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On the bouts of depression

At certain points in his life, Miggy Bautista has battled with depression. He has envied his classmates “who enjoy certain activities such as tambay in organizations, bondings, competitions, as well as facilities for value adding talks and seminars.” He would eventually find himself “alone” most of the time, “wishing I can do what they do.”

“Amidst the positive achievements and personal experiences, I still feel unhappy from time to time. I know that we can all feel this but recognizing its life-threatening implications for prolonged period of times is something we should all be aware significant,” he has written in his own blog.

He has then thought “to examine ourselves today and recognize how dangerous we can become.” He has also called for civil and advocacy groups “to strengthen calls for proper implementation of laws as well as its compliance,” believing that each and every one must “uphold the rule of law.”

“Since we cannot do anything about the genetic makeup composing our body, we can only do something in controlling stress and associated factors leading it. It may be cliché to say but since ‘no man is an island’, being alone is, I believe, one of the major contributors of [depression] bringing loneliness or unhappiness. Being different or unique can be a source of aloneness or maybe isolation.”

Miggy has also proposed to “remember the people who are always there for us.” “Personally, my parents and siblings are my primary source of strength. I would be honest that I previously take for granted their efforts to help me pursue my goals because I am definitely a responsibility.”

“However, I was able to recognize moving forward that life is more than just a responsibility. It is sacrifice and love amidst all the trials, misunderstandings and challenges. Moreover, we can extend this perspective to the people who continuously come to assist us in this world. For my case, I like to include in it professors, security guards, utilities, fellow students and others who continue to become part of my journey and share in my aspirations.”

To date, the cum laude graduate of business administration from the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman has conceptualized a ride sharing app that could cater to PWDs and non-PWDs alike with Ady Castueras, also a PWD who graduated from the University of the Philippines-Los Banos.

“Yung life natin ay hindi lang simpleng pananagutan sa kapwa. Ang pananagutang ito ay pagmamahal at sakripisyo sa kabila ng di pagkakaintindihan, pagsubok at hirap.” ~ Alexander Nicolabo Bautista

Video taken from the YouTube Channel of TED-Ed

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Jesse Robredo: the man

Jesse “Pogi” Manalastas Robredo was the man for me.

He neither drank nor smoked. He cared for persons with disabilities (PWDs). He led and act. He respected his daughters and wife. He laughed and showed the world how to smile.

He mandated governors and municipal mayors in the Philippines to create a person with disability affairs office (PDAO). The office would update the national and local government agencies on what the PWDs in the country really need, as well as engage non-government organizations (NGOs) and people’s organizations (POs) in implementing related laws and policies on disability.

He was also the one who encouraged PWDs to register in the coming midterm elections. Only about 742,000 PWDs had done so (Comelec 2012 data) even though Article V, Section 2 of the 1987 Constitution already guarantees a “procedure for the disabled and the illiterates to vote without the assistance of other persons.” There are nearly 9 million PWDs in the Philippines to date, 3.6 million of which are qualified to vote (Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting).

Jesse’s father became blind when he had turned 39 because of retinitis. Jesse’s three siblings were also visually impaired. Still, Jesse grew up disciplined. He was accepted at the University of the Philippines in Los Baños but chose to pursue mechanical engineering and industrial management engineering instead at the De La Salle University. He had addressed the launching of the “Fully Abled Nation,” a program seeking to increase the participation of PWDs in the coming 2013 Philippine midterm elections, roughly three months before he died in a plane crash.

“From both his parents, Robredo learned the virtues of caring for others and frugality and the value of a modest lifestyle. From his father in particular he learned that protecting the integrity and honor of one’s family is of highest importance, and the children were expected to contribute their share in doing that.”  ~ Ramon Magsaysay Awards Foundation

Video taken from the YouTube Channel of the NagaCityBicol

Photo posted with permission from the Ramon Magsaysay Awards Foundation