If there’s one person who truly deserves the spotlight in this post, it must be someone very close to our hearts – my mother, Lorna J. Jaramillo.

She helped her mother in caring for her four siblings as the eldest daughter of a single mother. She had told me stories about them having to stay in various relative houses in order to live. She was not able to pursue college and had to start working as a cook right after high school to help support her family. She married young…fate must have other plans for her.

She’s a dedicated mom to six children and made the tough decision to leave her career as a cook in a hotel to focus on taking care of her family. Her multitasking skills are extraordinary, from hand-washing laundry while soothing my baby brother to cooking meals and still staying updated with radio dramas. Parenthood is challenging, but she managed it with love and determination, even when our income was tight.

As a family, we faced financial difficulties, and my mother was no stranger to the principal’s office when it came to school fees. However, her will to prioritize education for her children prevailed. Inspired from her experiences, she vowed to let her children finish studies if permits.

She has always been a supportive partner to my father, whether it’s moving to the city, exploring farming, or supporting his role as a municipality vice mayor.

Even after we finished our studies, she didn’t take a break. Instead, she pursued her dream of being in the medical field by volunteering as a Barangay Health Worker. Despite our initial concerns about her age and the demanding work, her passion and happiness convinced us to support her decision. She is not only a mother to us but a reliable helper to everyone in need at the barangay clinic.

During the pandemic, her dedication was even more critical. Despite being a senior citizen, she continued to serve as a BHW, volunteering at the vaccination site despite the potential risks. Her selflessness and belief in the importance of her service during these times are truly inspiring.

Unfortunately, the compensation she receives for her pandemic service is minimal, even expressed disappointment in the distribution. Despite this, she persists in volunteering in our barangay for her fulfillment comes from the gratitude of the people she serves.

My mother is not just a wife and mother; she is a selfless public servant who exemplifies compassion and dedication.


This story is an entry to COMCO Mundo’s “UNMASKED: The COMCO Mundo Write to Ignite Season 3”.  The initiative aims to pull and collate powerful stories from the Philippine blogging communities. “UNMASKED” aims to explore how each mask is a person brimming with hope and wonders to share with others, as well as why it is important to tell their inspiring journeys in life. The “Write to Ignite” Season 3 is made possible by COMCO Mundo League of Enterprises, with airasia, Babyflo, PHILUSA Corporation, Century Tuna, Licealiz, Lamoiyan Corporation, Rémy Martin, and Uratex Monoblock as brand partners.

Skip long lines and request PSA certificates online thru PSAHelpline

PSA certificates – are must needed documents in school, in government agencies, passport renewal, getting loans or applying for jobs.

Last May 2022, I had the chance to use PSAHelpline.ph when my daughter’s school is requesting for an original copy of her birth certificate.

My kids’ passport will expire this year and we will be needing another set of original copy of their birth certificates as one of the requirements in passport renewal.

Back then, I can only get copies of the certificates if I’m in CDO, my hometown. With work and the time spent commuting to PSA office, I didn’t have a chance to process it manually.

With PSAHelpline.ph, I was able to request these certificates conveniently at home.

Here’s the step by step process when I requested for my daughter’s Birth Certificate:

  1. I accessed the official site, PSAHelpline.ph. The main page displays the brief information about PSA online application and delivery process . Also indicated are the types of certificates we can avail through PSAHelpline.
  2. Click Order Now to proceed.
  3. The next page prompts the certificate option to choose. I selected the Birth Certificate and I ticked the box to agree with the PSA policies. Then I clicked on Continue.
  4. The next page will ask you if you are requesting you own or someone else. In my case, I selected “My Daughter”. Click Continue to proceed.
  5. You will be routed to the next page that shows the list of information needed. Click Continue if you agree with giving these information.
  6. You will be routed to the form page to fill the requester’s information. One of the requirements is type of  Valid ID you will use to the courier service as identification proof of the requester.
  7. The next page is the form for you to fill out the information needed for the person you are requesting for.
  8. The next page is for the father’s information, followed by the mother’s information.
  9. Information for the birth province and municipality came next.
  10. The next page is information about on time or delayed registration.
  11. The next page is about the purpose of the request. I chose School Requirement.
  12. The next page is information about Legal Proceedings. I chose None.
  13. The next two pages displays the information provided for me to review if the I inputted the correct information or spellings. Once reviewed and confirmed, I ticked the box to proceed. Clicked Continue to proceed to payment.
    For online, payment thru credit card, GCash, Paymaya, Shopee pay, Dragonpay or Bayad Online is available.
    For over-the-counter payments, there’s 7-11, Palawan Pawnshop, Bancnet and Bayad.I used GCash payment option and I am routed to GCash application to proceed with the payment. Payment details will also be sent to your declared email address.


