By Richard Leo Ramos as originally posted at the Philippine Online Chronicles.

parentsFor many Filipinos, parents are seen with a somewhat confusing dichotomy: while they are, short of one’s life partner, the most beloved of people in one’s life, they can also be the ones who can embarrass you the most, or be the ones that you would practically consider as your worst enemies – if they weren’t your parents.

Now, most people would probably argue: isn’t that similar to how parents are viewed everywhere else? Well, the truth is, Pinoy parents tend to have their own ways of doing things – things that we may not necessarily agree with, until we become parents ourselves.

Working for your education
Pinoy parents are, by nature, obsessed with making sure their kids graduate. However, this can take on many aspects, depending on the type of parent you have.

For some, it is a matter of tradition. You have those parents who want you to take up a course that – for them – will be stable. Thus, we see many people getting management degrees, and, in the recent past, nursing courses (to take advantage of the perceived need for Filipino nurses abroad). This is probably taken from the Chinese part of our heritage, where the immediate idea is that we should have the best tools for success – in this case, having the right education. Now, this sometimes works to great effect, particularly if the parents or many family members are well-known for being influential in a particular aspect of business. However, this can also cause the most amount of angst, particularly if the child’s natural inclinations tend to be very different from the “right education” as the parents see it.


Still, that hasn’t stopped Pinoy parents from working to the bone so that their children can afford to have an education that they think will be the best for their children. In fact, for many families from the lower social and economical classes, the idea of education as the inheritance holds sway.

Love it or leave it, Pinoy parents will do practically everything in their power to make sure their children will have the best education they can get.

Tough love and being spoiled – at the same time
Pinoy parents have somehow mastered the art of giving both tough love, while at the same time allowing their children to enjoy moments when they are indulged. Of course, the degree of both sides depends on many things. For example, some parents are, by nature, very strict. However, they will indulge their children on reasonable requests – if they have done something right. For others, they give their children what looks to be a very pampered lifestyle (depending on their financial capability), but with the understanding that they should also work hard to be worthy of it.

However polar those two ideas are, the fact is, both ideas rely on one thing: the way that Pinoy parents treat their children seems to revolve around a reward system for doing well. Even the most permissive and liberal Pinoy parent will always have “something else” or “something better” when their children do well.

On the good side, this parenting style can teach children that they should work hard for what they want. On the other hand, it can also horribly backfire, by also teaching them to be more materialistic and needy. It really depends on what the parents show as their values, while at the same time it also depends on what the rewards are.

In the worst-case scenario, this idea of a reward system can even be twisted such that the child will end up acting out on default, just so they can always get something to “keep them in line.”

Is this a good idea or not? Well, that depends on the execution of the idea, and how it works on the children. Needless to say, there is no way to find out, really – until the children grow up.

“You’ll take care of me when I get old!”
Before we hear all sorts of negative reactions to the title of this article section, let’s be honest. Many parents do have it in the back of their heads that their children will be the ones to help them in their old age. However, the big difference here is that how their children will help varies for each family. In my family’s case, my parents – my father, specifically – do not expect us to take care of their major financial needs. In fact, they don’t want us to worry too much about them. Yes, they do ask for some expensive gifts every now and then for their birthdays or for Christmas, but their living expenses are all their own. I know that this can be a sharp difference compared to other families, since in my partner’s case, the parents are usually helped out by the children, in that the children share in living expenses such as utilities and groceries. In the case of larger families, the older children are even expected to take care of the younger children’s tuition expenses and other such things, particularly if the parents are already near retirement age.

Some children, as expected, do not react well to this implied situation, but in truth, there should be no problem. After all, they’re your parents! Pinoy parents also inculcate the idea of the young taking care of their elders not because of self-preservation, but simply because it’s the right thing to do.

The “final word”
One very Pinoy trait when it comes to parenting is the “final word,” (isang huling salita). This simply means that at some point, once the term has been invoked, the parent’s orders or ruling on something is considered law. Yes, some children can still appeal, but short of solid evidence, a cute presentation, and a lot of cariño, the parent’s word will remain law.

This parental finality is probably a very good idea to implement, particularly if the parent follows a more liberal way of bringing up their children. It probably won’t be as effective for stricter parents because, well, in their case, everything is with finality.

