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Lazy Sundays

August 26, 2014 mommy talk 4 Comments

” Always reward your long hours of  labor and toil in the very best way, surrounded by your family.  Nurture their love carefully, remembering that your children need role models, not critics, and your own progress will hasten when you constantly strive to present your best side to your children.  And even if you have failed at all else in the eyes of the world, if you have a loving family, you are a success”. – Og Mandino

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I love lazy Sundays when we just get together with family for a hearty lunch and simple conversations.  Many people see us as public figures and we have a bunch in our Pangilinan clan that are always on the spotlight.  During our private get togethers though, we are just our plain old selves and are happy not to be so conscious of prying eyes and pre-conceived notions of who we are.  Thank God for family that we can just be our simple and sometimes crazy selves and enjoy lazy Sundays together.

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Kitchen Conversations

July 25, 2014 mommy talk, my bulletin 5 Comments

I’m so happy to share with you about this event I had with Oster Philippines wherein we collaborated for a chance to prepare healthy meals and have fun conversations with Mommies.  My idea of preparing a meal does not involve sitting to wait for a finished dish.  Rather, it is engaging throughout the preparing and cooking process to enjoy the food together.  That is exactly what we did that gloomy afternoon in July after Glenda hit.  It was a welcome change from all the sadness I had felt from the turmoil Glenda left…but that is another story…


I was really touched that the Oster Ph team prepared for each one lovely aprons for each of the Mommies to be present which actually set the mood for a working together mode.


We first embarked on a healthy smoothie recipe which was really simple to make as each one of us just put in all the ingredients in the Oster blender according to our preferred taste and voila, we were perked up in a jiffy!


 When serving to our family, it really helps to make it look delectable so they keep wanting more.


Plus we have a good excuse to throw in some of those things that normally kids would veer away rom like herbs and veggies but if they look appetising, they would surely try it and get hooked for good :)  This next recipe we made is a healthy panini.


I learned this recipe from my brother in law, Jinggoy Buensuceso and loved it ever since.  It has helped me serve many folks without so much hassle.  I laid out all the ingredients we needed and put it in our preferred Le Coeur bread. Then we placed the sandwich in an Oster double contact grill and that is how simple it is!


Perfect snack or even ‘baon’ for school or the office!


We moved on to make one of my most favorite pasta sauces- Pesto Sauce.  I made a variation though and left the garlic out.


I used sundried tomatoes too and chopped all the ingredients in the Oster stick mixer.  That easy!


One of our participants brought her 3 year old daughter and this was her favorite.  This is always a hit in our home too for our children.  Glad to know it gives the same appeal for other children as well.


Our main recipe for the day is one of my most loved dishes- Kamameshi rice.  I learned about this recipe from my London based dear friend, Ria Sta. Maria.  She and her family welcomed us to their home and fed all of us with one whole rice cooker full of all the sumptuous ingredients that consisted of veggies, meats and rice.


Ria said to just follow every single step found in the Assumption Cookbook Pearl Edition and yes, yes, this did not disappoint the mommies in our kitchen that day.


The portabello mushroom added to this dish is a killer.  Perfect for vegetarians like me :)


It was short and sweet and am looking forward to more times in the kitchen with other mommies who love good food and simple moments and lovely conversations.  Till next time, join us!


 Thank you to mommies Tina, Donna, Racquel, Karen(Karen is the only unmarried participant) and Kar for joining me.


Huge thanks to the the dream team that made this event happen-Oster Ph dream team who made this wonderful event happen:  Joanne Rodel and Deen.


For a copy of all the recipes I’ve mentioned, visit Oster Ph’s Fb site osterinphl and on Instagram: Osterph

My Sunshine

July 14, 2014 mommy talk No Comments

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You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
You make me happy when skies are grey
You’ll never know dear, how much I love you
Please don’t take my sunshine away

–Jimmie Davis & Charles Mitchell

Solana means Sunshine.  She turns 3 today.  She came as a surprise and brightened up our lives!

