Resisting Against Standards (A Mid-Year End Update) ft. The New Team, International Growth, & Seeing New Horizons | by Margaret Lee

Hello everyone! It has been quite some time since I was able to make a very personal sharing of how things are going at Talang Dalisay, so I decided to write this out all for you.


(This was a picture I took at this place called Sycamore park! It reminded me of my friends and people back home. I’m not so sure why.)

Before anything, how are you? I know I don’t have the means of knowing whatever your response may be, but I hope you’re doing well. I miss this question. I rarely hear it nowadays.

Last September, I moved to Northern California for college and I feel like I haven’t stopped moving since then. I’ve met so many new people, learned so many new things, and was able to see so many new places. Time went by too fast. I can’t believe I’m in that part of the school year where I have midterms already!

Whenever I meet someone new here, I always get asked what my name is and where I’m from. Whenever I talk to people back home, they excitingly ask me what’s up and how my adventures are here.

One day I received a text from my parents asking how I was. All they asked was a simple “how are you?”

And that felt nice.

It felt nice because I felt like someone cared about the way I felt at a certain time. I felt important and somehow that one question slowed my pace down. It calmed and reassured me that someone was there to listen.

One of the things I was really scared of before coming to America was how I was going to manage Talang Dalisay. I would always get asked that question during my summer: “how are you going to do it?” Academics here is no joke. I feel like everyone in my school is a genius. Everyone’s so passionate, so outspoken, and ready to revolt against the conventional. I feel like I have to keep up with the standard set in my school, as well a piece of my heart left back home.

I know I made many many sacrifices during my summer to somewhat establish a system that would work when I would leave. I did my best in trying to look for ways that would make it all work.

But in all honesty, I still don’t know the answer to that question. I don’t think I’ll ever answer it because I don’t truly know how “I’m going to do it.”

I also don’t know how I’m going to keep up with all the brilliant people I’ve met so far in college.

But that’s okay!

I’m not going to try to keep up to that standard, because I figured that making your own is easier. Standards are mere social constructs and I truly believe that. Making your everyday life revolved around living up to that is bad for your mental health. So if you’re pressured by anything, reconstruct the way you think.

I guess a vague description of how I’m “managing” things is just trying. I’m trying my best. I’m trying my very best to constantly talk to my team, to send out emails despite the time differences, to help individuals who privately send me inquiries on how they can manage their mental health.

Trying is much better than living up to a standard. Remember that you spend most of your time living inside your head, so make it a good place to be!



Now I’d like to take this time to thank the wonderful NEW executive team at Talang Dalisay for all their hard work and efforts! Our new executive team had their first team meeting last August.

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Our new team members are:


Assistant Executive Directors

Sam Maceda, Javi Del Mundo 

Directors of Content Creation & Marketing 

Nasstaja Bautista, Francesca Duenas 

Directors of Social Media & Global Operations 

Erica Chua, Quentin Calleja 

Directors of Management & Human Resources 

Marian Meris 

Directors of Finance 

Patricia Arago, Avram Liban 

Logistics & Program Systems Directors

Nicole Go, Bettina Martirez

Editors in Chief & Assistant/Co-Editor

Bianca Dabu (Assistant/Co-Editor in Chief) 


Content Creation & Marketing

Margarita Matti, Nina Co, Isabelle Medalla, Sam Veguillas, Renee Umali, Mika Avellaneda, Bella Aprecio, Jada Bautista, Alexa Brotonel

Social Media & Global Operations 

Sabine Jayme, Gabi Romeo, Maia Villaluz, Caia Pujol, Yanni Cordova, Sophia Concio, Iris Castelo, Jaden Cordova

Management & Human Resources 

Kiana Salapare, Bea Macalalag, Elisha Santuyo, Miko Cano, Dominique Parado, Jasmine Ong, Aija Lajara 


Nasya Pangilinan, Anya Inocencio, Jericho Urbano, Carl Danao, Nina Agcaoili, Shamala Musngi, Sharky Roxas 

Logistics & Program Systems 

Camille Jaurigue, Nia Yeung, Hillary Lao, Nina Lim, Priya Picache, Bianca Manese, Yobel Bautista, Louise Ferrer, Dharline Sy 


New Correspondents  

Teresa de los Reyes, Andee Bautista, Margareth Geluz, Tanya Budhrani, Elisha Peji, Chanel Ang, Akasby Pante, Patty Tamesis, Jairus Sarmiento, Maria Canlas, Francisco Pantaleon 


Camille Millioga, Ysabel Banez, Nicole Batungbacal 


We were recently part of the Mental Health Innovation Network’s monthly newsletter! We are so honored to be part as recognized non-profits alongside other organizations from around the world.

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Our project with the National Youth Commission regarding mental health by-laws are almost done processing! Updates on the project will be released before the year ends. Let’s all hope for a successful outcome for any one of our proposals!

Special thanks for Deveoph as well for helping us promote it with other interested parties.

Lastly, our accreditation with the UN SDSN Sustainable Development Goals are almost done! We hope to attain our accreditation with them soon.


Our international branch applications started late September, and have received applications from all over the world! We are so excited to expand and make our advocacy accessible to more people.

We are present in:

USA – California, New York, Washington DC; Hong Kong, Indonesia, Australia, & Singapore!

We will be releasing the new branch directors by this week! Artists and writers who signed up so far have also been contacted. Please check your emails if you signed up!

If you’re not living in the Philippines and also want to help out with this cause, please sign up at:


We’ve had an overwhelming amount of invitations for various partnerships these past few months!

We kicked off the summer with our partnership with Developh, and later on had one with Mano Amiga Academy where we taught self care to children there c/o Girl Up International, a female empowerment organization. We were also a partner organization for She Talks Asia who had their event a few weeks ago. Talks have also been given to the Immaculate Concepcion Academy, Keys School Manila, and many more.

We have upcoming invitations and partnerships from: Xavier School, Youth for Mental Health Coalition’s Public Health Convention, In Touch Community Services’ Kapihan Event, the Sustainable Development Goals’ Event at UP Diliman, Ateneo De Manila University’s Mindfulness Batulao Program, and many more!

We will be creating comprehensive posts on our FB and IG pages with full details with our partnerships! We are excited to share our advocacy and our team before the year ends.


That was probably one of the most comprehensive updates I’ve done. So many things happening! The world just doesn’t stop moving. People keep on going! And you should too. Keep on going! But don’t forget to take a healthy pause once in a while.

Thanks for reading if you reached all the way here! And thank you for supporting Talang Dalisay. I can’t believe this organization would ever grow to what it is now. I am in a loss of words as always. Thank you, thank you!


Margaret Lee

Founder & Executive Director

Talang Dalisay + My State of Mind 

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