MORE THAN WORDS FOR MOM

In advance celebration of Motherís Day, the cast of TV5ís made-for-TV drama ďMore than Words,Ē at a recent media gathering, wistfully talked about how they planned to honor their moms on that special day. The show airs May 11 at 9 p.m. Jackie Lou Blanco (photo) says I thank my mom (Pilita Corrales) for her selfless love. She believes in her children and would give anything for their happiness. Iíve always admired her love for life; sheís a very hopeful person Ö that has helped me navigate life. From her I learned many things that I now apply as a mother myself. I make sure to talk and listen to my children. I always tell them how much I love them. READ MORE MOMS.....

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My momís oldest sister, Grizelda Barredo (nee Imutan) passed away on April 2 after suffering a stroke. The one visitor who came to see her regularly on her final days in the hospital was my mother, Ligaya. Knowing the two sistersí backstory, it was a given that my mother wanted to be nowhere else but at my auntís side.  Auntie Daku (as she was fondly called by most of our family, but her siblings called her ďNeneĒ) and my mother were born about nine or 10 years apart. (My momís birth records were destroyed when her townís municipio burned down so, to be honest, she doesnít know, save for the month, when her exact date of birth is). Shared sign -They shared a zodiac sign (Leo) and life-changing experiences over the course of their connected lives. The two of them remained close for as long as I know. After my mother gave birth to me, it was at my auntís house that she recuperated before heading back home to Angeles City. My mother witnessed my aunt devoting herself to nurturing her daughter, legendary prima ballerina Maniya Barredo, as she ascended to superstardom in the world of classical ballet, while raising the rest of her brood (which includes civil servant Michael and sculptor-painter Gabby) and being a committed wife to her husband Genie. READ MORE...

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More than words for their moms


Jackie Lou Blanco-Pilita Corales' daughter.

MANILA, MAY 8, 2014 (INQUIRER) By Allan Policarpio - In advance celebration of Motherís Day, the cast of TV5ís made-for-TV drama ďMore than Words,Ē at a recent media gathering, wistfully talked about how they planned to honor their moms on that special day. The show airs May 11 at 9 p.m.

I thank my mom (Pilita Corrales) for her selfless love. She believes in her children and would give anything for their happiness. Iíve always admired her love for life; sheís a very hopeful person Ö that has helped me navigate life.
From her I learned many things that I now apply as a mother myself. I make sure to talk and listen to my children. I always tell them how much I love them.


Alice Dixson

FOR ALICE Dixson, every day with mom is a gift.

I cherish all the memories of performing with my mom. Iím at my happiest when Iím onstage with her. The only way I can honor her is to live my life the best way I canóto be kind to people. Ang pinaka-gift ko na lang sa kanya is to spend quality time with her on Motherís Day.

I learned the importance of being independent from my mom. When she was single, she had her own business, she was a farm girl and helped her family. I believe that her courage and hard work helped her become independent. And now I am, too. I donít rely on anyone for anything because Iím my own woman.

I have some very funny memories of my mom, who used to be very strict. One time, when I was 18 or 19, I went to a disco with friends and stayed there past my 10 p.m. curfew. And then at 12 a.m., a lady came storming into the disco.

She grabbed me and dragged me out of the disco. Turned out, it was my mom!

I want to have a simple celebration on Motherís Day. My mama is 83 years old; every day that I get to spend with her is a gift.

I wish I were a part of this celebration as well. I am kinda jealous of moms. I wish I had children.


Sarah Lahbati

SARAH Lahbati says mom taught her professionalism.

Iím not very vocal about my feelings; I would rather show it. Of course, I appreciate my momís sacrifices for me.

The most indelible lessons she has imparted are respect, professionalism and hard work. She did everything to provide me with a comfortable lifeÖ Thank you, mom. For me the most important thing is time with her on Motherís Day.


Carl Guevara
 

CARL Guevara will take mom to dinner.

Saludo ako sa nanay ko. She taught me a lot of things when I was young and always reminded me to be a good personÖ.

Iíll probably give her flowers and take her to dinner on Motherís Day.

A tale of two mothers By Lea Salonga Philippine Daily Inquirer May 8, 2014 | 12:14 am


NENE (left) and daughter, prima ballerina Maniya Barredo Facebook photo

My momís oldest sister, Grizelda Barredo (nee Imutan) passed away on April 2 after suffering a stroke.

The one visitor who came to see her regularly on her final days in the hospital was my mother, Ligaya. Knowing the two sistersí backstory, it was a given that my mother wanted to be nowhere else but at my auntís side.

Auntie Daku (as she was fondly called by most of our family, but her siblings called her ďNeneĒ) and my mother were born about nine or 10 years apart. (My momís birth records were destroyed when her townís municipio burned down so, to be honest, she doesnít know, save for the month, when her exact date of birth is).

