Mother s Day 2021: How Jolina Magdangal-Escueta takes care of family amid pandemic

Jolina Magdangal is proving to be one third of TV's trio of momshies......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarMay 7th, 2021

Jolina Magdangal weighs in on pandemic parenting

Juggling many things at once is normal for Jolina Magdangal. Apart from being one of the hosts in the morning talk show Magandang Buhay, she also runs a vlog and takes care of her two kids, Pele and Vika, with her husband Mark Escueta......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2021

How Jolina Magdangal takes care of family in the new normal

Juggling many things at once is normal for Jolina Magdangal. Apart from being one of the momshies of the morning talk show “Magandang Buhay,” she runs the vlog #JolinaNetwork and takes care of her two kids, Pele and Vika, with her husband Mark Escueta. Magdangal also makes time to pursue hobbies like diamond painting, working […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsApr 16th, 2021

Rights groups slam MMDA spox for ‘drama serye’ remark on detained activist

Human rights groups slammed Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Spokesperson Celine Pialago following her “drama serye” remarks at detained activist Reina Mae Nasino who recently buried her three-month-old daughter River.  Kapatid, a support group for families and friends of political prisoners, said those who downgrade what happened to the political prisoner are only trying to “cover the government’s gross violation of human rights.”  “The story of Reina Mae Nasino and her 3-month-old child who died last week is not ‘drama-serye.’ It is a real story that exposed the countless injustices committed by the government,” it said in a statement released on Sunday.  “MMDA Chair Danny Lim, a former political prisoner himself, should have long shown the door to his spokesperson. It should be obvious by now that sensitivity cannot be taught nor proper manners and right conduct if one is empty-headed,” it added. Meanwhile, National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) President Edre Olalia was more restrained, saying they would “do the same thing if she was in Ina’s position and circumstance. “To start with, we will never ever wish this horrible tragedy and injustice to visit the Asec, her mother, her daughters, her sisters and her aunts,” he said in a Facebook post. Despite having nothing to do with traffic, Pialago felt the need to “use her voice as a Filipino” to share her two cents on Nasino’s case. “Hindi lahat ng inang nakakulong ay nakapunta sa libing ng kanyang anak. Kaya yung mga sumisimpatya kay Reina Mae Nasino, pag aralan niyo mabuti ang dahilan bakit siya nakulong at kilalanin niyong mabuti kung sino siya sa lipunan (Not all jailed mothers get to visit their children’s funeral. So all of those who sympathize with Reina Mae Nasino, study well why she was imprisoned and know who she is and what her role is in society),” she said in a Facebook post on Sunday morning. “Masyado ninyong ginagawang pang drama serye sa hapon ang paghihinagpis niya. Tigilan niyo (You are trying to make her grief like an afternoon drama serye. Stop it)!” she added. Nasino was five months pregnant with River when she was arrested in November 2019 for allegedly being found with firearms and explosives at the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan Manila Office in Tondo, Manila. Her lawyers have insisted that the pieces of evidence were planted and that the charges filed against her are trumped-up. She gave birth to River on July 1 at the Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Medical Hospital on July 1. She and her baby were returned to the Manila City Jail 48 hours later. Before this, she filed a motion before the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) to allow her to breastfeed her daughter for a year at the hospital or a prison nursery.  But Manila RTC Branch 20 Judge Marivic Balisi-Umali denied this, saying that the jail has “very limited resources” for the care of her child.  Nasino was also among 22 elderly and medically-compromised detainees who filed a motion for their compassionate release amid the pandemic on April 8 before the Supreme Court. But months later, the High Court ruled that the trial courts will be the ones to decide on their temporary release. On August 13, the activist-mother was ordered to turn her child over to her relatives.  River was admitted at the Philippine General Hospital for fever and diarrhea on September 24. She was placed in the intensive care unit on October 9 where she died a few hours later.  A few hours before her daughter died, Nasino filed a very urgent motion for furlough so she can be with her child in her dying moments. On October 13, Manila RTC Branch 47 Judge Paulino Gallegos granted her three full days from October 14 to 16 to be by her daughter’s side during the wake and burial.  But the next day, he cut Nasino’ furlough down to only six hours from 1 to 4 p.m. on October 14 and 16 after receiving opposition from the Manila City Jail. The Manila City Jail cited lack of personnel, health concerns, and a guideline stating that detainees can only be at their loved ones’ burial and wake for a maximum of three hours. For both the wake and the funeral, Nasino was clad in a full set of personal protective equipment, handcuffed, and flanked by numerous uniformed personnel.  Tensions rose during the wake after her escorts tried to pull her away twice before her time was up, eventually escorting her out with 20 minutes to spare before 4 p.m. On October 16, Marites Asis, Nasino’s mother, had to kneel and beg in front of the police to allow them to hold funeral at 11:30 a.m. The cops wanted to delay it until 1 p.m. Police also sped off with River’s hearse to the Manila North Cemetery, leaving her family behind and thwarting activists’ plan to conduct a caravan around the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals before burying her at the cemetery. Nasino’s counsels at NUPL earlier said that they will file charges against those involved in the activist’s treatment during her daughter’s wake and burial. .....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 18th, 2020

