I carry you with me, I carry you in my heart.

16 years ago, I remember walking down the aisle towards this man I promised to love forever. He stood there waiting anxiously at the altar for me and when our eyes met, I clearly remember how we both smiled at each other in great relief. We thought we’d never make it. This lives in my memory. If there is a moment between my dream and waking up, a moment I want to stay frozen in time, this is one of them. Today, I remember and I guess for the rest of my life I’ll always remember how on this day, many moons ago, I married a guy who spent a significant part of his lifetime showing me how deeply adored, cherished, and loved I am. For this, I am eternally grateful.

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To my dear sweetheart, I hope my love and prayers, and not my grief and sorrow, reach you tonight for I want nothing more than for you to be truly happy there in heaven. The best years of my life are still the ones I spent with you. Know that wherever this life takes me, I’ll carry your heart with me, I’ll carry it in my heart. Happy wedding anniversary. 😌

Never forget. Marcos is not a hero.

A while ago in class today, our topic was historical events and places in NCR, and very timely the discussion focused on the EDSA Revolution and the different circumstances that led to that life changing event. My students had a lot of questions about the dark years in Philippine history. As an educator, I adressed them as developmentally appropriate and as objectively as possible.

Before closing the lesson, I showed a video of the EDSA People Power Revolution. As the song, “Magkaisa,” played in the background, and as scenes from the martial law years flooded the screen, I felt yet again that strong, familiar stirring of emotions. In fact, I had to clear my throat a couple of times before addressing the class. When I turned on the lights as the video comes to an end, I was even more surprised to see some of my students with tears in their eyes. As the last notes of the song faded into the background, the class fell silent, clearly absorbing everything before slowly breaking into a heartfelt clap. It was deeply moving. Deeply moving.

Nine year olds…what do they know about martial law, about Ferdinand Marcos, or about history. Nothing except what we tell them. But then, how we tell them matters as much as what we tell them. So, lets explain history and what is happening right now in the light of faith and reason because this is the only way we can raise critical thinkers, sound decision makers, and upright leaders of the furture. Our roles as storytellers and witnesses of the past and present times matter. They matter a lot to our children so lets take these roles seriously.

It is a sad day for the Filipinos, I agree but this does not dictate how our future will be like. Before I even knew of the Supreme Court’s decision on Marcos burial today, a student raised this question just before we ended the class, “Should we allow Ferdinand Marcos to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani?” After an exchange of opinions and ideas, I let them decide. My 26 nine year old students made a stand. They based their decision on what they know about what makes a hero, in plain and simple truth. 24 out of my 26 students voted against it. Judging from the way my students made their choice, I see a “bright” future for the Philippines. 🙏🏼😌

Happy Teacher’s Day

The other day, I saw my Grade 2 student whose been notorious for screaming and throwing tantrums in class when things don’t go her way, head to the bathroom. She’s been adamantly excusing herself often in class lately to sort of like take “little breaks.” When I saw her locked herself in, I sneakily followed her and slipped inside the other cubicle and in my best imitation of a deep booming voice, I said her name twice. I heard a shuffle and a quickly reply, “Who’s that? Who are you! I am not afraid of you.” I continued, “I am your guardian angel, gooooo back to the classssrooooom…go back to the classssrooom.” In all sassiness, she shot back , “No you’re not. Who are you? I’m not afraid of you…What are you doing in there…angel, what angel…” But then, I heard her hurriedly go out of the cubicle, mumble a few words, and do a hasty exit. When I was certain that the coast was clear, I went out to wash my hands in the sink. When I looked up, I almost fell to my knees laughing because I saw her hiding behind the door, whispering to herself, “Who are you? I am not afraid of you.” and when she carefully peeked and saw me, she triumphantly shouted, “I kneeeew it! I knew it!!! Ha!” with matching slap on the wall. She returned back to the classroom skipping, obviously in high spirits, while I stood there laughing till my sides hurt. 
In my 14 years of teaching and handling preschool and primary kids, this is what I learned: to truly survive in teaching, you have to learn not to take yourself or your students TOO seriously. You have to allow more room for humor because humor/laughter is always the best way to (especially) a (difficult) student’s heart. Always. Happy teacher’s day to my fellow teachers.

