I Hear Life’s Music

I was not born deaf. I was perfectly normal until life had its turns. When I was nine years old, I got infected with bacterial meningitis after I brought home my sick classmate. I never thought that my good deed would impair me for the rest of my life. Life...

While I Was Reaching for My Dreams

When you see me now you might think that I have never gone through a difficult past. That’s because I have finally recovered from the physical, mental and psychological storms I experienced. But let me share this chapter of my life with you. Growing up, I have always wanted to...

A Special Child to A Special Mom

You have come this far…a dweller for nearly half a century. A lot of stories to tell, a lot of memories to behold, but when you reflect on your life, is it really gold? I am Carlota R. Atienza, a resident of Quezon City and a proud mom of two...

Rejection: A Norm for PWDs

People with Disabilities are everywhere. Most are constrained in homes, others are left no choice but to be in the streets and beg. They are at home, or they choose to be at home, mainly because of the hassle and bustle of daily commute. Let’s face it, many establishments (even...

Imperfectly Perfect

I am Anne Honelyne Rigor fondly called Honey by my friends. I have Noonan Syndrome. Though it is a common genetic syndrome associated with heart disease still, not many people are familiar about it especially in the Philippines. In fact, I was their first case at Philippine General Hospital (PGH)...

Betrayal (a story of a single mom)

Only a three-syllable word, but means so much. The impact it gives tramples walls and breaks the strongest defenses. It ruined lives, divided homes and killed hopes built for years. The pain that follows is beyond human threshold. Your heart is stabbed and burned alive, and the pain seemed eternal....

Surviving Stage 5 Diabetes

Suffering from a chronic illness is something many could not understand. We go through a situation that we know we could never get out of yet we struggle with life just to survive not for ourselves alone, but more so for others we live for— our families. I’m Alex. I...

The Icing on the Cake

They say, life is a piece of cake. If I’d compare my life to cakes, I’d say mine would be Dark Forest. Its name is terrifying but the experience once tasted gives heaven’s bliss. The luscious sweetness makes you want for more. Before I felt the sweetness of life, it...

Adapting to Change

For some, change is good since it breaks life’s monotony and adds on to colorful details to the ordinary. But for many, change isn’t as easy as it seems especially when it makes them get off their comfort zones leaving them to try options that are beyond the reality they...

Of Motorbikes, Accidents, and Life

Almost a decade ago, I was at the prime of my life. I had traveled to and fro in several countries across the world and explored many places of opportunities. I worked as a manager at an international automotive company overseas. I had a promising career, I traveled and I...