Jodi Sta. Maria has a lot to be happy about these days. Her hit teleserye "Be Careful with My Heart", which will end its two-year run on national television this month, has been touted as one of themost successful daytime soaps in recent history -- a feat by current standards. Her son Thirdy is growing up to be a fine, young boy. Lastly, she seems to have finally found peace and joy in her newfound faith.
Find out what we mean by viewing the photos taken behind the scenes of our November shoot.
Jodi arrives early for the shoot in jeans, a button-down shirt and very little make-up
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Eight-year old Thirdy is all grown up!
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He gives us a tentative -- but nonetheless handsome -- smile!
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It doesn't feel like work at all for smartparenting.com.ph features editor Steph Esguerra, Smart Parenting magazine asst. features editor Maika Bernardo and senior staffwriter Rachel Perez, who helped build the Lego blocks we used as props
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While waiting for Jodi to finish her hair and make-up, Thirdy busies himself with a movie on a mobile gadget, as an amused Steph looks on
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Jodi probably felt like a kid again being surrounded with all these toys!
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Jodi gamely indulges video editor Ray Gonzalez with a pretty smile. Watch the full video interview here.
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Uh-oh! Thirdy falls off the chair, but he good-naturedly laughs about it and gets up.
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Art director Jen Suarez's 1-year old daughter Ripley is out to make friends -- and she has taken a liking to Thirdy. How cute!
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Noah's ark? No. The Smart Parenting team just had a blast making animal figures of the Lego set.
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Boys will always be boys!
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"Thirdy has always been imaginative," says Jodi. We can tell that's what he's doing in this photo!
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On Thirdy: button-down shirt and cargo shorts from Gap Kids. Lego blocks are from Build City
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Stylist Sidney Yap and his team assist Jodi as she puts on her dress for the first layout.
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Jodi, or "Maya" to many (her character in the long-running ABS-CBN teleserye "Be Careful with My Heart"), radiates a glow that can only come from within. Read the full story by downloading a copy of Smart Parenting's November issue from iTunes.
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The crew snapping photos of the lovely mom and child tandem
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Mother and son have a blast "playing" on the set
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You can tell Thirdy is an affectionate son, as he is always quick to give mom Jodi a hug.
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Jodi's glam team for this shoot: hairstylist Janet Saberon, assistant stylist Michael Sy, make-up artist Denise Go Ochoa, fashion stylist Sidney Yap
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Mother and son share a laugh
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On Jodi: Dress from Kate Spade, earrings from SM Accessories
On Thirdy: Polo shirt and shorts from Cotton On Kids
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Wouldn't this make a great playroom?
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"Whatever you feed your child, yun din ang ibibigay nya. If you give him love, he would give you love," says Jodi.
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This photo made it to our cover!
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On Jodi: top from Details, cardigan from Kate Spade, skirt from Banana Republic
On Thirdy: top from Cotton On Kids, pants from Gap Kids
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On Jodi: Dress from Armani Exchange, cuff from River Island
On Thirdy: top from Cotton On Kids, jeans from Gap Kids