Showing posts with label Soulful Sunday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Soulful Sunday. Show all posts

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Sunday's Best at the Farm

How do you live your best life? This is a commonly asked question by life coaches to assess our present and future life.

To live our best life is about enriching our lives with pleasant and beautiful memories. As we journey in life we're bound to experience ups and downs, but what matters is how we live a more positive life despite the odds.

Sunday is always the most peaceful time to experience being alive. This is the moment of healing and rejuvenation as we take a break. And this is made possible as we live in a natural environment ideal for the body, mind, and soul.

Visiting the farm on a weekend is pure joy. We feel more relaxed and grounded. This is the place where we could meditate or just have some pure thinking time. This is the place where ideas and plans happen. 

We live in a world where noise and chaos would deplete our energy. However, we can always find a place to unwind and get energized fast. We need to regain our energy and live a healthy life.

Since we're now in the 3rd year of the pandemic, it's great to be closer to nature. A farm visit and gardening is healthy physical activity that makes one happy. And that's the essence of living. We want to be happy and to radiate happiness to others.

Yes, life is so short in this uncertain time. So, we live each day with a positive spirit to achieve our highest hopes and dreams. With determination and Divine blessing and guidance, nothing is impossible. We can always make things happen in His time.

©️ 2022 Del Cusay

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish: Heaven on Earth

It feels good to have celebrated the holidays of 2021 together with my family in my hometown. It was a meaningful year-end where hopes and dreams are fulfilled. We've also welcomed the new year 2022 with positive hopes and affirmations for a great year ahead.

Another year of aspirations as we face more challenging days of the pandemic. We've survived 2021 and this year, 2022 brings another uncertainty into our lives.

I feel blessed to have celebrated the first Sunday mass of 2022 together with my parents at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in my hometown in Jamindan. It's been two years since my last visit at this time of the pandemic. It's still the same feeling except for restrictions like physical distancing and wearing face masks. The previous year's pre-pandemic was more intimate when we can meet to hug and kiss each other. But now, we just see each other and look at the faces. 

In the absence of Rev. Father Jeffrey Estrella, we have our new Parish administrator who is Rev. Father Patrick Jay Parce who actively calls on the Parishioners to be more faithful and continue to fulfill their religious obligations. As a parishioner, we can contribute to helping build a better Parish for everyone. It may take years to build a more stable and refined church, but with a commitment to the spiritual service of the parishioners, we can be able to experience a "Heaven on Earth" and live a beautiful and meaningful life. 

On January 13, 2022, the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish Jamindan celebrated its 4th anniversary as a Parish in 2018. Four years of religious service to the community and alignment to the Divine power, love, and light. The newly built Parish continues to draw flocks of believers and Parishioners as a testament to Mother Mary's intercession to our prayers and petitions.

Yes, heaven is a place on earth. In our daily lives, we may feel small, yet with God's grace, we can do great things. There's a miracle waiting to happen and is already happening if we just see around and feel it. God's love creates miracles in our lives and we have to recognize the blessings poured upon us. God is good and always present in our lives. A heaven on earth experience happens when we call his name, sing a song of praise, and kneel to pray.

©️  2022 Del Cusay

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Sunday, January 9, 2022

Nazareno 2022: Unwavering Faith


The Feast of the Black Nazarene has been a significant event in my life since I've been a devotee in 2013. Since then I celebrate its feast day every 9th of January. This annual religious festivity gives meaning to my life as I strengthen my faith and religious beliefs.

For the 2nd year since 2020, the annual "traslacion" was canceled due to the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, a mass is celebrated at the Quiapo church with only a limited number of devotees inside. The believers are just unstoppable and dare to take a risk just to celebrate their faith. The pandemic didn't stop them from expressing their unwavering faith, their love, and devotion.

On January 9, 2019, I was able to celebrate and witness the "traslacion" in Manila. It was perfect timing and a blessing that I've witnessed the massive flocks of devotees for the first time. For many years, I've only seen it on TV, until I've seen the activity before my eyes live as it happens.

