At the launch of VitaPops, one little lady singing “Call Me Maybe” catches our attention.
The taller girl beside her is focused on designing her tumbler and, from time to time, would sway her hips.
The tallest among them gives us a shy smile before nodding her head when we ask, “Are you the daughters of Daphne Oseña?”
“I am Sophia, that's with P-H-I-A,” the eldest child of the host-designer offers the information.
Referring to the kid who is singing, she adds, “That’s Stella.”
The middle child is Lily.
Daphne smiles after hearing our encounter with her three girls.
She says, “We have a very creative home.
“They see me work on the jewelry, on the design. They see my blog. They know I take pictures.
“At night, they prepare a little production for me. They make their own costume. They make their own stories.
“Sometimes, Sophia will narrate the stories and Lily will act.”
What if one of her girls considers joining showbiz?
Daphne’s quick reply, “No, they cannot. Kasi they’re going to have a traditional school na bawal ang lahat.”
Daphne says of her nine-year-old panganay Sophia: “She is very articulate. She speaks well. She reads a lot. She writes a lot. Even in theater program, she’s learning how to sing.
“Like, in theater, she likes it. Nag-audition pa 'yan. I suppose it’s what she wants, so I support her.”
Lily is “the dancer,” while Stella has the makings of a “host.”
What is it like raising three girls?
“They’re three years apart—nine, six, and three—and it’s been fun actually now, kasi I’ve slowed down na with my work on TV.
“Although I get some endorsements, and I’m able to work at home, there’s not much taping. I have one show, it’s a talk show called Cocktales, but it’s only, like, half a day every week.
“So every time I’m home, I supervise what they eat. I pick them up every day from school. I have to do their homework.
“So I’m really enjoying this time being with them, parang it’s such a blessing!”
HEALTH HABITS. Other than studies, health is another priority for Daphne as far as her daughters are concerned.
And if there’s one healthy reminder she tells her kids, it’s: “Wash your hands!”
Daphne elaborates, “Whether they enter a bathroom...germs are everywhere, in doorknobs, in elevators, so always wash hands with soap and water.
“In UNICEF [United Nations Children’s Fund], we encourage 30 seconds of washing of hands.”
Daphne, wife to TV5 news executive Patrick Paez, is presently serving as UNICEF’s special advocate for children.
Another habit she wants her daughters to pick up: “Eating a balanced diet.”
She also underscores the importance of vitamins and supplements, she says, “in the form of VitaPops,” which she endorses.
Lastly, she notes, “Everything should be in moderation. There has to be a balance between playing and learning at the same time.”