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One step at a time

It is now common knowledge among my closest friends and relatives that my relationship with my eldest daughter has become strained as she was growing up. The little girl who used to adore me so much, who couldn’t sleep without holding my hand, who would fight her younger sister to keep her place next to me, who seemed to constantly seek both my opinion and approval, and more, is now a certified teen and seems to have little to do with me (and the rest of our family) now.

At first, I took everything personally and dealt with every infraction she committed in a rather rigid manner. I stressed out over everything and made her feel responsible for how I was feeling. I refused to acknowledge her good deeds, assuming she only did them as a form of penance. I was so tough on her, thinking it would do her good, especially when something happens to me and she and her sister would have to be on their own.

Looking back, I’d say I’ve been such a meanie. In time, I realized–and have to remind myself constantly now–that what my daughter needs is a mom who would love her unconditionally, will not tolerate her wrongdoings but will be forgiving as well, is always kind even when she’s not being kind to anyone else including herself, and tries her best to be a good role model of Christlikeness.

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Discovering Kdrama

Were you ever a fan of Kdrama or Korean drama? Me, never until recently. For years, I have successfully steered clear from watching both Kdramas and Filipino telenovelas. In fact, I don’t watch TV much at all. Mainly because I did not want to get addicted to it, plus there are always better things to do. I don’t even have enough time to get many things done around the house, with homeschool, etc., not to mention there are so many books that I still want to and need to read.

The easiest form of relaxation for me though would be scrolling through my Instagram feed for a few minutes, several times a day or when I start to feel stressed or tired. And, it is through Instagram that I first learned of the Kdrama series What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim or WWWSK… Now I’m hooked.

To be more specific, it started with a certain celebrity mompreneur’s post on Instagram, asking who else had watched What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim, sharing how much she liked the series. My first reaction was, “How could she afford to spend time watching Kdramas when she appears to be so busy? More, she doesn’t seem to be the type who would binge on any TV series, either.”

Weeks later, I decided to do something different just to get unstuck, and for some reason, I remembered that little piece of information this celebrity mompreneur shared on Instagram. I looked up WWWSK online and downloaded an app where I could watch it: Viu. Then I discovered that it’s also on iFlix and Netflix, and rewatched it on those apps too. (I somehow forgot that she had mentioned watching it on Netflix.) In short, I’ve watched What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim over and over again, that I could easily identify now photos of Park Seo Joon (and Park Min Young) taken from any scenes in the series.

I’d been asking myself why I was doing it too, and I came up with several reasons. One, because I find WWWSK‘s storyline to be really good, refreshing, and entertaining. It was fast-paced and didn’t seem to include unnecessary or irritating scenes, too. I didn’t expect it to be that good, especially compared to the local soap operas my mother used to watch, which I seriously considered a waste of time. Admit it, many Filipino soaps tend to drag the story for months, even years. They also tend to resurrect a villain that has supposedly died several times already, and the storylines tend to be predictable.

Two, because I’m a huge fan of romantic comedies with a little touch of drama, action, or suspense. And WWWSK just happens to fit the bill.

Three, the actors and actresses, especially the lead ones Park Seo Joon and Park Min Young are simply adorable. My goodness, I didn’t think that at my age (41) I could still be a fangirl, but I am now. Sure, I’ve watched some American soaps, such as Friends and The Mentalist, as well as Full House, Fuller House, The Flash, and Supergirl with LilSis in the past, but I never stayed up late watching them. I used to have a huge crush on Simon Baker of The Mentalist, but I don’t remember ever losing sleep to finish an episode of The Mentalist on Netflix or cable. With WWWSK, however, I just have to finish at least two episodes before going to bed, no matter how late it is (hello, wrinkles!) because doing so makes me feel so relaxed before sleeping.

Last, I may have simply developed a new coping mechanism. I’ve gone through so much stress and grief the past couple of months, and now I feel like I’ve finally found another reason to be happy about however shallow it may seem to others. Going through the social media pages of Park Seo Joon alone somehow gives me a lighter feeling. You may now even call me a certified Jooner (Park Seo Joon fan)!