Word to the artistic

From national artists to award-winning actors and drag queens, inspirational words of advice from our local creatives Last year brought us to our knees, yet here we are standing tall with courage, facing 2021 with hope and a positive perspective. To give us more inspiration to create and explore new things this year, the Manila Bulletin has compiled some quotes from creative individuals, from national artists to award-winning actress. May their words of wisdom bring out the creative urges in all of us, as we make this world a better, more colorful, more meaningful place to live in. Kidlat Tahimik, national artist for film We are all adjusting to the new normal—new rules and new protocols. I’m sure that most artists are taking this time to take art deeper into their hearts. After all, you have nothing to do but just to be productive. *** Ian Inoy, biromantic pansexual artist Every move I made with my art before had this follow up question in my head, asking if it would look gay or not. Now that I’ve fully accepted myself, nothing like that matters anymore. I no longer have the fear of hearing people perceiving my art as “too gay or girly.” *** Heart Evangelista/Love Marie Ongpauco Escudero, actor, painter Express yourself in art. See how art can move you or distract you from distress or how art can bring the best out of you. I notice that my paintings have been a bit muted these days. I feel it’s a bit because of the drama that’s going on around us. In a weird way, I find beauty in sorrow and the way my colors have been coming out, I like what’s happening. I’ve always been like this anyway. I find something beautiful about my emotions, no matter how dark they are, and I translate all that into art. *** Whatsoever you do, if you do it joyfully, if you do it lovingly, if your act of doing is not purely economic, then it is creative.—Osho, Creativity unleashing the forces within *** Kate Adajar, blogger artist The uncertainty Covid-19 brings has triggered confusion, anxiety, and mixed emotions in me. But the lockdown has also given me time to focus on and practice my art. Being in quarantine has allowed me to look at my craft not only as a creative outlet but also as a form of stress release. It has suddenly become therapeutic and meditative. *** F. Sionil Jose, national artist for literature Photo by Noel Pabalate Artistry is something that is created not just by intellect but by passion. And you stop being a craftsman. That is when you become an artist. You cannot be an artist without being a craftsman first. *** Miz Kiki Krunch, drag queen I am more creative as a gay person. My drag persona brings out the best and most authentic part of me. I can express myself better, I can perform better when I channel my weirdness, my “freak,” my truth. *** Cherie Gil, actor Everything can be learned as long as one sets one’s mind and heart to it. There is also no age limit to learning anything. Acting—what is it really but reliving lives and telling their stories. But this requires a lot of work to excavate the instrument to be able to truthfully do just that. It’s not easy. It takes a lot of balls to share one’s personal inner sanctum. *** Iana Cris Forbes, owner of art shop Quiversmiths Pursue what you want. At first, it was hard for me because I wanted to be a painter, I wanted to be a sculptor, I wanted to be a graphic artist, I wanted to be a wedding colorist, I wanted to stitch, I wanted to make bags and shoes and jewelry. But I haven’t seen a person doing all of those!. Before, I could not see any future in them but here they are now. I’m doing everything all at once and I’m fine. I’m happy living multiple lives. It’s like connecting the dots. My hobbies are now my sources of living and I couldn’t be more thankful. *** BenCab, national artist for visual arts This pandemic gives artists more time for their art. It’s usually better for an artist to be locked-in because you work on your own. *** Natasha Aliño, jewelry artist It’s been said many times and my mother always says this whenever I feel frustrated, which most people would feel when they’re starting something new—“trust the process.” This is more of a reminder when you’re in that headspace. Another thing is when you are learning a certain skill, do it so with purpose and authenticity. Then you can confidently say after some time that you can indeed trust the process. Never stop learning and inspiring others on your journey. Photos from the artists’ respective social media accounts and websites.....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsJan 17th, 2021

