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Showing posts with label Inspirational Stories. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Inspirational Stories. Show all posts

Monday, June 03, 2024

Truth to be told

People may not recall the intricate details of your facial features, although it's often a concern for many. What they do remember, however, is your smile, the warmth in your eyes as they engaged with you, and the way you made them feel. They remember your kindness, your gentle demeanor, and the comfort your words provided. Your willingness to listen, understand, and offer compassion leaves a lasting impression.

While physical beauty may capture attention, it's the beauty of the heart that truly resonates with people. A beautiful face may mask an ugly heart, but a beautiful heart radiates genuine warmth and kindness. Whether others perceive this beauty depends on what they seek and value. Ultimately, it's the goodness within that leaves a lasting impact on those around you.

Monday, May 20, 2024

Unveiling the philosophy of history: exploring Plato's allegory of the cave

Deep within the confines of a cave, dwellers are ensnared in a world of shadows, their backs turned to the flickering light emanating from the entrance. To them, these fleeting shapes—of animals, people, and objects—are the only reality they've ever known, their true forms obscured by the darkness.

Yet, one fateful day, a soul breaks free from the cave's grasp, emerging into the blinding brilliance of the outside world. Initially overwhelmed by the radiance of truth, this seeker's eyes struggle to adjust to the newfound clarity.

As time unfolds, the veil of illusion begins to lift, revealing the shadows for what they truly are: mere reflections, devoid of substance or authenticity. Armed with this newfound understanding, the enlightened soul returns to the cave, eager to share the revelation with fellow captives.

However, met with incredulity and resistance from those confined within, the truth-bearer's attempts at illumination are met with hostility. Like Plato's allegory, this timeless tale serves as a poignant reminder of the struggle to convey enlightenment to those entrenched in ignorance.

Even in our modern era, this metaphor rings true, reflecting humanity's propensity to embrace only what lies within the bounds of comprehension, rejecting that which lies beyond.

Indeed, the courage to confront the blinding truth—to step out of the shadows and into the light—is a rare and daunting endeavor. Yet, it is through this brave confrontation that liberation is found, and true enlightenment attained.

May we all find the courage to venture beyond the confines of our own caves, embracing the light of truth and the boundless freedom it offers.

Saturday, May 04, 2024

An open letter to Ilagueños

Dear fellow Ilagueños,

Today, May 4, 2024, as we commemorate the founding anniversary of our dear city, let us pause to consider the path that has united us. Our city's history is intertwined with tenacity, cohesion, and steadfast spirit, from the modest beginnings of Ilagan in 1686 to the colorful and prosperous city we are today.

As we commemorate this momentous anniversary every year, we embrace the prospects of the future while also paying tribute to the past. Let us honor the memories of our forefathers, whose toil and devotion set the groundwork for our city. Let's also commemorate the victories and advancements we have made as a team, led by the values of unity and collaboration.

Let's reaffirm our commitment to creating a better future for Ilagan as we come together to celebrate this significant occasion. Let's keep collaborating to promote diversity, creativity, and sustainable growth in our neighborhood.

I hope that this foundation anniversary will serve as a constant reminder of our common history, our power as a group, and the limitless possibilities that lie ahead. Let us write the next chapter of Ilagan's history with pride, enthusiasm, and determination as a team.

Happy Founding Anniversary, Ilagan!

With warm regards,
Gerry Yabes

Saturday, November 11, 2023

CTRL + ALT + DECEIT: Ito ang Gameshow ng buhay niyo!

Ang ‘Control+Alt+Deceit’ ay istorya ng Bayan ng Pinagkaisahan sa ilalim ng pamumuno ni Mayora Divina Gracia. Perpektong pamumuhay gamit ang makabagong teknolohiya ang kanyang adhikain para sa nasasakupan.

Ito ay orihinal na likha ng mga sumali sa theater arts workshop na tumagal sa loob ng anim na linggo.

Bahagi ng kampanya ni Mayora Divina Gracia na paunlarin ang bayan ng Pinagkaisahan ay ang paggamit ng makabagong teknolohiya. Nais nitong ipagamit sa mga mamamayan sa araw-araw ng kanilang pamumuhay ng mga pamilya, sa mga paghahanap-buhay, at maging sa mass media.

May kautusan nisi Mayora na ang anomang negatibong impormasyon ay huwag ma-i-publish ng Voz Unida Media company. Nais din niyang palaguin ang produksiyon ng mga kumpanya upang makakalap ng malaking kita sa mga negosiyo gaya ng McJolliSal sa pamamagitan naman ng mga robot bilang service crews nito. Inutusan din niya na bawat pamilya ay magsumite ng kanilang ideya tungkol sa isang perfect family sa pamamagitan ng larawan, pagsasayaw, at pati mga gawain sa bahay.