And we are done.

Using the PSAHelpline.ph site is so easy and transaction is fast as I received the requested certificates within the week from filing.


SKY Fiber Plan 50Mbps with free speed boost of up to 75Mbps

Broadband internet service provider SKY Fiber is offering cost-effective internet connectivity for homes with the launch of its new Super Speed Plans that address the need for fast and reliable internet speeds at affordable prices for Filipino households.

“While the proliferation of broadband options is beneficial for consumers, choosing the right plan for their daily needs is proving to be a challenge. And, more often than not, there would be a trade-off in terms of price, speed, reliability, or overall service,” James Dumlao, SKY’s head of
Consumer Product, Programming, and Airtime Group, explained during the media conference.

SKY Fiber aims to resolve this problem by offering the fast speed options enough for internet activities bundled with the WiFi Mesh device to improve the internet signal distribution in the home. Given this, subscribers will not need to choose between expensive high-speed plans and unreliable low-cost plans as SKY Fiber Super Speed Plans can satisfy their internet needs.

“No other brands in the market bundle WiFi Mesh units at no extra monthly fees. So that’s another ‘swak’ feature of our revitalized Super Speed Plans,” Alan Supnet, SKY’s head of Consumer Broadband, said.

Additionally, the internet service provider strengthened the cost-efficiency of subscribing to SKY Fiber by offering waived installation fees and a free speed boost promo until April 30. The free speed boost providing as much as 50% additional internet speed is available for select plans.For P1,699 per month, subscribers can already get the Plan 50Mbps which has boosted speeds of up to 75Mbps until the end of April and two free WiFi Mesh devices to ensure seamless connection throughout the whole household.

There are also unlimited broadband plans with higher speeds such as the:

  • Plan 100Mbps (P2,299/month)
  • Plan 150Mbps (P2,799/month)
  • Plan 200Mbps (P3,499/month)

Basic plans are still available at:

  • 20Mbps (P999/month)
  • 30 Mbps (P1,299/month)

Options with  cable TV bundled plans are also available, with speeds of
up to:

  • 40Mbps (P1,699/month)
  • 80Mbps (P2,499/month)
  • 150Mbps (P2,999/month)

All come with free WiFi Mesh, but the number of units is dependent on the plan.
SKY Fiber is available for residents in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Baguio, Cebu, Dumaguete, Bacolod, Iloilo, Davao, GenSan, and Zamboanga.

More information about SKY Fiber plans is available at www.mysky.com.ph/skyfiber.

Live Safe with Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol

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During pre-pandemic days, we seldom use alcohol or sanitizer. I’m not a fan because it makes my hands dry. Some alcohol’s smell is too strong and I’m conscious of the side-effects from the constant use of it. I prefer to wash my hands with soap.

But this change with COVID-19 pandemic, alcohol and sanitizers have become a necessity, it is our everyday companion. Sanitizing our hands every now and then or every after holding various things. People nowadays are being too careful when it comes to health and safety. I, for one, am anxious especially when doing errands outside the house. We need to be extra careful. That is why picking the right alcohol and sanitizer must be considered.

With the loosened restriction nowadays, we can never be too careless. While vaccination is ongoing and minimum health protocol guidelines like social distancing, wearing masks and shield, are still for strict implementation, each one of us must still do our part to provide a level of defense.

One way to prevent the spread of the virus is by always carrying a trusted rubbing alcohol brand that contains at least 70& alcohol solution whenever you go outdoors.

Mommy Bloggers Philippines, is generous enough to let me try a new brand of alcohol. Defensil 70% Solution Isopropyl Alcohol, the alcohol recommended by the Philippine Society for Microbiology (PSM), can kill 99.9% of common germs and bacteria, starts to kill them on contact so that you can safely do the activities you love wherever you are. Defensil also provides up to 12 hours of protection upon constant use so that you are protected and do activities with ease. Defensil 70% Isopropyl Alcohol was tested against Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella typhimurium, Escherichia coli or E. coli and Candida albicans

Aside from protection from germs, my skin is also protected since Defensil has moisturizing properties and is hypoallergenic, giving you one less thing to worry about skin dryness. And did I mention that we like its mild smell too.

