Thursday, July 31, 2014

ISF - A Home Away from Home

Do what makes you happy! Easier said than done. Why? Let me give you a few example.

You wanted to be a musician. All you have to do is buy a guitar, learn how to play it and then play all the music in the world as soon as you've mastered it.

You wanted to be a great basketball player. Buy a basketball and practice everyday.

You wanted to be a teacher. Study, apply for a job in a school then teach your students.

It is easy.

But doing the things that you want is far more happier if you're doing it with the people who share the same interest as yours. Guitar playing is more enjoyable when someone is by your side, singing along with you. Being a basketball player is better when you have a team. A teacher learns more if she's with her fellow teachers, sharing their experiences and stories with each other.

Finding people who understand your reasons in doing something is like finding a home. Just like a family, you accept, love and respect each other. Of course, not everyone in the family is as understanding as everybody else.

With ISF, I found a home.

When I was a kid, I always dreamt of having a foundation of my own. I wanted to help other people, especially the kids. Not because I have enough resources to provide for them, but because I know we all deserve to have a comfortable life.

My family is not rich. My dad is a Preacher. My mon is a full time church worker. I have two younger siblings. And we survived life through the help of God. But the simplicity of our life did not hinder me to help. Every Saturday, me and my parents teach the children in a distressed area in Metro Manila. We teach them Bible stories. I don't want them to end up being the problems of society. I want them to grow up in the nurture and adminition of the Lord. I love them.

But my passion for this kids was misunderstood and neglected by many. I tried to explain but to no avail. People kept asking me why I preferred to spend my Saturdays with them when I can just stay at home and read a good book. Or spend the weekend with friends,  having a good time. They're right. I can do those things but I chose not to.

Some labeled me as a snob and anti social. But I never cared. One thing is for sure, I am misunderstood.

One day, I joined twitter. Because I wanted to follow Ian Somerhalder. By that, I got the chance to meet certain people. First is Kelly Mayer. She's an ISF Supporter, a mother of 3 and just like me, misunderstood. Next is Kat Abramowitz. A teacher by profession and an ISF supporter too. And Tessa from New York, mom of twins and an ISF supporter too.

We are strangers. We never knew anything about each other. Yet we spend time tweeting and talking to each other as if we're friends for a long time. The reason? Ian Somerhalder Foundation.

Yes, we found our way to each other. ISF is the magnet that pulled us all together. It is because of our compassion in saving the planet that drew us together. It's like we found a support group. Even though we are from the other sides of the world.

It's an amazing feeling to know that when other people show lack of support and appreciation on what you are standing for, there are certain people who know exactly what to say to boost your enthusiasm in doing what you have to do. Don't get me wrong. We never wished for recognition. We just want to have that feeling of belongingness and security, that no matter what the world would say, we have each other. We have a family. We have Ian Somerhalder Family (ISF).

Ian is such a great man. I don't know him personally. I only watch Vampire Diaries. I follow him on social media. But his compassion and advocacy drove us all together to do everything we can to save Mother Earth.

I never expected that for once in this lifetime I could find people, other than my biological family, who support my beliefs and my passion.

I don't need the world to accept me. I just want them to give me a chance to let them know that they can do something to help save the planet.

Truly, ISF is a home away from home.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


As you age, your priorities change. The most important thing for you 2 years ago, may be a thing with less importance for you now. A lot of things can change in a span of one year, six months, 2 months and even a week.

Change is the constant thing on earth, as they say. And I agree with that.

10 years ago, I was in high school. (Time flies so fast) I had a group of friends. We call ourselves, GLADJHERCKS. It was derived from our first names initial. We hung out together, did our homeworks and projects together, did silly things together and some even fell in love with each other. We never left each other's sides. We helped each other. We were inseparable. There were times when some of us failed some of our subjects but we never allowed them not to graduate. We helped them with their special projects just to make sure that we will all march together during graduation.

When some would get into trouble, we were all there. Even during lover's quarrel. Don't get me wrong though, we never interferred, we just mediate. We even joined several clubs together. Because of them I learned how to play billiards. I learned a lot from them.

Just like any other friendship, we had our fair share of hurt and joy. We hurt each other with our stupidity and selfishness. There were shed tears but most of all there was joy and laughter.

We all had different personalities. But we chose to understand and respect our differences. High school was never easy. We were all through the stage of identifying ourselves among others. But having them, made me survived everything.

I am not the most friendly and kindest person in school. I am moody and mean. I never knew the reason why I blended with them. Until now I never understood why they chose to befriend me. But you know what, I love them.  Yes, unlike all the tense of verb here, I use LOVE. Present tense. Because all those memories were all in the past and I'm not sure if we would have another chance to relive all those.

Some of my friends never get along well before. And I will be the happiest person if I would see them getting along well one day.

I never stopped caring for them. And I will always grab every opportunity I'll get to bring them back together. I love GLADJHERCKS. Some may not understand my reasons because honestly, I have none. I just love them.

I know that every thing has changed. We can never be like what were before. It would be hard to bring them all back together and do the things that we did before. But I know that no matter what happens, I will still love and cherish them.