Back to Basics

After an engaging discussion in my history class today, I asked my students to draw how they pictured the “Kingdom of Maynilad” in their minds. Two of my students came up with these drawings.

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I was so delighted when I saw these because they were able to creatively draw and express in full detail their ideas. This is rare among 8-9 year olds nowadays. 5 or 6 years ago, our gradeschoolers were engrossed in drawing, reading, and writing, penmanship wasn’t even an issue and writing simple journal entries, not a struggle at all. If we could just go back to basics, and mindfully replace our children’s gadgets with pen and paper so they can draw and write more, imagine what these little critters can create and do.

Proactiv+ Green Tea Moisturizer

You have probably heard about Green Tea by now. It is considered one of the healthiest beverages on the planet since it is loaded with powerful antioxidants and nutrients that are known to address common health issues such as high cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes, and even cancer. But among its many incredible benefits, what probably got women truly excited about it are its natural anti-aging and moisturizing properties.

In a bid to improve its product line and to continuously provide its consumers with safe and effective skincare, Proactiv Solution came up with Proactiv+ Green Tea Moisturizer. A lightweight, nongreasy formula especially designed for blemishprone skin. Rich in mineral and botanical extracts, this product acts as the perfect moisturizer since it soothes dry skin without clogging pores.

Proactiv + Green Tea Moisturizer is ideal for men and women suffering from dry skin associated with acne medication. It helps maintain the moisture, tone, suppleness, and softness of the skin. It contains hydration ingredients, minerals, and emollients that nourish skin as well as Green Tea EGCG, a potent antioxidant known to fight free radicals that helps soothe and calm dry, irritated skin.

It perfectly complements the Proactiv 3 Step system. It can be applied daily as needed after Step 3-Repairing system to alleviate dryness and can be worn alone or under makeup. It contains the following natural ingredients : Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Sodium Polyacrylate, Iris Florentina Root Extract, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Epigallocatechin Gallate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Trideceth-6, Zinc Sulfate, Retinyl Palmitate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Squalane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, PPG-2 Myristyl Ether Propionate, Alcohol, Allantoin, Propanediol, C12-15 Alkyl Lactate, Polyquaternium-11, Disodium EDTA, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, FragrancParfum), Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool.

You can grab it at any of the following stores/kiosks:

a. Proactiv Online Shopping: http://my.proactiv.com.ph
b. Proactiv Door-to-Door Delivery Hotlines: Metro Manila Landline: (02) 729-2222 Globe Provincial: 1-800-8-729-8888 PLDT Provincial: 1-800-10-889-4444 Mobile No.: 0917-801-8888
c. Proactiv Mall Kiosks
Ground Floor, Glorietta 2 – Contact Number: (02) 512-5885
2nd Floor, Trinoma – Contact Number:(02) 512-5981
d. Selected Watsons and SM Department Stores:
G/F, SM Cubao Department Store (Beauty Section), Cubao, Quezon City
G/F, SM Makati Department Store (Beauty Section), Ayala Center, Makati City
Level 2, SM North Edsa Department Store (Beauty Section), North Ave. cor. EDSA Quezon City
G/F, SM Megamall Department Store (Beauty Section), Building B., Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
Level 1, SM Fairview Department Store (Beauty Section), corner Regalado Avenue, Quirino Highway, Quezon City
G/F, SM Southmall Department Store (Beauty Section), Alabang – Zapote Rd, Almanza Uno, Las Piñas
G/F, SM Mall of Asia Department Store (Beauty Section), Seaside Blvd, Pasay City
Level 2, Watsons, SM Megamall 4, Building A., Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
G/F, Watsons, SM Mall of Asia, near Starbucks, Seaside Blvd, Pasay City
Upper Ground Floor, Watsons, SM Aura Premiere, near Hypermarket, McKinley Parkway, Taguig

It has suggested retail price of Php999 for the 30ml 1fl.oz. Delivery Fee (Hotline and Online Order)of Php150 for Metro Manila and Php330 for provincial apply. FREE delivery is also available for Online and Hotline order if purchased along with Proactiv Solution Combination Therapy 30day or 60 day kit!

