When I was in third year high school, I braved to swim in the open sea, confident that I would survive it with my limited swimming skills. Unfortunately, I ran out of breath. I was lucky that there was a fisherman nearby who helped me get out of the water. I never dared to swim further from the shore after that incident. Every time we go on a beach trip, my friends would enjoy while I just stay there looking at them. I’m from Zamboanga and it’s so frustrating that there are amazing beaches there, a jeepney ride away and I can’t even swim. My parents are always worried that I won’t make it again. Last year, I decided that I should take swimming lessons. The timing was always a big challenge though because I’m still a student. But finally, here we are in the pool and I’m on my last day of the swimming class. I’ve learned a lot and during weekdays I sneak in some practice. These lessons helped me have a little bit more confidence and overcome my fear in the water.
I’m popularly known here as Baby Rose. My mom gave that nickname to me. She told me that when she was pregnant, she loved holding small red roses. That’s how she decided to name me as Rosniha or . . . Read More
Meet Mona, a resident of Mantuyong. Hear how the fire incident failed to break her rather listen to her account of how it strengthened her faith. “Noong nakalabas na kami sa highway, may tumawag . . . Read More
I’ve always wanted to get out of the city. I want to see clear waters, lush mountains, and swim with the fish. It’s my dream to go to El Nido, and I’m very happy it’s just near where I live. . . . Read More
Meet Noraiza, a survivor of Zamboanga Siege and one of the countless displaced by the conflict. Being a widow, she and her only daughter depend on each other in their pursuit for a better . . . Read More
Meet Sheryan, an environmental advocate and a graduate of Eco-tourism. For her, we can only sincerely assert our culture and identity if we learn to protect the environment that sustains . . . Read More
I’ve been teaching in a madrasa school for the past 11 years. Right now, I’m the only teacher, and I’m handling 80 students. My classroom is divided into level 1, level 2, and level 3 students. . . . Read More