22 June 2018

Gourmet Cravings


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12 June 2018

June Painting


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Hello June! Well, it has been a not so eventful and quiet half-year, although I was lately occupied on helping to manage a clinic and with patients. The rain season has just arrived and I'm still adjusting with the weather as the summer had been extremely hot and uncomfortable.

This is also the time when I'm noticing that I had been experiencing what may called a 'writer's block,' where the task of writing is becoming difficult because ideas don't come easily and it's very difficult to focus especially in the presence of distractions. The reason I think is, I just finished doing my data analysis for my research probably a couple of weeks ago, and coupled with a host of other activities at work makes it hard to self-reflect or even to simply write.

So I decided to come back to one of my neglected passions for me to be able to figure things back again and perhaps, inspiration might be restored, and so is to write.

25 May 2018

May Photo DIary


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May is bustling with daily cooking of various recipes for breakfast. It was a very hot-weathered summer, but at the same time, the family enjoys a varied array of recipes everyday. I'm usually preparing salads in Mediterranean style, and fruit juices (not pictured) with combinations of mango, banana, avocado or guyabano. 

30 April 2018

April Photo Diary


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08 April 2018

Pamintuan Mansion


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Don Mariano Pamintuan built this house, which was started around 1890. Together with his wife, Doňa Valentina Torres intended to give it as a wedding gift for their son, Don Florentino Pamintuan. It was however, not yet fortunately finished by the time Don Florentino married Doňa Mancia Vergara Sandico on 1895. In the later years, the couple finally settled in their finished home.

When the revolutionary army occupied Angeles around 1898, the house was used as headquarters of Gen. Venancio Concepcion. Later in April 1899, Gen. Antonio Luna used it as the general headquarters of the Filipino Army where he drew the plans for the defense of Pampanga against the American army.

On May 27, 1899, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo moved into the mansion and made it as his headquarters and presidential residence. He was accompanied by his staff, including officers Gen. Luciano San Miguel and Gen. Gregorio del Pilar.

Gen Arthur Mc. Arthur and his staff made the house as their headquarters in 1909, following the victory of the Americans over the Filipino army.

The Pamintuan family finally resided on their house from 1902 to 1941 with a total of ten children born in the place to Don Florentino and Doňa Mancia, and later on, with his second wife, Doňa Tomasa Centeno.

A contingent of Japanese army cavalry occupied it on 1942, and served as a home to Kamikaze pilots. Later on, during the Liberation, the mansion was occupied by the 102nd Anti-Aricraft Brigade, and then, by the United States Services Organization (USO).

The house was bought by Don Pedro Tablante on 1959 and was leased by the Angeles City government to serve as a City Hall annex. Through the efforts of the Angeles City Historical and Cultural Committee, the Tablante Family donated the house to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas in 1981. Restorations were made on 1983. On 1993 to 2009, the Pamintuan Mansion became the Regional Office of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. Through a memorandum agreement on 2010, the ownership of the mansion was transferred to the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, where it now serves as the Museum of Philippine Social History.

Excerpts from:

Angeles, Kasayasayang Lokal, Zaide Foundation
Singsing, Center for Kapampangan Studies
Museo Ning Angeles

30 March 2018

My View of Positive Psychology on Assessment and Personal Experience

Positive psychology, as a practice, discipline and developing science had been in the development of psychology, a response to a pathology-centered view of the human being and mental states that were the starting points of depth psychology and psychodynamics. It focuses on the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive, founded on the belief that people can lead satisfying and meaningful lives, that they have the ability to nurture what is best within themselves, and that they can improve their experiences of love, work, and play.
It is surmised, based from both disciplines, positive psychology and depth psychology are on a magnified level, as to how they are popularly presented, highlight only a limited picture of what they are actually proposing on their views of the human person and these also account to the practice of assessment and identification of psycho-pathology. However, it seems to me that they are both sides of the same coin, and they are necessary not only in flexibility of practice in assessment and therapy, but also on assisting individuals to lead better lives, make better decisions that are suited to their choices and respective backgrounds.

