A Vow of Love and Friendship

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Yellow.”

It is not lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

As fate would have it, the course of my love life suddenly went off on a tangent and collided with your journey’s curve at a precise time. That very moment, when my path unexpectedly touches with yours, was meant to be our point of tangency – our inflection point.

It was no coincidence. We were destined to meet.

“Take this ring as a sign of my love and fidelity, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”

That was our vow of consent, the act of will by which we give ourselves to each other, during our solemn wedding ceremony in December.

It seemed like yesterday. But, no! It has been twenty-six momentous years of highs and lows, a seemingly roller coaster moment of joy-disappointment-happiness-sorrow, that we shared with our four children.

Coupled with prayers, it is friendship, I believe, that has kept our love alive all these years.

It was friendship that kept us stronger when the honeymoon stage dimly faded and when our hearts seemed to have forgotten the fiery embers of romance. When our personal spaces seemed overwhelming, due to money or lack thereof, friendship helped us overcome our shortcomings and seemingly unending flaws. When parenting woes kept us awake until the early morning dawn, it was our friendship that made us held on to each other until both of our sobs died down.

And this gold ring explicitly portrays what words can’t.

Unadorned but timeless, this gold ring reminds us of a hope and a prayer that our love will be without end. It is an aide-mémoire of the vow that we made to each other and of the promise that God has made to the both of us.

Happy 26th anniversary of love and friendship, my dear Maxim! I thank God for the gift of inflection points.

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And What A Month It Has Been: A Milestone Report

Photos: "Faces of Bonok-Bonok Festival" by Dupz Escatron Ravelo

The Inflection Point is officially one month old and has published 30 articles, so far. What is most interesting is that out of the  more than 157 million blogs around the world, some 2.2K readers spread across 29 countries have read, liked, shared or commented on our articles.

Based on the 3 pm WordPress Stats, 74% of the readers come from the United States, 18% are from the Philippines and the remaining 8% come from 27 countries – with Canada, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Australia, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, Italy, Hongkong, Singapore and Germany rounding up to the top 10 share of readership.Redership

Data analytics from the Inflection Point, the magazine’s Facebook page, revealed more insights as to the readers’ gender and age range, as follows: 67% of the fans are women and 54% of the readers are within the age range of 25-54 years old.

The best day of viewership was on December 14th with 271 views. Outlined below are the ‘most liked’, ‘all time top rated’, and ‘mostly viewed’ posts.

Top 5 Posts “Most Liked” by WordPress Bloggers

  1. Love Unspoken (n= 20)
  2. A Vow of Love and Friendship; When We Have Nobody But You (n=7)
  3. Of Contradictions; Wanderlust; Flowers; FDAII’s Oil Painting Gallery (n=6)
  4. Winter Morning; Silence (n=5)
  5. God is Raining on You Son; Remembrances (n=4)

All Time Top 10 Rated Posts

  1. A Vow of Love and Friendship
  2. Of Mothers and Air Traffic Controllers
  3. A Student’s Christmas Gift to Her AP Statistics Teacher
  4. Wanderlust
  5. I Give My All
  6. A Parenthesis in Eternity
  7. The “You” Who’s Within
  8. God is Raining on You, Son!
  9. Winter Morning; FDA IIs Oil Painting Gallery
  10. Of Contradictions

 Top 10 Mostly Viewed Posts

  1. Of Mothers and Air Traffic Controllers
  2. A Vow of Love and Friendship
  3. A Parenthesis in Eternity
  4. The “You” Who’s Within
  5. Of Contradictions
  6. Random Thoughts at Ungodly Hours
  7. A Student’s Christmas Gift to Her AP Statistics Teacher
  8. I Give My All
  9. When We Have Nobody But You
  10. The Autumn Wind/ Of Life and Loving

This is how our December 30th viewership looks like, based on the WordPress Statistics at 3 pm.

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This milestone would have not been possible if not for the trust and support of the hardworking and passionate bloggers and friends who have provided The Inflection Point with some great essays, poems, photographs, videos, and visual arts, during the magazine’s infancy stage.

Foremost, The Inflection Point owes its online presence to all of its readers who found time to read the articles and visit the blog site, regularly.

Thank you everyone for a momentous 2014. Let us look forward to a prosperous 2015 – with all of its wondrous episodes of inflection points.

Mayette Timblaco Geraldino
The Inflection Point, Publisher and Founding Editor


Snippets of Information About Bonok-Bonok

“Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw” is Surigao City’s festival of thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest and serves as a reflection of the city’s rich cultural heritage. It is held every September 9th, the eve of Surigao City’s Feast for San Nicolas de Tolentino.

Donned in colorful attire, dancers chant “Viva Señor San Nicolas de Tolentino… Viva!” as an expression of  gratitude to the Almighty for good health and abundant harvest, through the intercession of the City’s patron saint.

“Bonok-bonok”  and “Maradjaw Karadjaw,” are the Surigaonon dialects for “heavy downpour” and “All the Very Best.”  This is so since heavy rains ensure a bountiful harvest of rice, root crops and fruits – the staple food for Surigaonons.

Surigao City, popularly known as the City of Island Adventures, is the capital of Surigao del Norte, a province located at the Northeastern region of Mindanao in the Philippines.

Source: Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival: Official FB Fan Page

How I Made It to The FilAm’s “A Collection of Memorable Personal Essays for 2014”

Photo: "A Drop of Trust" by Dupz Escatron Ravelo

by Mayette Timblaco Geraldino

Cristina DC Pastor, the founding editor of The FilAm – a magazine for Filipino Americans in New York, has been instrumental in rekindling my love for writing. I still don’t know what convinced her that I could write. I didn’t tell anyone of my stint as editor-in-chief of The Nicolanian, the official college paper of St. Paul University Surigao.

Days after our chance meeting at the Carnegie Hall for the 2013 The Outstanding Filipino Americans in New York (TOFA NY) Awards, where I was the awardee for Education, Research and Technology, she sent me a private invitation in Facebook. “Mayette,” she said, “would you like to write for The FilAm?”

At first, I was taken aback and thought to myself, “But where would I find the time?” As a New York City teacher and a mother of four, I did not think that I still have the time to write. I also argued, “How does she know that my article would even make it to her writing standards?” Cristina, as claimed by a former student, is a “legend among editors and writers” in Philippine journalism.

But I said, yes, anyway. My first attempt made it to her “What we read this year; The FilAm’s most clicked stories in 2013.”  The article was also re-published by the GMANetwork.com.

And it just took roots from there.

Fast forward to today. I just learned that one of my FilAm articles made it to her “A Collection of Memorable Personal Essays for 2014.”

Thank you, Crien, for that invitation and the opportunity to improve my craft. You have been a good mentor and an inspiration. You re-opened my world to what I love to do, next to teaching math of course, which is writing.

Was it just a coincidence that we met in New York City, no less? Or was it a pre-ordained inflection point?

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