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Living in the Rainbow

Four centuries in the convent, forty years in Hollywood, and four years in hell make the Filipino nation. That's the summary of our colonization - our journey as a people from the Spanish rule of Christianity (370 years) to the American regime - the “modern West” (40 years) to the Japanese invasion in World War II (4 years).

We had no name to begin with. Our history as a nation dates back to the aborigines who came all the way from mainland China and India through land bridges millions of years ago. Migrants from neighboring Indonesia and Malaysia found their way to this archipelago of 7,106 islands and Chinese traders engaged my ancestors to commerce … until a Portuguese “discovered” my country and offered it to Spain as a colony. Spain took hold of this part of the Southeast Asia and called it the “Philippines”. We have gone a long way from there ... but until now we Filipino women resent how our history books are written. There is not much recognition of the women who made our history more meaningful! And no, I'm not keen on the fame or the name ... it's more on role modeling, something worth emulating.

Maybe it’s hard to imagine an amalgamation of races and cultures in one single person, a Filipino. And it’s harder still to conceive a whole womanhood in one single girl, myself. How much harder is it for me to bring myself into a much more complex identity – my own community, or a community of women all across the globe - Web 2.0? Change is a long, difficult and painful process. Although it is constant, no one gets used to it. Yet change goes on and on because it fuels growth and progress. And growth always happens in our most inconvenient moments. How do I bring change to the community? The answer is as simple as an old song – let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me. We don’t blame government or mass media for the social ills around us. I can light a candle in the dark and when my neighbor sees it she will do the same. I can write about or speak up on a shared sentiment and I know somehow someone will echo my voice and we will end up in a powerful chorus. I can take the lead and I can reach out … the important thing is what good I can do, I will do it. This is how I know things work. It will not be for a name or a fame ... it will be a legacy of women empowerment.

Now as I browse through the PulseWire directory, I find names I cannot pronounce, of people living in places I know nothing about. But I look at the Pulsewire community as a beautiful rainbow spread out across the globe. I can’t be watching it until it fades … I will be in that rainbow, sharing the hope, speaking the voice, and living the dream of a durable, genuine, and equitable global womanhood. I will be sharing my struggles, pains, sentiments, hopes, triumphs and ideals with all the other women out there through Web 2.0. We will be exchanging notes until we find our oneness. We will discover our distinctions and uniqueness and we will end up in a bonding of different colors and creeds - a community where our plural awareness, sensitivities and motivations are delicately interwoven, designed to blend into mutual respect and acceptance. I see PulseWire as the rainbow that the women of the world can hold fast and hold on to. Together in PulseWire we will embrace humanity - in one beautiful and powerful rainbow across the skies connecting both ends of the world. I love this rainbow ... I live in it!

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Myrthe's picture

Emie, I love your writing.

Emie,
I love your writing. Every one of your posts makes me laugh, nod in agreement or recognition or inspires me or all of the above at the same time.
For me, World Pulse is a great place to celebrate the diversity of this world, but also the things all these people from all over the world have in common.

Emie Zozobrado's picture

Thanks!

Wow, I'm so flattered ... and humbled at the same time! When I joined World Pulse I never realized I will echo the voices of women from far far away ... sisters I may not even have a chance to come face to face with in my entire life! It's real awe-inspiring to know we share the same songs ... in our hearts, in our souls ...

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

aimeeknight's picture

Rainbows represent hope and a

Rainbows represent hope and a promise; you have expressed that so well. Simply beautiful!

"One shoe can change a life" ~ Cinderella

Emie Zozobrado's picture

Thanks!

Hi Aimee! As a kid I have always loved the rainbow... it's something to get excited about after the rain.... it's up there, so beautiful for all to see. I have always wondered if there was a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow... but that doesn't matter much to me, because its beauty and what it signifies - the reflection of a bright day, is the one thing I hold on to ...

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

olutosin's picture

So Well

There is a quotation in one of the books I read before, it says the king speaks so eloquently as if he has never suck a mother's breast.....you write beautifully well.

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

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Emie Zozobrado's picture

Thanks!

My gratitude for the compliments, sister Olu (and do you know in my native tongue "ulo" means "head"?)! I do know of course that you find my writing "eloquent" because we share the same thoughts and sentiments. Eloquence is simply striking a chordant note in a melody shared by both the speaker and the listener ... it's nice to know we echo the same words, spoken or unspoken, in our very hearts .... we are women as one!

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

tocssfoundation's picture

Dear friend, This is so

Dear friend,
This is so beautiful.
In partnership with you,"...what good I can do,I will do it.

