By Jessica Pag-iwayan
One of the most respected names in the Philippine entertainment scene, platinum album awardee with box-office hit movies, Regine Velasquez is enjoying her role as a happy doting young mom to her son, Nate. This mother-son tandem is handpicked by Jollibee as the newest endorsers, and we got to ask her a few questions about this new phase in her life.
When she gave birth to Nate, she really dedicated four years to make sure she will be there for him every single day. “I was really focused on him, ‘pag natulog nandun ako, pagka-gising nandun ako. As a matter of fact, dahil lagi akong nandun na-document ko lahat. I think that’s the best part kasi you don’t miss out anything, the first word that he said, the first walk, lahat ng milestone,” she said. “I really devoted the four years na yun to be with him because I know I’m not gonna be able to bring that back.”
Traditional bonding moment
Despite the advent of technologies today, Regine and Nate’s favorite bonding moments remain traditional. On weekends, the whole family goes on a picnic which Nates really enjoy. Nate also loves playing make believe at home, with ‘bahay-bahayan’ as one his staples.
“He would ask me to build him a house out of balikbayan box. And apparently I’m very good at it. Or out of blanket kailangan magawan ko siya ng bubong,” she shared.
But this doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have gadget time. When school is out, like Friday afternoons and weekends, he’s allowed to play on his iPad. In fact, during the time he’s not allowed to play with his gadgets, he still uses it just to listen to music and to sing. Having both talented musician parents, it’s no wonder that Nate also loves to sing.
On discipline method, Regine admitted that she’s the disciplinarian, something that she never thought she would be when she became a mom.
“Apparently I’m strict. I never knew. I thought I would be a relax kind of mom. I’m like my mom, I’m actually masungit. Kasi kapag may napansin ako, namamalo ako, pinapagalitan ko. Kasi nandun siya sa age na 6 years-old na siya so hindi pa niya alam medyo nagiging naughty na siya,” she said.
She also wants to instill in him the importance of family and building close family ties. “Dream ko ‘to na magkaron kami ni Nate ng Jollibee commercial. It’s such a big honour, kasi ang values ng Jollibee is family, how to bond with your family, being with family. I like that, syempre gusto ko yun sa anak ko na kalakihan niya ‘yung how we are, ‘yung being so close with the family,” Regine shares.
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