This year, I'm happy to celebrate the annual feast through a TV Sunday mass. The place of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, Manila is home to several stories of miracles and hope. Thousands to millions of devotees have their testimonies on how their faith and devotion brought meaning and strength into their lives.

I'm also a living testimony on how the Black Nazarene has changed my life for the better. It never failed me for my prayer requests and intentions. And that the Black Nazarene is a symbol of unwavering faith of everyone who believes in his Divine power, love, and light.

©️ 2022 Del Cusay 

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Sunday, December 26, 2021

2021 Year in Review: Reunited in Love

It's been a year full of surprises, meaningful experiences and creating lasting memories. That's how I would describe the happenings in the year 2021. 

This is the year we fought hard to survive life's challenging moments. We've been breaking the walls that sets boundaries. We've defy restrictions that sets limitation. 

We've welcomed the year with a positive spirit that things will become better. And the first quarter of 2021 was a fulfillment of dreams and wishes. There were moments of a fantasy-like experiences. Tears in our eyes, smiles in our faces and moments of laughter that makes a rollercoaster of emotions.

A Great Family Bond

Family is love. That's how I feel in the beginning of the year 2021. A warmth feeling that opens the heart and radiates light to everyone. 

Family is always there to guide and help along the way.  Their overwhelming response and attention is something I would be grateful for. I wouldn't be able to accomplish things by myself and with them by my side makes me feel relieved. I'm glad that they're always there to the rescue when things aren't going well.

This year is extra special as I step into another chapter of my life. This may be the beginning of a more challenging life ahead. However, I look forward for a more beautiful days to come as I envision what comes next and what lies ahead.

Lessons from the Pandemic

Covid-19 didn't hinder grand plans on this year. We've become more resilient and had increased willpower to push through what we have in mind. 

We celebrated birthdays and special occasions in a simple yet meaningful way. We traveled to places even on a short distance to spend time to relax and unwind. We spent our Soulful Sunday moments with a contemplation about what life's about. 

Life shouldn't stop us from doing the things we love despite of the challenges we're facing. We've learned to adapt to the new normal and accept the reality that Covid-19 will be now part of our existence.


In mid 2021, we've done our part by having ourselves inoculated by Covid-19 vaccine. It's a way of protecting our health and also of our loved ones and other people. It's wise to stay healthy in times of pandemic. We can't afford to get sick and we dare to survive on this global health threat.

Christmas in our Hearts

I'm thankful to have celebrated Christmas together with my family in my hometown. We may not be all together as a complete family, but we feel the connectedness as a family. 

Christmas time bring us joy as we celebrate the remaining days of the year. This is the time when we're in a lighter mood as we look forward to a brighter new year. 


This year's Christmas may not be the brightest, but we're able to bring smiles and joy to other people who visited our home. This is our way to share something to give back for the blessings received. There are so many sad events this year, so it's good to bring back the smiles on each other's faces.

My "Year in Review" is about looking back for the good things that have happened for the entire year. I'm grateful for all the life lessons learned, opportunities, and experiences that made me better. 

There are sorrowful moments, but I've learned to let go and move on. What's important is I've gained valuable insights for enlightenment and personal development. 

My gratitude to the Divine for the power, love, and light. I've made it this year and hoping for the best as I welcome the new year with higher hopes and aspirations. And I also look forward to another year full of inspiration.

©️ 2021 Del Cusay

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Sunday, December 19, 2021

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas


Christmas time is the most anticipated season of the year. It brings joy, fun, and laughter. It also brings wonderful and magical moments as we celebrate the Year-end.

What happens when suddenly we feel sad about untoward events such as destructive typhoons hitting the country just before Christmas. It's supposed to be a "Merry Christmas" for all, but the natural calamity just destroyed people's joyful and peaceful Christmas vibe.

The last time I experienced a stormy Christmas was on the eve of December 24 in my hometown in the Visayas, a few hours before Christmas day. That was a strong typhoon leaving us with a power outage after celebrating the Christmas Eve mass. It was supposed to be a happy "Noche Buena" but we had a candle lighting on a dark Christmas night. 

