I love to write.  Crawling inside my head to be alone with words is my refuge.

I am a genealogy nut.  I traced my ancestry to the 1860s 1740s.  I help people when they want to trace theirs. I have wicked research skills.

I am passionate about autism awareness and acceptance.  The Autism Society Philippines has helped channel this passion and my innate geekiness into projects that further the cause.

I have been a communications professional for many, many years — working for multinational technology companies. Some people say I am quite good at it — bosses, customers, me. I gave up my suits for jeans and t-shirts during my 2004 career change; but in 2006, returned to being a snotty, laptop-lugging corporate-type. I think the digital marketplace is the next frontier.

My husband and I have been married for 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20+ years. We are parents to a high-functioning young man with autism and with dreams of being an entrepreneur, an over-achieving boy who loves food and a Type A girl who would rather ride a bike than read a book. There’s three of them and two of us.  We are outnumbered but never out-willed! We call Metro Manila our home.

I changed the name of this blog from “Renaissance Girl” to “Mighty Magulang” on 30 August 2011.  While I am still a “girl” (just checked), the word seemed under-dimensioned for the awesomeness that is me.   This blog is all about …

Useless Factoids

I came into this world within twelve hours of Julia Roberts’ birth. I ran away from home when I was 9 — I got as far as the village entrance. I learned to swim when I was twelve years old. I once owned 23 cats — all pusakals. I command a skateboard gracefully; but look really funny on a bike. I wore braces for 8 years. I have short, fat, non-piano playing fingers. I have a cute mole on my tummy. I would never leave home without my journal. I have a great speaking voice (I was my ex-employer’s office trunk line voice, long after I stopped worked there). I’m a mean mini-golfer. I can speak enough Spanish, Swedish, Japanese and French to get me into trouble. I have a brown belt in arnis, judo and kendo. I deny that I cry at the lamest of movies. I danced with the Philippine Bayanihan Dance Company for one year. I did not go to school with boys until I was in college. I can change a flat tire, a broken light bulb and my nail color without help. I vacationed in Boracay before it became a commercialized tourist magnet. I have seen China, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Monaco, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand, US and Vietnam — and on half the time, I travelled alone. I won a dance marathon at a dance club in Malate once — and got a month’s supply of cough syrup-tasting wine coolers.   I successfully cured myself of swearing unnecessarily. I am swearing again; after fooling myself for years that I was cured. I always overestimate what I can do in a day, and continue to call it “optimism”. I am a closet bum.

My name should have been “Fatima Regina” — but my father overruled my mom, and as they say, the rest is history. My all-time favorite food is ensaladang mangga with bagoong. My weirdest summer project was a family tree of Greek gods I labored over when I was 14. My biggest trophy was from being my company’s “Athlete of the Year” in 1990, which I tossed in the trash in 1995 because I didn’t have shelf space. My feet grew by an inch and a half since giving birth to my first child. My imaginary ex-boyfriend will always be Keanu Reeves. My weary spirit is soothed in bookstores amidst books, paper and office supplies and in Odd Manila (a coffee shop at the UP Bahay ng Alumni in Quezon City).

2 Responses to “About”

  1. Greg Avendano at 23:44 #

    Hi there. I was searching at googles about my greatgrand parents when I came across your site.. I’m Greg Avendano great grandson of Eustacqiuo..my granddad is Dr. Fidel..i’m from plaridel..just want to know if we are related..??

    Thank you..i wish would reply


  2. Mona at 20:09 #

    Hi Greg. I have done a lot of research on my San Diego roots. Juana Avendano, daughter of Diego, born in the 1860s, is my great-great-great-grand aunt-in-law. I will let you know if I find EUSTACQUIO or FIDEL in my research. In the meantime, please feel free to browse the write up about the San Diego’s (who Juana married into) on my genealogy site, http://amingangkan.com/2009/04/28/the-san-diego-family/

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