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Omehra Sigahne, Publisher


Omehra Sigahne, is's publisher and life coach. She is also a multimedia artist and leader who collaborates with artists, writers, healers, activists, professionals and organizers around the world in digital collage, poetry, photography, painting, online communities, publications, workshops, conferences and organizations.

Omehra is also known as Inday Perla, Perla Daly, BagongPinay and NewFilipina.

Online and at live events, Omehra actively promotes a positive and empowered image of being Filipino and embracing Philippine traditions in a modern world. She has been publishing websites to empower Filipinos for 20 years.

In 1998 she founded the first online community for Filipina women at, also called BagongPinay, it started as an edgy, cool site with the mission to empower Filipinas everywhere and to also fight Filipina stereotypes online.

After she started this site she took on the pen name of NewFilipina or BagongPinay. In the 1990s she was part of an online discussion group called Flipserv and in the early 2000s started two other discussion groups called Pagbabalikloob and Babaylan.

A deep part of Omehra's work is to strengthen Filipino cultural awareness and to shift consciousness to a higher level. In 2009, Omehra also started blogging at to help people understand baybayin, the ancient Filipino script, as a tool for decolonization and exploring Filipino identity.

Omehra has a marketing and creative background, and at the same time has given women's meditation circles, yoga classes, facilitated retreats, organized conferences, speaker panels, fundraising, exhibits and workshops.

She's a member of the Filipina Women's Network since 2000. And in 2011 was recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipinas of America, 2011.

She Chaired the international Filipina leadership conference of FAWN2005 in New York City in 2005, and co-founded the Center for Babaylan Studies (2009), organizing events, tools, communications. for upholding indigenous spirituality and studies and bridging Fil-Ams in the diaspora with Philippine traditions and indigenous people.

For her online work, community networking and her mentorship of many young Filipinas, she was a recipient of the Babaylan Award in 2000 at the FAWN 2000 conference organized by FWN and Filipinas Magazine.

She strives for bringing out the best in herself and helping others do the same for themselves by sharing her positive attitude towards living and life that she calls Shine Mentality.

She is a proud Bacolodnon, and a St.Scho and UP Diliman graduate.

Omehra is a certified coach in Emotional Intelligence (EQi), a licensed facilitator of The Desire Map, and a member of the International Coach Federation.

More about her art, blogs, events, publishing and organizations at BagongPinay.

My purpose in life is to bring out the beauty in all beings.—BagongPinay aka Omehra Sigahne aka Perla Daly

Posts By Omehra

Maganda, kaya mo yan.


There are times that life can be hard. We have to think of things that are hard to handle. We have to do things that are hard to do. And there are times that we have to say things that are hard to say. Maganda, kaya mo yan! Beautiful, you can (more…)Read More

Pinay Power Talk |

Pinay Power Anthology of Essays, by Melinda Luisa de Jesus As of this Fall 2014, a call for proposals will be going out for the Pinay Power II book, an anthology of essays, edited by Melinda Luisa de Jesus. 10 years ago, almost to this date, I was invited to contribute to (more…)Read More

Proud Pinay Contest


Pinays, join our Proud Pinay Contest now! All you have to do is post below in the comments. Post why you’re proud to be a Pinay, what you love about being Filipina. You could then be our next winner. So read and share our article “gift of being born Filipina.” Read and (more…)Read More team gathers in Manila


The team is composed of people from all over, up and down the Philippines in Manila, Bicol, Cebu and CDO, and also from the East to West coasts of the U.S. And so it was high time that we got together in person when I visited Manila last week at the end (more…)Read More

Trust the process of Life.

A post from the series Pinay, Shine! 15 Ways to Connect to Liwanag and Shine. Available exclusively at The other day my friend Christina shared a bit about an argument that her sister was trying to start with her. She chose to walk away from the argument before it started even if that made (more…)Read More

Three Filipina Matriarchs

My matriarchs have a deep influence on me. This post honors three generations of mothers before me. I never met my great-grandmother Lola Agueda. She passed away at a young age. So my great-grandfather Lolo Felix, sent his two young daughters, Clotilde and Cecilia, away to the convent school of Assumption, on Panay island, (more…)Read More

“I love you, Nanay!” greetings

Hi members! Greet your mom on mother’s day with an “I love you!” from Choose “MOM,” “NANAY,” “INAY,” “MAMA,” or “MAMANG” below to post and greet your mother on Mother’s Day at her timeline or profile page.   I love you NANAY I love you MOM I love you (more…)Read More

Be solutions-oriented.

