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Denice Sy

This Mother’s Day is one we haven’t experienced in our lifetime. We have always spent it with our family, but most of us are now spending it away from each other. 

Together or apart, the essence of this celebration remains the same, honoring all the moms for their contribution in our lives. This pandemic has shown us it can be as easy as a phone call, handwritten card, or a homecooked meal. We asked some loving kids to give their supermoms a shoutout.

Kristen reveals that her mom Katrina Ponce Enrile appreciates thoughtful words over gifts. She and her three siblings, Kara, JR, and Cristiana, will be giving their mom what matters most to her, their time. “Mom, we can’t thank you enough for the ways you love, care, support, and look out for us. Today reminds us of all the valuable lessons you’ve taught us growing up that we will always be grateful for. To be loved unconditionally is to be loved by you. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom! We love you more than you know,” says Kristen.

Katrina Ponce Enrile

Natalia feels blessed to have a mom like Nicole Ortega who can cook a sumptuous feast every time. This time around, she and her two siblings will be preparing a meal for her in turn. “Mum, thank you for all that you are,” says Nicole. “Thank you for being strong, patient, kind, hardworking, and understanding. The way you love and care for our family is a blessing. I thank God for you every day. I love you so much. Happy Mother’s Day!”

Natalia for Nicole Ortega 2

Janice Crisostomo Villanueva’s youngest child and only daughter Reese is proud of what her mom has accomplished—the mom community Mommy Mundo. The family is looking forward to spending Mother’s Day together to do the things Janice likes, such as admiring their plants and dancing together. “Hi, mom!” beams Reese. “Thank you so much for always giving me really good advice and for taking care of me. Thank you for inviting me to help you rake the leaves outside and spend time with you. Thank you also for supporting me during dance competitions and for always cheering me on. I really appreciate all of the things you do for me and the rest of the family and I hope you know that. I love you! Happy Mother’s Day!”

Reese for Janice 2

Redgie Acuna Magno lives in the same village as her children, and her eldest son Pancho shares that he and his siblings Geno and Iwa will be having dinner at her house, with some karaoke singing afterward. “Mother, thank you for motivating me to be a better son,” says Redgie. “You inspire me every day to be a better son, husband, and now soon-to-be father.”


All eight siblings label their mom Nadia Montenegro as the “Ultimate Super Mom” for juggling so many things yet still being their stronghold. The eldest two, Yssa and Ynna, share that they plan to buy her flowers or a cake, and prepare lunch for the whole family. “Mom, thank you for being our best friend. Thank you for always being there for us when we feel like no one is,” chorus Yssa and Ynna. “Thank you for never getting tired of loving us. We will always be here for you no matter what. We love you so much!”

Nadia Montenegro

This quarantine has given Goody Penalosa’s daughter, Gayle, and her siblings more opportunities to let their mom know how special she is to them. They will treat her with activities she enjoys, including watching rom-coms and competitive bingo games, over her favorite wine and dessert. “How blessed I am to have the coolest mom ever!” says Gayle. “Thank you for the endless kwentos and shopping sprees. I did not just find a mother in you, but a best friend, too! Aside from the gratitude, I am also full of admiration for what an amazing friend, daughter, and wife you are. We love you!”

Gayle Penalosa for Goody Penalosa

Lynn Ynchausti Cruz’s one and only daughter Lynn calls her “Wonder-Womom.” Prior to Covid-19, their traditional Mother’s Day treat often involved eating out. This year, they plan to keep it simple by ordering their mom’s favorite shabu- shabu from Shabunoki.  “We appreciate all that you do for us,” says Lynn. “We love you!”

Tirso Cruz

While others are fortunate to be together on Mother’s Day, Miss Universe-Philippines 2015 Maxine Medina won’t be able to see her mom Marife Medina due to quarantine limitations. Her plans for Mother’s Day include sending a bouquet of flowers, and video calls. “Mommy, I always see you as a strong woman no matter what situation you’re in,” says Maxine. “You always try to make it work. It was never easy but you gave it all to us. Thank you for being my number one support system. Thank you for standing by me when I had to make difficult decisions. The lessons you gave me about life will take me far. Thank you for teaching me many life skills and lessons, especially how to be more independent. Thank you for giving me so many kisses and hugs every day and still calling me your baby Mikay. I love you so much, and I miss you!”

Maxine Medina

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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