Famous Pinoys share stories in new ‘mom memoir’


A number of well-known figures shared stories and thoughts about their mothers for an upcoming inspirational book paying homage to the Filpino’s “ilaw ng tahanan.”

Titled The MYNP Book, the anthology is a project of the Make Your Nanay Proud (MYNP) Foundation established by top TV host Boy Abunda. Entries in the form of essays, quotes, and anecdotes were collected from a diverse list of personalities ranging from showbiz celebrities to politicians and business leaders, as well as everyday folk, all with interesting stories to tell about the woman who gave birth to them and raised them to become the good people they are today.

Filled-up with some 100 entries, the MYNP Book is described as an easy-and-heartfelt read since the selections are generally short and sweet. The entries are accompanied with pretty pictures or telling illustrations of the mothers being spoken of.

“Maganda ang naging [we had very good]response when we started putting the word out on coming up with this book,” said Bemz Benedito, a former key figure of the Ladlad Party and now managing director of the one-year old foundation.

TV host and actress Kris Aquino’s entry is bound to be a highlight considering that she is paying tribute to her larger-than-life mom, the late President Cory Aquino.

The book also pays tribute to moms of adopted children as in the case of Senator Grace Poe who wrote a poem for actress Susan Roces. Benedito explained, “The book is tackling not only the conventional mother-child relationship, which means we accepted entries from adopted children who felt real motherly care from women who didn’t conceive them.”

Equally interesting is the entry submitted by top comedienne Ai-Ai deals Alas who mixed her sense of humor and painful longing as she described her biological mom who passed away in December 2013.

Other noted personalities who shared love lines for their moms include Senators Loren Legarda and Sonny Angara, as well as the famous MYNP founder who is delivering the book’s moving introduction with a very powerful message.

MYNP is “a civic organization of loving Filipinos who love their mothers and want to honor them by helping themselves and communities,” Benedito told The Sunday Times Magazine.

Other projects the foundation is currently spearheading are “Bantayog ni Nanay,” which aims to construct mother sculptures in several communities; “Kongreso Ni Nanay” that hopes to stage an annual gathering of mothers; and a short film-making festival dubbed “Sine Nanay.”

The MYNP Book will be launched on Mother’s Day this May.  For more information log on to www.makeyournanayproud.com or call the MYNP office at 413-5868, or email makeyournanayproud@yahoo.com.


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