What went on at Tristan’s Cars, Trains, and Planes Party

I cant believe it, my little lovey turned TWO last weekend!!! ❤ I never believed it before whenever parents used to talk about how quickly their kids grow up. Well, I am here to tell you: IT’S ALL TRUE!!! Time flew by so quickly–it seems like only yesterday when I had just given birth to the cutest little baby boy, and now I have a toddler. If only there were a ‘pause button’ we could press to allow us to take in all the wonderful memories so we could remember each one forever. The reality is, we forget to take a moment and enjoy what’s in front of us. Thank God for photos, though there’s never enough time to organize them!

And so we celebrated Tristan’s birthday with his favorite theme: CARS, TRAINS & PLANES! Our little man enjoyed so much he didn’t want to leave his party! It was an entire afternoon of singing, storytelling, doing arts & crafts, eating and playing with his best buddies. He was the happiest little birthday boy, and I was the happiest momma to witness it all.

As you know, Tristan has been using NUBY feeding products since day one (I’ve been posting about it in Instagram). We love these because they are super safe, easy to use and clean, and are oh, so colorful. Tristan’s NUBY feeding bowls, utensils, and water bottles have gone with us around the world as we make sure to pack them when we travel. It has made feeding Tristan super fun and easy, and I recommend it to all parents who are looking for safe feeding products for their babies. That’s why when Jenna Sy of NUBY (and Aprica, which I am also a complete fan of) asked me if they could throw Tristan a party, well, I couldn’t say ‘yes’ fast enough.

What a party it was! I am so thankful to all of the suppliers and sponsors who made it all possible:

Styled by Deiz (IG handle: @styledbydeiz) for making this dream theme come to life. We had giant airplane centerpieces, a giant locomotive train and Tristan’s name is lights! We couldn’t ask for anything more. The meeting room in F1 Hotel, BGC was transformed into an amazing play area. The kids couldn’t get enough of it!

Instamug (@insta_mug) for the cutest giveaways! All the grownups got to take home customized neck pillows (in theme, of course) and the kids took home drawstring backpacks to store all their goodies in.

Teacher Jill (@jilliancarla) for turning the party into a fun learning classroom. The kiddos loved all the activities, and the adults enjoyed watching them learn, create and have fun. She provided all the materials needed for the activities, and had such a calming effect on the children. They were so behaved, even though they had cake! This is such a great idea for a party if the celebrant is a toddler.

Melo Balingit (@melobalingit) for the photos! I’ve known Melo since the beginning of my modeling days so we go way back. It was nice to work with an old friend for Tristan’s party. We love all of his photos!

NUBY (@nubyph) / APRICA (@apricaph) / Jenna Sy (@jennasypr) for organizing this super fun party for Tristan. Jenna and I communicated through What’s App and really, that’s all it took to make it all happen. All the coordinating and logistics were by wonder woman–we love you so much, JENNA! ❤

Belo Baby (@belobabylove) for sending a giant cake for Tristan!!! We blew the cake twice, and I have to say, Tristan enjoyed it and asked to do it again and again hahaha. It was delicious! Also, thank you for sending Belo Baby giveaways for the kiddos.

Pampers #PampersBestInTheWorld for sending a yummy chocolate birthday cake and Cerelac NutriPuffs treats for all the kids!

Cycles and Cradle (@cyclesbaby_ph, @cyclessensitive and @cradlenatural_ph) and Bite Block (@biteblockprotect) for the giveaways. The parents especially loooooved receiving them as most of them are fans of the products.

  

Initially, I wasn’t sure if I wanted a program for Tristan’s birthday. At his age, he doesn’t really understand kiddie party games. I am glad Jenna suggested we get a teacher to facilitate fun learning for the kids because all of the children (including Tristan) enjoyed! They sang songs, made paper cars and airplanes, listened to stories and played to their hearts’ content. It was so much fun to watch the kids do the activities. Of course, the parents and yayas were there to help when they needed it.

Since Tristan had two big cakes, we decided to blow the candle twice. This was good practice for our little guy, so when we got to the second cake he knew what to do. Of course, he doesn’t know how to blow the candle yet, but he enjoyed watching mama do it. Happy Birthday, TRISTAN!!!

HUGE THANKS to all the guests to braved the rain and the traffic that day. Some arrived later than expected, but everyone had a great time once they got there. Tristan loves all of you!!!

THANK YOU so much, NUBY for making this party happen! It was an unforgettable day for the Fernandezes. #TRISTANlovesNUBY!!!

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Celebrating Mother’s Day with the Baby Barangay

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What an amazing day! My Baby Barangay girls decided to celebrate Mother’s Day with each other and it proved to be the best idea, ever. We were able to get some much needed girl time, a break we mommas deserve!

