Monday, December 30, 2013

A lesson at the playground

At the playground some time ago, my three-year-old boy wanted the slide all to himself. He had been playing there for a good 10 minutes all on his own when a couple of kids joined him. I told him to share, then stood back to see what he'd do.

He did not feel like sharing.

He barred the way up the slide. He shouted, "No! My slide! Go away!"

The little girl he shouted at got angry. She stomped her foot, and with one stern finger pointing at Vito's face, she snapped, "You are a very bad boy!"

My Vito looked like he'd been slapped. He ran to me and pointed to the girl, who looked at me in alarm. I said, "Well, Vito, you didn't share the slide. You shouted at them. That's not what a good boy does. She's right. That was very bad what you did."

Vito and the girl looked shocked. Vito's eyes welled up with tears, but I didn't say or do anything. When he realized he wasn't going to get any sympathy from me, he sat quietly beside me. The little girl and her sister played on the slide happily. A few minutes later, Vito stood up, looked at me and said, "I'm sorry, Mama." I hugged him, a big quick hug, nothing too special. "I'm glad you want to play nice. Now go and play." He went to the little girl and said, "Sorry!" And she smiled and then they all played together.

Since that day, we have never had problems with Vito not sharing or not playing nice. He's always been a good boy but he's a kid and he does naughty, selfish, stupid things once in a while. We're pretty relaxed parents but when our kids do bad things, we are quick to correct them. We never let bad behavior slide. We're aware that if you allow just one whine, one mean word, one rude expression, then it's back to square one and sooner than you think, you have a monster living in your house. It's exhausting, this constant vigilance!

You always have to stand up for what is right, even if it means standing up against your own kid.

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Conversations with Vito

Just before bedtime.

Me: Okay, all the boys have taken a bath! Papa, Vito, Iñigo. I'm the only one who hasn't taken a bath. And I'm the girl!

Vito: Whaaaaat?! You're a girl?!


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When we announced the pregnancy to the boys.

Me: Vito, Iñigo! Mama has a new baby in her tummy!

Vito: Whaaaaat?! Baby again?!


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One afternoon while Vince and Iñigo were napping after lunch.

Me: I'm so hungry. Baby Chicken makes me hungry all the time.

Vito: You want rice, Mama?

Me: No.

Vito: You want bread?

Me: No.

Vito: You want pizza? I make pizza!

Me: Oh, sweetheart, thank you but I don't want to eat pizza.

Vito: Ummm... Chicken? Cake? Cookie?

Me: No. It's okay, baby.

Vito: Mama, you need to eat! Come! (Brings me to kitchen) Eat!

Me: What Mama wants isn't here.

Vito: What does Mama want?

Me: Empanada dipped in vinegar.

Vito: Whaaaaat?! Paaaaaa-pa! Wake up, Papa!


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One morning when Vito was feeling bored.

Me: Vito, why don't you talk to Baby Chicken?

Vito: (leans close to my tummy) Bok! Bok! Bok! Bo-ok!


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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Healing our country through music and prayer

This post is brought to you by SMART Communications.

It's almost Christmas and I'm sure us mommies are thinking about the families, the orphans, the homeless, the victims of the earthquake in October and super typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in November. They are still on a long road to recovery, that's why we just have to keep on giving!

Smart Music now offers a way for us to help and all we have to do is download the song, "The Prayer." Known as the song Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli sang together, it was sung by the Loboc Children's Choir in the rubble of earthquake-devastated Loboc, Bohol, a performance that quickly went viral. 

Ramon Chuaying of the Philippine Association of the Record Industry (PARI) says, “These children may be from Bohol, but their innocent voices represent not just their home province but also earthquake-damaged Cebu, war-stricken Zamboanga, and typhoon-devastated Leyte, Samar and Iloilo—all of whom are praying for a miracle to allow them to rebuild their lives.” 

“We asked the help of various Filipino artists, to lend their voices, to represent our country and show the world that the Philippines has one voice, one prayer—that we work together to help our countrymen rebuild their lives brick by brick,” he added.

PARI, Universal Records, DDB Philippines and Smart Music now present to you "The Prayer" by the Loboc Children's Choir and 23 Filipino music artists:


Friday, December 13, 2013

Are you a "Yes!" parent?

This post is brought to you by Green Cross Insect Repellent Lotion.

