Friday, October 20, 2006

The Article - Champorado



Here is the long article I've been working on. This article is a little different from the journal entries that I have been writing, so I'd like to advise anyone who reads it to keep an open mind. It covers a micro and macro perspective on some topics in life, and it includes more detailed fragments of the "Coconuter" story. Also, please pardon any typos as this is the one and only draft of this article I have written thus far. I will post a normal "Coconuter" journal entry with pictures within a week. Thanks. Click here to read the article.

93 comments:

kiPaY(^_^) said...

hi there! I watcehed you in nagmamahal kapamilya! ahm..I will link you in my site! hope you can be friend!

Anonymous said...

ur a great man! a real filipino at heart! goodluck to ur family!

The Professional Heckler said...

hey, you've got an interesting story. i caught your own humbling tale on ABS-CBN. i have a political humor site. you might wanna visit it too: www.professionalheckler.blog-city.com

u seem to be a smart guy. good luck to you and to your wife and family.

i will link your blog to my site.

take care bro.

Loi Reyes Landicho

laine said...

Hi i'm watchng your story right now on TFC and nakaka touch sha. I hope everythings going well with the simple life dyan sa province. Seems so peaceful and fresh. Oh and congrats pala to you and your wife. I just had my baby too. well I'll be bookmarking your blog. God bless!

- laine
http://pinaychiq.com
http://xanga.com/impak17tita

Anonymous said...

Hi. I've seen the Nagmamahal, Kapamilya feature on you. Let me say that I can identify with your choice of rediscovering your roots by returning to the Philippines.

All of my family are leaving for the United States. I insisted to stay because I believe my purpose or whatever is here in the Philippines.

And just when every fellow Pampangueno (I'm from Pampanga, studying in UP, Quezon City) is just leaving our hometown to pursue careers in Metro Manila, I decided to rediscover my Kapampangan roots. Right now, I'm learning the history, the grammar (I only know how to speak Kapampangan, not write or read or creatively construct sentences) and other feats of my hometown.

In the future, I plan to build a production house here where I can start my own record or film industry IN KAPAMPANGAN.

Should you still be unwary of your purpose in life, let me give you a pieace of advice: purposes/missions are created, not searched for, because if you choose to find rather than create, what will happen if you wouldn't find that purpose?

"Do what you think is right." I so agree. In fact, to me, it doesn't matter whether a choice is right or wrong, as long as YOU were the one who made it.

Regards,

-Lagsh
www.lagsh.com

april said...

hi david!!!

i am april yap ..im from the island of BOHOL ..i just found out about ur website through 'kapamilya' ..and i must say ..ur such a STRONG person ..for as long as u think ur doin all the things that makes u happy ..go for it !!! ..life is soo short ..just to be wasted with the things that you HAVE to do and not with what you WANT to do !!! ..david ..home is where your heart is ..and with you, HOME is where you are now ..so leave all ur worries behind ok ? ..time heals ..in due time ..everything will fall into it's place ..u just have to be patient =) ..i feel for you david ..and i just want u to know that ur not alone in ur journey ..from this day on ..ill be ur new passenger.. !!! ..we'l have a SAFE trip .. =)

..hope to hear from you =)

april @->-
me_aprilyap@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

hi coconuter!
seen you on TV and got to see your webpage.your life is so intriguing at the same time something i could fully understand.Life without any sense of purpose creates an emptiness which i think we should all fill.

Actually im putting up an NGO together with my partner and some friends, the purpose of which is to make public school teachers and government health workers aware of their worth. we give free ethics seminars to them. If in case you might find our cause interesting and might want to of any help for our fledgling group, feel free to email us at ethico_inc@yahoo.com.ph

Angeli said...

Hi! I'm Angeli. I'm 14 years old and live here in the Philippines, too.
I was just dropping by because I saw your blog's address on Nagmamahal Kapamilya and decided to see what's been going on.

I just saw the show they did on you today and all I can say is... wow...
I just couldn't imagine that after all the work you did to achieve such a status in the states that you would give it all up just to come here and live an extremely simple life.

It's amazing... Just simply amazing.
Your story touched my heart (really, it has.) as well as my mom's and we'd just like to say that:

We admire you courage and wish you all the best. We pray that someday that coconut your looking for will finally drop down from the sky, that you will find what you're looking for, that you will find yourself.

God Bless, Always.

Anonymous said...

Heya!

Saw you on nagmamahal kapamilya. After i saw you there, i want to tell you that i'm proud of you! You may not care about me, we don't even know each other personally but, just want you to know.
Woah, i love to be you even for just a day. i wouldn't mind being a guy for a day too. hehe

I've read your article, it was really good. Your observations and analysis of what happens here in the Philippines are quite accurate and i guess you really feel and see this country, this another part of your blood.
Also, your topic about the mysteries and realities of the universe, life and God. I've been thinking the same things from time to time too.

I'm a frequent visitor of www.nasa.gov and i didn't know you used TO WORK AT NASA!!! Sheesh, this may sound weird but ever since i was 11, i dreamt of someday working at NASA. after 4 yrs, i'm still me and i'm not sure if that dream would ever come true. I've always been fascinated about the universe and all that, that's why i want to work there. Right now, i want to be an archaeologist but, working in NASA is still appealing to me until now.

I researched Nasa.gov and saw you there and your article on water purification.

Gosh, i wonder what it feels to work there?

