The Little Prince + #Adulting

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

One of the books that you read and understand differently the second or third time around is The Little Prince.
I remember reading it as a children's novel on baobabs, stars and a talking fox back when I was in grade school, and then suddenly perceiving it as a deeply emotional book on relationships and attachments when I re-read it in high school! These different interpretations of Antoine de Saint-Exupery's The Little Prince made it such a classic story that stood time!

One of the places my family went to during our Korea summer vacation last May was at the Petite France, a French-themed, Little Prince inspired village near Nami Island. I've been here last year, but I know it's something my sisters will also enjoy since we all read the book in high school.

My Love From Another Star shooting location: They even placed a clear block set-up where you can stand as if you're flying ala Cheon Song Yi! Hehe!

You will also spot rooms with French antiques, costumes, and different editions of The Little Prince:

Meanwhile, while we're at it, here are some lessons on #Adulting from The Little Prince:
1) Like the baobab plants that should be uprooted once sighted and before they grow too big, bad habits and other negative things should be taken out immediately in our lives before they become too firmly rooted in our personalities.

2) In The Little Prince, the star is a symbol of what is most important to the different characters: And that's wealth for the businessman, his subjects for the king, and magic and beauty for the Little Prince. In real life, what we see brightest are the things that we value the most. 

To me, my first prayer in the morning is always the best of health for my friends and family. Before thinking about career and my other wishes, I want my loved ones to be happy and in perfect condition. They are my starAdulting na nga talaga. 

3) The Fox quoted one of the most memorable lines from The Little Prince: "And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye." 

This expression of love that goes beyond material things can come as experiences and making more new memories together. Taking my family to Korea is a dream come true. 

Aside from that, I realized that another way to show my love for them is to provide them with insurance and investment products. As Ms. Charo Santos-Concio said during the Sun Life Sun Shorts launch at the Shangrila Hotel Makati, "Insurance is an extension of our love to our family."

Speaking of insurance and investments, Sun Life, in time for the 4th Financial Independence Month, created three Sun Shorts digital films to raise awareness for Filipinos to finally break free from the cycle of financial shortage. I decided to go to this event to really learn more about these things because #adulting.

Sun Shorts aims to show Filipinos the different Sun Life insurance and investment products in a more relatable way. Each of the three short films were inspired by real stories from Sun Life clients. I was able to watch them during the event, and grabe talaga ang kirot basta about family!

Sun Life also got celebrity endorsers Matteo Guidicelli, Judy Ann Santos, and Piolo Pascual to share their thoughts on the videos + explain insurances and investments as if you’re talking to a friend. 

Here are the different Sun Shorts, and a brief discussion about them: 


About the film: Waves by Zig Marasigan is about two young adults—a girl who lives in the city and a guy who is a surfing instructor. They met during the girl’s beach trip with her friends, and eventually fell in love. Work life happened, so the girl had no time to go back to the beach, not knowing that her carefree boyfriend is already planning for their future. 

Who is it for? For the millennials who are often criticized for their YOLO mindset and not preparing enough for the future. 

Highlighted Sun Life Insurance: Through this Sun Shorts, I learned that even non-married couples can be each other’s insurance beneficiaries! Usually young couples will not discuss finances, but if you’re really serious about your future, then you have to have a plan. 


About the film: She Said, She Said by Nic Reyes is about a young single mom’s journey in raising her daughter alone. 

Who is it for? Single parents. 

Highlighted Sun Life Insurance: Preparing for your son or daughter’s future, especially college plans, is not easy—much more if you’re a single parent! Through this film, you will learn how to secure your children’s future through a Sun Life insurance plan. 


About the film: Sayaw by Mihk Vergara (my personal favorite!) is about a long-time married couple, where matters of the health is very important. 

Who is it for? For long-time married couples, for seniors 

Highlighted Sun Life Insurance: Health risks are higher as we grow old. Since finances are as unpredictable, might as well invest in health insurances in case of emergencies. 

"For as long as they have dreams to pursue and relationships to care for, Sun Life will be here for them as their partner in this journey," says Sun Life Chief Marketing Officer Mylene Lopa. 

And as the Fox said to the Little Prince, "You become responsible, forever, for your rose."

You can watch the Sun Shorts digital films at, or on Sun Life’s Facebook page at Sun Life released their first collection of Sun Shorts back in 2012, a project recognized by prestigious local and international award-giving bodies for the creative approach in promoting insurance and investment products. 


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