This week had been a tragic one for our family. Our beloved chocolate Labrador - Marley - passed away yesterday. We are devastated; to quote my Facebook post, Marley took a piece of my heart when he went to dog heaven. Any fur parent would understand the loneliness that follows the death of a beloved furry family member.
Our family still strongly advocates pet ownership, though. The kids learn to be more responsible as they take care of a smaller being. The pets, in turn, shower the family with all the love that they are able to give.
Here in the Philippines, PAWS or the Philippine Animal Welfare Society not only shelters animals but offers a chance for Pinoys to become fur parents. So if you've never been one, how about giving it a serious thought this time?
But, of course, there is a process.
Nine out of ten people like chocolate. The tenth person always lies.
I've got a story to tell. Our recent move to Eastern Visayas was a concession. I did not approve of it, at first, because my home had always been Luzon. I grew up in Muntinlupa City and I moved to Cavite and eventually Laguna during my married years. I knew that it was going to be a huge adjustment for the entire family to move to a totally different place. Although Leyte was my hubby's home province, the kids and I treat it as a vacation spot - never as a permanent home.
So what gives?
Filipinos are known for their unique courtship customs. You have probably heard of pamamanhikan (asking for a girl's hand in marriage), harana (serenading), and even the more physical aspects of winning a woman's family's favor by chopping firewood and pag-iigib (fetching water).
But how would these play out in our contemporary world? This is what Ang Kapilya Sa Dalampasigan (currently #40 in Wattpad under the Filipino category) is all about. It's not too traditional but not flagrant either.
So what is this Wattpad story all about?
Were you able to get a free calendar before the year ended? While most companies do provide calendars as a giveaway on the last month of each year, there are only a few that go beyond prominently displaying their company logos. Let's give recognition where recognition is due.
For a year or two now, Petron's been holding arts competition for works that they could feature in their yearly calendar. And I looooove the works that they featured this year. Before we take a peek, I would also like to commend Rebisco for coming up with a cultural concept for their cans of biscuits.
Let's take a peek --
E.S. Villamor has made a career in writing for a decade now. Her online business - GIML (Gabriela Isabel & Miguel Lucas) Publishing started in 2014. She advocated for women's rights and was once enamored with imparting financial literacy through training and blogs but she is now focused on propagating all things Filipino. This site is also being groomed as a rich homeschooling resource.