Sunday, March 29, 2020

Healthcare Frontliner's Fight and Flight


We are all fighting an invisible enemy. This has caused us fear and panic due to our vulnerability and uncertainty.

The COVID-19 pandemic is something to be scared of. While we are being optimistic in general, still it doesn't remove the anxiety we experience. It is spreading faster and many people are getting infected and dying everyday.

The young and the old; celebrities and the ordinary people; the rich and the poor are suffering. No one seem spared. We are affected physically, mentally, socially, politically and economically.

Our physical movement is restricted due to isolation and strict home quarantine directive by the Government, thus causes discomfort, irritability, confusion and anger. The Government assures their people of food relief and financial aid to those affected by community lockdown. Some people are anxious of their financial instability, thinking how they will be able to survive the crisis. The ripple of untoward effect and worst-case scenario is evident. 

For the general public, one thing that is being told to follow is to 'stay at home' to prevent getting infected. This is already a heroic act that we can contribute for the epidemic to be contained.


Some people may not be able to fully understand the call for home quarantine and physical or social distancing protocol. The reason why our medical frontliners are calling our attention with the message 'I stay at work for you, please stay at home for us' which seem like a very simple message, but with a sincere and heartfelt plea to us.

Some of us may defy that simple yet meaningful message of our Healthcare frontliners, the reason why we lost some of them. They keep on fighting for our precious lives and more so the lives of those under their care already. Whenever they treat a positive COVID-19 patient, they are already risking their lives.

To date, several doctors globally have passed away while doing a heroic act of saving lives. More nurses and hospital personnel are not giving up, although they are already exhausted and stressed. They keep on fighting and having the will to live just to protect us and save as many lives as possible.


In 2016, I had the opportunity to be of service to the frontline health workers of 'The Medical City Iloilo' where I managed the frontliners in several units like Patient Education, Information and Customer Service. I have worked with the Doctors, Nurses and Non-medical support staff in terms of Patient Partnership Experience.

I am grateful for the opportunity to impart "Transforming Patient Partnership" with the Clinical Supervisors and Head Nurses of the Medical City Iloilo. As the healthcare institution is moving forward, we have aimed to develope high-performing teams capable of working in a highly challenging situation.

We also strengthened our Patient Partnership intervention through Effective Communications in Healthcare, Personal Development in Healthcare, Stress Management Program and Conflict Resolution and Management Program that are essential in delivering frontline healthcare services.


As a nurse myself, I have experienced the stressful environment in a healthcare setting, thus I have imparted programs that I believed would be helpful in dealing with day to day operations and whenever needed in times of future crisis.

The Medical frontliners globally are well trained to handle difficult situations even in times of health crisis like the pandemic issue. They are equipped with the essential gears of knowledge, skills and wisdom. They are ready for the battle anytime they are put to test or being challenged.

I believe they are put in the frontline because they have the most willpower, the bravest among the rest and ready to die in service for us.


The medical frontliners are our modern day heroes. In this time of health crisis, they defend us all against the unseen invaders. They fight for our survival and they die in order for us to live. That's the most heroic deed they can do for us. 

We honor and give salute to our medical frontliners for their utmost dedication and service. Like us, they deserve to survive this battle and they also deserve to live their best life. Let's protect them by doing our share. Let's help them survive and live. 

© 2020 Del Cusay




Sunday, March 22, 2020

You Are Not Alone


Wherever you are right now, you may be stucked! Just like the billion people on earth who are quarantined at home. It may be the worst feeling ever. You are restricted and controlled. You can't travel in a far distance and you have to follow certain social distance.

People are getting anxious and may start losing sanity at certain point. Boredom kills and uncertainty is getting in their consciousness. What's happening? Who's the enemy? When will this suffering ends?

You are not alone! We are all in this together. Your inconvenience and suffering is also what I am experiencing. We are together in this fight of the unseen forces that is a global threat to our health and wellbeing.


How are we going to survive this battle? Yes! This is a matter of survival skills. Either we continue to live or we die! That's our reality at this moment of crisis.

