‘The Mustard Seed, ‘ a daughter’s tribute to her mother

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ON July 30, Dr. Marita Andaman-Rillo, the eldest daughter of |Gregorio and Dominga Andaman, will launch her book, The Mustard Seed at the Okada Hotel as one of the highlights of the 25th anniversary of St. Dominic Medical Center (SDMC).

Dr. Marita Andaman-Rillo looks up to her mother, thus this book “Mustard Seed.” She also wrote and launched the book “The Man” in November 28, 2012 as a tribute to his father, Gregorio Andaman Sr. PHOTO BY RUSSELL PALMA

The book is a tribute to Dominga Anico-Andaman, the inspiration of Gregorio Andaman Sr. in establishing St. Dominic Medical Center and St. Dominic College of Asia.

The book, according to Andaman-Rillo, is about her mother’s early joyful years, her trials, and struggles, her romantic life, her role as a mother and a grandmother, her civic and social life, her advocacies, her fulfilling twilight years, her compassion, and her unquestioning allegiance to her Creator and abiding faith that persisted throughout her lifetime.

Dominga was raised by a loving father and mother but lost her father at the age of 12 and became the family breadwinner. She had to stop schooling to do hard labor and make both ends meet.


Gifted with beauty and brains, Dominga, despite her heavy load of work as the breadwinner of the family, was able to grow up to become a fine lady. She had 35 suitors but the 36th won her heart—Gregorio Andaman Sr..

“My mother was a talented singer and my father was a duplero, so they made a fine romantic musical duo,” shares Andaman-Rillo.

Since young Gregorio was persistent and wooed not only her mother but also her grandmother, her brothers and sisters and even relatives and friends, he won the heart of Dominga and they got married on April 25, 1943.

Andaman-Rillo also talked about the struggles of her parents and how they succeeded in life.

“As far as we can remember, Nanay had been a towering help to Tatay, be it with the mundane chore of mending his clothes to as far as serving as Tatay’s alter ego who was ready to risk his own life for the safety of the family, “ says Dr. Andaman-Rillo.

Andaman-Rillo is a Doctor of Medicine with specialty in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She took up Masteral studies in Hospital Administration from the Ateneo University School of Business. She holds a Doctoral degree in Education, major in Educational Management from Philippine Christian University and obtained Licensure as Professional Counselor from the Ecclesia University of Divinity in Fresno, California in July 2016.

She was the first medical director of Hillside General Hospital in Alabang and SDMC in Bacoor, Cavite. She is currently the chairperson of the Board of Trustees of SDMC, SDCA and St. Dominic Development Corporation.

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