Anyway, grabe. ang rami ko na nasabi dito. hehe.. Anyway, idol! Sige til here na lang. Goodluck sa life mo dito sa Philippines.

I'm gonna continue reading your blog and sorry la ako ma give na money or donations. I'm not capable of earning my money or in short, i don't have money. hehe..

Paolo said...

hello there. I saw you at Nagmamahal Kapamilya... Honestly, I really find you cute... Prankahan lang ha... Just want to ask, asawa mo ba ung babae na nasa room? na nakta ko sa tv. heheh cute mo talaga... I am from cebu. you can call me paolo. sana mag ka chat tayo sa ym: m3zandro@yahoo.com tnx po. :) gusto lang sana kita makilala eh. hehehe...

Anonymous said...

I do admire your aspirations in life. Many Filipinos choose to live in a foreign land to have a better life but you chose to live a simple life here in the Philippines.

Your idealism in life reflects how your parents molded you. You must be proud of that and I know your are...

Anonymous said...

you are an inspiration!

DaDa said...

I was able to watch Nagmamahal Kapamilya ..just want to say thank you for inspiring lots of lives..lalo na ang mga kabataan..Only few people are equipped with courage to stand for what they think is right..thank you so much for bringing back the courage i have lost..good luck and god bless you..^_^

hector tibo said...

im with you through all your journey. thanks for inspiring lots of people. hoping to be a friend. goodluck. God bless!!!

Anonymous said...

hi, i just finished watching your story in abs cbn.. i'm a student nurse here in the philippines. and i just wonder if its easy for you to leave such wondrful life that is dreamt by everyone. is't easy and does it help you to discover yourself more? i'm studying very hard just to go to the place known as the lad of milk and honey. i hate my course but it is the only way to experience the live that you had before. can i ask something? is it fun to be free? it is my dream if we weren't in this situaion of life. lets be friends... my e-mail address is Caa_09@hotmail.com and please share to me all of your experienced that would inspire me and help me to choose my path in life. by the way my name is louie

Decerey Mae Jumalon said...

hi!! i admire your determination and passion for living a simple life here in the phils. i watched you on tv and you inspired me..grabe! after everything you have achieved, you just gave them all up and went back here to find yourself..i know you can do it.. you are such a gifted person...i am sure you can find a good jod here and eventually succeed..god bless you and your future family.. at a very young age you were able to achieve a lot and prove something to yourself..i think you are just a few years older than me...god speed! :)

Pochoy said...

Just like them, the people who posted their comments above, I've also seen your blog address on that show and I just think that the story you have shared to that show was interesting.I mean, not everyone can do what you have done. I've been addicted to making blogs and so I've decided to check out your blog and I found great. How I wish I could do something like that in the future... taking a big risk.. a sacrifice.. maybe... and surely, following your heart..


with that, I salute you bro!

Anonymous said...

hey man, me and my friends are hanging out the whole day and we asaw ur sory in nagmamahal kapamilya for me, it was really inspiring that despite from the fact that u already have the comfortable and better life way back in the U S left ur family ant experienced life here in the phil. on the contrary my friends said that ur crazy and stupid becauze u left so much opportunities and if u really had ur bright mind becoz u r the valedictorian of ur class u have a lot of achievements u would rather live in the u s but you came here and experience how poverty crippled every poor filipino but i defended u , u really have a brilliant mind and u made a brilliant idea living here in the phil. to experience what really life is just like u i am an honor student in the field of engineering but i still studying despite from the recognition and appreciation that i got from my surroundind i still felt unsatisfied theres something luck on me or missing just like u i wanna search my self. then they came to realize ur story. u know we really argued it. after we saw ur story is so amazing good luck to ur journey!! by the way im joshua from the davao city. come over here in davao there so much thing here that u havent experienced. i hope we could be friends becoz im kinda relate with u. put ur email friendster address pls.

randy said...

hi david,
napanood ko ang video mo hindi k pala mahiyain. sabi mo sa nag mamahal kapamilya n shy boy k hindi ppo pala at sa kautalad kong mahirap nanghihinahyng ako sa buahy mo sa texas wow ang laki ng house mo sa texas... kaysa dito sa philippines. ang hirap ng buhay dito grabe belib ako sayo kasi nakakaya mo ang pamumuhay dito sa philippines saludo ako sayo pare galing mo at congrats sa baby mo ... david i want you to be my friends or tropa... cos i believe you sana maging friends kita at napanood kita sa NAGMAMAHAL KAPMILYA.. hir my ym andy_bustamante43 at ang phone # ko 09266131479 kong gusto mo pa ng magagandang lugar at beach just txt me or call me bro marami dito sa batangs sama mo asawa at i pray n maging happy k dito sa phlippines..

randy.

Anonymous said...

you are soo great. i shared your story on my blog.i learned so many things ..esp. when it comes to freedom and dtermination.. following your heart. sana mas marami pang tao ang maging katulad mo. simple lang. grabe such an inspiration. keep it up man. and god bless.

dante. =)

jOnNaZeL said...

hi! my mom watched the nagmamahal kapamilya i just got home from work and ive remembered that i once bumped into your blog! your layout then is colored green...my mom go inspired by your story kasi daw halos lahat na ng kabataan ngayon ang iniisip makalayo dito sa Pilipinas kasi ala na daw pag-asa dito, pero kaw hinahanap mo ang kapalaran mo dito...your story of life really got touched lives...gud day!

margun said...

