What could be more appealing than a lucrative showbiz career?
Back in the '90s, Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski chose family. She got married to Dodot Jaworski in 1999, then became mother in 2000.
Now with three sons: Robbie, 17, Raf, 14, and Renzo, 8...
These days, aside from being a WWF Philippines Climate Change Solutions steward and an Earth Hour ambassador, she's also been busy with her passion: sports.
The former equestrienne tells PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in a recent interview), “The horses have taken a backseat ever since I joined the IOC," referring to the International Olympic Committee.
She got elected at the end of 2013 as a member of the IOC, which lets her travel 12 times a year.
In Doha, Qatar
In Rio, Brazil
The IOC is a not-for-profit independent international organization working on overall policy making in the world of sports, and Mikee has been a very active member.
She reveals, “I have been appointed to several different commissions, working for five of them, one of which includes the counterpart of the 2020 Olympics committee.”
For Mikee, every organization deals with change and constant evolution, and everywhere in the world, some group faces challenges.
Unknown to many, the world of sports continues to be plagued by athletes' fraud (cheating their statistics), drug abuse, and other issues.
Mikee laments, “For me, sana walang ganoon, pero nangyayari.
“Buti nahuhuli because if we catch them, we can do something about it rather than be in a world of not knowing.”
She doesn't shy away from heavy issues either.
Mikee points out, “Issues are good when they come out. That is when we can address them.”
POSITIVE CHANGE FOR PHILIPPINE SPORTS. In recent years, she finds it a positive development for Philippine sports that the privately-run Philippine Olympic Committee and the government-run Philippine Sports Commission have been working together better.
She remarks, “What I saw that was really good was when there was cooperation between the two separate entities, as the POC traditionally handles international while the PSC supports, so they have to work together.
“I have learned a lot being exposed to the best practices outside the Philippines, and I have brought home that knowledge. It's now up to them.
“This somehow is tied with the economic situation of a country. Our goal is to bring sports to the service of humankind.”
She wants people who are into sports to become the best they can be and play fair.
Mikee emphasizes, “These are Olympic values, these are what we need. If we do become the best, we can start to live peacefully with one another.”
Furthermore, she believes that people who are functioning at their best, become “well-rounded, they find what they are good at and express it, and can go further than where they started.”