Happy Mother’s Day to all! Honoring the mother of the family, this worldwide special day recognizes the woman who radiates pure, unconditional, selfless and strong love that is incomparable to any other kind of love. No one in your life will ever love you as your mother does.

Held on the second Sunday of May, this celebration highlights motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. Here are some of the exciting events that inspiring mothers are enjoying with their children.

Perfectly planned for Mother’s Day, my good friend, Irene Ibañez and my godchild, Isabela, recently launched their first watercolor painting exhibit together.

With a dash of a brush, Irene uses the contemplative hues of watercolor to examine the different forms of a mother’s love – celebrating what it means to be a mother in this day and age. She shares the stage with Bea, who is marking her debut into the local art scene. Featured as well is their mentor, Roland Santos, who is a well-regarded watercolorist.

The exhibit will run till June 3, from 11am – 9pm and is at the 2F Bridgeway, Estancia, Capitol Commons, Pasig City.

Another mother-daughter tandem is busy with their art gallery, Kartini Asia. Nina Malvar and her daughter Ria run Kartini Asia Gallery located at G/F Gervasia Center, 152 Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City

The gallery’s recent exhibit entitled “Colour My World” celebrated Kartini’s first year anniversary in our Makati gallery. The exhibit showcased the works of the distinguished artists of Mission Artists Philippines – sculptor Ronald Castrillo and visual artists Waldz Villanueva, Arnaldo Mirasol, Jake Catah, and Jojo Garcia. In addition, the exhibit also showcased the artistry and immense talent of Leonard Aguinaldo, the inventive style of Bert Monterona, the iconic style of Victor Espinosa, and the masterful renditions of Prudencio Lamarozza and Jun Martinez.

As part of her paying it forward, Nina started Mission Artists Philippines. The project provides platform for both distinguished and emerging artists to inspire and promote Filipino art and to conduct training and art workshops for the needy youth and indigenous communities.

Full proceeds of the auction of selected pieces went to the orphans and needy youth in Casa Miani Home for Boys in San Jose Village, Alabang. Kartini Asia Gallery will conduct a series of art workshops for 40 boys and 20 postulants in Casa Miani this month.

This mom puts her artistic skills into food. Entrepreneur, food enthusiast, and mother Trish Panlilio got her three boys involved with her new restaurant Mulberry Door in BGC. Trish is also busy with nawwTy’s kitchen, one of the top custom catering and a la carte food services in the metro. From its conception in 2014, nawwTy’s kitchen brings luxe comfort food at its finest. Their seasoned team of professionals has charmed and satisfied different events, whether it’s an intimate dinner, light brunch and cocktails, or a corporate gathering.

Familiar, flavorful, hearty, and with quality ingredients, her food is truly sinfully delicious. Trish is very dedicated to her business. She brings the expertise and success from her other brand, The Gourmand Market.

Clients can choose from their extensive a la carte offerings, or they can enjoy a curated menu based on their preferences. Among the comfort food favorites are nawwTy’s ubiquitous crab fat paella with chicharron crumbles, the crowd-pleaser lasagne al forno, and the perfectly executed slow baked pepper ribs.

Whether it’s a chic aperitif bar, a selection of melt-in-your-mouth tapas, or a raclette station, nawwTy’s kitchen has the solution to your ever-evolving catering needs.

Trish and nawwTy’s kitchen have partnered with Pottery Barn, an American home furnishings retailer under the Stores Specialists Inc. This is a partnership made in home heaven, as both brand advocate products that passionately infuse quality and comfort, lovingly and thoughtfully crafted, for many years of enjoyment.

The partnership kicked off with an exclusive preview of the Summer 2018 collection at Pottery Barn’s outpost in Central Square, High Street Central, Bonifacio Global City. Some of Manila’s most stylish gathered to spend an afternoon with Trish as she discussed her own home design habits, while enjoying nawwTy’s kitchen favorites, paired with handcrafted cocktails from Mulberry Door.

Pottery Barn x nawwTy’s kitchen is a celebration of the delicious, stylish, luxurious, yet comfortable – exactly what you want to go home to.

Mulberry Door is located in Eight Forbes Town, Forbes Town, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. nawwTy’s kitchen offers a la carte food orders and custom catering services for private and corporate dining for all occasions. For reservations, call 0918 9987474 / 0906 2176497; email nawwtyskitchen@gmail.com,

After shopping at Pottery Barn, head to Dusit Thani Manila to celebrate Mother’s Day with well-curated lifestyle fair this weekend. Headed by single and happy mom Mons Romulo, Katutubo Pop Up Market puts together local finds sold all day today at the hotel lobby until 8PM tonight.

Joining the pop up carefully chosen by Mons are Kaayo and Zarah Juan both of which supports the three generations of Bocobo Tagabawa community from Mindanao, Liwayway Philippines handmade ceramics that showcases Filipino culture, Tilia embroidered hand loomed fabrics from Negros Occidental, Cebu’s pride Island Girl handbags, Joyce Makitalo, Alchemista, Dolldolita, Violetvine to name a few.

Eagerly helping their mother, Cheskie and Cara Romulo Tantoco make sure that both the merchants and customers are happy with Katutubo Fair. In supporting this event, many local merchants are in turn helping local artisans promote their crafts.

Apart from greeting my mother, Marixi Prieto and mother-in-law Cynthia Valdes, I would like to wish Happy Mother’s Day to first time moms Divine Lee-Go and Eva McGovern-Basa. Enjoy the wonders of motherhood!

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