Teresa Loyzaga has been in the showbiz spotlight for decades, assuming many roles both in reel and real life, where she has portrayed to great effect quite a myriad of characters.
With all the characters that she has played, however, it is her role as daughter to her father basketball legend Carlos Loyzaga and mom Victoria, sister to her siblings Chito, Joey, Princess and Bing, and of course mother to sons Joseph and Diego, that she considers priceless and closest to her heart. After all, she says, family means everything.
And while many might think that her life in showbiz is one of sheer glamour and prestige, Teresa also endured her fair share of challenges, not the least of which is being a single mother to two kids whom she single handedly raised in the face of trials. “
The hardest part for me was not being able to be with them physically as much as I wanted to because I had to work,” she confides. “Time management and a great deal of patience and selflessness always came in handy, as well as the love and support of Nanay Conchita who is always there for me. She is my yaya and I consider her as my second mom.”
But Teresa is nothing if not persistent, and not to mention resilient, especially in the face of hardships. In 2000, she took a big risk to pursue her dream. Taking her children along, she joined her parents in Australia to start anew. It not only meant getting out of her comfort zone, but it also required her, at the onset, to take on odd jobs just to support her family. “Yes I took odd jobs. But I had a dream. It doesn’t come easy and definitely not for free, but they do come true,” she shares with pride.
And no one could be prouder of all the sacrifices that Teresa had to bear than her sons Joseph and Diego who are most grateful, more so now that it is Mother’s Month. Both brothers agree that what they have become, they owe much to their mom.
“You’d definitely say she’s very strong willed but most of all I’d just say motherly,” shares Joseph, who is working towards opening a vegan restaurant. “She managed to teach us to think for ourselves, to always do right, not because of merit and reward, but because it is the right thing.”
“She’s a superhero!” beams Diego, who has also caught the acting bug. “She would split herself into many versions and work multiple jobs. Inabot nya mga pangarap nya – makalipad, magtrabaho, at bigyan niya ng magandang buhay sa ibang bansa ang mga anak nya.”
What better gift to give their super mom this Mother’s Day, as a symbol of their heartfelt appreciation, than a TechnoMarine timepiece?
Teresa has surely come a long way since then and is truly embodying TechnoMarine’s “Live Deeper” spirit to the fullest. In 2003, she was able to land her dream job in Australia – proof that if you work hard enough, you can achieve your aspirations and live a fulfilling life.“
Living deeper to me need not only mean activities, action, success…it also means acceptance of limitations and maximizing its potential. It means doing your best in the most humble and unnoticeable way—being quiet yet being bold”, she explains.
And truly, these days, Teresa is the picture of fulfillment and contentment. Having put the past behind her, she is glad too that the world of show business – her other family as she puts it — is always there to welcome her back.
And as a parting shot, Teresa shares, “To fellow single moms, chin up! You are no less than other moms as there is no task that you cannot achieve. Enrich yourselves through this journey and grow with each day of struggle. Most importantly, keep your feet on the ground but keep reaching for the stars.”
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