The Magna Cum Laude

The Magna Cum Laude

I really feel bad that I can’t go home to the Philippines tomorrow. It would have been a great time to be with the family because tomorrow our baby girl will be graduating from college.

I remember you telling Mama that I was your favorite sister even if I am cranky most of the time. So before I sleep, let me tell the whole world how proud I am of you. Forgive me for letting the whole world know how intelligent you are.

Salutatorian, St. Mary’s College, QC. Batch 2004
High Honors, Philippine Science High School, Diliman. Batch 2008

Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering at the University of the Philippines, Diliman.
Oblation Scholar (Top 50 in the UPCAT).
DOST Scholar.
Petron Scholar.
Executive Officer for Academic Affairs – UP Academic League of Chemical Engineering Students

Gel, you’ve got the whole package. Beauty and brains, they say. But what I love most about you is that you have the heart. You have a big heart for everyone. You are always ready to help. In everything you do, you don’t just use your head, your heart always plays a part and you never forget to enjoy the moment.
You are God-fearing. And it’s funny how you would ask us to pray for you because you don’t like praying to God just to ask favors.
Chemical Engineering was not a joke and I have seen you in your down days of being a student. But you made it through with much diligence that you absolutely deserve all the honors that you received and will be receiving. I know you know how proud we are of you.
I love you. Be very beautiful tomorrow. Enjoy your graduation. Congratulations. 🙂 -Ate Chi

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The Superwoman

If you weren’t born on a day like today sometime during the 1950s, many of us won’t be where we are now. Your siblings, your children, even your siblings’ children, you’ve raised all of us well. You’ve been through a lot but you never gave up. It’s one of the things you unconsciously taught us.

I know you’re very much fulfilled already. Maybe not with money, but you are blessed with lots of people who love you, appreciate you, and need you.You might be adding another year to your age but with all the love and happiness you feel everyday, you are aging gracefully. You are still the most beautiful mom in the world.

With everything you’ve endured being a mother, a breadwinner, a military spouse, you are definitely our only superwoman. I love you to infinity and beyond!

Happy Birthday, Mama!

Happy Birthday, Mama!


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Love Day



They say that love is a cycle.

You fall in love.
You become happy.
You get hurt.

It starts.
It ends.
You begin again.

I was happy.
I was hurt.

But I fall in love time and again…
And it was with that same person I said “Yes” to
2345 days ago.

I love you.
Forever and always.


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7th Anniversary Date

Cebu Pacific Seat Sale

Cebu Pacific Seat Sale

I was about to sleep but I decided to check my Facebook first before turning in. This was the first thing I saw. So, I spent the next hour trying to book a flight for the boyfriend. I don’t have a credit card and I still owe my mom and sister my flight back home for December so I was panicking not knowing how I can book. Fortunately, the airline had an over-the-counter payment option. As soon as I decided on the dates, I just guessed boyfriend’s passport number and proceeded with the reservation. I sent him a message after that he should pay the fare at the bank the following morning.

It’s a crazy seat sale. Cebu Pacific can be cunning at times but you can easily forgive them for their super dooper cheap fares and I couldn’t just let it pass. Here’s why…



The base fare is just P1 for one way. I just hate the fuel surcharge but, of course, I couldn’t really complain. It’s still pending and I’m hoping that I would be receiving the confirmed itinerary tomorrow. Yay! He’s bound for Jakarta but we are still deciding whether we will stay in Jakarta then visit Bandung or go back to Bali. I could also bring him to Yogyakarta to see Borobudur and Prambanan. It’s still a long way to go but I can’t help but feel excited. It’s going to be another awesome anniversary! This time, we’ll make sure he won’t get offloaded. Documents will definitely be ready for this. Ay-yay-yay!

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Saying Goodbye

She had long, shiny brown hair. She was sweet and very timid but she enjoyed being outdoors. Her name was Aiby. She was a long-haired Daschund. She came to our home so that Marga, our yellow Labrador, wouldn’t feel lonely whenever we go to work or school.

When Marga passed on, we experienced so much grief and so we tried our best to take back home one of Marga’s grandpuppies. Then Dia came. Aiby became her aunt. While Dia would jump around me wanting to play, Aiby would come quietly and lie down in front of me just waiting to be scratched. Like most dogs, she’s always eager to greet us when we get home but she was also there to bid us goodbye each time we go out of the house.

We are no strangers to death, both of my grandfathers died as I was growing up. One of them I was very close to. Only people with pets would understand the grief we are experiencing now but the death of a pet hurts as much as the death of a family member.

I know she died peacefully but it hurts so much not being able to see her one more time before she passed on. I wasn’t able to say goodbye. She won’t be there to greet me when I go home this December. I won’t be smiling as she comes towards me wiggling because her legs can only make tiny steps. I won’t be laughing at her “lowered” body.


Aiby (October 23, 2012)

Aiby (October 23, 2012)

This is my way of saying goodbye to you, Aiby. Thanks for being Dia’s super aunt. Thanks for giving me and my family so much joy. I kinda hate you for leaving nothing but memories. A baby Aiby would have been a nice remembrance. I know you’re in dog heaven already. I’ll miss you so much. Send my hellos to the rest of the wolfgang. ❤



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Twenty-five and Blessed

I was kind of dreading September 7. I was a bit apprehensive of being 25. I have no savings, no investment, no particular plan for the future, not much to be proud of. I guess it is quarter-life crisis catching up on me. I had the feeling of wanting to make time freeze for a moment just so I can accomplish something before I become 25. But of course, I still have to face the inevitable.

