The first time I have met Gerald it was through an interaction on social media via the comment section of One Down’s social post and this was just an amazing reminder that there are so many Filipinos either from the virtual to in person events which always make you feel that you are always home and give you a sense of "home" even when home is far away from you.
WHAT DID YOU LEARN ABOUT YOURSELF DURING THE INTERVIEW
In essence, I just realized I grew up. Long gone are the days where I just kept blinders on with my tunnel vision on life. And I’m learning to love people more. Especially my family and friends (new and old). Having the time to reflect and look back (hard) on my life through this podcast, showed me that I went through a lot. But I always had the desire to “go back” and re-establish my roots. My core values and core identity as someone from Hawaii with a Filipino heritage.
2. HOW CAN WE BE PROACTIVE IN SHARING OUR CULTURE?
Just “Speak Up” when you can. When you speak from the heart, words flow and your story comes out from your journal that is Life. Remember that you are not alone in this world. There are others that share commonalities with you. You’ll be surprised who will listen and what stories/experiences you resonate with and the hearts you’ll be able to touch when you “Speak Up”.
3. ONE TIP YOU WANT TO LEAVE THE LISTENERS:
From the words of Ate Tess (from JT Restaurant in downtown San Francisco), “Keep Smiling! :)” Live life to the fullest and just enjoy it. Have as much fun as you can with your life and with others: your family/friends/peers. “Life is too short to cry over spilled beans”. We are going through a lot right now, but find and make those happy moments that are worth creshing for the rest of your life.
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