Career mom vs. stay at home mom: Should I stay or should I work?

By Anna Santos-Villar, Carla Casanova, Karen Galarpe

Smart Parenting Magazine (also published online at smartparenting.com.ph on Sept. 17,  2010)

 

Studies show how career moms and their stay-at-home counterparts each bring unique contributions to children’s character formation.

 

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Anesthesia in labor: Your pain relief options

By Karen Galarpe

Smart Parenting (published online on smartparenting.com.ph on Sept. 21, 2010)

Back in early times, anesthesia was nonexistent. Women gave birth without any pain relief medication whatsoever — in barns, in huts, in forests hugging trees — and survived. “This is why I say that anesthesia for normal delivery is a luxury,” says Nathan Magpantay, M.D., chairman of the anesthesiology department of Ospital ng Makati and director for special projects of World Citi Medical Center in Quezon City.

But anesthesia can be a good thing, and can greatly help a woman go through the intensity 10-like pain of normal childbirth. Magpantay advises moms, though, to be thoroughly informed and know all about their anesthesia options and their possible complications.

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Donita Rose: One cool mom

By Karen Galarpe
One Philippines

Who doesn’t know Donita Rose?

The bubbly Fil-Am actress and host was Asia’s favorite VJ during her MTV days. She was only the second Filipina (next to former President Cory Aquino) to make it to the cover of Time magazine. She rubbed elbows with Baywatch actor David Hasselhoff, when they appeared together in the international movie Legacy. And her sitcom Ober Da Bakod ran for six years on Philippine TV.

Donita has surely come a long way from being the fresh-faced girl plucked out of the audience of the TV show That’s Entertainment in the late ‘80s, to the famous personality she is now. Now based in Singapore, Donita is far from slowing down, and is still very much active in the scene. In fact, she is currently shooting another international movie titled Seed of Contention in Manila.

But if there’s a role she is most excited about, it’s got to be that of playing wife to her husband Eric and mother to 20-month-old Joshua Paul or JP. The cool and happy mom lets us in on her life these days.
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Mar’s on his own

By Karen Galarpe

Taipan Magazine, November 1995

Mar Roxas is one lucky guy. If he wanted to, he could just drop his name and doors would open. How many of us can do that?

His full name is Manuel A. Roxas, same as his grandfather, the first president of the Philippine Republic. Mar’s father, the late Gerardo Roxas, was a distinguished senator and a champion of democracy and human rights. His mother, Judy Araneta-Roxas comes from the highly successful Araneta clan, who, among other things, runs a whole commercial district in Cubao, Quezon City.

You would think a guy born with such genes and such a name would take things easy, relax and live a life of leisure. After all, why work when you don’t have to? But Mar has made it clear tht he is made from a different mold. Mar Roxas lives to seize the day. Carpe diem.

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Malang’s upper rooms

By Karen Galarpe
Sunday Inquirer Magazine
January 16, 2000
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Beyond Words: Remy Boquiren and Inday Cadapan

By Karen Galarpe
The Daily Tribune, April 13, 2000, p. 24

The first time I came across Remy Boquiren Concepcion’s works in a glossy lifestyle magazine some six years ago, I fell in love with her paintings of demure women. They were weaving mats, gathering sampaguitas and praying. They were almost always clad in pastel colors, and had long, straight hair.

The women had a tranquil-like quality, as though they knew the true meaning of contentment. Her paintings reminded one of Anita Magsaysay-Ho, whom Remy acknowledges as one of the strongest influences in her art (Botong Francisco is the other).

With Inday Cadapan, it was through another glossy magazine that I first encountered her works. I remember looking at the page a long time, actually a feature on the interiors of a contemporary home. I can still remember how the watercolor paintings–three small ones in all — were arranged on the bedroom wall right above the headboard. Wow, to wake up every day and see her whimsical drawings! They were of women, too, but rendered in abstract curves and strokes. The colors were always bright — red, blue, green and my favorite color of all, yellow, as in sunny yellow.
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Inday Cadapan and her random feelings

By Karen Galarpe
The Daily Tribune, August 1, 2000, p. 23

May mga bagay na hindi ko ma-explain (There are things that I cannot explain),” so confessed Inday Cadapan, painter and sculptor. She said she cannot, for example, explain how she comes up with the women figures in her bright gay watercolors. She cannot explain how one continuous line becomes the contours of a shapely woman in her works. She cannot put into words how a piece of molave wood, rescued from old houses, can tell her how to sculpt a smooth torso. They just become what they are.

“Instinct at feelings ang ginagamit ko (I use instinct and feelings),” the 60-year-old artist said. “I believe in instinct. In my paintings, I have no idea what I will do. They all come as surprises,” she added.

Looking back, it was instinct that brought Inday to where she is today. After more than a decade of antique dealing, Inday ventured into art in the ’80s by picking up a brush and giving full vent to her thoughts, hopes and frustrations on canvas. With no formal lessons in art, Inday just started with what she felt and what she has seen in art books and in the works of her artist friends in Mabini. One of those early works, Inang Bayan, even landed as cover of Panorama magazine during those tumultuous EDSA days.
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