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Happy New Year!


Wishing everyone a new year full of love and inspirations! Power 2014!


Goodbye 2013!


As the year ends, let us not forget to thank the Lord for the blessings of 2013.

Happy new year!


Merry Christmas!


From the chilly hills of Al Ain City, UAE, Merry Christmas everyone!


Dona Nobis Pacem


World peace is still in my dreams. I always wish that someday, people will just set aside their differences and live in harmony forever. I know that it’s still possible.

Today, thousands of blogs, FB, twitter accounts and various social media platforms from across the world will be showing off their peace globes to show support to the annual global peace movement dubbed “Blogblast for Peace”. Blogs will flag the title “Dona Nobis Pacem”, meaning “Grant Us Peace”. Check out founder Mimi Lenox’ site for the details. This is my 2013 contribution and support.

Peace be with all of you!



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*pics and quotes collected from various tumblr sites.


Weekly Photo Challenge: CLOSE

Five years ago, we celebrated the union of two lives.

But the celebration continues to this day.

Happy Anniversary, Mommy!

Inigo and I are truly blessed to have you in our lives.


More photos on the weekly photo challenge here.




My Brother’s Wedding

One of the main reasons why I went for vacation was to attend to my youngest brother’s wedding in the Philippines. My brother Jay, was marrying his co-high school teacher, Jasmine.

Being the eldest brother, I took my father’s place in the entourage. My mother wore the traditional Filipiniana gown, while I wore the traditional Barong Tagalog.

It was my son’s first time to be a ring bearer. He did very well. He also wore traditional Barong Tagalog.

The ceremony was very solemn.

Overall, the wedding was perfect.

Wishing the couple a lifetime of happiness together.


Dona Nobis Pacem 2011

World peace is one my dreams. I always wish that someday, people will just set aside their differences and live in harmony forever. I know that it’s still possible.

Today, thousands of blogs, FB and twitter accounts from across the world will be showing off their peace globes to show support to the global peace movement dubbed “Blogblast for Peace”. Blogs will flag the title “Dona Nobis Pacem”, meaning “Grant Us Peace”. Check out founder Mimi Lenox’ site for the details. This is my 2011 contribution and support.

Peace be with all of you!


Check out my previous peace globe entries:

Dona Nobis Pacem (2010)

Dona Nobis Pacem (2009)

Dona Nobis Pacem (2008)


Happy 4th Blogiversary!

Today, my blog celebrates its birthday! It’s been 4 years! Happy blogiversary to Digital Catharsis!

Looking back, I am proud to say that my humble site have gone a long way. There were ups and downs, highs and lows. There were times I thought of giving up, but then this past year was quite challenging.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who dropped by, left some comments, clicked the “like” buttons, rated by using the stars, subscribed, reposted, featured my articles on their site, shared in FB, retweeted. What else can I say, but THANKS!!!! You guys rock my blogging world!



And the Winner is….

So today is the day I promised to announce who the winner will be for our “Birthday Giveaway.” Isn’t it exciting???

Well, before I reveal who the winner is,  allow me to thank all those who participated, especially those who really put their time and effort in collecting the points in order to win. I know how difficult it is to get through the different pages. Sometimes, I would take note of the time the first comment was placed, and the last time that same person commented. I would notice that some really spent hours on this site jumping from one article to the next. Thank you so much and I appreciate everything.

But of course, I know that the participant was looking forward to get the prize, and that was a motivating force :)

Anyhow, I hope that you enjoyed reading my posts, and commenting at the same time. I am sure you got to know me more through my writing, and I wish this has started friendship amongst us. Thank you all for your time and I hope you guys comeback to visit – with or without prize.

It was really tough counting all the points and I have to get through all the sites submitted. I started counting when I was in Abu Dhabi some weeks back and finished here in the Philippines. It was a tedious process! Sorry that I have to disqualify some entries, like redundant reposts on the same blog site, redundant comments etc. I had to be fair with everybody, and to tell you frankly, I don’t know any of the participants personally. The blogger friends I know decided not to join.

So much of the talking now. I am sure you are all excited to know who’s our lucky participant. She’s the one who earned the most number of points. She’s none other than (drum roll, please…)


Congratulations, Kayce! You did a very good job! Actually I did not count some of your double comments, but you still ended up as the highest scorer. Well done. You will be contacted shortly for your hundred dollar bucks!

And guess what… I decided to give TWO runners up a prize also. I found they did very well also and I couldn’t just ignore their efforts. And they made it very close to Kayce. So do you want to know who these two are? They are…




Congratulations! You will also be receiving surprise gifts (but not hundred bucks anymore, ha!) and I will notify you shortly about it.