Adam Levine’s Proactiv TV Commercial


Lead singer, Adam Levine of the Grammy Award-winning band, Maroon 5, made quite a name for himself in the music scene with his signature hot looks and superb singing voice. But did you know that he who was voted “Sexiest Man Alive” last 2013 also struggled with acne breakouts during his teenage years?

Many envy Adam for his undeniable charm and charisma but just like any normal teenager, he suffered acne and lacked self-confidence too. Surprisingly for someone who looked so natural in the front of the camera, he once stayed away from the crowd due to this worsening skin problem. Shares Adam, “People might think that nothing fazes me but that’s just not true. Nobody is proud of having acne. It isn’t fun. In fact, it sucks. I suffered from acne when I was younger which made me so insecure. It was not a pleasant experience. ”

Fortunately, America’s #1 acne treatment system, Proactiv Solution, became the answer to his pressing concern. Proactiv’s 3-Step System is developed by dermatologist. It is designed to help clear existing acne and prevent future outbreaks while gently caring for your skin.

Adds Adam, “So if your acne is your problem, the solution is Proactiv, bottomline. I know how important it is to get acne out of your life. Proactiv helped me. It’s no brainer. Just do it because you’ll be very happy. It is great that there is something out there now that is legitimate.”

Now with clear skin, Adam Levine no longer feels the need to hide. Says Adam, “It is a game changer. It treats acne and your skin right. As a guy, I don’t like to put a lot of acne products but with Proactiv, it is just three easy steps. That’s all you need to do.”

Here’s Adam Levine’s Proactiv commercial:

Proactiv Solution comes in 30-Day kit (P2,495) and 60-Day kit (P3,995). It is available in all Watsons stores nationwide.

Iflin Baby Products

During the Mommy Mundo Expo Mom here in the South last weekend, I realized, there are just so many nice baby products in the market today, its no wonder Mommy Mundo Expo Mom is always an instant hit! I chanced upon one that made me wish I’m a mom of an infant again. I am talking about Iflin Baby Bamboo Muslin Products from Thailand which Iflin Baby PH carry here in the Philippines. Their products are all made of 70% silky soft bamboo fiber and 30% natural cotton.

You probably might be wondering, why bamboo? Well, it turns out, bamboo is gentle & softer than cotton and great for baby skin. It is also breathable, absorbent, anti-bacterial, sustainable, and environmental friendly.

Here are the five Iflin products available in the Philippines:

My Cozy Bamboo Blanket SRP: Php 2,195.00 (1 pc/box)

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This might be the cuddliest blanket your baby will ever have since it is made up of double layers of silky soft bamboo muslin with extra soft padding in the middle.

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This can be used as stroller and car seat blankey, on-the-go-pillow (just fold it and place under baby’s head), nursing cover (simply snap it around your neck), diaper, tummy-time, play, changing, or picnic pad, and stroller canopy/sunshield.

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My Everyday Bamboo Burp & Nurse SRP: Php1,800.00 (2 pcs/box)

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This is designed to be a cross body burp cloth. Its unique semi-circle shape provides maximum coverage from your shoulder to your chest and elbow. The snap buttons ensure that it stays in place and don’t fall off your shoulder.

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Its smart design also makes it more than just a burp cloth. It allows for a more private comfortable space for on-the-go breastfeeding since it can be used as a 360 degree nursing cover by opening it up and putting it over your head. It can function as a crossbody burp cloth, nursing cover, and diaper changing pad.

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My Handy Washcloth & Napkin SRP: Php900.00 (6 pcs/box)

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This multifunction washcloth can be snapped easily in your bag/diaper bag. It can clean up all kinds of little mess in no time. It can also serve as napkin during mealtimes, washcloth for fever or during bath time, cleaning cloth for baby’s hands, face and drool, and handkerchief for kids.

My Favorite Bamboo Muslin SRP: Php1800.00 (4 pcs/box)

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This versatile cloth with its feathery softness makes it a diaper bag essential. It can be used as a cleaning cloth for baby’s hands, face, and mouth, towel for unexpected baths, burp cloth, stroller blanket, car seat blanket, stroller liner, stroller canopy or a sunshield, diaper changing, nap, tummy time, or play pad. It can be anything you need it to be.