A post from the series Pinay, Shine! 15 Ways to Connect to Liwanag and Shine. Available exclusively at Being solutions-oriented is a pro-active practice that pushes situations into positive outcomes. It takes more than just thinking positive to be positive. Being positive can be hard when it comes to challenges that discourage us. Being (more…)Read More

Dream. Create. Take action.

Nurture your dreams | pinay. filipina. nurture your dreams. dream. create. take action. by Perla Daly. A post from the series Pinay, Shine! 15 Ways to Connect to Liwanag and Shine. Available exclusively at Dream Our dreams come from not only our subconscious but the Source of our souls. The proof that (more…)Read More

Connect to Something Bigger

  A post from the series Pinay, Shine! 15 Ways to Connect to Liwanag and Shine. Available exclusively at   Another way to connect to Liwanag is to be connected to something that is bigger than you—a bigger picture, a bigger dream, a higher purpose, a higher power. In other words don’t isolate yourself or (more…)Read More

External Blog Entries

4 generations of women up to me

17 October 2017 | 5:01 pm These are the four generations of women that includes me. I have no sisters or daughters, but I have many soul sisters and mentees. I smile at the contrast of the picture taking styles of the past and today. And just for a peek […]

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Getting to the roots. Facing the pain.

30 September 2017 | 2:52 pm The ghosts and land spirits of my ancestral land paid me three visits. I dreamt of the long-gone aeta on the island of Buglas, dancing. I am being told of forgotten things, by diwata—nymphs—that dwell in the land and by restless souls who need […]

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Baybayin Alive blog

28 September 2017 | 11:07 pm Whenever you get a chance, check out my other blog about the deeper meanings of baybayin writing and other writing symbols around the world. The practice of interpreting writing symbols’ curves and overall meaning is a practice given to nordic runes, hebrew alphabet, sanskrit […]

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“Bahala Na” as a power thought and mantra

27 September 2017 | 5:58 am I’ve been meditating on the phrase of Bahala Na for about 15 years now. I’ve got another blog at What I’m excited to share is that not only did I start an instagram account for memes on this new thought on this old […]

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Everything’s gonna be fine, fine, fine. Bahala na.

14 September 2017 | 12:40 am Filipinos say “bahala na”. Alanis Morissette sings: what it all comes down to is that everything’s gonna be fine fine fine! 💎💎💎 Hoy! They mean the same thing! This is my other project. I’ve been meditating on deeper meanings of bahala na for about […]

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be brave. not a victim.

3 July 2017 | 5:38 am We are brave souls. We are not victims. You chose to be human! You chose to experience humanity in all its joys & pains. You planned all this with God to refine your soul. You just have to remember. When you stop being a […]

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become completely undone…

1 July 2017 | 5:38 am For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.” ~ Cynthia Occelli If you’re you ready for the […]

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Hello, beautiful, brave you…

30 June 2017 | 5:12 am Hello beautiful, brave you—the you who’s willing to be hurt… the you who’s willing to look fear in the face… the you who’s willing to walk through the world naked and unafraid… willing to experience this human life in all it’s glory. Manytimes, it’s […]

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Be strong — let go of what doesn’t serve you

2 June 2017 | 6:04 am Be strong so you can let go of what doesn’t serve you. And wise so you can envision what empowers you to fulfill your highest purpose and calling. ~ Omehra Sigahne #lightandshadow #transformation #bahalana

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The ancient tree, the land cut-off, and my unspoken-of ancestors

15 May 2017 | 4:44 am I feel it—the mystery of this amazing tree. This ancient balete tree is found in the middle of the OISCA farm in Barangay Lumapao. Lumapao means beyond or above in Visayan. This 1300 year-old lunok or balete tree is one of the oldest or […]

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