MoTHER makes waves in LA

  It’s interesting to learn that a Fil-Am group—International MoTHER Movement— is making waves in Los Angeles in the United States.

    Founded by Perla Bermudez Santos, the movement, simply called MoTHER, has launched various projects and activities.

    For its services to the community, the Philippine Consulate, headed by  lawyer Ed Badajos, and other organizations have conferred on MoTHER various awards.

    “I thank all who have helped us in whatever they could to realize the objectives envisioned by MoTHER,” said Santos, who comes from San Ignacia, Tarlac.

   While various Filipino groups were inactive when the pandemic started in March 2020, MoTHER responded to the call of the times by helping meet the shortage of essential items.

    “We collected and distributed masks, alcohol, sanitizers, toilet paper, among others, to the Filipino community, particularly  members of MoTHER,” Santos said.

    The group also picked up bakery products, grocery items, and other foodstuffs donated by various supermarkets and distributed them free to those in need.

    At present, the group holds various virtual activities on weekdays: Monday, karaoke; Tuesday, dance and Taichung; Wednesday, zumba; Thursday, karaoke; and Friday, dance and taichi.

    “Participants come from the Philippines (Negros Occidental, Cebu, Pangasinan, Manila, Laguna and Tarlac), Los Angeles and San Jose in California, and Pennsylvania,” Santos said.

   Santos said the activities started in 2017 when the movement took the initiative of using the virtual platform by opening a zoom account to reach out to members.

    “We had to install the zoom app and taught members  how to use it so we could reach out to them and provide them with our services such as checking their blood pressure, blood sugar, among others,” she said.

    Some  of the services provided via zoom are: physical activities (taichi and dance), bingo, karaoke, use of cellphones like sending messages and how to install the zoom app.

    The group also collaborated with other organizations so it could provide health education through resource persons.

    “The purpose of our activities was to provide a ‘support group’ to the community, particularly seniors undergoing difficulties like chronic illness such as diabetes and COVID-19 (corona virus disease 2,”Santos said.

    Santos was formerly based in Riyadh where she founded the group. She was working with the premier King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center (KFSH & RC).

    In 2003, she left for Jeddah. The following year she went to Geneva, then  flew to the United States.

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  1. Cousin Perla, you are a mover and a shaker.
    Thank you for your diligence in continuing
    Santos legacy and philanthropy. So proud of you…

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