Hi david,

I was touched to watch your segment in nagmahahal kapamilya. Hanggang ngayon, di ko pa din makalimutan ang istorya mo kanina. Im proud of you that you came out of your way just to follow what your heart desires. Matatagpuan mo din ang matagal mo ng hinahanap ng puso mo. I think yung matagal mo nang hinahanap ng puso mo ay yung mission mo sa buhay na pagtulong mo sa kapwa mo dyan sa subic, zambales. Siguro ayan ang hinahanap ng puso mo.

Marami ka nang na achieve sa buhay. And i think that will be your tool para mahanap mo na ang magpapakumpleto ng buhay mo. malapit mo na mahanap iyon. At yan ang pinaka biggest achievement na makakamit mo, ang Katahimikan at kaligyahan ng puso mo.

I know malaking bagay ang paglabas mo sa Nagmamahal Kapamilya. Alam ko maraming buhay ang maiinspire ng dahil sayo. At isa na ako dun. Tulad mo hinahanap ko rin kung ano ang ikakaligaya at tahimik ng buhay ko, and im in the process of searching for it.

May the Lord always guide you in your search. Take care always and may you continue to touch and inspire people!

dindo marcelo said...

i watched your episode in nagmamahal kapamilya kanina,i hope someday you'll find what your looking for.

good luck to your future baby.wish you all the best in life and good health.

jennifer Romarate said...

halah.. sikat na ka! hinaut unta nah ma kit.an nimu ang saktong dalan para sa imong kaugalingon. daghan kaung tawo sa kalibutan nah nakabati sa imong gibati sa karon. maygani wala ka nagpasakit sa imong kaugalingon o magpakamatay tungod sa depresyon. ug paghinay sa mga babae diri sa pilipinas kay dili nah sila pareha saunah na mahinhin ug galante. basta gwapo ug foreigner ka magkandarapa na sila ug temptasyon nimu. kung kabalo lang ka anti kau koh ani ilang batasana. pareha ra man tah tanan tawo!! pasensya kung matinud/anon ra kau ko. murag na biktima jud ka.. hehe


Jenny romarate from mindanao (bisaya) learn about bisayan coz we are 200% pinoy if your curious about what i said learn bisaya a little bit..

"no matter how tall a tree grows, when its leaves fall it will always goes back to its roots"

dan said...

hi david!! you are inspiring! while you are rediscovering yourself by staying here in the Philippines, you are imparting learning and inspiration to other people as well. i really wish you all the best in your journey.

God bless!!

Good morning kappY said...

I love reading blogs and as I start reading your blog and seeing your good shots I must say that your blog is the most interesting one for me. Hope that the life you have chosen will make you contented. Good luck and God bless you.

kappyard

Dos Ocampo said...

hello!

I'm a reader of your blog since way back it was started. Nice decision to find your purpose here (or shouldi say the perfect coconut?)

Your story inspire many, for sure. I thank you for showing that a filipino must be proud of their heritage. Yung iba kasi, makakita lang ng korean films, gusto na maging korean..

Akala ko nga your segment wil air last friday. I waited for sometime until I saw the teaser about you... di kasi ako nanonood ng tv.

anyway, you're brave man! Di mo iniwan your girlfriend. Honestly, I was shocked upon seeing the camera pan over the room with the clothes tapos may nakasabit dun na bra. It gave me the creeps!

Congrats to your future baby. Sana ma-mana rin niya ang pagiging enthusiatic mo, and also the good looks...

Take care always and dont forget to pray...

I hope you'll find your perfect coconut pero sana wag mahulog sa ulo mo, delikado yun...

Till then, hang on to those champorado... hehehe

Anonymous said...

hi there, i watch the show, talagang nakakainspire yung buhay mo. Tama ka, mas importante ang happiness kesa money.

Rage Balisong said...

bro, i rarely watch tv and earlier i saw your story, it has really made me think, what is my purpose in life? I'm glad you are making the move to discover yours... more than all the sacrifices, what I admire about you is that you have a deeper and more meaningful life than most of the people and i guess all your experiences would not equal to any amount of riches the world could offer. Maybe this is the golden coconut you have been searching for... to inspire people by the way you live yours. I wish you and your family well and never ever give up on this journey....

Anonymous said...

Hi David,

I'm Arturo but you can call me Toto as anybody else does...

Earlier, I was just clicking through all the channels of the television when I watched your story on Nagmamahal Kapamilya on ABS-CBN. And to tell you honestly, I was so impressed and moved by your journey...yet more by your faith, hope and belief to this country and to the Filipino people.

Yes it's true that its quite difficult to be a Filipino...and our situation tells the facts. Yet for some reason, we still manage to Smile and see the beauty in every flower picked, in every path taken and in every picture captured. We Smile because we owe it not for ourselves, but more to the people around us especially to the ones that captured our hearts...

As I gaze through your site, I feel the story more from these pictures, whispering something enlightening that we may or may not be able to understand... probably it was not meant to be understood but rather to be felt... and probably it was not meant to be looked at but to let ourselves be immersed in these awe-inspiring situations...that you did...and I'm proud of it!

Coconuter => what a perfect word you've picked. (It makes me smile!) Why? because it mirrors Nationalism that is in you... but more than that, it also reflects the Hope of Filipinos and makes us realize that we are richer in more things than what we could ever hope for...

Remembering the show earlier, Bernadette tells your story more of somewhat a recollection... more of searching for that purpose in life...