For me as mommy, I am calmer and freer.  I am also having more fun in my parenting because of Solana’s arrival.

From Anthony

It’s been 3 years of sheer joy with Solana!

From Ate Ella after I (Maricel) asked forgiveness for all my mistakes in parenting her as first born:

I don’t remember them anymore, Ma.  We’ll do better this time (with Solana). 

From Hannah

I will take care of her, Mama.

From Benjamin

I cannot imagine my life without her (Solana).  She is my best friend.

From Kuya Donny

You (Solana), Princess.  You, Baby pa.

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Princess dress from Tita Carol Sevilla

Famous Last words from Solana:

On who we are-

(When any of us raise our voices) You are a Princess, you are not a monster.  Only monsters raise their voices.

Jesus loves me!

On disagreements-

(When we mistakenly argue in front of her) Say sorry.  Hug and Kiss. Now.

On Mama-

(Everyday she tells me this while looking intently in my eyes) Mama, you are beautiful. I love you!

On Daddy-

Me, Princess. Mommy is Queen.  You also Queen, Daddy. (She actually means King).  Tell me a story Daddy when you were a little boy and then rockabye me like a baby..

On Animals and Insects all around her-

They are my friends, be careful (not to hurt them)

On Photos and posts

That’s enough. Me baby pa.

On phones, gadgets and gizmos

Put that down, now.  That’s enough

When finding herself in a new place with new faces

I’m shy

Thank you , Princess Solana for reminding us to see ‘sunshine’ in our days and the blessings we have to cherish each day.  Yes, indeed you are a baby and we honor and celebrate that so you won’t need to grow up so fast and it’s ok to be shy.  We are also reminded to preserve your innocence and exposure as you are your private person.  We respect when you are old enough to decide what you want to share.  That is a right every ‘baby’ should have.  Take your time.  We are just here patiently waiting when you are ready in God’s perfect time for you.

What a privilege and blessing to be your mother!

Rebel yell

July 7, 2014 my bulletin No Comments


Jinggoy Buensuceso

July 6-30, 2014

Galleria Duemila Inc.

210 Loring Street, 1300 Pasay City

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 Let me introduce to you my Rebel bro- Jinggoy Buensuceso.  He is the next big thing of his generation.  I knew this from the day I met him when my sister was smitten by him after having met him for the first time.  They were supposed to talk about an art work she was to commission for him that was to highlight her flat in Singapore where she was an expat. They spoke for six hours and never let each other go!  I found this ridiculous at first because when my sis, Mutya introduced Jinggoy to me, she said they would be getting married!  I almost fainted but hey, this turned out to be a match made in heaven!  Only a REBEL like Jinggoy could tame a high profile corporate giant like my sis with his confident and enchanting flair.  He was domesticated for once- a turf she has no idea about having been exposed to the corporate world for as long as I can remember.

Jinggoy and Mutya compliment each other perfectly.  Mutya’s got discipline, focus and goes by the book.  Jinggoy bends all the rules and yet he is flexible and emotional -an artist to his core.  Both of them though are very open to learning and discovering how their strengths and weaknesses can be maximized and boy are they inspiring with the results of their passionate collaborations.

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Rebellion as I have gathered is the aftermath of Jinggoy’s personal turmoil as he separates himself from his present realities to fulfill his artistry away from the trappings of domestication. In this show, Jinggoy sets out to the use of unorthodox materials such as: industrial tracing paper and woodwork.  He rendered his works with the severity of fire and with his new pursuits with cement, charcoal, and graphite.  The result-well see for yourself, it is quite synonymous to an uprising.

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Here’s the invitation for the show:

Let the artist take you on a tumultuous journey from the birth of a powerful idea that consumes an individual, the building pressure and force that makes people come together and move as one organism for a common passion and cause, the powerful release of tension and expression of freedom, to the quiet yet indelible aftermath which serves as a potent force within each and one of us.

