Pandemic Tales: Society Families Share Their Lessons in Lockdown in Modern Parenting's The 100 List - Lifestyle Asia

The special anniversary issue took over six months to make through constantly-changing pandemic restrictions.

Modern Parenting just released “The 100 List” for their first-ever print magazine to celebrate its anniversary. Containing 100 narratives on parenthood from selected personalities from entrepreneurs to homemakers—they reflect on the journey through the pandemic and staying grounded through uncertain times. 

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“The last 20 months have been especially trying for parents, and it has undoubtedly changed the way families live. Having kids be at home 24/7 has affected households in so many ways,” shares Modern Parenting and’s editor-in-chief Marga Tupaz. The mother of six adds that the publication’s team felt the significance of promoting the featured stories to spark important conversations to inspire readers.

With almost 300 pages, the Modern Parenting team took over six months to release the print run and worked through constantly changing lockdown restrictions and pandemic guidelines. By November 25, or Thanksgiving Day, it was launched in an intimate celebration in Rustan’s Makati.

“And to those of you who didn’t know, today is Thanksgiving in the U.S. [Marketing and Communications Head of Rustan’s Department Store Dina Tantoco], and I really chose this date because there is just so much to be thankful for,” Tupaz explained during her event speech. 

Inspiring stories

Under the “Life with Little Humans” stories segment, Rocio Obles-Ressano talked about giving birth to her twin sons, Fonsi and Fede, at the height of the pandemic after getting pregnant through IVF.

“They were born the day Wuhan closed down. I remember laying in the hospital after giving birth and watching as Wuhan went on lockdown,” she shares in the magazine. “Little did I know it would be our perpetual state. In a sense, we do not know what it is like to be parents in a non-pandemic world.”

On the other hand, Cristalle Belo-Pitt shared her experience of temporarily moving her family to Adelaide, Justin’s, her husband’s hometown in Australia. The decision was spanked when the couple got concerned about how the “COVID landscape” looked in the Philippines. “I quickly realized that it was definitely the best decision we, as parents, could’ve made for our family. Life in Adelaide is completely normal because of how the government was able to handle the pandemic,” the entrepreneur says. 

For Chris and Clarisse Tiu, raising their two young daughters, Amanda Claire and Mari Diane, helped them “relive” their childhoods through them during the pandemic. “We enjoy observing them and learning from their creativity,” Clarisse said in the anecdote. The couple also talked about honing their relationship through quarantine. 

Varying topics

Beyond raising children in turbulent times, parents also had to balance their careers and adjust to working from home. For Sheila Romero, working from home meant respecting boundaries, “we all had to process this pandemic in different ways, and giving each other the space to go through the motion of things in this new normal was key in having a more harmonious family life.” 

On remaining strong, Audrey Tan Zubiri talks about how prayer and gratitude carried her through uncertainty. “Praying together and enriching our faith as a family has given us the grace of peace and stability needed during this time of uncertainty,” the mother of three muses.

Other articles about self-care, health, family life, and relationships fill Modern Parenting’s 100 List issue. More personalities like Rissa Mananquil Trillo, Pinky Tobiano, Stephanie Kienle Gonzalez, Charmaine Lagman, Florabel Yatco, and Hindy Weber reveal their experiences—they’re stories we can possibly learn from, relate to, and reflect upon.

You can get a copy of Modern Parenting’s “THE 100 LIST: A Special Anniversary Issue” by emailing [email protected] or visiting the OMG Newsstand on Shopee and Lazada. For digital copies, you can purchase them through Magster.

Banner photo from @modernparentingph on Instagram

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