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PhilPop: Shifting the Tides of OPM

Thanks to PhilPop, an annual songwriting competition, Original Pilipino Music (OPM) is on the rise. Often Filipinos are enamored by mainstream American music to the point that they’ve idolized the singers and focused on imitating their styles. That trend seems to be changing in recent years. It has been awhile since I’ve listened to Tagalog songs that really sparked my interest. Many Filipino songs tend to be about romantic love – the ups and downs of it, the joys of being in love or the depression that hits when one is brokenhearted. It feels as though we’ve covered all aspects of love by now. Thankfully, even if some of the PhilPop songs are about love, all of the finalists, especially the PhilPop winners’ compositions, have shown the range of emotions that can be expressed through music and the creativity of Filipino artists.

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Lessons and Inspiration from the Olympics

rio-1512643_1280When I watch the Olympics, I am reminded that the road to success is not only about how you start, but it is also how you finish. There were several occasions when athletes who looked like they were about to win the gold medal ended up either placing silver or bronze or not even placing at all. When I see many champions perform their best, I marvel at the amount of time and effort that they devoted to their sport in order to reach their peak conditions. They truly are inspiring in many ways. For those who need inspiration, remember that attaining success involves pacing, persistence, and patience.

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A Promise from Long Ago

A promise can be a source of hope or pain. Either way, promises produce endurance and strength to overcome trials. I don’t think I can fully explain how this poem came to be aside from the fact that I simultaneously felt a sense of nostalgia mixed with amnesia. Maybe this will all make sense years from now.

A Promise from Long Ago

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Financial Gaps = Knowledge and Emotional Gaps?

“Life is too short to be spending it in tax denial.”

~Liz Davidson (Chapter 5 of What Your Financial Advisor Isn’t Telling You)

Being in the financial business has given me plenty of insight into people’s behaviors and attitude when it comes to personal finance. It’s fascinating to see how people respond whenever the topic of money comes up. Some people are able to casually talk about it, but more often, people avoid discussing money matters even though we acknowledge that money matters. One of the most sincere, thoughtful, and helpful books that I’ve read on financial planning is Liz Davidson’s What Your Financial Advisor Isn’t Telling You. Much of what Davidson says in her book is similar to the financial ‘lessons’ that I share with people. However, a teacher can only teach so much; the learner has to be willing to learn and take action in order to change his/her financial situation.
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