MahalDiore

Filipino Crafts, Stationery, & Decorations

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Last updated on Mar 28, 2022

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Amangelin Diore Jalbuena

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About MahalDiore

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Why I started Mahal, Diore and more about me

I wanted a stronger sense of Filipino culture. I wasn’t taught much Ilocano, Tagalog, or Kapampangan, because my parents didn’t want to confuse me and they didn’t have much time or energy. I didn’t grow up surrounded by many Filipinos that were well versed in Filipino culture. I just ate the food, begged my parents to teach my Tagalog to no avail, and learned what I could from checking out the same 2 thin books about the Philippines from my elementary school library. As I got older, I learned more online and outgrew the shame that was being pushed onto me, I only wanted to know more and nurture that part of me. Some of my family would rather erase this side of them if they could. People discouraged me from embracing my heritage, but they’re wrong because I build who I am- not them. Everyone is going to have a different version of you in their head, so you might as well try to become the best person you can be and be happy with yourself!
Like most graduate students, I have a lot of student loans on my hands and thousands of dollars to be paid for medical school applications. I've even made this Poshmark store to sell some of my old clothes: https://poshmark.com/closet/adjalbuena
This Etsy shop is not only a way for me to fundraise, learn about Filipino culture, take a break from school, the MCAT, the massive application process, daily stressors, etc. I’m hoping that it will at least be a small way for me to put out something positive into your lives. I really love creating.
I LOVE baking and cooking. My parents inherited a bakery from my grandparents and I remember being 4 years old and eating cinnamon rolls while talking to customers. Baking and cooking are great ways to create, observe chemistry, do something nice for someone, and just make people happy. Filipino desserts can be time consuming to make but that’s what makes them next level delicious!
I played violin growing up and it became a part of my identity. I had the privilege of performing amazing pieces and I hold those times dear to my heart. I hope that someday I could join a recreational orchestra. Performing as a group to paint a work of art with sound is an experience unmatched.
I also love being active! I played some tennis growing up, did ballet and karate, and then competed in gymnastics as a beginner in college. It was crazy, but trying something new is exciting for me- I can’t let fear hold me back! That’s one of the reasons I started Mahal, Diore, too. Challenges always bring me lessons.
I have done everything within my bandwidth to hone my skills to become an amazing doctor. I have taken a lesson out of every experience I’ve ever had to prepare me for medical school, residency, life as a doctor, and the role of a healer. I’ve always been obsessed with enjoying the moment and living my life to the fullest. Being a doctor scared me the most, but it excited me the most. When college was nearing, I asked myself if there was one thing I could change in my life time, what would that be? It was unfair to me that people were suffering from physical and mental illnesses at no fault of their own. That was the first reason I decided to go into medicine. Then, in 2018 I went to India with a non profit for a pre-medical internship. We were walking back to our room after conducting interviews and hygiene workshops when we passed a circle of chattering people. Later, a woman arrived outside our room. Light uncovered her swollen, bleeding face. I was the only intern that packed a first aid kit, so everyone looked to me. She winced as I sanitized and bandaged her wounds. I looked in her eyes and apologized for the pain. To an extent, I understood what she had experienced. I saw myself in her. A curious mob formed around us. I adjusted my body to intercept yelling bystanders, grabbing men, and flash lights of peoples’ devices filming us. Afterward, one of the other interns found me sitting on the floor of our dark room, scrolling through contacts to reach out to. My thoughts were loud with questions. Were her wounds sanitized/bandaged thoroughly? Was she feeling better? What was going to happen to her back in her home? More than a week passed before she approached me again. She turned her head in all directions and pulled her clothing aside to show me how all her wounds had healed, her eyes sanguine, and I felt warmth. My program posted a photo of that moment. She was smiling, and I realized… I was too.
This moment confirmed that service through medicine, with all its challenges, always enables me to live my life to the fullest.

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  • Amangelin Diore Jalbuena

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    I am a Filipino-American pre-med. I love creating happiness through crafting, baking/cooking, music, words of affirmation, dancing, traveling, and learning about people + my own culture. So much to do and so much to love.

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Last updated on May 18, 2022
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To keep green, I use recycled boxes for large orders! I recommend gift wrapping the boxes if you’re going to give them as gifts.