Mom’s Gulong ng Palad

I was in the 7th grade at Maryknoll when mom became widely known by her screen persona, “Aling Idad” - the character she portrayed on one of Philippine television’s longest running soap operas, “Gulong ng Palad.” Everywhere we went between the years 1977 to 1985, people would call out to her “Aling Idad!” Often, they…

Mommy’s Brew

Mommy has always loved her coffee.For many, many decades her day began, and ended with it. As a teenager, I always knew better than to talk to her, or ask for permission from her before she had her first cup of coffee for the day. Always black with sugar, never any cream. At home we…

How I Got Rid of My Yaya from Hell

Even before I started reading Nancy Drew Mysteries, I knew that early on I already had the makings of a young detective. At the age of five, I had a yaya named Petra (not her real name) whom my mommy trusted very much. Petra was small and smart, very wiry and moved around the house…