Pope Francis: The People’s Pope

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Sweet and genuine. That is how the Filipinos described Pope Francis’ smile during his motorcade along the roads of Manila. Each person has his own way of showing gratefulness to the Pope in visiting the country. They wave their hands and raise it as high as they can to at least feel the presence and touch of Pope Francis.

Filipinos are very excited to witness this most awaited event. We have all been waiting for this moment to see His Holiness. As what history can remember, my age tells the last time that a Papal Visit happened in the Philippines. It was then Pope and now Saint, John Paul II.

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Source: http://www.google.com.ph/imgres?imgurl=http://bustedhalo.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/pope-francis-1.jpg&imgrefurl=http://bustedhalo.com/blogs/pope-francis-a-son-and-a-father&h=350&w=525&tbnid=9POd6wG2bOYFSM:&zoom=1&docid=gIldaHf2zxJkBM&ei=YYG4VPipNtSMuATbyYGgDw&tbm=isch&ved=0CGUQMygnMCcThey say that seeing the Pope is one of the greatest things that could ever happen in your life. And I agree. Although I was not able to see him personally, I feel so calm. I feel so peaceful. I feel safe. I feel so happy. Knowing that he arrived in the country safely, it is enough for me to feel that way. Truth be told, at first, I don’t believe other people who keeps on telling that they feel so light when they witness a rite which involves the highly respected Popes. But when I saw Pope Francis’s face on the window of the airplane he’s riding, my heart skipped a beat. And when he smiles as he waves to the crowd, goosebumps are covering my body. That surreal feeling is what keeps me peaceful.

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And when he mentioned in his speech in Malacañang about the Typhoon Yolanda, a river of tears flashed in my memory. Reminding me the disaster that took many lives that just happened a year ago. They are the reason of today’s Papal Visit. Pope Francis came for them.

He is really the People’s Pope.We Filipinos are very blessed, grateful and beyond happy to have Pope Francis visit our country.                                                                                         Image Source


Vanilla Cupcake Bakery

This is so late to post but it’s never too late. Huh? What ami I saying? Hahaha

This time, I’m going to feature Vanilla Cupcake Bakery. I’ve been here two times already and even if I come back here everyday, I’ll never get used to the foods they serve. They are just too good to be resisted.

Vanilla Iced Tea

Apple Iced Tea

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Country Breakfast

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I didn’t get to take a picture of their Cheesy Ham and Cheese Melt. Oh boy it’s so good! The cheese really melts in my mouth.

VCB will forever have a special space in my tummy and if it seems that it’s too full, I’ll make room for it.

Candy Magazine: Style Files


Okay, so last April, I was so happy to see myself featured as the It Girl of the Week on the website of Candy Magazine (the number 1 teen magazine in the Philippines). It just literally made my summer exciting. So I want to share with you the link of my feature. I hope you could check it out 🙂

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Help Me Be the Newest Cream Silk Ambassador in the Philippines

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Hello! I would like to take this opportunity to ask for your help to vote for me to be one of the newest Cream Silk Ambassador. As the Philippines’ most trusted conditioner brand, Cream Silk inspires women all over the country to bring out their hair’s full beauty potential (unieliver.com.ph).creamsilk me

Here is the link where you can vote for many. Please vote as many times as possible. It’d really be a big help for me. Thank you 🙂

14Four Cafe

It’s been so long that I wanted to visit this place after I watched it on TV. Those sumptuous meals shown made me crave for this. And finally, I got to visit 14Four Cafe. At last! Actually, I’ve been here two times already. The first time was when I’m with my boyfriend and the second was when I’m with my boyfriend (again), his mom, my mom, our mom’s friend, and my sister.

14 Four Tapa

This is one of their best-sellersI love how it tastes but one thing I dealt was, it’s hard to chew, not like other tapas.
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Country Fried Chicken

I’ve never tasted chicken like this before. It’s soooo good!

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Aligue and Tuyo Pasta

This is one of the dishes I wanted to try since I read many reviews that this is good. Well, to be honest, I didn’t like the pasta. (please don’t get mad at me 14Four Cafe) maybe it’s not just my type. I’m not a seafood lover. I guess I didn’t get what I expected. But my boyfriend loves it!

Sesame Crusted Dory

If only I had the chance not to try it, I wouldn’t. I really didn’t like this. But like what I said, I’m not a fan of seafood so it’s really not my taste. And I don’t like cucumber, maybe that’s why I didn’t eat it lol. Although, my mom and her friends loved it.


Cinnamon Bun Pancakes

Time for dessert! And yes, I loved it!

Amaretto French Toast

Oh m gee! This has got to be my favorite of all! I love it to bits! Enough said

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And the first thing and main reason I fell in love with the café is the place itself! It’s like a hidden paradise perfect for a getaway. I’ll definitely go back here.

Bangon Pilipinas!

God gave us big problems because He knows that we can be able to surpass it.

