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Meet my mom, the artisan
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My mom, Tita Zamora, has been making stuff with her hands since I can remember.
When we were kids she used to decorate our flannel pajamas using Japanese ball-point tubes of textile paint.
She did papier-mâché, stained glass, handmade stationery, flower arrangements made of bread dough, and so much more.

Sen. Pia Cayetano, Mom
Mom (R) with Sen. Pia Cayetano

From her I learned the art of gift-wrapping and the therapeutic joys of wrapping books in plastic.
She started beading about 12 years ago around the time my first son was born. After taking a hiatus, she rekindled her love for the craft after taking lessons from Portia Leuterio.

Portia Leuterio, Jullie Daza, and Tess Colayco
L-R: Portia Leuterio, Jullie Daza, and Tess Colayco

These days, Mom starts beading before breakfast and works on her current project the whole day.
She can finish a beaded bag within five to six days.
“It relieves stress because you’re not really thinking of anything except the beads, the needle and the design,” she says.
Recently my mom and one of her beading BFFs, Tita Bing Blardony, decided to sell over 200 finished pieces to benefit charity.
The venue was my dad’s conference room at the Fort, where the dazzling bags were perched on top of pretty boxes.

Mom's bags at NAC Tower
Mom's bags
Mom's bags

Proceeds of the sales went to the Arnold Janssen Catholic Mission Foundation Inc., which is headed by my mom’s other BFF, Tita Vicky Sales.
“The foundation benefits the poorest of the poor,” said Tita Vicky, who shares that the foundation has 53 centers in Dasmariñas, Cavite, eight in Bacoor and the National Capital Region, one in Tagaytay, and 26 in Rio Tuba, Palawan.

Yolly Reyno, Tita Vicky, Mom, Tess Colayco, Eega Narvaez, Portia Leuterio, and Jullie Yap Daza
L-R: Yolly Reyno, Vicky Sales, Tita Zamora, Tess Colayco, Eega Narvaez, Portia Leuterio, and Jullie Yap Daza

About 60% of the bags were sold, with each buyer getting an official receipt from the foundation.
The event was such a success, Mom and Tita Bing are already planning another for next year.

Bing Blardony, Frannie Jacinto, Mom
L-R: Bing Blardony, Frannie Jacinto, Tita Zamora

Nicole, Chame, Diday, Tita Inez
Nicole Zamora, Charmaine Zamora, Diday Riingen, Inez Galang

Sen. Pia Cayetano, Mom, Dad
Senator Pia Cayetano with Tita and Manny Zamora

Baby Cruz, Bing Blardony
Baby Cruz and Bing Blardony

Dad, Tito Ronny, Camille Villar, Mark Villar
L-R: Manny Zamora, Cong. Ronny Zamora, Camille Villar, Mark Villar

Alan Cayetano, Sandy Schramm, Pia Cayetano, Ronny Zamora, Tita Zamora
Senator Alan Cayetano with his mom Sandy and Senator Pia Cayetano, Cong. Ronny Zamora, Bing Blardony

Jake Montenegro and Mau Blardony
Former heartthrobs Jake Montenegro and Mau Blardony

Pammy, Tita Inez, Tita Mimi, Tito Ronny
Pammy Zamora, Inez Galang, Mimi & Ronny Zamora

Mom, TIta Noni, Tita Bing, Tita Dolly
L-R: Tita Zamora, Noni Galang, Bing Blardony, Dolly Galang

Dennis Zamora and Koichi Ishihara
L-R: Dennis Zamora, Koichi Ishihara

Daffy and TIsha
Daffy Zamora and Tisha Riingen

Tita Inez, Enet Quiogue
Inez Manapul Galang and Monette Quiogue

Leo, Mom, Tita Dolly
Leo Riingen, Tita Zamora, Dolly Galang (All photos: Daniel Tan)

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Nix

Wow you’re mom is so pretty and regal 🙂

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PJ

Is that Jake Montenegro from the insurance industry?

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CVS Reply:

father of Hans

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venice

Ms C, your mom is so chica!

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f1jeepney

Huwaw, mga alta!

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loll

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Rita

Kudos to Tita Tita and Tita Bing! And yay, to my Mommy too! Arnold Janssen’s mission in providing education to out of school youth, non-literate adults and indigenous communities via the Alternative Learning System is commendable. -Rita

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rica

i like your mom’s dress!

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Dinna Vasquez

Your mom is so lady-like.

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sue

Forty percent (40%) of the bags which weren’t sold, can be sold online. How about that? Perhaps, we could also afford an original Tita Zamora or Bing Blardony beaded bag. How about that?

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Bratinelangkikay

Your mom is very pretty Ms. C 🙂

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Daffy!!! *faints

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SungEmpress

Your family has creativity in spades! Nice to know your mom made the decision to make her hobby into something more meaningful. 🙂 Also, I thought she was shy about being photographed? 😀

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chichiYS

Wow!!! The bags are so beautiful and your Mom is so pretty! Her classic beauty na pang-Chanel lang! It’s true! 🙂
I really love yun hawak ni Sen. Pia na white clutch. Very bagay sa kanya!
Ms. CVS, for exclusive audience/buyers ba yun?

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Sue

Ms.C, you look so fragile, petite and slim! Wonderful!

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Sue

Beautiful mother, beautiful bags, beautiful charitable intent. God bless you all!

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tonton

BEAUTIFUL BAGS! BTW, I think you made a mistake on one of the pic captions – the one with the Cayetanos and Cong. Zamora. Isn’t that Bing Blardony and not your mom?

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CVS Reply:

ay let me fix that!

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teadrinker

Nice to see your mom featured in your blog. And the bags are really pretty! I wish the bags can be sold in a store.

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Jay Lozada

Ang ganda ng mommy mo 🙂

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