Manila's Next Generation Shares the Best Lessons From Their Mothers

Bea Elizalde, Katrina Razon, Brian Poe Llamanzares, Rosanna Periquet, Michaela Eduque, and more talk about their mothers' best advice for life.

Brian Poe Llamanzares on Senator Grace Poe Llamanzares

“My mom always reminds me to remain humble. She always says, ‘In victory, humility’—whatever success I enjoy in life is a blessing that is meant to be shared with others so that they too may succeed.”

Rosanna Periquet on Art Fair Philippines co-founder Lisa Ongpin Periquet


“My mom has always imparted her immense appreciation for art. Growing up, whenever we would travel, she would drag me and my siblings to countless museums and galleries. She took hours admiring the works while we would often sit on benches out of boredom. Now that I’m older, however, I’m thankful for that early exposure. I often find myself searching every nook and cranny for street art and museums all over the world, and it’s now one of my favorite pastimes thanks to her. Now we can finally share our love for art together.”

Natalia Villanueva on entrepreneur Trish Villanueva

“My mom says to always value the simple pleasures in life because they will see me through everything, when I’m inspired and when I’m troubled. She also teases me and says to never grow up—it’s a trap!”

Martie Lopa on Art Fair Philippines co-founder Trickie Lopa

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“The best lesson I’ve learned from my mom is that life begins at any age. It’s never too late to start pursuing what you’ve always wanted to do.”

Bea Elizalde on STEPS founder Sofia Zobel Elizalde


“The best piece of advice my mom taught me is to never judge people no matter what background they come from.”

Michaela Eduque on philanthropist Chuchu Madrigal

“To just try, because you’ll never know. It seems like a simple and obvious piece of advice, but it’s become a mantra that always pops into my head whenever I have doubts. The most memorable time she told me that was when I was applying to a film course that only accepted 12 applicants. To make a long story short, I got in and it was one of the best experiences of my life. Without my mom’s voice in my head, I never would have been able to do it.”

Anton Delgado on Teach for the Philippines co-founder Margarita Delgado


“My mom has taught me many things that have shaped who I am as a person, but the best lesson she ever taught me was when I asked her what my purpose in life should be. She said that it is to make the world a better place. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a big difference or a small one, as long as it’s positive.”

Maia Puyat on Undersecretary Berna Romulo Puyat

“‘When in doubt, don’t.’ Whenever I have to make decisions and there’s even an ounce of doubt within me, I usually trust that gut feeling. Thanks to my mom’s advice, I’ve made some of the best decisions and avoided making some pretty bad ones, too.”

Sophie Saguil on fashion designer Anne Marie Saguil


“My mom always encouraged us to pursue our passions. Sounds cliché, but it’s true. She is creative herself, and her love for what she does inspires me to not be afraid of being a little unconventional. She also taught me style, how to balance between being trendy and timeless, and that some days, it’s perfectly acceptable to stay in your pajamas well into the afternoon. And always wear sunscreen.”

Katrina Razon on philanthropist Lizzy Razon

“I’ve learned the most important lessons in life from my mom, most significantly, how to practice gratitude on a daily basis and to always be humble in any given circumstance. Always do your best at what you love and never give up.”

Monica Concepcion on homemaker Marissa Concepcion


“The greatest lesson my mom taught me was to respect myself because if I don’t, no one else will. Learn to respect my body, take care of it and not abuse it. How I treat myself says a lot about who I am and how people will treat me.”

Isabel Binamira on Marga Binamira

“The best piece of advice my mom has given me is to stay true to myself and my goals, and that it’s okay to put myself and my future first. This has been extremely helpful as I am entering my final year of undergrad.”

Adela Locsin on Beacon Academy founder Mailin Locsin


“She told me to never be done with learning—always be curious and open to trying new things. If you’re always willing to learn, you’ll never feel bored in life.”

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