That was my first experience of a stormy Christmas. Since my childhood days, the Christmas season was dry. However, with the effect of climate change, it seems that we'll be experiencing a wet and stormy Christmas. It's becoming more destructive year after year. And it has left more families to become homeless for Christmas.

Just recently on December 17, 2021, super typhoon "Odette" hit many Philippine provinces in Visayas and Mindanao. It has caused massive damages to properties and businesses. It had caused injuries and casualties. That's a sorrowful moment for those families who have lost their loved ones in celebration of Christmas.

After the typhoon, the devastating situation continues. Many families lost their homes and suffered from power outages and a lack of supply for necessities like food and water. That's prolonged suffering for those affected individuals and families.

Christmas day is approaching. We help affected countrymen in any way possible to lift their spirits and for them to feel loved and cared for. We feel connected as a nation in times of calamity and we feel the suffering of others because we've experienced it and we know how it feels to be a victim of a calamity.

This Christmas is about our positive hopes and wishes for everyone to become more resilient. To be able to rise again despite the struggles and suffering brought by a calamity. Hoping that people will still remember the essence of celebrating Christmas and putting even a little smile on their faces. 

This Christmas is about expressing our gratitude. That no matter what happened, we're still thankful to the Divine for the good, the bad, and the worst experience that has shaken our lives. 

We have a shared humanity. Wherever we are, we think about the welfare of others, and this time we send them good wishes of positivity and recovery. 

©️ 2021 Del Cusay

Sunday, December 12, 2021

It's Beginning to look a lot like Christmas

It feels like Christmas. The tall and colorful Christmas trees with sparkling lights make us feel good as they bring back memories celebrating the yuletide season.

It would be a better Christmas season than the past two years when the threat of Covid-19 brought us fears and anxieties. 

This year's Christmas season feels different as people would visit any place where they would feel the Christmas spirit and bond with their families for a short while.


I remember those moments when we have decorated our Christmas tree in our hometown for two consecutive Christmas in 2019 and 2020. That was fun and had made  lasting and great memories worth reminiscing.

We always look forward to a Merry Christmas. It's the happiest time of the year as we live each day with joy in our hearts before the year ends.


This Christmas is about our highest hopes that things will get better despite what we've been through for the past two years.

We wish for a meaningful celebration with our loved ones. Our family will always be one of the reasons why we keep holding on and not giving up despite all the odds. We keep our faith that Christmas will heal us and bring the best in us.

©️ 2021 Del Cusay

Sunday, December 5, 2021

My Sister's Sky Garden

It feels good when we have a piece of nature at home. It gives serenity and peace of mind when we needed a break or relaxation.

With the hustle and bustle of city life, we often feel depleted with energy due to chaos and pollution. Having a home garden gives off wonderful and healing energy to be able to live our greatest life.

I love how my sister made her dream sky garden come true. She was able to make their roof deck become a great place for a family gathering, for weekend fun and relaxation. 

The sky gardens' al fresco vibe is what we like most. It's a cool place to unwind and to celebrate special days and other occasions. It's cool and windy on some days most especially during the Christmas season. 

Green space at home is what we need to be connected to nature even when living in City. Coming from a province where nature is abundant, I often miss being in a more natural environment. To be surrounded by more trees and flowering plants make me happy. However, in the City we can feel attached to nature simply by creating our own little oasis.

During this pandemic, everyone realized the importance of having a clean and green environment. More individuals and families are interested in plants and gardening. And they brought nature to home, making them feel happier than before.

My sister's interest in plants and flowers was influenced by my parent's love of nature. They love to develop a natural place for a happy and healthy family. My Mother also loves indoor plants and flowers so she would feel happy even when not on the farm.

My Sister's Sky Garden is a good place to celebrate Christmas with the family. The bonding and happy moments always create wonderful memories worth remembering. A joyous season worth reminiscing.

