The past few months have been very difficult for all of us. It all started with several calamities that greeted the year 2020. It was really pretty devastating for most of us who are coping, thriving, and trying to survive of what was happening.

When I became a mom, I lost my carefree self. My younger self isn’t used to worrying a lot of things. The anxiety and paranoia just all started when I had my children. It all suddenly grew on me and here I am, that worrisome slash paranoid mom. I become scared on a lot of things and sometimes my husband would tell me that I am not the same person anymore.


On some occasions, I couldn’t sleep for days properly especially when Ashfall from Mt. Taal happened because there we earthquakes and the quality of air got really bad. I fear for the health of my children and so many other things that is running in my mind. I can calm myself by watching Kdrama until dawn, and also by praying the rosary or when look at my children until I fall asleep. Now, this Covid19 pandemic happened and everything went on a cycle again. I worried on the food on our table because everyone stopped working, I worried that I might catch the disease for going out to buy us supplies, I am worried until when is this pandemic going to end. I worry non-stop the past few months.


Honestly, everything is a test of our mental stability. Even though I am used to working at home, and can endure not going out for the rest of the week, the past months is quite different. I have children and a husband to tend to. They are hungry and needy most of the time of my energy and it is quite exhausting to say the least. It came to a point where I shut myself inside the room and just stood there until I calmed myself from not becoming a monster mom.


One day, I saw The I Am Band and got hold of it, tried it on as it claims to remove negative energy, spiritual attacks and Created to Stop Bad Luck, negativity and anxiety. I tried it on and been wearing it for the past few months and during the first three weeks of wearing it, I felt calmness in my inner self. I was able to sleep properly at night and I don’t get mad at the children easily. It also helps that I am always wearing it as I am reminded on how I should stay positive amidst everything that is happening. It helps, but a challenge. Even though it may seem hard to cope with our new normal at home, this helped me a lot. Also, it helps that it is pure silver that even during bath and in between chores, I could wear it without worrying of causing me skin irritations.

I just hope that everything will end soon and go back to normal. Let us all continue to go through this together and stay positive amidst all the crisis that is happening. Let us all stay healthy and safe!

How are you all holding up in this pandemic?

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It has been day xx of the enhanced community quarantine here in Manila, Philippines. I never counted the days anymore as it seems that it is just the same for me being a stay at home mom and content creator. I have been used to staying at home for the past ten years. The only difference is that, I am with the entire brood 24/7. 

Being locked up at home during this community quarantine may not be the most ideal of situations, but looking at the bright side, it has given us the opportunity to spend more time with our families. These moments together make us realize that there’s much more to discover about each other, especially our mothers.   
  
This Mother’s Day, we celebrate the quirky and unique things that set our mothers apart, as we get to know more about them over shared moments at home, and as we discover that there are always more reasons to love them.   


Na-lockdown tayo, Ma. McDonald’s Mother’s Day video this year opens our eyes to the often unseen side of our mothers, which many of us are getting to know with the almost 24-hour confinement brought about by the current situation. For many, it’s a pleasant surprise to realize the stark realization of our mothers leading their own lives—beyond what they do for the family. Now is the time to pay even closer attention to them, and to put in that extra effort of appreciating them for all that they do.   
  
“We sometimes forget that mothers also have other personal interests, hobbies, or roles aside from being ‘mom’. They can be gamers, tech experts, artists, movie buffs, Kdrama addicts— we don’t really know because how caught up we are on our own daily lives,” shares Ollie Rabatan, Marketing Head of McDonald’s Philippines. “Here at McDonald’s, we hope for families to bond even more, embracing every moment as an opportunity to appreciate our mothers - quirks and all.”  

 If you haven’t checked out the video, head on to McDonald’s Philippines’ YouTube Page or click this link here: http://bit.ly/NaLockdownTayoMa.   

The world’s leading cleft organization, Smile Train Philippines recently held a virtual speech therapy session with its Global Ambassador, Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray, in an effort to reach and continue educating more patients with a cleft lip and/or palate amid the enhanced community quarantine.

Smile Train recently launched virtual speech therapy sessions with its volunteer Ms. Veronica Yu CSP-PASP, a Speech Language Pathologist and a faculty member of the University of Sto. Tomas College of Rehabilitation Sciences. She led the discussion on the effects of cleft disability on speech and the impact of feeding difficulties on the physical well-being of children. Ms. Yu also demonstrated her patients’ progress on proper pronunciation, which they were able to accomplish during the separate one-on-one online therapy sessions.

Smile Train Global Ambassador Catriona Gray joins the organization’s online Speech Therapy session to reach and educate more patients with cleft lip and palate amid the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

The session also allowed viewers to ask questions about their family members experiencing difficulties with their conditions. Numerous viewers had inquiries about how many speech therapy sessions are required and what other procedures patients need to undergo if they have cleft lip and/or palate. 

Smile Train Volunteer Ms. Veronica Yu, CSP-PASP, a Speech Language Pathologist, faculty member of the University of Sto. Tomas College of Rehabilitation Sciences, explored topics about the effects of cleft on speech and its impacts on the physical well-being of children.
In her welcome message, Smile Train Global Ambassador Catriona Gray acknowledged the efforts of the organization to continue providing free comprehensive cleft care including speech therapy, while free surgeries and physical therapy sessions are on hold. She plans to support Smile Train’s upcoming initiatives during the ECQ.

“I was able to work closely with Smile Train for the first time during my reign as Miss Universe and it inspired me to help the organization change the lives of many people around the world. Now as the newest global ambassador, I am committed to supporting its patients in the Philippines during this pandemic through the organization’s online speech therapy classes,” said Gray.

With the support and collaboration of its donors, partners, and ambassadors around the world, Smile Train is able to transform the lives of patients with cleft and help improve their ability to eat, breathe, speak, and ultimately thrive. Even during the ECQ, Smile Train continues to find sustainable solutions such as social media to help their beneficiaries.

“Smile Train has always been committed to exploring various avenues and utilizing technology to reach more patients and communities in the Philippines, especially during this ECQ. With the support of Catriona, we hope to reach more patients and families so that we can continue to provide them with the care that they need, even during a pandemic,” said Smile Train South East Asia Director Kimmy Flaviano.

Smile Train plans to hold more sessions in the coming weeks to address concerns of patients or parents about receiving cleft treatment during this time and talking about staying positive and productive during the ECQ. 

For more information about Smile Train’s global efforts and to donate, please visit smiletrain.org. To learn more about Smile Train’s local programs in the Philippines, please visit smiletrain.ph, follow Smile Train Philippines on Twitter and Instagram @SmileTrainPh, and like us on Facebook at @SmileTrainPhilippines.


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About Smile Train
Smile Train empowers local medical professionals with training, funding, and resources to provide free cleft surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children globally. We advance a sustainable solution and scalable global health model for cleft treatment, drastically improving children’s lives, including their ability to eat, breathe, speak, and ultimately thrive. To learn more about how Smile Train's sustainable approach means donations have both an immediate and long-term impact, please visit smiletrain.ph. For more information about Smile Train’s work in the Philippines, please contact philippines@smiletrain.org.

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