5, 2020

The Highlands of Bucari


The holiday continues! It's the first week of the year 2020 and the first week of the new decade, but the joyful and soulful moment never ends.

The new year 2020 was welcomed with enthusiasm and a positive spirit. It was probably the simplest celebration ever, yet the most fun and memorable. 

The holiday rush and noise is over and we are now back to normal vibe. We missed the playful kids, the laughters and great conversations. We have learned some life lessons and we have higher hopes to accomplish.

Today, the first Sunday of the year is a memorable one. It's the first Soulful Sunday moment. This time it was experienced away from home, but a nearby province of Iloilo in the Municipality of Leon. 



This is my first visit and on my bucketlist is to see and experience the highlands of Bucari. I was accompanied by a beautiful person who is adventurous and also a lover of nature. This was our first time to visit the so-called Summer capital of Iloilo and had a wonderful journey on the road. What a blissful experience I will never forget!

The road to Bucari is a wonderful experience riding a motorcycle while enjoying the magnificent view of the mountains covered with trees. As we approach the higher elevation and the curvy road, we were greeted by the cool mist and the foggy scenery. I was not in Tagaytay or Baguio, but Bucari has almost the same view.



After about half an hour motorcycle ride, I was amazed of the development when we entered the camping site where cottages and tents are built and set up. I never thought of the development and the crowd of people who visit to experience the place. Visitors are cheerful and seem excited to explore what the place has to offer. We explored and see it with ourselves. No regrets! 

We have climbed the highest peak and have passed by the 14 stations of the cross. That was hundreds of steps; and to reach the final station we have climbed the rock formation. We have conquered our fears and we have reach the summit. No fears! 


That was an awesome view. Perhaps one of the best I've ever seen. The peak offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the Municipality of Leon and other towns of Iloilo. We were at the cloud nine! And literally the surrounding is covered with clouds, until it has disappeared momentarily and offered a clear view of the mountains and the small villages from afar.

The majestic view at the top was a great moment for appreciating the nature and some good conversations about future travel and adventures. This is just the beginning and hoping for the best journey on the way. 

Before we end our short trip, we dropped by the chapel and had the final glimpse of the mountains. I suddenly reminisce my soulful moment in the highlands of Dharamsala in India, quite similar to the view of the mountains that seem closer.




What a great adventure! And a great start of the year. Again that was another breathing out and a way to calm down despite of the adrenaline rush. We did it! We made it! 

That was a great Soulful Sunday moment. Living well and at the present moment. 


© 2020 Del Cusay


Wednesday, January 1, 2020

New Year 2020: A New Decade

It's now the 20s! The new decade has started. A new beginning... A new hope and new aspirations.


The decade 2010s  has ended and the new decade 2020s has started and seem to be brighter. We have welcomed the new year and the new decade with a greater vision. And so our mission will come a long way to reach another milestones and breakthroughs over the next decade. 

The  previous year 2019 was a great moment in our family as we have welcomed blessings that will leave a lasting impact a living legacy.

For this year 2020, the new decade has shown a glimpse of a shining and a promising future; a vision of a distant future. 


We have celebrated the new year with a simple yet meaningful family gathering at the farm. This was the first ever new year that we have spent outdoor and in the nature. It was fun and a great way of welcoming a new year with lighter vibe, but with greater hopes and dreams. 

What the future is like 

As we enjoy the serenity, we are already looking forward for the kind of life that our grandparents have envisioned for his family and offpring. 

My grandfather is a great visionary and he sees opportunities for a sustainable living. He is there to tell a story, a great story of his humble beginnings how he started it all. 


For us his grandchildren, that was not only a story; that was an inspiration to realize our potentials and live a better life. He inspires and instill values and virtues through his example. 

Teaching minds of young ones

When I was at the farm, I am eager to listen from the words of wisdom of my Father. This may be the reason I have learned to embrace a farm living the way they do. 

For the new year, again my father inpired us all including his grandchildren about the value of nature through a simple tree planting activity. The kids were eager to plant a dwarf coconut tree through the guidance of my father. To touch the soil isn't to get a dirty hand, but to reap what they have sowed in years to come.


That tree planting activity was momentous since they have planted on the new year and a new decade 2020. They will see how it will grow and bear fruits in years to come when they visit the farm.

A promising future awaits 

In the next 2 decades; about 20 years from now, our hometown will be more livable and it will offer a greater and sustainable opportunities. We were born and raised in this place we call home and we will always come back to see its development and create the future we envisioned. 

What a great start of the year. We took a deep breath and breathe it out. We feel lighter and more calm. We are more inspired and we would want a life that is on a positive side.

New year and new decade 2020! A new journey to take. A new road ahead. A new crossroad to overcome. A new soulful moment to live.

© 2020 Del Cusay


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