Top Ten Highlights of 2012

Wednesday, January 02, 2013 Stef dela Cruz 2 Comments

I’m a little sad that 2012 is over. It was a great year. It was an AWESOME year. And I’ve got this strange feeling that 2013 is going to be equally, if not more, awesome.

Before I give you a short version of my 2012, I want to ask you, how was your year? Back then, we were all obsessed about the Cybercrime Law, the Sin Tax Bill, and the RH Bill (which is now a law) but 2012 is full of many other highlights! And I want to share with you those that were important in my life.

So, please bear with this slightly conceited blog post – it can’t be helped – and let’s look back at the wonderful things that happened last year. Here’s my 2012 in a nutshell; see if it’s as awesome as your year!

Top Ten 2012 Highlights

Here it is, a summary of how 2012 went for me. I know this blog post won’t do justice to the wonderful things that happened that year, but I hope that with it, I won’t forget to always be grateful of the year that was.

  1. I started a new website. I’ve had a blog, Life and Fever, since forever. But that blog has always been a “public online journal” instead of a formal website. Things changed on March 2012 when I finally started this website, Two months after it was launched, it became a PageRank 2 website. Wow, that was quick! In just two months, my new website transformed from a newbie blog to a PR2 website. Thank you, Google!
  2. I wrote for a health column for the very first time. I was happy to be part of The Fortnightly family and to be a humble columnist for the newspaper! The name of my column was initially “Health Benefits” but I wanted it to be a little cheeky, so I opted for “See You In Health”. Yeah, see you all in health! Hehe!
  3. An advertising company hired me as a health consultant. It was a challenging job that required frequent meetings and revisions, but it was a great learning experience. I was also a little overwhelmed by the fact that I helped shape the image of a health product!
  4. I was offered the opportunity to edit a book. This was an opportunity I did not expect would happen. It was a great experience to read many stories about different virtues from different people! I felt like editing those write-ups was like defacing beautiful paintings. But the book was published, launched, and received warmly. Whew!
    Book Editor
  5. The Bottom Line with Boy Abunda had me as a guest on their show. I was told that they found me because of my articles on stem cell therapy. After that, I knew better than to underestimate blog posts! You can watch parts of the episode here.
    TV Guest
  6. I was offered another opportunity to have a column at a health magazine. Hurray! A few months before this happened, I would never have imagined having a column. But two in a year? That was just amazing! (FYI: This new column will be published at around February 2013 – guess what magazine it will be in!)
  7. It was a great honor to be one of the co-chairs of a cancer initiative program. I’ve been trying to be more active in my advocacy to promote cancer awareness, so it was a pleasant surprise to be asked if I wanted to co-chair the Cancer Stakeholders’ Meeting.
    Cancer Initiative Host
  8. Overnight, two tech blogs hired me as their resident geek blogger. I know I’m a nerd, but I would never have thought of myself as a geek. Apparently, to these two websites, I’d qualify as one! Ha ha. Being a health tech blogger is such a fun job description. You can view my blog posts on No Brainer Apps. And this 2013, you’ll also see me blogging about apps on another website – I won’t announce the website yet, but you’ll learn about it soon enough!
    Stef dela Cruz tech blogger
  9. I was asked to be a pageant candidate. Uh, say what now??? I’ve NEVER been pageant material. I’ve always been an ugly duckling-slash-nerd-slash-wallflower. Being asked to join pretty girls in some fellowship night pageant was something I would never have expected in my lifetime! Oh well. I’ll take it as a compliment – and as one of the highlights of last year.
    Pageant Candidate
  10. We finally launched a website for CanShare. And a Facebook page. And a Twitter account! All that in a week, right before New Year’s Eve! That means CanShare is finally part of the social networking community. More cancer patients and survivors can now read about CanShare, a support group for and by cancer warriors. Yes, this is definitely the most amazing highlight of 2012. It was a great way to end the year!

Thanks to all of you who continue to read my blog! You are officially part of the many highlights of 2012. I shall keep trying to give you more interesting stuff to read despite a rather busy 2013 schedule. Happy New Year to all of you! And don’t forget to catch up with me on Twitter. 2013, bring it on!

Stef dela CruzAbout the blogger
Stef dela Cruz is a vegan doctor and writer. She received the 2013 Award for Health Media from the Department of Health. She is the editor of The Manila Bulletin's Animal Scene Magazine. Get in touch if you want to invite her as a speaker!


  1. Congratulations!!!! I am amazed at how quickly you advanced your career just by starting your own website after you blog.

  2. Thanks, Monisima! I'm just as amazed. Fate has been very good to me. There's so much about 2012 to be grateful for!