Loads of love
Temidayo

Shalom.

Emie Zozobrado's picture

Cheers!

Hi Temi! Of course we are God's most beautiful creation - women! Or He would not have chosen a WOMAN to be His own MOTHER!!!!

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

liberia unitewd youth for community safety and development's picture

Ellen M. Kennedy

Personal Life story of Ellen M. Kennedy
Once upon a time; there live a girl called Ellen M. Kennedy who was staying with her Aunty named Miss Wuo. Before then, her Aunt told her parents that she was going to send this Ellen to school. After she took this girl alone with her in the next town; she decided that Ellen will be able to sell market while her children go to school. Every rime Ellen goes to the market to sell, if the goods did not finish she will not be allowed to go home. If she carried along with her some of the unfinished goods, her Aunty Miss Wuo would beat on her and even make her to under corporal punishments. After some years of selling for Miss Wuo, Ellen decided to ask her Aunty about when she will ever start going to school. The answer from her aunt was she must see all along the week and take two days to sell for herself to enable her pay her own school feels. While in this process of agreement, Ellen Bear it and was able to enroll herself in school and managed to be promoted in the 5th class in the same year the civil war started that cause to migrate to neighboring country Guinea as refugee along with her aunt and children. While in Guinea at the age of seventeen (17) years her aunt put her out of their their hut and asked her to go and live on her own Because her desire was to learn, she decided attending the refugee school in Guinea. While in school, this girl met one man who decided to help her to further her education. When this girl was been helped by this man in school and also helping her with every necessary needs. The aunt went to where Ellen was staying and told those who were there that she did not carry Ellen Guinea to get marry so therefore she decided to take her where she took her from which said was to her parents. While they were going she decided to take Ellen to jail without letting any body to know. While Ellen was in jail, some Guinean Police officer assigned at the Depot intended rapping this little girl at the time. Upon her refusal the officer put her back in the cell saying to her that she will not see daylight again. After three days without eating food and only to cry, the Depot Police Commander got concern and ordered that this girl (Ellen) be put out of the jail to explain what had happened to her that caused not to eat. In this process, the Police commander called upon Ellen aunty Miss Wuo to take Little Ellen to where she brought her from. Upon her aunt agreement, with the police she sent for a car to take Ellen to her parents. After Miss Wuo left with Ellen, she took her to another new place4 where she forces her to join the Sande society instead of her carrying her to her parents. Elle Said “I went through lots of difficulties and with God Almighty , I survived from this bad time” After her graduation from the Sande Society, she decided to escape to go back to Guinea, there she remained and joined another family members and went to Lofa County to find her family people instead of being around her aunty. Fortunate for her the family she joined at that time was so good to her; they helped her till she went to school and later she left and traveled to Monrovia where she stayed and graduated from high school. After her high school study she left and went in search of her parents in Lofa County where she met her biological parents and was able to explain every problem she went through while she was with her aunty. From there she left and decided to attend a nursing school. But because of financial problem break she was unable to complete her study and at this present time she is now working with an organization named Liberia United Youth for Community Safety and Development (LUYCD) based in Ganta, Nimba County, Liberia
I am now thirty (30) years of age

The Liberian United Youth for Community Safety and Development, INC.
Chief Executive Officer Mr. Fred C Johnson LUYCD representative of LUYCD to LDCs Conference in Istanbul from 7-13 may 2O11.
Ban ki –moon Call to work together for a better world
Se

Emie Zozobrado's picture

Oh my!

Hi Ellen ... you had such a really tough life! But then, you see, you have emerged a good and strong person. I'm sure that;s what God wants you and each one of us to be. Despite problems and hardships, we know we will survive because God will never forsake us ... Cheers to you! A lot of our sisters are still groping in the dark corridors of abuse and maltreatment. I hope they can somehow find themselves in the hope that with God's grace, everything will turn out right for them, too ... just like what happened to you ... I salute you, sister!

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

warona's picture

ha!ha!haaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hi gal

See, you make me laugh, thats history huh, and these are facts about it.So i pick the words," Yet change goes on and on because it fuels growth and progress. And growth always happens in our most inconvenient moments. How do I bring change to the community? The answer is as simple as an old song – let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.change is a long painfull and difficult process". My government here is working tirelessly on its people, but as you speak about change it is so sounding to me that i cant even sit properly because Emie peolple here they are dying,education is provided,big posters along country road has been erected yet the message is not full conveyed.So i agree with you .In my home land there is peace, reaall peace i tell or i can say that surpasses all understanding, BUT the most asked question is:

HOW DO I BRING CHANGE TO MY COMMUNITY - when people behaves in this manner like they dont have minds. Yes indeed this is not what we want Fame oh no, that one must not not go into our heads, we are the ambassadors of our members,some are helpless, so what do you do when someone is helpless, obviously you will act upon it.See now what web 2.0 is doing!