Why are Pinoy parents so bipolar in the way they approach parenting?
Pinoy parents, much like the influencing cultures in the Philippines, are a mix of East and West. Because of this, they embody some very traditional ideas, while at the same time trying to keep up “with the times” and give their children a more liberal background. Sometimes it works out, and sometimes it doesn’t. However, one thing is for sure: Pinoy parents always want what is best for their children. It’s just that when it comes to execution, your mileage may vary.

Parenting,” by Leonid Mamchenkov c/o

by Racquel Erhard, as originally posted at the Philippine Online Chronicles


This article was inspired by a recent story I saw online about Steve Jobs. Did  you know that Steve Jobs, the innovative former CEO of Apple, didn’t lets his kids use iPhones or iPads?

In an interview in 2010, Steve Jobs expressed concern about his children’s gadget use.  At home, the technology his kids use was moderated, he said.

In that Inquisitr article, Jobs explained: “As all modern parents know, iPhones and iPads are extremely appealing to children. These little hand-held devices are state-of-the-art toys. Surrogate parents almost, capable of entertaining, distracting, and pacifying children during school holidays and on long car journeys when mom and dad’s attentions are focused elsewhere. Yet instead of thanking Apple for these extremely convenient parent assistants, should we actually be concerned about the potential harm they may be inflicting upon our youngsters?”

What the late IT genius said hit home.  I have long been disturbed by people’s (and I mean both young and old) predilection for electronic gadgets.  Almost nobody could sit still without having electronic gadgets on hand. Do you agree? Look around you – the train stations, the buses, the jeepneys. You would find people busy tinkering with their devices.

Focus on people in restaurants. Regardless if they are in fastfood, fine dining, bars, carinderia ni Manang, truck food stops, etc., what is the one thing all of them have in common? Yes, those electronic gadgets. Nobody could move without their handheld devices.

Imagine having a nice and intimate family dining experience. Can you imagine one where family members are focused on each other, the way family dinners should, by tradition, be? Impossible with kids and their iPhones, isn’t it?

A few days ago, my husband and I were invited to a restaurant located in a historical house dating back to the year 1400. (We are, by the way, based in Germany, my husband’s country.) The main dining area used to be the wine cellar of the house. Its cave-like atmosphere turned into a very romantic and noble dining experience. We noticed there were reserved  tables for a family of about  30.  The tables were elegantly decorated.  Sitting in  one corner was an old lady, seeming all alone even if opposite her were two teens, possibly her grandchildren, busy with their smart phones.

During that time, the old lady remained seated in her corner, while the two teens stayed put, fingers on their gadgets.  It was only when the bigger crowd of guests arrived that the grandma was acknowledged! How sad is that?

I may not be Steve Jobs, and I am not technology savvy, but I know the danger these handheld devices could bring. That was the reason why early on, when my girls were still toddlers, I found ways to keep them busy especially when we were dining out.

And no, we also didn’t have to keep on visiting McDonald’s or Jollibee for that matter, to keep them busy in the play area.

Of course, there are family restaurants that offer gifts of toys or activities to keep the kids busy and not bored to tears. There are restaurants with kid’s corners featuring small tables and chairs loaded with crayons and papers or even books — sometimes even a box of assorted toys to choose from, or a computer with creative games. One fine dining area we visited even had a babbling parrot which greatly amused the children.

To make sure that the kids would enjoy the dining out experience, you have to focus on these two details:

Choose a family-oriented restaurant. There are a lot of family-oriented restaurants that automatically offer creative ways to engage kids. They would have coloring pads and crayons, they would have puzzles, they would have play corners, too.

Consider the kids’ meal time. Make sure you would be arriving in the restaurant  just before, and not way past, the normal meal time of the kids. Come on, you cannot expect them to sit still if their stomachs are grumbling.

Here are some tips to keep your child busy to enjoy dining out without using handheld devices:

Books. I am sure they would have their favorite books; bring them with you! If not, you might find interesting books in the corner of the play area (or ask the restaurant staff) if you are visiting a family-oriented restaurant.

Coloring pads or books with crayons (of course!). Just in case the restaurant doesn’t have them, you might want to bring your own art supply. To keep them interested, you might want to color with them.

Drawing pads and pencils. Yes, in our family, coloring pads or books are different from drawing pads. As my girls would say ‘drawing pads are blank pages.’ Point taken?