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Nikko Cruz, Brans Manager of Defensil Isoprpy Alchol said that Defensil is 100% behind the government in their efforts to prevent further spread of the virus. Defensil encourages everyone to remain vigilant now more than ever and do our part in this fight towards eventually resuming our normal way of life by adhering to social Distancing and sanitation protocols, especially when doing essential errands outdoors.

Defensil is available in Robinsons, Puregold and other leading supermarkets.


Comprehensive Cleft Care Center now in Cebu

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CEBU, PHILIPPINES July 21, 2021 – In line with the organization’s 20th year in the Philippines, Smile Train, together with its long-time partner, Mabuhay Deseret Foundation, and Allegiant Regional Care (ARC) Hospitals is launching the first Comprehensive Cleft Care (CCC) center in Cebu. Through this partnership, comprehensive cleft care services will be made more accessible to cleft-affected individuals and families in the region.

Since Smile Train partnered with local medical professionals and hospitals in the Philippines in 2001, the world’s largest cleft organization has achieved several milestones. The cleft charity has been able to partner with over 50 partner hospitals and organizations and strives to be able to provide its services closer to Filipinos. Through these partners, Smile Train has also been able to support more than 64,000 cleft surgeries nationwide.

Mabuhay Deseret Foundation, a non-profit organization that facilitates medical treatment and care for those in need, including those born with a cleft, has been a partner of Smile Train since 2008.

ARC Hospital, located in Lapu-Lapu City, was established in 2015. It aspires to improve access to quality healthcare in the country by forging partnerships with internationally recognized organizations to be able to provide advance and world-class services to the patients they serve.

With the commitment to help Cebuanos in need and the synergy of healthcare experts and the topnotch facilities of ARC Hospital, the Smile Train Cleft Center at ARC Hospital is well-positioned to provide safe, quality and timely comprehensive cleft care services to the community. Individuals living in Cebu and nearby provinces who are unable to afford cleft care, will be able to benefit from these services such as surgery, nutrition support, orthodontic and dental treatment, and speech therapy at no cost.

The launch of the Cleft Center at ARC Hospital marks a new milestone for Smile Train in the Philippines as the organization continues to expand the number of its comprehensive cleft centers (CCCs) across the country as a way to reach more Filipinos in need. This goes hand-in-hand with the country’s first Filipino speech therapy mobile application which Smile Train has recently launched during the pandemic, as a response to the need of patients and families to receive comprehensive cleft care at the safety and comfort of their homes.

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. The Smile Train Philippines mobile application can be downloaded via Google Play and App Store.


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.

About Mabuhay Deseret Foundation
Founded in 1988, the Mabuhay Deseret Foundation (a Charity Vision Int’l affiliate) has provided thousands free and subsidized operations every year to correct medical conditions such as cataracts, crossed eyes, cleft lip and palate, burn contractions, post polio and clubfeet for the poor. To learn more about Mabuhay Deseret Foundation’s work, please visit mabuhaydeseretfoundation.org.

About Allegiant Regional Care (ARC) Hospitals
Allegiant Regional Care (ARC) Hospitals is a private healthcare facility that was established on August 17, 2015 to cater to the residents of Metro Cebu with a focus on the cities of Lapu-Lapu and Cordova. ARC Hospitals aspires to improve the healthcare landscape in the Philippines. To learn more about ARC, please visit http://www.archospitals.org.

Super Metro Colon is on Mid-Year Clearance Sale

It’s now the middle of the year, the time when many stores are holding big sales. But do you know who’s slashing their prices more?

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If you are looking for heavily discounted appliances, electronic, mattresses, homewares, travel gears, shoes or new clothes, you’re sure to find some hefty savings at the Metro Department Store Mid-Year Clearance Sale on June 30 to July 18, 2021.

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The 19-day campaign, touted as Metro’s greatest markdown sale, is giving away up to 70% off on great selections storewide.

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The mid-year clearance sale is happening at all Metro Department stores in Visayas and Luzon. Super Metro Colon, the appointed outlet store of The Metro Stores, will also be joining in the monster-savings event. As an outlet store, prices at Super Metro Colon are substantially cheaper than its sister stores and most items will be discounted during the mid-year clearance sale.

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“This is the perfect time to shop and stock up. There will be thousands and thousands of items in store with markdowns. Shoppers should take advantage of these deals,” says AVP for Marketing Rosita Jose.

