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Prottie Helps in Keeping Our Kids Healthy

Health

Isn’t it exciting to have a helping hand in keeping our kids healthy?

Balance diet, physical activity and health are interconnected. Your nutrition is a key player when it comes to physical, mental, and social well-being. That is why FHMoms is happy to partner with Prottie Soymilk drink. Both partners support the mother’s in providing good nutrition to their children.

Prottie dance challenge becomes a hit with our moms and their kids in time with the lockdown. FHMoms and Prottie Soymilk drink mix come hand in hand to provide fun and more prizes to their loyal supporters. The contest gave an avenue for mothers to bond with their children while doing the challenge. The promo was extended due to our community’s transition to lockdown.

Physical activity and positive vibes are important during the coronavirus pandemic. It helps people lessen stress and provides happiness that improves wellbeing. Aside from having a good disposition, keeping one’s health is important. Prottie soymilk drink mix has protein and calcium components. These are added nutrients needed to support our kids growing health. FHMoms believe in protecting our loved ones is a way to show that they are important to us. Thus, Prottie soymilk drink gives the benefits as mothers try to resolve health issues such as calcium and protein deficiency. Malnutrition may lead to unwanted physical defects such as being too short for the age. Kids can become underweight for the height, or even experience bone deformities.

One reason for FHMoms to support mothers in promoting good nutrition for their kids. They encourage to drink Prottie Soymilk drink mix together with a balanced diet. To have better immunity and strong teeth. Children who enjoy the soymilk drink may have nicer hair, healthier skin and nails, and one of the most important, they will have stronger bones. What are you waiting for?  Go for Prottie and enjoy healthy happy children at home.

Surely, this is not like any other chocolate drinks. It is a powdered soy milk full of nutrients and filled with goodness. See kids here, who are strong and happy showing off their healthy bodies through this newest dance challenge (https://www.facebook.com/ProttiePH/posts/141194430730009 ). 

Isn’t that promising?

Grab your phones now and record your own video doing this new dance challenge. Let us spread to other moms about this good news!

And for the mothers who have yet to taste our one and only Prottie(r) soymilk powdered drink, click this link and purchase it online:

https://www.lazada.com.ph/catalog/?q=prottie+soymilk+drink&_keyori=ss&from=input&spm=a2o4l.searchlist.search.go.47f66885XiYwxy

Let’s do it in a tasty way!

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Meet our Super Mom!

Entrepreneurship , Freelancing , Parenting , Uncategorized

It was the 8-hour daily grind plus the chaotic traffic in the metro which made MK Bertulfo contemplate transitioning to working from home. From queuing too long lines of public transportation and having to experience heavy traffic when going home, these reasons resulted in her missing her son and loved ones’ lives. It was too tiring for her; she was exhausted from work, transportation, house chores, and other issues she has to deal with as a mom.

She is just like most moms out there who sincerely wish to have more time with their families, but unfortunately has to go to work, so they are left with no choice but to leave their kids under the care of a helper.

She came across onlinejobs.ph, one of the biggest and known online home-based job portal. She tried creating a profile for the first time -lo and behold, after only a few hours, someone had already sent her an invite to work. Unable to contain her happiness, she gloriously shared her experience to her mom-friends whom eventually, she had helped landed online jobs, too. Lending a helping hand comes naturally from Mommy MK, as she was fondly called. Her heart is filled with so much joy whenever she sees the results of the help she provided to hundreds of moms asking for guidance from her. After basking in the glory of her life-changing experience on landing an online job that turns now into her full-time career, she thought of other moms who were in the same shoes as her before. Being a mom herself, she definitely understands the struggles of making both ends meet and at the same time taking care of their growing family. Not to mention the pressure and expectations that the society has given to women- be a good mom and a career woman at the same time.

And that led her to create the support group via FB which she named Filipina Homebased Moms, a community catering to Filipina moms who wishes to have home-based jobs as well. She offers training, webinars, and engagement. and other events that will inspire our mothers to continue pursuing their goals.

As the group grows, so does its heart. FHMoms envisions building a nationwide community of empowered Filipina mothers. MK wants to reach as far as she can and find those mothers waiting for her.

Every day, more mothers have been helped by FHMoms to find online jobs. Every day, new ones join the group hoping to find an online job.

As of writing, the community now has more than 190,000 members. Whatever FHMOMS is right now, its success is because of a lot of moms who have the same vision and mission in life, and that is to extend help to each other to be a Wondermom in a world full of chaos and problems. Each and everyone serves as an inspiration and advisers to all the members of this group.

Let us change the world, one mom at a time.

FILIPINA HOMEBASED MOMS

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Kalusugan ng Aking Pamilya, Sa Aking mga Kamay

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Tayong mga nanay, sabi nga nila, ay hindi maaaring magpahinga; bawal tayong magkaroon ng sakit; at sa lahat ng oras ay dapat tayong malakas.

Katuwang ng ating mga asawa, naging sandalan tayo ng ating buong pamilya upang mapanatiling malakas at masaya ang ating tahanan.

Sa gitna ng krisis pangkalusugan, COVID-19 pandemic, na ating kinakaharap paano nga ba paiigtingin ang kalusugan ng buong pamilya? Kabi-kabila ang mga balita tungkol sa mga hindi magandang epekto ng pandemya, ngunit kung ating iisiping mabuti, mayroon din itong idinulot na ilang magagandang bagay sa atin – tulad ng mas maraming oras na asikasuhin ang ating tahanan, higit na oras upang makapag-muni-muni sa mga bagay, panandaliang panahon upang makapahinga ang ating kapaligiran sa polusyon, sapat na oras para tutukan at alagaan ang ating pamilya, at maging mas higit na maalalahanin sa ating kalusugan at ng ating pamilya.

Bilang nanay, ikaw ang susi sa isang malusog at malakas na pamilya. Ikaw ang dapat na manguna at dapat pamarisan sa pangangalaga ng katawan.