Tic-Tac-Toe. If you don’t have any drawing pads and pencils, you might want to use the paper saucers, the straws, the sugar packets or whatever items you could request from the restaurant staff or even from your bag!

Bato-Bato-Pik (Papers and Scissors). Okay, this one is still a hit even though my girls are already 10 and 12 years old.

Saw-Saw-Suka. Another favorite game, even though my girls would always ask me to keep quiet when I sing this crazy children’s song. You could even ask the whole table to join the game!

Card games. Yes, we always bring UNO cards if we know that there would be a long wait especially if we know that the type of restaurant would not have space to play or to walk around.

Favorite toys. I have two girls so they normally bring their favorite dolls in the restaurant so they could play house. These past months, it was the Smurf family that is gracing our dining out tables though.
Pick-up sticks. Yes, those fun sticks.

Origami. You would need paper napkins or pads for this.

Rubber bands. Have you tried creating funny shapes out of rubber bands using your fingers as an anchor? Well, you should!

Try to keep those electronic gadgets at home. There are more games that would not need money or accessories to be played such as Eye Spy or Touch the Color. It’s a simple sacrifice for the short time while you are waiting for the food to be served while dining out.

Dining out is not only a way to enjoy the silence. It is not only a way to keep the kids busy while you catch up with the other adults in the family. It is also a chance to bond with the kids, in a creative, fun and active way.

Raquel Erhard blogs at Home Worked.

When my beloved son died 14 years ago, I wanted to have another baby but I thought it was risky at my age. Then we thought of adoption. An office mate of a friend wanted us to adopt their sixth baby but she changed her mind at the last minute. Adoption has always been in our minds. If someone handed a baby over to me, I will gladly accept. I am sure parents out there want to have a child of their own. The Social Marketing Service of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) shared me this story of an adoptive couple beaming with joy, as Bryan and Marie Grace hold their daughter Margie close to their hearts. . DSWD needs help in their advocacy to find permanent and loving families for needy Filipino children.

retales family

Here is their story

The year 2000 was memorable for Bryan and Marie Grace Retales, as that year, they met and fell in love, literally in the workplace.

Marie Grace worked as an animal nutritionist at the Savers Feed Company while Bryan was a veterinarian at the Nueva Swine Valley Savers, a sister company of Savers.

Since their workplaces are extensions of each other, Bryan often visited the Savers Feed Company in Makati City.  On the other hand, Marie Grace often go to Nueva Swine Valley in Iloilo to examine the hogs.

Hence, Bryan’s and Marie Grace’s careers intertwined and they quickly became close friends because of their frequent interaction.

The couple shared that at first, no courtship happened and they just enjoyed each other’s company.

“Later on,” Bryan said, “I became attracted to Marie Grace because of her sincerity and simplicity.” On the other hand, Marie Grace valued Bryan’s sense of humor and caring nature.

This started their long distance relationship.

After six months of phone calls and text messages, Bryan decided to look for another job in Manila to be closer to Marie Grace.

Four years after, they were married at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Quezon City on January 15, 2005.

Difficulty in starting a family

The Retales couple had always wanted to have a big family with four children, at least. But they faced a problem early in the marriage.

Marie Grace was diagnosed to have Polycystic Ovarian Cysts Syndrome (PCOS) since she was 12 years old which made it difficult for her to conceive.

Driven by their desire to have a child, the couple took fertility workouts in 2005 at the Medical City in Pasig City. Marie Grace was prescribed fertility pills but to no avail.

They were then offered to undergo artificial insemination and in-vitro fertility test (IVF) but they refused as  they felt these do not conform to their practices and beliefs as devoted Christians.

In 2007, the couple consulted another doctor  at the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) hospital and Marie Grace was once again prescribed with fertility pills.

Pregnancy  remained elusive, though.

“I was disappointed but remained hopeful,” Marie Grace said.

The couple took another fertility workout in 2009 at the Los Baños Doctor’s Hospital in Laguna where Marie Grace was given fertility pills, this time with higher dosage.  But after seeing his wife suffer from side effects, Bryan convinced his wife to discontinue taking the fertility pills.

“My strong faith in God and Bryan’s continuous support gave me the strength to eventually accept my situation.  I am blessed to have a loving and understanding husband who made me feel that our love for each other is more important than trying to have a child of our own,” Marie Grace said.