I'm happy to announce that Green Cross Insect Repellent Lotion is now a Topaz Mommy partner! I'm helping support their campaign called "Mommy PROs," because motherhood is a job and we are all professional mommies! In our case, however, it's always on-the-job training! Green Cross Insect Repellent Lotion would like to help us on our motherhood career with tips and stories and shared mommy experiences on their Mommy PROs app on Facebook.

For our first topic, I'm going to talk about "yes parenting."

I find it interesting and even worrisome that parents are forbidden to say "no" these days. No spanking, no yelling, and now, no "no," too. Even when you say "no" to your child, you must always say so positively. For example, instead of "No, you cannot eat ice cream for breakfast," you say, "You can eat ice cream after you eat lunch."

I'm pretty much a chill mom. I say "yes" a lot. Yes to candy and ice cream and chocolates. Yes to iPad and TV. Yes to toys and playing with everything in the house. Everything in moderation, of course, but my husband and I don't see the point of being the happy police, and by that I mean we are controlling their happiness. If it makes them happy, let them enjoy it.

Yes to doughnuts! We get them these treats maybe once a month only.
Yes to iPad! Well, Vito's use is monitored but we really should say "no" more.
Yes to getting hands dirty!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Iñigo's kisses

I know some of you don't have Instagram so I'm posting these videos for you. They're of our Iñigo's kisses!



Our little toddler is such a sweetie. He's the one full of hugs and kisses. He hugs and kisses so much, Vince and I are, like, "Little dude, that's full on make out. Control yourself!" Iñigo loves kisses! He'd kiss us a hundred times. He kisses anything and everything—Papa, Mama, Vito, his cars, his toys, his high chair, the rabbit!



He tries to kiss Vito but Vito hardly ever lets him. Poor Iñigo!


Darling Iñigo! Thank you for the kisses! We are savoring every big and little smack of love!

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Happiness is one, two, three!

Proud daddy Vince said, "Why are you still keeping it a secret?"

Why indeed? So here goes:

We're pregnant again! We are so thrilled and happy and so excited!

We've known since my birthday a little over a month ago so that was the best birthday gift. Then we waited for a new ultrasound to check if Baby Chicken has a heartbeat and, hooray, the baby's heart is beating strong so the baby is the best Christmas gift, too!

Baby Chicken is the nickname of the baby now. We named our baby-in-the-tummy after candy (Vito was Jelly Bean, Iñigo was Wiggle, you know, like the sour worms) so this third baby was supposed to be Gummi Bear. But Vito took one look at this, saw the egg shape, and promptly said, "Hi, Baby Chicken!"

Hi, Baby Chicken! We can't wait to meet you! Be strong and healthy in Mama's tummy! We love you!

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Justin Bieber in Tacloban!

I've never had an opinion on Justin Bieber mostly because I don't listen to his music, although I did find "Baby" catchy.

As a former entertainment magazine editor, I was happy he was famous enough and dated someone famous, too (Selena Gomez, if you didn't know), to fill the pages of my magazine.

As someone who was bullied when I was a kid, I never approved of, joined in or thought it harmless that so many people all over the world loved to hate him.

As a mom, I definitely feel horrible that such a hardworking boy would inspire so much hatred from millions of people. He's a kid. Leave him alone.


And now, I think we should all just love the guy! I thought it was amazing he turned his focus on the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda with his #GiveBackPhilippines campaign. The campaign aims to raise funds for Yolanda's victims in Central Visayas. All you have to do is donate as little as USD 10. The more you donate, the more prizes you can win. Prizes? Yes! To encourage donations, Justin is giving away campaign shirts, signed lyric sheets, VIP tickets to his Believe movie premiere, and the grand prize of getting to spend the day with Justin at the studio as he records new songs. He says he'll fly the winner and a friend from anywhere in the world to L.A.!!!



"When I heard about the massive scale of the Typhoon Haiyan disaster, I wanted to help in any way I can," Justin said. "One of the best ways I can do that is to bring a major fundraising effort to my fans all around the world—especially via social media. Prizeo will make it easy for them to donate and to share information with all their friends, hopefully maximizing the funds we can raise for the relief efforts."

I'm now even more impressed that Justin Bieber actually took the time off his busy superstar schedule to make the long trip to Tacloban to help bring a little bit of sunshine to the survivors. When I was watching his little concert at a school on the evening news and saw how the girls swooned and the guys grinned, I just have to give it to Bieber: He sure made them happy!