This Soulful Sunday, I got some energy from a sun salutation exercise. I needed some stretching and sun exposure for a boost in vitality and immunity. That's my latest craze just before the beginning of the home quarantine period. And then it's true that we get energy from a distance; from a powerful source.

Contemplating from our backyard at the farmhouse, I get to have a glimpse of the uncertain future. The future seem to be brighter despite of the present day darkness.


I realized that we can be socially distant at times, but we never feel alone or lonely. We are still emotionally and mentally connected from our love ones, our community, our country and the world.

Our individual and personal suffering is also the suffering of our entire family. The sorrow of families is also the sorrow of entire community. The morale of communities is also the morale of the country. And the downfall of countries is also the downfall of the world.

We are all connected in spirit and we are what we think and feel. But one thing that can set us apart is our way of thinking; our mindset. Some may be thinking of suffering while others may be thinking of opportunities. It's now about suffering versus surviving. Or we survived our battle and suffering.

And this too shall pass. This will end. And when the time comes that we survive this threat to life, we will be living well in the Glory of God - - our Saviour whom we prayed for.


As I lay down on the hammock, I realized that you and I are not alone! We are not alone because we continue to fight to live and to defeat the unseen. We will learn some lessons of victory and defeat. We will again rise up and be truly alive!

You are not alone because you will realize that you have a family who loves you. You are not alone because you belong in a community who showed care and concern. You are not alone because you are part of a country of strongwilled people. And you are not alone because you are a resident of a global community of freedom fighters.

We are the fighters and we are the world. We keep on believing. We keep on surviving. And we keep on living.

© 2020 Del Cusay



Sunday, March 15, 2020

When Faith is Bigger Than Our Fears


Fear can be defeated when there's a light from within. When we are suffering in this times of global health crisis,
we can learn to fight back stronger and live healthier.

In this times of difficult challenge, we are called to remain calm and be in stillness. Although it may not be easy at times, still we tune in to the Highest Divine power- - the lifegiver.

Our Soulful Sunday moment makes us feel the Divine love and light. When we feel anxious and uncertain, we feel the warmth wrap on our body and soul. It gives us comfort that someone is in control of our being and our fate.


Whatever is happpening in todays' world is part of a Divine plan. Whatever we give in this world is what comes back to us. When we give suffering to others, we might experience even worst kind of suffering. Hence, when we give love, it begets love and understanding.

The global health threat creates fear resulting to hoarding of food and stuff. It causes massive chaos between nations. It causes misunderstanding, blame game and discrimination. 

The hysteria is real. But the world isn't new to this pandemic. We may only be more critical, cautious and alert than ever before and that's a positive sign of a changing time.


But with all this untoward event, the antidote is to have faith and not to fear. To believe that we can survive this battle  and not to fear on things not real.

God's will is real, same as we humans do have the will; the will to be healed and the will to survive. So if there are things within our control, then we must also have faith of things beyond our control. 
Be fearless and have faith. 

© 2020 Del Cusay




Sunday, March 8, 2020

Transfiguration in the Eyes of A Child


The child grows fast from birth to a toddler. From the time they open their eyes until the time they started to walk alone. A physical  transformation that makes us happy and delighted. A child was born and is yet to live a great life. 

This Soulful Sunday, we spent a good time at the farm and we bring our little one to explore the world that is new to him. The last time we brought him to the farm was on the new year's day 2020 when he was just learning how to walk.

On New year's day 2020 when he was 1 year and 1 month old, we already saw his curiosity to explore his environment. Although he couldn't speak and express his emotion of joyfullness, yet it can be seen on his smiles and actions.


Now on his 13 month, he is able to walk by himself and is very much playful. He is able to show different emotions. He laughs when feeling happy and cries when feeling uncomfortable.

A child is living a different world. It is within our world, but they see things differently as if they have their own. Whenever we don't feel like smiling, a child is there to give us a smile. Whenever we feel tired, a child is there to lift us up and give their energy. A child has lots of energy that is powerful enough to change our mood and emotion. A child so small can change how we see the world.

