Mother’s Day love!


There are mothers who are artists, moms who are doctors, nanays who are entrepreneurs, mommies who are corporate heads and inays who are mothers! To all the mothers out there… Happy Mother’s Day!

I am surrounded by empowered women who continue to inspire me with their mothering skills, infinite knowledge and insightful wisdom. Once a month, I get together with my YPO spouses forum where we share our life stories and wonderful experiences. Thanks to my forum mate Patty Chilip of Standard Insurance, I now always travel with the best travel insurance policy that has a really wide coverage.

My Standard Insurance Travel Protect insurance policy covers so many benefits, including medical treatment, loss of money, personal accident, care of minor children, trip cancellation, lost or damaged baggage and more. Coverage is worldwide for individuals, families or groups, in either annual or single-trip plans. Check it out at or call tel. 845-1111 for info.

I was fully insured when I travelled to Fiji recently to attend the 52ndAsian Development Bank annual meeting. Thanks to the ADB, I am now inspired to start a program to promote the ocean health of 25 reefs in the Philippines, as our advocacy for my hubby Dennis and my 25thwedding anniversary next month. It will be our own little effort, and hopefully inspire others to join or do something similar.

At the ADB’s informative sessions, I learned so much about ocean health, climate change and the rest of the global issues that the bank supports. Our Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat gave an insightful talk about our growing number of tourists and cleaning up major island destinations. A big thanks to my soul sister Vina Francisco, ADB Principal Human Resources Specialist, who invited me to the ADB event.

Sea Princess and Rose Ong of Wilcon Depot

We chatted about the meeting in her ADB office recently, after I came from the judging for the Philippine Retailers Association’s Outstanding Filipino Award, which I attended with PRA president Rose Ong of Wilcon Depot. I am so thrilled that the Wilcon Depot’s stock price is doing extremely well, mostly due to the hardworking efforts of Rose. Wilcon Depot is supporting our Assumption HS 81 Foundation’s project to help a school in Samar. 

This week, I was one of the guests of honor at the opening of the art exhibit,“Lineage, A Master’s Legacy.” Dave Art Gallery, in partnership with Got Heart Foundation and Zonta Makati, launched the exhibit featuring the works of Ronna Manansala, Totong Francisco and Ivan Co. Just in time for Mother’s Day, the exhibit features the works of the three budding artists, all continuing the legacies of their grandfathers, National Artists for Visual Arts Vicente Manansala and Botong Francisco, and highly noted jewelry designer Co Pek. The exhibit runs until May 31 at the Got Heart Gallery in White Plains, Quezon City. 

Aside from this art exhibit, I also want to note an interesting symposium coming up on May 30, the Skin Allergy Symposium. With the increasing trend of allergies worldwide there should be better awareness of this as well as proper management of the various conditions. The Philippine Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology is holding the symposium at the Diamond Hotel. It will feature an education program designed for doctors and allied medical personnel, with local and foreign allergists presenting various approaches and new strategies on skin allergies. For details, email or call tel. 535-3220 or 09155871475. 

But how did I get so far from Mother’s Day? It’s our day, and so to all the dads, kids and family members out there looking for gift ideas, check out the new Samsung QLED 8K TV. The 2019 model TV reinvents one’s home viewing experience with its new, real 8K resolution visuals and exceptional “AI Upscaling” technology to let everyone enjoy their favorite content, from GOT to “Ang Probinsyano,”or GSW to DOTA, all in larger-than-life screens.

At the launch of the Samsung QLED 8K TV at The Fifth at Rockwell in Makati City, James Jung, president of Samsung Philippines, spoke about Samsung’s giant leap into picture quality with its adaptive intelligence technology. The TV screen boasts over 33 million pixels and is four times the resolution of 4K UHD TVs. This might be the TV to see exactly what Starbucks drink Emilia Clarke left on the table in the latest Game of Thrones episode. 

The new Samsung QLED 8K TV (Q900R) comes in 75-, 82- and 98-inch sizes. New QLED 4K TVs (Q90R, Q70R and Q60R), also with upscaling capabilities, and Soundbar products developed with audio masters Harmon Kardon, were also showcased at the launch event attended by Samsung executives and members of the media. For more information on the QLED 8K TV and Samsung’s 2019 TV and Audio lineup, visit

But the Mother’s Day gift that all hubbies (take note hubby Dennis) should focus on getting for their hardworking wives is Jewelmer’s Mother and Child pendant. This Jewelmer piece is a luminous memento that evokes the comfort of a mother’s arms and her unconditional love. Expressed in the gentle, sweeping union of golden South Sea pearls and brilliant diamonds, this everlasting keepsake is a treasure meant behold.    

As Jessica Kienle-Maxwell, modern business woman and mother of one, shared with me, “My mother raised us with the notion that no dream is too big for us, and that if we worked hard enough we could achieve anything. As a parent, you need to be a strong role model yourself as you are your children’s best example. The best thing about being a mom is the love you feel for this little human being. It’s waking up every day and seeing that little face smiling back at you.”

So to all the men out there, please note that the most inspiring woman in your life deserves this radiant symbol of purity and love.   

More pics on Instagram @seaprincess888.

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