We started off with an amazing lunch buffet at Spiral at Sofitel Philippine Plaza. Bianca, Nicole and I went ahead and indulged on our favorites which of course, included everything from the Cheese Room, extraordinary dishes from the Japanese, Spanish, Filipino and Chinese sections, and just every possible amazing dessert you can think of. We loved that Spiral now offers delicious and healthy dishes and juices as well, for us mommas who want to indulge but not go overboard with our choices. And of course, we made sure to pair our dishes with their excellent selection of wines.


Next on the list–to meet Cat and Patty at our favorite store: Zara! Yes, it was time for shopping. Oh my, can I just say, we had such a fun time trying on different outfits and sharing shopping/styling tips and advice. It was hilarious. And of course, we just had to snap our outfits, which turned out to be color coordinated!

The Baby Barangay moms had a wonderful time, and we’ve promised to make this a yearly tradition. Yes, we mommas deserve a girl day at least once a year–I recommend all mommy barkadas do this (or at least your own version of it).  

Happy Mother’s Day to all you hardworking, wonderful mommas out there. You are doing a fantastic job raising little humans, so yes, you deserve this treat! ❤ Sending all my love to you on your special day. Go MOMS!

Thanks to Ryan Ong for these amazing photos.

Why the Baby Barangay are moms for moms

I absolutely love this Baby Barangay feature by CALYXTA.com! ❤ Click on to their site to see more photos and to shop for amazing beauty essentials. Love my girls!

Motherhood is tough, no doubt, so to find someone who can understand this challenging journey is a true blessing. This is the story of our newest Calyxta Girls – Cat Juan Ledesma, Nicole H. de los Angeles, Patty Laurel-Filart, Kelly Misa-Fernandez, and Bianca Santiago-Reinoso – who made stronger bonds when they became mothers. As they grow into life as moms, they also grew into a group of friends now known to many as Baby Barangay.

Patty Laurel-Filart is the gorgeous model/host who is wife to the Managing Director at Industree TV and CEO of ThirtySix-O.com, Patrick Filart, and mom to Theo Oliver, almost 2. She tells Calyxta, “A lot of moms and dads need all the help that they can get. We have been so blessed because we have our parents to help us. We have our amazing household help that have been superheroes to us, and even our cousins and relatives. But it’s wonderful to go through life, especially in this very difficult season, with friends who can actually relate and friends who can actually cheer you on. And that’s what we find in Baby Barangay – it’s a life-long friendship! It’s nice to journey through different seasons with people who understand where you’re coming from.”

 

 

Beauty editor and lifestyle blogger Cat Juan Ledesma considers the group as an integral part of her life, especially in the last couple of years. Wife to film director Carlo Ledesma and mom to 4-year-old Fin and 2-year-old Nara, she shares, “[Baby Barangay] has been there for me through any questions, any hardships, in any obstacle I come across in my parenting journey. These are friends of mine who support me in whatever decision I do. They are there always to offer whatever helping hands they can.”

Baby Barangay is quickly becoming social media’s hottest mom squad, with brands eager to work with the quintet of pretty women who are not just devoted wives but have also been blessed with the most beautiful kids. This combination proved to be appealing to thousands of moms and to big brands. In a world full of mean moms and mothers criticizing each other for their parenting choices, how refreshing to see moms actually cheering each other on! For example, in Baby Barangay, you have moms who breastfeed and moms who use formula. And that’s okay! This rare mommy sisterhood of Baby Barangay is so inspiring that brands now fall over themselves trying to get the wholesome friendship this group of mommies have to be part of their brand identities. Who’d have thought that a simple friendship can turn to something big?

Cat, Patty, Kelly, Nicole and Bianca would never have thought that this would happen when two years ago, they started chatting on Whatsapp. The five new moms would talk about motherhood, parenting, and all the other things they couldn’t discuss with their husbands. According to Bianca Santiago-Reinoso, the fashion stylist who is wife to Raoul Reinoso, Co-Founder/Marketing Director at Titan and SLAM Philippines, and mom to 4-year-old Liana and 1-year-old Juano, “We’re a group of friends who for some happy reason became much closer because we all became moms almost at the same time.”

Nicole H. de los Angeles, the former Pond’s girl who is now wife to entrepreneur Jaime de los Angeles and mom to 4-year-old Luis Joaquin and 2-year-old Jaime Aloncito, adds, “We’ve known each other for years since we were probably in high school and towards college as well. We all had relationships with each other individually, but it’s only now that we became moms, wives, and more or less got pregnant at the same time that we really gravitated towards each other. You know, it’s like we formed our own support group.”

