By Kath C. Eustaquio-Derla

In a world full of negatrons, self-proclaimed critics in the form your nosy aunties, and online influencers who flaunt their fake lifestyle all over social media, it’s important to still dream big and stay true to what you really want.

Even if the world tells you—in so many ways—that you can’t dance or can’t sing, you have to get up, show up, and pursue that dream of becoming a performer. If Anne Curtis can do it, so can you.

In celebration of the International Women’s Month and as we wait for the Freedom To Dream 2019 Summit happening on April 13, 2019, at the Red Carpet in Shangri-La Plaza, these 6 ambitious Filipino women share their thoughts on why dreaming is important despite living in a negative world.

Tricia Leus
27-Year-Old Entrepreneur
Manila, Philippines

I think it’s important to dream big and pursue your ambitions because they serve as your compass and purpose in life. Pursuing these dreams and ambitions will help you feel more fulfilled and they show you how far you can go. It’s about doing your best and being your best. Ambitions and dreams remind us how we shouldn’t settle for less. After all, there are no shortcuts to any place worth going to.


Kassy Pajarillo
34-Year-Old Businesswoman
Taguig City, Philippines

It’s easy to get distracted when there are a million of opportunities and decisions to choose from. Setting goals gives you something to work on short term. Setting life goals gives you the big picture and brings you sense of purpose.
Your ambition, otherwise, is your driving force that makes you live your authentic self, wherein you’re mindful of your choices, how you treat others, what these goals are for, and embracing your truth where principles and values are encompassing.

It’s important to have these in place to give yourself that vision, and operate with a sense of purpose and direction. Answering to your “Why”, working on the “How” for and with the “What.”

Paula Bianca Abiog
34-Year-Old Writer
Cainta, Rizal, Philippines

A dream is a goal, a target. It’s something that you should strive to achieve. It’s something that should push you to self-improvement. A dream is a goal, a target. Everything I do become things I do in pursuit of that dream, and I think these make me a better person.

I’m the type of person that gets easily discouraged. No one seriously thought I could dance, so I stopped dancing; nobody thought I could sing, so I stopped singing (at least when there are people around). I wanted to be a writer and editor (and eventually write my own book). No one believed I was magazine editor material, so I quit. But since I always knew what I wanted, I kept at it.

I shifted my focus and worked towards improving my writing by taking on a lot of writing jobs, reading more, and taking classes to improve my writing and editing skills. And while I don’t think I’m “there” yet (and I’m nowhere near my secret ambition to become a worldwide pop star—but that’s a different story), I believe I’m steadily working my way towards it.

I believe all dreams are big dreams because dreams give you a sense of purpose. It lets you focus. It drives you to constantly improve yourself and it makes you hustle. That’s the most important thing.

Dar Ty
36-Year-Old Entrepreneur
Manila, Philippines

We dream for a better future, to explore possibilities. It’s so important that we allow ourselves to dream because it’s telling ourselves we deserve a life that we design. It’s telling ourselves we can create the life we want and yearn for. And of course, dreaming is just the beginning. Yes, there’s work involved but if your intentions are clear, and your purpose is clear, there is magic that will flow.

There are so many possibilities. It’s when we embrace dreaming, embracing our ambitions, that we learn the most about ourselves—what drives us and how far are we willing to go.

One of the greatest feelings in the world is to be able to create something that starts as an idea in your head into something real and tangible. There are so much beauty and magic in this creation. It’s such a fulfilling experience. This starts when you dream.

Eunice Marcial
38-Year-Old Artist
Imus, Cavite, Philippines
Being a learner is what enables me to aim for bigger dreams and pursue my ambitions. To marvel on what you still don’t know, what is relevant or what really matters fuels your “Passion = Purpose = Pleasure.”

Your passion for what is real and what lasts brings you the purpose to conserve and preserve. And that humanizes your pleasure into shaping better stories, people, environment, and your society.

To dream big and to pursue ambitions is not just yours but ours, as the fullness of it encompasses the “Me + We + Community.” The attitude towards learning creates a great impact on your dreams that become goals that are bigger than you so much so that you’ll just realize how far you’ve come as a person and how much impact you’ve brought into the culture in where you are.

Trizza Tolentino
30-Year-Old Entrepreneur
Makati City, Philipines

Success is having a goal, making a plan, and acting on those plans. All three aspects are equally important to each other, but it’s having a goal and knowing why you do what you is what gives you the fuel to move and put action on those plans.

I’m the kind of person who acts once I know what I want. I do whatever it takes to go out and get them. I work hard and push myself to my limits to accomplish my goals because having dreams gives me a clear “why” on what I do.

I used to come from a place where I would just move and push myself and work myself to the bone just to finish what I needed to do. But every day that passed that I focused on the “Hows” and the “Whats” of my dreams made me forget “Why” I was doing all these things in the first place.

I was already running on fumes, and pretty soon, I was burnt out. It took me a while to reflect and remind myself why I was working so hard. And all these “whys” were my dreams, especially the ones that were so big, they scared me.

There are two kinds of dreams: first, the kind that makes you continue to want to sleep, and second, the one that makes you want to look forward to waking up every morning.

Dreaming big gives you purpose in your life, a sense of direction, especially at a time when there’s so much distraction out there that can derail you from doing what you were meant to do.

For me, pursuing your ambition is important at a time like this because hardly anyone does that anymore. A lot of people go throughout their lives mindlessly, soullessly, going through the cycle of everyday life, without even remembering or reminding themselves that there’s more to life than just a 9-to-5 to survive, and that we were meant to do greater things outside the box we place ourselves in.

Going for your heart’s desires and taking that path less traveled is hardly easy, but it’s the view at the end, the satisfaction, and contentment you feel when you’ve reached your goals that makes everything worth going through.

It’s Time To Dream Bigger

The upcoming Freedom to Dream Summit emboldens the Filipino youth to crush self-doubt, ignite one’s passion, and teaches young people to how to maximize their resources to turn dreams into reality.

To learn more about the event, visit their website here.

About Kath

Kath C. Eustaquio-Derla is a published author, copy editor, online publisher, and communications strategist. She is currently the editor in chief of The After Six Club. Her family owns and operates HS Grafik Print, a design-and-print company with almost 40 years of experience in the industry. She heads PaperKat Books, the indie publishing department that offers a writing and mentoring program for aspiring book writers. She recently won the 2018 Best Editor (English Category) and Best Printing Service during the Gawad Parangal Sa Mundo Ng Literatura Awards of Penmasters League.

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