Opening their hearts to adoption

The idea of adoption came to them in November 2009 when their household helper informed them about an abandoned three-day old boy at San Anton Parish in Los Baños, Laguna.

Without his wife’s knowledge, Bryan became interested and searched for the baby boy in different hospitals in the province.  When he found the child, Bryan bought him milk and diaper.

Later, he informed Marie Grace about the medical condition of the child and his willingness to help him. She readily agreed so they often visited the child in the hospital and paid for his medical needs. They got so attached to the infant that they decided to adopt him.

The couple then submitted their application to legally adopt the baby boy to the Los Baños Municipal Social Welfare Office (LBMSWO), where the infant was referred by the hospital for temporary shelter.

They, however, later found out that the child was released to another couple for adoption.

Bryan and Marie Grace were disappointed on  the turn of events.  They wanted to pursue a case against the LBMSWO for discounting their application, but the baby’s pediatrician advised them against it, explaining that conflict and stress may not help the child.

The experience, though disappointing, helped the couple realize that they are capable of loving a child who is not biologically their own. They then decided to forego fertility treatments and opted for legal adoption instead.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) advocates for adoption, or the socio-legal process of finding a permanent family to the many abandoned, neglected and/or relinquished children waiting in centers.  In providing for a permanent home, however, DSWD reminds couples to always opt for legal adoption.

“Legal adoption offers security and ensures the best interest of the child. This is why DSWD discourages direct placement and is against simulation of birth certificates,” DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said.

Welcoming Baby Margie

In January 2011, they contacted NORFIL Foundation, Inc., a child placement agency accredited by DSWD, to express their interest in adopting a baby girl. The couple was present at the Local Matching Conference at DSWD Central Office in May 2011, where they were matched to an 8-month old baby girl from an orphanage in Palawan.

They named their child Maria Margarita, fondly called Margie.

The couple then became the epitome of loving parents with Bryan taking a one-week break from work to bond with their  infant daughter, while Marie Grace filed two years of leave from her post-graduate studies to be a full-time mother to Margie.

“We are very happy to have Margie in our lives. Our home is now livelier because of her presence,” the couple enthused. Although they experienced some changes in their lifestyle with Margie’s arrival, they simply enjoy being with their daughter.

Margie is now three years old. Bryan and Marie Grace claimed that they never felt that Margie is adopted because they love her unconditionally.

Adoption paved the way for them to fulfill their dreams of having a child of their own, and finally, a family.

They also believe that their daughter has a right to know the truth.

“We do not intend to hide the fact that Margie is adopted.  We want to be honest and open with her, and affirm her that there is nothing wrong with being adopted,” the couple emphasized.

Active parent advocates

Bryan and Marie Grace are active participants of NORFIL’s Adoptive Parents (NAP) Adoption Support Group, taking part in its activities so they can learn and share their positive experiences on adoption to other adoptive families.

Further, as part of the support group, they advocate to couples who are able to consider adoption and help the many kids waiting to have their own families in the different orphanages.

Children needing families

The Retales’ story is just one of the heartwarming stories of childless couples finding fulfillment in becoming loving parents to homeless children.

In the first semester of 2014 alone, a total of 257 children were issued with a DSWD Certification Declaring a Child Legally Available for Adoption (CDCLAA).  Of the said number, 110 children are already under the care of families for trial custody that will eventually lead to possible adoption, 10 children are for foster-adopt cases while 137 children are for local matching process with adoptive parents.

For those interested to know more on how to go about legal adoption procedures, you may  call DSWD-Adoption Resource  and Referal Unit (ARRU) at 734 86 22  or contact the accredited DSWD-licensed adoption NGOs such as Kaisahang Buhay Foundation (KBF) at  912 11 60 and Norfil Foundation at 372 3577. ###


(Watch Failon Ngayon , at 2 PM Sunday (September 14) at ANC Channel.)

I am glad to be back in the Philippines because I miss my social media work and advocacy.  The following day, I got surprised to receive a call from ABS-CBN  for a segment in Failon Ngayon . They needed a case study, from someone in social media “knowledgeable to discuss some crime arising from social media”. I initially declined the interview because I am not too fluent in Tagalog but they convinced me that my story was interesting.  The incident was also disturbing  because it involves the safety of our children and loved ones. I needed to bring my message across as well.


