She has played many roles in her career─model, TV host, entrepreneur, environmentalist, and philantrophist─but Bianca Araneta-Elizalde cites motherhood as something she had always dreamed of.
Having been acquainted with the limelight and juggling her time to fulfill her roles, Bianca says she is "busier now...but calmer."
"I am more at peace. I am more relaxed. I am having the time of my life. It is a different kind of busy. Back then, it was always me [and] my life. Now, I've got other responsibilities," Bianca said in an interview last Friday, November 26, at the New World Resorts in Makati City. She was presented to the members of the press as the endorser of the milk brand Athena.
So what keeps Bianca busy yet relaxed these days?
Two pleasant concerns: taking charge of her "young family"—her husband, and two girls, aged one and four—and running her maternity line which she has been managing for a year now.
THE HAPPY MOTHER. Media scion and entrepreneur Juan Elizalde and Bianca married last July 7, 2007 in civil rites at Red, Shangri-la Makati, a month after she gave birth to their first-born bundle of joy, Isabeli.
As a young girl Bianca didn't think much about marriage. But she had always dreamt of becoming a mom. "I always knew I was gonna be be a mom someday; and I always wanted to be a mom," she smiled.
Bianca, who exudes an infectious positive aura, said that she has never been happier.
"Fantastic. I think that that is what I'm meant to be. I have tried tremendously being a mom. It was always a dream. So now I have my two little girls. It was such a huge blessing!," she exclaimed.
Bianca is a self-confessed hands-on mom.
"I spend a lot of time with my children. I am the one who puts them to bed at night. My eldest daughter she goes to pre-school, I take her to school in the morning. I wake her up, we do a lot of play dates. I take her around with me for whatever, to the mall and what-have-yous, we read books at night, watch movies together. I'm always with them, always with them," the proud mom of two said.
Playing the role of both mom and a wife, Bianca said that the time spent with their kids was never a problem or a hindrance for the growth of their relationship as a couple.
"We both really enjoy our time with our kids. So, we don't feel like we are not spending time with each other, because we like that. We like having that family union," Bianca said.
Most of the time, the couple have their alone-time together by watching movies at home, after putting their kids to bed
"He is also very busy so we really have to make time to be together alone. With each other and the children, it is just fine," Bianca related.