Ah yes, a typical question that I too have asked a million times before = ("What is our purpose in life?").

Probably why most people don't see their purpose is maybe because they're asking it differently... Instead of asking ourselves "What is our purpose in life" why not ask ourselves "What purpose should we be?"

David, if this is a big question to you, let me just tell you that our purpose in life is not seen within ourselves... that this question is not meant for us but more for the people and the things around us...

Sabi nga nila, ang buhay ay mas nagiging makahulugan kung nakikita natin ang ating sarili sa iba dahil tayo ay naging parte na nila mula sa mga inspirasyon at tuwang ibinigay natin... by then, we may be able to answer that immortal question..

Hey bro, I may only be 22 yrs old, and you may not take my word for it... Yet writing to you is the only help and encouragement that I can offer... I have nothing for the moment just as you are right now, but I want to tell you that you have inspired more people than you could imagine... so hold on... because we believe... (hold on because maybe from now opportunities will open-up...)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

And because you've inspired me, let me share you my most favorite poem...

When was the start of all this?
When did the cogs of fate begin to turn?
Perhaps it is impossible to grasp that answer now
From deep within the flow of time...

Yet for a certainty back then
we loved so many yet hated so much...
We've hurt others,
yet we're hurt ourselves...

Yet even then we ran like the wind...
Whilst our laughter echoed
Under Cerulean skies...

"kid"

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

The perfect coconut is yet to be found... Only in the end can we honestly say that we've found something close to it... with the help of God and your family... you will...

Take Care always!


Respectfully yours,


Arthur
prim_ph@yahoo.com

Earl - bluethehero said...

wow, grabe, bumaha agad ang fans at mga tagahanga ni David Poarch. i understand. Even I wanna befriend you David, but I guess I would have to fall in line for that to happen. I mean really, you are the only person I have ever known in the history of humanity who really fought for what the heart says at one's personal expense. From now on, I'll remind myself through you. Siguro that's one thing that we Filipinos lack: the power or strength to listen to our hearts, whatever rightful the heart dictates. Ang Pinoy kasi mahilig sa ugali na "Que Sera Sera", "whatever will be, will be", not to mention being indifferent.

God really blessed you David. Your sweetheart is really lucky to have met you, and your parents for having you as their child. From the bottom of my heart, I pray that you will find the perfect coconut. I also pray that my fellow filipinos will find their perfect or ideal coconuts too, or maybe not the perfect, but real yet healthy coconut. I think your wife is one great coconut that God gave you.

Anonymous said...

you triggered a part of me.when i saw you on television together with your "COCONUTER" blog i've got a lot of question why??? but after reading your article which is very impressive and touches my soul with those up-lifting words will surely inspires to all independent individuals like me.you're very resourceful.i am so proud of you... i am just like you but not as good as you.. hope to hear more articles and and inspiring words from you again "coconuter"..may god bless you!! Rej

chelle said...

Hi coconuter,I never know that there's still a guy living in this world that is so sweet and values simplicity of life and to think ur a guy huh!Honestly I fall inlove in you, it's not because ur cute but because on how you value and deal with life..A lot of people are having a hard time to pause for awhile and take a look on what they really want in life because of being so busy building careers and I admire you for that for following your heart and taking time to pause for awhile..I hope you will find what your looking for and just pray and everything will be just fine..Take time to breath and be happy..Hope to meet you someday :)

Take care and GODbless you
Michelle
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http://chemistry.blogsome.com/
http://chellem-che.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Hi David! I've watched ur story on NAGMAMAHAL KAPAMILYA and i was really touched,u are truly an inspiration to evryone. I Wish u goodluck, may you find your purpose in life.....tke care n Godbless.....im kinda feeling homesick now, im here in england

WorldTrekker said...

It's 12:30 A.M. here in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Just saw you on TV more than an hour ago. Yes, ABS-CBN is viewed in the Middle East as TFC (The Filipino Channel). I was about to go to sleep but decided to stay tuned and watch your story on TV.

Life is about being happy, being satisfied with what one has. Life is about doing good things that one's heart wishes and desires. At the end of the day I think all that matters is our relationships... with friends, with family, with loved ones.

You are an idealist to the nth degree and a stubborn one at that. Hats off to you!

I couldn't sleep after watching your story on TV. It's an ambivalent feeling that I find hard to describe. You touched me so much. So here I am in the middle of the night at an internet cafe reading your blog.

Man, you are a role model worth emulating. I'm sure you have touched a lot of hearts in the Middle East tonight.

Not many people have paypal or credit card. I advice you to open a savings account with Bank of the Philippine Islands or Philippine National Bank. Post the bank account number here so that people can send you money.

You wouldn't starve in the Philippines if you decide to go to the city. Call Centers are in desperate need of English-speaking agents. If Manila is not to your liking why not go to Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental? Some call centers have already set up shop there. Dumaguete is a small but very progressive city. Check it on the internet.

But forget about call centers, I think you will make it big in show business. You got that emotional depth and intensity... and those expressive eyes are one of your greatest assets (definitely you have a ton of other assets I and others can only dream of). Your catharsis video is one hell of a riot. Go, go, go! You've got the makings of a future matinee idol in Philippine show business.

I want to send some donation so tell me how I can send it to you other than paypal or credit card. My email addy: xilber@msn.com

Believe in yourself always! Take good care of yourself.

Omar said...

