Boracay HAYEStory: Our Intimate Beach Wedding

Oh, I don’t even know where to start. I just know everything felt perfect – precious shared moments, our wonderful guests, the tropical weather, crystal clear waters, picturesque shoreline, spectacular sunset the intimacy of the event, and us together. We were in paradise. April of 2015, we eloped in Georgia, USA and last July, we were finally able…

A year ago, we eloped.

April of 2015, we eloped. I’m not talking here about the sudden and secretive type of elopement that you see on dramas, where the lovers leave their respective home at the middle of the night, without their parents permission, to run away with each other and get married. Ours wasn’t a secret. There’s no reason for it to…

USA Travel Bucket List Update

Originally posted on I See Bela:
Days before my flight to the USA, I put together a little bucket list of things of I hope to experience in the land of stars of stripes.  Luckily, I’ve done most of them for the 2 months that I’ve been here. I can’t imagine that I could go…

Maria Gorretti’s Journey: A Story of Faith

Today marks the 14th death anniversary of Maria Gorretti de los Reyes Mariano. On July 3, 2000 at 9:20 p.m., my mom, Maria Goretti de los Reyes –Mariano, 33 years old, died at Western Visayas State University Hospital after having a cardio-pulmonary arrest. Her death was a beginning of an unforgettable experience for us –…

Small Business Saturday | Make Your Money Matter

Numerous small businesses across the country celebrated Small Business Saturday this weekend. It is a campaign, which is annually celebrated on the Saturday after Thanksgiving day, that promotes shopping deals at local businesses in their commuties.Those shoppers who participated in the said campain by supporting local shops made a great choice. Aside from the the…

Around the World in 80 Minutes

Around the world in 80 minutes? Yes, I have done that! 🙂 The International Fellows from the USAWC Class of AY2014 hosted the ‘Know Your World,’ wherein 77 International Fellows from 67 nations set up displays emphasizing their respective nation’s culture, food, tourism and customs to the Carlisle, PA community.  The annual event provides an interactive…

Super Typhoon Haiyan Aftermath: How You Can Help

Bodies laying in the streets, people looking for their lost love ones, survivors pleading for food, water and medicine, wrecked houses, and people looting – those are what I see on news about the Philippines, from local to international news channel. According to Philippine officials, the category 5 typhoon Haiyan (Yolonda in the Philippines), the…

I see Bela in her 18th Birthday Bash!

Since my 21st birthday is coming up, I want to reminisce the most recent big party that I had. It was during my 18th birthday. Filipino girls traditionally celebrate their 18th birthday, which marks maturity, by throwing a large party, which is called a ‘Debut.’ It is similar to the Quinceañera celebration of the Latin American…