So i believe FREEDOM IS COMING - thank you Emie you are so amazing i buy all your ideas.thank you friend.

Regards

warona

"success will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time " And when confronted conquer with love

Emie Zozobrado's picture

You're right, sister!

We know it! We are sure freedom is coming because we are working for it... Do you know that in my teens it was very difficult to sell education to my own people? I pursued college in a state school for integration, right at the backyard of Muslim civilization! The thrust was first met with resistance by the comunity because of the wrong notion that "to educate us Muslims is to Christianize us!". Now, Muslims have been making waves in the socio-political arena. Many, even Muslim women, have made it to the corporate ladder and positions of power and influence. We know it's difficult ... but we are certain that we will achieve what we want to achieve because we have started it ... it only takes a spark to set a fire burning ....

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

warona's picture

OH THANKS

Thank you for encouraging me, Your school background incourages me so much.Thank you zozo.you are still amazing.

Thanks

warona

"success will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time " And when confronted conquer with love

Emie Zozobrado's picture

Cheers!

My pleasure, really ... and what are sisters for?

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

HARMONY's picture

Light in your Post

7 colours giving one : the brightier, the shinier... Light... Your post is colourful... It is amazing.
Thanks

Trust your HOPES, not your fears... Harmony

Emie Zozobrado's picture

Cheers!

Hi Harmony! I'm amazed at how my thoughts resonate with you guys across the globe! That only shows we are one - in thought and spirit ... and that's why we are here! It reinforces my belief that destiny delivered me to World Pulse - nothing happens by chance. I am meant to be with you here sisters!

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

irmia's picture

I like the rainbow too :)

Hey Ernie:

I exactly know what you feel! Our country has the same character :)
And I like it when you say neighbor! Yes, we are neighbor! I am an Indonesian :)

Cheers:
Mia

Emie Zozobrado's picture

Cheers!

Hi Mia! In fact, our ancestors, the second migrants who came to my country, were Indonesians! Actually, we belong to the same race. I had a classmate in college who's now President and CEO of one of the largest banks in Indonesia - Gatot Suwondo of Bank Negara Indonesia. He was an exchange scholar at the Mindanao State University back in the eighties... Wow, it's really amazing to reach out to neighbors! Take care and God bless...

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

kati.mayfield's picture

serindipity

Dear Emie,

I have just moved from a dry place to a rainy one, and have spent my weekend adjusting to wet weather. This afternoon I was delighted when the sun peaked out for a few moments and created a spectacular rainbow. With that happy memory in mind this evening, I am now delighted by your words that encourage each woman of the world to peak out from behind her own grey cloud and add her beautiful colors to the rainbow.

"I can light a candle in the dark and when my neighbor sees it she will do the same" - tonight I light a candle for you and for all my sisters!

-Kati

*resolved this year to think twice and to smile twice before doing anything*

Emie Zozobrado's picture

Yeah right!

Hi Kati!

You're right sister - serendipity! We are brought here together. This is destiny! It really feels so good to be one of us. I've been to so many websites, but only here at World Pulse do I feel at home. And to think it's barely a month since I joined the community!

It's raining everyday right here where I am, and the authorities say we are into a "La Niña", with the rainy season extended for 3 more months well into the cool breeze of Christmas. I have always loved rainbows. When I was a kid I would defer play just to stare at the rainbow until it fades away.... and nothing could create a rainbow except a streak of light to reflect it! That's what we are ....

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

sarahgustavus's picture

Connections

Emie,

I enjoyed your essay. The connection you make between an individual and the history of your country is powerful! I like your willingness to reach out to other women in World Pulse even though the first thing that is apparent is differences of language or geography. I hope you continue to find connections and support in this community.

Best,
Sarah

Emie Zozobrado's picture

Thanks a lot!

Oh yes, Sarah! It feels real good to get connected to the worldwide sorority! You're right ... I was laughing when I first added sisters to my community, because I could not even pronounce their names! And if I heard those names, I'm pretty sure I could not spell them correctly! But, you see, that's the only difference I saw! When I started reading through their profiles and writings, I realized we share the same soul and hum the same melody. Real amazing!!!!

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

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