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'The Most Important Unit In Our Society Is Family,' Momskie Vilma Santos Tells Luis and Jessy
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  • Vilma Santos has been the most supportive “momskie” to Jessy Mendiola and Luis Manzano, especially now that the celebrity couple will soon welcome their bundle of joy (a baby girl whom they nicknamed little “Peanut," btw).

    In a vlog posted on September 11, the Star for All Seasons gave Jessy and Luis the most inspiring advice about parenthood.

    “For you Daddy, for you Mommy, it’s going to be the next chapter in your lives. I am not saying it’s going to be very, very smooth,” she admits. “Still, the most important thing is lagi kayong mag-iisip nang pareho, as one. Kasi wala na kayong choice eh, mag-partner kayo.”

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    She continued by emphasizing that the soon-to-be parents will most likely encounter challenges, but it’s part of the journey. “May mga time na mag-aaway kayo, sa totoo lang. May time na pag-aawayan niyo din si Peanut,” Vilma shared.

    "Ang pinaka-importante [is] as long as the love and respect [are] there.

    "Uulitin ko, the most important unit in our society is family. Lahat ng inspirasyon, strength, encouragement—lahat ‘yan manggagaling [sa] pamilya.” We agree, momskie!

    Other Words Of Wisdom From Vilma Santos

    Ate Vi is a veteran actress-turned-politician who celebrates a loving and healthy 12-year marriage to her husband, Congressman Ralph Recto. Now she embraces a new role as grandparent, for which she is drawing wisdom from her many experiences to prepare for.

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    On Resolving Conflicts in Marriage:

    In 2021, Vilma had an anniversary special on her vlog about her relationship with Ralph. When the topic of arguments came up, Ralph said, "Kung ano 'yung napapanood niyo sa mga pelikula ni V gano'n na gano'n ['yung mga away namin]."

    Over more than a decade of marriage has taught Vilma to be generous with saying sorry and knowing when to stop an argument. Their marriage's magic words, she shares, are: "Let's just count our blessings."

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    "Uulitin ko, the most important unit in our society is family."

    On Spoiling Her Kids:

    Vilma he has a son, Ryan, with Ralph, while Luis is her son with actor Edu Manzano. In a previous Smart Parenting article, she said, "Hindi rin naman ako spoiler, malambing lang ako sa mga anak ko, I play with them parang barkada, pero mahigpit din ako," she explained. Let's see how this approach holds up when Vilma becomes a lola!

    On Mental Health:

    Also in 2021, Vilma addressed her fans in a live chat over Facebook when they asked about anxiety. The God-fearing congresswoman said she tries to stay positive and productive. She reiterated the importance of being around her family, that this is what reminds her to be grateful.

    "It’s best if you stay connected with your friends. Talk with them, pray with them," reporst Inquirer.net, "But, if you feel that the anxiety attacks are getting worse, don’t be ashamed to ask for help from professionals.”

    This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph. Minor edits have been made by the SmartParenting.com.ph editors.

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