The past year was full of ups and downs, and inspiration was very much welcome every step of the way. I share with you my annual list of people who have made a significant impact on my life. Here are the People Of My Year 2012.
1. Maria Ressa
I don't know if I am more in awe of her barrier-breaking resume, her vision for the world of journalism, her set-on-stone value system, or her being so sincere, accommodating, and down to earth. Just her mere existence is inspiring. I was a fan before, I became an even bigger fan when I got to interview her, and now that I can actually call her a friend. Surreal. Maria's kind must multiply.
2. The Kramers
A beautiful family, no doubt. Doug, Cheska, Kendra, Scarlett, and newly born Gavin. I used to see them from afar just as acquaintances, but since my boyfriend JC and Doug are best friends, over the past months I've gotten to know their family more. Always so warm, ready to help, never selfish, with their doors wide open. Truly a model family for every young couple!
3. Karen Davila
I am so fortunate to have been given the chance to work with Karen on my first job ever on ABS-CBN over seven years ago. There I was, fresh out of college, knew nothing about hosting, and Karen was so supportive and helpful to newbie me. Fast forward to today, I am so fortunate to be able to call this super woman an "ate". I look forward to learning so much more from her these coming years.
4. Lynn Pinugu
The way Lynn dreams of doing good and actually makes it happen is so inspiring. She traveled and discovered a school that provides quality education to underprivileged kids, dared to make it happen in Manila, put up the school, found a way to sustain it, and help the parents too. (Mano Amiga, look it up!) Her heart to serve is contagious!
5. Chely Esguerra
You know the road less traveled? That's the road Chely took. She has the ability to balance doing a hundred things at the same time, all with heart. More than her advocacies for health and communication, its her dedication to her husband Bong and son Adi that is even more inspiring. She proves you can balance career, family, and advocacy.
6. Pie Alvarez
Many things have been written about Pie: youngest mayor at 21, most fasyon mayor, jetset from New York to San Vicente, Palawan to finish her midterms and run for office, and many more. Behind all the fluffy articles and glamorous photos, its is Pie's fight for good governance that stands out. A lot of us complain about a corrupt government, she actually ran for office to fight it.
7. Anna Oposa
How many people do you know would leave their comfortable home to live on an island to build a shark sanctuary? Anna, the daughter of an environmental lawyer, grew up to make her own name in the fight to protect the environment. Her dedication and breakthrough work is awe inspiring, and you'll love her even more when you discover how funny she is!
8. Anthony Taberna
I worked with Tunying over six years ago when he was plucked out of his radio show and put on a morning TV show. Today, we work together again and I have become an even bigger fan. His passion to use his work to help others, and the way he communicates so effectively with his audience is something that I am inspired by and that I aspire to be like.
9. Boy Abunda
I had a couple of rough patches throughout 2012, and Tito Boy is the man who largely helped me get through it. During times that I was worried about my personal or professional life, he talked me through it, shared wisdom, and made me feel all will be well. And all was well. His heart is so big, he is so giving, so generous, which is why he is so abundantly blessed as well.
10. Virgie Dawal
I was only 10 years old when Virgie came to be our househelp. I am now 29, and she is still with us. She's no longer different from us, she is our family. Nanay Virgie had a tough 2012, dealing with single mom issues with her son, but stood strong and held her head high. How she has shared her life with us is something I will forever be thankful for.
Of course, every year, my family makes a gigantic impact on my life, and this year is no different. My mom Ofel, my brother JC, and my sister Aissa are part of the Hall Of Fame of my People Of My Year (naturally!) and every day I thank God for their existence. I wish to be as loving as my mom, as strong as my brother, and as kind as my sister. They inspire me everyday, and when I'm stuck in a rut, I think to myself, what would they do if they were in my position?
Who are the people that inspired you in 2012?
We all won't be where we are and we all won't have what we have if it weren't for the wonderful, inspiring people around us.