Si Cathy ay isang bagong empleyado ng Voz Unida Media. Habang tumataggal ay napapansin niya na ang mga negatibong balita ay hindi ipinapalabas ng kumpanyang pinagtatamrabahuan nito.

Hindi kalaunan ay paparami nang paparami na nga ang mga gumagamit ng makabagong teknolohiya na ida-download lamang ang Santa Siri app sa appstore ay napapagaan na ang mga gawain. Ngunit sa kabilang bahagi ay parami naman nang parami ang mga nagrereklamo sa palpak na paggamit ng teknolohiyang ito.

Una na si Angela na manager ng McJolliSal. Nagkaroon ng palpak na gawain ang mga robot bilang service crews nito. Mga customer ay nagrereklamo dahil may ipis sa pagkaing inorder. Nakarating itong reklamo sa Voz Unida Media. Ang balitang kapalpakan ng MacJolliSal ay pilit na itinatago ng Voz Unida Media.

Isang pamilya naman ay nakilahok sa perfect family task ni mayora. Ang buong pamilya ni Juswa ay nakilahok na nagsumite ng tatlong photos at isang video dance gamit ang Santa Siri app. Ngunit hindi nagtagal ay nagrereklamo si Juswa, pangalawang reklamador. Dahil narin sa makabagong teknolohiyang ginagamit na lumilitaw na fake familya task pala ito.

Ang mga reklamong ito ay nakarating sa Voz Unida Media. Isang kumpanya na gumagamit din ng robots na sina Honeybunch at Bebelove. Pilit pa ring itinatago ang mga reklamong natatanggap ng mediang ito. Bandang huli ay nagkaroon ng malfunction ang robots ng Voz Unida Media. Samantalang nagmemeryenda ang mga kasamahan ni Cathy ay naipublish nito ang mga balitang totoo at pinaalalahanan ni Boss Leon ang magiging epekto ng ginawa ni Cathy.

Itong tatlong reklamador ay sumali sa game show na Bayan ko 'to: Ang game show ng buhay niyo.  Dito isiniwalat ang lahat ng mga kapalpakan na nagawa ng paggamit ng makabagong teknolohiya. Hindi kalaunan ay naibulgar na ang Voz Unida Media ay nagfifilter ng news. Kaya't ang buong bayan ay nagningas ng galit kay Mayora. Hanggang sa ang buong bayan ay natutong maging mapanuri sa mga balitang naririnig, at pati ng mga paggalit ng mga makabagong teknolohiya na makakaapekto sa mga mamamayan.

Sa wakas ay nananalo din ang bayan dahil hindi na magpapalinlang kundi sama-sama nang mag-iisip sa kapakanan ng bawat isa. Prayoridad na ang kabutihan, pagkakaisa, at magtutulungan para sa katotohan, at katarungan sa bayan ng Pinakaisahan.

Monday, September 18, 2023

Theater acting

I embarked on my acting journey in July 2022, delving into various productions to explore the art of performance. Seeking to deepen my skills and immerse myself further in the craft, I made the decision to enroll in a Theater Arts class on August 19, 2023. Facilitated by PETA Inc., the class comprised eight enriching sessions aimed at refining my abilities in portraying diverse roles across stage plays, movies, series, and more.

For aspiring actors eager to embark on their own path, I wholeheartedly endorse the pursuit of formal training. Enrolling in a Theater Arts class not only provides a structured approach to learning the intricacies of acting but also serves as a cornerstone for developing a strong foundation in the art form. Through immersive experiences and expert guidance, such classes offer invaluable opportunities to hone one's craft and expand one's artistic horizons.

Undoubtedly, the study of theater arts offers a transformative journey, enriching individuals from myriad perspectives. Beyond honing artistic skills, it fosters a holistic growth mindset, nurturing capacities for collaboration, critical thinking, creative problem-solving, and effective communication. Each session serves as a catalyst for personal and professional development, empowering actors to embrace the multifaceted nature of their craft with confidence and finesse.

As I reflect on my own experience, I am reminded of the profound impact that theater arts education has had on my journey as an actor. It has not only equipped me with the technical proficiency required for the stage but has also instilled within me a deep appreciation for the power of storytelling and the art of performance. I encourage aspiring actors to embrace the transformative potential of theater arts education, knowing that it serves as a gateway to a world of endless possibilities and personal growth.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

An open letter to batch 2021 of Isabela NHS

Dear class of Isabela NHS 2021,

You must feel excited to go out of our city (Ilagan City and nearby towns in Isabela province) and seek for your future! The feeling is mutual when I graduated 20 years ago at Isabela National High School.

