Mommy power is in our hands

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“Because I think the Filipino is worth crying for”. David Briscoe, February 25, 1986

babyI felt my baby tumble with joy inside my belly as the announcement from the radio blasted out that indeed Cory Aquino was our new president. My baby is turning 31 years old just as we celebrate the EDSA People Power celebration today. Yes, it has been 31 years since my joy came in a stream of tears. There were many reasons worth crying for: a sign of relief from the threats of a civil war, the challenges facing the new President, for the citizenry who finally showed the courage to challenge the Marcoses.

I smiled and caressed my belly assuring my unborn baby that she will now be born in a democracy. As a new mother, I desired nothing else but peace, not the turmoil that was about to explode with the cheating of the elections done under a dictatorial regime. Fighting the dictatorship was a struggle that I fought for as a student in the state university.

Ang sarap maging Filipino.

For many years, I idolized Cory Aquino. I looked up to Cory Aquino for having the courage to fight a dictator and restore a democracy. I am forever grateful for that. Never mind if her government faced numerous power struggles. Never mind if Kamaganak Inc allegedly gained from her presidency. Many years in denial. It took the same daughter to shake off that “romantic affair” with the People power revolution. It is easy to romanticize while pondering at what EDSA meant.

The same daughter that somersaulted inside me 31 years ago questioned my initial support for Noynoy Aquino when I wrote the entry, Noynoy Aquino- The Gate Changer. What were his qualifications? Just because he is the son of a beloved president? I mused and perused. It took my wise daughter born at the peak of the People power revolution fever to awaken me from that stupor. I thought I knew all the answers for the future citizens of the country. Mommies can make mistake too. This time around, I did not allow my “cory fan mode” to cloud my judgement over the euphoria of People Power

Mommies know what is best for their children but this time, my children knew what is best for them.

Take time to listen to your children . Discuss the issues and and their future,

Mommy power is in our hands.

Yesterday marked  my blog’s 11th anniversary and this blog transcended beyond just a grief advocacy blog. The domain name, not only speaks about my personal recovery.

My blog now encompasses the recovery of our country and the struggles to achieve it.  It is now about a mom trying to make a difference for the future of my children and the future of my country.

It is my hope that the current generation continue to uphold the lessons of “people power” and continue the struggle for national freedom and democracy.


(this is an update to my post originally written seven years ago)

Noemi Lardizabal-Dado (1385 Posts)

You may contact Noemi (noemidado @ for speaking and consultancy services in the following areas: Parenting in the Digital Age (includes pro-active parenting on cyber-bullying and bullying) ; Social Business ; Reinventing One’s Life; and social media engagement. Our parenting workshop is called "Prep to Prime (P2P): Parenting in the Digital Age (An Un­Workshop)" P2P Un­Workshops are conducted by two golden women in their prime, Noemi and Jane, who have a century’s worth of experience between them. They are both accomplished professionals who chose to become homemakers. This 180­degree turn also put them on a different life course which includes blogging, social media engagement and citizen advocacy. They call their un­workshops Prep to Prime or P2P, for short, to emphasize the breadth of their parenting experience. They tackle different aspects and issues of parenting ­­ from managing pregnancies, prepping for the school years of children, dealing with househelp, managing the household budget, to maximizing one’s prime life and staying healthy through the senior years.

  • Ria

    Congratulations on your blog’s anniversary! Thank you for sharing so much of yourself so candidly to us, your readers. I love how you have and continue to evolve in your advocacy. I hope to keep reading more from you for a long, long time!
    .-= Ria´s last blog ..February 22 declared a Special Holiday =-.

  • Congrats on your 4th blog anniversary! And a wonderful article on EDSA. 🙂
    .-= peachy´s last blog ..The Internet And Me =-.

  • Noems, let me copy what I wrote in your Facebook wall.

    Yes, Noems… I remember how you set up my using the archaic wordpress template in 2004 (before you set up your blog). Yesterday, I was screaming with joy because, for the first time, I was able to create & publish a blog without your techie assistance, including the customizable header & widgets. You had always told me that a non-techie could do it, so for the past few years, with a few lessons from you (I hated the FTP lessons), and a lot of trial-and-error for me, I’m coming into my own…

    Thank you, Noemi, for helping digitally-illiterate Filipino American community & business leaders take control of their online reputations. We now have many voices — and we’ve only just started. Fil-Am media & community advocates are eternally grateful because you took the time to guide us. We watch & learn. Eventually, you’ll be hearing more from us… Keep up the wonderful work — and Happy Anniversary!

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    As a footnote, my dearest sister, we (in the family) are SO proud of your growth as a human being, blossoming into an inspirational role-model without knowing it and not asking for it (You don’t say, “I’m here to inspire people,” thank goodness!). Your accomplishments do not define who you are. They are the end results of an intention to have a purpose-driven life.

  • Congratulations on your blog anniversary!

    The transformation and growth of this blog is truly an achievement.
    .-= Fitz´s last blog ..Eugene Lin: iPhoning My Way To Retirement =-.

  • Tim

    Congratulations on your blog anniversary! The original EDSA will always be the one and true People Power.

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