12 May 2020

We’re back home from the lying-in clinic. Azecle cries a lot. He likes to breastfeed a lot, too. He’s really beautiful. I love him so much. I don’t know what future awaits us. The lockdown is never-ending. The government announced today it was extending it again until the end of May. This is too much. My husband really needs to …

10 May 2020

Today I gave birth. There were no vehicles, so me and my mum were forced to walk 30 minutes to get to the clinic. We stopped every so often when my stomach hurt. There were local officials out to police the lockdown, but they didn’t stop us. My baby really gave me a difficult time giving birth. My mother brought …

29 April 2020

We’re still waiting to hear if we’re going to receive cash aid from the government. Many parts of the country will be lifting their lockdown on 1 May, but not Metro Manila [the capital region]. It’s extended until 15 May. They promised they will give everybody coronavirus assistance. Tomorrow is the last day of distribution but we haven’t received a …

9 April 2020

It’s Maundy Thursday. Traditionally, we should be joining our neighbours in the house across our street so we can read together the narrative of the Lord’s Passion. We can’t gather this year so my neighbour performed the reading on her own. I could hear her from our house. The children enjoyed a good meal today. I cooked the Lucky Me …

8 April 2020

I thought I was going to give birth yesterday. I was doing the laundry when I felt stomach pains. My mother brought me to the midwife but it was a false alarm. I feel better now but I got a scolding from my mother. She said I overreacted. I think she’s angry because I unnecessarily exposed myself outside. She’s worried …

6 April 2020

I don’t do much inside the house. I watch reruns of movies on television. Sometimes I clean the house and cook food. I was told to stay active so it will be easier to give birth. This had been my routine before the lockdown. The difference is there’s no school and all my nieces and nephews are home. They’re the …

4 April 2020 (lockdown enters 4th week)

I’m pregnant again after I lost my first baby last year. I’m afraid of coronavirus but not so much because there’s no confirmed case in our neighbourhood. Going hungry worries me more. No one can go out to work because of the lockdown. We don’t have money to feed 15 mouths in my mother’s house, where my parents, 12 nephews and …