Good Bye to September

There’s no stopping time.

We’re now saying good bye to September and hello to October. And we know, of course, that pretty soon we’ll be saying hello to December and the Christmas season soon.

The month of September was kind of bittersweet for me.

I learned that two of my friends passed away due to cancer. Knowing about their deaths reminded me of how life had been when I was still based in Cebu where these friendships were born. But such is life, such is time. We can not hold it, control it. It only ultimately belongs to our Creator (Psalm 31:15). We grieve the loss but the reality also reminds us of the brevity of life. And how we need to be living purposeful lives on this earth.

September also marks the birthday month of my husband Daryl as well as several family members (my brother, sister-in-law, aunt and several cousins) as well as friends. My husband received several cakes (!!) for his birthday 🙂 This year, he was actually in Surigao a good part of his birthday (he came home just before evening) for a training event with the Agusan High National High School Science Department where he currently serves as OIC Department Head.

Birthdays remind me that life is to be celebrated and lived well and yes, lived with purpose.

This month, I also had the opportunity to be  one of the speakers for a seminar on Capability Building for ABSNET Members on Psychological Intervention. I spoke about Caring for Carers, drawing from my academic training in Psychology and my hands-on experience in the past in Cebu and Thailand where I directly worked with street kids and kids/youth in the slums. Venue for  the seminar was at the Watergate Hotel in Butuan City.

And so I say good bye to September, hoarding the new experiences and insights gained along with a thankful heart and a resolution to continue pursuing a purposeful life. May you pursue such a life, too.

A Complete List of Philippine Holidays in 2018

We may be more than halfway through the year but I still keep forgetting the exact dates of a number of Philippine Holidays. I’m sharing a complete list here for easy reference.

Based on Proclamation No. 269 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte last July 2017, these are the Philippine Holidays for 2018:

Regular holidays

January 12018, Monday – New Year’s Day
March 29, 2018 – Maundy Thursday
March 30, 2018 – Good Friday
April 9, 2018, Monday – Araw ng Kagitingan
May 1, 2018, Tuesday – Labor Day
June 12, 2018, Tuesday – Independence Day
June 15, 2018, Friday – Eid’l Fitr
August 21, 2018, Tuesday – Eid’l Adha
August 27, 2018, last Monday of August – National Heroes’ Day
November 30, 2018, Friday – Bonifacio Day
December 25, 2018, Tuesday – Christmas Day
December 30, 2018, Sunday – Rizal Day

Special non-working days:

February 16, 2018, Friday – Chinese New Year
February 25, 2018, Sunday – EDSA Revolution Anniversary
March 31, 2018 – Black Saturday
August 21, 2018, Tuesday – Ninoy Aquino Day
November 1, 2018, Thursday – All Saints’ Day
December 31, 2018, Monday – last day of the year

Additional special non-working holidays:

May 14, 2018, Monday – barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections
November 2, 2018, Friday
December 24, 2018, Monday