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I Sometimes Think that Moms Get More than 24 Hours a Day

May 14, 2018
I Sometimes Think that Moms Get More than 24 Hours a Day

I always wonder how moms could accomplish so much in a day – cook meals, take care of kids, be a wife, meet up with friends and take care of themselves. I sometimes think that moms get more than 24 hours a day. I rare privilege for being THE supermom.

They say that one can never be prepared to be a mother.  I heard stories of how many women whose lives have changed from the moment they found out they were pregnant, to the time they gave birth to their kids (I am just watching re-runs of Friends when Phoebe “got married”. Why, I cry)

My feed was flooded with beautiful stories of motherhood and appreciation of the job that only mothers can do. I seldom share stories  about my family and personal life but I thought I would share about how strong my mom is. 💪

Sometimes, I would like to think I have an ironwoman for a mom. Growing up, she helped the family by taking in a job as a dressmaker for my aunt’s shop – even if it means spending less time with the kids. But during those years, she made sure that she had a time to cook food for us, bring me to school and attend Recognition Day every year.

I Sometimes Think that Moms Get More than 24 Hours a Day

She always wanted to pass on her expertise in making dresses, and I wanted to kick myself now for not learning from her. 😭

Two years ago, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent mastectomy and for several weeks I took a part of her role as a mother. It was very, very challenging for me. I had to do the laundry, prepared food, took care of her and assured her that we are still okay (mom always thinks of the family). 😊😊😊
Today, she is back at her game. She is definitely not stronger (physically), but I guess, we cannot take motherhood away from her. She goes to the market and cooks our favorite meals (Sinigang, Kare-kare, Menudo and all her little cravings like Pancit Palabok). She still does my laundry when she sees that I don’t have time to do it – especially when I got travels and bazillion backlogs. ✌️  She gives approval to the clothes that I buy (because she could no longer make dresses for me). 

We are not always vocal about our feelings but I appreciate mom for supporting me on my life decisions and cheering for my little achievements. She would campaign for me and tell my siblings to like my social media posts (the irony, our family is not very active in social media).

No one would understand my mom’s sacrifices but us, her family and the four walls of our home who have heard her worries everytime I go home late from work/travel while she sits on her favorite Orocan lounge chair.

I Sometimes Think that Moms Get More than 24 Hours a Day

Mom hates it when I take too many photos ✌️
Good sleep is the best thing I can give her. 

There is truly a #TibayNiNanay that we can always run to whenever we feel down and unloved. 
I am forever grateful for the life that mom gave me and I always wish I could give her the best experiences and things that she deserves – like a good sleep everynight.

I am sharing the video below that truly summarizes every mother’s sacrifice and love. I oftentimes wonder if moms get additional hours in a day.

*From the moment we first opened our eyes, to our first steps, to our first words, and the million other milestones that came after, they were there. At every high and every low of our lives, they have supported us, protected us, and loved us with no question. This Mother’s Day, Orocan celebrates the strength and dependability of all our Nanays, Inas, Moms, and Mamas. Nothing really compares with the TibayNiNanay.

Head on over to  to know more about the durability of Orocan. Don’t forget share to your own TibayNiNanay stories on our page too!

Thank you to all the moms in my life who extend their love to me. 💓
What is your #TibayNiNanay story?

*This blog post is in partnership with Orocan. 

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