In assessment, in response to a referral question, it is necessary to view the individual on a holistic perspective, identifying not only the existing problem, but also the strengths of the person. Positive psychology is based on the Humanistic tradition of psychology that believes in the inherent capacity of the individual to overcome challenges. In the assessment process, it assists both the client and the clinician to identify what specific aspects of the client can be drawn upon to address the problem, pathology, or the context of the referral question. It is the strengths of the individual that can also address the pathology; and assessment and the therapy processes assist the individual on gaining insights on how to tap on the inner resources – by focusing on aspects such as ability, resilience, hope, creativity, mindedness, wisdom, courage and responsibility - positive psychological strengths that can be found within the person.

For me, positive psychology is not in a sense reduced to feel-good shallow psychology, and it has a lot more to it than how it is popularly conceived. It is developed in landscapes that are faithful to the experience of the human being – it affirms the realities of life that are both experienced as being pleasant and unpleasant, and derives from these experiences the motivation of the individual to thrive in the presence of these realities. However, my view of positive psychology despite its affirmations of human realities is that it is proactive and it places responsibility not only on the individual but also on the context and environment, and in that proactive sense, it does not turn blindly to status quo situations that prevent the realization or achievement of the potentials of the individual person. As I am towards my way of helping other people through the practice of psychology, the science of positive psychology is teleological and goal-oriented; it is helpful in making concrete directions to therapy to assist the clients, through their identified strengths and abilities to formulate their goals and plans, not only to overcome psychological barriers, but also to lead fuller lives.

Finally, regarding my personal experience of flow, I recall the moments when I used to make paintings, especially in the process of mixing colors on paper. I was very absorbed on the activity of seeing my hands and paint brush move across the paper, how colors would combine, patterns emerge, lines, landscapes, petals, bricks, leaves; until the whole picture was formed— I lose my track of time and everything seems to revolve around the watercolor painting that I was making. Other situations are when I am reading a book, getting lost in thought when I am alone, or when washing or folding clothes. These and other activities that I enjoy doing make me feel more balanced and less worried; they channel my energy and other tensions that I experience when situations are not really going well for me, and these activities and the flow-states assist me on making ideas and better judgments, see alternative ways of framing situations, analyze confusing circumstances, or simply just to appreciate the unnoticed beauties of life. Nurturing flow is as essential as doing everyday tasks, I see to it that I am able to do things that I enjoy and through these things I experience flow-states. And in my opinion, to reach the particular state of flow where time seems to float in space is akin to the experience of bliss – a transcendent state, which is actually a very rare occurrence in a busy and distracted world.


Seligman, M. E., & Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2014). Positive Psychology: An Introduction. In Flow and 
     the Foundations of Positive Psychology (pp. 279-298). Springer Netherlands.

Csikszentmihalyi, M. (1999). If We are so Rich, Why Aren't We Happy?. American Psychologist, 
     54(10), 821

23 March 2018

March Photo Diary


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26 February 2018

February Photo Diary


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04 February 2018

Kalalangan Kapampangan Experiment: Art Installation


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Last evening, I was pleased to attend the opening ceremonies of an art exhibit organized at the Heritage District's Museum of Philippine Social History in my home city. For this month, I'm looking forward to attending local events during the National Arts Month which includes some film viewing, poetry recitals, and watercolor art competitions.


This year is hopefully going to be an eventful and busy year, as I find myself moving through the distress accumulated through the past year. It's good to think that these past few weeks of the beginning of the year had been productive, my research had been moving so far as I finished interviewing my respondents and on the process of data transcription, clinic patients are responding well to schedules and treatment, and so many other things are in line up for the coming months. I could only hope for the best and not merely think of days passing by without purpose. During my spare time, I'm becoming busy with gardening, cooking, writing, reading Julian Jaynes's book. I could recall this is what I had planned to do even years ago and it definitely proves that the life well-lived takes time, but it's worth it.

28 January 2018

January Photo Diary


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