Ano nga ba ang dapat mong gawin upang mapanatili ang malusog na pangangatawan at malakas na resistensya?

  1. Manguna at hikayatin ang pamilya sa mga pang-personal na kalinisang gawain (paghuhugas ng kamay, paliligo, pagsisipilyo, at iba pa)
  2. Maghanda ng masustansyang pagkain para sa pamilya.
  3. Makinig at intindihin ang mga payong pang-kalusugan mula sa mga lehitimong mapagkukunan ng kaalaman.
  4. Manguna at hikayatin ang pamilya na uminom ng mga suplemento ng pagkain (food supplement) na makakatulong sa pagpapatibay ng ating katawan at resistensya.
  5. Mag-ehersisyo

Para naman sa ating mga nakababatang anak, paano natin sila tutulungan na palakasin ang kanilang pangangatawan? Kailan natin silang gabayan at turuan na gawin ang mga sumusunod:

  1. Regular na mag-ehersisyo
  2. Kumain ng tama at masustansyang pagkain
  3. Matulog ng tama at sapat na oras
  4. Regular na inumin ang kanilang mga bitamina at suplemento sa pagakain (vitamins and food supplements)

Ang pagbili ng tama at lehitimong mga bitamina at suplemento sa pagkain ay mas madali na. Ang pinagkakatiwalaan nating Watsons na noon ay sa malls lang natin nakikita, mas pinadami na rin ang kanilang stores at branches na mas malapit na sa atin. 

Natural lamang sa isang ina na mag-alala sa kalusugan ng buong pamilya lalo na sa gitna ng pandemya. Unahin natin sa ating mga sarili ang pagiging malusog at malakas at maging ehemplo tayo sa buong pamilya, dahil tulad nga ng sabi nila,

“Maalagaan lamang natin ang ating mga mahal sa buhay, matapos nating alagaan ang ating sarili.”

#StrongHealthyFamily #watsonsph

Shop in any Watsons Store nationwide or shop online at https:/bit.ly/2W9oVWi or via delivery service https:/bit.ly/2ULNM0y.

ABOUT WATSONS PH

Watsons is part of the Health and Beauty Store chain of A.S Watson, the largest health, beauty,
cosmetics, and perfumery retailer in the world. Today, Watsons H&B Asia is the leading health and beauty chain in the continent with successful operations in 13 markets.

In 2002, A.S. Watson Group joined hands with SM Prime Holdings Inc., the Philippines’ leading shopping mall developer. The partnership brought about the first Watsons stores in SM Megamall and The Podium (Ortigas). Watsons now has over 700 stores in the Philippines, serving more than 100,000 customers nationwide.

Watsons strives to ensure that their customers get the best value for their money through monthly promotions, special offers, and continuous consumer marketing programs. Each Watsons store houses nothing but the best brands from top manufacturers all over the world and also carries its own competitively priced, high quality private labels and brands. With more than 1000 brands ranging from medicines, cosmetics, and fragrances to personal care items and general merchandise, Watsons Your Personal Store delivers only the best health, wellness, and beauty solutions to each and every customer.

FILIPINA HOMEBASED MOMS

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Top 5 Easy Vegan Recipes To Try When You Can’t Go Out

Health

The recent heightened community quarantine has all of us mommas thinking… 

“Anong next na lulutuin?”

Whether you’re a mom or a dad or just simply someone who’s in charge of preparing meals for yourself or for your family, I’m pretty sure you know what I mean.

If the daily challenge to come up with an acceptable meal is already challenging for you, how much more if you’re given limited access to ingredients? 

Would it be “pa-deliver nalang!”? Or “team de-lata”?

While there’s really nothing wrong with that, it’s still nice to note that now is actually the best time to load up with vitamins and minerals to boost your immune system. The fact that the main reason the community quarantine was implemented in the first place is because of a communicable virus should already be logical for you to choose wholesome food over these highly processed fast-food.

Which is why if you’re like me, who’s recently been obsessing about healthy and easy food recipes, you should go ahead and read on.

What Vegan Means

Whether you’re completely unaware of what vegan means or you’ve already encountered this term, let me share this excerpt from The Vegan Society where they defined in perfect detail what the word means. It goes by saying that vegan is…

[…] a philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.

To put it simply for this article, a food is considered vegan if no animal or animal-derived ingredient was used to create or to cook that particular meal — and yes, including dairy milk, eggs, honey, butter — anything that came from an animal. 

You might be wondering, 

“Parehas lang ba yan sa vegetarian?”

Well, it isn’t. For a better understanding of the difference between these so-called “diets,” here’s a chart I figured you’d find helpful.

Why a Vegan Diet

Now that you’re familiar with the term, the next question I’m certain that you’re dying to ask is ‘why?’ 

Why vegan? Why should I choose the vegan diet? 

There are a lot of reasons, actually. But for the sake of this article, let’s concentrate on the dietary aspect of veganism. 

Most studies show that a vegan diet is healthier and has been linked to various health benefits — from weight loss, reduced risk to certain types of cancer and even lower cholesterol and blood pressure.

Considering our current situation, where people who are prone to getting sick are at a higher risk of being infected, isn’t it now is the time you should finally prioritize your health? 

And if those things aren’t convincing enough for you to consider switching to a vegan diet, here are a few other health benefits backed by science according to Healthline:

  • Richer in certain nutrients
  • Lowers blood sugar levels 
  • Improves kidney function
  • Reduce pain from arthritis
  • Lower risk of heart disease

Still not sold on a vegan diet? (Really?) Before I tell you the number 1 reason why you should, I’d love to bust a myth first, which I’m sure has been running in your head ever since the idea of not consuming any animal meat was mentioned…

“There’s not enough protein in a vegan diet!”

Did I just read your mind? I wish I could but nope, I didn’t! It’s really a very common misconception about the vegan diet. 

A lot of people assume that vegans only consume fruits and vegetables, just like how they think that milk is the only great source of calcium. Fact of the matter is, there are TONS of calcium-rich food that are plant-based and did not come from cows. 