Addressing mental health amid a pandemic

BETTER DAYS Senator Sonny Angara Mental health has historically been a difficult subject to talk about in Philippine society. Many of us, no doubt, have our own stories, personal or otherwise, of how difficult it is to seek help. In fact, in the journal Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, an August, 2020, analysis of many studies on the matter confirmed that the low utilization of mental health services among Filipinos could be attributed in part to the stigma associated with mental health issues, with resilience and self-reliance becoming possible alternate coping strategies. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has made mental health an even bigger issue. The quarantine, the economic effects of the pandemic, and the anxieties brought about by the virus’ unpredictability have had a negative effect on the mental health of many Filipinos. Although we as a country are consistently rated to be in the Top 5 of a global optimism index, according to the DOH, the calls for help have been increasing. According to the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH), their helpline received about 400 calls monthly from May, 2019, to February, 2020. That’s an average of 13 to 15 calls daily. By March, 672 calls were serviced, and this grew steadily in the following months, until there were 1,034 calls in July – and 440 for the half of August. These double the monthly average from March to August to 876 calls, or 32 to 37 calls daily. Many government and private mental health services are available for people who are seeking help or just someone to talk to. Aside from the NCMH crisis hotline, the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation has confidential crisis lines and a referral system to partnered psychologists. The foundation is also a hub for prevention, recognition, and treatment of depression. The Philippine Mental Health Association also offers similar services, and universities like UST, UP Diliman, and Ateneo de Manila have their own mental health service organizations. Some, like Ateneo’s Center for Family Ministries have affordable or negotiable fees. Online resources like the Silakbo.Ph website have listings for many other mental health service providers outside of the NCR. In fact, many organizations have already partnered with the Department of Health (DOH); perhaps more of them should be invited to the table to plan new policies, projects, and initiatives that will address the growing number of mental health cases. The DOH is also encouraging people to learn more about general mental health through free e-learning courses translated into Filipino.  The source material is from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) QualityRights initiative, which is a global project that aims to help participants improve their own mental health, learn how to support their loved ones and communities, and gain knowledge and skills to tackle mental health issues. Clearly, we need to reassess and adapt to the fact that more Filipinos are now looking for mental health services and treatments. This is why I am seeking to amend Republic Act 11036, the Mental Health Act, particularly its existing chapter on “Rights of Service Users and Other Stakeholders.” Our proposed amendment seek to give health service users the right to immediately receive compensation benefits and special financial assistance they are entitled to under law, should they sustain temporary or permanent mental disability in the line of duty or by reason of a person’s office or position. This is an important amendment, as the Mental Health Act requires that PhilHealth provide insurance packages to patients with mental health conditions, and that access to medicines is ensured. With the observation of World Mental Health Day last October 10, it is important to remember the DOH’s theme for this year, “Mental Health for All: Unifying Voices for Greater Investment and Access.”  This theme encourages that we open conversations on the various challenges that our mental health care system faces every day, such as social stigma and limited funding. In fact, the simple act of marking the day itself is important. It shows those who are suffering that we see them, and care for them. It tells others who are hiding their issues that it is perfectly normal to seek help. And most of all, it encourages the whole world to stand in solidarity in recognition of the need for all of society to help those with mental health issues. E-mail:| Facebook, Twitter & Instagram: @sonnyangara Senator Sonny Angara has been in public service for 16 years—9 years as Representative of the Lone District of Aurora, and 7 as Senator. He has authored and sponsored more than 200 laws.  He is currently serving his second term in the Senate. .....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 18th, 2020

Social distancing on Father’s Day? No problem. Let him know you care

Father’s Day during this pandemic takes on new, more urgent meaning as we all struggle together: finding ways to live as normally as we can as businesses and places of work resume operations. At the forefront of this challenge are thousands, even millions of fathers who will brave the landscape of our anxieties amid the […] The post Social distancing on Father’s Day? No problem. Let him know you care appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 17th, 2020

Score these cool gifts for your Techie Dad at Shopee& rsquo;s Payday Sale

Gift-shopping for dad isn’t easy. He’s pretty quiet, always responds with a perfunctory “I don't need anything” when you ask him what he wants, and seems to already have everything, anyway. Still, if anyone deserves the best gift, it’s dad---he takes care of the whole family, after all! .....»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 12th, 2021

Number of babies born in Japan falls to record low

TOKYO — The number of babies born in Japan fell to a record low last year, the health ministry said on Friday, as more couples put off marriage and starting a family amid a global pandemic. The number of births fell to 840,832 in 2020, down 2.8 percent from a year earlier and the lowest since records […] The post Number of babies born in Japan falls to record low appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 5th, 2021

