Here’s another episode of Eat, Drink & Be Married! For this one, we talk about making summer plans for the family. ❤ Enjoy!
What an amazing day! My Baby Barangay girls decided to celebrate Mother’s Day with each other and it proved to be the best idea, ever. We were able to get some much needed girl time, a break we mommas deserve!
We started off with an amazing lunch buffet at Spiral at Sofitel Philippine Plaza. Bianca, Nicole and I went ahead and indulged on our favorites which of course, included everything from the Cheese Room, extraordinary dishes from the Japanese, Spanish, Filipino and Chinese sections, and just every possible amazing dessert you can think of. We loved that Spiral now offers delicious and healthy dishes and juices as well, for us mommas who want to indulge but not go overboard with our choices. And of course, we made sure to pair our dishes with their excellent selection of wines.
Next on the list–to meet Cat and Patty at our favorite store: Zara! Yes, it was time for shopping. Oh my, can I just say, we had such a fun time trying on different outfits and sharing shopping/styling tips and advice. It was hilarious. And of course, we just had to snap our outfits, which turned out to be color coordinated!
The Baby Barangay moms had a wonderful time, and we’ve promised to make this a yearly tradition. Yes, we mommas deserve a girl day at least once a year–I recommend all mommy barkadas do this (or at least your own version of it).
Happy Mother’s Day to all you hardworking, wonderful mommas out there. You are doing a fantastic job raising little humans, so yes, you deserve this treat! ❤ Sending all my love to you on your special day. Go MOMS!
Thanks to Ryan Ong for these amazing photos.
For as long as I can remember, my family and I have always celebrated Mother’s Day. It usually falls on the same week of my mom’s birthday, which is May 13, so we always did a double celebration for my Mama and Lola (when she was still with us). I’ve always liked this week, because we would usually eat out and honor the two most important women in my life. Decades later, nothing much has changed as we continue the tradition. The only difference is that I am now one of the celebrants, which to be honest, is all so new and exciting for me.
This year, Mama and I decided to give each other something special for Mother’s Day. We chose to create bracelets from Trollbeads as a reminder of motherhood, family and of each other. We had the best time choosing and deciding which precious beads would go on our bracelets and absolutely loved what we created after. We each got the prettiest personalized bracelets filled with semiprecious metals, stones and glass, which we get to wear everyday. I am so glad we got to do this, and I cant wait to bring my mom to Trollbeads on another occasion to add more gorgeous beads to our bracelets.
Trollbeads is the original bead-on-bracelet brand from Denmark which has been in the market since 1976. It is an exquisite set of interchangeable jewelry pieces which allows you to create your own look. Trollbeads jewelry includes beads, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and rings. Their wide range of collections let you tell your own stories through beads and accessories. Their stores are located in Robinson’s Magnolia, Glorietta 2, SM Mall of Asia and Ayala Center Cebu.
I absolutely love this Baby Barangay feature by CALYXTA.com! ❤ Click on to their site to see more photos and to shop for amazing beauty essentials. Love my girls!
Motherhood is tough, no doubt, so to find someone who can understand this challenging journey is a true blessing. This is the story of our newest Calyxta Girls – Cat Juan Ledesma, Nicole H. de los Angeles, Patty Laurel-Filart, Kelly Misa-Fernandez, and Bianca Santiago-Reinoso – who made stronger bonds when they became mothers. As they grow into life as moms, they also grew into a group of friends now known to many as Baby Barangay.
Patty Laurel-Filart is the gorgeous model/host who is wife to the Managing Director at Industree TV and CEO of ThirtySix-O.com, Patrick Filart, and mom to Theo Oliver, almost 2. She tells Calyxta, “A lot of moms and dads need all the help that they can get. We have been so blessed because we have our parents to help us. We have our amazing household help that have been superheroes to us, and even our cousins and relatives. But it’s wonderful to go through life, especially in this very difficult season, with friends who can actually relate and friends who can actually cheer you on. And that’s what we find in Baby Barangay – it’s a life-long friendship! It’s nice to journey through different seasons with people who understand where you’re coming from.”