David grabe natouch ako sa nakita ko in Nagmamahal Kapamilya mas lalo ako humanga sa lakas ng loob mo to stand toy our own decision.......

I bow myself that you made it... hanga ako sayo David...

I wish you all the best in your new family and to your coming baby.

omar

juliaroberts said...

I can't help but react to what you did! too good to be true! With your brains I know you'll make it here in your own "coconut" country. No harm in trying... as they always say! Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Grabe! Astig ka talaga!

haha nakakatuwa yung mga adventures mo...

wala ko masabi!

hold on!

i know the perfect coconut is coming your way!
=0) God bless to you and your new family! taga qc lang po ako.

e-mail me:
calee_mac26@yahoo.com

NOYPI said...

AAAAAAAAAASSSSSSTIIIIIIIIGGGGGG!

Anonymous said...

you know what? you made me and my dad cry! we are so inspired about your story. Hope you find happiness in everything you do! Good luck!

infatuatedflip said...

i saw a clip of your nagmamahal, hope everything goes well man. id like to do a soul searching in the philippines myself when i get the chance. keep it up man and hopefully soon when i get everything in my life straightened out, i could doante a few things to you.

butch said...

nice blog
u better ask a network to produce a reality show for you...lol

your blog is a pretty interesting read...

Anonymous said...

I've watched u in Nagmamahal Kapamilya, it's really an adventure. I know your searching for something about yourself and somehow it's good to look back to see of what we really wanted in ourselves. I salute you with that. I guess nakita mo na ang hinahanap mo and I've seen that you have a family now. I know na life is so simple there in PI but then sana you will also think now for your own family. I hope you will give them good living like what your parents did for you. Ang ganda pa naman ng resume mo, sayang kung hindi mo gagamitin. Ang hirap pa naman pumunta dito da US. I myself ang dami kong pinagdaanan para lang makarating dito.

Edwin said...

I was so touched by your feature story at Nagmamahal Kapamilya. Grabe, Kudos to your spirit in going back to your roots in the Philippines. From now on, I will bookmark your blog and follow your journey in the Philippines. Thanks for inspiring us many Filipinos leaving abroad. Good luck, more power and God bless.

ajae said...

hi.. just want to say that your blog and ol ur experiences are awe-inspiring. I'm deeply moved wid ol d stories u've shared and i admire ur courage to go on and pursue wid wat u're beleiving despite of many hindrances (esp. money matters). I'm already 21 but i can't imagine how will i manage to live the way u did, especially when you're not used to it at all. U're really a survivor.
Lyk u, there is a path that i wud lyk to cross, that's why i believed that all of us have a built-in compass to help us get to wherever we desire to go, we should keep trusting that compass, for wid dat trust will come d strenght to bear whatever lyf deals us...
Know what? i think u're real purpose is to touch other person's lives through ur experiences... you're articles and photographs are really inspiring why not take it to a higher level? You can be a journalist or a media man... I always dreamed of being one. What do u think?
Nwei, I love what u do, u're such a free-spirit!
Good luck! God SPeed!
Ciao!

Anonymous said...

hi,
i just wanna share to u my favorite qoute -,
"Vision w/ out action is a daydream";
Action w/ out vision is a nightmare!"
be responsible instead for our country- she needs someone like u today,tommorw-d' future!

Daniel said...

So I just got through reading your latest blog The Article and there were many things I can relate to you on like your view on religion and wars and neglecting what 'mother nature' has given us.

So far your story has been a great read and I cannot wait for what else is in store. I am 19 and your story inspires me even more to return back to my Filipino roots.. "with lack of funds" that won't be for a while. For now, I have your story and it will give me an idea of how my journey will be like when I go and hopefully one day we can both run into ea. other on our journeys.

Til then, be safe and good luck bro.

p.s. I will be helping you out asap.

Anonymous said...

you're probably getting lots of hits by now - thanks to kapamilya nagmamahal..:)..i was truly touched by your story. you seem to have everything and yet you gave it all up to be...happy. good luck to you! hope you find what you're looking for and may you continue to inspire lots of people like me who dream of making it big in the land of milk and butter (did i get that right?)..there's no place like home indeed...ciao! :)

slytherinz said...

"there should be someone who will start and hope everybody will follow."

"there is really something wrong, we just have to open our eyes to see it."

i will not pretend that i understand everything you did in your life but i think i understand partially what you want us to see, me myself have huge plans for myself and for our people and i hope i will be able to succeed with all those plans. ill continue to spread news about your blog and your story, i wish you strenght to pursue your quest to find your perfect coconut, i wish to see more people like you that can defy anything for his own principles,goodluck to your journey...

Anonymous said...

i am so prou do you kuya

dextah said...

halu halu coconuter,im your side kick...bukonuter,ehehe joke,just an alien here bu pinoy as wellOist ive seen u in kapamilya yesterday,i think ur sooo very kind and nice neighboor.Eventhough we dont know each other,i just want u to know that im happy 4 you...http://www.g-blogs.com/dexrepublic007

CHERISSE said...

I've watched your featured story yesterday sa Channel 2. Actually may inihanda akong mahabang message pero naka-diskette kasi at di pwede dito sa computer rental. Next time, send ko sa yo pag gawa na uli ang phone sa bahay...

