- Posted September 7, 2010 by
San Pedro, Laguna, Philippines
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ON WHAT I WANT TO BECOME WHEN I WAS A KID AND WHAT I’VE BECOME NOW AS A MAN…..
Hi! I'm Rummel Pinera from the Philippines. I'm a store-owner, blogger and a peace-loving activist for human rights, environmentalism and other good causes.
My ambition when I was still a kid back then was to become a famous writer of science-fiction novels. I used to go to the school-library during my elementary days to read science-fiction works. I was hoping back then that the moment would come when I will earn an award for writing an excellent science-fiction novel. Of, course every kid in town has her or his own set of fairy-tale ambitions made up of fantastic wishes. My parents and my relatives back then thought I would become either a soldier or a CEO - due to the fact that I was named after a famous German military general. But my wild wish when I was still a kid was really to become a famous science-fiction novelist. I thought then that writing science-fiction novels was an easy job.
But things went different when I reached my high-school years. I realized during my freshman and sophomore years in high school that I wasn’t really that good in math and science. I found out during my high-school years that I don’t have the technical skills to achieve the status of a credible science-fiction writer. But I did write poems and literary essays during my high-school years. Hence, during my high-school years, I discovered that that though I wasn’t really that technical to write something about science-fiction, I knew back then that I do have certain skills to write poems and literary essays.
Also, I grew up as a kid during the heydays of an authoritarian regime. I became involved with student-activism during my high-school years. I was an ardent reader of the works of Leo Tolstoy and Mahatma Gandhi during my freshman year in high-school that, certainly, it became natural for me to join the peaceful civil-disobedience campaigns against the Marcos regime back then. I instantly became a peaceful activist for human rights, environmentalism and other noble causes during my early teens.
I thought back then that I would be harassed as a student-activist by the Marcos regime. That was the early 80s. Miraculously, I saw the peaceful overthrow of the Marcos regime. In fact, I joined the 1986 People Power Revolution that ousted the Marcos regime. That was a peaceful revolution that deposed an authoritarian regime! I continued my peaceful activist campaigns even when I was in college already. I joined several peaceful global-solidarity campaigns that helped in democratizing several countries which were then under authoritarian regimes. Those peaceful solidarity-campaigns took place in the last years of the 1980s and the early years of the 1990s.
I graduated from college during the 1990s. I finished with a degree in Marketing. I practiced my marketing profession from 1994 up to year 2000. During that time-period, I got married and started my own family.
I also joined the peaceful People Power Revolution- Part Two in year 2001 that led to the resignation of Joseph Estrada from the Philippine presidency. I started my own retail business during the same year. When I became self-employed as a store-owner, I started to become very active with on-line activism. I became a blogger and an on-line campaigner for several righteous causes in year 2001. That same year, I discovered that some internet sites do publish certain works. So, I was able to publish certain poems, essays and political tracts of mine into books through some internet sites. I also published a collection of short stories that I’ve written in the 2000s through such internet sites.
I’m now happy as a self-employed store-owner who dabbles as a blogger, short-story writer, peaceful activist, poet and on-line campaigner for righteousness. I have an intelligent 10-year old daughter, Bea Pinera, who believes that my peaceful activism is a righteous mission in this globe of ours.