Here’s a list to prove you that.

Okay, enough of calcium. Now for the real thing. Protein.

How much protein does one really need in a day?

Ideally, the RDI (recommended daily intake) for men aged 19-70 years old is 0.84 grams per kilo (0.84g/kg) of body mass, while women aged 19-70 years old need 0.75g per kilo (0.75g/kg) daily. 

It gets confusing by the number, I know. But put it this way mommies: if you choose to eat a cup of black beans instead of meat, you get around 15g of protein (from that alone, yes) compared to a chicken drumstick. ‘Di mo yun alam, ‘no?

So remember there’s protein in plants, okay? 2Ps! Protein = Plants!

But really, all of these nutritional benefits and information are nothing compared to the realest reason why you should switch to a vegan diet immediately. Like, now.

Ready?

It’s because of the obvious fact that the COVID19, the reason behind the current pandemic and why we’re all under community quarantine, was said to have been originated from the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market where even other animals including bats and snakes are being sold for human consumption. 

But don’t take my word for it. While there is no known evidence that it came directly from animals, USA Today mentioned that conditions in such a marketplace creates a huge risk for humans to get infected by the said virus.

That being said, it is safe to say that the most effective way to lower that risk is to lessen human contact with animals and — yes, you’re right — reducing meat intake. 

But the best way is to totally ditch meat. 

It may be quite hard to most people, especially because since we were little or even nung panahon pa ni Mahoma, we were trained to eat meat. That was the norm back then, right?

But times have changed. It’s 2020! 

Now is actually a great time to be vegan. With new vegan options and alternatives coming out, it’s not even really that challenging to eat vegan foods nowadays.

Easy Vegan Recipes

I know you’re dying to see the recipes I’ll be sharing with you so without further ado, here are the top 5 super easy vegan recipes to finally kickstart your vegan journey.

Steamed Broccoli with Pan-fried Potatoes and Vegan Bacon From Stef dela Cruz

Ingredients:

  • Brocolli
  • Potato
  • Garlic
  • Vegan bacon
  • Salt Pepper

Procedure:

  1. Steam broccoli (better to slice them in similar sizes so they’re cooked evenly)
  2. Pan-fry potatoes (cubed)
  3. On a separate pan, fry vegan bacon and garlic. 
  4. Add pan-fried tomatoes and steamed broccoli.
  5. Add salt and pepper and turn off the heat immediately to avoid overcooking the broccoli.

NOTE: Vegan bacon is available in vegan specialty grocers. You can easily replace this with fried tofu.

Vegan Laing

From Jeffrey M. de Luna

Ingredients:

  • 5g ginger, diced
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 3 medium sized tomatoes, slice
  • 30g dried black fungus mushrooms
  • ¼ cup vegetable stock
  • Ground black pepper
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ tsp chili flakes
  • ½ cup Hoisin sauce
  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 can coconut milk

Procedure:

  1. Saute garlic and shallot.
  2. Add sliced tomatoes. Mix.
  3. Add dried black fungus mushrooms.
  4. Pour in vegetable stock, and add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Add chili flakes and hoisin sauce. Mix and let simmer.
  6. Pour in coconut cream then mix.
  7. Add coconut milk then slowly mix.
  8. Add the taro leaves.
  9. Cover and let sit for 30-40 minutes.

Stir-fried Broccoli and Carrots with Fried Tofu From Gen Fernandez

Ingredients:

  • Brocolli
  • Carrots
  • Tofu
  • Chili Flakes
  • Sesame Oil

Procedure:

  1. Fry tofu until golden brown then set aside.
  2. Sprinkle chili flakes and add sesame oil.

Apple & Broccoli Salad with Homemade Sauce From Thea Frances

Ingredients:

  • Brocolli
  • Apples
  • Raisins/ Dates
  • Carrots
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Onion

For the sauce:

  • Olive oil
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Maple syrup
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Procedure:

  1. In a heated pan, stir-fry all dry ingredients and mix. Set aside.
  2. Combine all ingredients for the sauce and pour over stir-fried veggies, then serve.

Tofu & Kangkong Adobo From Gertrude A. Abarentos

Ingredients:

  • Tofu
  • Kangkong
  • Red onion, chopped
  • Garlic cloves, dices
  • Soy Sauce
  • Water
  • Whole black pepper
  • Bayleaf
  • Sugar
  • Tomatoes (optional)

Procedure:

  1. Fry the tofu until golden brown then set aside.
  2. In a pan, combine vinegar, soy sauce, water, red onion, garlic, whole black pepper and bay leaf and let simmer.
  3. Add sugar to thicken sauce.
  4. Put the fried tofu and kangkong. Add tomatoes (optional) and let simmer. Serve hot and best with rice.

BONUS RECIPE

Since most households in our country usually have at least one malunggay (moringa) tree, I’ll share this quick snack recipe I create when I feel I just need something to munch on. This is nutritious and if you’re a huge fan of sweet and spicy dilis, then you definitely should try this! What’s even better is that this one’s made out of malunggay. 

MALUNGGAY DILIS

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup malunggay leaves
  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup*
  • 1 tbsp hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

Procedure:

  1. Mix ketchup, hot sauce and brown sugar in a bowl. Set aside.
  2. Place malunggay leaves in a teflon (non-stick) pan, and wait until translucent.
  3. Add sauce. Mix well and enjoy!

*make sure to use tomato ketchup because some banana ketchup brands have dairy milk in them

Switching to a vegan diet nowadays isn’t as hard as you think! Maybe you’re unaware but some of the home-cooked dishes you’re actually used to preparing may be vegan: your plain fried tofu is vegan (cover it with Crispy Fry Breading Mix for a crunchier texture!), your fried eggplant is vegan, and even your sauteed vegetable dishes, which you can simply remove any unnecessary animal by-product, are actually vegan too.