Shared sign

They shared a zodiac sign (Leo) and life-changing experiences over the course of their connected lives.

The two of them remained close for as long as I know. After my mother gave birth to me, it was at my auntís house that she recuperated before heading back home to Angeles City.

My mother witnessed my aunt devoting herself to nurturing her daughter, legendary prima ballerina Maniya Barredo, as she ascended to superstardom in the world of classical ballet, while raising the rest of her brood (which includes civil servant Michael and sculptor-painter Gabby) and being a committed wife to her husband Genie.

My motherís own journey as a mother of artists began many years later, when another of Auntie Dakuís daughters, Ria, urged her to have me audition for ďThe King and IĒ in 1978. Needless to say, both my aunt and my mother practiced devotion and sacrifice when it came to their childrenís artistic pursuits.

This devotion could be traced further back to when my aunt was around 15 and my mother around 5 or 6. My mother said Auntie Daku saved her life.

Around the time that my grandfather, Leo Imutan, passed away from tuberculosis in Pulupandan, Negros Occidental, in the early 1940s, my grandmother Carmen, 32 years old and overwhelmed with eight children, placed some of her younger ones in the care of either relatives or friends (my mother was placed with a family that wasnít related by blood) then headed to Manila.

My aunt set out to get her little sister back. I remember my mom asking Auntie Daku how she figured out where she was; my aunt just said, ďI donít know, I was just led there, I could feel where you were.Ē With trademark feistiness and after much arguing and negotiation, my aunt left that house with my mother in tow.

They took a boat from Negros Occidental to Manila. The ride was a choppy one. My mom remembers throwing up for much of the trip, and losing her only pair of shoes.

Questions

Once in Manila, and although they didnít have an address for their mother, they were intent on finding her. Seeing one of their brothers playing in the street one day, they knew they had come to the right place.

Later in lifeóas late as a few months agoóI remember my mom saying to my aunt, ďNene, if you didnít come to get me, I donít know what kind of future I would have had.Ē

In the days leading up to my auntís death, the two women spent time together. My mother asked as many questions as she could about her childhoodówhy certain people made certain decisions that impacted their lives so greatly.

Since my aunt was much older, she was able to provide my mother with much-needed answers, therefore giving closure to old family issues.

When my aunt was in the hospital, my mom was at her bedside, at times saying, ďNene, wake upÖ Iím not done asking you questions.Ē Perhaps all the answers my mother needed were in fact already given to her, as God decided it was time to call Auntie Daku home.

I will always remember my aunt as the perfect picture of poise, elegance and grace. She had the air of a dancer about her, with gorgeous posture and a head held high. She had a hearty laugh, and love for everyone around her.

She kept her dignity, no matter how adverse her circumstances. By contrast, my mother was athletic and tomboyish, but still a gorgeous creature who made something good out of something bad.

My aunt was well-known in our family for writing letters. Hundreds upon hundreds were sent through the years to every one of her kids, nieces, nephews and grandchildren (I have a few stashed away somewhere). She said there was so much she had written about her life and about herself, all these sheets of paper hidden in a trunk at her home. While my aunt was still alive, she gave my mom a snippet of pages, and after she passed away, letters written for my mom that were never sent were finally received.


THE AUTHOR with mom Ligaya (left) Facebook photo

In denial

I donít think Iím the only one in denial that my Auntie Daku is gone, that I wonít hear her laugh that hearty laugh of hers again, or see her pursed lips on her resting face, her perfectly painted long fingernails, her always looking so well put together, even if she was just at home.

For the longest time, she colored her hair, save for a strip of white in front. In later years she would allow her whole head to go silver. And she wore it well. She wore life very well, no matter what it dished out.

To my mom and all my other aunts who must carry on, have a wonderful Motherís Day!

You are the toughest bunch of women I know, and I think I speak for Gerard and our cousins when I say we are proud to be descended from you all.

FROM GMA NEWS NETWORK

Sino ang kamukha ni Baby Israel Pacquiao? May 8, 2014 5:57pm 3879 19 0 3898 Tags: Manny Pacquiao

Iniuwi na ng mag-asawang Manny at Jinkee Pacquiao ang bunso nilang anak na si Baby Israel mula sa ospital.

Sa ulat ng GMA News TV's Balitanghali nitong Miyerkules, sinabing nitong Miyerkules ng umaga nang ma-discharge sa ospital ang ikalimang anak ng mag-asawa.

Ayon kay Cong. Manny, mabuti naman ang lagay ng sanggol.

Dalawang linggo ring nanatili sa incubator si Baby Israel para matiyak na maayos ang kanyang kondisyon.

Dalawang linggong premature kasi si Baby Israel nang isilang. -- FRJimenez, GMA News

 
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