Whenever I’m down to nothing, I always believe that it’s because God is up to something. I’d be lying if I say I never looked problems as “problems” because I did. As part of moving on and defeating the “problem”, I always let positivity control me. Instead of looking at the problem as it is, I think of it as trials and challenges, not problems. He will never give us difficulties that we can’t solve. He did it because He trusts us so much that we will overcome it, if not now, in time. In His time.

As I scroll my dashboard down, I saw a very inspiring post. It speaks in behalf of every person for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). I feel like I don’t need to write much about what I want to say because these pictures really speak for me.

To you:

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Don’t worry my friend. I know you’ve lost a lot. I know you’re broken. I know you feel like everything’s taken away from you and nothing’s left. I know you’re hurt. I know you’re suffering. But… I also know that you’re strong. And I believe that God put you in that situation because He has better plans for you. Please don’t give up, okay? Don’t ever think that you’re alone because you never were. We’re with you in this battle, especially God.

Please remember that I love you. We love you. And God loves you the most 🙂

Your friend, Cielo


(All images above are from art-of-worship.tumblr.com)

In order for us to move on with what had happened to us, we should be able to walk ahead.  This is the time to rise again Philippines. Bangon Pilipinas!


Choose Philippines!—or “Filipinas”?

It’s been hundreds of years that our country is known as the “Philippines” and there has been an argument whether to change it to “Filipinas”. Why only now?

The name “Philippines” was derived from the name of King Philip II of Spain in the 16th century. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Name_of_the_Philippines) And now that we are in the 21st century, some people think that it is time to change the name of the country to “Filipinas”.


Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino (KWF) believes that “Filipinas” is better than the current name. The KWF came out with a resolution dated on the 12th of April stating about using “Filipinas” instead of “Philippines” as the official name of the country. Is this the right time to tackle about this issue? And, is the subject worth the attention of Filipinos? Well, I believe that there are many issues today that matters more than the “Filipinas” such as the natural calamities that struck the Philippines; or the conflict between China and Philippines for the West Philippine Sea; and it may also be the improper use of pork barrel of the government officials.


One question that keeps running in my mind is that, is it really necessary to change the name of the Philippines?  Especially now that we are known all over the world.

One problem I see if it’s been approved is the difficulty in pronunciation. Let’s face it, some of the Filipinos can’t pronounce “F” properly, some don’t even know it especially those who are not exposed to the English alphabet. Yes, we can’t do something about it when it’s been decided by the person in the position but there will always be a negative side. For example, even if we write “Filipinas”, if there’s a difficulty in the language of the person, they will end up saying “Pilipinas”. See? What’s the point of changing it if we (or some) Filipinos can’t pronounce it correctly. It’s just a shame if that happens.

Attorney Romulo Macalintal said in an interview with Gerry Baja that KWF’s resolution needs to undergo in a long process. “Kilala na tayo bilang Pilipinas, tingnan mo nalang ung Gilas. Diba nakalagay sa damit nila “Pilipinas?” He believes that a charter change (Cha-cha) is needed to be proclaimed before anything changes.


A rose will still be a rose no matter what it would be

One of my professors—Ms. Myriam Bacud, faculty of Centro Escolar University-School of Education, Liberal Arts, Music, and Social Work’s Social Science Department—believes that it will not be easily changed. It will take a very long time and needs to be studied deeply. “Hindi naman basta mapapalitan yan eh. It will not be changed overnight. May process dyan eh—there must be a law; there must be an executive order, or whatever.” She also thinks that it is not that important. “Like what Shakespeare said—a rose will still be a rose no matter what it would be.” She also said that she is not a pro or a con in the said resolution. She even added that it is okay if they will change it because there’s no big deal on it. “My point here is that, why make a fast on something na it is not yet doable at its best.”


To know more about what other people think, I asked some students these questions:

1. Are you aware of the issue about changing the name of the Philippines to Filipinas?

2. Do you agree? Why or why not?

3. Do you think it’s necessary to change the name?

4. How do you think will it affect the economy of the country? (in case it’s approved)

5. What is your stand on the issue?


ate darsh

Fine-Arts Graduate; now working in the Advertising field


A Legal Management Graduate and a first year Law student


3rd year Political Science student




Most of them think that it’s not necessary to change the name of the Philippines simply because it serves our identity. When it comes to economic status, some of them think that there will be no effect on the economy of the country.


People's insights about the issue


People’s insights about the issue

Photo taken from: http://getrealphilippines.com/blog/2013/06/p-and-f-defect-changing-the-official-name-from-pilipinas-to-filipinas/

Personally, I don’t agree to change the name. Why? Simply because I think that “Philippines” is better. Like what others have already said, we are known as the “Philippines” and I think “Filipinas” is best for describing the Filipino women. Filipina women are called as Pilipina or in english, “Filipinas”. At first, I didn’t notice that it means that way, but when you said “Filipinas” it is possible that Filipino women will come first in the minds of people.

We are known as the “Philippines” for over the years and why would they change it NOW?

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