Consumers looking for bargains will surely have a most satisfying shopping experience here.
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If you want to know more about the great deals, come to the nearest Metro Department Store nearest you. Happy shopping but please be mindful of the safety protocols. Wear your mask and face shield and observe social distancing.

For more details and updates, visit the Metro Retail Group website at www.metroretail.com.ph, Facebook page at facebook.com/TheMetroStores, and Instagram at @themetrostores.ph


Shrimp Pad Thai (From Maya Adam)

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We love Shrimp Pad Thai. Was able to taste it at Lemon Grass Resto in Ayala Malls, Cebu. This is also available in the stalls of Cebu’s Sugbo Mercado but the original flavor is hot and spicy. Pad Thai is a Thailand dish. It is made with rice noodles, chicken, beef or tofu, peanuts, a scrambled egg, and bean sprouts. Because the original flavor is hot and spicy, I had to look for other options that can suit our palate. I found it from Maya Adam.

Maya Adam’s original recipe can be found through Coursera’s Stanford Introduction to Food and Health. I have to substitute some that is locally available like kalamansi for lime or basil leaves instead of cilantro 🙂 Nevertheless, we love how it turned out.

Shrimp Pad Thai
(Adapted from Maya Adam)

MommyAfterWork Shrimp Pad Thai - Ingredients


  • ¼ kl shrimp (shelled and deveined)
  • Sesame oil
  • 3 pcs garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • mung bean sprouts, blanched
  • 200 grams rice noodles
  • boiling water
  • paprika (optional)
  • salt and pepper

For the sauce:

  • juice of 7 pcs kalamansi
  • 1-2 tbsp sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp fish sauce

For the garnish:

  • parsley
  • basil leaves, chopped


  1. To make the sauce, in a bowl, mix together fresh kalamansi juice, brown sugar, and fish sauce. Adjust taste to your liking and set aside.
  2. In a pot, boil water. Blanch the mung bean sprouts for 1 minute.
  3. In a separate pot, boil another water for the rice noodles. When boiling, turn off heat and place the rice noodles in the pot. Let the noodles cook for approximately 5-10 minutes. Stir the noodles in the water to prevent from sticking. Set aside without draining the water.
  4. In a small bowl, crack eggs and break the yolk. In the pan, add in sesame oil and lightly scramble the eggs. Remove the scrambled egg from the pan.
  5. In the same pan, over medium high heat, add in sesame oil to the pan, sauté the shallots and garlic for about 1 minute.
  6. Strain the noodles.
  7. Add shrimps with small amount of salt and pepper and sauté them for 1-2 minutes or until they turn pink. You may want to sprinkle paprika and toss them, to add some color.
  8. Add the noodles and drizzle the sauce over. Add in blanched mung bean sprouts and gently toss them together or until the sauce is all soaked into the noodles.
  9. Garnish with basil and parsley.


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JobStreet PH launches Virtual Career Fair on Labor Day

Living up to its commitment to provide jobs that matter across the country, leading online job portal JobStreet is going hyperlocal as it launches its dedicated microsite for Cebu, Iloilo, and Davao as well as its upcoming virtual career fair with the selected Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Offices in time for the upcoming Labor Day.

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The initiatives also help boost the job market in provinces as the public is encouraged to decongest Metro Manila following the on-going pandemic.

Jobseekers from Cebu, Iloilo, and Davao can now browse thousands of jobs available in their locality through the respective microsites. Candidates can also learn from work-life guides and advice from JobStreet’s career hub which will be written in their local dialect.
Jobstreet PH Virtual Career Fair_Cebu“Many Filipinos recently returned to their provinces because of layoffs or the new work from home arrangements and this caused a shift in the labor market. We’ve also observed that candidates from major provinces have increased their activities in terms of platform website visits, which is why we really targeted to promote local employment and provide them valuable support in their career through their own dialect,” said JobStreet Philippines Country Manager Philip Gioca.

This coming May 1-3, 2021, over 100 companies from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao have participated in the upcoming Virtual Career Fair, offering thousands of jobs nationwide. Candidates from different regions will also have a chance to experience engaging features such as live chats, on-the-spot interviews with HR representatives, and companies’ virtual booths. In addition, DOLE Regional Offices will accommodate concerns and questions from candidates via chat in the platform.

Jobseekers can join the online raffle as JobStreet goes live on its official Facebook Page on the first day of the Virtual Career Fair on May 1 at 5:00PM.

