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How to know when it’s time to say goodbye
by LIVING ALIVE By Dero Pedero - April 24, 2007 - 12:00am
Many people lead miserable lives because they are stuck in relationships that make them feel used, abused, unloved, and unhappy. As days pass by, they become more drowned in sadness, bitterness, and loneliness....
Healing and forgiveness
by LIVING ALIVE By Dero Pedero - April 10, 2007 - 12:00am
Many unfortunate experiences in our lives etch deep wounds, leaving almost indelible scars in our hearts and minds. Sad, painful, and traumatic events caused by other people (whether through physical...
Celebrate your body this summer
by LIVING ALIVE By Dero Pedero - April 3, 2007 - 12:00am
It is summer — the heat is on, the skies are blue, and the beaches beckon. Once again, it’s time...
The healing power of music
by LIVING ALIVE By Dero Pedero - March 27, 2007 - 12:00am
Music is powerful. Nothing can pacify a crying baby faster and gently soothe it to sleep than a mother’s comforting lullaby. A consistent military...
An invigorating way to wake up
by LIVING ALIVE By Dero Pedero - March 13, 2007 - 12:00am
Are you like most people who wake up in the morning by jumping out of bed and diving straight into a stressfully hectic day? This sudden shift from rest to activity jolts the body and taxes the heart and...
Trick the mind by looking good
by LIVING ALIVE By Dero Pedero - January 16, 2007 - 12:00am
When you are feeling sad, tired, troubled, depressed or sick, you can quickly feel good by simply looking good. This is one of life’s little-known secrets that most of us neglect and forget to use...
Accepting yourself
by LIVING ALIVE By Dero Pedero - October 10, 2006 - 12:00am
Most people wish they were somebody else. They are never happy with who they are and what they have. They wish they looked like a certain movie star and feel depressed that they are not as tall as a certain...
Backstage stories at the Miss Tourism Pageant in China
by LIVING ALIVE By Dero Pedero - July 23, 2006 - 12:00am
(Conclusion) The Miss Tourism Queen International Pageant is unique because it travels through four cities in China in a span of 22 days. The contest brings the delegates, guests, and media to top tourist...
Backstage stories at the Miss Tourism pageant in Chongqing
by LIVING ALIVE By Dero Pedero - July 16, 2006 - 12:00am
On Saturday, June 10, I woke up to the ringing of the telephone. It was a call from Lorraine Schuck, executive vice president of Carousel Productions, organizers of the Miss Earth Beauty Pageant. "Dero, wanna...
A prayer for every Filipino
by LIVING ALIVE By Dero Pedero - November 15, 2005 - 12:00am
These are difficult times. The cost of living is high, gasoline prices are up, matriculation fees are staggering, and your weekly budget can no longer buy the same groceries you used to get. The Philippine peso is...
Why Filipinas don’t find themselves beautiful
by LIVING ALIVE By Dero Pedero - September 25, 2005 - 12:00am
According to a study commissioned by Unilever, makers of Dove soap, only five percent of Filipino women consider themselves beautiful. This means that the other 95 percent see themselves as average, below average,...
Manners matter
by LIVING ALIVE By Dero Pedero - September 18, 2005 - 12:00am
Sometimes we are caught in situations that are embarrassing because we don’t know how to react and deal with them. There are many social practices, mores, and conventions that we have to be aware of and conform...
Inspiring revelations from celebrities
by LIVING ALIVE By Dero Pedero - September 11, 2005 - 12:00am
It isn’t all sunshine, roses, and champagne for Hollywood stars, celebrities, and the rich and famous. They are after all, people, too, just like you and me. They have their own share of shortcomings, frailties,...
The tooth and nothing but the tooth
by LIVING ALIVE By Dero Pedero - August 28, 2005 - 12:00am
A funny thing happened in Los Angeles after I met Jeff Timmons, one of the members of the well-known boy band 98 Degrees. We posed for a souvenir photo and, of course, flashed our best smiles. When I viewed the...
Almost a fairy tale
by LIVING ALIVE By Dero Pedero - August 14, 2005 - 12:00am
One of the perks of writing a column is getting letters, texts, and e-mails from readers who in one way or another are affected by the articles they read. My e-mail inbox has been a constant source of great surprise,...
Growing young
by LIVING ALIVE By Dero Pedero - August 7, 2005 - 12:00am
Life begins at 40? Not exclusively. Life can begin at 30, 50, 60, or whatever age you want it to. It is never too late to be what you wish you had become. But the world, being the maddening chaos that it is, isn’t...
For love or money?
by LIVING ALIVE By Dero Pedero - July 31, 2005 - 12:00am
Whenever I see a couple walking down the aisle, I always wonder, "Are they getting married for love or money?" We’ve heard of many instances where a good-looking lover boy marries an ordinary-looking...
Grasp the moment!
by LIVING ALIVE By Dero Pedero - July 24, 2005 - 12:00am
They say we have to "live in the moment" if we want to really live. This admonition is actually superfluous because obviously, we can’t live in yesterday – yesterday is dead and gone. We can’t...
Laugh and survive
by LIVING ALIVE By Dero Pedero - July 3, 2005 - 12:00am
Last night I played a blank tape at full blast. The mime next door went nuts – Anonymous It’s one of those times when we need to laugh again. The news brings nothing but negative headlines, gasoline prices...
We know what’s wrong; why don’t we change it?
by LIVING ALIVE By Dero Pedero - June 19, 2005 - 12:00am
My article last Sunday, "I love/hate the Philippines!" drew so many reactions from readers everywhere. It was posted on different websites and forwarded on the Net by both fascinated and outraged readers....
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