As the support group began to bond further, their families would go out for dinners and travel together. On a trip to Cebu—of course with all their families in tow!—Patty named their group, “Baby Barangay.” Patty says, “It really has been this barangay in a sense because we’re a huge group, and when we travel, we take up a lot of space and two vans that are filled with a lot of suitcases! It grew as an extension of our family because eventually our husbands have become friends and our kids have been growing up together, so it almost seems like they’re cousins.”

More than doing activities and going on trips together, the group has always been present in each other’s lives especially in battling the challenges of motherhood. Kelly Misa-Fernandez, model and lifestyle blogger who is wife to businessman Carlos Fernandez and mom to Tristan Antonio, almost 2, admits, “Motherhood has been incredibly hard but these girls have made it easier. I value their advice and their no-judgment friendship. I would never have lasted this part of my life without them. They’re my go-to people when it comes to motherhood.”

Bianca adds, “As they say, it really takes a village to raise your kids so I’m blessed to have these girls.” Nicole concludes, “I probably wouldn’t survive motherhood or be where I am today without these girls with me and sharing whatever I experience with them on a daily basis. I’m lucky to have friends to go through life with, knowing they’re rallying for me.”

Text by: SHERRY TENORIO
Videography: JEDROOT
Photography: RENZO NAVARRO
MAKEUP: ANGELA YEO
MUA Assistant: MARJ MAROKET
Hair: TONI&GUY
Fashion: H&M
Styling: ADA LAUD

My Eat, Drink & Be Married girls and I are on the cover of Southern Living

The Eat, Drink & Be Married girls (that’s me, Patty Laurel-Filart and Nicole Hernandez-de los Angeles) are featured in this month’s cover of Southern Living! ❤ How cool, our little online show is getting noticed–we are so happy to know that people watch it and actually enjoy it.

Doing cover shoots like this is always fun, especially since I was working the cam with my best girls. Watch out–the photos show a different side of us (we are not our usual cheery selves for this shoot). For this feature we are nonchalant and (feeling) cool moms hahaha.

Thank you to Bea Ledesma of http://www.nolisoli.ph for this awesome feature. ❤

         

The best dishes to order at Sage Bespoke Grill

What a wonderful treat! The Baby Barangay was invited to dine at Sage Bespoke Grill at Shangri-la Makati, a restaurant with a new dining concept that showcases premium superior steaks, seafood and comfort food. I absolutely love steak, so yes, I was super excited about this invitation–I could not wait to sample their bestselling dishes. And oh my, I have to say, they did not disappoint. Actually, they far exceeded my expectations and set the bar high for what constitutes a good steak.  If you love steak and are looking to treat yourself to the best, well, look no further than Sage.

Sage’s very own Chef Eric Weidmann has created an a la carte menu of innovative dishes with flavours and textures that surprise the palate. You can start with their refreshing appetizers, such as Ceviche Scallops, Oysters and Wagyu Beef Carpaccio. The chef’s specials include pork short ribs, slow-cooked for 3 hours in the Josper grill, and the lobster roll with Boston lobster meat. And for the meat lovers, well, don’t forget to order the Josper-grilled mains – chateaubriand (Australian wagyu), bone-in ribeye (CAB certified Angus beef), and dry-aged bone-in strip loin. The dessert highlights include the traditional warm tarte tatin, caramelized pineapple, and chocolate sphere – brownies, 70% whipped ganache, poached pear, warm chocolate sauce.

6 Oysters. Shallot. Fresh Sea Grapes. P1,230.

Ceviche Scallops. Lemon and Sundry Tomato. Basil Oil. P920.

Wagyu Beef Carpaccio. Pesto. Parmesan. P670.

Sea Bass Tartar. Lime. Chive. Pink Pepper. P620.

Gravlax Salmon. Avocado. Grapefruit. Horseradish Sauce. P550.

 

The secret behind their perfectly cooked steaks is the Josper Grill. It combines a grill and an oven in a single machine, so your chosen dish can be grilled to perfection without the risk of overcooking. Also, it preserves the juiciness and texture to make it gastronomically balanced for the palate.

Australian Wagyu. Jacks Creek MB 5 Prime Rib Eye. 250gr P2,200 / 400gr P3,420 / 800gr P6,350.

Australian Wagyu. Jacks Creek MB 5 Tomahawk. 1300gr P8,200.

USDA Shortloin T-Bone Steak. 900gr P6,100.

We enjoyed the food so much, we went on a food coma after all that glorious steak!

Caramelized Pineapple Crumble. P315.

Floating Island. Caramelized Hazelnuts. Vanilla Creme Anglaise. P315.

Banana Sticky Toffee Pudding. Louisiana Pecan Nuts. Salted Caramel Ice Cream. P315.

Traditional Warm Tarte Tatin. Vanilla Ice Cream. P315.

Chocolate Sphere. Brownies. 70% Whipped Ganache. Poached Pear. Warm Chocolate Sauce. P315.