©️ 2021 Del Cusay

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Sunday, November 28, 2021

The Journey Continues: From Lambda to Omicron

Just before the world celebrates Christmas on December 25 and here we are again threatened with the new Covid-19 variant, Omicron.

It seems that our suffering is unending with every new variant that's discovered and we're about to cover all the Greek alphabets already; from Alpha to Omega. 

The Delta variant was seen as the most contagious and deadliest, however, this newly named, Omicron variant is said to be highly transmissible with several countries in Africa are now affected.

We've learned our lesson with the Delta variant. Several hospitals run out of hospital beds due to an overwhelming number of cases and admissions. And this scenario is bound to happen again if the government will not close borders from countries where the Omicron variant originated.

The Philippines have recorded 26,000+ all-time high Covid-19 cases when the Delta variant reached its peak. We couldn't afford to match or even reach another all-time high number of cases once the Omicron variant will be detected in the country.

It's about preparedness and alertness. Several countries have already closed their borders from African countries affected by Omicron and the Philippines have followed suit. That sense of urgency in the decision-making of our government is commendable. 

We must be better at this time. We've learned our lesson about the importance of securing our border to prevent the transmission of any new Covid variants. However, just like the prediction of health experts, it's a matter of time when the new Omicron variant will be discovered in every country.

What we've learned from Alpha to Delta variants is still applicable to other variants including Omicron. Basic health protocol must still be observed and having been fully vaccinated gives a stronger layer of protection and immunity.

No matter what happens, life goes on. We must learn to adapt to this pandemic and it starts with an acceptance that it will now become part of our daily lives. We've learned to identify what's essential vs. non-essential. We've learned to prioritize people, events, and things that truly matter. And above all, we've learned to survive.

When this pandemic ends, we're all  survivors. We can survive all other challenges and threats that may come our way. This must be part of the Divine Plan for humanity and those who won't make it just failed to learn about the essence of survival instincts and skills just like in any disaster.

It's not too late to better protect ourselves from the pandemic. We always need to plan ahead and not become a victim of this global health threat. Let's do our best not to become included on the tally of cases by having ourselves inoculated with the Covid vaccine. That's the best thing we could offer to save the world and to put an end to our suffering.

As we welcome the New year 2022, we're now learning to live in a different world. A world that is harsh and full of suffering. And so, we better prepare ourselves for a more unforeseeable crisis to come. Always think ahead, plan ahead and always dare to survive and thrive.

©️ 2021 Del Cusay

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Sunday, November 21, 2021

Remembering the Stars of the Galaxy


I've never imagined working in a BPO as a trainer. But in August 2015, I had the opportunity to discover the booming industry in the Philippines.

When I was asked how would I want to give a name to my group, I had to think well of the best description that reflects my personality. Something that I couldn't forget and would remain memorable and significant even in the years to come.

And so, I came up with "Stars of the Galaxy" with the Stars as the group and the Galaxy as its territory. That was the best name I could give since I wanted my group to shine like a star; for them to unleash their brilliance, and to sparkle in the dark.


I was able to train more than 20 groups with 25-35 trainees per group, per week. That was fun and full of excitement, as each week is something new. Each group showed their talents and creativity in every activity. They did their best and they succeed in every task.

There were moments of laughter and some moments of tears. A fast and unexpected turn of events made each day a thrill. And the exhilarating moment created a rollercoaster of emotions. Some were able to make it, while others didn't make it.

Working in a BPO is challenging. It's never easy and you have to be at a fast pace. Everything moves really fast. You need to think and make decisions quickly. 


Aside from giving some inspiration and motivation to my group, I've also challenged them to reach for their dreams and aspirations. Like a star, they have to shine wherever they are and even in the darkest moments of their lives. They have to always believe in themselves that nobody can dim the lights that shine from within.

It was also a beautiful experience working with my co-trainers and supervisor. We had a great bond as a team of trainers and we feel appreciated and remembered on our special day until our final moment to exit.