Photo grabbed from Google Image search

Before you leave the premises of our prestigious school, enjoy your last moments with your classmates and friends. I know that some of you may not have yet definite directions or paths in life. This maybe the last time you see some of your classmates and friends. Enjoy it. I encourage you to cherish these moments. Take photos and videos as remembrance. I know that you're tired of doing homework, projects, you name it. But remember to keep and cherish your notes, letters, test papers, projects and sorts of.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

No easy way

Now tell me if you know a single person who hasn’t failed yet. Have you ever encountered a student who never failed in an exam in his whole life? What about a story character who won all the time? Ever heard of a story without twists? Yung tipong happy ending agad. Well, probably not. That’s the point – life would not be called life if it does not have lessons. And lessons would never exist without mistakes. Let’s sum it up: You can’t win all the time. That probably is the art of losing. Let us face it, most of us are afraid to commit mistakes, most of us are afraid to lose something. Most of us as much as possible don’t want to fail. But the inevitable truth is, just what I’ve said a while ago: You can’t win all the time. That’s probably a good thing. Just imagine watching a story of a man who went through his whole life on an endless winning streak. That would be boring for sure. There is the fact behind this: all winners don’t grow for they don’t learn anything.

People face different kinds of failures. May it be failing in a test, having a fight with your friend and even having your heart broken. These are just some from the numerous kinds failures. But why are people afraid to fail? According to, fear of failure is like any other type of fear, it’s an emotion generated by your subconscious mind in order to protect you from problems. Because some people have got much less tolerance to failure they always experience fear of failure, while others don’t. The reason behind this tolerance may be caused by lack of understanding of the success mechanism, being unable to tolerate the underlying emotions. These emotions could be shame, guild, or any emotion after they fail. Fear of making mistakes. Some people fear making mistakes to the extent that they quit trying just not to make a mistake in front of others. In this case, the fear of failure may be caused by lack of self confidence. In this case, the fear of failure may be caused by lack of self confidence. People who are emotionally sensitive, who fear rejection and those who lack self-confidence are more likely to be afraid of failure than others.

Failure will be and will always be a part of life. Thus, the only better way is to befriend it. Failure is just a message telling you that you have to try doing the same thing in a different way. Overcoming it may start by changing your beliefs about failure. No one has ever reached the top without failing several times. Build you self-confidence. Remember: having a better version of you starts from within. Give yourself a hand.

These are a hundred ways to kill a chicken. What I’m trying to say is, if you fail once, it doesn't mean you shouldn't try anymore. Failing means you could do better. Failing means learning from your past. There are no lost opportunities if you are always searching for alternatives. Delete the thought that you should win all the time. Here’s a simple thought: the ones who don’t fail, are pretty empty. Let life’s disappointments create a better version of you. Look forward to the ways loss will you change. Believe that the best is yet to come. And if those useless feedback keep dragging you down, bear this in mind: Failures would never ever define you truly are. So cheer up!

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Sample chat

Gerry: How r u na?

Jan: Im fyn :-), kaw?

G: Fine 2

J: Hows ur study?

G: its ok

J: cu soon

G: k

Monday, January 01, 2007

Hello to this year 2007

Happy New Year! May this year bring you joy, happiness, and all your heart desires. Let us embrace the opportunities and challenges that come our way, and make the most of every moment. Here's to a fantastic year ahead!

If you're looking to make a change in your life, there are many things you can do. Here are a few suggestions:
  • Setting of goals: Identify what you want to achieve and set clear, achievable goals for yourself. This year, I want to explore more of my career. Planning to continue my education and become a licensed librarian.
  • Adopt a healthy lifestyle: Make changes to your diet, exercise routine, and sleep habits to improve your physical and mental health. Health is wealth. Drink a lot of water in good intervals. Let your food be your medicines. Instead of taking pills, supplements, etc. eat fruits and vegetables and protein.
  • Learn a new skill: Take a class, read books, or find other resources to help you learn something new and expand your horizons. I am planning to write my book. I love writing actually.
  • Volunteer: Give back to your community by volunteering your time and talents to help others. I am a blood donor as well.
  • Travel: Explore new places, meet new people, and gain new perspectives by traveling to different parts of the world.
  • Get out of your comfort zone: Try new experiences and push yourself out of your comfort zone to grow and learn. Do
  • Cultivate gratitude: Practice gratitude by focusing on the things you are thankful for and making an effort to appreciate the good things in your life.

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