If the name Ana Roces rings a bell, it's because she's a star from the '90s who became a household name for her lovely mestiza looks and flawless skin. She was also part of the youth-oriented show That’s Entertainment's Tuesday group. Now 41, she remains active in show business even after almost three decades, and has remained youthful and beautiful.
Apart from being an actress, Ana is also a wife, a mom to two kids, and a trainer for corporate appearance, behavior, and communication. Currently, she appears in the ABS-CBN daytime teleserye Ikaw Lang Ang Iibigin.
Hands-on mom Despite her busy schedule, Ana takes pride in being a hands-on mom. “Aside from doing teleserye, I also take care of my kids, I’m very busy with their activities.
“My boy is 7 and I have a 13-year-old daughter, so medyo busy because yung school. I also help in tutoring them, teaching them.
“I’m also a wife. So that keeps me very busy.”
On weekdays, Ana is awake even before the sun is up to get her kids ready for school.
“I wake up at 5:00 every day, before my kids leave for school. Alam mo naman, kailangan alis nang maaga, if not, traffic.
“I also bring my daughter to school, everyday [except] pag may taping.”
While her children have tutors, the actress makes it a point to help them with their lessons if she has no work. “On weekends, I help them out with their projects, kasi kailangan talaga.”
Helping her kids with their studies allows Ana to understand them, and is also an opportunity to strengthen the bond between them. “Each child is different. Iba yung ugali, so syempre as a mom, I also adjust to them.
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“I’m discovering their strengths, their weaknesses, so I’m just supporting them. Iba yung needs nila.”
She says schooling is the biggest challenge for her and her kids. “Comparing it to my time when I was in high school and grade school, parang the subject load is heavier now. Mas advanced.
“Parang everything is more advanced now. Like now, after this event when I go home, I [still] have to prepare my son for his test tomorrow. The expectations and standards are different from before.”
A career mom On the other hand, Ana has no intentions of leaving showbiz just yet. Though it is not her priority, she said that she intends to continue working as long as opportunities keep coming in.
“I’m still happy I still get roles, I get offers. Kahit papano, tuloy-tuloy naman ang mga teleserye. It’s a good mix.”
“Aside from that, I also do workshops on professional development, image… parang corporate image, how to dress, put on make-up, corporate etiquette.”
She explained that training people for image grooming and etiquette is her way of contributing to society.
“I really like it. “A lot of people are asking me how do you stay fit, so siguro I’d like to share what I know; share my knowledge, help people feel better about themselves.”