Inspite of may panghihinayang, naiintindihan kita... Ang tapang mo, you were able to face the challenges of your dreams... More power to you...

lordino g. antonio said...

helow there!! your story is such an inspiring one. i and my mother are watching the tv last saturday afternoon when the show "nagmamahal kapamilya" featured you. my mom says "baliw yata yan, ang ganda - ganda ng buhay nya sa america tapos bumalik pa sya dito". but i din'nt mind her coz i really believe that your decision to come back here in the philippines is just the start of your long journey in this long river of life.
by the way a browes over the photos you posted in your blog, and i love them so much. you have a bright future when it comes to photography.
just stay strong and be the best that you can be. take care of your wife and your "coming soon" child. just pray to God and hge will always be a guide in your endeavors....

Anonymous said...

Hi..I watched Nagmamahal Kapamilya last saturday and I was really amazed of your story and I found it very interesting to know such a very awesome guy like you...I was so impressed with you..of the way your perception in life..how I wish I could be like you then...:)well David I really admire you and hope you wont waste your knowledge,stay smart,ur really a true person in and out...and i wish someday you will really find your dreams in life!Thank you and God Bless:)Pearl Vee from Davao City! http://lovingyouvee19.blogspot.com/

Psyche! said...

hi david! i saw you on tv last saturday and i viewed your resume also and it's so amazing that you know so many stuff! maybe you should go apply with oracle, lexmark, nec, epson and a lot more! with all that skills, im sure they'll hire you! i'm from cebu by the way! anyway god bless you and hope you can land a good job here in Philippines!

jazzmaniac said...

thanks for showing the pinoys that once again, its not all about the money or the material posessions , its about life and how we spend every second of our existence. its about how we can find great joys in such simple things. keep on doing what you think you should do,its gonna be a hell of a ride but its a great life ahead.

butch said...

ey dave,
got to read ur article and well what can i say? it's well written!!!!!!!
u have a talent for writing man! u have brains not just looks. i'm sure everybody has watched your story in kapamilya and there will always be someone in one way or another who will be of help to u. u can count one me. u take care!!!

rinasheryl said...

hi david! napanood kita s tv bilb tlaga me sau!!!!!
sana mging matapang din me 2lad mo!! & sana we can be friends

Dimple said...

As soon as I saw the advertisement of Nagmamahal Kapamilya feat. Coconuter, I immediately scheduled it in my calendar. I watched that episode and it was interesting. I even cried when your mom called. I dont know why you chose to live in this hell hole a.k.a the Philippines. I've never read any of your blogs, but I'm going to, in hopes of understanding why you left the comforts of US. I'm one of those Pinays who desperately want to leave this country. I feel like I, as well as my family, have no future here. I'm turning 20 in January and all I think about is getting a good job someday so I could help my family financially. I dont get it how you can live each day with no money. Your life story is an interesting one, dude. I hope you'll find what you're looking for and I wish you all the happiness. God bless you.

Anonymous said...

hello david.you are such an inspiration! you remind me of dylan wilk, a british millionaire who was also searching his happiness and also found it in the Phils, he donated his wealth to help the poor Filipinos. how i wish all of us filipinos will be selfless and learn to love and show concern to our country... my prayers are with you

keng said...

hi david... ive seen you last saturday on ABS-CBN show alam mo super "bow" ako sayo....its almost morning na im patiently searching for your blogs its worth the puyat..hehehe omg! your story that would mean alot....as i am waiting for my visa to come.....good luck David MABUHAY ka!!!!

GodBless sa lahat ng gagawin mo!!!

i.am.enriqe said...

hello again, dave.
i once had a chance
to be an american
citizen but gave up
on it. i have lived
for about a year in
florida and new jersey
but really didn't like
it much. your decision
to live here and find
fulfillment and meaning
in your life here has
given justification to
my decision of remaining
true blue filipino.
thanks, like thanks a
million because at some
point i was beginning to
believe other people that
i am nuts to give up on
my american citizenship.
yes, i'm nuts. or just
another coconutter . . .
(i have a blog, too)

angel galang said...

goodluck to your family and god bless!!!!

angel galang said...

im trying to post a comment but dont know if u read it. anyways wish you all best, and i hope you will be a sucessfull someone here soon.

Anonymous said...

Hey David!

I just watched the NAGMAMAHAL KAPAMILYA last Saturday(21Oct2006 , Metro Manila Time) with my Sister.


To tell you honestly, it reminds me of my date with my Nanay in PSE Tektite, a week earlier(Friday the 13th).


While walking down the Ortigas Park on the way to Galleria Mall, Nanay told me about Kawowowee-Willie , she said: "Kawawa naman si Willie"

... and I said , "oo,Nay ... hindi siya nag-iisa"




and I told my Sister that you(David Eric) is an inspiration .



HINDI KA NAG-IISA PARE!




 
 
 
On MATERIALISM:


The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon, or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth, and, at length, the middle-aged man concludes to build a woodshed with them. --Henry David Thoreau




If you have embraced a creed which appears to be free from the ordinary dirtiness of politics --a creed from which you yourself cannot expect to draw any material advantage --surely that proves that you are in the right? --George Orwell

 

Anonymous said...

Hi David ! Saw you on Nagmamahal Kapamilya Show, amazing story ! Altho you made me cry, but that's alright :) , you are such an inspiration to us filipinos having to come home and finding your roots.I hope you find what you're looking for and all the best in eveything you do.God Bless you and your future family.
Takecare !
Ana (toronto, canada)

emmanlouem said...

dude, God bless you. you've touched everyone's heart.

Anonymous said...