These days, it’s no longer just WWWSK that entertains me for hours or keeps me company after a tiresome day. I have started watching other Kdramas too, but let me talk about those other programs at another time. ❤

Philippine Wacoal holds interactive exhibit that uplifts and celebrates women

{PR} Philippine Wacoal Corporation has been a significant part of the daily lives of Filipinas here and across the globe for 30 years now. To celebrate this milestone, Wacoal recently held a five-day interactive exhibit last June 26-30 at the Level 3 of SM Makati where they also launched their latest campaign called Wacoal’s Women of the World.

In line with their anniversary theme “Uplifting Women for 30 Years”, the brand exhibited remarkable stories of 30 women from different fields, such as social entrepreneurship, aviation, art, management, publishing, public speaking, content creation, and personal branding among others.

Right on the spotlight of the exhibit were the portraits of 30 multi-hyphenate women, as well as their stories of hardwork and success. Some of them led talks on their personal journey, and how each and every one can make their mark, too. 

This embodies the company’s persistence in helping more and more ladies realize their significance and excellence no matter where they are, no matter what lifestyle they have chosen to live and pursue.  

Part of the campaign’s amazing roster of individuals include sports broadcaster and enthusiast Dyan Castillejo, advocate of renewable energy Ruth Yu Owen, campaigner of strong social responsibility and designer Zarah Juan, and visual artist Celeste Lecaroz. 

“From the products that we offer, to the advocacies we promote, our brand guarantees that every single Filipina realizes their beauty and worth,” Ann Christine Palisoc, president of Philippine Wacoal Corporation, said. 

Such empowering campaign direction — highlighting the transition from challenges to achievements — not only mirrors who the company stands for, but how it has also reached its current stature in the intimate apparel industry.

“When we started, it was a real struggle with the department stores who expected us to offer discounts. But through constant communication, they began to understand our brand values. The superior quality of the products spoke for themselves and today, the department stores have become valuable business partners with relationships based on trust,” shared Palisoc.

Aside from moving stories and engaging discussions, each day of the interactive exhibit was packed with activities and concepts that further show the company’s value for freedom – freedom to explore, move, and have fun. 

The venue also featured travel-inspired photobooths that made guests feel like they have travelled to top international destinations where Wacoal has established its presence.  Guests posed in front of Eiffel Tower of Paris, New York’s Statue of Liberty, as well as the Cherry Blossoms of Japan – right at the exhibit. The setup comes in 3D effect, with real elements like park benches, boats, and even a Sakura tree to mimic that ideal travel photo.

Eventgoers unleashed their creativity with the Create Your Own Power Frame, which allowed them to become the cover model of their own magazine. Other exciting activities also include glitter tattoo, tarot card reading, and of course, participants also tried on different Wacoal items at the venue.  

Aside from the June 26 to 30 exhibit, the company also held a dinner gala last June 4 to recognize the notable people behind the brand’s success in the country. It also showcased their accomplishments and bigger plans in the following years to come. 

“Our focus is to grow the boutique business and further elevate the brand image by providing more exciting premium product lines and even better customer service. Better customer service means improving one’s total experience, from better facilities offering more comfort and privacy to better communication with our beauty advisers,” said Palisoc.

One can expect Philippine Wacoal Corporation to continue to offer high quality functional and comfortable products but in addition to this, even more premium products featuring elegance and comfort while consistently enhancing the beauty of the woman’s body. You can also watch out for more exciting new product lines including lingerie, men’s underwear, and more activewear for women.

For more information about Philippine Wacoal Corporation, like and follow them on 

Facebook @PhilippineWacoalCorp and Instagram @wacoalph. To know more about the stories of the 30 Women of the World, visit wacoalwomen.com

The Sunday Currently, Vol. 33

I can’t believe it’s been eight months since I last created a Sunday Currently post. As much as I had missed blogging, there was a time when I really decided to take a break from everything online as well as forced to take a break when my laptop’s charger needed replacement. And now, here I am, starting to get back to blogging again (for the nth time, it seems). Anyway, here it goes…

reading several books everyday, which includes the Bible in chronological order, where I am now on the Book of Joshua. I have also started reading The Smartphone Photography Guide: Shoot, Edit, Experiment, Share by Peter Cope and Educating the WholeHearted Child by Clay Clarkson with Sally Clarkson aside from a few pages of Big ‘n Lil Sis’s books each day. Perhaps I should also pick up a fiction book just to balance things out.

