I was born in the City of Manila, Philippines but raised in my parents hometown province of Basilan. I finished both my Elementary and Secondary Education in a small town of Isabela, the capital of Basilan. In college, I went to Ateneo de Davao University where I took up my Mass Communication. After college, I proceeded to law school and earned my Bachelor of Laws in 2007.
As a growing kid I and my siblings have been raised by my parents especially by my mom in what you call "tough love". Her words are the laws of the house. No television on school days and bedtime is eight thirty pm sharp. No excuses and there is a corresponding deduction in our school allowances for every rule broken. That was how my mother raised the five of us that even my father could not protest. In the brighter side, her tough love has taught us so many lessons in life. We were molded to be better persons, disciplined, focused and driven to achieve our goals.
Now, I have earned my degrees I am enjoying my freedom to the fullest but still knowing my boundaries. Although it is not an easy task to manage our own life. Being away from home is just one of the consequences of wanting independence. I need to fend for myself and take charge with all the utility bills at home.
A child-like heart is what most of the people describe me. Yes I can be playful but I have always been responsible. I value time preciously that it annoys me when someone wastes it. I am meticulous with my work and I want to do things my own way but I always listen and seek advices from my mentors. I could be stubborn at times but I will accept defeat courageously. I had failed in some of my endeavors in life but I easily bounce back from disappointments. I believe there is a time for everything and giving up is not an option.
In my spare time I love to read books. I am a Paulo Coelho fanatic and strongly believes in one of his famous quotes "when you want something all the universe conspires to help you achieve it". For me you need to have a positive outlook in life to attract positive force.
I love music but I was not blessed enough to have a singing voice neither the ability to groove. My childhood days had been devoted to speech class and maybe that would be my line of expertise. I love to argue and reason out and perhaps that is one of the reasons why I went to law school.
When i was a child I always wanted to become a doctor. When asked why a doctor, my answer would simply because I want to cure sick people. But as i grew up my dreams and aspirations in life had changed. I want to be a lawyer instead and the reasons were not that clear until this Summer of 2010. I have been chosen to be among the participants for the Philippine Minorities Program in Northern Illinois University. My learning in that institution had changed my perspectives in life. Now I know why I wanted to be a lawyer. I want to do something meaningful.
I believe those who are less in life must be more in law. I want to be a peace advocate, a defender against violence inflicted in women and children and to be a protector of the environment. There are thousands of women all around the world who are victims of domestic violence. Armed-conflict in Mindanao should end now and every Muslim girls and boys must be in school. There is an urgent need to address climate change issues as well.
I know in God's time I will become a lawyer and I will promise to myself to conduct myself as what the Almighty wanted me to be. To use my profession in a manner that would be beneficial to many people in need.
legal issues, music, civic involvement and essay writing working as a peace advocate and youth leader law and mass media
My Vision for the Future
Every Muslim children must be in school and no more armed-conflict in Mindanao