What's in a Name? Why I didn't change my last name after marriage

What's in a Name? Why I didn't change my last name after marriage

Pinugu is such a unique and yes, incredibly funny-sounding last name. It’s the kind that piques the listener’s curiosity, attracts a lot of teasing, and inevitably gives the unfortunate bearer some form of emotional baggage. Marriage was supposed to be my shot at reinvention- the chance to live freely under an inconspicuous last name. So when time came for me to renew my passport, the decision to have the new one issued in my maiden name surprised the people close to me.

This included my own Parents, whom I honestly thought would’ve been overjoyed to have such a steadfast champion for the family bloodline. 

Negotiating Your Worth

Negotiating Your Worth

Sometimes all you need to do is ask. The meek may eventually inherit the earth, but they certainly won’t get paid well while living here. Four amazing women who come from different industries joined us to weigh in on the topic: P&G APAC Brand Manager Nicole Villarojo, HK-based Branding Expert Jane Dee, CEO of Status Media Group Rosario Herrera, and Actress/Talent Manager Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan.

The Art of Pruning

The Art of Pruning

Our lives require pruning too. Through time, we accumulate things, narratives, relationships, and ideologies that we carry with us. Pruning is about taking a step back and letting go of all those that are weighing us down; saying no to what is no longer aligned with the life we’d like to build, so we could be free to become the version that we seek. 


Poetry: Ephemeral

Poetry: Ephemeral

I wrote this in Dahlgren Chapel almost one year ago. I consider it as the simplest but also the most honest poem I’ve ever written. I think I’m the type of person who could never ‘unlove’ someone, and this poem holds all the goodwill and tenderness I will always have for every person who had walked with me at some point in my life.