I'm glad to have made an impact on my group even in a little way. For a weekday we spent together per group, we learned so many things beyond the PowerPoint. And six years had passed, some of them work in the same company as customer service/technical support representatives and some were promoted as team leader and other higher positions.

Together with my co-trainers during the Year-end Party in 2015

The pandemic has not stopped the BPO industry. They have saved our economy when most industries were at a loss. They are the gainers and have proven to be very resilient when other businesses have suffered tremendously.

I highly revere people working in the BPO since they do great sacrifices not only for personal gain but also for our economy. Now, the BPO is the topmost industry in the Philippines and will continue to prosper in the years to come.

I am forever grateful to have met wonderful people in the BPO. The experience and memories will always be cherished and will always be in my heart.

©️ 2021 Del Cusay

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Sunday, November 14, 2021

A Momentary Sad Life


We know the feeling of being sad. It destroys our peace of mind and we feel bad about ourselves or any circumstances that trigger it.

There are moments when we no longer feel good about the things or activities that we used to do. Our energies are drained and we lack inspiration and motivation to achieve something worthwhile.

What makes us feel sad? How do we get over it? Life can be a roller coaster of emotions and we experience all of it; from happiness to sadness.

Feeling sad is just momentary and the emotion just fades away. We're not supposed to experience it for a long time since that will lead to a more serious consequence which is depression.

At times, we feel sad when we feel rejected, disappointed, or don't get the things we wanted. And when people are there to recognize that emotion, we feel comforted and valued. It's only when our emotions are not recognized that we feel sadder than sad and we fight for it to get noticed.

To get over a sad life is to be stronger from the inside. Our inner powers can unleash the giant within us. Yes, people who matter may have a significant impact on our lives. But in the end, we chose to uplift ourselves even when nobody is there to listen. 

A moment of sadness makes our life meaningful when the time comes we're back on our best selves. Because nobody wouldn't want to be sad. We want to be happy and feel good about our highest self and just be glad.

©️ 2021 Del Cusay

Sunday, November 7, 2021

Coffee in the Sky Garden


What's that one thing you've given up on this year? It may be permanent or temporary, but that decision may have an impact on your life.

A vice, a bad habit, or a faulty diet; these are the things we hope to change. And when we start to embrace a new life without much attachment to things we used to do, then we're setting ourselves for freedom.

Setting a resolution usually starts at the beginning of the year. But what happens when suddenly we decide in the middle of the year? 

In May of this year, I decided to stop drinking coffee. This is for health reasons, to limit sugar consumption. As we age, our blood sugar levels may increase due to dietary choices and other factors. Thus, we suffer in the long run.

In five months time, I limit my sugar intake. I didn't drink coffee and soft drinks which I used to have a huge consumption for several years. And this dietary lifestyle change is a commitment to a healthier body.

After five months, I started to drink coffee and soda again, but I didn't have cravings for a larger amount. I still have to limit my sugar consumption to maintain an ideal blood sugar level. 

Before, I can't function physically and mentally well without a cup of coffee. It helps me stay awake and more energetic. But there's a downside in everything too much. And so, I have to cut it before its irreversible effect happens.

Forming a habit couldn't be easier without the will and knowing its purpose. For me, I had to sacrifice my craving for health. Lifestyle disease like diabetes is something that can ruin our life and better functioning, and so there's a limit for everything. 

When we have a healthy physical body, we can also have a healthy mind. We can achieve freedom from diseases and illnesses brought by our bad habits and choices. Yes, we only live once. And so, we also take the chance to live it well and to be well. 

©️ 2021 Del Cusay

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Spooky Memories of Halloween

Halloween isn't much fun for adults. But that doesn't mean we can never have fun as much as little kids do.

When I was a kid, we used to celebrate Halloween by wearing spooky costumes to scare each other. That was a yearly activity for us until it ended when such a thing wasn't exciting anymore, and we're already a grown-up individuals.

Back then, we didn't know about the essence of celebrating Halloween and its hidden dangers. What we knew is that many people especially young children are doing it.

