Before becoming the country’s second-highest government official, Vice President Leni Robredo is a mother of three daughters Aika, Tricia, and Jillian.
Her children have always claimed that Vice President Robredo has never tried to micromanage them and instead trusts them to make the right decisions for themselves.
In an interview with veteran broadcaster Karen Davila for the latter’s YouTube channel, Robredo shared five lessons every mother should teach their daughters.
No ‘free lunch’
According to the Vice President, there is no such thing as a “free lunch” as everybody should work hard for what they want.
“You are not entitled to anything you have not worked hard for,” she said.
Robredo’s daughters are making names for themselves. The eldest Aika graduated from the prestigious Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2018, Tricia became a licensed doctor in November 2020, and Jillian is taking up biomolecular science under a full scholarship at New York University.
No task is too small
Vice President Robredo said she taught her daughters to give their 100 percent every time they are tasked to do something.
“Kahit anong dumaan sa kanilang kailangan nilang gawin dapat paghusayan nila (No matter what they do, they should always give it their best),” she said.
The Vice President believes that her children are diligent workers because she and the late former Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo were good examples to them.
In a social media post dedicated to Vice President Robredo for her 56th birthday on April 23 this year, Tricia thanked her mother for showing them how things should be done.
“Thank you for always reminding me how it should be done: with courage, with purpose, and ultimately with love,” she wrote.
To Vice President Robredo, nothing beats kindness.
“Yun yung mga lagi ko sa kanilang sinasabi. Walang kapantay yung kindness (That is what I always tell them. Nothing can match kindness),” she said.
“Talo niyan yung lahat ng husay (Skills have nothing on kindness),” she added.
Faith in God, Humility
The last two lessons, according to the Vice President, is faith in God, and humility.
She said she has always highlighted the importance of faith in one’s life and how important it was to stay humble.