BJ Gonzalvo is a psychologist, a military veteran, and an immigrant from the Philippines. His writing, where he often integrates culture, psychology, and spirituality, has appeared in Northwest Catholic, Busted Halo, FilCatholic, and Mind & Spirit. He is the author of "Lead Like the Saints" and "Gift of Kapwa". He lives in the Pacific Northwest where he gets to write with the soothing sound of rain and the smell of hot coffee in the background.
Kapwa is a word that begs for something more than just a literal Tagalog-to-English translation. Just how does one unravel a word that deeply undergirds the Filipino cultural psyche, a core value that is inextricably woven into the fabric of our Filipino identity?