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SCAP 2017: Receiving an Invitation to Present in Singapore Conference for Applied Psychology

Receiving a prestigious invitation to present in SCAP17, Singapore Conference on Applied Psychology.  I will be presenting  Psychological Well-being in Philippine Corporations. The findings in my study show a strong…

COSMO: Why are Female Friendships are Complicated

In this article for Cosmopolitan Philippines November issue, I comment on the intricacies of relationships between women. Female friendships are challenging because they are built on layers upon layers of…

WHERE IS SUZY

Congratulatory Lunch with Dr. Rey Canlas, Sports Psychologist

Having a fun and friendly catch-up with Dr. Rey Canlas after a successful defence and as a congratulatory lunch for landing a slot in Singapore to present findings on what…

Meeting with Women’s Advocate Sr. Mananzan

Working with Sister Mananzan to develop programs on Filipino Women’s issues. Together, we developed programs on women in the workplace, abuse of women in religion, and Women as mothers to…

Meeting with Helen Clark

It was a great opportunity to interact with Helen Clark, the Former Prime Minister of New Zealand, who is also the longest serving Prime Minister. Her thoughts on women in…

Meeting with Woman Leader Leni Robredo

It was great to have an audience with Leni Robredo, Vice President of the Philippines Extraordinaire! To walk in her shoes and continue to dream and fight for the Philippines…

POWER WITHIN

Life is Real. What You Give it is What You Get Back

“life is real. Hindi siya nagsisinungaling. What you put into life is what you get back. How you will react to it and shape it becomes what you will experience.…

What Does Resilience Look Like?

As my practice continues to grow, I find life’s questions being answered an experience at a time. This hodge-podge  of momentos are the answer to the question, “what does resilience look…

It is When I Began to Dream that my Life Began to Change

“When I was living without any goals and not facing my challenges, I had a comfortable life. But it was a joyless life —-yes, I had food, clothes, gifts handed…

Training on Resilience Through Mindfulness with Dr. Greg Lang of Singapore School of Positive Psychology

Mindfulness is often an under-rated and overlooked methodology for building resilience. Mindfulness requires us to be at the present moment — identifying our current resources: skills, people who can help,…

PERSONAL

This is What Success Against the Odds Looks Like

Here is Baby Joy Nicolas Yap — a hero of a young girl who has turned life’s mishaps into a life purpose. It’s been five years since we first met. Now she’s…

Feather Passes Away

My dearest bunny Feather –who had the hairdo of Donald Trump –passed away earlier this month. My home feels lonely again..empty and forlorn. How did such a little spirit fill…

Hindi Itim Ang Puso Ko, Uhaw Lang

“If Christmas is about gifts and vacations, then the true joy of Christmas will dissipate after all the food has been eating and the gifts opened’. If I thought of…

Passages are Pathways to New Ways Life

Duchess arrived at bunny heaven on December 26, 2017 at 12;02pm. Witnessing her journey for a couple of weeks brought me to reflect how life would be without her. She…

MIND & MEANING

How Do You Grow Embattled

In my work with Cancer patients, there are some good days and some totally blah days. The good days are when the circle is full of wit, insight, wisdom, and…

Rattle Your Imagination

lately, I’ve been studying the theories of self-efficacy by Albert Bandura. simply put, Self-efficacy is defined as one’s belief in her capability and capacity to reach her goals. In the…

Co-Host

Every time I sit with a new client, I mentally calculate the amount of work that needs doing to heal their spirit, make whole again. Basing the program on scientific…

LEADERSHIP

COSMO: Powerful Women Bosses

Along the way of developing a evidence-based program for women in the workplace, get to read much research done on gender issues in the corporate space. Despite the years of…

Powerful Women at Work

Here I am with Susan Dimacali, the head of a foremost advertising company attending a Women’s Summit in Manila on creating strong women leaders. Leadership is not about gender. It…

You Cannot Be, Do, or Know Everything. Collaborate

Walking into the wards today, I was met with my new client who had a full blown depression complicated by a social anxiety disorder. A former high performing executive in…

ABUSE

The Words That Cannot Be Said

Rape and Incest bring so much shame to the victim that they cannot even bring themselves to say the words. They stumble, hide behind their hair, eat the words, wring…

Abuse Causes Conflicting Emotions

Most specially if the abuser is a parent or someone the victim trusts, abuse becomes more challenging to accept or come to terms with. It is the betrayal of trust…

Abuse Shuts People Down

One of the ways victims of abuse survive the ordeal is by shutting down their feelings…numbing themselves to stave the pain away. The victims live emotionless days on end because…

Abuse Stifles

Abuse works by diminishing someone till they feel so small, useless, powerless to defend themselves. When the victim is weakened by fear, hopelessness, lack of resolve, all out of solutions…

CAREER & BUSINESS

Strengths Are Not Good Enough to Succeed in the Workplace

That phrase seems to go against what we have been taught in school: if you are good at your job, you should have job security and should rise to the…

Employee Mental Wellness is Key to Career Success

Mental wellness  has become a core challenge in the 21st century. Information from a report published by Drug company Elsevier provides information on the prevalence of mental health disorders in…

Stop Sabotaging Your Career

This article is for women in the workplace who find themselves wallflowers in the boardrooms and other important meetings. Stand up and be counted! Staying silent does not make you…

Dare To Be Human. Risk Vulnerability

Men or women, child or elder, educated or high school graduate. You would think that makes them happy and what they would strive for would be so different. I find…

RELATIONSHIPS

COSMO: Why are Female Friendships are Complicated

In this article for Cosmopolitan Philippines November issue, I comment on the intricacies of relationships between women. Female friendships are challenging because they are built on layers upon layers of…

Have You Called Home Lately?

Almost everyone has a smartphone, but a study shows that only a quarter use it to make calls. Yes, we are in touch much more today through various social media…

Working with Cosmopolitan Magazine for the June 2015 issue

Working with Cosmopolitan Magazine for the June 2015 issue, to provide insights on “Daddy and Daughter Relationships” — with Myrza Sison, Editorial Director for Cosmopolitan Magazine. ” It is never…

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