It was a regular school day that Friday. I woke up and did my stuff to prepare for school. I’m having the bigger group for that day. My favorite kids are there and so, there would be less stress for the day. I don’t usually wear make up in school. Not even a touch of powder. But that day, I decided to prep up a bit and even tied up my hair.

The surprises came a day before. My friend, Ate Lanie, arrived the night before with a sunflower for me. We both turned in late but I got to go to the bathroom at around 2 or 3 in the morning and found her gift hanging on the bathroom door.

I got the usual birthday greetings from my housemates, workmates, and some kids. My 2-year olds were, of course, taught by my assistant teachers to greet me as soon as they arrived in the classroom. You can just imagine how adorable they were wishing me “Happy birthday, Teacher Vera.” which sounded more like “Happy Betday, Peache Weya.”

At around 9 a.m., my boss’ driver knocked on my classroom door and told me that I have a phone call. When I got to the front desk, I got the surprise I wanted.

The Bouquet from Hun

The Bouquet from Hun

Last year, I got a bouquet from hun which I never really expected since he never gave me flowers on occasions. So this year, I kind of expected it already. But when Ate Lanie gave me the sunflower the night before, she told me that hun didn’t text her anything. That got me thinking that I won’t be getting one from him this year. I asked him about it and said that he’d just make up for it on Valentine’s. Of course, I was a little sad. So much for my impatience, hence the reaction.

I went back to my classroom to continue teaching but the kids wanted to see the flowers and grabbed it from all sides. Good thing it survived. Five minutes after, my boss came in singing happy birthday making the kids sing along. Another 10 minutes later, someone came in singing with a chocolate cake and red velvets from the kids’ mommies.

Candy Class: A Surprise From Their Mommies

Candy Class: A Surprise From Their Mommies

Another surprise from my workmates:

The "Maligayang Bali" Cake

The “Maligayang Bali” Cake

I have a birthday cake toy in the classroom and it was just so sweet when the kids try to sing me the Happy Birthday song and wanting me to blow the candles until the following week. They’re just adorable!

My family celebrated my birthday back home. I joked that they even prepared more food at home than what I served for my workmates and housemates.

These people made me realize that happiness isn’t about anything material. My blessings and achievements came in a different package. I may not have savings or investment yet but I know I am blessed with so much people who care for me, appreciate me, love me, and are inspired by me. I have my family and boyfriend to keep me going everyday. I have my friends who make life easier to go through. I have people who trust me with their children. I have these little children who make me remember my purpose in life.

Now, I know I shouldn’t be dreading aging. I have a full life ahead of me. I am in my mid-twenties and I should be making the most of my youth. Yeah, being 25 isn’t so bad after all. My life is just beginning and it’s time to fulfill my dreams. 🙂

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Favourite Bro and Favourite Uncle

Today is my big bro’s and uncle’s birthday.

Big bro is now 29 and uncle is 40.

Big Bro

“Brad” (short for “Brother”) is the COOLEST Uncle Ever!

I love these 2 to bits.


Big Bro and Brad

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71 Degrees and Rising

We’ve been through a lot and we continue to be strong to face whatever lies ahead of us. RIO ANGELO, happy 71st month. You are definitely God’s greatest blessing to me. Cheers to the past 71 months of highs and lows. 71 more years to come. I love you to the edge of the earth. Good luck in today’s race, my Dadags. 🙂

71 months

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Just Because I Miss You

I may not have the power of super heroes to fly and catch you when you fall.

I may not have the gold and riches of kings to give all that you want.

I may not be someone popular and respected so you may earn the same,

but I have you in my heart and my love is all I can give…

but I will do my best to be all of those even for just a little bit to give you all that you need,and all the love I can give.

I may not be what your parents might want right now but I will soon be someone that they want for you,

as I will give all that I can to be that man.

-Rio Angelo Canaria




Just because I miss you. See you soon. 8 more weeks! 🙂

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The Love Cycle

Browsing through peoples’ FB profiles and tumbled upon a love-inspired status which turned into an intellectual discussion on L-O-V-E.

*Credits to the owners of such remarkable brains. O_o

** A, thanks to you and your friends. Tell them I said hi. 😀

Elmo: Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.

Dominic: Furthermore, love necessitates that the happiness of the other person be achieved only by the total self-giving of that other person and of yours, as well.

Raizyl: Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is more important than your own happiness.

Dominic: True. But that’s not the end of it. You see, man is meant to be happy as well. That’s why, unrequited love is the worst.

Raizyl: Yeah but often times some “unreciprocated”, if there’s such a word, love is true love, something that never ask for anything in return…unconditional love ika nga.

Dominic: That is only one side of reality. Just remember this: Man is made to love and be loved. That’s the complete picture. So, unrequited love is a waste of time. Even if the essence of love — total self-giving — is there, the whole thing is incomplete if there is no receiver who acknowledges the love and gives it back. Syempre, on the part of the giver, you are not expecting anything in return, so to speak. But, the nature of man is such: he is to love and be loved.

Raizyl: But often times when we love and get loved, it sometimes turn from unconditional to being conditional.

Dominic: You’re right. But, to succumb to that tendency is to give up on man’s capacity to love.

Raizyl: Sadly, imperfection makes us vulnerable to that tendency.

Dominic: Quite right. But we are also capable of overcoming it.

Raizyl: It’s a cycle, I guess. You realize it when it’s gone then you begin again.

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