Beauty editor and lifestyle blogger Cat Juan Ledesma considers the group as an integral part of her life, especially in the last couple of years. Wife to film director Carlo Ledesma and mom to 4-year-old Fin and 2-year-old Nara, she shares, “[Baby Barangay] has been there for me through any questions, any hardships, in any obstacle I come across in my parenting journey. These are friends of mine who support me in whatever decision I do. They are there always to offer whatever helping hands they can.”
Baby Barangay is quickly becoming social media’s hottest mom squad, with brands eager to work with the quintet of pretty women who are not just devoted wives but have also been blessed with the most beautiful kids. This combination proved to be appealing to thousands of moms and to big brands. In a world full of mean moms and mothers criticizing each other for their parenting choices, how refreshing to see moms actually cheering each other on! For example, in Baby Barangay, you have moms who breastfeed and moms who use formula. And that’s okay! This rare mommy sisterhood of Baby Barangay is so inspiring that brands now fall over themselves trying to get the wholesome friendship this group of mommies have to be part of their brand identities. Who’d have thought that a simple friendship can turn to something big?
Cat, Patty, Kelly, Nicole and Bianca would never have thought that this would happen when two years ago, they started chatting on Whatsapp. The five new moms would talk about motherhood, parenting, and all the other things they couldn’t discuss with their husbands. According to Bianca Santiago-Reinoso, the fashion stylist who is wife to Raoul Reinoso, Co-Founder/Marketing Director at Titan and SLAM Philippines, and mom to 4-year-old Liana and 1-year-old Juano, “We’re a group of friends who for some happy reason became much closer because we all became moms almost at the same time.”
Nicole H. de los Angeles, the former Pond’s girl who is now wife to entrepreneur Jaime de los Angeles and mom to 4-year-old Luis Joaquin and 2-year-old Jaime Aloncito, adds, “We’ve known each other for years since we were probably in high school and towards college as well. We all had relationships with each other individually, but it’s only now that we became moms, wives, and more or less got pregnant at the same time that we really gravitated towards each other. You know, it’s like we formed our own support group.”
As the support group began to bond further, their families would go out for dinners and travel together. On a trip to Cebu—of course with all their families in tow!—Patty named their group, “Baby Barangay.” Patty says, “It really has been this barangay in a sense because we’re a huge group, and when we travel, we take up a lot of space and two vans that are filled with a lot of suitcases! It grew as an extension of our family because eventually our husbands have become friends and our kids have been growing up together, so it almost seems like they’re cousins.”
More than doing activities and going on trips together, the group has always been present in each other’s lives especially in battling the challenges of motherhood. Kelly Misa-Fernandez, model and lifestyle blogger who is wife to businessman Carlos Fernandez and mom to Tristan Antonio, almost 2, admits, “Motherhood has been incredibly hard but these girls have made it easier. I value their advice and their no-judgment friendship. I would never have lasted this part of my life without them. They’re my go-to people when it comes to motherhood.”
Bianca adds, “As they say, it really takes a village to raise your kids so I’m blessed to have these girls.” Nicole concludes, “I probably wouldn’t survive motherhood or be where I am today without these girls with me and sharing whatever I experience with them on a daily basis. I’m lucky to have friends to go through life with, knowing they’re rallying for me.”
Text by: SHERRY TENORIO
Photography: RENZO NAVARRO
MAKEUP: ANGELA YEO
MUA Assistant: MARJ MAROKET
Styling: ADA LAUD
The Baby Barangay was invited to try Solstice by Illustrado, a fairly new restaurant (they opened early this year) at 8 Rockwell. No doubt, it was an amazing dining experience for the entire gang. The menu is a good mix of Spanish, Filipino and continental dishes, which is always a good option for big family and barkada gatherings. We ordered crowd favorites like, caesar salad, gambas, and seafood paella, as well as house specialties like mushroom pizza, lengua and baked salmon.
It was a great night, to say the least–the food was outstanding, especially when paired with wine and good company. We will definitely be back here again, and we totally recommend it to anyone who is looking to eat well when in the Rockwell/Makati area. Scroll down to see more photos (taken by our super photographers Patty and Cat), and click on to www.catjuan.com for more information.
Solstice by Illustrado is located at 8 Rockwell, Hidalgo Drive, Rockwell Makati. For reservations, call +63977 748 8861 or +632 802 1891.
Thank you, Smart Parenting for this awesome feature. ❤