Maricel Laxa considers herself lucky for having the sweetest son.
In the May 31 episode of Magandang Buhay, she related that unlike most 18-year-old teens, her son Donny doesn't see hugging or kissing his mom as awkward.
"Alam mo, ang nakakatuwa kay Donny, kahit na malaki siya, baby ko pa rin siya.
“You know, one thing that I appreciate as a mom, hindi niya ikinakahiya na kaharap niya yung mga barkada niya, he’ll kiss me, he’ll hug me.
“So palagi kong sinasabi, ‘Naku, suwerte ko talaga kasi mahal niya talaga ako.'”
Donny also drives for Mommy whenever he's available.
Maricel resumed, “Hindi ko makakalimutan yung mga times na… kasi ako yung naghahatid at saka nagsusundo sa mga bata.
“Gusto ko iyon kasi doon kami nakakapag-usap sa kotse.
“E, normally, siyempre pagod na pagod na ako, marami pang trabaho, and then susunduin at hahatid.
“Bago man lang nagkaroon ng lisensya si Donny, sabi niya, ‘Mom, I’ll drive.’ ‘Donny, thank you kasi talagang pagod ako.’ ‘Kaya nga, I’ll drive.’
“So natutuwa ako na nasa isip niya yung pinagdadaanan ko.
“Kahit hindi niya masyadong dinidibdib yun, para sa akin malaking bagay yun.”
For his part, Donny admires the way his mom raises her five kids.
“She’s always there for all of us, laging siyang nandoon.
“Kasi kahit anong kailangan namin, nandoon siya. She’s the one who makes everything happen.
“Like we love to travel a lot, so she plans the places that we go to.
"Parang travel agent ng family namin.”
Does he consider his mom his best friend?
Maricel and Anthony Pangilinan's eldest son answered, “Sa pamilya namin kasi kami yung parang relatable. Magkamukha kami, first of all.
“I can relate to her because like we want the same thing.
“Like when she said, ‘Donny, can you be with me?’ So that makes her happy, so masaya.”
SECOND MAN OF THE HOUSE. Aside from being a son, his mom's best friend and driver, does Donny have other role in the house?
“Siguro second man of the house.
“Minsan kasi busy yung daddy ko, wala siya doon.
“Kaya sabi niya, kapag wala siya, ako yung magiging parang protector sa bahay,” said Donny.
Maricel threw in, “Palagi lang si Anthony ganyan, ‘Donny, I’m leaving. You’re the man of the house. You take care of mom, you take care of everybody.’
“Siya naman, ‘Okay.’
“Palagi kasing nagbibiyahe si Anthony, maraming trabaho.
“So, bago siya umalis, ‘man of the house,’ so laging may paalala.
“And eventually kasi, he will be man of his own house so I think it’s important na yung mga anak din natin i-train natin kung ano sila magiging one day.
“Bigyan natin sila ng responsibilidad, so they can also practice.”