writing new posts and finishing blog posts that are still in the drafts folder

listening to the sounds Lil Sis makes as she cleans up the mess she created in the kitchen earlier

thinking about the best way to help Big Sis. She believes she has ADHD, anxiety, and depression and that there’s only one person who could help her. Unfortunately, it’s a psychiatrist who seems to encourage her thoughts and was quick to offer a quick fix solution via medication. Seriously, don’t all, if not most, teenagers go through the phase of trying to figure out if something’s wrong with them? And mind you, this is the very same doctor who saw my kids and diagnosed them to have the highest level of trauma a few years ago at PGH when our next door neighbors did nothing but harass us, yet she never recommended any type of medicine for them at that time. How come now that she’s in private practice and charges PHP2,000 per session, her style of helping her patients had also changed?

wishing I have been more consistent, at the same time always firm and loving, in disciplining my girls, especially Big Sis. I think she has become very pushy and continues to try my patience because there were days when I would be exasperated and simply ignore her or give in to her demands, if not hurt her with my words and deeds.

hoping things would just continue to get better in our family life and homeschool journey

wearing comfortable clothes, what else?

loving the new portable JBL speaker I got from Lazada. It’s so tiny, yet produces great sound, not to mention feels good to touch. I’ve been wanting to have one, but I didn’t get a chance to get one for myself until I had to return a fake signature bag to Lazada. Since I couldn’t encash the money in my Lazada Wallet, I had no choice but to use it on purchasing another item. I guess you could say that all’s well that ends well, eh?

wanting to sleep the whole day tomorrow. I don’t know why…

needing to do some serious cleaning in and around the house. Thanks to my husband’s cousin, the malunggay trees in our backyard had been cut down, so that’s one less task to think about now.

feeling trapped, somehow. There are so many things that I’d like to be able to do, and there are opportunities that are being thrown my way too, but I just can’t seem to get started.

praying for wisdom as I handle not only my responsibilities but part of my husband’s responsibilities too, being in a long distance relationship with two kids involved

thanking God for His endless love, grace, and mercy… for my family and my marriage, and my daughters, even if they sometimes exasperate me, especially Big Sis… Thanking God for my 16th wedding anniversary too!

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(Featured image by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash)

They remembered, I remembered

It’s my 16th (civil) wedding anniversary today, and obviously, I did not forget about it! More, I’m amazed at how some of my friends remembered it and one even went ahead to create a personalized e-greeting card for my husband and me. What a thoughtful gesture! I bet they’re real motive is to help me not to make a fool of myself again by forgetting my wedding anniversary as I did last year. (Yeah, big deal; that was my 15th after all!)

The personalized e-card our former Yuppies pastor (and his family) had sent to us in the morning before our 16th (civil) wedding anniversary

This time, my husband also made sure to call me early in the morning and greet me, and even asked for our plans for the day. I told him I had reserved a table for three (for our daughters and me, of course) at a Spanish restaurant in Alabang. It was actually one of the steps I’d taken to ensure that I won’t miss celebrating my wedding anniversary again.

However, as the morning progressed, I decided to cancel our reservation and opted to have food delivered instead, courtesy of my husband. Since we’d be getting our meals at a discounted price via Eatigo app, fine print includes no left over or take out; otherwise, we’d be paying the full price. That might not work for us then, especially that Lil Sis doesn’t eat much at all, and my husband agreed. It’s a good thing I was also craving for pizza, so the mister decided we order whatever food we liked, charged to his Mastercard.

One of our favorites that hubby is always willing to send us

I was in a really good mood the whole day and it’s like I’ve never felt better. I’m so happy that I get to redeem myself by not forgetting about my wedding anniversary this time. LOL. The girls were also in their best behavior, or at least they tried. Lil Sis was especially sweet, too. She not only tried to give me a manicure, but also insisted on us going out – her treat.