I was in Europe when I first saw a friend (@unlawyer) tweet on “People with guns in EDSA”. This happened at 2:45 PM on September 1. In Germany, that’s around 8:45 AM but I saw the tweet around 10:45 AM after I cooked lunch.

tweet about the EDSA gun men

Apparently, Senator JV Ejercito saw my tweet and he likewise tweeted :

jv ejercito

Karen Davila retweeted the senator’s tweet.

karen davila tweet

I am not the only one who caused the original photo to get viral. With the help of netizens and traditional media, the tweet became national news.

viral tweet on edsa gunmen

I found it very disturbing that the PNP did not know what this incident was about. On its Twitter account, the Philippine National Police assured netizens it was “verifying possible coordination of operating units” if the incident was a law enforcement operation.

Three days after, the Eastern Police district contacted me via Facebook if I knew the owner of the photo. They were investigating the incident. I told them that I only retweeted it from a friend who saw the original tweet. A week after the incident, Eastern Police District (EPD) Director Chief Supt. Abelardo Villacorta said at least 9 policemen were behind the incident on EDSA. The incident was a “hulidap” case of “abduction-extortion, as the victims were accosted by the policemen and the P2 million they were carrying were seized.”

I am like “policemen! Grabe kayo”. Nakakagalit. Walang hiya!  The  police are supposed to serve and to protect the people.

Policemen involved in crimes themselves is not news anymore but this is the first time , social media helped in the resolution of a case. The police has consistent history of being involved in crimes like- kidnap for hire, ransom. guns for hire.

di ba nakakaloka ?

I am certain there are similar incidents that occur but do not attract the same attention because it is not brought in the spotlight or went viral on social media.

What if our children are the next victims? I am mad that nothing has been done to at least erradicate corruption within the PNP. Why are policemen consistently involved in crimes?  How do we respect these law enforcers who themselves violate the law?

There is corruption within the police. This culture of corruption has to stop.

I hope citizens will continue to be vigilant. I hope the government provides protection to online whistleblowers. I hope the  cops involved will be the last of their kind.  I hope something can be done to remove the rotten policemen so that the good policemen get to be noticed in the news, too.

“The PNP at this point needs an intense and sustained internal cleansing. If the problem of cops getting involved in robbery holdups, drugs, extortion and kidnapping is not addressed vigorously, the erosion of public trust on our policemen will take its toll on the government’s overall peace and order campaign,” Panfilo Lacson said.

Together, we can help keep our children safe. Let’s continue to be vigilant.

failong ngayon segment

smartphones useEverything should be taken in moderation. So should be the use of smartphones especially for children, a studysuggested.

survey conducted by Japan’s education ministry revealed that schoolchildren who spend more than four hours a day on their mobile phone perform significantly worse on school tests.

report by Japanese local media said that nearly half of third graders at junior high schools in the country spend one hour or more per day using smartphones, with over 10-percent spending four hours or more.

The survey also found that over half of sixth graders at elementary schools have mobile phones.

Students who spend more time on mobile phone use, such as e-mailing and browsing Internet sites, tend to have poorer results in terms of academic performance, according to the survey.

Meanwhile according to a report by an Asia-based cable news agency, among the nearly one-in-nine 14 and 15-year-olds who use their handheld device for at least four hours daily, grade scores suffer an average of 14 percentage points across all subjects. The deficit rises to more than 18 points in mathematics, figures from the study showed.

The report also noted nearly half of all third-year junior high school students questioned spend more than an hour a day on their phones, browsing websites, sending e-mails and playing games. Less than a quarter of those in the age group do not have a mobile. Smartphone use is also prevalent among 11-year-olds, the survey found, with 54 per cent of those in their final year of elementary school having a phone of their own. Fifteen per cent of them spend at least one hour on their device every day.

On the other hand, students who spent more hours playing videogames also scored lower on a national academic test in Japan.

blog post by the Wall Street Journal disclosed elementary school students who answered that they never played video games on weekdays answered 77% of the questions correctly on a test of basic language skills, compared to a 70.5% score recorded by those who said they played two to three hours. Elementary students who said they spent more than four hours a day playing games scored the lowest, getting only 64% of the answers correct.

Similar patterns were observed on the math tests, the report added quoting the study.

iphone-388387_640Among the test-takers, 54% of elementary school students and 56% of junior high school students said they spent at least an hour on weekdays playing games on television screens, portable handsets or smartphones. Nearly 11% of junior-high students and 9% of elementary-school students said they spent more than four hours a day playing games, the survey found.

