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Repost: Grannies want to spend Christmas as free individuals

Old and weary.

It doesn’t matter if they don’t have a place to stay or relatives to welcome them with open arms. What is important for old persons, who have served more than half of their lives as inmates at the Correctional Institution for Women, is to walk as free individuals.

Some old folks who don’t have families to come home to were brought to the Home for the Aged for care.

I have met some old women inmates at the CIW when I was still with PJI.  They cried the moment they began telling their stories…I couldn’t help but cry with them too, especially when they talk about their children and how miserable their lives have become when they were sent to prison.

They’ve missed their children’s birthdays, graduation days…special events in the lives of their loved ones that they wish they were a part of…They even missed burial of their own children…so tragic, but true.

I still keep some of their photos. I’m not sure if these two grandmothers have been released from the institution. Both of them originated from the north and have been charged for drug-related offense.

If both of them have not been released yet, I hope that they will get their freedom back soon.

And if they were already reunited with their loved ones, I wish that they (relatives) have accepted them wholeheartedly so they could live the life they truly deserve as free individuals.

Photos taken by PJI photographers for People’s Tonight

Holiday-related stress

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As Christmas Day nears I noticed that a lot of people are getting sick. I’m not sure whether it’s due to the inclement weather or the fact that there are a lot of Christmas-related activities that makes them busier. The reasons may vary from one person to another. Here are a few tips on how to cope with the holiday stress.

  1. Make a plan of all your activities be it personal or with family members.
  2. Do not ignore common signs of illness.
  3. Serve nutritious food. Eat ham and pastries in moderation. Drink plenty of water.
  4. Have enough sleep or rest when you can.
  5. If you can’t avoid crowded places like malls and market, do your grocery shopping as early as you can.
  6. Prepare a list of possible gift items to save you time and energy. If you are shopping online for musical instrument, check on
  7. Choose inexpensive and environment-friendly Christmas decor. You can DIY decors using available materials at home.
  8. Buy age-appropriate toys for kids. Make sure the toys are free from harmful chemicals.
  9. Welcome the New Year with noise from pots and pans and not with firecrackers.

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How to cope with the holiday stress

stressedChristmas season often brings a lot of stress / depression, so health experts have listed the following tips to make your holiday season worry-free.

a. It is wise to plan all your personal activities and activities with your family.
b. Be wary of common symptoms of illness. Consult with doctors for immediate treatment.
c. Serve vegetables and fruits with your ham and pastries on Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
d. Eat more nutritious food; take plenty of water; and have enough rest to recharge your tired body.
e. Avoid crowded places to prevent acquiring bacteria and virus-causing diseases.
f. Display environment-friendly and inexpensive Christmas decor.
g. Buy toys that are free from harmful chemicals.
h. Welcome the New Year with noise from pots and pans, and not with firecrackers.

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