To donate to #GiveBackPhilippines, CLICK HERE!!! It's an exciting page actually. Go check it out! Mommies with daughters who are Beliebers, you will want to support this!

Thanks, Justin!

And thanks so much to Smart, PLDT and TV5 for partnering with Justin Bieber to promote #GiveBackPhilippines. I'm so proud to be part of the Smart family!

The photos of Justin in Tacloban is from the Facebook page of Smart Communications. Click here to see the rest of the album.

P.S. Donate! Win a prize! Mwah!

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Skinny kid problems

My boys are blessed with the skinny genes of their parents. No matter what Vince and I eat, we never gain weight. I say it's a blessing because we enjoy our food so much and we can eat all day and never have food issues. It's the kind of thing you wish on everyone.

It's never been a problem to feed Iñigo. He eats anything. Except fruit. He doesn't like fruit. He got that from me, I think. I'm a veggie girl. Vince is the fruit guy. Other than fruit, Iñigo will gobble up anything. As you can see in these photos, he is a joy to feed!

But he's not gaining weight. He's getting taller, he's very active and energetic, he's super smart and funny, he's not moody or listless. That means he's well fed! But but but he's not gaining weight.

The pedia said it's great that Iñigo is not a picky eater. That's the problem of most parents of toddlers. We had that issue with Vito, for example. But the pedia said Iñigo needs to gain weight. She thinks my breast milk is drying up and he's not getting enough. She told me to pump milk so I can gauge just how much milk my breast produces in a feeding, but I already know in my heart that she's correct. My boobs have lost their fullness. I know there's hardly any milk in there.


So the pedia said we're to give him 6-8 oz of fresh milk every day. Give him multivitamins. Give him rich food like ice cream. Fry his veggies in butter. Feed him all the fatty food he can take!!! Then we'll see. The pedia says that if he's still 10 kgs after 3 months (he's been 10 kgs for 6 months now), we'll have to maybe switch him to a fatty formula. Good luck with that!

Iñigo can eat all day but when it comes to other milk, he's not so welcoming. He'll sip a bit of fresh milk and chocolate milk but he always wants my milk. I actually want to wean him already (I have a super valid reason but I'm keeping it a secret!) but because he loves to nurse, I just allow him. He's 19 months old now. I guess we can keep this up for 5 more months.

Except my breast milk is either not enough or not fatty enough. So maybe he is better off on other milk. Oh, the problems of being thin!


This reminds me of how our neighbors used to make fun of my parents. They said, "May laman nga utak ng mga anak nila, wala namang laman ang tiyan." All because my siblings and I were skinny kids. We never went hungry. We always had something to eat but people still thought my parents didn't feed us all because we didn't gain weight.

That made me so angry. It still makes me angry. I hope no one looks at my skinny kids and think we're not feeding them. Ha. In this country where everyone thinks fat kids are healthy? Tough luck.

Darling Iñigo, I don't want you to be a fat baby even though I'm going to feed you lots of bad food like ice cream and cake and cookies. I just need you to gain a bit of weight. I don't know how that's going to happen, given your skinny genetic makeup, but we have to make it happen! Good luck to us!

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Family fun at Hong Kong Disneyland 2013!

Exactly one month ago, our little family went on our first ever trip to Hong Kong Disneyland!!!

Thanks so much to Mom and Dad, the whole Sales family (Mom, Dad, their four children and spouses, and all eight grandchildren!) flew to Hong Kong, checked in at Disney's Hollywood Hotel, and just spent the next three days being happy!

Now, we have like a billion photos but I'm grabbing the ones that Vince posted on Facebook. So if you're friends with Vince, you've seen these. If you aren't friends with him, don't request him to add you haha. Also, I'm only posting photos of my boys since they aren't in school yet. Vito and Iñigo had such a great time with their cousins so too bad because they have such fun pics together! But I now have a policy of not posting photos of school-age kids on my blog (unless the kids have moms who are bloggers posting their kids' photos publicly).

Okay, here we go!
Here we are in the Cathay Pacific plane to Hong Kong. It's Iñigo's first ever flight, and first ever trip abroad! Vito's been on planes before (Cebu, Singapore, Bali before he was a year old) but I think he doesn't remember those trips, so this plane ride was exciting for him, too.

