It started as a celebration to pay tribute to the Virgin Mary's sacrifices, called Mothering Sunday way back in the 1600s. Writer-activist Julia Ward Howe believed that women could initiate change through her 1870 composition titled "Mother's Day Proclamation." In 1911, Germany celebrated the 1st International Women's Day, which is marked on the 8th of March every year.
An American citizen named Anna Jarvis tirelessly campaigned to make Mother's Day a recognized holiday. Her efforts finally bore fruit when U.S. President Woodrow Wilson signed a joint resolution designating the second Sunday of May as Mother's Day. This is how the celebration of Mother's Day started in 1914.
We owe a lot to our mothers, starting from the day we're conceived until the day we breathe our last. The lessons that we learn from our mothers become part and parcel of our very identity.
Now that the red-letter day for mothers has arrived, local stars share with PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) the best lessons that they learned from the most important woman in their lives.
Being a mother herself, Pops Fernandez says that she will spend this special day with her two sons, Robin and Ram.
"What's the best lesson I learned from my mom... I don't know, kasi sobrang conservative ng family ko, so I guess the values that she instilled in us as kids, na talagang until now, it's what I tell my kids also."
Shaina Magdayao proudly says that giving unconditional love is the best lesson that she learned not only from her mother but also from her father.
"Madami 'kong natutunan sa mommy ko, e. Well I think sa kanya ko [nakuha], well not only lang naman with her but also from my dad, sa kanya ko nakuha yung unconditional love that I've been giving and that I can give to my family and to my future family also. No matter how many problems we had in the past, di ba, it's how they kept us intact."
Cheska Garcia, wife of basketball player Doug Kramer and mother to daughter Kendra, keeps her statement simple when asked about the best lesson that her mother Bing Garcia has taught her.
"The best lesson I learned from my mom is keeping your etiquette and moral values intact."
Fil-Am actor Jon Avila admits that as a child, he was hardheaded but he later found out that moms really know what's best for their children.
"Noong bata ako, hindi ako nakikinig sa mommy ko. Kasi matigas ulo ko noon, e. Pero pag dumadating ako sa Pilipinas wala siya, so lahat ng mga advices, [natutunan] ko. So napaka-thankful ako sa mommy [ko], napakatotoo ng sinabi niya. So the best lesson that I've learned from my mother, always listen to mother."
Former Pinoy Big Brother Double Up housemate Jayson Francisco shares that his mother would like to instill in him the value of being responsible, especially that he is now in the showbiz industry.
"Natutunan ko sa kanya, yung matuto na mag-isa. Parang ako na ngayon yung tatay sa amin kaya dapat matuto na daw akong maging independent. 'Tsaka mas maging mature na daw ako dahil parang ako na daw humahawak ng responsibilidad sa kapatid ko."
Former beauty queen Precious Lara Quigaman shares that her mother influenced her in having a strong faith in God.
"My mom, ever since, lagi kong natatandaan sinasabi niya sa akin, 'Anak, you always keep your feet on the ground, lagi kang be humble and you always give back all the glory kay God.' My mom kasi sobrang in love yun kay God and lagi niyang tinuturo sa amin na sa lahat ng gagawin namin we always do it for Him."
The lead actor of Precious Hearts Romances Presents Impostor, Sam Milby, can't help but compare the difference between the set of values that he acquired while growing up in the United States and the values empahsized by his mother.
"I think what I've learned is more about respect. I'm more about family too. Tuwing nagbabakasyon kami dito sa Pilipinas, nakikita ko ang respect sa pamilya. I mean, yung lolo at lola ko, sa buong pamilya. Kahit malaki na sila, close, intact pa rin sila. Sa States pag malaki na, parang bihira lang sila nag-uusap. So you see the values pa rin."
As we grow up as individuals, we all learn a lot from our mothers, either through her advice or through her actions. Giving them recognition only on a certain day is not enough to acknowledge everything that they have given and sacrificed for us, but it's a start. So give your mom a hug, a kiss or a token of how much you love her.
To all PEPsters, Happy Mother's Day to your moms!