Hello David,

Like others I saw you on ABS-CBN show. Your homepage was displayed in the tv screen that prompt me to open your site out of curiosity. Well, it took me late at nite to read each of your nomadic experiences back home, i even lasted 'till dawn hoping i could finish reading each line you wrote about your memoirs which i havent finished yet.

Well, i should say you're weird if not odd by leaving a good life back in Texas in pursuit of your thirst for what is like to live in the world where all you could hear at night are the thuds and hums of cicadas and crickets danging in the tress. Living a simple life is something worth trying for a man like you who have already had tasted the riches in life unlike other pinoys who wrestled thier way just to find a decent living abroad in order to bail out from poverty.

Anyway, you are one of a kind. Kudos to a guy who look at life in the other perspective.

God bless.

Buddy

Anonymous said...

WOW talaga your the best man i ever seen galing bilib kami sayo you have been an inspiration to us ol youths as a memeber of the YFC(Youth for Chris) we will pray for you and also your wife and your future kid we will never forget you DAVID sana maging pelikula ng storya mo you made us cry including me; GOD Will give you so much blessings

Anonymous said...

YOUR life is Inspiring galing mo bro ako parin tong YFC ah ako pala c jacob we have opposite dream pala ang dream ko kasi na makapunta sa america but no money and to b famous but after i saw u in Nagmamahal wow i said galing mo you`ve change my dream you made me cry u inspire me nt only me but also my YFC friends YOUR SO BRAVE man GALING MO PROUD KAMI SAYO sana gawin kang national Hero ng pilipinas PROUD TO BE PINOY KA TALAGA

Anonymous said...

sup..

wow amazing ka! kaya mo i give up ang lahat lahat ng meron ka to persue your dream
na inspire ako sa kwento mo
gusto ko mag paka indipendent
katulad mo.. kaso naka dipende pa ako sa magulang ko.. hindi ko pa
siguro kaya buhayin yung sarili ko.. student pa lang ako.. nag aaral ako sa isang university..
may kaya ang family ko.. kaso
hindi naman ako masaya sa buhay ko.. mayaman ka nga pero hindi ka
naman masaya.. ikaw nga halos nasa iyo na ang lahat lahat.. pero lahat yung ginive up mo yun to persue your dream.. grabe PROUD NA PROUD KAMI SA IYO BILANG MAMAYAN PILIPINO.. SANA KATULAD KA RIN NG IBANG KABATAAN.. WAG KANG MAWALANG NG PAG ASA.. MAY DIYOS TAYO NGA LAGI GAGABAY SA ATIN.. INGATS KAYO PALAGI NG ASAWA MO.. GOD BLESS PALA..


take care..
im jc..

Maureen Ericka said...

hi...i watched you on nagmamahal,kapamilya..i just want to say that i really admire you...you're such a brave person...you're really inspiring...i pray that you will find your purpose and that God would bless you more each day...you make me proud to be a Filipino...more power and good luck with life...God bless...

Anonymous said...

loyal ka talaga sa pilipinas........im xur marami ang na inspire sayo at nagsilbi kang inspirasyon sa mga tao....ur different from other filipinos....bihira lang ang nagkakaroon ng opportunity na makatrabaho sa states at magkaroon ng maginhawang buhay,,pero believe ako sayo dahil naitaguyod mo yung sarili mo at syempre ang iyong asawa.....your so cute and intelegent.hehehehe

Nachi said...

Hello. Saw you on Nagmamahal Kapamilya. I was on my way to Manila then. Was on the bus. Grabe, you amazed me. Will link you up. :)

Anonymous said...

I wasn't able to see the show, found your blog as link in a different website. It's interesting. Not done reading yet... inspiring.

silversnow25 said...

Hi Mr. Coconuter! While most of us try their luck in other countries looking for better opportunities to have a better life, here's one guy who almost have everything and yet you willingly gave it up for a simpler life here in a third world country to find your purpose in life.

I admire your courage to give up all those things and stand up for what you believe in. I am hoping that you'll find your real purpose soon. I am wishing you luck especially your wife and your baby. May she have a normal pregnancy and a safe delivery. Your story have touched me, though I am an ordinary banker, I would like to extend help in any possible way that I can. Feel free tto emial me at silver_snow25@yahoo.com

God Bless you and your family and your journey in life.

Anonymous said...

you are nothing less than AMAZING. You are one of those rare ones...

Margie =) said...

Your intelligence and reflective nature have touched a lot of lives. Thank you for showing us that money and power aren't everything.

Raise your family well...Continue your search. =)

alex said...

hey there!

you're an inspiration. i hardly find people that perceive the philippines the way you see it, i am so proud of you. and you make me even more proud of being a pinoy. thanks!

mind if i link you?

Anonymous said...

hi! all i can say is...you are one HOT guy! man, you wouldn't imagine how thousands of teenage girls reacted when we found out that you werent single anymore! :) oh well, thats life. i read your story months ago in philippine daily inquirer. and at first i was like, "is he crazy?". i mean, you've got everything and yet, you decided to live in this 3rd world country! i remember what a speaker said in his speech, "the worst shame you'll ever be ashamed of is being ashamed of living in a 3rd world country!" sounds redundant,eh?
p.s.
why dont you try auditioning to become an actor or model? you're over qualified anyway! :P

Mac Cruz said...

wats up bro!! i saw you in nagmamahal kapamilya and i really admire you as a person... you are trully pinoy!! i hope that you;ll be succesful in your life and raised your family well. godbless!!

you can email me at mac_cruz2004@yahoo.com
or check my site at
marcabnoy.blogspot.com

Mac Cruz said...

wats up bro!!! i saw nagmamahal kapamilya and im admiring you as a person.. you are trully pinoy!!! you inspired all of us, your kababayans!!! god bless you and your family!!!

you can email me at:
mac_cruz2004@yahoo.com

or check my site at:
marcabnoy.blogspot.com

tom said...