Now, more than ever, is the perfect time to explore around your kitchen and experiment with different plant-based ingredients because it can help you have an easier transition to a vegan diet. 

It’s also important to note that as moms and dads, ours and our children’s health is our top priority, no matter the situation. As we’re just a few weeks in on this Enhanced Community Quarantine and as the number of positive cases are far from slowing down, we need to take part in helping flatten the curve. And we can do that not only by staying at home but also by boosting our immunity. 

What better (and more enjoyable) way to do that than eating healthier food?

So go ahead and try these recipes. 

Make them with your little chikitings and tweak them as you like!

If you’re interested to learn more about veganism and for more Pinoy homemade vegan recipes, you can join our Facebook group, Manila Vegans, by clicking this link

Happy cooking!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Before starting her own vegan business, Chelsea spent two years as a Sales & Marketing Events Specialist and Corporate Communications Associate for a Japanese car company where she frequented travelling to different cities and provinces nationwide. After a successful career in events management, she now helps health and wellness brands increase their sales through email copywriting and handles her own online enterprise. When not hard at work, Chelsea enjoys travelling, binge-watching, and looking for budget airline tickets. On some days, she experiments in the kitchen and volunteers in charity programs. You can see more about her and her work through this link.

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6 Simple Tips to Care for Mental Health during a Pandemic

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Anxious? Scared? Worried?

A few months ago, we were but mere spectators to the coronavirus pandemic that has swept the whole world. This pandemic has already killed tens of thousands across the globe. And it doesn’t seem to slow down just yet. Asia, Europe, and America are now being hit the hardest, other continents are also not spared.

Now it hits closer to home, knocking on our very own doorsteps. How is your mental health coping?

Fear for our health, worries over livelihood and loved ones, complaints about government’s action (or the lack thereof) can cause panic, anxiety, and distress. Add to the fact that since people are now strictly mandated to practice self-isolation and home quarantine, the feeling of loneliness can be suddenly overwhelming to some. 

Indeed, Psychological strain is an unknown foe to beat during these trying times.

Now stuck at home, here are simple tips to help people deal with the coronavirus pandemic

1.     Get Facts from Experts & Verified Sources

Some news outlets and social media platforms use sensationalism to create engagement. Unfortunately, these blown-up accounts may only lead to fear-mongering and unverified reporting. False news and misinformation abound online, causing anxiety and panic. As much as possible, you should take what you read online with a grain of salt.

To ensure the veracity of the information, source it out from reliable sources such as: 

 WHO: www.who.int/csr/en/

 CDC: cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html

 DOH: https://www.doh.gov.ph/

2.     Find an Accountability Companion

Suddenly finding yourself locked down in your house, life seems to be at a standstill. Your normal routine unceremoniously interrupted; friends and family far away. If this feels like your life, then make social distancing work for you! Connect to a close friend you trust and be accountable to each other. This can be done via online chat, through video calls or even in person (if you happen to live in the same house). Studies show that sharing your worries with another person considerably eases stress and anxiety levels. 

But be extra mindful of others as well and try to stay clear of people who are overly worrying as they might add to your anxiety instead of lessening it!

3.     Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle

This is the best time to focus on your physical health. If before there are probably a gazillion excuses not to exercise and plan a healthy diet, now is the perfect time to do it, don’t you think?

By all means, spoil yourself with a healthy assortment of fruits and vegetables. Here are some healthy foods that are proven to reduce anxiety and stress:

  • Nuts
  • Fatty Fish
  • Banana
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Tea – Chamomile and Lavender are best
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Yogurt
  • Turmeric

4.     Get Fit

Keeping your body active during the pandemic pulls your mind away from the unnecessary worrying. Moreover, it also improves your mood and overall wellbeing. Be fit and exercise at home. There’s no need for fancy equipment, just be creative about it. Do Zumba or a cardio workout with the kind assistance of YouTube. Or perhaps some relaxation techniques such as Yoga and meditation can do the trick. Do remember to stay well-hydrated, too.

5.     Start a New Hobby or Revive an Old One

Got a book from many years back that you’ve been wanting to finish? Now is the perfect time to get back to it. Learn how to play a musical instrument. Crochet a blanket. Cook the dishes that you crave. Immerse yourself in DIY crafts.

6.     Unplug From Social Media

According to studies, “social media may escalate anxiety more than traditional media” does. Our risk assessment increases whenever we read or hear the news. As a result, it amplifies our distress and anxiety. So it is well to unplug from all our electronic gadgets every once in a while to help rest our weary minds and eyes. 

It is wise to keep your immunity up during a pandemic. However, don’t forget to watch out for your mental health as well & ensure you remain sane amid the uncertainty of the situation. Remember, mental health is relatively connected to your physical wellness. 

So start practicing these simple tips to get your mind off the Corona virus pandemic now. With a healthy mind and a healthy body, you are sure to come out from this corona virus pandemic victorious.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Growing up with books as her frequent companion, Mabelle Laude is a consummate bibliophile who devours books from dusk till dawn. She used to be a techie gal for a semiconductor corp until one day, she saw the light and went back to her innate calling – writing. Now, banking on her technical background, she methodically researches topics before writing her heart out.

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Coronavirus 2019: Tips on How to Eliminate Boredom While on Home Quarantine

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The World Health Organization (WHO), declared Coronavirus disease 2019 as a pandemic disease. This means that it is spreading worldwide, which includes the Philippines. 

The transmission of the disease is through droplets, particularly through sneezing and coughing. Coronaviruses may also persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days, depending on the type of surface and the temperature of the environment. 

Individuals can prevent the transmission with frequent hand washing and use of alcohol, and alcohol-based hand rub. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. It is necessary to wear a face mask to prevent the spread of the virus. You should eat a balanced diet to enhance a strong immune system and drink plenty of  water and Vitamin C.

Another prevention is social distancing. This is where Enhanced Community Quarantine enters for the localities to follow. The local government will supervise this order. They will give a Home Quarantine Pass to only one member of the family. Only the bearer will run out for errands to buy their necessary basic needs, while they are in quarantine. This means that most of us are not allowed to go outside of their homes. Boredom hits the children who stay inside the house, the whole day.