I still remember our celebration of Halloween in 2011. That was the time we introduced it to our nephews and niece. They dressed up in a costume of spooky creatures and characters with scary make-up for an added spooky effect. 


They had fun and that was repeated in 2012 with a more scary look. During those years, we haven't taught them the significance of Halloween. All we knew was the fun it brings, until the year that follows when we no longer celebrate it.

In recent years as a working adult, I've learned about the dangers of Halloween especially to young children. That's the reason why I would rather see them wearing a costume like saints or holy person instead of a scary one. 

We never know about the afterlife, but we have to celebrate the holiness of those who have lived a clean life. We celebrate the lives of the saints who have touched so many lives when they are living. 

We don't want to invite negative entities to our bodies and consciousness, that's why we encourage people to celebrate people's holiness and not their negative and evil side. We denounce evil, and we strive for holiness no matter how sinful we are.

I'm glad to see that nowadays more people are aware of the dangers of Halloween and so they would want to correct their mistakes of celebrating wickedness and spooky culture copied from the West. 

Now, our nephews and niece are grown-up children, and they have stopped celebrating a spooky Halloween like we used to do. 

And this realization about life after death happens when we go through deeply with our lives. When we go to the afterlife, we would want to see the good and the holy people. We would want to see heaven and not hell. We would like to see the Angels and not the demons. Because when we live a good life, we're also looking forward to a better afterlife.

©️ 2021 Del Cusay

Sunday, October 17, 2021

The Last Quarter of 2021


We've entered the beginning of the final quarter of the year. This month of October brings energy and time to ponder on so many things -- from the pandemic to politics.

In the Philippines, the filing of Candidacy for the May 2022 National and local elections have started, and the political noises and dramas are becoming intense day by day.

That's the political atmosphere in the Philippines, and the time when people are becoming too fanatic and involved in the election campaigns and propaganda.

The good thing about being involved is to be aware of our rights as a citizen. The right to vote is a fundamental right of every Filipino. And now people are more aware and awakened to the present realities affecting their daily lives and the future.

It's good to see that people are becoming more expressive and active in social and political issues They discuss politics, have a debate, and can strongly oppose with conviction on what they believe in. This is an expression of democracy and people want to feel that they're part of a democratic society where their vote matters and is validated.

Election time brings hope to every citizen. Most especially to those who wanted change in leadership and those hoping for good governance. And we all hope for a better country, a better Philippines, and better Filipino citizens.

©️ 2021 Del Cusay

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Holding the Line with Maria Ressa


When I met Maria Ressa back in July 2017, I had the opportunity to briefly interview her about her views regarding climate change and disaster resilience.

That's part of her mission with her AGOS Project. She's deeply committed to helping Filipino people build a more resilient and prepared communities.

I admired her positive outlook. She was brilliant and a champion on many things. She's not a politician, but she's a journalist whose job is to bring news and investigative journalism to the people.

Many people may not like her, but Maria Ressa continues to embrace prejudice and criticism. From online trolls, detractors and  endless attacks from the Government, she's standing still and bravely holding the line.

To hold the line means not to allow atrocities to happen in a civilized society like the Philippines. When what we watch and hear are about the drug war killings, attack on journalists and suppression of news media organizations, Ressa isn't defeated with her strong voice and stance to fight for justice and truth.


Maria Ressa had a share of attacks from the country where she serves with love. Her role in mass media is beyond ordinary since she do things extraordinarily well.

On October 8, 2021, Maria Ressa was conferred a Nobel Peace Prize. She's the first Filipino individual Nobel Peace Laureate winner. A prestigious global award-giving body for extraordinary accomplishments that have massive impact to the community. The awarding ceremony will be a momentous event in Philippine history that will happen on December 10, 2021 in Oslo, Norway.

Maria Ressa will be my inspiration for holding the line. She will be known for her legacy in fighting for injustices and suppression of fearless journalism, press freedom and freedom of expression. Not many people of her profession can be as tough and bold like her. She fights with the giant bullies and the killers of press freedom and social justice.

