Accidental Writer

I am not a writer at all, but the Yaya Enrichment classes have pushed and inspired me to write a book version of my curriculum. I did not expect that I would learn so much in the year that I've been in the Philippines, and I am grateful to everyone who has been very supportive of my advocacy to empower Yayas with the necessary knowledge to take care of our little ones.

This book may not cover everything that they need to know, but this book is the beginning. I hope that there will be more people who will invest time to train Yayas, as they are really, very important in the Filipino family's life.

I have a team of awesome people who are working with me. Maryl Bucu is my illustrator, a graduating student from Miriam College studying Graphic Design. Providing our creative direction is Ali Figueroa, who has designed all the art work of the Bukas Palad Music Ministry's albums and song books and is a professor in Ateneo. Maan Villanueva, an experienced office manager helps me with proofreading and all other logistical needs.

This book came about out of my desire to leave a piece of myself to my dear Philippines, as I journey again and live in another country. In the years I have lived overseas, I have always wondered how I could give back - with all the blessings I've received. This year, it was made clear to me that by sharing what I've practiced in the years of teaching in different parts of the world and raising my own children, the Yayas recognize how important their roles are in child-rearing.

If you have Filipino nannies who take care of children 0-5 years of age, wherever you are in the world, give them the gift of knowledge through this book. It includes :

1) The Qualities of a Great Yaya - a self-reflective chapter about the dignity of their jobs

2) The Developmental Needs of Children - a chapter that explains the Physical, Cognitive and Emotional Development of children, accompanied by suggested activities and schedules they can implement during the day while they are with the kids

3) Positive Discipline - a chapter that gives tips on how to better understand children's behavior and how to respond to it through clear rules and limits, a discipline plan and a productive daily schedule

4) Good Nutrition - a chapter that talks about the food that children should eat, and other ways to make children healthy

The Yaya edition is in Filipino, full of colorful illustrations that will entice the Yayas to read it, cover to cover. The employer's manual is in English, with translations of each page of the Yaya edition, and many more!

Copies of the book are available at the following stores :

Tanging Yaman store at 5th level, SM Megamall or inside Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City (632) 426-5971 to 72 loc 113 or

American Recreation Club, Roxas Blvd, Manila +632 301-2000 Ext. 2879 or

Email for any questions. You can also order here! We will ship you the books.