To end their boredom, I listed here some activities that would help not only the kids but also the parents as well.

  • Assign and schedule household chores for the kids to do. They will feel a sense of responsibility and will know how to do the chores at a young age.
  • Play cards and board games together. Prepare something as a reward or some consequence that they will do in case they lose. This will teach the kids to be confident in the choices they will make and accept defeat.
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Let them play online games. My children enjoy playing ML. Other parents may not agree with me, but they practice analytical thinking here.

  • Watch movies together. Movies you had missed watching on the big screen. Ask them what they can say about the movie, or the characters and the story.
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  • For the little ones, they will enjoy it if you could put up a tent inside your house. It is like camping to them. Their eyes will have a break from the UV rays from their gadgets and television.
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  • Let them sort out and arrange their clothes and other things. This will lessen the clutter in their cabinets. And they could choose where they give their old things.
  • Some of their school works are not finished yet. They could answer their online assignments. Or they can read their favorite books.
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  • Let them sketch, draw, or practice their favorite musical instruments. Teach them baking and do-it-yourself crafts. There is no need to spend a cent or go outside. Some tutorials are free online.
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  • Last on my list, but the greatest, in this time of uncertainty: Pray together. Ask His healing hand to touch and heal those infected of the virus, and shield those who are not. Let us remember, that prayer is the best way to convey to Him our heart’s desire. 
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By doing any of these things, your children will not notice the time has passed. Sooner or later, they’ll be back to school, doing the things that they normally do.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A mom of four, Sonia Sabulao Gacillos, had chosen to be a full-time mom to take care of her growing family. She was pregnant with her second child when she decided to resign from her job in the government. For almost two decades, her life goes around her children and her husband.

She loves to read and do crafts, like cross-stitching. She writes too whenever some ideas come to her mind.

She respects all moms who decide to be with their kids.

Thankful for the ascend of these remote jobs, she now aspires to be a work-at-home mom, so she can be of help to her husband, financially and for her to grow more, professionally.

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COVID-19 crisis: Earn Money While at Home

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The Covid-19 crisis affects us from socializing with other people which may hinder us from going to work every day. This virus was declared a pandemic by the WHO (World Health Organization) last March 11, 2020, because of the rise in the number of cases with 114 countries affected. 

Describing our current situation, WHO advises the public to avoid going out as much as possible and implement social distancing. Since the virus started, every country that suffers from it has taken major actions to contain the virus to spread more. A lot of us couldn’t go to work, stop businesses from operating, and put in place an enhanced community quarantine for every part of Luzon.

Luckily, I’ve started working from home last year and it’s such a blessing that I’ve found a full-time job last February. This is the perfect time to start working from home while you’re on leave from your corporate job or can’t go outside because of the Corona virus outbreak. Are you still second-guessing? Do you have a  lot of doubts? Here are some of the benefits of working from home:

  • Work from home gives you the opportunity to spend time with  your family.
  • Some work from home jobs offer flexible time
  • Avoid traffic and transportation expenses .
  • Make your own rules at your own home office
  • Earn dollars while working at home
  • Have more time for yourself to stay fit & be healthy
  • Get a chance to maximize your time and do some of the things you love!
  • Forget toxic work environment
  • Save more money
  • Wearing cozy clothes while working

So with all these crazy benefits of working from home, you will not just get a full-time job, but you can also prevent COVID-19. I know you might think it’s impossible to find a job or you  are hesitant because you don’t know where to start? This may sound too good to be true but let’s dive in and start the best decision you’ll ever make. Here’s a beginner’s guide on how to start working from home (PS: this will help you go up and running in no time!)

Prepare yourself by practicing the skills you want to showcase.

Start by listing all the jobs you’ve had before and what are the skills you think you could use in applying as a freelancer. Like me, I always put my sales and customer service experience whenever I apply as a CSR online or as a social media manager. It helps me to target the right job I want and focus on that skill. Always be true to your skills to avoid misunderstanding with your employers.

Follow the WERPM

WERPM means Work email, Resume, and Payment Method. These 3 things are very handy when it comes to starting out as a freelancer. Work email will help you keep things organized to get you on track of the job postings you applied. Resume, of course, this is a very important file that you give out in applications. 

Always be honest in every information you put in it and be relevant as much as possible. Lastly, the payment method for your salary. Whatever payment method you’re using, don’t forget to verify your account to avoid any payment delays or hold. Always put the same information you have on your Valid ID as well to confirm your identity and get verified.

Browse for freelancing website platforms. There’s a lot of platforms to start searching for the perfect client but I recommend focusing on the top 3 you prefer to apply. That way, you could get the chance to focus on those platforms that you think have a lot of job postings for you. These platforms are reliable so you can avoid getting scammed from other freelancing websites that you can’t trust. It’s still your discretion if you think the job you’re applying for on that website is legitimate or not.

  • Onlinejobs.ph. This website is made to help every Filipino freelancer. It’s easy to navigate and doesn’t charge any fees every time you apply for a certain job post. They also have a built-in time tracker that you can download and use when you start working.
  • Virtualstaff.ph. This platform is almost the same with Onlinejobs.ph.  The goal of the platform is to remove the middle men or recruiters in hiring a virtual assistant. Their website is very easy to navigate and you can list all of the skills you have.
  • Upwork.com. This website is formerly Elance-oDesk that started out many years ago when working at home was not yet taken into consideration by many Filipinos. They were rebranded last 2015 as Upwork. It is a very established website for freelancers.

Personalized cover letter for every job you will apply

For me, a cover letter is very crucial in applying. You don’t wanna overdo it and make it short, or put everything to impress and sell yourself out. There’s a very thin line between them that you might wanna experiment and send out to clients. 