It’s a good thing that there’s a nice mall just outside our village. It has been our go-to place when we want to take a break or do some celebration without going far from home. This afternoon, we each had our favorite drinks at Starbucks and we even got to bring with us my niece’s dog, which is currently staying with us.

It’s almost bedtime for me now, yet I’m still wondering if I should post something about today on Facebook. I look forward to seeing the memories I make every 21st day of March on social media, and I don’t think my 16th (civil) wedding anniversary should be left out. Moreover, I really am happy and it would be a good opportunity to share some “good vibes”, with those who might still be up at this hour of the night, at least.

By the way, do you know why I’m extra happy today? It’s because 1–2 weeks ago, my marriage was once again put to the test and there were days that my husband and I refused to speak to each other. I had cried out to God to take care of my marriage and my whole family and me, and He answered my prayer like He always does. So now it seems like I have more reasons to celebrate, to be happy about, and to be grateful for, beginning with my marriage. ❤

(Featured image by Micheile Henderson on Unsplash)

2019 Milo Summer Sports Clinics launched

{Sponsored} It’s that time of the year again when parents start to plan what activities to provide their kids as soon as school is out this summer. Thankfully, there’s MILO Philippines, with its commitment to provide nutritious energy to get more children into sports, continuing to offer their yearly program of various sports activities that kids can participate in throughout the summer.

MILO Sports Executive, Lester P. Ocampo, welcoming guests at the recent press launch of
2019 MILO Summer Sports Clinics at KidZania Manila

Driven by the “Get Your Child into Sports” campaign, the MILO Summer Sports Clinics aims to reinforce the importance of sports in a child’s holistic development. Children today are faced with numerous barriers that hinder them from engaging into sports such as digital distractions, lack of safe play places, and fear of trying. MILO’s annual summer clinic seeks to address these challenges by highlighting sports as a means not only to get kids active, but also to teach valuable life lessons one can learn outside the classroom.

“Getting children involved in sports would be a more enjoyable and productive way to healthy living,” said Willy De Ocampo, Business Unit Manager, MILO Philippines. “We believe that physical and social development lay the foundation for a child’s growth, which is why our MILO Summer Sports Clinics teaches children the fundamentals of various sports in a unique and scientific way and helps them develop character-forming values.

Energizing More Children

This year, MILO makes the Summer Sports Clinics accessible to more aspiring young athletes as they continue their expansion in the Visayas and Mindanao region. The clinics will be available starting end-March, in over 700 venues to more than 30,000 children nationwide.

Arnis, Ultimate Frisbee, and Wushu are this year’s newest additions to the program’s sports offerings. Apart from those sports, the MILO Summer Sports Clinics will continue to provide training to different sports disciplines, namely Badminton, Basketball, Chess, Fencing, Football, Futsal, Golf, Gymnastics, Karatedo, Lawn Tennis, Parkour, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Touch Rugby, and Volleyball.

To enhance the summer clinic experience of the participants, select clinic organizers will offer a MILO Welcome Kit that contains an exclusive Summer Sports Clinics drawstring bag and MILO to ensure the participants will get their Champion Energy Nutrients when they embark on their summer courses.

“MILO contains Champion Energy Nutrients such as milk, Protomalt, B-Vitamins, and Iron to help children get active especially in sports,” said De Ocampo. “So, not only will the kids get the athletic and social benefits at the Summer Sports Clinics, they will also be provided with the nutritious energy of MILO.”

Nourishing Champions Through the Years

For more than 35 years, MILO prides itself in partnering with a roster of esteemed organizations such as the BEST Center and Philippine Taekwondo Association among many others, that have been instrumental in maintaining the sports excellence that the Summer Sports Clinics is known for.

Expert coaches and instructors who have competed and won in local and international competitions such as the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games and the Olympics will handle the programs. These mentors use modern and scientific approaches that will help participants gain appreciation for the different sports, live a healthy and active lifestyle, and embody the morals of discipline, confidence, teamwork, perseverance, and hard work.

