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1 in 4 Filipino pregnant mothers is nutritionally at risk – FNRI survey reveals

 April 11, 2016 Philippine Information Agency MANILA, Apr. 11 (PIA) – A healthy pregnancy results to a healthy baby. Good nutrition during pregnancy and the window of opportunity for preventing child undernutrition from conception to two years are the focus of much attention and awareness recently. The 2013 National Nutrition Survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) showed that about 1 in 4 pregnant mothers or 24.8% are nutritionally-at-risk. Of these, 37.2% teen mothers below 20 years old are at highest risk. The survey also revealed that pregnant mothers are…

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Filipino Families Struggle With Motherhood Exodus

By: Iris C. Gonzales March 17, 2015                                                                                Credit: Photo by Iris Gonzales                                               Jimmy Gamad; his wife works as a domestic helper in Saudi Arabia MANILA, Philippines (WOMENSENEWS)– Maria Juliana, 4 years old, is crying and whining; her nose is now runny and her voice hoarse. It is 7 in the evening and she hasn’t had dinner. There’s no food on the table yet. She is tired, hungry and fussy now. And she is calling out to her father. But 52-year-old Edgardo Agido is checking on Maria’s sister, 7-year-old Samantha Nicole, who is still out playing hide and seek with the…

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For Filipina OFWs, Missing Childhoods

  Published on June 27, 2015 By Ana P. Santos Loraine has left her daughter, Mai-Mai, in the care of her aunt and uncle. Mai-Mai thinks of them as her parents and Loraine as her big sister.   Image by Jo Kearney. U.A.E., 2014. At the park inside the gated community lined with sprawling villas, a group of small children gathered around for cake and ice cream. In as much unison as could be expected of toddlers and young children, they cheerfully sang, “Happy birthday!” to Mai-Mai who is turning seven years old. None of the children had ever met Mai-Mai,…

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Who Takes Care of Nanny’s Children?

By Ana P Santos When a Filipino woman leaves her home to work overseas as a nanny, she knows that it will be years before she sees her own children again. When Filipino women leave their families to find work abroad, they view migration as a necessary sacrifice to obtain the two things that will secure a future for their children: a home and an education. But for the some 96,000 women who left the Philippines in 2010 to work as domestic workers, this simple aspiration comes at a cost that cannot be translated into monetary terms. A mother’s presence…

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Why are some mothers so viciously cruel to their daughters? Drawing on her own childhood – and haunting stories from Mail readers – a Cambridge psychologist answers the question that’s devastated so many lives

Dr Terri Apter never felt she successfully managed to please her mother, leaving her with low self-esteem Following writer Angela Levin’s article about her mother’s cruelty, scores of readers wrote to the Mail about their toxic relationships with their mothers Many of them were the children of mothers who really didn’t see themselves as having a choice in the matter  In her book, Dr Apter has identified five types of difficult mother: controlling, angry, narcissistic, envious and emotionally unavailable   By Dr Terri Apter For The Daily Mail Published: 22:03 BST, 29 March 2017 From the petulant stamp of her foot…

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Does Motherhood Squash Career Ambition? A New Survey Says No

Madeline Farber May 12, 2017 http://fortune.com About half of women say it’s harder to advance their career after becoming a mother. But that’s not stopping the women surveyed by the professional services firm Accenture from pursuing their career goals. According to Accenture, mothers who return to work after having a child are just as likely to aspire to a senior leadership position as their female colleagues without children (70% and 67%). In addition, working moms are 2.5 times more likely to change jobs for a promotion or for higher pay than those without children. The findings comes from the firm’s…

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Pope Francis encourages moms to ‘breastfeed without fear’ while inside the church

The Holy Pontiff reassured moms at a recent baptism service at the Sistine chapel to feel free to breastfeed within the church’s walls Society has differing opinions when it comes to “appropriate” time and places to breastfeed. While many moms have been shamed for breastfeeding in public, there are those who encourage moms to nurse their babies when and where they see fit. Pope Francis is part of this support group. photo: dreamstime As worshippers gathered for an special annual baptism service at the Sistine Chapel, the Holy Pontiff made his stance on the issue clear. “The ceremony is a little…

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Solo Parents’ Welfare Act and Work Benefits to Solo-Parent Employees

Opinion By Atty. Lorna Patajo-Kapunan September 13, 2015 Solo parents are those who are left alone with the responsibility of rearing their children regardless of marital status, and based on National Statistics Office (NSO) data, there are about 14 million solo parents in the Philippines. The increasing number of solo parents has led the national government to pass Republic Act 8972, or the Solo Parents’ Welfare Act of 2000, which was promulgated on November 7, 2000. While being a solo parent can be difficult, the passage of RA 8972 has somehow made it rewarding. RA 8972 was enacted to provide…

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Maraming Salamat, Nanay!

Thank you very much for joining us in our Mother’s Day campaign for the month of May. Thank you for being with us in making our nanays proud. 💚💚💚 #MothersDay2017 #MothersMonth2017 #HappyMothersDay #HappyNanayDay #HappyNanayMonth #SaluteToMothers #SaludoSaMgaNanay #MabuhayNanay #DakilaKaNanay #ThankYouNanay #ThankYouMother #MYNP #MakeYourNanayProud

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INCREDIBLE | Boy Abunda gets standing ovation at AMA University and Colleges Graduation

IMAGE CREDIT: ABS-CBN (left photo) Graduates, parents and school officials can’t help but be astonished by the extemporaneous inspirational speech delivered by the one and only Boy Abunda during the graduation ceremony of AMA University and Colleges held at the PICC Plenary Hall last May 19, 2017. Abunda shared stories about his life as a student and as a young worker, and how he managed to overcome trials and criticisms to become the success that he is now. 