Personally, what I do is make it not too short, use simple words, and sound conversational. Your client doesn’t want a generic email that you sent from every job application you applied. They want to read an email that’s direct to the point on how you could help them, what are the things you could do for them, and always sound like a friend that can help. How can you perfect these 3 things? Just by answering what your client needs and selling yourself in a professional way.

Follow up, Reply, Prepare for Interview

After you start applying on different freelancing platforms, it’s time to wait for their response. Now, here’s the client you’ve been waiting for. But you don’t know what to do. To get your dream client, you should gather enough courage to reply to his email as soon as possible and be present if you’re invited for an interview. 

If you don’t receive any emails from your job applications, don’t lose hope! Follow up with them and try elaborating on the stuff you think you could do for them. You could do some research about their business and ask what their plans are. That way, you’ll get their attention by letting them see that you care about their business.

Overall, applying for an online job will take a lot of effort but it’s surely worth it. Always trust your instinct whether the job post is legitimate or not. Never give any means of cash or free work just to get the job. A legitimate employer hires an online worker and pays them after the service was done or received. There’s a lot of work at home jobs out there so take your time to prepare yourself for that dream job you always wanted.

As the COVID-19 crisis gives us a lot of setbacks in our plans this year, this should not stop you from achieving your dreams. Start working from home to avoid COVID-19 and be safe with your family. There’s a lot of opportunities in the online world that all of us haven’t discovered yet. A lot of success stories from people and fellow moms will inspire us to strive to get better. It’s a matter of your time and effort to learn and join the fast-paced community of the digital world.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Maria Annika Rodil is a Social Media Manager and a wondermom of 3 kids. Born and raised in Metro Manila, Annika never lost her passion in writing. She loves to share her ideas & thoughts through social media that led her in the freelancing industry. She loves to write short stories and share it with her friends. She lives in Biñan City and works in the Digital Marketing Industry handling clients that are focused on service-based business.

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Ways to Protect Ourselves from Corona Virus

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Most of us are worried about the new COVID-19 disease that’s recently bringing chaos to the world.  Apparently, there are a lot of people around the globe who have confirmed cases. Well, we can take action to protect ourselves and our family from contracting the virus. Simple things that we can do is to stay at home as much as possible, social distance, wash our hands regularly, drink vitamins to boost our immune system and eat healthy food. 

Protect ourselves from corona virus

The best way to prevent coronavirus is to wash hands as often as possible. Washing our hands with soap and water will lessen infection risk. WHO recommends washing our hands for 20-30 seconds, then rinsing it under running water.

Avoid touching our eyes, nose, and mouth, because we may contract the virus from surfaces. For example, germs linger on doorknobs which means that it is possible that we get it once we touch it. The germs stay on our hands, making it easy to infect ourselves if we touch our faces with dirty hands. Stay away from those people who are coughing or sneezing since this is one of the early symptoms of coronavirus. We also need to be careful since we know that the virus could be caught from the air and it may increase the risk of infection.

Avoid shaking hands with our friends or relatives when we meet them to protect ourselves from infection, as WHO advised.

We should also use disinfectant products to kill the viruses, especially on our doorknobs, kitchen area, and bathroom area. 

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Practice Social Distancing

We should stay at home as much as possible and avoid going to crowded places like cinemas. Our family likes to watch movies once a month but we need to stop doing it while it’s not yet safe.  Avoid eating in food courts and restaurants where most of us like to dine together with our family. By doing this, we can help limit the spread of the virus.

It’s better to stay home, stock groceries and other necessities needed in our daily living, have a bonding with your family at home like watch movies together, have some recreational activities like playing board games, cards or take online courses to learn new things or add new skills to improve ourselves.

Limit social gatherings like meetings with our family far from our area or some closest friends to avoid spreading of the virus.

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Avoid meeting up to someplace where we can be possibly exposed to the virus. We should also maintain our distance between others when we are going out of our house, like we are going to the market. Wearing a mask can protect ourselves from getting sick, especially when we are with someone. Coronavirus can be spread through droplets which are transmitted via sneezing or conversing.               

Practice Proper Hygiene

When we arrive home, we should not go near to our family right away. Make it a habit to sanitize by washing hands and throwing away disposable masks that we used outdoors. It is also recommended to change our clothes at once and leave our shoes outside. By doing this, we can avoid risking our family members who have low immune systems like senior citizens and babies. 

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Avoid coming near to the Animals

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As pet lovers, we should limit handling our pets. Since many of us are in quarantine, we are more affectionate with our pet cats and dogs as we spend more time with them in the house. But for now, we should not risk ourselves in handling animals. After touching pets, we have to make sure that we wash our hands immediately with water and soap for 30seconds.

We should follow what our communities advise us to do. Let us stay home, away from crowded places. Let us also keep a good distance between ourselves and other people. It is also important to keep our house clean and sanitized. Eating healthy food, drinking vitamins, covering our mouths when we cough and washing our hands can protect us from the disease. It can also help if we separate ourselves from pets. This way, we can stay away from getting infected with the coronavirus. Let us all be safe and healthy. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Amii Lane Magallanes is a former OFW who decided to stay in the Philippines for good because of her daughter. She wants to see her grow up and be close to her not just as a mom but also as a best friend. She is currently working as an ESL online teacher home based for almost 4 months. Although the income abroad is not the same here, she prefers to work at home where is comfortable and happy being with her family.

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Philippines vs Coronavirus: Exploring Facts and Debunking Myths

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The number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines has seen a surge in recent days.

An earlier interview with health officials revealed most patients who have been cured of the virus belonged in the middle-aged group and had no preexisting medical conditions. 

The Chinese government, which has successfully flattened the curve after a three-month-long battle, has promised to donate 100,000 testing kits to the Philippines on Wednesday, March 18.

The number of cases in the country is expected to rise as more people undergo testing. The government has commissioned five laboratories to run 300 tests daily. 

As the number of COVID-19 cases steadily rises in the country, rumors and false news have also spread across numerous social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. These posts have caught the attention of thousands of Filipinos, creating fear and panic. 