Lucio Tan s grandson takes in key role in loss-making Philippine Airlines

Lucio Tan III, grandson of taipan Lucio Tan, will occupy a key position in his grandfather’s loss-making airline company, which has taken the brunt of depressed travel demand amid the coronavirus pandemic......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 27th, 2021

RCBC wins Best Retail Bank 2021 at the Global Banking and Finance Awards (GBAF)

RCBC has been named the Best Retail Bank of 2021 at the Global Banking and Finance Award (GBAF) for trailblazing initiatives that made banking more accessible and that safely transitioned clients to a better normal amid pandemic. .....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 26th, 2021

Lawmakers call for moratorium on tuition hikes

Congressmen yesterday called for a moratorium on tuition and other fee increases for school year 2021-2022 amid the pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 11th, 2021

Karla naloka sa panggagaya kay Melai: I think ito na ang ikababagsak ng career ko!

“SOBRANG gusto ko nang magpatiwakal nu’ng ginaya ko si Momshie Mels!” Yan ang natatawang chika ni Karla Estrada nang tanungin kung anu-anong challenge ang hinarap nila nina Jolina Magdangal at Melai Cantiveros sa shooting ng Mother’s Day comedy film na “Momshies Ang Soul Mo’y Akin.” Sa virtual presscon ng pelikula, inamin ni Karla na malaking […] The post Karla naloka sa panggagaya kay Melai: I think ito na ang ikababagsak ng career ko! appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 9th, 2021

P25 billion in calamity funds unspent amid pandemic

MANILA, Philippines — Amid the prolonged fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, a total of P25.14 billion in calamity funds from the 2020 and 2021 national budgets remains unutilized as of March, pending approval on several levels in government, including the Office of the President. The latest data from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) […] The post P25 billion in calamity funds unspent amid pandemic appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2021

ADB targets $3.9 billion lending for Philippines in 2021

Manila-based Asian Development Bank is eyeing to lend some $3.86 billion (P187 billion) to the Philippines this year to help the country move toward economic recovery amid the pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 28th, 2021

NTF-ELCAC’s P19-B budget: Pork amid the pandemic?

Little did the NTF-ELCAC spokesperson know that her challenge to Non would backfire quicker than her red-tagging spurts on social media. The task force immediately became the center of scrutiny, as its P19.1-billion programmed allocation in the 2021 budget starkly contrasts the image of hungry Filipinos lining up at community pantries. The post NTF-ELCAC’s P19-B budget: Pork amid the pandemic? appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsApr 28th, 2021

Mom, daughter open community pantry in Bulacan

Taking a cue from an initiative in Maginhawa Street in Quezon City, ordinary citizens from different parts of the country have started to put up their own community pantries to help those in need of food items amid the pandemic. A mother and her daughter from Las Palmas Subdivision, Caypombo in Sta. Maria, Bulacan opened […] The post Mom, daughter open community pantry in Bulacan appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsApr 20th, 2021

LG unveils 2021 monitor lineup

One of the segments that grew the most over the past year has been monitors. In fact, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC), the monitor market grew 16.9% year over year with shipments surpassing 39.2 million units worldwide. This shows that even with (or perhaps due) to the pandemic, the benefits of working and staying at home is obvious. Aside from being able to keep yourself and your family safe, productivity is boosted at home thanks to zero time spent on traffic......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 19th, 2021

400K Sinovac jabs going to NCR, Laguna, Bulacan, Cavite

The second batch of 400,000 Sinovac vaccines from China will be administered to health care workers in high-risk areas of the National Capital Region , Laguna, Bulacan and Cavite to strengthen the country’s health care system amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Malacañang said yesterday,.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 27th, 2021

Dennis Uy sells control of 2GO to SM Investments in P6.6-billion buyout

Davao-based tycoon Dennis Uy is turning over control of 2GO Group Inc. to the Sy family as he moves to shield his empire's balance sheet from losses incurred by the listed shipping and logistics firm amid the pandemic......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 19th, 2021

Gold Squad reunited in upcoming inspiration drama

At the digital press launch of ABS-CBN’s “biggest drama” this year, the event host noted that the media company, amid the pandemic and network shutdown, made sure that The Gold Squad members Seth Fedelin, Kyle Echarri, Francine Diaz, and Andrea Brillantes would be taken care of, that the four teen stars would still have projects on their laps no matter what happens. .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 17th, 2021