What I Learned from Metro Ayala’s Baby Expo 2013: Lessons from Supermoms

by SingleMomInCebu.com

It’s time to clear cobwebs now.

I’ll just start from where I left off—the Baby Expo in Cebu.

Unfortunately, I failed to attend any of the interesting child’s health and parenting talks during the event.

Well, the Friday talks were set on office working hours then Lance’s only first cousin Sean came in Saturday for the much-awaited visit and bonding time until Sunday.

Good thing I was still able to squeeze in some time to cover assignments for Cebu Daily News, interview supermoms Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan and Dawn Zulueta-Lagdameo, and learned some lessons on motherhood.

Maricel-Laxa-Pangilinan, Dawn-Zulueta-Lagdameo

Both were fun and enriching interviews.

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What I like most about doing celebrity interviews is directly learning from the bits and pieces of the personal lives they rarely share. I mean you don’t normally get to sit down and make chika-chika with these celebrities, right?

Plus, I grew up watching the films of these ladies. Both of them are award-winning actresses. So for a Pinoy movie fan like myself, it’s like a dream come true. Yes, I’m always thankful and consider myself lucky every time I get a chance to interview a celebrity though I’ve been doing that for years.

So how are they in person?

Though surprised to be greeted with a bunch of young writers (which includes myself of course :P) during her presscon, Maricel jibed with the group. Dawn, on the other hand, was very spontaneous, accommodating, and very beautiful!

Maricel attended the Baby Expo to give a parenting talk and do a Cebu launching of her latest children’s book “Kuya Na Si Bunso” while Dawn is a mom ambassador for Breeze, which is one of the exhibitors in the expo.



Again, you may read the interview for yourself and gain a different perspective but for now please allow me to share some of their inspiring insights that affected me the most as a mom.

5 Lessons from Pinay Celebrity Supermoms

1. “Motherhood is a career and I take it seriously.”—Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan.

Moms should always take pride of themselves. We have the toughest and most important job in the planet. We are like CEOs running a company but only in a household setting. Excelling in this role is in fact like winning the Miss Universe title or even more. 😀

2. “When I love myself, I love other people more.”—Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan.

We love our kids and we should always make them our top priority. However, we should also not forget about ourselves. When Lance was born, I made sure that he gets everything he needs. It came to a point that I no longer cared about getting things for myself as long as his needs are met. I didn’t have any qualms about it really but when I started to get my finances right and balance the budget among Lance, my family, and myself, things got a little more better. I don’t just feel happy for Lance but also for myself.

3. “You can’t always be popular. I have to be bad sometimes.”—Dawn Zulueta-Lagdameo.

Tough love as Dawn puts it can look harsh but rewarding in the end. I tend to spoil Lance and give in to his whims because first, he is still a baby and second, I just want him to shut up.

Yes, crying has been his successful blackmailing tactic but I’m now starting to discipline him and telling him “no” firmly. I let him cry all he wants until he stops and go to me for a hug. Sometimes he kisses me. His last resort perhaps to get me to giving him what he wants but I talk to him and explain why I won’t give in. Sometimes he cries back again but most of the time he listens.

4. “Try as much as possible not to overwork myself because if I’m not well rested, I can’t spend time with the kids.”—Dawn Zulueta-Lagdameo.

Work means money so it’s good. When I became a mom, however, I learned to say no especially if it means compromising time with Lance. Though sometimes if the situation permits, I bring Lance to my coverage.


5. “Chill.”—Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan.

Moms tend to worry so much. Well, I do especially for Lance. I usually worry about his future though I work my ass to ensure that a bright one awaits him. So, the best word of advice is “chill.” 😉