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.
KEEP YOUR FEET ON THE GROUND. GMA-7's resident funny girl Charize Solomon says that her mom taught her to always be humble. "Sinasabi niya sa akin lagi na always stay humble and be yourself. Huwag kang mahihiya," shares Charize, who considers the construction of their new home as the best gift she could give her mom on Mother's Day.
It seems that Railey Valeroso, who was last seen on the teen-oriented show Click, keeps humility intact, as well. Another self-confessed Mama's Boy, Railey admits that he learned to, "Always keep your feet on the ground, and kahit anong mangyari. Kahit na maging successful ka sa iba't ibang aspects ng buhay mo, dapat laging humble ka lang." He also says that being God-fearing is one of his best attributes.
Star Magic talent and Lobo mainstay AJ Perez says, "Always stay humble despite all the things that are happening. Kahit anong mangyari, basta stay humble pa rin." The 15-year-old Astigs star and teen heartthrob also reveals that he is very close to his mom.
Hunky model Andrew Wolfe says that he can no sooner choose a favorite lesson from the long list of values his mom has taught him. "Ang dami, grabe," beams the English-Filipino hottie. But he considers keeping one's feet on the ground and working hard as the best life lessons his mother gave him as a child. As for his gift, he reveals that he plans to buy his England-based mom a plane ticket to the Philippines so she could come and see him. "That's gonna be my gift because I miss her so much," says Andrew.
The same thing goes for Star Circle talent Jason Abalos, who abides by his belief to always "lumingon sa pinanggalingan." According to him, his mom always tells him "huwag kang makakalimot kahit saan ka mapunta." The 22-year-old actor also divulges that he plans to give his mom a bouquet of flowers on Mother's Day, "kasi taun-taon naman puro bulaklak, e," he says with a smile.
WORK HARD. Maligno leading man and Coverboys hunk Rafael Rosell reveals that there are two essential things his mom has taught him. According to the 25-year-old actor, the first one is to "always believe, so you will achieve." Rafael, who says that he is very close to his mother, recalls, "She always has these long preaches ever since we were kids [and tells us], believe in yourself, work hard, so you'll get what you want in life." The second one is, "Nobody's higher than anyone else, patas tayong lahat, so don't ever think you're higher than anybody else."
For actress Rica Peralejo, the best lesson her mom has instilled in her is "to never nurture an idle mind." The 27-year-old actress shares, "She told me that whenever there's idle time, anything the devil wants you to think about or to do, mas madali siyang maka-penetrate kasi ni-nurture mo siya, inalagaan mo siya." According to Rica, she still hasn't thought of anything to give her mom, "Kasi sa amin hindi naman uso yung gift-gift. We just know how to make each other happy."
LIVE FULLY, LOVE YOURSELF. Star Circle talent and clothing endorser Erich Gonzales believes that finding happiness in anything you do is the lesson she values the most. "Kasi aanhin mo yung ginagawa mo, kung hindi ka naman masaya. Sabi [ng mom ko], live life to the fullest and enjoy each moment, kasi once lang yan, hindi na babalik."
For StarStruck discovery and PBB Celebrity Edition 2 graduate Megan Young, it is about loving oneself, "Because you won't be able to love another person fully if you don't love yourself." The half-American teen star adds that she would love to give her mom a trip to the spa. "Para at least ma-relax siya."
INTEGRITY AND DIGNITY. Racerchick and PBB Celebrity Edition 2 graduate Gaby dela Merced values integrity above all else because, "It can never be bought." The Formula 3 racer explains, "Your integrity, your dignity—you should always keep that intact because that's you. Money comes and goes, material things come and go, but this is what keeps you. This is you."
As for her gift, she smiles and says, "I have thought of a lot, because I'm the type of person who believes that 80 percent is all about the presentation [and] delivery. I'm still working out a case in my head."
GOLDEN RULE. PBB Teen Edition 2nd Big Placer Mikee Lee says, "It's really following the Golden Rule. She's always been reminding me [about it] because my mom's a really gentle and caring person." Mikee reveals, "Whenever she would let me go out, like in gimmicks, she would always tell me na gawin mo yung gusto mong gawin ng tao sa 'yo. She's a very hands-on mom. Yun siguro yung reminder niya sa akin na alagaan ko yung sarili ko."
When asked whether he is a Mama's Boy, Mikee contemplates, "I can't really say because my dad is also very close to me. Although lots of times I'd side with her because I think we understand each other better."
EDUCATION MATTERS. For Studio 23 VJ and PBB graduate Say Alonzo, the need to finish her education was always what she heard from her mother. "Sabi niya sa akin, with a college diploma, you can go anywhere. So that's what I did. I finished school first before entering showbiz, so no matter what happens I have a fallback, which is my college degree," utters the Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management graduate from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde.
Say also admits that she is very close to her mom who, according to her, is her worst critic. "If I'm gonna perform on TV, I wait for her text," shares Say, who adds that she doesn't live with her mom anymore. "Hinihintay ko kung maganda o hindi, [kasi] kapag maganda, masaya na ako. Kapag pangit, depressed ako the whole day. She's the only one I listen to!" exclaims Say as she flashes a huge grin.