2 Corinthians 12:8-10

Hello dear friend, I’m Maria Carlizza Pagaduan, a cub resting near the Lion, a lost sheep found by the Shepherd, a sinner saved by grace and by love. You may call me by my nickname Arli.

I’ve been blogging since 2006 during my second year of high school and writing for student publications from 2002 to 2013. I love writing, and it’s my way of reflecting on my life and the events happening around us. I hope to write (and draw) always with a heart, a reminder that my former boss told me that I should do. May you and I, dear friend, always remember to do everything with heart.

Why Quiet Maria?

Quiet Maria is my blog where I share my thoughts and sentiments on life, art, faith, and travels through words, photographs, and drawings. I chose Quiet Maria because being quiet is something that is inherent in me, and silence reminds me to listen more intently to God and the people around me.

Meanwhile, Maria came from my first name. I share the same name with my Mom and also Mama Mary as Maria is a variation of Mary. This is my little tranquil place of giving respect to the life and name I was graciously given and sharing the gifts and lessons that God has blessed me with. I hope we get to grow with each other through this place, and feel free to share your thoughts as well.

Oftentimes, I say I miss writing, but I have been writing at times – minimally. Maybe what I missed is writing fearlessly. Without fear, love enters again.

Maybe I can write again.

Let us begin here.




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