For all the liberal attitudes of kids these days, there will always be that one person who can make all the freewheeling partying and socializing disappear. Her "been-there, done-that" lectures have always been a complete sellout, and her look of utmost seriousness could make even the most celebrated social butterflies go home in an instant.
A mother—the only person who can pull off a totalitarian regime with only a smile in her arsenal, and who rightfully owns lifetime bragging rights for her kids' achievements—will always have a special place in our hearts. Her sweet, gentle ways of making those around her feel loved and cared for entitle her as "The Sassiest Woman in Town."
In celebration of Mother's Day, PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked several celebrities about the most important lessons they plucked from their mom's closets.
FAMILY FIRST. Actor and commercial model Derek Ramsay admits that he treats both his parents as his best friends. When asked about the lesson he cherishes the most, the hunky actor replies, "I guess it would be to trust my family and to never forget my family. [My mom] has proven that every time I have a problem, I run to them, and she seems to solve all my problems."
The 28-year-old actor also says that he doesn't plan on giving his mom anything material on Mother's Day as long as he spends the day with her. "We usually have dinner as a family. That's the best gift we could give our mom," reflects Derek. "My mom likes it when all the kids are together, so the whole family would be together on that day."
Indie regular Ping Medina shares this sentiment and says, "Family first before anything."
Coming from a tight-knit family, ABS-CBN homegrown talent AJ Dee, brother of Astigs teen actor Enchong Dee, says, "Close kaming lahat. Sabay-sabay kaming kumain, magsimba. Trained kami sa ganun. Lahat kami malapit sa mommy at sa daddy ko."
As for the lesson he values the most, he responds, "Importanteng magtulungan kami as magkakapatid. Kung yung isa sa amin hirap, dapat matuto kaming mag-suporta sa bawat isa. Kumbaga, ''pag nawala na yung parents ko, kami-kami rin magkakapatid ang magtutulungan." AJ, who was recently seen in the romantic drama When Love Begins, says that he plans to give his mom a bouquet of flowers on Mother's Day.
Another Star Magic talent admits being close to his brood. Rodjun Cruz, brother of teen star Rayver Cruz, says, "Kasi madami kaming magkakapatid. Tinuruan niya kaming maging close sa isa't isa tsaka magmahalan ng sobra." As for his gift to his mom, the self-confessed Mama's Boy quips, "Ngayon wala pa akong naiisip, e. Kasi dapat special talaga kaya pag-iisipan ko pa. Pero siyempre, dapat may flowers."
For Pinoy Big Brother Season 1 winner Nene Tamayo, "time for baby" is the most important thing she has learned. Nene, who has recently given birth to son Anthony Zane, shares that her mom has taught her to care for her child, "Kasi kahit sa early stage pa lang 'yan, napi-feel na nila yung care and love ng mother." Nene narrates, "Nakakatuwa kasi nung in-apply ko siya sa baby ko, kahit na ten months old pa lang siya, napi-feel ko na sobrang malambing." She continues, "Pagdating ko sa bahay, hina-hug niya ako, ‘Embrace, Mama. Love, Mama.' Nakakatuwa," says Nene with a wide grin.
RESPECT IS KEY. Dyesebel star Luis Alandy attests that respect for elders is the most important lesson he got from his mom. "Not just to elders, but to people in general," he explains. Luis admits that he is very close to his mom, but since she is in the States, he could only give her a greeting as a present.
PBB Season 2 graduate Saicy Aguila agrees that respect is an essential value in life, and goes on to saying that being kind to everyone is the lesson from her mom that she cherishes the most.
Star Magic discovery Chris Gutierrez thinks of taking his mom out to dinner since, according to him, his mom is a fan of Asian food. The Astigs teen star reveals that besides respect, his mom has taught him to "always do your best, because if you do that, nobody else can ask anything more of you."
Chris's fellow Astigs castmate Angelo Patrimonio, son of pro-basketball star Alvin Patrimonio, also deems doing one's best in life as the most important lesson his mom instilled in him. "She taught me not to give up and to always do your best in everything."
Kart racer and Penshoppe endorser Matteo Guidicelli says being respectful to everybody is not the only lesson he learned from his mom, but also being religious, going to Church every Sunday, and eating with the family. "My mom's the best. She's the best mom anyone can have," beams the Filipino-Italian model.