“We appreciate DOLE and the participating regions for trusting to partner with JobStreet in this initiative. We’re hoping that the Virtual Career Fair would be able to reach out to more jobseekers across the country who are looking for opportunities at this time,” shared Gioca.

The Virtual Career Fair is now open for pre-registration through http://bit.ly/JobStreetDOLEVCF.

Provincial microsites are also accessible via

 About JobStreet

JobStreet is a leading online job board presently covering the employment markets in Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam. JobStreet currently services over 230,000 corporate hirers and over 15 million jobseekers in its database.


Metro Danao Celebrates Grand Opening With 10-Day Sale

Great offers await customers as Metro Danao celebrates its grand opening on April 24, 2021 with a 10-day sale dubbed “Metro Danao Grand Opening Sale” from April 24 to May 3.

The compact two-level store held its soft opening last February with a gift-giving activity for shoppers in Danao City. Community members also had a preview of what to expect when the store fully opens.

Located at Sands Gateway Mall along Central Nautical Highway in Brgy. Suba, Danao City, Metro Danao offers shoppers a shopping experience like no other providing them access to a wide selection of exciting products at prices generally lower than other retailers.

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Starting April 24, shoppers can get up to 70% off on great selections at the department store, earn double MRC points until April 30, and qualify for the P50 Peso Deals wherein featured items can be purchased for only P50. Shoppers need to present a single receipt with at least P2,000 purchase to avail of the promo.

Big savings also await shoppers at the Supermarket as international goods, personal and homecare essentials, beverage and snacks items, fresh meat, produce and frozen food will be discounted during the 10-day sale. In addition, Metro Business Card and Metro Rewards Card holders with a minimum, single-receipt purchase, cash or credit (P2,000, P3,000 or P50,000) will receive a gift: choice of 1 kl rice, 2 kls rice, 1L dishwashing liquid or 1L vegetable oil.

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On weekends of April 24-25 and May 1-2, Metro bakery Suisse Cottage will hold a special promo for its freshly baked goodies: P49 Sandwich Bread for the first 20 customers, Buy One Take One on select breads, and Chiffon Cake-Upside Down Bundle for P189. And for every P50 purchase, customers can get free Coffee Americano, Iced Tea or Lemonade.

More treats and surprises await everyone when they shop at Metro Danao during the 10-day sale. Come and have fun shopping. Metro assures customers of a safe shopping experience with its stringent health and safety protocols as customers are required to use face masks and face shields and observe social distancing while inside the store.Metro Danao Opening Sale - HomeMetro Danao Opening Sale - Appliances

For more details and updates, visit the Metro Retail Group website at www.metroretail.com.ph, Facebook page and Instagram.

#MetroDanao #TheMetroStores

Metro Sidewalk Sale Returns on March 15-21

The Metro Retail Stores Group will hold  its first major sale of the year in a bid to bring the public back to its stores and to reengage them with what the retail giant has to offer.
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The Metro Sidewalk Sale will offer a great selection of top brands, apparel, baby needs, home stuff, sports and fitness at up to 70% off on March 15 to 21.
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“The Sidewalk Sale is one of our largest annual sale promotions nationwide. It is a great opportunity to see what Metro has to offer as well as score great deals on select and current merchandise. We have plenty of specials and discounts in this week-long sale,” said Metro Stores AVP for Marketing Rose Jose.

Shoppers may avail of the discount from men’s and ladies’ wear, kids and toys, to appliance and electronics, sports, home improvement and furniture, and grocery. It’s going to be a rewarding shopping especially for all Metro Rewards Card (MRC) members as they get to double their points and receive gifts for minimal single-receipt purchase, cash or credit at the supermarket.

There will also be special buys wherein for every single receipt purchase worth P1500 at the Department Store entitles the customer to get up to 50% discount on featured items.

This year’s sidewalk sale is held longer to give shoppers ample time to shop. Non MRC members may apply for membership within the 7-day sale period or anytime they are free. All they have to do is approach the Customer Service, fill up the form and pay the card fee.

For every one’s safety, Metro adheres to health protocols and requires shoppers to wear face mask and face shield, and observe social distancing while inside the store. For a safer and more convenient shopping, shop online at http://shop.themetrostores.ph.

For more details and updates, visit the Metro Retail Group website at www.metroretail.com.ph, Facebook page at TheMetroStores, and Instagram <@themetrostores.ph>.

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