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I’m Back for #FAHM

Wowz, it’s been years since I’ve had the nerve to post here. I read through my old posts periodically and feel like I’m reading the writing of a different person. A testament to what this blog was intended for all along – to document the formation of a member of the Philippine diaspora.

I’m back to share the first chunk of my daily reflections, sparked by Anakbayan New Jersey’s Filipino American History Month writing challenge. But before I share the first set of posts, here are some fun facts about Filipino American History Month:

  • The first Filipino American History Month was commemorated in October 1992
  • October was chosen to celebrate month to commemorate the arrival of the first Filipinos who landed in what is now Morro Bay, California.
  • October is also the birth month of Filipino American labor leader Larry Itliong.

Read more for reflections #1 – 3:

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Accessing Resiliency Through Collective Care // Walang Hiya Platform Launch

Since the election of Donald Trump, I’ve gone in cycles of lows and highs, of feeling replenished and feeling depleted. Even before the election, life in New York was feeling sh*tty and I was constantly searching for ways to replenish myself in the midst of a lot of heaviness. Time and time again, I come to the conclusion that life is just a series of moments of overcoming obstacles, sprinkled with moments of pure joy.

I know this cyclical process of overcoming as resiliency.

When asked what I’m proud of as a Filipinx American, our resiliency is at the top of my list. My grandparents, my parents, my aunts and uncles, my cousins — all of us, we exude a resiliency that is difficult to put into words. We’ve learned how to survive and how to persevere. What’s most challenging about resiliency is learning how to grow. Because with growth, comes discomfort. Continue reading