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 2021, Maria Ressa will forever be known to be on the side of truth. She's an ally to keep. A leader we all must keep.

©️ 2021 Del Cusay

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Welcoming October's Best

When September ends, we feel a more energized moment. It's about welcoming a new month with enthusiasm and positivity.

When we feel good, we attract the best thing in life. It fuels our passion and it's keeping us more alive. It's the best time to keep the inner fire burning and lasting.

And this month reminds me to live the best days ahead. To be highly optimistic even in the midst of uncertainty. To give a smile, to laugh often and to feel good.

What's the best thing you're hopeful on this month and beyond? Is it the Yuletide season? a pleasant surprise? Or a new chapter?

We may still be living on restrictions, but we can always move on and continue to be hopeful on the things we have set out minds into. 

The blue skies, early morning sunshine, gentle wind blows and a good conversation. That gives us the energy to feel good all-day long. It keeps us youthful like a playful child who teaches us to be carefree and live free.

October's Best is about our mindset. Expectations that can empower our actions and unblocks our limitations.

When October ends, it would be much intense energy. It requires motivation to keep the fire burning. But, in our pursuit to greater aspirations, let's remember to keep our childlike nature. To live, to laugh and to love. That's the October's Best we expect to have.

©️ 2021 Del Cusay

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Birthday Special: Celebrating our Mother's 68th Birthday


What's your most meaningful birthday wishes for your Mother? 

When we were a little kid, we remember the most loving moments with our Mother. Someone who nourishes our being. Caring for us and attending to our needs. A Mother who's full of joy in raising us to become complete.

As we get older, we still remember the days when we were at our Mother's side. There are times when we think of happy and fun-filled moments whenever we're down or needs some inspiration.


A birthday is a special moment of remembering. And no distance separates us from our Mother as we celebrate her day. We give thanks and send meaningful wishes. It's on this day we spend time to gather and give her joy in her heart. 

We wish her a good life. To spend more time enjoying what she loves doing. And to fulfill her own goals and heart's desires. She devoted her life in raising us well, and now she's actively involved in building up a community. It's her way of giving back to the place where she was born and gave her an opportunity to serve.



We will forever be on her side to accomplish her life's cherished goals. She has a deeper faith and guided by the Divine love and light.

On her 68th birthday, we celebrate her life and we feel her love from a distance. We may not be together, but she's always in our hearts wherever we are. We'll always support her aspirations and help her achieve a fulfilled life.

©️ 2021 Del Cusay

Sunday, September 19, 2021

The Greatest Lesson I learned from my Father

What's the most valuable lesson you've gained from your Father?

When I've watched the controversial interview about former Senator Bongbong Marcos, it flashed back the memories I had with my Father whom I look up as a great leader and provider in our family. He's not only a good Father to us, but his love and purpose extends to the people in our community.

To be in public service is a great privilege to influence and make a lasting impact to the people. It's about exerting energy and great effort to look after the welfare of the people and the community above Self. 

I remember in 1998 when my Father decided to be in public service as a Municipal councilor. I just graduated in Elementary back then and was overwhelmed about the world of politics. We were informed by my Father regarding his plans and wanted to hear our opinions. I strongly opposed and perhaps it was unanimous among my siblings. His calling to serve our community didn't hinder him to run in a public office. Later on we're convinced and we gave our full support on him. He won a seat in the Municipal Council and that was the start of his political service.


He ran for the second term as Municipal Councilor and won in 2001 and his third term in 2004. For nine consecutive years, (1998 - 2007) my Father dedicated his life to improve the welfare of his constituents through public service.

During those years, my Father taught me to have a fighting spirit. To have the perseverance and the will to follow your calling and dreams. Those were the virtues which I may be lacking. I had fears and doubts although I believe that I have a little confidence. 

