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Handling the pressure to ‘go forth and multiply’


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In the Philippines, family is an extremely important factor in people’s lives. Many people grow up in multigenerational homes where children and their cousins are raised by parents and grandparents; and aunts and uncles are considered second parents. It is no surprise then that almost as soon as a couple gets married, everyone expects them to “contribute” to the family’s growing number.

Posted: March 19th, 2014 in Columns,Parenting | Read More »

Bruno Mars’ mom: ‘I knew he was special the moment he was born’

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WE ARE FAMILY Bruno Mars, his mom and siblings at am.a.m.a earth event

The first time Bruno Mars performed here was in April 2011. Watching the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter thrill the crowds in Manila and Cebu were his Filipino mother Bernadette “Bernie” Bayot Hernandez, his sister Jaime and other family members.

Posted: March 12th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Parenting,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Foldable ‘Butterfly House’ to shelter the ‘Yolanda’ homeless

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GINA Aboitiz, Efren Peñaflorida, Royal Pineda,Maricis Zobel and project director Benny Lagos at the Mind Museum launch

One hundred seventeen days after Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” sheltering the homeless remains a problem. Just launched at Mind Museum was the Butterfly House, a low-cost, foldable, steel-framed system that can be stretched out into a liveable structure.

Posted: March 5th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Home and Entertaining,Parenting | Read More »

How families stay fit–even with tablets, other gadgets around

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THE ATENDIDOS

As parents to our three-year-old son Jack, my husband Jason and I try to impart good habits as best as we can.

Posted: March 5th, 2014 in Headlines,Parenting | Read More »

Nesting: Planning the nursery for your bundle of joy


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Do you find yourself suddenly cleaning rooms and emptying out closets even if you’ve never been much of a neat freak?

Posted: March 5th, 2014 in Columns,Parenting | Read More »

When my teenager son fell in love

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THE AUTHOR with her eldest son Mark

The love that we feel for our children is undeniable. We want only the best for them, and pray that they conquer any challenge they face. All these will be part of their memories, and as parents, we simply wish to be remembered for participating in their growth in any way we can.

Posted: February 26th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Parenting | Read More »

What if kids plotted to stay up late every night?


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One of the things I like doing as a mother is putting my kids to sleep. I’m not a big fan of feeding times with my son or study time with my daughter, but when it comes to our bedtime routine and we’re all snuggled up together, I can’t think of any other place I would rather be.

Posted: February 26th, 2014 in Columns,Parenting | Read More »

Men must say ‘Thank you,’ too, dear

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RICHARD Cepeda Go and Marina Benipayo

I always tell my friends that I am fortunate and thankful to have found Marina. The blessing that she is to my life becomes part of the conversation whenever I meet up with these friends.

Posted: February 19th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Parenting | Read More »

Getting ready for baby no. 3


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Last December, right before the year came to an end, my husband Migs and I discovered another reason to celebrate the coming New Year. Two lines on a small white stick meant a new baby to look forward to this 2014!

Posted: February 19th, 2014 in Columns,Parenting | Read More »

How a young man should behave at the prom–a dad’s advice

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A young man asked me what to do at the prom. He is from an all-boys school, and was asked by a neighbor’s daughter to be her date. Excited and nervous, he asked why the prom is such a big deal.

Posted: February 12th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Parenting | Read More »

Lessons in love that we learned from ‘Frozen’


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Ever since the Disney musical film “Frozen” was released, not a day has gone by when I don’t hear at least one reference to it from my five-year-old daughter. And I don’t think I am alone.

Posted: February 12th, 2014 in Columns,Parenting | Read More »

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