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This potent force, when triggered ignites the vigorous cycle once more.

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For the exhibit’s opening, ballet and theatre artist Ea Torrado did a moving performance to depict her own interpretation of Rebellion.  This was explosive and touching at the same time.

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Here with his dynamic team and their awesome works.  They’re a bit shy though but let their works do the talking!


We are fans and advocates of our brother Jinggoy’s journey as expressed thru his life and art.  We also are often recipients of his organic insights and experimentations about things around us that could blossom into something magical with his Midas touch.  He is a ‘rebel’ with and for a cause.  Check him out!

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Rebellion will run from July 6-30, 2014 at Galleria Duemila, located at 210 Loring Street, 1300 Pasay City. For more information, please contact Thess Ponce or Mark Arvin Patiag, Tel. No. +632 831 9990; Telefax no. +632 833 9815, email: gduemila@gmail.com, Twitter and Instagram: @galleriaduemila or visit our website at www.galleriaduemila.com and follow us on Facebook.

One fine, busy weekend

June 30, 2014 fitness, mommy talk, my passion No Comments

It has been quite an incredibly busy but amazing weekend.  I spent it with my Honey, just the two of us.  We have to do that regularly -we owe it to ourselves and our children.  When we go out on a date whether we like each other or not, it makes us love each other more.  We have been finding ourselves more fond of each other the past several years and finding ourselves alone with each other has become more and more something we look forward to having.

The most difficult part though is leaving our kids.  In the case of Solana, we have to really explain to her how many sleeps we would be gone and for what purpose.  A nice, engaging story before heading off is something she really appreciates and helps her cope during our absence.

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After his story, Anthony prepared breakfast in bed for Solana.  This made her really happy.  Simple things make a big difference in our children.


We started the weekend with Anthony’s TV 5 Teleradyo show , Magbago Tayo on 92.3 FM.  It was so fun having to guest with our friends, Vic and Avelynn Garcia because they talked about their new book, Mag-asawa’y di Biro.  We shared a lot of stories about all kinds of marriages and laughed a lot about what it entails to keep a marriage alive and thriving.  One needs to have a great sense of humor to stay in a marriage.

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Right after the show, we headed to Subic with our Tri gear.  We are so blessed to have the support of our sponsors who really make our races so much worthwhile with the top-notch gear and accessories.


We would normally race as Team Pangilinan in most of our races but for the Century Tuna 5150 Triathlon in Subic, we were so privileged to have been asked by our dear friend, Dyan Castillejo to race for Sports Unlimited as she was to cover the event for her show.  It was something that came as a blessing as it pushed us to really get started with our training-finally!


It’s great to be in the midst of our Tri family once again and it pumps up the excitement in us to keep at it with our training and racing because their vibe is so into this super engaging sport called  triathlon.

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Photo c/o Lara Parpan (Polo Tri Team)

Here’s my armor: Rudy Project Ability shades, Zoot visor, Squadra suit, Timex watch (not seen here because I was already wearing it :) ) , Gatorade for hydration &  Zoot shoes

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Dyan (our swimmer) is shown here with a mermaid she will swim with from a photo taken by Princess Galura (Sunrise Events’ secret weapon and organizer par excellence).  She swam with over a thousand others and I find this such an amazing feat because she also covered the race .

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One of the best parts of being in a relay is that you get to race as a team and cheer each other.  It was Anthony’s first time to ride his Felt Bike and did very well amidst the slippery hilly roads of Subic that he managed to maneuver through 40 kilometers without struggling so hard.  He slipped and hurt himself a bit, but finished strong to lead me to get a good run start.

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I was very happy with my run under the killer heat of the sun but it’s a good reminder of the days to come that I must prepare for -when we go for double the distance as a team again for Cebu’s 70.3 Ironman in August.  Good finish for a great race with lots of fun!  We did it!

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We thank God for a lovely weekend and wow, amazing view going home, reminding us that there are still many races and seasons in life to conquer together.