Tomorrow, Jan. 9, my mother Sonia Reyes Mayor turns 80. On the eve of Mom’s birthday, one of my friends, tourism executive and educator Bob Zozobrado gushed, “I’ve seen pictures of your mom that you’ve posted through the years and…she hasn’t aged at all. Your genes have gotta be of a special blend!” Then he added, “May I buy some of your chromosomes?” Indeed, Mommy looks as radiant and youthful as she has for decades now. I think it is because in a world where laughter and tears mix, she has let laughter rise above the blend. “Auntie Sonia is like a rainbow. For her, there’s always a reason to be happy and grateful. She is my epitome of positivity and optimism. And because Auntie is so positive, she really brought out the best in people around her, especially her family,” says my first cousin Aimee Loleng Ferrer. Aimee is the youngest daughter of my dad Frank’s eldest sister Nellie. Aimee and her sister Karen … [Read more...] about Mom at 80: Like a rainbow
Mom to daughter birthday wishes
MANILA – For celebrity couple Richard Gomez and Lucy Torres, their daughter Juliana will always be their “beautiful little girl.” Juliana, a student and model, celebrated her 18th birthday over the weekend with a disco-themed party with family and close friends. A day after the festivities, Gomez took to Instagram to share his birthday message for Juliana. “To my dearest Juliana, know that you are the best thing that ever happened to me and mom,” he wrote. “You are truly a bearer of joy to everyone. I wish you your heart’s desire, the best in life, and the best of health.” The actor-politician also advised his daughter to “choose the kind of friends and people you are with.” “When given a chance to decide on something, always decide on what will give you peace and happiness. Continue to be nice and helpful to people,” he added. Juliana is the only child of Gomez and Torres, who both previously ventured into … [Read more...] about News ‘Choose your friends,’ Richard Gomez tells daughter Juliana
Juliana Gomez celebrates 18th birthday Jan Milo Severo (philstar.com) - September 10, 2018 - 3:29pm MANILA, Philippines — Celebrity daughter Juliana Gomez marked her 18th birthday through a disco-themed party recently held in Bench Tower in Bonifacio Global City. The only child of Ormoc Mayor Richard Gomez and Congresswoman Lucy Torres-Gomez, Juliana wanted her party to be far from traditional debuts with 18 roses and 18 candles. On his Instagram account, Richard said that his daughter is the best thing that ever happened to him and Lucy. “You are truly a bearer of joy to everyone. I wish you your hearts desire, the best in life and the best of health. Now that you are 18 choose the kind of friends and people you are with. When given a chance to decide on something always decide on what will give you peace and happiness,” the actor wrote. “Continue to be nice and helpful to people. … [Read more...] about Juliana Gomez celebrates 18th birthday
If you’re feeling fancy free Come wander through the world with me And any place we chance to be Will be our rendezvous Two for the road We’ll travel down the years Collecting precious memories Selecting souvenirs and living Life the way we please ...with children (from left) Apples, Ciara, Gian and Lala… That song from the movie 1967 Two For The Road (starring Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney) reverberated from the four corners of the Florabel restaurant at the Estancia Mall in Capitol Commons, Pasig City, that Monday night, May 7, which happened to be the nth birthday of Helen Gamboa-Sotto. “It’s our theme song,” Sen. Tito Sotto (soon-to-be Senate President?) said, turning misty-eyed as those precious memories came flooding his mind. “It’s the perfect song for Helen and me because we have been traveling down the years for 49 years.” The couple was married (yes, in church) twice, first on Sept. 22, 1969, after they eloped and … [Read more...] about What’s Tito’s favorite B-day gift to Helen?
By Pam Moore The Washington Post Tues., Feb. 27, 2018 “More Goldfish!” my 5-year-old demands. I summon all my patience. “Can you try that again?” “I’m hungry!” I take a long blink. “Honey? Can you . . . ” Her face is still beet red, but her body has relaxed. She takes a deep breath, then slowly blows the air through her pursed lips. This is the “birthday cake” breathing she learned in kindergarten. Article Continued Below “Mom, can I please have more Goldfish?” My daughter attends public school in Boulder, Colo., where her teacher is one of a handful of educators integrating social and emotional learning (SEL) into the classroom. But the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) board recently approved a grant to fund the investigation of SEL Competencies, with the goal of creating a system-wide approach to SEL. That means more kids will be learning how to understand and manage their … [Read more...] about How to teach your kids empathy and self-control