How do you treat failure? Our Mom and Son Podcast this week is about failure. If you haven’t listened to it, here are the links: (Spotify, Apple iTunes, Buzzsprout and YouTube).There’s a stigma attached to the word “fail.” Nobody wants to be called a failure or loser. But in order to be a winner, you have to risk losing. When our sons were growing up, my husband would challenge them to a game of basketball, table tennis, video games, and other sports just for fun. At first, he would allow them to have a tight game with him. In other words, he would first play with his right hand (he’s left-handed) and as they went on, he would play with his dominant hand and give it his best shot, making it harder and harder for them saying, “No more Mr. Nice Guy, I’m gonna cream you!” The boys all agree on one thing, “Papa has this annoying way of laughing when he’s winning na nakakapikon!” But all of these … [Read more...] about How do you treat failure?
Good thank you gifts for families
It is almost 5 a.m. this early Tuesday morning, June 4, when I decided to write this column. It’s the 26th birthday of my daughter Catherine. In two-nights’ time, on June 7, she will wed her husband-to-be Roman Oscar Javier Lopez Puno. They’ve been together for almost nine years, half of which was spent in a long-distance relationship. While others would deem that a hurdle too challenging, it only strengthened their resolve and commitment to each other. They are each other’s first and only relationship. As my mother is a Lopez-Araneta, this makes them third distant cousins, making us even more like family. My friends have been telling me to get ready to cry as it’s different when you’re giving away your little girl. I know my wife Marissa will cry as she always does. Last Saturday, I was surprised to see the lifestyle editor of The Philippine STAR Millet Mananquil pen a beautiful story about my wife and me. Family is so important to both of us, and … [Read more...] about Love for family
MANILA, Philippines — There is a day in a year wherein children get to show their appreciation for their selfless and untiring love that only a mother can provide. There is really no way to match the amount of love that flows from the heart of a mother, but it is always a good idea to reciprocate by treating mom to the gifts that match her heart’s desires. For the pretty in pink mom Cara Delevingne for Dior Addict Stellar Shine Pink, according to Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director of Dior Makeup, is the color of happiness, freedom and femininity, which is why it was among the most favorite colors and the “lucky color” of legendary designer Christian Dior. As such, the brand recently launched Dior Addict Stellar Shine, a new collection of 24 luminous pink hues, ranging from subtle nudes, to fiery corals, seductive reds and bold plums. The range also boasts of a new formula with micro-pearls for shine; natural beeswax for a lightweight … [Read more...] about LIST: Mother’s Day treats for ‘it’ moms
For Mother’s Day this year, we’ve asked several men to pen a piece about the person who helped shape who they are today. While the truth that these exceptional individuals owe a lot from the woman who raised them might not be entirely earth-shattering, it definitely always bears repeating. My goals in life are threefold: first, to visit as many countries as possible in my lifetime; second, to receive the best education in the world; and third, to give back to the country in the best way that I could. These weren’t borne out of thin air. I have my phenomenal mother, Silvana Diaz, to thank. Not only did she help shape these dreams for me; she helped me achieve them in the best way possible. More exceptional women: Silvana Diaz: from Italian outsider to art world pioneer The first Filipina senator was a silent worker: “I would project my work, rather than myself” Whang-Od and Lang Dulay, and the legacy of the Filipina as artisan Sagada’s best-kept … [Read more...] about The woman who raised me: Illac Diaz on his mother Silvana
MANILA -- All set to celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend? If we go by foot traffic in shopping malls, the number of gifts being wrapped in stores, lack of parking spaces near restaurants and packed tables at dining places, this special occasion is one of the most-celebrated by Filipinos of all ages. And why not? Most of us have mothers who have cared for us from the womb and continued to hold our hand whether we were toddlers, teens, in our 20s, 30s, 40s and older. As you toast the woman that shaped who you are today, take time to remember the many life lessons she has shared with you through the years. Looking back, I marvel at how my mom managed to do it all. She did not have a full-time job and instead chose to stay home to raise two daughters. She was the primary caregiver, cook, tutor, handy(wo)man, shopping companion among many more roles that I saw her perform everyday growing up. Now that I am raising two daughters, I am grateful that she has given me a strong role … [Read more...] about News Mothers know best (even when it comes to money)