Former radio jock, TV host, and actress Andi Manzano has kept a low profile in showbiz since giving birth to daughter Olivia, her first baby with hubby GP Reyes.
Although she's not as visible on TV, she remains active on social media.
The first-time mom has been very diligent in chronicling her mommy adventures on her YouTube vlog, which has more than 67,000 subscribers.
Because of her pervasive social media influence, she has been chosen as one of Smart's ambassadors during its event held last April 15, at the Marriott Hotel's Manila Ballroom.
Andi shared her parenting adventures with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) after the festivities.
VLOG. Through her vlogs, she hopes to dispel some common misconceptions about “perfect parenthood,” and confessed that she is far from being a perfect mom herself.
She admits, “I think it really helped me reach out to more people.
“You know, just showing to other people that motherhood is not perfect nga and, you know, people make mistakes.
“And to show that to people, when the world of social media is all about perfection, it becomes more real and people get to relate to you.
“When they relate to you, they feel like they’re not alone. They reach out to you even more.
“So parang the fact that you too can do that to me and even help and inspire other people and other moms as well.”
Olivia gets a lot of exposure in her vlogs, but it's not to primarily attract followers.
She says, “Not exactly. Because I’m a hands-on mom, she’s always with me.
“So in everything I do, she’s just always there.
“That’s why my YouTube is also featuring her and motherhood, and basically, family lang talaga.”
Andi finds it fascinating how her daughter seems to be taking over her vlog now that she's becoming more articulate and assertive.
She chuckles, “Well, she’s slowly taking over the vlog.
“She’s taking over my channel, so being more talkative.
“She wants to talk more. So I guess, slowly, she’ll be the one who’s doing it.”
MOTHERHOOD. Getting more into the nitty-gritty of mommyhood, we asked Andi how she is as a mom.
What does she do to make sure Olivia won't grow up a spoiled kid.
She answers, “You just have to know when to say no and not be afraid.
“Basta more than being a friend and a teacher, whatever you have to do to be a parent, we have to sometimes put our foot down on things that you wanna create rules for and foundations for.”
Most mommies know that managing their kid's tantrums isn't easy. How does she do it?
“She knows kasi when I’m mad.
“So parang, 'Makuha ka sa tingin.' Parang ganun lang siya.
“She’s a very happy baby. She rarely throws tantrums.”
Probably because of Andi's keen fashion sense, it's not surprising that Olivia has inherited her mom's eye for detail.
Andi says her three-year-old daughter has been choosin her own outfits.
“Marunong na siya,” she proudly beams.
NO TO SHOWBIZ. Despite her and hubby GP's strong showbiz links, Andi turns fiercely protective of Olivia when talks about her future showbiz career pop up.
She says, “No! No showbiz! I don’t like.
“The world of showbiz is very dangerous.
“It’s scary as a mother. Maybe when, in the future, she decides, after college.
“But for now, kumain muna siya. Priorities first. Hosting-hosting lang, you can do events.”
With Olivia's looks, it's not surprising that they've gotten several pitches for commercial endorsement.
Does mommy get picky about such offers?
She reveals, “Yeah! She’s done a commercial already for a diaper brand.
“It’s okay naman because this one, you can control your hours unlike being an artista, di ba?
“You’re tied into your hours.”
WOMEN EMPOWERMENT. Listening to Andi talk about parenthood, one can't help but notice how she advocates empowerment among women.
Perhaps, borne out of her own desire to share, Andi feels the urgency to inspire other women to come forth and find strength in their common mission.
Andi points out, “My advice to every mom would be like, to say that you’re not alone in motherhood.
“There’s always people you can reach out to online, your friends.
“There’s a lot of groups online as well whether on Facebook. Know that you’re not alone.”