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We call her by different names — Mom, Nanay, Inay, Ma, Nay, Mother, Mudra, Momshie, Mamu — and throughout our lives, she is someone we always call for everything — our triumphs and losses, our heartaches and joys, even our nonsense.

Women nowadays play multiple roles in society, but in the Philippine context, being a mother and homemaker is always top priority

Among the different members of the family (father, grandfather, siblings) who are honored for one day in the year, she is one who arguably deserves the honor every day of her life.

No matter their circumstances, a child will always have a special kind of love reserved only for his or her mother. It is a bond that begins in the womb, and one that would take a world to break.

A hundred and one years since the first celebration of Mother’s Day in 1908 (at the initiative of Ann Reeves Jarvis in the United States), are mothers still regarded with the same depth of love?

The answer, one may easily assume, is a resounding yes.

Women nowadays play multiple roles in society, but in the Philippine context, being a mother and homemaker is always top priority.

Countless women who are also mothers, even though they occupy top positions in corporations or are leading and influential personalities whose time is always in demand, make it a point to see to the needs of their children first.

The roles of women in today’s society have been tackled countless times, but closest to everyone’s heart is that of the woman as a mom. As they say, though not everyone may be a mother, everyone has a mother.

An annual celebration “honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society,” Mother’s Day is always held every second Sunday of May, which this year fell on 12 May.

The Philippines, considered a matriarchal society even though it has been defined in many ways by the so-called macho culture, celebrated mom in so many ways yesterday. In keeping with tradition, allow this space to show you the many faces of motherhood, Philippine-style.

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