It was held at the Philippine Army Officer’s Clubhouse, Taguig City. Registration was moved up earlier from 9am to 8:30am to make sure that everyone gets registered on time. Participants were given name tags with food and snack stubs with a location sticker that would help assign participants in their respective mats.
In support of the UN MDGs in relation to breastfeeding, we asked participants and companions to help fill message boards with breastfeeding messages that they think relates to the goals below.
- POVERTY (Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger)
- EDUCATION (Achieve universal primary education)
- WOMEN EMPOWERMENT (Promote gender equality and empower women)
- CHILD MORTALITY (Reduce child mortality)
- MATERNAL HEALTH (Improve maternal health)
- COMBAT DISEASES (Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases)
- ENVIRONMENT (Ensure environmental sustainability)
- GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP (Develop a Global Partnership for Development)
One of these mothers that I looked forward to meeting again is none other than Chef Redj and his wife, Viane! It is through their help and assistance that BFP was able to be introduced to UNTV and in the process, we all have become very good friends. I’ve met Chef Redj’s uber amazing mother!
It was wonderful to see them again since after their referral of BFP to Rise N Shine‘s producer, we haven’t really seen much of each other. Both of Chef Redj and Viane were the driving force to make BFP come into the mainstream when Velvet and I guested a few episodes on the morning show to talk about pregnancy. I’m forever grateful for this couple’s support and advises. Cheers for more projects to come!
There were also quite a few W@wies/N@wies that are active in BFP that it was a wonderful reunion! So many of them we just connect online and would you believe we got together while we were planning our respective weddings – exchanging tips and recommendations. How far we all have come along ~ from rings to nappies!
Not only did I see mommy friends but also Breastfeeding Guru, Dr Jack Newman was present in this event also via L.A.T.C.H. Philippines’ booth. Tickets for his symposium were offered at a discount that day for BFP members. Dr Newman is slated to have another symposium this year in the Philippines on August 9 at St. Luke’s Global City. He will be discussing new research on his new book called, Jack Newman’s Guide to Breastfeeding (2014 edition) that we are all excited to be able to purchase at the symposium. Also, this time, he would be visiting Cebu and Davao that got our provincial BFP members excited.
Lunch snacks was served by Josiah’s Catering at the same time as an Open Forum was conducted where mothers and their support (i.e. husbands, mothers, etc) could ask questions anything from Velvet and the administrators. There was also trivia contests that tested the mother’s knowledge about breastfeeding, BFP rules, etc.
Here’s one of our main sponsors, Rotary Club of Quirino Manila Central, to was able to come by for the affair. It was wonderful that they were able to take time to visit us and join some of the festivities.
So blessed to be part of this momentous event again! I’m hoping S wouldn’t wean from latching for next year’s Hakab 2015!
1,772 mothers, 1,777 babies latched on for a minute &/or more!
Post-Event Press Release
1,772 Filipino mothers simultaneously breastfeed their babies
One Thousand Seven Hundred Seventy-two (1,772) Filipino mothers gathered today in Manila, Cebu, Davao, Bacolod and Iloilo and Cagayan de Oro, and simultaneously breastfed their babies, to celebrate the National Breastfeeding Awareness Month. The event dubbed ‘Hakab Na! 2014’ is organized by the Facebook group Breastfeeding Pinays (BFP), in partnership with the Philippine Army-Headquarters and Headquarters Support Group (HHSG). It seeks to promote the importance of providing proper support to all breastfeeding Filipino families and is held in coordination with the Big Latch On–an international activity where mothers will latch on their babies from different locations around the world.
This year’s 170 mothers overtook 2013’s count of 100 mothers. Hakab Na for Manila! 2014 also featured two learning activities on infant and young child feeding and breastfeeding support from breastfeeding experts.
1,772 mothers, 1,777 babies latched on for at least one minute! The breakdown of this year’s Hakab is indicated below:-
|Cebu Ayala Mall||30||31|
|Cagayan De Oro*||24||24|
*Cagayan De Oro held simultaneous latching on August 1, 2014
A further breakdown of Iloilo for its impressive turnout need to be mentioned. These towns are at the northern part of Iloilo province where Typhoon Yolanda’s wrath devastated 85% of their homes and livelihood. All six towns, excluding the Capital – Iloilo, were hosted by their local health offices under the supervision of the Provincial Health Office in partnership with Save The Children Foundation and BFI.
|Capital – Iloilo||35||35|
The gathering also successfully brought together mothers who have been supporting each other through the online forum since 2013. Abie Co-Floreza, one of the group’s administrators, is proud to see families supporting one another in their breastfeeding journey. “By supporting breastfeeding moms, we are actually supporting the whole family. If a mother succeeds in breastfeeding her child, she has more time and resources for her family,” said Floreza.
Breastfeeding is a great equalizer. Children who are breastfed are all given an equal start at a healthier life because mother’s milk is perfect and complete with the necessary nutrients that a baby needs. – Nina Atienza, mother of 3
This is the 2nd year of Hakab Na, and also my 2nd time to attend it. I will continue to support, promote and uphold breastfeeding until it becomes the norm and a publicly accepted practice. Joining Hakab brings our message more effectively to a greater audience. – Pia Zorayda B. Busiños Home-based mom, Mother of 3
Hakab Na! was a family-friendly and fun-filled way of advocating breast feeding. It was reassuring for me to meet fellow breast feeders and my toddler had a great time with other kids who have the same passion for breast milk. – Lt Col Sharon Suico (Retired), mother of 3, former Air Force pilot
Breastfeeding also supports the Philippine’s Millennium Development Goals of eradicating extreme hunger and poverty, promoting gender equality and women empowerment, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, combating diseases and ensuring environmental sustainability.
Dr. Anthony Calibo, child health specialist and officer-in-charge of the Child Health Development Division Family Health Office of the Department of Health, lauds the activity. “When mothers gather together and take in their hands the conduct of activities that promote, protect and support breastfeeding, this sends a strong message not just for government but also for health professionals and the milk industry. That mothers, their friends, their husbands know that no infant milk formula marketing campaign will be persuasive enough to change what breastfeeding does to them and their infants.”
Hakab Na is organized with support from Rotary Club of Quirino Manila Central, David’s Salon, St. Patricks Baby, Gerochi Dental and Implant Center, Gymboree Philippines, KAYA Women Empowerment and Support Group, and Smart Steps.
Breastfeeding Pinays would like to thank the following sponsors for this year’s Hakab Na! 2014 because without their generous gestures, Hakab Na 2014 wouldn’t be such a huge success!
- Philippine Army Women in Uniform and Wives of Service Men
- Philippine Army -Headquarters and Headquarters Support Group (HHSG), Philippine Army
- Rotary Club of Quirino Manila Central
- David’s Salon
- St. Patricks Baby
- Gymboree Philippines
- Smart Steps
- Gerochi Dental and Implant Center
- KAYA Women Empowerment and Support Group
- Excel Lenses Photobooth & Photography Services
- SMART Communications Inc.
- Yan-Ple’s Balloons and Party Needs
- Ellana Mineral Cosmetics
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- GMA News
- Solar News
- Voice of America News
- Sun Star Bacolod
- Manila Times
- Arab News
- SunStar Cebu Editorial
- SunStar Cebu Local News
- SunStar Bacolod
Nona Castillo, organizer from Nurturers of the Earth, said the activity aims to spark awareness on proper nutrition for infants.