WATCH: Robredo's vlog on daughter Aika's Harvard graduation

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo tried something new during her recent visit to the United States: she recorded her own video blog or vlog on her eldest daughter Aika's graduation from Harvard University.

During her stay in Massachusetts from May 17 to 26, the Vice President used her mobile phone to record videos as she went around Harvard and its surrounding areas with Aika. (READ: Aika Robredo at Harvard: In her own time)

Robredo's youngest daughter Jillian then edited the videos for her mother, who then uploaded the finished vlog on her personal Facebook account on Monday, June 4.

Aika, or Jessica Marie, graduated from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government as an Edward S. Mason Fellow for the Mid-Career Master in Public Administration program – the same program Aika's late father, interior secretary Jesse Robredo, finished in 1999.

In the vlog, Robredo gave viewers a glimpse of the Harvard campus, Peabody Terrace where her family lived when Jesse had studied there, Aika's own apartment, and the graduation rites.

In several parts of the vlog, the Vice President swapped jokes with Aika, with the mother and daughter laughing at each other.

"'Yan si Aika, ikinakahiya ako (Aika over there is embarrassed by me)," narrated Robredo as she showed Aika taking a video of her while they were inside the John F. Kennedy School of Government. Aika just laughed at her mom.

Robredo said she wanted to create a vlog to remember the trip by. 

"I do not know when we will have the privilege of visiting again, so I decided to record everything on video for posterity. I do not know how to take selfies, much more to do vlogs. But this is my attempt, much to the embarrassment of my children," said the mother of 3 daughters. 

The Vice President also thanked Jillian for helping her finish the vlog. 

"What was left was just 10%, I think, of the original because Jillian said I spoke too much and my hand was too shaky most of the time. So, apologies if this makes you dizzy. Apologies also for my mahangin (windswept) look and for not knowing where the camera lens is," said Robredo.

Aika said she now plans to work in the Philippines. The Vice President hopes her daughter will devote the rest of her life to serving Filipinos. –

Mara Cepeda

Mara Cepeda writes about politics and women’s rights for Rappler. She covers the House of Representatives and the Office of the Vice President. Got tips? Send her an email at or shoot her a tweet @maracepeda.