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7 Surprising Superpowers of Breastmilk You Didn’t Know About

The wonders of breastmilk never cease to amaze us! You know this by now: breastmilk* is unanimously advocated by health experts and professionals around the world as best for your baby. But there are many other things about breastmilk that perhaps you didn’t know, which we’d like to tell you about.  You’re bound to find these facts absolutely fascinating! 1. Breastmilk can potentially cure cancer Proteins in breast milk can kill cancer cells. A Swedish professor and her team have found out after decades of research that a special protein in breastmilk has the ability to kill cancer cells without harming healthy cells! …

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Filipino Child-Rearing Practices Delay Maturity (Part II)

      A POINT OF AWARENESS By Preciosa S. Soliven The Philippine Star October 4, 2012   How much help and direction do Filipino children get from birth? Do they get adequate attention or are they cared for much beyond the requirement of simple survival? Child care in Jamaica, China, Africa   Societies differ in who cares for the child and what feelings are involved for the care-giver and the child himself, according to the study of George Guthrie and Pepita J. Jacobs. In Jamaica where mothers usually work in nightclubs, daughters are valued more than sons. However, child-rearing…

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Cultural Expectations of a Filipino Baby’s Birth (Part I)

     A POINT OF AWARENESS By Preciosa S. Soliven The Philippine Star September 27, 2012   (1st of 2 parts)   Decades ago, on my way home from a study grant in London and Edinburgh, I found the late Fr. Horacio de la Costa as my seatmate on the plane. I found out that his family spoke Spanish quite fluently, which enabled him to do research on Philippine history in the rich archives of Madrid. This was a few years before the Jesuit priest passed away. I recall still how he sadly noted that no one has written up…

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Cravings Confessions: Pregnant Moms Share Their Unusual Cravings Throughout Pregnancy

by Devan McGuinness https://www.everydayfamily.com                                                                       (Image adapted via Flickr/ abardwell) Cravings are an expected symptom of pregnancy and one that many women think about as they’re waiting for those two pink lines to show up. Some cravings are not healthy (like if you have pica), while others, in moderation, are totally OK. I had some crazy cravings in my earlier pregnancies–like weird! With my first pregnancy, I couldn’t get enough orange juice and drank so much of it I thought I was going to turn orange. I also had a big craving for something stranger–something that I enjoyed often…

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Tribute to Teachers

DIRECTLINE By Boy Abunda The Philippine Star April 2, 2016   My Nanay is a retired public school teacher who taught Grade 1 pupils for 42 years, 11 months and two days at the Campesao Elementary School in my hometown of Borongan City, Eastern Samar. Growing up, I remember seeing her diligently doing her lesson plan day in and day out, on all conditions, and without fail. It was from Nanay that I learned the value of reading, of knowledge for knowledge’s sake, of always doing my best and of having a good education. These were the thoughts in my…

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Transgender moves

LODESTAR by Danton Remoto Philippine Star January 14, 2017 I first met the transgender icon Bemz Benedito when she was still a research associate at the Institute of Philippine Culture at Ateneo de Manila University. It was a job she did while taking her master’s degree in Sociology from the same university. Unfortunately, a few months after I knew her, she and a fellow researcher at IPC were sexually harassed by two visiting researchers from the Indian subcontinent. Bemz and her office mate were assigned to give the visitors a tour of Tagaytay and Taal Lake. The beasts, bright though…

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2nd SineNanay Festival Awards Night (December 16, 2016)

Now on its second year, the SineNanay Short Film Festival is led by TV, movie and theater actor Mr. Arnold Reyes as Festival Director. It aims to develop and discover the creative talents of students from different schools, colleges and universities in the Metro, while staying true to its Mission and Vision of making our Nanays Proud by being the best of what we can be.   This year, the theme is open, so as long as it highlights mothers. Dr. Boy Abunda, Founding Chairman of MYNP stressed that motherhood should not be limited to traditional biological mothers- they can…

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MYNP’s Best Nanay awardees

DIRECT LINE by Boy Abunda The Philippine Star December 1, 2016   The author and founding chair of MYNP (standing, sixth from right) with this year’s Best Nanay awardees Last Oct. 29 was a red-letter day for me at the Legend Villas in Mandaluyong City. It was a day to celebrate my birthday with different mothers in the community and a day to honor the 10 Best Nanays of Make Your Nanay Proud (MYNP) Foundation which I founded, solely dedicated to all mothers in the world. A child’s love for his mother and a mother’s love for her children are…

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Boy Abunda: ‘I live my life for my’

Boy Abunda, or simply Tito Boy, is known for a lot of things. He is the “King of Talk” in local show business, a television host, talent manager, publicist, celebrity endorser but he is best known as someone who proudly proclaims his love his mother to the hilt by saying, “I live my life for my mother.” Tito Boy also shares how his own mother encouraged him through her life. She showed him how life was hard without making him guilty or by not making any demands. He grew up knowing that “Kahit anong gawin mo, this is not a…

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