IMAGE Raymund Isaac and Cyrus Panganiban for Yes! Magazine
We all know it, grandparents are the best ... but they can also be a bit of a headache, too. Lolos and lolas naturally feel attached to their apos, thus they go out of their way to indulge them, sometimes to a fault (and often in conflict with the parents!). When it comes to families in the showbiz industry, it's not that different at all, except that they are more exposed to the public eye, and their fans follow their social media pages to get updates from the sweet and adorable little addition to the family.
In this month’s Yes!Magazine, the spotlight is on two award-winning actresses who also happen to be first-time grandmothers, and their cute granddaughters. Jean Garcia and Lorna Tolentino share what it’s like to be a grandmother and how they “spoil” their apos.
Jean Garcia and Mori
"Sobrang cute, napaka-loveable, napaka-adorable... Ang feeling ko, baby ko sya. Hindi ko ma-feel na apo ko siya," Jean says. Her daughter Jennica shares that in the beginning, her mom wanted Baby Mori to call her Mama, but later on changed her mind and went instead for Lala -- a sign that says Jean is beginning to accept her new role as a grandmother at 47. She believes that being a grandmother means spoiling her grandchild, and Baby Mori's parents know this. "Hindi ko kayo pakikialaman jan sa pagdidisiplina, pagpapalaki. Basta ako spoil-in ko lang yun bata. Huwag niyo akong pipigilan. Sana maintindihan nyo lang,” Jean told Jennica and her husband Alwyn. She makes it clear, though, that she only buys the essentials for Mori. If there’s anything she wants to splurge on for her apo, it will be of her own choosing, and not something the little girl would ask for.
“You get to be young again,” Lorna said when asked what the best thing about being a grandmother is. Lorna also considers herself a spoiler, but she usually only buys her granddaughter Tori toys, or spends for family trips. The 57-year-old first-time lola says the little girl definitely got the performing genes from her and her late husband actor Rudy Fernandez. "Madaldal, 'tsaka mahilig siyang kumanta... performer nga! Naku nakakaaliw, kasi talagang magpe-perform siya sa harap mo," she says. However, Lorna prefers that Tori would do smaller projects first, like TV commercials, than go full-time in showbusiness for now. "Mahirap kasi pag wala kang fallback. At least, maka-graduate,” she advises.
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Read the full story on doting showbiz lolas, including Janice de Belen with son Luigi’s two kids, Gina Alajar with son Ryan Eigenmann’s two kids, Jaclyn Jose with Ellie Eigenmann, Sandy Andolong and her grandsons, and Amy Austria and her two grandkids, in the November 2016 issue of Yes! Magazine, now available on newsstands across the country.