In the April 2008 issue of Smart Parenting, Maricel Soriano reveals how her days as the Taray Queen are over since she became a doting mom to Tien, 14, and Marron, 21.
"Malakas maglambing yung mga 'yan, and mahirap talaga silang tiisin," she shares. "Basta kami, enjoy kami sa bahay. Nood lang ng DVD, kain sa labas minsan. Masarap silang kasama lalo na ngayong malalaki na sila, kabiruan mo na."
While keeping a cool-mom demeanor, the multi-awarded actress and product endorser switches on her disciplinarian, no-nonsense parent mode once a situation requires it.
"Hindi ko ini-i-spoil and mga anak ko, kasi gusto ko malaman nila ang value ng pera, ng trabaho, ‘I can afford to buy you this, but I will not. You have to earn it.' Kailangan may disiplina," she explains.
She even let her youngest son Tien walk to school after learning of his poor academic performance. Tien is her birth son with former boyfriend, politician Cesar Jalosjos.
"Sabi ko sa kanya one time when his grades were low and he had to take summer classes, ‘You had the opportunity to study in a good private school, hatid-sundo ka pa ng driver. Mag-aaral ka na nga lang. Pero hindi mo napahalagahan. Puwes, mag-commute ka papuntang school. Lalaki ka naman, e. Si Mama nga nakaya nung bata pa siya.' May sumasama naman na driver, pero lakad sila."
Her eldest son, Marron, whom she adopted with former boyfriend and actor Ronnie Ricketts, is also very much acquainted with public transport despite having a celebrity for a mother. "Marunong [yun] mag-bus, mag-jeep, mag-MRT, and mag-LRT," Maricel reveals.
When asked if she would let her sons venture into the complicated world of showbiz, the feisty actress replies, "Basta mag-gradute sila and magkaroon ng degree, sige mag-artista sila. Pero hindi ko sila tutulungan... Sariling kayod yan, para malaman nila na hindi madali."
Maricel, who has been rather elusive in local programs, will soon be a staple in television. A soap opera is presently in the works.Smart Parenting is available in all leading bookstores and magazine stands at P100 per copy.