As state health agencies struggle to contain both the virus and the spreading of misinformation, we have decided to compile the top coronavirus-related questions to ease your worries and stop false news and rumors from influencing the general population. 

CLAIM: Face masks protect you from the virus.

SURGICAL MASK – There are many types of face mask, however, standard surgical masks cannot protect you from the virus. The disposable mask, which is commonly used by dentists and surgeons, are designed to block out large particles and bodily fluids. 

The loose-fitting ends also contribute to a bigger margin of error. The mask is only recommended for infected individuals to keep them from spreading the virus further by blocking droplets expelled from their mouths. 

N95 RESPIRATOR – These special respirators, which were designed to block out 95% of all tiny particles, were proven to reduce the spread of the virus among medical staff by a wide margin. Wearers must ensure that no air can sneak in the edges of the mask. 

CLAIM: Cold and hot weather can kill the new coronavirus.

The body temperature is not affected by external factors such as the weather. There is no evidence that cold weather can cure you of COVID-19. Meanwhile, taking a hot bath with extremely hot water is harmful and may cause burns. 

The best way to protect yourself is by observing proper protective measures such as washing your hands with soap and water regularly.

CLAIM: People infected with COVID-19 will die.

According to the latest world data, more than 85% of all patients have recovered and are now virus-free. A study conducted by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention found only 4% of all cases suffer from severe symptoms and only 2.3% pass away. 

CLAIM: Bananas are effective against the new coronavirus

A video posted on Facebook has made rounds among social media users. The video suggests eating bananas could help prevent you from catching the disease. It is true bananas are a great source of vitamins B6 and C, however, there is no evidence linking bananas to “preventing coronavirus.”

The most effective method of protecting yourself is by regularly washing your hands and maintaining a safe distance from other people. 

CLAIM: Spraying or drinking alcohol or chlorine all over your body can kill the virus

Health experts do not advise spraying or consuming alcohol or chlorine. The method will not kill viruses that have already entered your body. Furthermore, such substances could cause serious harm, and in some cases, death. 

CLAIM: There is a cure for COVID-19

Health agencies such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) have not yet announced any drug proven to be effective against the virus. Research groups and scientists are currently performing clinical trials on four different drugs that were reported to have promising results on patients in China. 

CLAIM: Eating Chinese food or talking to Chinese people will give you corona virus.

That claim is false. The new coronavirus doesn’t only affect Chinese people. Filipinos and other races are just as vulnerable to the virus as Chinese people are. 

It is important to only rely on resources published by credible sources such as new sites and other media outlets. In this time of need, we must band together and prevent the spread of misinformation to help fellow Filipinos, both young and old, in the fight against COVID-19. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Danielle is an ambitious writer and translator of Filipino-Chinese descent. She is a creative mind who is not afraid to take risks and break barriers. Danielle is an advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, women’s rights, and protection against child and domestic abuse. Her works include script-writing for stage plays and a web-series, translating and writing content for a Chinese website, copy-writing for numerous US-based real estate companies and apps, and writing for a Latin American online newspaper. 

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Top 10 Positive Impacts of Enhanced Community Quarantine: A Survey Amongst First Time Moms

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On 15th March 2020, Metro Manila was placed under community quarantine which later escalated to a Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine. This means people are on stricter home quarantine, supplies are regulated, transportation is suspended, and more uniformed personnel are around to impose these measures.

Most people are either bummed that they can’t go out and about, worried that they’ll lose their job, or scared of not knowing when things will go back to normal.

These are perfectly valid reasons to be antsy. We are all concerned about our family, our kababayan frontliners, and the future of our whole country. There is a lot of uncertainty because we don’t exactly know what the future holds – when this pandemic is going to end and whether we can contain the virus or not.

But instead of worrying, these first-time moms leveled up their home quarantine game. 

To shed light on the positive impact of the enhanced community quarantine, Mommy Divine Grace Enriquez-Datoc gathered insights from the members of First Time Moms PH, a community of over 19k first time moms in the Philippines.

Ano-ano mga magandang naidulot ng enhanced community quarantine? Narito mga sagot ng ating mga First Time Moms.

Less Walang gala, less expenses.

This is by far the top benefit of enhanced community quarantine. With everyone required to stay at home, there is a lesser chance of having unnecessary purchases and eat outs.

Many office-based workers have shifted to a work-from-home setup and with that, they are relieved from spending on public transportation. Mommy Athea Santos and her hubby transitioned to working-from-home and now they don’t have to spend money on food allowance because they now home cook their meals.

Mommy Divine also points out that with the delayed logistics of online shopping apps, people are more adamant about checking out their carts, so think twice before you “add to cart”! Mommy Jolly Ann Malicon, Mommy Grace Halili, Mommy April Cardosa Dionela completely agrees with this.

Healthier home-cooked meals for the newbie  health-conscious

With limited access to grocers and markets comes the intentional consumption of supplies. Many moms used to rely on food delivery services for their convenience, but now mommies have been rediscovering their talent in planning and cooking healthy meals.

While working from home, Mommy Athea Santos took this opportunity to enhance her cooking skills. Here are a few dishes she made the past few days while on enhanced community quarantine.

Veggie fried rice

Sweet and sour kikiam

Camote with cinnamon

Spicy adobong mushroom

Cheesy marble potato with ham and bacon

Sotanghon with broccoli and squid balls

Mommy Dianne Tayao noticed a shift in the eating habits of her family members who used to eat a lot of salty, oily and meaty dishes. While practicing good hygiene prevents transmission of the virus, we must also strengthen our own body’s line of defenses which consists of the physical barrier (skin) and the chemical barriers (sweat, mucus, immune system). We can do that by providing our body the right building blocks coming from real nutritious food. Knowing that what you eat greatly influences your overall health, they now have been preferring soupy vegetable dishes. Talk about hitting two birds with one stone. That’s increasing fluid intake and nutritious food in one!