So that’s about it guys! Thank you all for joining. I’m typing as quickly as I can because it’s almost 2am here. As you all know, I’m on a vacation to the Philippines so I am quite busy going around. But I tried my best counting the points in between :)

Congratulations to the winners!


Our Love Story

A week ago, I wrote this post but wasn’t able to finish it, so I placed the draft on the “scheduled” posts. I already forgot I scheduled it for the 22nd of June, so WordPress automatically published it yesterday! Whaaa! When I got home from work last night, I got surprised to see it was posted on the site already! And the comments were coming in from FB already.

So here goes the edited and final version. Sorry for that, guys. No major changes though. The story remains its “kilig” factor :D


I would say all couples have their own love stories. The story of how they met, how they started liking each other, and how they ended up in the altar. Ours was nothing unusual except that I met my wife when we were 10 years old.

Yup, you read it right. We were only 10 years old when we first met. That was in school.

We were both transferees from different private schools. Our parents both decided to move us to a public school where tuition fees are lesser. And so we met, on the first day of that school year. We were in Grade 4.

I couldn’t remember much but all I knew was I liked her already. I tried to be close to her so we ended up as very good friends. Our classmates started to tease us, and as a shool-aged boy, I would feel embarrassed. But then we remained good friends and would end up sharing school stuff like notebooks and crayons.

The following year, we started a project called “Friends Comics”. I would draw some cartoons on folded A4s, and she would do the same. We stapled our work together, and our “comics” was born. I think we can call this our first “baby”. It was a weekly thing and our classmates (even our teachers) would pass the comics along until everybody has read it. I designated myself as the “editor” and she was the “assistant editor.” (Click HERE for the post about Friends Comics)

This “publishing” relationship continued until we were in Grade 6, and I never realized that we were developing something more. When we graduated from grade school, I thought I’ll never see her again. But destiny lead us to the same place for high school and we became classmates again.

We got the same teasing from our classmates, and because we became teenagers already, we felt embarrassed to be teased on. And so to avoid being picked on by our classmates, we started avoiding each other – physically. But how can I resist her? I secretly sent letters to her, through her bestfriend. I would ask her how she was doing, how her studies was, and how her family was. And she would answer back. We maintained our friendship secretly. And this was for the rest of the high school years.

I wrote a poem for her entitled “When I see your smiles”, and had it published in our school paper. Nobody knew it was for her.

When we graduated from high school, we started to part our ways. She took up Civil Engineering in college, while I got admitted for Nursing in another school. We got busy in our respective studies and the exchange of letters became less frequent. Snail mail was to be blamed for getting late news about each other. I had my own relationships and she had her own.

Our paths separated the more after graduating from college. I worked from one local hospital to another trying to find my place, until I got a job in Saudi Arabia. She also started working locally after graduating, until she was sent by her company for training in Japan.

The use of internet was already becoming popular during that time, so the exchange of snail mails was replaced with exchange of emails. We got to chat through YM every now and then.

I was in Riyadh, she was inJapan. The distance did not hinder us from becoming close again. Thanks to the internet.

On one chat session, I felt it was time. I do love her and my feelings for her is ripe for the picking. And although I was hesitant initially to speak to her about it, for fear that our friendship might be at stake, I still expressed my heart’s desire for her. And without thinking twice, she typed  “Y-E-S!” The feeling was mutual! That was February 19, 2005. Our love for each other was affirmed and that was the start of a lasting relationship.

We met in the Philippines later that same year. It seemed everything has changed between the two of us, as the relationship is now more than friendship. But we treated each other the same – like old best friends needing each other’s companion.

To cut the story short, we finally tied the knot on the 23rd of June 2007.  We never knew when we were 10-year-olds that we would end up later as husband and wife. Of course, at that age we wouldn’t be thinking of marriage yet. But what I knew that time, was that I found the person I am most comfortable with, and that I wouldn’t mind having her around for the rest of my life.

Oh, I would always remember that sweet little 10-year old girl! The notebooks. the penmanship. The comics. My bestfriend. My childhood sweetheart. Now my wife.

And to end this short story of ours, I’ll leave you with this final line –

“And we lived happily ever after…”



Happy Anniversary to my dear wifey. I hope you don’t mind me sharing our story to the world :)

No one person can ever experience all that life has to offer. It is only through sharing - experiences, feelings, insights - that we can hope to grow beyond our own meager lifetime.

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