FitFlop Celebrates Frontliner Moms This May
The current global health crisis has come to disrupt the everyday life of countless households. Yet amidst these trying times, mothers are taking on an even fiercer role in ensuring the comfort and wellbeing not just of their loved ones, but that of strangers too. Across the country, thousands of frontliner moms are courageously upholding their duties to their families and professions.
This Mother’s Day, FitFlop turns the spotlight on frontliner moms to share their inspiring stories and experiences that reflect the courage, strength, and extraordinary power of mothers. Don’t forget to show love and appreciation for your mom today!
Dr. Daisy Tagarda
Infectious Diseases Specialist
University of Santo Tomas Hospital and Diliman Doctors Hospital
Dr. Geraldine Zamora
Rheumatologist and Consultant Physician
Manila Doctors Hospital and St. Luke’s Medical Center – Global City
Joan Dela Pena
Grab Food Delivery Driver
Shuttle Bus Conductor
1. What are the challenges of being a frontliner mom?
Dr. Daisy Tagarda: Social Distancing with the family members. I am a mother of two, a 7 year old boy and a 6 year old girl. As an Infectious Diseases Specialist, I see and handle a lot of probable and confirmed COVID-19 cases. There’s this fear of infecting my loved ones, that’s why I decided to practice social distancing even at home. No more hugs, kisses with my children, and when at home I spend most of the time inside the room. I miss them so much. Another challenge is time. I spend my whole day making rounds in different hospitals, even on Sundays. I wish I could spend time with them especially since they are on vacation right now.
Dr. Geraldine Zamora: One of the challenges of being a frontliner mom is the cumulative stress of it all: making sure that my patients and I are protected with appropriate PPE while I am in the hospital; worrying about patients without COVID-19 who need to see and talk to us (hence we’re starting tele-consultations to address this global issue); creating a routine in our home so we’re not always in front of our laptops (because my daughter still has online school work and I also have a number of responsibilities that need online presence such as research and training); and running the household such as learning to buy groceries and everything else possible and paying bills online.
Joan Dela Pena: Pinaka challenge ko is yong natatakot ako na baka pag uwi ko ng bahay ay may madala akong virus at mahawa ang pamilya ko pero pinipilit ko na lang kasi mas takot akong magutom sila. (The most challenging thing about being a frontliner is the possibility of passing the virus on to my loved ones. But I have to overcome this fear because I am more afraid that they will go hungry.)
Filipina Herrera: Bilang isang frontliner, kailangan namin ng kaunting sakripisyo para sa pamilya namin. Kailangan kasi namin gumising ng maaga para makapasok at makapag serbisyo kami sa aming kababayan na nangangailangan kahit ang kalusugan namin nalalagay sa alanganin ay okay lang para naman to sa ating lahat. (Being a frontliner requires us to sacrifice for our families. We have to wake up very early to go to work and provide service for our countrymen. Despite putting our health on the line, I know that it’s for the greater good of all.)
2. How have you been dealing with the situation?
Dr. Daisy Tagarda: I am lucky that I have a hands-on husband, he fills some of my role as a mother to our children. I also take time to tell them that I do this for their future and for the future of other children. They somehow understand my role as a frontliner.I am also very much particular with my children’s education. I don’t want them to be idle - I ask them to do activity sheets printed from the internet every day before watching television, and we require them to fix their bed every morning and do some household chores. Every day, I never fail to tell them how much I love them.
Dr. Geraldine Zamora: After having sleepless nights and stress gastritis the first few days of the lockdown, I realized I had to create a routine for myself and my daughter and make sure I adapt to the new situation quickly. I made new to-do lists specifically for the pandemic because lists (and crossing out the items when done) afford me peace of mind. I stopped reading COVID-related threads and news at night. I turned off my brain for several hours on days I just work at home to indulge in shows, such as koreanovelas (which I never had time for in the past). I also kept in touch with family and friends to strengthen our support systems, even from a distance.
Joan Dela Pena: Sinusunod ko na lang ang panuntunan ng pamahalaan social distancing, mag alcohol palagi and wearing PPE para maka iwas sa virus. (I follow the government imposed health precautions such as social distancing, using alcohol often, and wearing PPE to avoid contracting the virus.)
Filipina Herrera: Sa sitwasyon natin ngayon, pamilya ko ang inspirasyon ko. Sa kanila ako kumukuha ng lakas ng loob. Sa kapwa kong frontliners, laban lang tayo, malalampasan din natin itong pagsubok na dumating sa ating lahat. Laban lang. (In these trying times, my family is my inspiration and I draw my strength from them. To all my fellow frontliners, let’s continue fighting. We will overcome this together. Just keep fighting.)
3. What is your message to fellow moms out there?
Dr. Daisy Tagarda: To my fellow frontliner moms, never feel guilty that you are not spending enough time with your kids. You are doing a great job. You have a goal of keeping the future of your kids and other children safe. This pandemic will end soon. Be patient, be strong, keep on fighting and never give up. To my fellow moms, Happy Mother’s Day. We have the hardest yet the most precious role of keeping our children secure and raising them with love and discipline to make sure that they will be good people in the future.
Dr. Geraldine Zamora: It’s okay NOT to be productive all the time. Remember that in order for you to give yourself fully (to your work and family), your cup must be full, so make sure you take care of your own well-being, too. Stay strong and steadfast in guiding your families during this pandemic and after. Let’s keep the faith.
Joan Dela Pena: To all moms out there, pagpalain tayo ng maykapal…sama sama nating labanan ang crisis sa ating bansa, sumunod na lang po tayo sa government para sa ikabubuti nating lahat. Mahirap man ang sitwasyon, kaya natin to. Virus lang yan, Pinoy tayo! (To all moms out there, I hope God blesses us in the midst of this crisis being faced by our country. Let us abide by the government’s regulations as it is for our own good. Though the situation may be hard, the virus has nothing on us Filipinos!)
Filipina Herrera: Para sa aking kapwa frontliners, saludo ako sa inyong lahat. Di niyo alintana ang hirap at pagod makapagbigay lang kayo ng tulong, biyaya, at pag asa para sa ating mga kababayang nangangailangan sa panahon natin ngayon. Maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat. (To all my fellow frontliners, I salute you. You don’t mind the hardships, as long as you can help those in need in this time of crisis. Thank you all.)
As a big thank you and special Mother’s Day treat, FitFlop gifted a pair of sandals from their Mother’s Day exclusive collection, the Paisley Rope, to each of the frontliner moms who shared their stories in this feature.
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