In honor of #WomxnsHistoryMonth2017, I'm collaborating with AnneMarie of Formation of a Filipinx American where I wrote a blog to reclaim the phrase #WalangHiya, which has been traditionally used to shame Filipinxs. Her edits were crucial for me to dive deeper into how shame badly affected my mental health, and how speaking about my mental illness openly allowed… Continue reading Being Mentally Ill with #WalangHiya
I think I have a problem with accepting compliments. I used to be really bad and think they're lying and look at them weird and just brush it off. But now at least I can say thank you and smile, because I am genuinely touched that they said such sweet things. Yet, I still don't… Continue reading you are beautiful and necessary
I should've been writing about this from the get go when I found out New Year's Day that I will be part of In Full Color 2017. It's a Women of Color production where the actresses perform monologues and poetry. Last year, my first monologue ever "Aswang Presidente" was printed in their anthology. From tonight… Continue reading In Full Color 2017, featuring my monologue “Psychotic Break”, starts TONIGHT til Sunday!
2015 bleeding into 2016 and its entirety feels like the year where I was discovering spaces. Like the Asian American Writers' Workshop where I found a community of fellow uhh AA writers just like me. It was also the year I discovered I was queer. And Gabriela NY which is a Filipina womxn group that… Continue reading inner and outer spaces
If I want to become and be known as a mental health advocate, I'm going to need to speak honestly about ALL aspects of my mental illness. I'm bipolar and I've had severe depression for years and have experienced mania. Depression is relatively easy to talk about since it's the most discussed and most publicized… Continue reading you’re one step braver, little one