I admire most people who showed rare traits in the modern age that we are now -- you are one of those I can always recall for a long time.

Hope that someday your journey could be translated into firmer ACTIONS for the advancement and betterment of our fellow Filipinos.

Mabuhay ka Coconuter!!

tom

Albert D. Diaz said...

Wazzap!

Coconuter in the philippines We Proud of You! YOUR life is inspiring for the youth, just follow you're heart and you're mind bit., just continue what are you doing for the seek of you're achivement even this a big or small achivement but the outcomes result of yo're adventure is truly a longlive achivement and fulfllment. You are not alone "sabay nating tahakin ang ating bukas". life is truly explainable expected and unpexpected decisions but the reasons is, this is the measure of God how we strong, inspired, struggle, faith and hope to ourself and to our decisions.
You inspired the filipino youth because of you're being world finder itself.

you're co-finder itself
Albert D. Diaz
bradsoven_woven06@yahoo.com

vince said...

David hi,

I just watched the NAGMAMAHAL KAPAMILYA last Saturday(21Oct2006)I was so amazed on ur story.. im vince from cebu, a nursing student.. know what the reason why i take nursing is so that i can go abroad and to have a better life because all i know their is better and more oppurtunities in abroad..
i just want to say that i really admire you because you're such brave person.. mas pinili mo pa ang simpling buhay dito sa Pilipinas kaysa sa abroad..you're really inspiring and one of a kind.. im hoping that you'll find your true purpose in life.. goodluck to you and your family.. hope i can be one of your friend even through email..fell free to email me at melvinzamo@yahoo.com

God Bless you and your family always....

resty said...

i have watched your story in Nagmamahal Kapamilya, i was deeply touched and im so proud of you, knowing that most of our young generations are dreaming to work abroad,but yours is different, you came here with all by yourself.because of that decision you made, it made you famous and not only that you have touched millions of Filipinos here and abroad.(BRAVO! YAN ANG PINOY MATAPANG!)Keep updating your blog, don't worry about the money, bleesings will pour out on you.im wishing you all the best in life here in the phils.May you would be able to find your nuts too! (laughs)I wish we could be friends

from: kasheri@yahoo.com

seo said...

Ei dude i learned your blogsite from ABS. Somehow, i can relate my self to you. I left my family in Bulacan to live in Makati City, our nation's financial capital. They were all sad when i left .. teary eyes and they were crying. But I can feel that I have an obligation that needs to be fulfilled somewhere so I followed what my heart says.. Dude, if you need a helping hand, I am just here willing to extend my hand to you. May Godbless us all. Remained Blessed.

reii said...

hello! i was not able to watch 'nagmamahal kapamilya' but i appreciate your humility and courage to face the outcome of your stay here in our country. i admire you for that. more power to you. GOD BLESS YOU.

ryan said...

hello David!

im am much touched with your story...kakaiba! others will say na its crazy, but for me...not kasi to seek for yourself is to seek for the truth! I also love taking pictures same with you.. you can visit my site and you can ask me kung may tanong ka to improve your ability to catch the images you want...

ryan

Anonymous said...

there are times when we form mental images of what might be or what would become of us or of others the plans we make may be for the distant future. some of us have ideas which change from time to time while others have definite pictures of what they want to be. these mental representation are our visions and decisions . for whatever time frame or purpose these vision are they are with us to stay and they are our motivating forces to go on our visions light or paths in moments of darkness and sustain us in the huge arena of struggle that is the outside world, i see a courageous man in u! i saw you on tv, keep it up, bro!

marqueeyutipay said...

Galing!

lanseta said...

napanood ko yung segment sa nagmamahal kapamilya. nakakainspire ang story mo.

naisip ko, ang suwerte mo kasi, man, youve got the resources + great education..at nakarating ka sa stage na mag-isip kung anong gusto mo talagang gawin at irealize yun. Marami kasi dito sa pilipinas (kabilang na rin siguro ako + mga nagaaral sa kolehiyo) nasa stage pa rin ng struggle sa finances, na di pa rin naiisip na irealize ang gusto talagang mangyari sa buhay. ganon kahirap ang buhay dito kahit na sabihin pang wala naman talaga yan sa finances kundi sa pagtatiyaga and pagpupursigi. Hm. marami kasing alienated*, mga supressed, et cetera (at nakakalungkot) sa panahon ngayon.

nakakadown yun no, pero knowing a true story na gaya sa iyo may make one contemplate at some point in his life. (at sana may mangyari sa contemplation na iyon)

aja! aja!

sidney john said...

pareng david!
u may not know me but i just want you to know that im making my self too close with u now coz im your number one fan in the philippines! u maybe not a celebrity, but what youre doing right now is an example of a great nomad having a simple yet meaning life! just email me pare kung may time ka.. sidjh_82@yahoo.com 24 yrs old pala ako, registered nurse at mula sa davao city! aasahan ko reply mo ha! god bless!

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