Beyond Sea Level

An ocean does not go forever,
it ends as the shore begins.
The sadness that you feel is temporary
even if they echo from eternity.

An ocean does not go forever,
it ends as the shore begins.
Waves might eat you up until your belly
but they cease as soon as it reaches land

An ocean does not go forever,
it ends as the shore begins.
Transcend upon the present
embrace whatever the future brings.




EM’s very first photo essay. She seeks to tell our stories. Set in simple black white, this photo essay will take you into Cebu’s story. Take a peek at this simple collection which collaborates culture, motion, and most especially, you.


Continue reading “People”

Crafting a Prettier You

You’ve probably seen flower crowns grace the head of lovely Cebuanas who stroll down Osmeña Boulevard. Or have stumbled upon photos of personally crafted notebooks online. What about a cute rubber stamp made out of a block of eraser?

If you don’t consider yourself an artist, making those crafts might seem hard, or worse, you won’t even think of making them at all.


But with the summer crafts workshop I’ve attended in Café Caw last May 15, I myself, plainly curious with no history of making crafts, have been pushed to make my own art.

Although the rainy days are nearing, doing these summer crafts can still become a pastime whole year round.

Pretty ladies pose with their very own flower crown. Amazing!

Three Cebuana artists have helped my hands forge my very first array of artwork. Let me share what I have learned with them.

Gizelle Faye Bunagan of Cuckoo Cloud Concepts headed the Summer Flower Crown Making; Meream Pacayra of Bored and Crafty for Rubber Stamp Carving; graphic designer and illustrator Sam Despi for Summer Illustrations in painting.


With the resources available online, one doesn’t have to attend to workshops to learn the art of craft making. You can read Do-It-Yourself (DIY) blogs or watch video tutorials.

Alongside the workshop, Café Caw also launched The Happy Shop, a crafts shop that exhibits Cebuano-made products like bags, soaps, shirts and accessories that brings out the Cebuano vibe in the buyer.

Café Caw is located at Hernan Cortes St., Subangdaku, Mandaue City, Cebu. They’re open Mon-Sun:   7:30 am – 11:00 pm.

The next time you’ll hit the roads in Cebu, try wearing those hand-crafted arts you’ve designed yourself. For sure, you are as pretty as what you made.

“Miracle This Is”

To be an intern is to have a sip of the job, but sometimes, we eagerly take gulps.


El Nino has had enough time to ravage Central Visayas for a few days now. We all have been waiting for some rain, some miracle.

For me, there is this other miracle I’m waiting to happen: a memorable Internship Period.

I have been hoping for the good things to come: good stories, generous sources, food at press conferences, etc. But my hopes haven’t been that high since. This school requirement left me dry –  thirsty for some sort of spark or excitement.

What My Intestines have been Screaming:

Lately I’ve had more time for tears and emotional breakdowns. My spirit goes faint after every coverage. My head is full of envy over batch mates that score a front page story. My hands have long forgotten the pleasure of pressing letters in the keyboard. The inspiration has expired. I am merely meeting requirements, I am no longer  serving as a diligent intern at the wonderful company that took me in.

I want this to end. But I cannot. I must not.

Post Script:

For in my lowest point, God proved to me that He is able. The challenges I face are not to be fought alone; victory is with Christ, not with my abilities. Every situation is a lesson turned inside out. I can only go forward, despite the loss of inspiration.

Before I fall asleep, I’ll tell my heart to hold on a bit longer. To just let the tears fall and emotions break in all directions. To allow my spirit to learn from every mistake. To be happy for others. To love writing as it is, minus all the romanticism. To find hope and happy stories while I meet requirements.

Heart, be still. God is able.

The Miracle?

While I’m writing this post, a silent rushing has found its way to my earphone-covered ears. For the first time, after a very long time, rain has hit the ground.

The miracle is in surviving, and it only came through Christ.

Grow in the Faith 🙂



My City, My SM, My Art

All for Art | Bringing People and Art Together

Are you an artist? Do you want to be one? Whatever category you fall into, you will surely love SM’s surprise for you.

What’s the surprise? It’s no other than My City, My SM, My Art.  Geared to bring people and art together, this campaign from SM will allow the novice art appreciator and the expert to enjoy art in convenient ways. With this, the public can see, know and experience art through different exhibits, workshops, film showings and competitions.

In its launching in Cebu last March 16, My City, My SM, My Art has paid tribute to one of Cebu’s greatest artist – Romulo Galicano, known also as the master artist from Carcar City, Cebu.


My City, My SM, My Art also featured various Cebuano artists in a week-long exhibit starting from March 16 to March 23 held at the Atrium of SM SeaSide City. Romulo Galicano’s paintings were present, together with other artworks from Anton Quisumbing, Dennis Montera, Lhee Isabel Taneo, Kidlat and Wyndelle Remonde.


People also had the chance to see the moving film “Taklub” by Brillante Mendoza and “Swap” by Remton Zuasola. Members of the Images Camera Club of Cebu also shared some of their wonderful photographs.

My City, My SM, My Art is bound to take a tour around the Philippines’ key cities, while collaborating with more artists, communities and of course, to the Filipinos.


My City, My SM, My Art is a joint project of SM, the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, the Shell Companies of the Philippines and the Philippine Star with the support from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and Centerstage Productions.