Mother knows best
For most people, their mother is their best friend, cheerleader, confidante and tower of comfort and strength. She is sweet and nurturing when they’re blue, and tough when she needs to be.
For this forum, we asked stars to talk about their mothers and what they’ve learned from them. Mother knows best, indeed.
What have you learned from your misunderstandings with your mom?
Miguel Tanfelix: I learned that there is a reason why mothers ask us to do or not do things. And even if it’s against my will, I know that it’s what’s best for me.
Kyline Alcantara: When my Mom and Papa decided to separate for a while, I felt like she didn’t consider me strong enough to help her get through those times. But, when she explained the situation to me, I realized how inspiring she was. We got closer after that, and I’m happy we’re all OK and complete now.
Pauline Mendoza: My mom was very strict and overprotective of me. It felt that I had to let her know everything that I was doing. But as I grew up, I realized she just wanted what was best for me—after all, I’m her only child.
What advice has struck you the most and helps you make decisions?
Miguel: To respect women at all times. I don’t have a sister, but I grew up with my mom and my grandmothers. I was taught to never make a woman cry, because it would be like hurting them, too. Mom taught me how to be a true gentleman.
Kyline: To pursue my dreams and go for it, no matter how hard or impossible it may seem to be.
Which of your mom’s qualities do you want to have when you become a parent?
Miguel: To be a multitasker. Mothers are like that. I’m amazed at how they manage to finish all the things they need to do in a short period. In my case, my mother is very caring and protective of me and my brother, and I want to emulate her.
Kyline: My mama’s resilience. She will sacrifice everything just for her children’s happiness. Her ability to recover and come back stronger after every struggle is another quality of hers that I admire.
Pauline: Unconditional love. She inspires me to always look out for the people I love. I want to be just like that to my loved ones.
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