The Beauty of Married Love

By Cymbeline Villamin

Religion & spirituality | eBook


Christian marriage is a metaphor of the relationship between God and humanity. It is a covenant. Almighty God is faithful to His people. We must also remain faithful.



Cymbeline Refalda-Villamin studied at Far Eastern University (AB English), and Ateneo de Manila University (took postgraduate subjects in Literature). Fresh from college, still aglow with writing fellowship in the National Writers Summer Workshop at UP Diliman and grand prize in a national essay writing competition— Cymbeline taught HS English at Roosevelt College in Marikina but realized she would be more fulfilled doing what she loves most which is writing. She worked as editorial assistant-writer for several months at Focus Philippines and then at the government national Textbooks Project. She was blessed with a stable and fulfilling career at the Science and Technology Information Institute – Department of Science and Technology (STII-DOST) where she worked for more than 20 years, until she opted for early retirement in 2009 to focus treatment of her breast cancer that lasted a year. She is cancer-free for more than five years now, by God’s grace. Achievements With her gift for writing, Cymbeline has transformed many scientific and technical literature into layman’s language that students, professionals, mothers and housewives can understand; and has also written many science-based articles that are interesting to read. She drafted the speeches of science officials and S&T portions of the President’s SONAs or states-of-the-nation on several occasions. For a time, she was editor-in-chief of the S&T Post, the DOST official newsletter. Unknown to many, Cymbeline was pioneer of online publishing in the country. Infoscience, the STII in-house publication that she edited was first to go online circa 1996. Around 2002, she led the science ebooks project, wherein ebooks on public domain sites were downloaded and written onto CDs, and distributed free to high school students and teachers. Tekno Tulong, a compilation of business technologies was also published on CDs and distributed to entrepreneurs, contents are free and users pay only for minimum cost of a blank CD. When the online public library system was installed at STII, Cymbeline also participated in the librarians’ work of uploading and indexing many public domain ebooks; as well as in the centennial celebration-digitization in 2006, of issues of the Philippine Journal of Science, the longest running science journal in the country that was first published in 1906. Cymbeline, in humility and gratitude to God, believes that for a time when she was with the science community, she has contributed to the sense of destiny as far as the connected digital world is concerned. “Her” ebooks (produced with her team composed of Aurora Tolentino for research and encoding, Carmi Dometita for ICT support, Enrico Florencio for admin support, Leonor Arcilla for logistics, CRPD for promotion, while Cymbeline was in charge of content planning and management) have now become part of the Starbooks (full texts, multimedia, audio and video educational resources) that can be accessed from kiosks set up by her mother institute, the STII. Also, her advocacy of “Copyleft” (in contrast to copyright, copyleft allows free use and distribution of a book as long as the source or writer-publisher is consistently acknowledged or cited) is now adapted by STII in-house publications. The Department of Science and Technology acknowledged Cymbeline’s prophetic ebooks endeavor when together with IRDC Canada, DOST awarded her with a writing grant to tell the story of the STII experience in publishing science ebooks on CDs. Her story was included in the book Philippine Experiences in ICT for Development edited by Fortunato T. Dela Pena and Paz H. Diaz, published by DOST Philippines – IRDC Canada in 2007. Retirement gave Cymbeline freedom to pursue her passion without limits. She now publishes her own works on several blogs of her own, many of them full texts and free of charge, such as in · https://medium.com/@Wordweaver · http://cymbelinevillamin.blogspot.com · http://biblical-writing.blogspot.com Cymbeline believes she has given her best through her literary philosophy about feminist writing forged and lived through her creative works. This is the essence of Cymbeline’s feminist writing philosophy that she discusses sufficiently in “Writing as an Adventure” published in Philippine Studies Vol. 53 Nos., 2 & 3, 2005 by the Ateneo de Manila University, here is the synthesis: “Metaphorically, write with white ink (breast milk) and red ink (menstrual blood) to create Literature that is nurturing, cleansing, cathartic. Write to pass onto the next generations of women the legacy of wisdom born of self discovery and knowledge. Our daughters and granddaughters need to know how women in the past make love with their bodies and minds— for their emotional quotient and survival with a lesser and a lesser degree of anguish.” “Sa Pusod ng Tokyo,” published online at https://medium.com/@Wordweaver, is the stream-of-consciousness reminiscences of a middle aged woman dying of cancer who is spiritually burdened to give up on the memory of her lover and his gift of kanzashi (elaborate hair ornament) and expensive kimono that is figuratively her burial clothing for so many years, in order to experience freedom and rebirth, so she can begin a new life. More than 50 articles covering spiritual, health, and financial themes written by Cymbeline, were published by Philippine Panorama from 2010 to 2014, some of which have been indexed and become searchable online from libraries of Ateneo de Manila University and Adventist University of the Philippines. Cymbeline believes that writing for Philippine Panorama was the main task destined for her. By the grace of God, she was able to write these highly inspired and inspiring pieces during the first few years when she was healed of cancer; and she received heartwarming feedbacks from readers via the social media. Cymbeline is assured her work will continue to impact on the minds of hundreds of generations yet to come, because through Philippine Panorama, the Sunday supplement of Manila Bulletin, which is now more than a hundred years old, God has enabled her to write for His purpose and glory.


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Cymbeline Refalda-Villamin studied at Far Eastern University (AB English), and Ateneo de Manila University (took postgraduate subjects in Literature). Fresh from college, still aglow with writing fellowship in the National Writers Summer Workshop at UP Diliman and grand prize in a national essay writing competition— Cymbeline taught HS English at Roosevelt College in Marikina but realized she w...


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