One of the most significant dates in Philippine history is Independence Day because it marks the nation’s independence from the Spanish rule on June 12, 1898. Filipinos celebrate it annually on June 12.
In line with the celebration of Independence Day, Sun Life Financial Philippines originated the month of June as Financial Independence Month for 6 years in a row now.
To kick off this year’s celebration of FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE MONTH, Sun Life introduces their Sun Talks event where Sun Life intensify their mission of helping Filipinos achieve lifetime financial security.
As a Sun Life client myself, I am privileged to have been a part of their online community called Bright Minds Insights Community for about 1 year now. And for the first time, I am honoured to have been invited to attend their event last June 4 entitled “Life + Health + Wealth Under The Sun”.
Part of our journey as life partners is embracing a holistic approach to wellness. So we are hoping you can join us as we talk about LIFE + HEALTH + WEALTH with SUN TALKS— a free and inspiring gathering to hear three very uplifting speakers share their advice to live a brighter life.Sun Life Financial Philippines
As the host of the event started greeting us, guests, we were reminded to start taking action for our life goals. She mentioned that there are 2 things they aim in hosting this Sun Talks: 1) to inspire us to pursue our own goals, 2) and to empower us in our own journey using available resources and tools.
1st Speaker: Krie Lopez, CEO & Founder of Messy Bessy
Krie shared how to find and act on your purpose. She shared her big “why” and the reason behind founding Messy Bessy in 2007 is her crazy goal to support and help provide education, employment and rehabilitation for at-risk, formerly abused, trafficked, incarcerated and impoverished young adults.
At the onset of their first college graduate in 2015, they’ve established the HOUSE Foundation (Helping Ourselves through Sustainable Enterprises) in an effort to scale and replicate their social innovation.
As of speaking, they already have 70 graduates. How amazing is that? Apart from providing these young adults employment, HOUSE Foundation also provides academic and values education, work skills and work ethics training, personal accountability and especially financial discipline and financial literacy. Krie believes that financial independence all starts with the right mindset and that saving is just like forming any other good habits. When Krie was asked “How do you do it?” she answered, “Well, tinututukan namin sila.” Referring to how do they ensure the kids study, work and save for their goals.
As a testament on how well these youths manage this great opportunity that was given to them, Krie also shared that these youths actually save up for their own college tuition. They work while studying and they graduate from college through their self-paid tuition fees. Truly an exceptional story! It inspires me that these youths can pursue and take action to achieve their goals.
You need to help yourself before you can help others.Angiela, HOUSE Foundation Graduate
2nd Speaker: Sara Black, Photographer and Wellness Advocate
Sara Black talked about health and wellness and about discovering radiance through mind, body and spirit.
Sara shared that in her younger years, she has enjoyed all the opportunities and the excitement from her photography business. It doesn’t matter if she only had 3-4 hours of sleep. She enjoyed the hustle and all the hard work she needed to put to get her goal. But this lifestyle came with a lot of stress.
In 2013, Sara had a major health scare that made her question herself “Am I dying? Were all the stress and hard work worth it?”. This health scare gave her a major meltdown and realization that she needed to change her lifestyle. This also signified the beginning of her path towards wellness.
Things Sara Black Noted on How She Changed Into a Healthy Lifestyle:
- Overhauled Nutrition— Food is medicine. Sara got into plant-based food and made her own kombucha drink. Sara also noted, “No to emotional eating.”. And did you know, for better gut health, we must chew our food 25 times before swallowing?
- Get Into Sports— Sara noted that it’s so empowering to feel that your body is equipped with so much strength. With this in mind, Sara faced her fear of open water and biking. Sara is now a triathlete.
- Practice Yoga— Yoga is a low-impact exercise. Be compassionate with your body. Be attuned with oneself. Sara noted that with yoga practice, she heals herself and everything else in her life heals as well.
Wholeness of body, mind and spirit brings radiance.Sara Black
In line with her new found passion and purpose, Sara Black introduced her Live Awake Meditation, a subscription-based membership that invites participants to dive in and reconnect deeply to themselves and come into their full potential through the practice of Yoga.
At the end of her talk, Sara noted that we should drop our “lack mentality” and change it to “abundance mentality”. The moment we shift to what we have, the world opens up for us. She also noted that we should start now, and realize that grace is always present to guide us.
As a bonus, Sara invited us all to a guided meditation. We closed our eyes, tuned into our breaths, and uttered the words “I am loved. I am joy. I am peace.” This was such a treat amidst the busy event. Thank you, Sara!
There’s no age limit to pursue your true radiance.
3rd Speaker: Bo Sanchez, Lay Preacher, Author and Entrepreneur
Something good is going to happen to you today.Bo Sanchez
As a way to start Bo Sanchez’s talk, he asked us to touch the person beside us and declare this good news. My energy raised to a higher level, ready to listen to the last inspiring speaker.
Bo has been doing ministry work since he was 15 years old. And his old retirement goal was to “Grow old, become a beggar with newspaper as a blanket.”. This was Bo before when he had a wrong perception that “money is evil”.
His old retirement plan changed when he married, and also the fact that a lot of people asks him to pray for their money problems.
The pivotal moment for Bo was when someone asked him to pray for her child’s enrollment fee of ₱700, but Bo couldn’t help financially other than to pray for her. ₱700 sounded like a small amount, but Bo doesn’t have that money to donate. That pivotal moment led Bo to be interested in studying all about money.
The ultimate purpose of wealth is to love people.
Earn as much as you can so you can give as much as you can.
Love others. Bless other people. Serve other people.Bo Sanchez, Anawim Founder
The Essentials of A Bright Future
This Sun Talk emphasizes that life, health and wealth are the essentials
of a bright future.
As the talk came to an end, Ms. Mylene Lopa— Chief Marketing Officer of Sun Life Financial Philippines noted that finding the right financial partner to help us achieve our life goals can sometimes be a daunting task, most
especially when it comes to getting proper advice on how we can turn our goals into reality for ourselves and our families.
And so, in celebration of the Financial Independence Month in June, Sun Life invites Filipinos to choose Sun Life as their Partner for Life to help guide them through their financial journey.
The #SunLifePartnerforLife campaign intends to emphasize that with the right partner, tools and product solutions, they can look forward to a brighter future.Mylene Lopa, Chief Marketing Officer of Sun Life Financial Philippines