I was born and raised in the Philippines. I went to school in Manila and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Guidance and Counseling.

Shortly after college, I did what no family member did before me; I migrated to America. I went to the West Coast, where everything I knew about life was turned upside down. My survival in a new country at the age of 20 was based on grit, determination, and the help of some very kind people. After two years on the West Coast, I moved to the East Coast, and made New Jersey my new home.

With a clear vision of what I had to do to support my family, I got an entry level job with a major retail discount store in New York City. This opportunity opened many doors for me. I worked hard, learned everything I could about computers and programming, and in 3 months was promoted to Manager/Director of Programming in the Information Systems division.

I was able to continue working after my third child was born, with the help of my family. However, when my fourth child was born, my husband and I mutually agreed that I should stay home and focus on motherhood and volunteer work. 

As a stay-at-home mom, I started  “GottaLoveMom” as a hobby. I write about family, friends and the challenges of motherhood. I believe that “Motherhood is not a job. It’s a gift. It’s a happy simple life.”

In October 2005, we had a family tragedy that forever changed “my happy simple life,” and the lives of the people I care deeply about. After the events of October 2005, writing my blog gave me the confidence to write my family’s immigration story.  In 2012 “Out of Status” was published.  That book led to my active involvement in the Filipino-American community in New York/New Jersey.

Currently, I am one of the hosts and producers of “Makilala TV”, the first Filipino American TV talk show in New York.

I guess you can say I wear many hats. I am an advocate for sending poor kids to school, which led to my volunteer work as Chief of Scholars for ARK – Advancement for Rural Kids. I mentor the scholars and help raise funds and awareness in order to make education possible for children living in poor rural communities.

Now that I am in my 50’s, I am focused on health and wellness, nutritional and lifestyle strategies. (Hey, I gotta stay young and active for future generation!)  Such passion inspired me to write and publish “Making TIME for a HappySimple Life: A 90 Day Journal”.

Of course, the many things I do wouldn’t be possible without the loving support of my husband and four children.

Please feel free to email me anytime at jen@gottalovemom.comor find me on FaceBookInstagram ,Twitter and LinkedIn

Thank you so much for reading.




Roz was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.
After 35 years riding the New York City subway to work, she retired.
However, Roz has not stopped working.
She traded her steady paycheck for a much more gratifying position as the
CEO of the prestigious firm of “Outstanding Grandchildren Inc”.
Roz is compiling her family’s favorite recipes in her upcoming book,
“Amber Beads”.

You can reach her at grandma@gottalovemom.com



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