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Pregnancy In Older Women: How To Prepare Your Body And Mind For Having A Baby

It is ironic that women try their best not to get pregnant when they are much younger, only to realize they would spend twice the effort just to get pregnant later on in life. Age can be an important factor in pregnancy but even older women can still hope to get pregnant by following some of these tips. An older woman who wants to get pregnant should prepare her body and mind for fertility and later on for pregnancy. It is best to see a doctor before trying to get pregnant, especially if she has been using pills or other…

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Children Learn More by What their Parents Do

By Katherine R. Oyson The Freeman March 21, 2017   Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD shares this story: “In my radio program, “Hello Father,” at Radio Veritas, I get lots of calls from children. How touching to hear these little angels who are so innocent and honest. “Once, a 6-year old boy asked on air, for prayers for his father to come back to their family so that his mother would stop crying. Another time, a little girl asked for prayers for her father to stop beating up her mother. These and many heartbreaking stories should remind us adults how much…

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Text Tula Tilt Winners •Tita Midz’s Life Story

DIRECTLINE By Boy Abunda The Philippine Star June 6, 2015 DZRH’s Radio Balintataw, a radio program hosted by Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, recently spearheaded a poetry competition titled Text Tula in celebration of Mother’s Day. The competition, which ran for eight weeks, designed to encourage people to express creatively their love for their nanay. Radio Balintataw invited Make Your Nanay Proud (MYNP) Foundation, Inc. as a partner in the worthy endeavor. “The Text Tula project with Radio Balintataw is our continuous collaboration with groups, organizations and individuals who strongly espouse the same advocacy like MYNP. That is, to make our nanay proud…

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How Do You Make Your Nanay Proud?

                             That’s me at the MYNP book launching: Making one’s mother proud is not exclusive to anyone. DIRECTLINE By Boy Abunda The Philippine Star January 1, 2015 Going through the list of names who volunteered to share their thoughts for the Make Your Nanay Proud (MYNP) Book reminds me of the diligence of people who worked to gather them. At first glance, you will be amazed at the celebrity power the list conjures. Yet, flipping through the pages and reading the reflections convinced me that the book’s selling point goes beyond that “list…

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‘I am Gay. I am Normal.’

                                                                       —Illustration by PHOEBE MARQUEZ DIRECTLINE By Boy Abunda The Philippine Star March 31, 2015 Bemz Benedito, managing director of Make Your Nanay Proud (MYNP) Foundation and former congressional nominee of Ladlad partylist, sent me this open letter going around online sites and blogs. I’m printing it en toto for all who care. “My name is Rod. I am 50 years old. I am in a 22-year relationship with my partner Sam. I am gay. It is not a choice. It is not a lifestyle. It is NATURAL. I am gay and I have a God — a merciful, compassionate…

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The Beauty and Strength of Poetry

                       The great Maya Angelou once wrote, ‘There’s beauty and strength in diversity’ —AP File Photo     DIRECTLINE By Boy Abunda The Philippine Star April 7, 2015 Alone is one of my favorite poems by the great Maya Angelou. It reminds everyone that nobody does it alone in this world. It’s about relationships. It’s about our interconnectivity as human beings no matter how disparate we are from one another. “There’s beauty and strength in diversity,” Angelou once wrote. Lying, thinking Last night How to find my soul a home Where water is not thirsty And bread loaf is not…

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Why I Love Adobo

                                                                          —Illustration by Phoebe Marquez DIRECTLINE By Boy Abunda The Philippine Star July 4, 2015 Adobo will always be a favorite. I’m partial to Nanay’s recipe. It was neither dry nor masabaw, just right. She served her adobo like rice toppings. Part of the meat was crispy, yet you could cut the softened bones of her chicken adobo. It was always a treat everytime Nanay cooked her chicken adobo and her to die-for humba with black beans. Nanay wasn’t so much into cooking but her adobo was consistently sybaritic. Adobo is considered by many as the unofficial national dish of…

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Mother & Daughter Team up for ‘A Special Kind of Art’

                                                                   Clarissa Ortiz has shown strong artistic leanings DIRECTLINE By Boy Abunda The Philippine Star January 2, 2016 They say a mother’s love is always transformative and that it can work miracles in children. That certainly rings true in the story of Malu Tiongson-Ortiz and her daughter Clarissa, who was born with Down Syndrome. According to her mother, doctors at the University of San Francisco in California diagnosed the baby’s condition immediately after she was born in March 1987. “She had a round face, flat nasal bridge, slanted eyes, deformed ears, wide neck and low muscle tone,” recalls Malu. Now…

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