As Expo Mom celebrates its tenth year, the longest running event of its kind pays tribute to #TeamMoms that have served as a lifeline for mothers all over the Philippines. Here, two sisters share their motherhood journey with each other, making the adventure less challenging and a lot more fun.
There is nothing quite as intimate as growing up with another person. Because you knew each other from when you were still little, you are naturally privy to one another’s likes and dislikes, hobbies and interests, quirks and temperaments, goals and ambitions. Janice Villanueva, founder of Mommy Mundo, and Jaymie Pizarro, publisher of The Bull Runner, are sisters.
“I’m four years older than Jaymie,” says Janice.
Jaymie corrects Janice: “Five years older.”
Janice asks, “Five years?”
Jaymie insists, “Yes, five years. What year were you born?”
Finally, it dawns on Janice that she is five years older than Jaymie, and she ends up laughing.
“I do that all the time ‘no?”
It is moments like this which Janice and Jaymie’s friendship so precious. As Janice says, “We grew up together. We grew up as playmates. We also grew up as frenemies, fighting for toys.”
Jaymie says, “Janice has always been my ate, my Ate Nice. Growing up, she’s always been motherly.”
Jaymie recalls how Janice would always watch out for her when they were in school and when they started working. But as the sisters grew older, their relationship began to change. From one sibling watching over another, it became two women having each others’ back. When they eventually became mothers, they naturally became each other’s #TeamMom.
As Expo Mom celebrates its tenth year, the longest running event of its kind pays tribute to #TeamMoms that have served as a lifeline for mothers all over the Philippines. Here is one such group initially brought together by Expo Mom but later on found solace and strength in one another as they tackled the challenges of mompreneurship.
It was inevitable. Entrepreneurs all, Joy Astilla, Kim Dy, Meryll Dy, Minnie Jumaquio, Paola Loot-Bronfman, Geraldyn Perez-Chua, and Tiffany Tuazon found themselves bumping into each other, at one time or another, in Expo Mom. In the beginning, they merely exchanged smiles and glances. They were all in the same boat after all, manning their booths, engaging potential customers, and hoping to break more than even at the end of the day.
As Expo Mom celebrates its tenth year, the longest running event of its kind pays tribute to #TeamMoms that have served as a lifeline for mothers all over the Philippines. Here is one such group, initially brought together by social media but later on bonded by their commitment to lead healthier, happier lives.
It all started in Twitter. For one reason or another, mommy bloggers Chessy Alejandro, Jackie Go, Michelle Lim, and Cai Sio started “bumping” into each other in Twitterverse. One would reply to another’s question, or another would agree with one’s tweet.
“It was all so random,” Jackie recalls. “I can’t remember the exact topics but I’m pretty sure that they were about motherhood.”
When they started meeting each other at blogger events, they found so much more to talk about. More importantly, they found out that they really, really liked each other.
However, it would take an Instagram post to cement the friendship of the four moms.
It’s just not your day. You congratulated yourself last night for having the foresight to prepare the children’s baon for the next day. But as fate would have it, your alarm clock didn’t ring, causing everyone in the family to be late. Your laptop wouldn’t open because of some registry issues and oh, little kitty forgot to take a dump outside, leaving a string of poo in the kitchen.
What do you do? Do you fall down on your knees and cry? Do you raise your arms and curse the heavens? No! You sit down, grab your phone, and message your mommy group. In a matter of seconds, you are instantly relieved. You are advised that most of them had experienced just such a snafu, and well, they eventually all came out of it fine. You are reminded that there are a hundred other things to be grateful for, and that you need only to take one step at a time. Plus, if and when you come across another horrendous day, you know that your #TeamMom is there to catch you!