Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Assistant Secretary Celine Pialago received “Happy Mother’s Day” greetings on Sunday, May 9, which is weird because she is not yet a mom.
“Hindi ko alam bakit niyo ako binabati ng Happy Mothers Day (I don’t know why you’re greeting me Happy Mother’s Day),” Pialago told her followers in this Facebook post.
“Ayos lang naman, pero hindi pa po ako nanay Huwag naman kayo ganyan. (It’s OK, but I’m not yet a mother. Don’t be like that please),” the very much single official said tongue-in-cheek.
In an earlier post, the MMDA spokesperson did write a sweet greeting to her own mom, saying “Salamat sa pagmamahal Mommy (Thank you for all your love mommy).”
If Pialago is a “mother” to anything, it’s with the Malasakit Movement, which she founded a few years ago. The organization has been pretty busy lately, with Pialago and its members going around the country to help sustain community pantries so they may continue to help more people amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Malasakit Movement has tried to be creative and timely in the way that it assists less-fortunate Filipinos. Last February, the group launched its “Meat on Wheels” program, which was intended to give families in Metro Manila access to affordable meat, including pork.
This came at a time of a supply shortage in the metropolis due to the ravaging effects of the African Swine Fever (ASF) on the local hog industry.
Pialago’s organization has also been closely involved with other pro-poor, service-oriented groups. These include the likes of Dugong Alay Dugtong Buhay, Inc., which carries out blood drives for the purpose of having blood on standby for patients would need it.
Malasakit Movement helps facilitate such blood drives by providing food packs to the organizers, volunteer doctors, nurses, and the blood donors. Now that’s motherly love.