True Stories

Difficulties define us, diminish us, or develop us. We fall sick and emerge with a newfound respect for our bodies. When others fall sick, we learn from this, too. That’s how life helps us grow. Either through pain (Kensho) or through insight (Satori). Most of us grow by pain and learn the intense way. Not very common is growing by insight and transforming who we are by changing what we think. True Stories offers the opportunity to grow by insight.

Regina: She Used Her Setbacks To Her Advantage

Regina: She Used Her Setbacks To Her Advantage

Regina’s father died when she was 13. She got pregnant at 20. She quit school at 19 because there was not enough money. She ended up spending hours in internet cafes writing stories for her writer friends employed by foreigners. Her friends already had so much on...

Dave: From Victim to Victor

Dave: From Victim to Victor

Dave was overweight and feeling down. He was five when his parents broke up and had respective families in Japan and in Cebu. Dave stayed in Davao with relatives where he spun out of control abusing alcohol and drugs and cutting classes throughout elementary and high...

Jimmy: The Barrio Doctor Who Changed A Country And The World

Jimmy: The Barrio Doctor Who Changed A Country And The World

Dr. Jaime Galvez Tan a.k.a Jimmy was only five (5) years old when he declared, “If I can’t be a doctor, I’d rather not live.” He thought he’d be a surgeon in America. But a medical mission in Palawan brought him face to face with the poorest of the poor who were dying...

Marilou: When She Shifted, Her Whole World Changed

Marilou: When She Shifted, Her Whole World Changed

She used to complain a lot about her husband and admits, “I felt he was never doing enough.” Marilou, the branch manager of an insurance company, mother of four, and grandmother of three, always set high expectations for herself and others. She shares, “My children...