At 43, Eula Valdez still enjoys activities that her kids, Miguel, 18, and 8-year-old Juliana, love to do. But she gets irritated whenever her son is mistaken as her “young boyfriend.” So, what did Eula do to prevent this situation from happening again?

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Though she’s busy with her showbiz career, Eula Valdez maintains a happy relationship with her two kids with actor Ronnie Quizon— Miguel, 18, and Juliana, 8.

These days she's working on the upcoming fantasy series, her first project under the TV5 network, titled Cassandra: The Warrior Angel.

In an interview last April 11, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked Eula if she still gets to bond with her kids in spite of her hectic schedule.

“Yes!” exclaimed the 43-year-old actress with a big smile.

Her eldest child Miguel is in college, taking up film at the College of Saint Benilde. When they have spare time, they hang out at the mall, watch movies or chat over coffee.

Eula says her son is “proud” that she still looks beautiful and appealing at her age.

But she gets irked whenever Miguel is mistaken— with prejudice— as her “young boyfriend.”

“Alam mo, iyon iyong nakakainis?” she asked PEP rhetorically.

“Lalo na iyong matanda, yong matatanda, di ba gano’n sila? Iyong judgmental masyado, doon ako naiirita.

“Puwede naman kayo mag-tsismisan o iyong nagme-make face na parang... kapag tinopak ako, gumagano’n din ako, e. Parang, ‘O, sige nga. Anong feeling nito?’"

To prevent such incidents from happening again, Eula found a unique way by using personalized T-shirts.

With a hearty laugh she relates, “Nagpagawa ako ng T-shirt na ang nakalagay… sabi ko, ‘Sabay natin ito isusuot, ha?’ Kasi napagkakamalan na boyfriend ko.

“So iyong T-shirt na pinagawa ko, nakalagay sa shirt niya, She’s my mom, may arrow sa ‘kin, ‘tas 'susuot ko iyong T-shirt ko na, He’s my son.

“Kapag kumakain kami sa labas, nakakairita kung papaano sila tumingin. Iniisip ko na iniisip nila na boyfriend ko na naman ‘yon, na parang, ‘Pabata nang pabata mga kasama nito,’ parang ganyan.

“So, nagpagawa na ako ng T-shirt na gano’n para kapag nakita nila, ‘Ay, hindi [boyfriend].’”