MILO Champion, former national athlete, and Taekwondo coach Japoy Lizardo
sharing the importance of sports in a child’s life

By centering on values in sports, MILO’s Summer Sports Clinics along with its other sports programs, have created outstanding personas in the sporting scene. The roster of alumni includes BEST Center graduate Chris Tiu, Taekwondo clinic graduate and SEA Games medalist Japoy Lizardo, and Gymnastics clinic graduate and SEA Games gold medalist Kaitlyn De Guzman.

“We look forward to nurture more children to be champions not just as athletes but also as individuals,” said Luigi Pumaren, MILO Sports Executive. “We encourage parents to introduce their kids to a fun, active and healthy lifestyle and make their summer worthwhile with the MILO Summer Sports Clinics.”

Get your child into sports and enroll them in the MILO Summer Sports Clinics!

Department of Education Undersecretary Tonisito M. C. Umali, encouraging parents to make champions out of our children not only in sports, but in real life

The 2019 MILO Summer Sports Clinics is endorsed by the Department of Education, Philippine Olympic Committee, Philippine Sportswriters Association and is in partnership with Chris Sports, SKLZ, Wilson, and Rain or Shine.

For more information on the MILO Summer Sports Clinics and MILO Philippines, log on to the official website (http://www.milo.com.ph) or the MILO Philippines Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/milo.ph). Follow MILO on Twitter (@MiloPH) and Instagram (@MiloPhilippines).

Nido and KidZania Manila presents NIDO® 3+/5+ City Challenge

{Sponsored post} In celebration of the National Children’s Month, NIDO® 3+ and 5+ in partnership with KidZania Manila presents the NIDO® 3+/5+ City Challenge. It features a series of strategically-designed activities that aim to help parents guide their growing-up kids in performing basic to difficult tasks; hence, empowering the parents to say YES and LET GO of their kids, letting them explore, learn, and appreciate the real world through fun, educational, role-playing activities.


The NIDO® 3+/5+ CITY CHALLENGE aids in the development of various learning aspects important for kids in their growing-up years, which includes socio-emotional, language, cognitive, and more. 

KidZania activities include the Bookstore, Window Washing, Acting Academy, Police Station and CSI, and Farm House. Each of these challenges come with three levels depending on who’s performing the task: parent and kid for Beginners, individual mom or dad and kid for Intermediate, and kid only for Expert. By going through each level, parents become more confident and accepting in letting go of their little ones, for them to slowly learn how to manage on their own, giving way for their self-help and adaptive skills to improve. A corresponding number of stamps is earned after successfully completing each level, and exciting prizes await those who can collect a total of ten stamps. 

Language skills are also promoted as parents and kids would need to effectively communicate with each other to complete the challenges, while cognitive skills are further enhanced through tasks the require problem solving, reasoning, memory, and decision making.


Superwomom Bettinna Carlos knows the importance of giving her unica hija, Gummy, all the vitamins and minerals a growing child needs, plus more—that’s why she gives Gummy only NIDO ADVANCED PROTECTUS 5+

Activities within the NIDO® 3+/5+ City Challenge highlight specific learning processes important to kids in their crucial growing-up years, while giving parents the unique opportunity to be a part of it through their guidance. Socio-emotional development, for one, is promoted through challenges where parents and kids team up together, establishing good working relationships while teaching kids to manage their emotions.

In addition, parents will also be able to aid their kids in exercising their motor skills with the various movements involved in the challenges, which range from dancing and carrying or delivering of goods, to fine motor movements such as writing.



Vice President and Lead Consumer Marketing Manager for NIDO GUM Missy Ayson empowers parents to let their kids explore and appreciate the real world even at a young age, knowing they are protected from within with NIDO ADVANCED PROTECTUS 3+ and 5+.

“We really took into consideration the various learning aspects that growing kids need for their age bracket,” says Missy Ayson, Vice President and Lead Consumer Marketing Manager for NIDO® Growing-Up Milks. “And with the NIDO® 3+/5+ City Challenge, we are giving parents the opportunity to develop their children’s social skills, analytical comprehension, adaptability, and more while allowing them to bond together in the process.“




SAY YES AND LET GO. NIDO Growing-Up Milks in partnership with KidZania Manila launches the NIDO 3+/5+ City Challenge. (from L-R: Gian Abaya, Digital Content Manager for Nestle Infant Nutrition; Tam Patino, Marketing & Promotions Executive for NIDO GUM; Pearl Lu, Consumer Marketing Manager for NIDO GUM; Missy Ayson, Vice President, Lead Consumer Marketing Manager for NIDO GUM; Proud NIDO GUM mommies Say Alonzo (with son Asher) and Bettina Carlos (with daughter Gummy); and Cyril Silangan, e-Business Head of Nestle Infant Nutrition).