Here we are at Hollywood & Dine at our hotel. The diner was our first stop because we arrived at Hong Kong at around lunch time. Vito was sooo excited! Okay, I'm going to use "excited" a lot in this post!

The kid can't read yet but he perused that map like a pro anyway. He is sooo cute!

After lunch, our rooms still weren't ready so we roamed the huge gardens behind the hotel. There was a pool, a playground, lots of little hills that Vito loved to explore, and these cars that Iñigo posed on. He's sooo cute!

(Check out this video of my boys waiting at Hollywood Hotel's lobby!)

Okay! Rooms are ready! On our way up, Vito saw Mickey Mouse. He was sooo starstruck! He actually held his fist in his mouth to keep himself from shouting for joy! He also met Goofy. Okay, Mickey being the STAR, you'd need a ticket to get your photo with him. Goofy, being, well, Goofy, he just hangs out in some sunny corner and you can just sidle up to him and get your pic taken. Like so!


So we all settle in, rest a little, change into new clothes, then we all took the shuttle to Disneyland. We have really awesome photos of Vito telling Mickey Mouse to get down the fountain (here's a sample pic) because he didn't think it was safe haha. I'll dig them up later. In fact, I have no photos now of our first day at Disneyland! I'll put them in my next newsletter so I hope you subscribe now!

Anyway, we rode a lot of rides. Vito loved Autopia, both boys loved Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Iñigo loved Cinderella Carousel so much that he started shrieking when the ride was done and I had to prise his little chubby fingers from the post. Vito called Sleeping Beauty Castle, "Sofia the First Castle!" and then he promptly fell asleep in our stroller while we waited for the Halloween Parade. When it finally lumbered by, Iñigo didn't seem impressed haha. Then Vince and I went back to the hotel with the kids, while the rest of the family stayed till the fireworks show.

Good morning! Today's plan was to take the train to Toy Story Land and spend the entire day there. The boys LOVE Toy Story! We took the train, Vito saw Tinkerbell on the way and he was so starstruck, he blushed haha. Then when he saw Toy Story Land, he was just overwhelmed.

He's staring at his shadow, sorry! But he really was super excited!!! Vince and Vito rode the Slinky Dog Spin (Iñigo was asleep in his stroller), then they lined up for this monster: The Toy Soldier Parachute Drop!

It was really high! My mommy heart was both freaking out and proud! My three-year-old boy laughing with delight and dangling his feet while he went up and down that scary ride! He wasn't even scared. Such a brave boy!

We had a snack with Mom and Dad after this exhilarating ride, Iñigo woke up and wanted a toy so Lola gladly obliged him a Woody plushie. Thanks, Mom!

Then we rode Mystic Manor, which Vito did not like one bit. It wasn't really scary; I think he just didn't like the part when the cockroaches streamed out and then you get sprinkled with water. Iñigo didn't have an opinion haha.

After that, we all had lunch together. We did a bit of sightseeing then it was Vito's turn to nap in the stroller. While he napped, we shopped.  Check out my new favorite watch!

It looks like a Cartier tank watch haha. I wear it every time we go out now. It reminds me of our magical time together. Happy happy time!

About to watch "Festival of the Lion King." Great show! The kids loved it!

Then we met the rest of the family in front of Sofia the First's castle. I mean, Sleeping Beauty's castle haha. That's Iñigo's Ninang Anj, who blogs at From A, to Zo. I think they're looking at the birds or planes here.

We spent the late afternoon just resting our dead feet really. Even the boys! They're so happy and so cute. Vito looks sooo sleepy here. But when some kid tried to grab Iñigo's new Lightning McQueen toy, Vito stepped in. I love how protective he is of his brother!

Family pic! We're so happy! We're so tired!!!

But we had just enough energy for one more ride: Orbitron. There was no line, you see, so we figured we'd give it a whirl. But funny Iñigo. He nursed while we were spinning around and fell asleep! Silly baby!

So we went straight home to the hotel again while the rest of the clan went off to explore the other rides. We thought the kids would collapse in bed but noooo, they were business as usual: Disney Junior on TV, Power Rangers on iPad, toys on the bed. It was like we never left home! But fall asleep they finally did.

(If you follow me on Instagram, you'd have seen these pics and videos of our trip as they happened so follow me!)

Good morning! Today's plan was just to pack and go to the airport early and shop at Duty Free. So we had a huge buffet breakfast at Chef Mickey. Aww, I love this family photo. Look at Iñigo, still in his pyjamas haha. He is sooo cute!

