Red

A tiny bruise could cause me to bleed profusely to the point of draining me with my own blood. People love the sights of red because it reminds them of beautiful things like roses, apples, strawberries and hearts. Red is also the color of important celebrations people have in a...

The Good and Hopeful

“Don’t be afraid and have courage so that people will not pity you. Even if you have a disability, prove that you can. Show them who you are and be true to yourself. You don’t need to pretend to be like one of them but in everything you do, always...

Pain and Love of a Father

….I just have to rest that thought in acceptance that I could be the father I could be, in ways that I can. Pain…people loathe even the mere thought of it. And as much in all human consciousness, everyone wants to get out of it. But for me, pain is...

My Eyes in the Dark

I have always found bliss in my blindness. Life is a series of choices! This means our options are not just between a YES or a NO, but a lot of combinations of both or a defined series of actions. But in my case, I didn’t have much of a...

My Cerebral Palsy and Me

…my parents were already informed that their child would live a difficult life. Cerebral Palsy (CP) is an incurable movement disorder that generally appear during child birth or shortly after birth. People with CP usually have poor coordination; muscle tremors; seizures; and, problems with their sensation, vision, hearing, swallowing and...

Unmet Expectations

I bear the semblance of what is “normal” in the eyes of many. But as time goes by, I realize that I am not among them at all. This has been a lifetime quagmire I’ve been struggling with. I bear the semblance of what is “normal” in the eyes of...

How Her Love Changed

“She was scared to get near me and thought that my psoriasis is something contagious…” What’s worse than being rejected by the person you love the most? Nothing! Rejection is something we all are scared of because the truth is, we survive the pangs of life that this world brings...

NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER

NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER November 5, 2018 ISIP visits Virtualahan Mindanao community November 25, Sunday—The Innovation for Social Impact Partnership and United Nations Development Program Philippines (ISIP-UNDP) visited Davao for the first time!The ISIP-UNDP team got to meet our Virtualahan community members and experience the in-person well-being session and hear about the...

OCTOBER NEWSLETTER

OCTOBER NEWSLETTER October 2, 2018 Her Beautiful Mind October is the World Mental Health awareness month and Virtualahan featured Rochelle Derilo in Virtualahan TV last October 8.  She bravely discussed her condition as well as the inevitable stigma that comes along having mental illness. Mental illness cuts across all ages,...

SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER

SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER September 3, 2018 PhilDev and UNDP selects Virtualahan After a month of waiting, Innovation for Social Impact Partnership (ISIP) released the first batches of social enterprises that will undergo the Social Impact Accelerator (SIA) program. Hundreds of entries from all over the country in varying fields like education,...