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Boy from the tropics: a winter champ


This is Michael Christian Martinez, the lone representative of the Philippines to the Sochi Winter Olympics. Last night he performed his heart out and qualified to skate during the Men’s Freestyle Finals today, Friday. His story is one for the books: he overcame his childhood asthma by getting into figure ice skating. There are only 3 ice skating rinks in this country, all of which are found inside a chain of malls. The right people saw his potential and encouraged his mom to send him to the US to hone his craft there. The mom agreed and said that she would rather spend their money on his training than on his medical bills. He qualified to join the Olympics without the help of the Philippine Government. His family pooled some money to send him to Sochi: they mortgaged their home and got some funding from the chain of malls where the ice skating rinks are. We did not know of his existence until about three weeks ago. He quietly and steadily worked his way to the top without noise and fanfare. And now he’s in the top 24. In the world!

Cliché as this may sound, win or lose, this 17 year old is already a champ. A special shout out goes to his family, especially his mom. This is the kind of love that I would like to celebrate this Valentine’s Day.

Congratulations, Michael! Shine bright tonight!


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In-between days

I’ve been having low-grade headaches for the past couple of days. I’ve been waiting for the full-on migraine to come along, but so far it hasn’t made it’s appearance yet. I don’t have a headache now, but I am not 100% lucid and I’m fighting off fatigue. Sometimes I don’t know which is worse: a roaring migraine or this in-between state wherein you know you are about to get a big one. I spend a lot of time in this limbo state—fatigued, forgetful, with a foggy head, and a general feeling of not being completely there—and yet I’m still not used to it.

Times like these, I always turn to migraine.com to shed some light on my situation and find relief from my pain, or in this case, non-pain. I stumbled upon this article and could completely relate to it. This is exactly what I am going through. It’s good to know that I am not alone in this, but has someone found a way to skip this phase altogether?

Okay, I’m not usually this whiny when it comes to my headaches. I’ve been living with this for a while now and I can normally cope with my foggy senses and would not complain about it, but this week has been tough. I’ve been trying to draw and paint (I have a deadline!), but I just can’t focus. All I want is to go back to bed and have another go at a snooze. I’ve tried exercising, but I think I just added to the fatigue. I’ve been reading a lot just to see if I could sharpen my senses, but I’ve noticed that I have to go back to some paragraphs because the words didn’t register. Sigh. And I’ve been doing so well the past month, month and a half. Is it because I have been skipping my acupuncture sessions? Hmmm… maybe…

Again, I don’t know which is better: the migraine or limbo? At least with a migraine you can drink the magic pill of your choice (mine is Zomig) and—click!!!—the world is clear again, but in this in-between state, you have no choice but to wait it out and see what happens next. Maybe I really need to go back to my acupuncturist. Oh well. In the meantime, I really can’t do anything about it. I think I will—no, I choose—to breathe deeply through the fog and hug my cats. 🙂


(Wednesday still believes that I can create and sticks by my side no matter what. She’s taking her job as my muse seriously! 😀 )

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Million People March


“Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.” – Galadriel to Frodo

Today I took part in the Million People March, a peaceful protest against the Priority Development Assistance Fund commonly called as the Pork Barrel. I am not a political activist, but I went because I wanted to be heard. Over 400,000 filipinos, like me, in their own way, wanted to make a difference and showed up at Luneta Park to clamor for change. I didn’t have to make a speech to be heard or to sing and dance to be noticed. By being there I showed the nation (and the world!) that my voice mattered. Enough is enough. No to corruption. No to the misuse of public funds. Philippine government, we are watching you.

Note: aerial shots were taken by Architect Paulo Alcazaren

To know more about the issue, watch this video.

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