At the airport. We had lunch at Pop-eye's. The boys ate so much chicken! Why do my kids eat so much???

Then Vince and I shopped. Vince doesn't like exchanging what's left of our HK dollars because lugi so he really makes it ubos. We bought candy and chocolates.

Vito whiled away an hour on the iPad then he went looking for the rest of the family.

He found Zo, the son of Anj. They really got along swimmingly on this trip!

Darling Iñigo watching TV at the Children's Lounge.

My boys. My joy. My heart.

Soon after this photo was taken, we flew home, which is, in my opinion, still the happiest place on earth!

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Topaz Mommy and other mom bloggers talk about Fabella Hospital

This post is brought to you by NIVEA Baby. 

Yesterday, I told you about what I saw at Fabella Hospital. Today, I'll share with you NIVEA Baby's purpose for renovating the hospital: to give moms and babies a brighter experience.



Isn't this such a great cause? I'm so proud to be part of this campaign!

To know more about #CaringBeyondSkincare, please like the Facebook page of NIVEA Baby Philippines. I did! It's got a lot of useful tips for moms like us who care so much for our babies!

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Monday, November 25, 2013

The day I met the moms and babies at Fabella

This post is brought to you by NIVEA Baby.

Just before my birthday, NIVEA Baby took me and other mom bloggers Jackie Go of Go, Jackie Go!, Neva Santos of Manila Mommy, and Jemimah Mendoza of eSuperMommy, to Fabella Hospital. I confessed to you before in this blog post that I was afraid to go because I knew I was going to get my heart broken. But off we went on that early morning and I actually am glad I went.

At Fabella, we were told by NIVEA Baby not to cry or feel sad when we meet the moms. We can't make them feel like we're sorry for them. We should give them dignity. I didn't really feel sorry for them. In fact, I was surprised at how happy I felt when I saw the babies. They made me want to have more babies! I wanted to scoop them all up and inhale their newborn scent and just coo and gaze and kiss them. Mwah mwah mwah! Of course I didn't (I forgot to bring alcogel so I didn't want to spread my germs), although the moms were happy to share their babies.  

Okay, this is going to be a photo-heavy post so I'll just do captions!

Meeting the moms and babies
Very steep and high stairs! Imagine if you're heavily pregnant or you just gave birth! Well, there are a couple of elevators but those are mostly used for those in beds and wheelchairs.

Dark and sad hallways. This leads to a ward. Flickering lights, too. Very Silent Hill. Except it wasn't silent in this hospital! Why? Because it was filled to the rafters with moms and babies!

New moms lined up to have their babies checked. I know that this sight may induce feelings of sympathy but, dear readers, there were soooooo many babies, I could smell that fantastic newborn scent everywhere! The air was just redolent of new baby smell! I was so happy!

New mommies with new babies. Well, these aren't their first kids. More like their third or fourth or fifth. They confessed that they had no money and that life was hard but I love how they just smiled for the camera!

That's Mommy Jem with other new mommies. And all the moms were breastfeeding! Hooray!

Super young moms with their first babies. They were too in love with their newborns to talk to me!

Mothers and babies share beds, usually two moms in one bed so they mostly sit up so their babies can lie down.

Babies left on the bed by their moms during visiting hours. Visitors aren't allowed inside the maternity ward. Too crowded. And it's safer and more secure this way. But I just found it sad—for the moms, dads, babies!—that the moms have to leave their kids while they go out to entertain their visitors.

Lunch time! While the hospital provides three meals a day, visitors supply moms with much-needed water and snacks. Diapers and other essentials are passed on, too.

New arrivals! So many moms and babies are wheeled in! Like, there was a line!

Look! A family planning desk in the ward. The moms told us that they get counseling and are offered ligations.

Fabella Hospital has a good breastfeeding policy. It was so encouraging to see all the moms offering their breast to their newborns!


Things that still need improvement

Friday, November 22, 2013

Don't stop giving!

This post is brought to you by SMART Communications.

Today marks the second week since Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda obliterated Central Visayas. All the stories are gripping but the ones that hit me most are the stories of mothers losing their children, fathers desperate to protect and to provide for what remains of their family, parents burying their children, parents reuniting with children they had feared dead. I've been crying and praying and sad and happy from all the stories I'm reading!



