“Terminator” themed photographs to be exhibited during the 2nd Mental Health Week of MMC

2nd Mental Health Week “Hand in Hand, Body and Mind”

Upcoming Exhibit

Recently, a representative of the Makati Medical Center – Department of Neurosciences, Section of Psychiatry has asked me to exhibit several of my photographs during their 2nd Mental Health Week which runs from September 28 to October 2, 2010.

The exhibit hopes to showcase a variety of works from a number of artists and photographers including several paintings from my mom, Dra. Ma. Teresa Gustilo-Villasor as well as four of my own “Terminator” themed photographs.

The eclectic-themed exhibit will be held at the 8th Floor Auditorium, MMC Tower 2 of the Makati Medical Center from September 28 till October 2, 2010.

Hope to see you there!

Photo Write-ups:

Title: “Where did it come from…
Model: McFarlane Toys T-800 Endoskeleton from the Movie Maniacs toy line (2002)
Date Taken: August 10, 2010

One of my best memories of Terminator 2: Judgment Day is when Miles Bennet Dyson, Director of Special Projects at Cyberdyne Systems Corporation and a young lab assistant named Bryant look at two separate sealed containers inside a vault at Cyberdyne.

The smaller of the two containers is home to a domino-sized rectangular chip.  While the much larger container features a metallic forearm and hand…the remnants of the terminator which Sarah Connor destroyed in Terminator (1984).

NECA’s T-800 {Man or Machine} from the Terminator 2:Judgment Day toy line (2009)

Title: “Now listen to me very carefully.”
Model: NECA’s T-800 {Man or Machine} from the Terminator 2:Judgement Day toy line (2009)
Date Taken: August 24, 2010

Prompted by John Connor, the T-800 proceeds to reveal his true identity to Miles Bennet Dyson and his wife Tarissa by flexing its servo-hand to “almost the exact position of the one in the Cyberdyne vault.”

Hey, it’s not everyday that you find out you’re the man most directly responsible for Judgement Day.

Title: “It’s out there…”
Model: NECA’s T-800 {Battle Across Time} and T-800 {Man or Machine} (Head) from the Terminator 2:Judgement Day toy line (2009)
Date Taken: September 11, 2010


“Listen.  Understand.  The Terminator is out there.  It can’t be reasoned with, it can’t be bargained with…it doesn’t feel pity of remorse or fear…and it absolutely will not stop.  Ever.” – Kyle Reese (Terminator, 1984)

Title: “T-800.”
Model: McFarlane Toys T-800 Endoskeleton from the Movie Maniacs toy line (2002)
Date Taken: September 16, 2010

Perspective shots of the T-800.

“Alright. Listen.  The Terminator’s an infiltration unit.  Part man, Part machine.  Underneath, it’s a hyperalloy combat chassis, microprocessor-controlled, fully armored.  Very tough…but outside, it’s living human tissue.  Flesh, skin, hair…blood.  Grown for the cyborgs.” – Kyle Reese (Terminator, 1984)

Understanding Your Child: “What steps to take when your child refuses to go to school?”

A growing concern

In the last month, I have had an alarming number of cases involving children and adolescents who have decided (for one reason or another) to stop going to school.  It seems to be a growing concern and the focus of my October column (Understanding Your Child) in Baby Magazine.

Below is a excerpt from the article entitled, “What steps to take when your child refuses to go to school?” which will be hitting newsstands and magazine shops in a couple of weeks. Hope you guys can pick it up.

As the number of academic responsibilities mount, there is a strong possibility that a child may not have the emotional maturity or the psychological coping skills necessary the weather the proverbial storm.  The sheer volume of endless projects, tests, and other recreational as well as personal activities may then drive a child to simple decide—either consciously or unconsciously—to withdraw and possibly stop going to school.  It is a scenario that can be likened to repeatedly consuming the same kind of food—in large amounts—every single day.  Eventually, the consumer would reach a saturation point and start to dislike or even become appalled at the sight of the food.

Happy Anniversary!

To everyone at Baby Magazine, just wanted to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy, happy 14th anniversary!

The Bamboo has a different purpose than the Fern

A picture of depression

The Bamboo Story

One day I decided to quit my job, relationship, spirituality, and my life.

But I decided to have one last conversation with God.

The Lord asked me, “Give me one good reason not to quit?’

And He continued, “Look all around, do you see the  fern and the bamboo?”

“Yes,” I replied.

‘When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care of  them.

I gave them light.

I gave them water.

And the fern sprouted quickly from the earth.  It’s brilliant green covering the soil.

Lace Fern (Microlepia Strigosa)

Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed.

But I did not quit on the bamboo.

The following year, the fern grew more vibrant and plentiful and again, nothing came from the bamboo seed.

But I did not quit on the bamboo.

In the year after, there was still nothing from the bamboo seed.

But I would not quit.

By the fourth year, there was still nothing from the bamboo seed.

But I still wouldn’t quit.

Then in the fifth year, a tiny sprout emerged from the earth and compared to the fern it seemed small and insignificant.

But half a year later, the bamboo rose to over a hundred feet.

It had spent the five years growing it’s roots.  Roots that made it strong and gave what it needed to survive.”

Remember my child, “I would not give any of my creations a challenge it could not handle.”

Strong Bamboo

The Lord then asked me. “Did you know, my child, that during your time of struggle, you have actually been growing your own roots.”

“I would not quit on the bamboo and I will never quit on you.”

“Don’t compare yourself to others as the bamboo has an entirely different purpose than the fern.”

“Be mindful that your  time will come.”

God added, “You will rise high”

I responded, “How high will I go?”

“How high will the bamboo rise?” The Lord asked in return.

“As high as it can?” I questioned.

“Yes.” He said, “Give me glory by rising as high as you can.”

I left the forest with this story and I hope that these words can help you realize that God will never giver up on you.

For the Christian Prayer is not an option but an opportunity.

Remember, “Don’t tell the Lord how big  the problem is, tell the problem how Great the Lord is!

Now…what will you do with this message?

My Official Facebook Page is here!

Plaque of Appreciation given to me during the recent National Mental Health Week Seminar in Dagupan City.

With the success of the recent National Mental Health Week Seminar entitled “A Celebration of the past 60 years and looking ahead to another 60 years: On healthy minds rest a healthy nation” last Septemeber 8, 2010 and the medium (Internet) that Dr. Michael Romero of The Philippine Mental Health Association (PMHA) Pangasinan-Dagupan City-San Carlos City Chapter used to invite me…got me thinking of other social media mediums wherein I could promote myself as a resource speaker.

Facebook seemed like a good place to start and you can view the page I created here.