Author: Richard Poon

Taking Manhood Back

PURPLE, BLOOD-CLOTTED THIGHS

As I spent more minutes looking at the picture of a dead Guillo Servando, an 18-year old Benilde student with massive black blood clots all over the back of his thighs, my thoughts run to and fro. Here’s a boy who will miss every family meal. A man that will never walk up the stage…
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Drawing Lines

Many years ago, my good friend Erickson always tolerated my SELF-PITY PARTIES—He would listen to me pour out my negativity and insensitively smoke one cigarette after the other(unknowingly staining his NON-SMOKING room with burnt tobacco scent) until ONE NIGHT… He walked out. I was internally surprised. I didn’t expect him to leave. I expected him…
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When Erik Santos was Rejected

In high-school, he tries to find extra income as a movie extra—200 pesos for a whole day. After a grueling 24-hour workday at the set, the talent coordinator promises to pay him next time. But the pay never came, the coordinator ran away with the money. He later gets into a 5-member boy band. They are…
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Fatherhood Lesson from 30 Thousand Feet

“30K Feet” On a flight to Cebu recently, I was pleasantly surprised to sit side-by-side with an old friend from college:) He was telling me how his life changed for the better. I should know. During college, he was living with very limited resources being the child of the 5th family of one father. We…
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Sell Out

I found this today while skimming a book my wife was reading:) Though I have, many times, abandoned morals to “fit in”, may this excerpt inspire all of us in our struggle and temptation to lower the standard to be widely “accepted” and “commercial”:) Words of Walt Disney: I am personally thankful for my parents…
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Family Crossroads

Somebody called the other day at 2am. He was on the “family crossroads”– either he COMFORTABLY BUT UNHAPPILY STAYS with the family biz or… he MOVES OUT to find his heart. I told him: 1. “DO YOU HAVE THE GUTS TO LEAVE?” Because many who knew they should have left DIDN’T. 2. “IF YES, LEAVE…
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The Two Boys of an Alcoholic

This story hit home. So simple, yet so powerful: “Two twin boys were raised by an alcoholic father. One grew up to be an alcoholic & when asked what happened he said ” I watched my father”… The other grew up and never drank in his life. When he was asked what happened he said…
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Inspirations for a Better Year

Most of us are preparing our “New Year’s Resolution”—something to better or improve in ourselves this year. Frankly, it’s tough to change, especially old habits I need inspiration. A big one at that. Then I remembered Father Manoling I got to know him only this year in an event called “A Bridge For Tomorrow” where…
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Forced To Success

Going to the airport for a flight back to Manila, i had a casual chat with a top sales executive. He asked me how I landed into singing, I told him my first job was being a cook at my Dad’s restaurant. He said, “Richard, I’m happy that you found a job(singing) you are passionate…
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Sports Widows?

Sports widows? Hmmm… I first ran into this “term” a few years ago while reading a book. It said that most wives become “sports widows” at home because their husbands would be so glued to football/baseball games on TV that it left out much intimate conversation with them & the family. I thought this was…
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