Excerpt from Flying Solo

By Maria Rosanna Pilapil Punzalan


What are the top lessons you learned about marriage?

Roch: Marriage is a choice and a commitment. When you make a choice, you are also committed to the decision you made. You cannot just back out whenever you feel like it. Giving up is not an option, you have to try to fight for it even if sometimes, it is difficult to fight for your marriage because love is no longer present.

It was never easy, as a teenager would normally view it. It is not a game or a competition wherein there are a winner and a loser. We must be ready to always go for that extra mile for the other person. Extra mile for understanding his/her shortcomings, etc.

Marriage entails a lot of sacrifices. It is not a bed of roses or a picture-perfect relationship. You will be disappointed at times because you expect that the other person would do the same for you. We have to understand that we are different, far more different from each other, but we need to make an effort to be connected.


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About Roch

Maria Rosanna Pilapil Punzalan is a mother to four beautiful children - one son, two daughters and one daughter-in-law. She is a lover of nature and wishes to be rich in memories by traveling.

She flew as PAL cabin crew in her prime and have maintained the poise and grace of being one. She is now a professional teacher and lecturer who is often invited to share her expertise in Personality Development to students in different campuses in Metro Manila.

She believes that one day, she will walk down the aisle with that one person who is deserving of her love and care. 



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Edits: Jacquie Bamba S. Zamora

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Philippine Copyright © 2016 by Katherine C. Eustaquio-Derla

Kath C. Eustaquio-Derla is a journalism graduate from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines. She wrote Bedroom Blog by Veronica, a relationship blog for Cosmopolitan Philippines from 2009 to 2011, which covers most of her single dating life. In 2015, she published her first book Before I Do. She’s passionate about coffee, red wine, books and Mad Men. She stopped collecting hearts when she got married in 2013 and went back to collecting Archie Comics ever since. Send the author a tweet @kceustaquio.

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