It was him who pushed me forward and leave my fears behind when he convinced me to follow his path when I ran as a Municipal Youth Council President in our hometown. At first it was against my will since I didn't have enough confidence to face the people and the responsibilities of the position. However, I trusted him to be there to guide me. I won and had a seat in the Municipal Council for five years from 2002 - 2007. During those years, I saw how my Father performed and served well in the Council. That moment, I thank him for believing in me and pushing me beyond my limits. He took away my doubts and fears and let me soar high. 


In 2016, my Father made a comeback in public service after nine years. He wasn't inactive since he hold a position as Office of Senior Citizen Affairs (OSCA) President from 2014 - 2016. He ran again for Municipal Councilor and he won. I was not in favor of his comeback since I would want to see him live a more simple life away from the politics. He was unstoppable and full of energy. His passion and support of the people motivated him to serve. He listened and didn't turn them down. When it's the people who calls you to be a leader and a servant, there's an overflowing love and trust and you just follow their call.

In 2019 until the present, he's still serving as a Municipal Councilor and is overcoming several challenges. He fought hard on what he believed is right and for the greater good of the community. He stood up and speak his mind on controversial issues confronting our community. He showed will-power to get things done and to achieve more for the progress of the community.

I learned from my Father to never give up and never to surrender when you're right. Always speak up and believe in yourself. When it comes to public service, you can always choose to serve even if not holding an office. Always look back and give back. And when people are there to give support and express love, it means you're on the right track and you've done a good job.

©️ 2021 Del Cusay

Sunday, September 12, 2021

A Moment of Healing and Memories



When you need to unwind, relax and set free, where do you go?

In Baguio City, people would go for a reason. It's a place like no other in the country. It relaxes the body, mind and soul. It liberates from worries, and fears. And it helps get revitalized and be healed.

That's the highlands in the Northern Philippines. A City of Pines and strawberries. A historically rich and a vibrant city where people would go for a wonderful journey.

When we feel exhausted and a need to rejuvenate, a travel to a certain destination would help us recover. It changes our mood and uplifts our spirit. Then, we feel good again, and do great things again.

In Baguio City, you feel welcomed. The friendliness of the people makes you stay, although, you'll have to leave anyway. With a momentary healing and rejuvenation, you'll be ready to face another race in much challenging place.

Not just for friends and lovers, but Baguio City is also for the family. A getaway for fun, learning and appreciation of arts and culture. Baguio City's charm invites everyone to learn their stories, heritage and identity.

If I would choose, I'd rather live in a place where there's a balance between nature and a city life. Living in Baguio is like living in a mountain resort, surrounded by natural wonders for healing and relaxation.

Amidst uncertainty, when time permits to travel a long distance and go back to Baguio, I would love to recreate those memories and visit the finest places it has to offer. The memories creates lasting impact as the place where learning and training had started.

For now, we couldn't go to places as much as we wanted. All we can do is to reminisce the good times. And when we're set free, we can travel again endlessly.

©️  2021 Del Cusay

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Birthday Special: Life's New Chapter


A birthday is a moment in life when we celebrate a new beginning. A fresh start that fuels our dreams and desires. A new goal to achieve, and a new mission to fulfill.

September 1st has been the most anticipated date for most of us. It's when we look forward to a happier and merrier Christmas celebration. The earliest Christmas for the Filipinos.

And for me, the 2nd of September is a celebration of life. It's when I feel grateful for reaching another year. A year that may be full of ups and downs. But, a year that's full of love and happiness. 

What makes this day extra special is the presence of my family. They're always there to celebrate with me on my birthday. They've witnessed how I live my life. And they're always a source of happiness and contentment.

I'm forever grateful for the years when I felt being loved. I never felt alone, but I always feel being guided and directed. 

This pandemic won't stop us from celebrating a new life. Because life must never stop despite threats and obstacles. We face it and we live it. We choose to be brave, to thrive, and to break through the barriers with toughness and fierceness.

As I continue to battle uncertainty, life has been good to me. The road may still be unclear at times, but I never lose hope. Just carry on and move on. Wishing all the best in life and Living my greatest life.

©️ 2021 Del Cusay

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