Encouragement for Working Moms
Featured Women, Motherhood

Featured Mom: Leila Vicente-Albani

A Tribute To A Working Mom

A Guest Post by Jenny Mendoza

Today’s featured woman is Leila Vicente-Albani, a News Assignment Editor in ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation. She is a dedicated career woman. She says that in her chosen field, she is “the voice of the voiceless”. As a journalist, she can help people know their rights as well as the truth.

Mommy Leila has earned many awards such as the 3rd 20/20 Award (2017). It is an award given to people who not only excel in their craft but also work beyond the call of duty. For her, the best award in her life is her children, Hans and Angel.

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Her job requires her to be away from her children. It is her biggest sacrifice as a mother. She said that she missed many special occasions and moments with her kids. She said that it is very difficult and that there are times when she just wanted to give up. There are times when she thinks that she is not a good mother. Her children understand the situation and would always tell her that they are okay. She feels blessed knowing that her kids understand that she is working hard to give them a good future. Hans and Angel are her sources of joy and inspiration. If asked to choose between her family and her career, she will definitely choose them.

Encouragement for Working Moms

She wants to inspire working mothers with these encouraging words:

  1. Never forget to tell your children that you love them but you have to work for their future.
  2. Always praise your kids if they do good in their school/studies.
  3. Be a good model to your children, they will always emulate what they see in you.
  4. Make your children proud of you.
  5. Always pray to God and be grateful for everything.

Mommy Leila is indeed a loving mother and a dedicated worker in her chosen career. I am inspired by her love for her family and her dedication to her work. I admire her powerful attitude and her unwavering faith in God.

Happy Birthday and Happy Mother’s Day To You, Ma’am Leila Vicente-Albani!

Working Mom
Leila and Jenny


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25 Important Things To Say To All Moms On Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day!

We celebrate Mother’s Day to honor all mothers. Moms are amazing women who deserve only the best! I think these words are often left unsaid. 

This post is for all the mothers who have given so much of themselves to their loved ones. I hope this encourages you to say these words to a mother who has touched your life in some way. I tried to include all kinds of mothers in different seasons of their lives.

If you are a mother who needs to hear these words, I am your mom friend. These words are for YOU!

Things To Say On Mother's Day

To The Future Mom…

Mother's Day

You will be a wonderful mother.

You are amazingly strong.

I will support you in any way that I can.

I am really excited for you!

You are so beautiful.

To The New Mom…

Mother's Day

You are enough.

Wow, you are more beautiful now that you are a mom!

I am so proud of you.

You know what’s best for your child.

I love looking at your baby’s photos!


To The Seasoned Mom…

Happy Mother's Day

You have wonderful children.

I admire your style.

Let’s go out and do (something fun) together! (Playdate with kids/ Girls Night Out)

Tell me about your kids.

What’s your advice on ______?

To Your Mother-In-Law…

Mother's Day

You have raised a great son/ daughter.

I am blessed to have you as my mother-in-law.

Thank you for everything that you do to support us.

May God bless you with good health always.

Please come over.

To Your Own Mom…

Mother's Day

You were right all along.

Thank you for the sacrifices you did for our family.

Can I ask for your advice?

Let’s spend some time together.

I love you, Mom.

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Happy Mother’s Day to My Mommy Fredee and to my Mother-in-Law Mommy Delia!


What would you like to say to a mother on Mother’s Day? Share your ideas in the comments section! 

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How To Support Your Child’s Interest In STEM

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Does your child show interest in STEM? Is s/he naturally inclined in science, technology, engineering and math? Are you looking for ways on how to support your child’s talent and interest? Let’s learn some tips from today’s expert, Niaw de Leon! She is the author of the book, Microcopy (Discover How Tiny Bits of Text Make Tasty Apps and Websites).

Tell us about yourself and what you like to do.

Niaw de Leon
Niaw de Leon
Hello! I’m Niaw de Leon. I make software applications and teach other software developers how to write the right words to make apps that sell.
A lot of apps that are being developed fail miserably at communicating why they’re valuable and how they are to be used. With the skillful use of language, we can make them easier to use and more commercially successful. For example, I’m currently helping an enterprise e-commerce company serving Fortune 500 customers choose the best words to use on their website so they can boost sales and provide a rich digital experience for their clients. I’m also helping a startup build a web application that makes sustainable travel simple.
Microcopy by Niaw de Leon
Microcopy: Discover How Tiny Bits of Text Make Tasty Apps and Websites

As you can probably guess from what I’ve told you so far, I’m a huge language nerd. In my spare time, I study linguistics, write puns, and learn East Asian languages. Despite my current focus on language and communication, my formal background is quite technical. I graduated with a B.S. Computer Science from UP Diliman and worked for many years as a programmer. Luckily for me, I’ve found a way to weave both my penchant for solving technical problems and my passion for communication into a fulfilling career and life mission.

 How do you know whether a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) career is right for your child?

While I can’t speak as a parent, I can speak from my own experience growing up. At an early age, I displayed an interest in technology by way of my cousin’s computer. I figured out how to code in a pretty early programming language called GW Basic when I was 8 years old. My parents didn’t exactly really steer me in any particular direction, so I suppose just having the freedom to explore my interests and having the room to be curious was a big factor in determining my path.



How can you support your child’s interest in STEM?

How To Support Your Child's Interest in STEM

I also grew up in a household that greatly valued curiosity and knowledge. We had tons of books at home and had lively intellectual discussions at the dinner table with my dad, a humanities professor, and my mom, who’s a medical doctor and public health advocate. They made sure to nourish my mind with books and science-themed toys as I was growing up. That was great.

 Can you tell us more about your advocacy in encouraging young women to pursue a STEM career?

I feel strongly that STEM competency is a way for the Philippines to become competitive on the world stage and provide a better quality of life for a lot of Filipinos. That can’t happen without developing our local talent. However, I believe there’s a lack of support from many sectors of society compared to other professions. The challenge is persuading our nation that STEM careers are something to be emphasized and celebrated for men and women alike. Fortunately, we are seeing an increasing number of groups and events to encourage young women, who, due to many factors, might be discouraged from pursuing STEM careers. I’ve spoken at some of these events, such as GDG’s Women TechMakers, to share my expertise as part of my advocacy.

Congratulations on launching your e-book, Microcopy!

Thank you! I’m truly delighted by the feedback I’ve gotten so far! Business owners, project managers, designers, programmers, and students are looking to create great apps through the skillful use of short texts in their labels. I even got word from a friend in Hong Kong that a fellow conference attendee related how “she’s a fan of the Microcopy author from Manila.”
Grab a copy of Niaw de Leon’s latest e-book, Microcopy on Amazon. (If you make a purchase through my affiliate link, I will receive a small commission with no extra cost to you.)

How did you support your child’s interest in STEM? Share your ideas in the comments section!

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