May 14, 2014

STREETSMART: Mother's Day Special

Street Smart
by Mandy Navasero

What is the hottest gift on Mother's Day?

World Champ boxer Manny Pacquiao from Sarangani doted on his mother, known as "Mommy D" with love and diamonds and other expensive items they could not afford when they used to live up in the mountains ofGenSan. Mommy D narrated that Manny had always been a good child, helping out his mother eked out a living, mainly for food. Mommy D boasted that Manny was a good pupil, getting grades no lower than 90%. They lived below poverty line.  Mommy D shaped her children to be God fearing and to do what is right in life. To work hard.And God did not fail both mother and son. They persevered and now, Manny is still world champ boxer, with two mansions in Sarangani, buildings for rent built like Las Vegas architecture in General Santos.Mommy D had the world's toughest job, being Mom to Boxer Champ Manny Paquiao. No mother would like to see her son being boxed in the ring not even for a million bucks.

Mommy D. as she joined our dinner at Tiongson Arcade in GenSan at  the Socksargen Photo Safari.
Meanwhile,I as mother of four children, felt the urgency of investing specifically in my health. To live long. When you have children, your health counts. I got an early Mother's Day gift when I attended the graduation of my third daughter as a Philippine Airlines Flight Attendant last May 5 at the PAL In Flight Center.  Mother's Day is a celebration honoring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society. I got handmade cards sometimes during the years past from the children. That night I pinned Amanda's wings on her PAL F/A uniform and I felt enormously elated on stage as Amanda followed my foot steps.  Forty five years ago, my brother Hector pinned my wings as a PAL flight attendant.

 L-R Mandy Navasero with children PAL F/A Amanda, Kate and Kert
We should remember that when a child is born, a mother is also born. Bringing new life into the world is not an easy task. Girls must educate themselves on issues related to child bearing and it will result to better birth outcome when they become mothers which translates into better health for their families, too.

Happy Mother's Day to all! (article as seen in Philippine Daily Inquirer)
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