At times we may feel like having enough, yet a child can me more happy and feeling excited. We may feel tired or bored of what we already, but a child can have an endless fun for exploration. A child starts to experience how to live, to get hurt, to fall down, to rise up again and to give his biggest smile.


This 2nd Sunday of the Lent talks about the transfiguration of Jesus at Mount Tabor and it was witnessed by his chosen Disciples. Jesus transformed into a bright human being just before the eyes of the Disciples.

Here on Earth, our God may show up in so many ways; through experiences of great living and even suffering. However, we may become blind in our faith and do not see the bright side of life.

Unlike the child, he sees more beyond what we grown ups can see. A child can remind us about how to see the world with deepest sense and gratitude.

 Our Quest for Personal Transfiguration begins as we emulate the innocence of a little child giving us a radiant glow as we live life with happiness, joy and peace.


When we no longer see ourselves shining so bright, we see the transfiguration of Jesus in the eyes of a child. Because it is on their eyes that we see the greatest hope to learn how to live fuller again and to see the world brighter again.

© 2020 Del Cusay




Sunday, March 1, 2020

Quantum Leap of Faith


You didn't believe it, until a leap of faith bring you to where you are; your present living. Your current state doesn't define your whole life and the pause you make is like a slingshot that is ready to launch you to what you have imagined.

Timeless energy is more than a fantasy, just like our state of conscioussness that creates our reality. And so if you believe that thoughts are energy, whatever you think, you become - - the becoming of who you are or who I am.

What makes this year special is another leap to complete the cycle. Another day is added to make it whole. And that's the essense of a leap year; to wait for the right time to make it whole and complete.



We are once incomplete or broken at some point in our existence. And it took us days and months and years to finally fix or fill in what is missing.

It is when we have found an answer to 'who am I?' that we dare to take a quantum leap of faith. We move forward and say 'what's next?' what is there waiting for us that needs to unveil. 

Who is the person of our dreams? What's the kind of life that lies ahead? What does the future bring? These are tough questions that we have to uncover, not instantly but intuitively. Not something we figure it out, but just came to our higher consciousness.


The quantum leap of faith is like a leap year. We believe that time will heal and in time will make us complete. We could wait for years for someone to come along. That's a new beginning. A new milestone to move on.

© 2020 Del Cusay



Sunday, February 23, 2020

The Windows' Wind Blows


Waking up early morning staring at the window. That's a great feeling when witnessing the timelapse from dawn to sunrise! The purple skies at dawn and the silhouette of the trees is a soulful morning greeting an experience worth living.

In my hometown, the second half of February perhaps is the coolest days to remember. The cool wind and the foggy morning is a perfect time for a cup of hot coffee.

The rainy day is a perfect time to hibernate for a while and to spend some pure thinking time over a cup of hot beverage. It's all coffee... coffee and unlimited coffee!


So many thoughts coming in, just like the non-stop pouring of the rain. And when it's time to contemplate, it has to be the finest frequency of tuning in. Only the best frequency for healing of the body, mind and soul.

What makes us feel heavy at times is when we tune in to so many frequency all at the same time. Whenever our thoughts are in the past, it gives us certain anxiety whether we did our best. Whereas when we tune in to the future, it gives us some worry of what lies ahead. And then, we forget to live at the moment the present time.

As I stare at the window, I could tell how's the taste of my coffee, I could hear the chirping of the birds and I could feel the gentle wind blows. That's how I tune in to the present and it's just a wonderful thing.


While tuning in at the present, I couldn't let it pass to tune in to one of the finest frequencies of a recent past. A heavenly frequency of a great climb to remember.

That's a selective tuning in for a Soulful Sunday moment. It brings back not just pleasant memories, but it also relives the heartfelt moments.

The wind blows of February will be missed. The foggy mornings will soon be over and the rainy days will soon come to an end. But the memories will stay forever and will be tuned in to be a great frequency for all seasons. 


The next time I stare at the window, it will never be the same again until the same season will come again. But one thing I have learned is to tune in to a healing frequency even when it is raining and when the sun is not shining.

© 2020 Del Cusay




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



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