Last year, actress and devoted mom Jodi Sta. Mariatalked about how looking after her son Thirdy makes her kilig every day.
This year, with her plate full, as she stars in the high-rating soap opera Be Careful With My Heart on ABS-CBN, as Thirdy enters big school, and as she manages a restaurant, find out how she stays on top of it all when you grab a copy of Smart Parenting's December 2012 issue!
Since the holidays are just a few days away, we decided to ask Jodi about her most cherished holiday traditions, the best presents she's received in the past, and qualities people don't know about her.
We also definitely felt Christmas in the air when we shot the charming mother and son during the cover shoot at Rustan's Alabang Town Center.
See Jodi's answers to our questions and our exclusive behind-the-scenes snapshots during the shoot!
Jodi gives Thirdy a bear hug when he arrives on set. Makeup artist Denise Go-Ochoa looks on with a smile.
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Thirdy excited to wear these pulled out shoes for the shoot
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We stole a shot of the uber sparkly and rhinestone-studded sky-high heels Jodi gets to wear. You can't get any more holiday than this!
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The flurry of activity at the improvised dressing room
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Thirdy is so affectionate! Here he suddenly gives his mom a big hug.
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Jodi and Thirdy settle down in the luxuriously decorated corner at Rustan's Alabang Town Center for the shoot's first layout.
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Jodi looks stunning in this metallic number.
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Thirdy just loved the wooden rocking horse that we had to include it in the shoot!
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Here he is, "horsing" around!
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Santa's little elves? They're actually some of Rustan's employees dressed up as little helpers.
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All set for the second layout! This off-the-shoulder silver dress shows off Jodi's fantastic figure.
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We know for sure she'll stay in great shape even when the holiday dinner fares get uber tempting!
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Stylist Sidney Yap, Smart Parenting magazine editor-in-chief Mia Fausto-Cruz, Photographer Sara Black, together with Jodi and Thirdy look appreciatively at the shots so far! The layout took less than five minutes to be complete!
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Thirdy's all grown up! He's started going to big school, did you know?
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Getting ready for the third layout! Thirdy's yaya tucks in his polo shirt while Mommy Jodi smoothens out some creases.
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Jodi looks all sleek and sophisticated in this simple but striking red dress.
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We're also loving her dangling earrings, which look just like snowflakes!
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A stolen shot of Jodi planting a kiss on Thirdy's cheek.
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That's genuine sweetness, friends.
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Thirdy has got quite the fascination for...cookware?
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And silverware too? Haha!
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On to the next layout! Don't you just love this citrusy outfit Jodi has on?
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And don't forget Thirdy! Looking so handsome in his checkered top and slacks.
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Some last minute looks at the shots so far.
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Oh no! Everybody gets worried when Thirdy starts playing with the escalator.
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Jodi gives us a few minutes of her time while www.smartparenting.com.ph managing editor Lei Sison conducts a video interview with her.
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We let Thirdy step in so we can ask him some questions too!
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Here's how cute he is while answering our question on what his Christmas wish is. Watch out for his adorable and heart-melting answers when we put up our video interview with Jodi and Thirdy!
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Curious what Jodi's thoughts on Christmas are? Check out her heartfelt answers here!