I am no extra-ordinary person. I have just decided to keep my eyes wide open when realities struck me and circumstances made me choose. These make my actions somehow extra-ordinary.
My various involvements in the academe, international development sector, advocacy in government (policy and executive), private sector, and marginalized communities shaped me for who I am today. It helped me to realize my life’s purpose. It made appreciate that there have been so many circumstances that God has touched me through the people I have interacted with and served. I have been so blessed with a supportive family and fiends who are there with me ever since I chose to serve. I have a job that allows me to do what I love doing and advocacies that allow me to go beyond the “self” and focus on “everyone” .
These are things why I am so grateful today, more than the recognition. These are also also the reasons why I look at winning as an extra blessing. My life isn’t perfect, neither do I. But the different phases, colors, dimensions, failures, challenges, and struggles that I have overcome are real reminders of me being a winner in life. If I will be named as the winner, I am grateful. If I lose, I’d still be grateful. My story is a reflection of a normal Filipino who is driven to serve and a dreamer of a better world. I want to be an inspiration to many that no matter how big or small your actions are, if you do it with love, it will reach many lives.
Thank you and I am truly grateful :)