Celebrity blogger and host Rica Peralejo-Bonifacio is moving forward after her recent miscarriage and now serving her purpose: leading other mothers like her who are keen on keeping their families healthy and free from diseases.
During the launch of GSK “Expert Mom” campaign on Wednesday, March 30, at the 3rd Floor Patio of Makati Shangri-La Hotel, Rica said she is slowly moving on after she suffered from a miscarriage last month. The 6-week old baby would have been her second child with husband Joseph Bonifacio and the ordeal caused her deep sadness. But she was able to accept that everything happens for a reason and in the last five days, her joy returned.
“The past five days masasabi ko na bumalik na siya, of course there’s still longing in my heart, I still sometimes get sad but it’s not like I’m depressed or anything like that. I think I’m ok, I’m in that season of my life, I’m in that phase of this whole ordeal na umo-ok na talaga,” she said.
What helped her cope up from that difficult time in a period of one month?
“It’s a mix of a lot of things e. I think being married to a really great man helps, to have the kind of faith that I have, I mean I keep saying that I’m so glad this happened to me after I really focused on my faith and gotten to know God kasi kung wala iyon hindi ko talaga alam kung paano ko siya dadaanan,” her quick reply.
For now, Rica is focusing on being a celebrity blogger and in leading the GSK Expert Moms campaign. She pointed out that it’s totally different from what she’s doing before when she was still single and that her world changed after becoming a mother (She and her husband Joseph have have one son, Philip Nathaniel).
“It’s different, it’s completely different but I’m enjoying it. I didn’t expect it kasi hindi ko naman siya plano talaga but I didn’t know that when I was starting Instagram and Twitter that it will eventually become an epic thing pala. So I’m just enjoying also the opportunity to build up communities kasi you’ll get to meet a lot of other people who are not like you and other moms but it generates conversations as well as ‘yung information you may not have encountered on your own.”
What else changed after becoming a mother?
“When you become a mom everything changes. Your body, your emotions, but I think in that sense when it comes to the business side I think I’m more mindful of the brands that I choose. Not anymore when I was just a teenager and you’re being asked to promote this and promote that and you just say yes to anything, now it’s more of ano kasi, you have to acknowledge that you have an influence in a group of people and you have to be responsible about the things that you endorse,” she added.
But does she miss showbiz?
“You know what? I don’t miss showbiz but I do miss the craft. ‘Yung parang kasi nasa akin pa rin naman ‘yung skills na iyon na na-acquire ko through the years like singing, hosting, acting, parang nasanay ako for many years of my life that I would do that, it’s like school for me everyday. I do miss doing those things but I’m not sure if I miss being the center of attention, alam mo ‘yun na parang everyone’s on you. Oo masarap siya pero minsan kasi napaparalayze ka on what to do,” she said.
In leading the “Expert Mom” advocacy campaign, Rica seeks to educate mothers on how to correctly and promptly address cough and allergies for the entire family.
“As a mom, I want to make sure that summer would become a memorable time for the whole family. My husband and I always make sure we take care of ourselves first so we can take care of our son, Philip. Being in tip-top shape allows our whole family to have the best summer and enjoy our vacations. Of course our priority is to keep Philip healthy, so we always make sure we are prepared with the necessary medications whenever we travel just in case he gets sick.”
“I think being an Expert Mom is all about ensuring that the whole family is happy, healthy, and free from disease. I’m very happy to be part of the Expert Moms campaign because I think it’s exciting to meet other moms who are keen on keeping themselves healthy in order to take care of their families,” she said.
To learn more about the proper treatment of cough and allergies for kids and adults, read here.
For more details on how to be an “Expert Mom,” visit www.facebook.com/MommyDoc