The NIDO® 3+/5+ City Challenge will run from November to December 2018 at KidZania Manila, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.  


Confidence to say YES and LET GO

NIDO® 3+ and 5+ are the only growing-up milk brands developed with Lactobacillus PROTECTUS®, featuring L. Rhamnosuswhich is an advanced probiotic strain that helps protect children’s tummies and helps build their upper respiratory tract defense against germs that bring about common coughs and colds. Each glass of NIDO® 3+ and 5+ contains millions of this good bacteria, so parents are assured that their children receives the protection from within that they deserve and need.

To further boost their immune system, both NIDO® 3+ and 5+ contain Iron, Zinc, Selenium, and Vitamin C, as well as Vitamin A, B, D, Calcium, and Protein to promote proper growth and development. Not to mention DHA, a building block for the brain.

NIDO® 3+ and 5+ are tailored fit to meet the nutritional needs of kids in their crucial growing up years, packed with all the essential nutrients and more, giving parents the confidence to say yes and let go. Choose the #1 milk, choose NIDO® 3+ and 5+. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/NidoAdvancedProtectus3/

Moymoy Lulumboy Continues its Journey with Fifth Book

{Press Release} Lampara Books’ epic fantasy series Moymoy Lulumboy returns with its fifth book. Dubbed Moymoy Lulumboy: Ang lihim ng libro, the adolescent novel takes readers to the enchanting world of Gabun where local mythological creatures like aswang, duwende, manananggal, kapre, and tikbalang co-exist with each other and fight for communal peace.

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The latest installment continues with the journey of Moymoy Lulumboy as he struggles to cope with the death of his mother Liliw and contend with his legacy as the hero that will save Gabun from evil forces. Moymoy Lulumboy, whose shape-shifting powers resemble that of an aswang, is slowly transforming into a character with a little darkness and aggression in his soul, but whose kindness and compassion remain throughout the coming-of-age conquest.

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PETA actors performing an excerpt from Moymoy Lulumboy: Ang Lihim ng Libro

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Moymoy Lulumboy author and illustrator with award-winning young actor Noel Comia Jr. and other actors from PETA

The young adult (YA) series has received glowing reviews from book critics and readers, with Philippine Daily Inquirer including it in the top 10 books of 2014 and praising its “solid efforts at further modernizing our own myths.” Interaksyon‘s Romsanne Ortiguero also raved about the franchise, particularly the fourth installment, Moymoy Lulumboy: Mga Dulot ng Digmaan, for taking the audience into a “gripping reading experience as new characters and challenges were introduced.”

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Big Sis Ali having her Moymoy Lulumboy books autographed

With the growing public interest on the franchise, ABS-CBN recently acquired Moymoy Lulumboy with plans of developing the series into a TV series, film, digital piece, merchandise, or an attraction.

Palanca awardee and best selling author Segundo Matias Jr. recently launched the fifth book last September 14 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. It was one of the highlights of the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF 2018), where top local and international authors debut their work to the general public.

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Author Jun Matias recounting to media friends and bloggers how the story of Moymoy Lulumboy began

An expert in telling stories targeted to a younger demographic, Matias threads a coming-of-age story skillfully while opening the reader’s soul to an entertaining genre romp that’s characteristically Pinoy at heart. To date, he has published over 1,500 books via his own imprints, Precious Pages Corp. and Lampara Publishing Co.

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Lil Sis Zoe with highly acclaimed illustrator Jomike Tehido

On the last installment of Moymoy Lulumboy, he collaborates with Jomike Tehido, a prolific architect, author, illustrator, and painter, whose compelling fusion of unorthodox styles has led to solo exhibitions in the Philippines, Singapore, France, Japan, and the United States.