One happy story is told by Gina Ladrera through CNN (click here for the article). Gina is a domestic helper in Hong Kong but she rushed home to Leyte—and how she got to her town Tanauan is a story of courage itself!—to find her family. Thank God they were all alive, her husband, their two kids, and her in-laws. Hers is a happy story but we don't know yet if it will have a happy ending since they are truly starting from nothing. That's where we come in. We have to continue helping our fellow Filipinos in Central Visayas!

There's a ton of ways to continue helping. I love how my Manila-based cousins, who speak Waray, are volunteers who greet the refugees arriving in Manila. Their ability to speak to the stricken people in their dialect comforts the survivors immensely. 

Tons of donation boxes are also at malls and other establishments just waiting for your nice clothes, good food, water and other items. Then, for those of us who are stuck at home here and all over the world, we can send airtime load through BayadLoad, a mobile money service of Smart Communications, Inc. 

More after the jump!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Mommy blogger mojo going, going, going...

Hey mommies, I know I haven't blogged in a week. All the stuff that's been happening to our country has me really sad. I've been spending a lot of time online but mostly just reading everything about Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, the survivors, the dead, the corruption, the politics, the petty, the profound. So instead of blogging, I've been reading and spending a lot of time on Facebook.

Not to say that I've been depressed. Yes, some of the news are depressing. I also heard from a cousin that not everyone in our family (Beltran, Custodio, Advincula) survived the typhoon after all. The ones who did survive are either busy rebuilding or are here in Manila now. So life goes on. Even in the face of tragedy, life does go on. Some think that's a curse, but it is actually a grace. To be given another shot at seeing the beauty of life, even in minute moments, is a gift. Thank God for that.

Yep, life goes on. So I really do have to update this blog! And I have to make my newsletter! I have so many things happening in my life right now that I'm getting overwhelmed, each day I miss blogging means the news is getting stale! I might end up not telling you anything!

For example, in the midst of the sadness, an amazing happiness blossomed. I'll tell you about that soon. Right now, I'm too tired to go into all the marvelous details. Plus, I have a ton of sponsored posts to do for Vicks, SMART, NIVEA Baby and Green Cross! Plus, I have work! But I'm so tired and sleepy and nauseated and sleepy and tired and happy and sad and... Basta I'll blog this weekend!

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

What your donation to UNICEF buys Yolanda's victims

I'm sure everyone is doing their part to help the victims of the horrific Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda that obliterated Central Visayas and Palawan last weekend. I'm happy to report that all my cousins and aunts and uncles and their kids who live in Leyte (Tacloban, Palo and Tolosa) and Samar (Llorente) are alive. They have nothing left but we are just all so happy they are alive!

Anyway, like I said, I'm confident we are all doing our part to help our fellow Filipinos. It's encouraging to see people donating goods, volunteering to pack these goods, driving all the way to Leyte and other affected areas to distribute these goods, giving money to relief agencies, volunteering their services as doctor or nurse, spreading information. One of the many agencies I trust is UNICEF. Here's their update four days ago:

Therapeutic food for children, health kits, water and hygiene kits to support up to 3,000 families in the affected areas have already been mobilized from supplies available in the country, with distribution prioritized for the Tacloban area as soon as access is possible.

"We are rushing to get critical supplies to children who are bearing the brunt of this crisis,” said UNICEF Philippines Representative Tomoo Hozumi. “Reaching the worst affected areas is very difficult, with limited access due to the damage caused by the typhoon to infrastructure and communications. But we are working around the clock to find ways to get these supplies to children as quickly as conditions allow."

UNICEF’s warehouse in Copenhagen is airlifting US$1.3 million worth of additional supplies for another 10,000 families, including those affected by the recent earthquake in Bohol. The shipments contain water purification tablets, soap, medical kits, tarpaulins, and micronutrient supplements.

"As we get a better picture of the impact of this devastating crisis, it is clear that even more children are affected than first thought," said Mr. Hozumi. "UNICEF is doing all it can to reach these children, as quickly as possible with critical supplies, to protect their health, safety and wellbeing in the difficult days ahead."

Here's what a sample kit looks like:

Here's another more current report from UNICEF: "Aid is getting through." It details what happened in the first few days (blocked roads and floods prevented aid) but now that roads were finally cleared, they are now blocked by the survivors walking to look for aid. So aid is getting through! It's just chaotic now but our help is getting to the survivors! Don't lose hope! Let's keep on giving!


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