Janice Villanueva

Janice Villanueva

Champion of Empowered Filipina Moms

Over twenty years ago, Janice Villanueva founded Mommy Mundo. Janice had a need to be equipped in her new venture as a mom. However, she encountered difficulties in finding the support she sought. Together with her friends and other moms, they decided to jumpstart their very own community. Thus, Mommy Mundo was born.

“Motherhood is a form of nation-building,” Janice shares. “A mother raises children and forms the future citizens of the nation. If we’re able to empower the mother, it transforms her and therefore, the nation. I have the most fun job but it’s also a big responsibility. And it’s an honor because we’re in the position to change how this country progresses by empowering mothers.”

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Over twenty years ago, Janice Villanueva founded Mommy Mundo. Janice had a need to be equipped in her new venture as a mom. However, she encountered difficulties in finding the support she sought. Together with her friends and other moms, they decided to jumpstart their very own community. Thus, Mommy Mundo was born.

“Motherhood is a form of nation-building,” Janice shares. “A mother raises children and forms the future citizens of the nation. If we’re able to empower the mother, it transforms her and therefore, the nation. I have the most fun job but it’s also a big responsibility. And it’s an honor because we’re in the position to change how this country progresses by empowering mothers.”

Over twenty years ago, Janice Villanueva founded Mommy Mundo, the Philippines’ most active resource community for mothers. When she was pregnant with her son Coby, she was looking for classes that would equip her in motherhood.  However, she encountered difficulties in finding the support she sought. Janice gathered her friends and other mothers who were in similar situations. They decided to kick off their very own community, paving the way for Mommy Mundo to be birthed.

The group would host small events, inviting doctors or DOH representatives to give talks. The mommy community steadily grew. To date, they have hosted over 40 events across the country.

For Janice, the challenge is managing her time and energy. A lot of mothers, especially those working full-time, juggle so many tasks in their homes and workplaces. “It isn’t easy to raise children and run a business at the same time,” she says. “I was able to do it because I have a lot of passion.”

Janice cites her husband Gary as a source of inspiration and support. She was able to balance her time and energy because Gary was there for her. She owes a lot to her determined and hardworking team in Mommy Mundo in their mission of mompowerment. According to Janice, they were able to keep going because they felt fulfillment in the work. In addition, the Mommy Mundo team received a lot of encouragement from the mothers that they were helping.

“Motherhood is a form of nation-building,” Janice shares. “A mother raises children and forms the future citizens of the nation. If we’re able to empower the mother, it transforms her and therefore, the nation. I have the most fun job but it’s also a big responsibility. And it’s an honor because we’re in the position to change how this country progresses by empowering mothers.”