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Our Kapwa Series [x]
The Aeta of Zambales, Philippines

Love Our Nation.
Love Our Diversity.
Love Our Heritage.
Love Our People.”

The Our Kapwa Series is a new series this year which is a spinoff of The Diversity of Pilipin@s Posts (1,2) I did back in 2013. It is a dedication to all of our people from the more than 100 ethnic groups in the Philippines.

We as Pilipin@s are not a homogenous people. Our stories, languages, cultures, and histories make our nation a rich and diverse one, a mirror of our islands we call home with her immense biodiversity of flora and fauna. The series will feature the many different faces of our people from the more than 100 ethnic groups from the Philippines.

This is my dedication to all of our kapwa, whose ancestors come from and who call the islands of what is now the Philippines their home.

Mabuhay tayong mga kapwa!

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Away we go

I stopped looking. I stopped searching for meaning. I decided to just let things be. I am lost and I am tired. 

I’ve lost words on how i felt. 

I stared at the waves crashing on the shore. For the first time in a long time, I was at peace. No phone calls, no emails, no deadlines, no scattered desks and not-good-enough ideas. Just me, the sound of children laughing, of music from speakers from friends who were having a good time, the blue sky and the waves kissing the shoreline over and over again. It felt great, almost magical how peaceful it all felt.

I tried not to panic as the sun started to descend. Sunset. Another day was ending and soon, I’d have to go back to my old routine. I’d have to face numerous deadlines, reports, campaigns and all the other stuff that I wanted to run away from.

Nobody every told you that you’ll have it all figured out at 22. The game has just begun and you’re just a rookie, a novice, a beginner- trying to figure out how you’re going to survive. But have you? No. And so was I. Still testing the waters and afraid to go further for fear of drowning.

I’m scared of comfort zones. Of routines. And I was also scared of not being good enough and not excelling at my field. All these fears have caused me to escape. Which made everything harder for me because the more I try to run away, the more my fears haunt me.

It was a scary feeling, like darkness churning your stomach and later on, swallowing you whole. I didn’t want that. So I decided to just let things be. To go with the flow. To face my fears head on and to fight, and continue fighting without running away.

I felt at peace as I sat there, watching the sun descend and the sky change colors from blue to orange to purple. I sat there wondering about tomorrow with a smile on my face because I know that no matter what life throws at me, I will hold on. 

{ Tropical beach resort, Botolan, Zambales : 1st AND 11th of May, 2017 }

Why 1st AND 11th? Well its because I visited this beach twice this summer vacation. I first visited this beach on the year 2015, and since then, my family (along with my cousins and everyone in between) always visit whenever we’re free. The owner of this beach is a workmate of my cousin so that’s why we have contact. It was a private beach before, and they’ve officially opened this year. The kubo in the picture above is where we always sleep, and of course the beach itself. Its beautiful and yes, this is my favorite. 

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