Moymoy Lulumboy: Ang Lihim ng Libro is available at Precious Page retail outlets, National Bookstore, Pandayan Book Shop, and other leading bookstores nationwide. For inquiries, you may contact inquiry@lamparabooks.com.ph.

Missing Martha Cecilia on MC Day

Para Siempre: A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of the Romance Diva

{PR} Last October 28, more than a hundred people gathered to celebrate “Martha Cecilia Day” with The Eirycats, the romance diva’s group of loyal fans-turned-friends. That special day was the 25th anniversary of Martha Cecilia as a romance writer. Precious Pages Corporation, publisher of Precious Hearts Romances decided to launch her last novel: The Farmer and the Heiress, written in 2014 and completed by her daughters Nina Martinne and Tsina Cajayon. The event was held at The Space at the 4th floor of JRich Corporate Center in Sto. Domingo Avenue, Quezon City.

The Farmer and the Heiress is about Elleana Syquia, a young, beautiful, rich girl, who was born and raised in London. Her parents own the biggest sugar cane and corn plantation in the Ilocos region. Her grand life soon takes a turn when her mother dies. She has to leave London to manage their hacienda. There she meets Felipe, the vilest man she has ever met. But this arrogant man is also temptingly handsome. Felipe is a farmer…

“Natapos ko ang book na [may] maraming pagtigil, may mysterious part, nakakaiyak, nakaka-in love,” says Malou Galviso, in one of her posts on Facebook about the book. “Done reading… ang ganda super ganda… na miss ko yung mga gawa ni MC. Ung malalim na Tagalog iba tlga tatak Martha Cecilia… Nakakalungkot lng na ito na ung huling gawa ni MC but still nag iisang Martha Cecilia yan at kahit kailan di malalaos at kahit kailan di makakalimutan ang mga akda nya.imiss MC truly. Salamat sa pagkakataon na makapunta at maka-attend sa #MCDAY #ParaSiempre ” says Abegail Azuela after reading the book.

MC Day’s theme was coachella. Guests came in their summer shorts or Bohemian- inspired outfits. The event started on time with special gifts given to early birds: special discounts given to the first 25 who regisrered, and loot bags to the first 100 who arrived. The program included video clips, games, raffle, interview and book signing with Nina Martinne, and the most-awaited part—the book cover reveal. Even the closest of fans and friends of the romance diva had not seen the book before its unveiling.

Overall, the MC Day brought a lot of memories; it was also a very happy day for Martha Cecilia’s readers and friends. Every one was looking forward to next year’s celebration. The Farmer and the Heiress is now available at all branches of Precious Pages Store, National Book Store, Precious Shop online store and other bookstores.

Losing and gaining my sanity back while homeschooling

(Featured image by Deniz Altindas on Unsplash)

We’re now about to enter our third year in our homeschool journey and, honestly, I’m not sure if we have anything to show for it. I must admit that up to now, I tend to doubt myself both as a parent and a teacher and there are days when I simply wonder if it would be better if  I just put our girls, particularly my teen, back to conventional school. It’s amazing how my husband trusts me so much that he seems to have totally dismissed that idea, though. He’s aware that we tend to lag behind in academics, particularly in Math, but he doesn’t make a big deal out of it, confident that we’ll be able to catch up soon. Really soon.

Deep inside, however, I felt confused and worse, defeated at times. I have all the time and learning resources that would help me teach my daughters as well as enable them to learn on their own. I have a supportive husband and we have friends and relatives, especially my sister, who cheer us on. I have attended various seminars and read books on homeschooling, too. So, what could go wrong? Why can’t I be the kind of parent-teacher that I had envisioned myself to be when we first decided to homeschool our daughters? Why can’t we seem to have that perfect homeschool day every single day?

When reality finally set in that my daughters’ education primarily depended on me, I started to become (more) controlling, I guess. And, having a teenager with raging hormones, that could only mean one thing: disaster. Nevertheless, my expectations did not waver. If anything, I just kept adding something to the pile of things I expect my daughters, especially my teen, to be, do, and have. The result? An estranged relationship between my firstborn and me.

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