To Eah, for her 24th 

Because it is worth celebrating, no matter what.


I’ve wanted to start this birthday letter with a comprehensive list on how to celebrate your day but I changed my mind at the last minute.

Just because I think we’re done making lists–at least for the time being. I suppose I do want you to spontaneously enjoy your day and to allow the universe to surprise you. 

A favorite writer once wrote: “I am happy in the becoming.”

And that, my friend, is exactly what I wish for you—to be happy in your ‘becoming.’

I know you feel uneasy with the uncertainty that is the future, and that you can’t help but feel that there is something more out there: be it a dream, a job, or a love. But I hope you revel and become comfortable in not knowing.

Enjoy the process. Be who you want to be. Be silly. Get emotional. Chase your dreams. Create beautiful things. Inspire. Be inspired. Embrace that open door. Grow. Go on that adventure. Make mistakes. Learn from them. Love extravagantly.

You are remarkable.

Looking back on the last few years, we never needed each other more than we did in our 20’s. There were, of course, boys and some really epic heartbreaks, career crises, post grad adjustments, and passion projects. And I promise you that I will be a support system for you as much as you are to me.

There are a lot of things I failed to thank you for so allow me to say this in a nutshell: thank you for dealing with my emotional crap for the past year and months. I would never have gotten over it if it weren’t for you.

Eah and I goofing the troubles away

You are strong.

I hope you don’t go looking for an easier story. I know that right now, it sucks and you feel like you’re on the losing end. You may feel like an underdog at this point in time. But let me tell you a secret: in the end, the underdog always wins.

You are brave.

You’ve been dealing with a lot of things for so long now. I know it hasn’t been easy opening yourself up and becoming vulnerable with your feelings but the fact that you still did, is a brave and beautiful thing. 

Do not berate yourself for giving a chance on love again. It hurts right now (for how long, I don’t necessarily subscribe to a timetable), but guess what: you get over it. I hope you find your peace of mind. And eventually, you’ll find someone who’ll feel like he is the luckiest man on earth just by knowing you.

You are inspirational.

During one of our shoots for our #PlatapormaNgMasa campaign for Pinoy Catalyst

You propelled me to take action and inspire change by allowing me to have a platform for the causes I believe in. It has been an incredible journey (and a fulfilling one) building our development sector website, Pinoy Catalyst. For that, I am forever grateful.

I could go on and on about your positive and endearing attributes and I still couldn’t paint a more vivid picture than the one that people discover when they meet you.

The point that I’m writing this is because I am far away from you guys and due to unstable connection, I cannot tell you everything over the phone. The point is that I want to greet you a very happy birthday and I hope you’re having a blast.

Can’t wait to go home and talk about everything under the sun over a cup of coffee (or two).

P.S. I’m itching to write you an “Idiot’s Guide to Eah Antonio” ala Nicole x Patricia, but I figured it’s best that people find out on their own. A very merry birthday to you. ❤️👯

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