As a young mom, Valerie Concepcion admitted she still can't help but feel overwhelmed when she thinks about her daughter Fionna who is starting fifth grade this coming June. “I don't know. I still can't believe na may grade five na ako (laughs). Last week she asked me, 'Mom, can I eat out with my friends sa Eastwood?' Sabi ko, 'What? Why can't you just go to Katipunan para near lang? Pero sabi ko sige papayag ako basta dun lang ako sa kabilang table.' (laughs) As a mom, I guess parang barkada ako. But pag kailangang i-disiplina, dini-disiplina naman. Like pinapagalitan ko rin kapag kailangan kasi kapag hindi iisipin niya na laging tama yung ginagawa niya eh and that can't be so nagiging strict ako kapag kailangan but if not we're like barkada lang. Pag nasa mall kami, tatanungin siya ng mga tindera kung ate niya ako (laughs) akala magkapatid kami so yun,” she shared during her interview with Push on the set of Ipaglaban Mo last May 8.
The 26-year-old actress-host said she had to grow up faster than her peers after becoming a mother at an early age. “Siguro most challenging for me is like me I'm a busy single mom and so wala siyang attention ng dad so kailangan punuan ko yun but because I am busy parang minsan nagkukulang din ako. Siguro yung pinaka-challenge is how to balance your time na nag-wu-work ka tapos ako pa ngayon nagbalik ako sa school. Okay naman kasi kakatapos lang ng first sem ko so enrollment ulit namin sa last week of May. As in freshman ako because I was pregnant eh nung nag-graduate ako ng high school so I didn't have the time to go to college. So I finally decided na mag-school so now I'm taking up Marketing and nakatapos na ako ng first sem ko. Yun lang siguro yung pinaka-challenging, yung pag-balance ng time and of course kung paano mo didisiplinahin kasi lahat naman ng bata iba-iba yung ugali, ang hirap timplahin minsan. Pero ang pinakamaganda sa pagiging mom is I feel like everything that I do has purpose. Like nagkaroon ng direction yung life mo na, 'Okay I'm dong this for my daughter, I'm doing this for Fionna.' Laging ganun yung na-fi-feel mo at nasa isip mo,” she explained.
For Mother's Day, Valerie said she and her daughter have no big plans. “Wala nga eh. Siguro we're going to eat out pero nothing really special. Birthday ng pamangkin ko this week and then birthday din ng dad ko the other day so isi-celebrate namin sa bahay this weekend. So may party sa bahay. Parang feeling ko pagsa-sama-samahin na yung lahat ng celebration kasi lahat ng kamag-anak namin mula sa father's side at mother's side pupunta sa bahay,” she said.
The single mom said she and her daughter have a lot in common which is why they also enjoy doing a lot of things together. “May similar interests kami I think sa pagkanta. Mahilig din siya sa pagkanta kaya right now this summer pinapag-voice lessons ko siya kasi yun talaga yung hilig niya. Our favorite thing to do together is movies, we eat out and shopping (laughs). Ewan ko for some reason hindi siya kikay, hindi siya mahilig magpa-nails and stuff or yung sa hair, whatever. Hindi siya mahilig sa ganun but pag sinabi mo sa kanya shopping maaga siya matutulog para maaga magising, ganun (laughs),” she said.
After recently taping an episode of Ipaglaban Mo with Bugoy Carino, Valerie said she does not mind playing mommy roles now. “Naku wala akong problema dun kasi in real life naman I'm a mom na din di ba? My daughter is turning 10 na din this year so parang choosy pa ba ako sa role? (laughs) Okay naman. Wala namang problema kapag na-offer-an ako ng mommy roles. Nung nabasa ko kasi yung script, una kong nakita siyempre ay si kuya Lino Cayetano. I've known him for some time na, mga eight years na yata but I've never worked with him as a director, kumbaga I've known him during the campaign nila kuya Alan (Cayetano) nung nagka-campaign ako for them. But I don't know him through work sa TV as a director. I was really excited when I found out na siya yung director ng episode namin. And when I read the script, naiiyak na ako so plinano ko agad paano ko iaarte yung eksena at ipakita yung character ko. Basically, na-excite ako, yun yun (laughs),” she admitted.
Valerie also happily shared the state of her lovelife. “I do have a boyfriend right now na non-showbiz pero bago lang, mga three months. Okay naman. I met him through friends. Actually ang nakakatuwa dun Fionna is so comfortable with him like the other day I was taping and then lumabas sila na silang dalawa lang, kumain sila, nag-shopping (laughs). Ang nakakatuwa is that you can see na sobrang comfortable si Fionna to go with him without a yaya, just the two of them you know,” she said.
Watch Valerie Concepcion, Bugoy Carino, and Ana Capri in Ipaglaban Mo which starts airing in ABS-CBN next month.