By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — As 2021 draws to an end, many Filipinos are returning to physical or hybrid work configurations for the first time since March 2020, when government-mandated lockdowns began.
This time may be a cause of special stress, especially for career women, who now have to contend with finding external care for their children, deal with workplace issues like harassment or bullying, and resetting the work-life balance they painstakingly set over the last 20 months.
With this, Senator Risa Hontiveros wants to share with Filipina women a model to succeed in this new normal.
She reflects on her own career as a successful journalist, politician, and community leader in her new book as a springboard to giving advice specific to other Filipinas. Her stories and advice revolve around four key areas, including work-life balance, finances, health and wellness, and navigating this new normal as a mother.
The book is entitled, Healthy Buhay, Happy Mama: Risa Hontiveros’s Journey Through Motherhood, to reflect the interconnectedness of these facets.