OneMega.com’s first Editor-in-Chief, Marga Medrano-Tupaz tells us why despite the crazy circumstance we are in, we still have a lot to look forward to, one year later.
Eleven months, two weeks, five days. This is how long it has been since the entire country was placed under quarantine as a necessary response to the punishing COVID-19 pandemic. When people the world over are asked to talk about the kind of year they had, a barrage of feelings come to the surface—sadness, regret, anger, grief, gratitude, relief, hope, and more.
Despite the waves of stress and grief, the highs and lows, here we are soldiering on. One year later, five things come to mind when I look back on what was and what is.
1. There is no power greater than collaborating for a common cause.
Just take a look at the collaborations of Jay-Z x Linkin Park and Kanye West x Adidas, which most of the time actually work. When you bring people together to achieve something they are equally passionate about, the best case scenario can be pretty epic.
The crisis we are facing has certainly brought out the best in a lot of people. One year later, competitors are working together to help each other’s businesses stay afloat. Healthcare workers are covering the shifts of those who are burned out, even if they are exhausted themselves. Celebrities, influencers, brands, ordinary citizens come together in droves and use their platforms to provide services and aid to front liners. I am so blessed to have witnessed these events firsthand. More than receiving, people like giving and sharing—that is our nature. As human beings, we like knowing that we have a purpose.
2. The world has never been more unified.
This global pandemic has affected all of us; a unifying factor — as twisted as it may sound. We can all relate to wearing masks. We all know what it’s like to observe social distancing. Hand sanitizers are now essentials. Kids everywhere are homeschooling, distance learning, or doing some form of learning from home. And I bet, every single person who owns a mobile device has Zoom installed on it.
We all know what it feels like to live in fear, to worry about our elders and our families, to have a loved one get sick, to feel like our freedoms are being taken away, to feel frustrated. But concurrently, we’ve also found ways to cope. Just ask the people who find joy in baking, peace through meditation or yoga, release through working out and solace in prayer and spirituality.
One day, when all of us look back on this time, we may have different personal narratives, but for the first time, we will be able to understand everyone’s experiences.
3. Where there is darkness, there is always light.
When issues that made me uncomfortable would creep up, I used ignore it by keeping myself busy. While that worked out great BC (Before Covid), how could I distract myself from wrestling with negative thoughts when there was nothing to do and the entire world was at a standstill? When you are a parent, responsible for the lives of the people you love most, worries can quickly escalate to fears. So, there I was—left with no choice but to face the music.
I decided to do something with all the sudden free time I had and filled my days with soul food—Kabbalah lessons. This is my first quarantine blessing.
When you need it most, when you are ready and when you want it badly enough, things you didn’t know were missing will start showing up in your life—people, learnings, blessings, etc. Sometimes things seem bleak and hopeless. When you feel like you are being pushed to a corner and there is nowhere to turn, look up! I guarantee that when you do, things will look a lot different. And that’s what Kabbalah did for me. My perspective about challenges and difficulties changed. I became less reactive. And whenever I would feel fear, lack or doubt, I now have certainty that there is light in all of this. I just have to keep looking.
In July 2020, at the height of the pandemic, we launched a brand called Modern Parenting and I was appointed Editor-in-Chief. This is my second quarantine blessing. Through this digital media publication, we are able to reach out and create content for all parents and parental figures. My team and I found each other, and together, we found a purpose. We are able to touch lives.
4. There is no greater blessing than the gift of time with your family.
I have six children—three boys and three girls. Two are in college, three are in high school, and the youngest is graduating from grade school this month. I have always had a special relationship with each of my kids. It’s something I mindfully worked hard on over the years and it’s something I take pride in. I didn’t want to miss out on any of them, so being present was always a priority — I went to school activities, soccer games, dance performances, music recitals, etc. BC, our schedules were impossible and spending time together as a family was fast becoming a challenge. But quarantine has given us the opportunity to slow down. It has afforded us the priceless and precious gift of time. This is my third and greatest quarantine blessing.
In a few years or so, my kids will leave the nest one by one to pursue their careers and their studies in different places. It saddens me when I think that I will never have all six of them this close to me once they leave. The friendship and the relationship my kids have with one another—that was a revelation. They are thriving and coping through this pandemic because they have each other. Needless to say, I am savoring each and every second I have with them, and I am not in any kind of rush for this to be over—not by a long shot.
5. Everything is not what it seems.
I have never understood and experienced just how horrendous the spread of fake news really was until this quarantine. Imagine being stuck in our homes and relying on information about developments to be timely, accurate and factual.
There is a deluge of conflicting reports about vaccines, cures, number of cases, quarantine protocols, conspiracy theories, political agenda—and honestly, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep up. The rise of fake news and one-sided news reporting makes it difficult for people to discern facts from opinions, myths, half-truths and plain fiction. So unless your data is fact-checked, don’t believe everything you read and hear.
Say hello to OneMega.com 2.0!
For the last month or so, our team has been working very hard on this project and today, we are so excited to launch OneMega.com 2.0. We have asked 25 notable individuals to join our esteemed roster of columnists as we continue to create meaningful media. Together, we will use this digital platform to inspire, educate, inform and entertain. In doing so, you can count on the authenticity of the stories being shared—whether it’s an honest opinion, a genuine experience or verified information.
While no one knows when this pandemic will be over, when kids can go back to school, when the global economy will bounce back, when we can finally travel again, one thing is for sure—how we deal is totally up to us! We are relying on science to defeat this dreaded virus, but science can’t do it alone. No matter how many vaccines and treatments become available, we still have a responsibility to do our part. We owe that to ourselves, to each other, and to our kids.
Despite everything that has happened, I still believe that there is a better and brighter future awaiting all of us. Now more than ever, we have so much to look forward to.
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ONEMEGA EDITORIAL TEAM
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Marga Medrano-Tupaz CREATIVE DIRECTOR Suki Salvador MULTIMEDIA ARTIST Maica Jose JR ASSOCIATE EDITOR Diane Nicole Go BRAND ASSOCIATE Bianca Lagman BOOKING ASSOCIATE Marc Louisse Esguerra FINAL ARTISTS Eric Gallego, Mark Villanueva PUBLISHER Archie Carrasco
SALES DIRECTOR Carmelli Daet DIGITAL SALES MANAGER Maureen Alexis Busto ACCOUNT MANAGERS Pauline Mata, Chloe Tapucar, Jasmine Co Leng, Ivan Panganiban, Akiko Sakamoto, Alyssa Lescano, Christine Dabu SR ADVERTISING IMPLEMENTER ASSOCIATE AND IMPLEMENTOR Anikah Chua
CREATIVE SERVICES SUPERVISOR Kristoff Sison, COPYWRITERS Stephanie Ferrer, Peaches Garcia, Jeronne De Villa MULTIMEDIA ARTISTS Zion Santos, Thea Uy, Gari Rivera BOOKING ASSOCIATE Marc Louisse Esguerra
PRODUCTION AND STUDIO MANAGER Ed Simon PHOTOGRAPHERS Floyd Jhocson, Miguel Abesamis, Kieran Punay FINAL ARTISTS Eric Gallego, Mark Villanueva CAMERMAN JR Ramirez
SOCIAL MEDIA AND MARKETING
MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER John Paras SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER Emina Sotto COMMUNITY MANAGER Laura Barber CHANNEL MANAGER Faye Ramirez AD & PROMO MANAGER Brent Castro PR AND EVENTS MANAGER Marje Davantes COPYWRITER / SOCIAL MEDIA ASSISTANT Rowan Palomares
MANAGER Harvey Medina SR. WEB DEVELOPER Carlo Tumaliuan