My Style Bamboo Burp and Bib SRP: Php1,650.00 (2 pcs/box)

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It features double layers of silky soft bamboo muslin with extra soft padding in the middle. The maximum softness it provides allows your baby to rest her little head comfortably on your shoulder (won’t fall off your shoulders as well). This smart and stylish burp cloth goes well with any of your outfit. It also works as a bib or a cute little shawl for your little one since its extra soft padding can keep your baby warm on a chilly day.

These Iflin Baby products are definitely cuteness overload. They are currently available at The Parenting Emporium and The Nest: Attachment Parenting Hub.

For more info about these products, you may visit:
Instagram: iflinbabyph
FB: inflinbabyph

The Mommy Mundo Journey Box

The wonderful world of motherhood is exciting and challenging, heartbreaking and heartwarming, inspiring and fulfilling. As we go through its different stages, from getting pregnant to having a baby, from raising a toddler to sending off our child to school, it’s comforting to know that there is community of mommies who are more than willing to lend a listening ear, share a bit of wisdom, and laugh over our foibles and antics.

A community of moms dedicated to educating, inspiring, and empowering moms with useful, relevant, and up-to-date information, Mommy Mundo counts among its members 100,000 active and progressive moms.

Joining the community only involves taking a few easy steps– just sign up for a Mommy Mundo Passport card! With membership comes all sorts of benefits including invites to exclusive events, special offers from mom, baby and kid-focused brands, and upcoming perks and surprises throughout the year.

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(Photo grabbed from mommymundo.com)

As a first surprise, joining the Mommy Mundo community via the Passport now also comes with a Journey Box, filled with special items from our beloved partner brands. Reflective of the motherhood journey, there is a box for every stage:

• The Soon-to-be-Mommy Box for expectant moms
• The Welcome to Motherhood Box for moms with newborns
• The Smiles and Tickles Box for moms with toddlers
• The Hello, Kiddo! Box for moms with preschool-aged kids and up

Here’s a sample of the Journey Box:

Here’s how to be a part of the growing Mommy Mundo community of active, modern moms:
1. Apply for a new Mommy Mundo Passport tagged at P500 with one-year validity.
2. Choose the appropriate Journey Box.
3. Pick up your Journey Box at the Mommy Mundo HQ in Pasig City, or have it delivered via
courier.
4. If you’re an existing Mommy Mundo passport holder, you can reprint your card and get the
Journey Box for 300 pesos.

To apply visit http://www.mommymundo.com/passport

Good Housekeeping Feature

I’ve always believed that it is FAITH rather than FATE which brought me to where I am now. My dear friends, this my Post-Nan story, an ode to my God whose grace alone brought me this far.

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I am inviting you all to read and share this to widows and single parents that you know so they too will realize that grief and sorrow, they are not what a widow’s story is all about. Triumph of the human spirit is. Special thanks to Good Housekeeping Philippines for inviting me to share my story in this month’s issue of GH. Please grab a copy.😊

Happy Father’s Day To Me

That moment when your 15 year old daughter gives you a long talk about her plans, hopes, and dreams for senior high school, college, and sigh, the future. You sit there and listen as she shares passionately how she wants to be a Medical Technologist and eventually a Pediatric Oncologist because she wants to help children with cancer like her, and you think silently, I’m not ready yet emotionally, mentally, and yes, financially to let you go. You stare at her with your mouth wide open, and wonder to yourself, where the hell did your crying, scrawny little kid go, and when exactly did this sensible, level headed teenager take over?! So many thoughts running in your head and so many conflicting emotions fighting their way into your poor mommy heart. But then, you continue to sit there and let yourself have it, and when she finally said, “What do you think mommy?!” You just nod your head and mutter, “Gee, that’s some plan,” and you go hug her and tell her you’ll support her. You stand up with a big brave smile on your face and watch as she leaves excitedly to search for some senior high school scholarship program. You brace yourself as the usual painful twist in your heart comes and quietly whisper, “Oh Lord what do we do now?!” Happy Father’s Day to me. 😌

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