Unli-bonding with kids

Many of our working moms are so thankful for this opportunity to bond more with their kids. Time off from work and hours-long commutes means more time for the family.

Mommy Phoebe even gets an extended maternity leave because of the enhanced community quarantine. That means more time to recover and more time to get to know her newborn baby.

I myself have been able to spend more intentional time with my son. We get to dance Zumba, chase butterflies in the front lawn, and play with his knobbed cylinders which he absolutely loves. In the video below, Lucas is learning basic math concepts like recognizing different sizes, as well as strengthening his fine motor skills, specifically the pincer grasp.

Mommy Kwin Basilio-Fortaleza feels she has built a deeper connection with her husband and her child. She has discovered that they have different sides – they being makulit, their pranks, their different perspectives, and many more! It may sound crazy but that’s the beauty of building your relationship with your child. You get to see all their quirks, but you love them even more.

Mommy Jolly shares that she takes this opportunity to model good values to her child. She shows how they can help their less fortunate friends by sending out their extra supplies like rice and other essentials.

Mommy Gem was able to witness her baby’s first syllable. “Papapa.”

More time to clean the house

Amidst the chaos around the world, we can still create order and harmony by keeping our house clean.

Ever thought of that long overdue changing of curtains, decluttering of clothes, cleaning of cabinets, sun-soaking (kula) your clothes? Well, this is the perfect time to do all that. Staying at home gives you so much time to revamp your housekeeping game. This is also a great opportunity to teach your husband the basics of housekeeping. *wink*

Mommy Grace shares she has finally cleaned up her cabinets and washed her curtains. Mommy Kwin is taking one day at a time with her long-overdue household chores. Mommy Arra Solis of Rookie Mommy PH also felt that urgency and high energy to clean their house.

Rekindling the flame with hubby

Once a child enters the family, couples tend to get caught up in the responsibilities and become autopilot –  child care, work, housekeeping, REPEAT – that they often forget to spend quality time with each other.

With more free time at home, now is the time to rekindle the flame of your relationship. You might discover things you never knew about each other.

Mommy Josieann Makiling Narvadez noticed her hubby is more diligent than her with doing cloth diaper laundry. That’s 30 cloth diapers a day! And instead of sleeping the whole day, her hubby actually cleaned their whole house.

Mommy Choon Joaquin shares a similar discovery. With her husband being home all the time, he observed how much work Mommy Choon does from childcare to housekeeping. Now he does all the housework, leaving Mommy Choon to do more me time. Cue in: Sana all!

Thanks to enhanced community quarantine, mommy Gem Mercado shares they are spending more “babe time” like how they were before they were married.

Learned to watch the news

This is such a gamechanger for Mommy Diane who is very fond of watching Korean drama and Netflix series. By watching the news, she has become more aware of what is happening around the world.

Unli tulog

Could you imagine not having to wake up early and not having to think about work? Now that equates to more free time!

While others are deep-cleaning their house, bonding with their kids, improving their cooking skills, some families preferred to get some well-deserved rest.

With work suspended, Mommy LA Canlas and her family gets some well deserved rest.

Our breastfeeding moms, Mommy Athea, Mommy Grace and Mommy Phoebe, shares na hindi lang unli tulog nagagawa nila, pati unli dede! Mommies get to rest, while baby gets to strengthen his immune system by taking up antibodies from their mommy’s breastmilk. The best part of that is no bras for 1 month!

Clean surroundings

It is no doubt that there is less pollution in the air because of the abrupt reduction of running vehicles and factories. Countries around the world have been reporting blue skies and crystal clear rivers, all of which are because of the preventive measures being implemented to prevent community transmission of the virus.

Here is a shot of the skyline from Mommy LA’s office in Bonifacio Global City (BGC).

Just look at how the sky cleared up after 6 days into enhanced community quarantine.

No water interruption

NEWS FLASH. Apparently, Maynilad can provide constant water supply. 

Mommy Divine, a resident of Tondo, Manila, has been experiencing water interruptions from 9 am to 5 pm. It has been so difficult for her and her family to tightly regulate water consumption from kitchen use to bathroom use.

Ever since Metro Manila has been placed under community quarantine, Maynilad has extended bills payment and probably water interruptions as well which is what Mommy Divine has experienced. Thank you, Maynilad! 

Having reflections so deep that you’ll come out as a brand new person after this pandemic

With all that is happening around us, it is easy to get caught in all the negativity it brings. Mommy Clarence Kaye has realized that we can actually live a simple life with all her needs easily accessible from their backyard mini farm with growing vegetables and free-range chicken.

Simply looking up, you’ll see fresh mango up in the tree. Can you count all the mangos you see?

When you look down, there are free-range chickens running about.

In addition, Mommy Clarence shares that she tries to strengthen her faith by accepting things that are out of her control and by accepting the fact that things go out of hand. With that, she believes that like all other adversities in life, this too shall pass.

True enough that with limited access to supplies, we tend to realize that we already have everything we need right in the comforts of our home. We become more appreciative of what we have and hone into the important aspects of life which are family, health, and relationships.

So take this opportunity to slow down, reset, and reflect on your life. Simply take one day at a time. Be concerned, empathize with, and extend help to our COVID-19 warriors, both frontliners and patients. Stay updated with the news but avoid overthinking. If it’s affecting your emotions, take a step back, and breathe. 

One thing for sure, we cannot control the situation.

You know what we can control?

Our reaction to it.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hey there! Meet Gisela Mirandilla, a community manager and engager with a passion for bringing out people’s truest potential through an engaging online community. Prior to her freelancing business of social media marketing and community management, she was serving a C-level executive. Gisela also helps businesses connect and convert their target customers through in-depth social listening, content creation, content multiplication across social media platforms, and content strategy. During her free time, she would read books about parenting, nutrition, personal development, marketing, and entrepreneurship. With that, she plans to start an online book club series in First Time Moms PH, a Facebook support group for first-time moms in the Philippines.

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