The exam was conducted in April this year with more than two million elementary and junior high school students across Japan tested on their language and math skills. They were also given a survey with questions about their daily activities, including how much time they spend playing videogames.

The results of the survey, which is the first of its kind by Japan’s education ministry, have sparked fears that schoolchildren are “neglecting their books for the allure of the small screen.” Kazuo Takeuchi, who has studied the way youngsters use mobiles, told local media that children with the devices tend to lack confidence in their academic ability, and urged parents to set limits on their usage.

Meanwhile in the Philippines, the Department of Education reiterated the ban on the use of cellphones during class hours through its three orders, namely: Order No. 83, series of 2003; Order No. 26, series of 2000; and Order No. 70, series of 1999.

Also, in a recent interview by GMA News TV, child development specialist Clarissa Reyes stressed that more time spent by children in using their smartphones could lessen the time allotted supposedly for their studies and daily interactions.

She suggested the following for parents to guide their children on smartphone use and studies:

1.       Teach them that the time spent on smartphone use on one day should be added to their study time on another.

2.       Teach them to set their goals so they have the ability to plan what to do to achieve them.

3.       Discipline, according to Reyes, “is according to the management of time and the priorities of the children.”

Image by Phil Campbell from Pixabay image. Used under CC license. Some rights reserved.

Written by  as originally posted at the Philippine Online Chronicles

“Somewhere over the Rainbow,
way up high
There’s a land that I heard of,
once in a lullaby.
…Birds fly over the Rainbow,
why then, oh why can’t I?”

-lyrics: “Over the Rainbow”, from “Wizard of Oz”


What do you do when a rainbow graces its presence upon you? Well, my first instinct was to  take a panoramic photo.

rainbow in vienna1

It was  amazing to spot this rainbow while strolling one rainy afternoon in Vienna. The last rainbow photo I took was when I was with my daughter in Tasmania. I believe rainbows mean blessings. “A Rainbow is one of the most beautiful artistic creations that Nature herself can paint for us. When we are given the opportunity to view a Rainbow we become mesmerized and enchanted by the breathtaking Beauty which appears in the untouchable distance; a Beauty which comes to us directly from the paintbrush of Divinity.”

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Hmm, but what’s the deeper message and meaning of rainbows in my life? Let me count the ways .

rainbow in vienna

Is it time to take a fresh look at the opportunities available to my family ? For sure, we spent time together in this first family vacation since 2002.

selfie in vienna

There will always be windows of opportunities.

apartment in vienna

It is preparing to move into a new light, seek adventure, and see things with a new perspective.

our vienna apartment

vienna architecture

My husband and I have crossed over  from one phase of life to an empty nest.

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Belvedere palace

What kind of promises have we made in this family vacation and have we honored those promises?

belvedere museum 4

My husband and I agreed to be patient with each other and not to lose our cool . “Let’s just enjoy as this is a rare occasion to be together”, I reminded my husband.   We are now halfway in our vacation and I think we are doing quite well. No bad tempers so far.

belvedere palace grounds 1

The  rainbow is recognized as a symbol of unity in diversity of action. Family members may have different tastes in sight seeing tours but we all agree that the museum is one of the best places to visit.

belvedere palace grounds

We definitely appreciate the architecture.

belvedere palace 2

mcdonalds in vienna

And having coffee .

cafe landtmann 2

vienna couple

photo bomb at the cafe landtmann

coffee in vienna


cafe landtmann

Walking till our feet get tired.


vienna film festival

and enjoying the food.


eco bag from market

window shopping at the market




while helping each other navigate so we don’t get lost in Vienna.


taking a train in vienna

Rainbows bring the promise that the troubles of today will surely come to pass, hold strong in your faith and vision and the rainbow will bring fresh beginnings, and new prosperity. ” Soon, we will be back in the Philippines and face reality of our jobs, the corrupt government and an inefficient transport system .

flowers in vienna

vienna architecture

The symbol of the rainbow “has such a powerful meaning to each of us and graciously bestows the energy of blessings.” It “intuitively tells us to hold onto hope, to believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that sacred blessings  are open to us when we are following our hearts desire.”vienna in rainbow


Beholding a rainbow is a gift, and when we are faced with their beauty, it is the perfect time to be full of gratitude for all the blessings in our lives.