After coming back from a vacation in Palawan, Phoemela Baranda said she got some much-needed R-and-R. “Yes, it was just a vacation. I got a very good deal with Amanpulo and I treated myself. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but it's worth the investment because we travel and we go out of the country but Amanpulo for me is really one of the must go-to island,” she shared.
The 34-year-old model-turned-actress said that she is always on the lookout for good deals when it comes to traveling, whether within or outside the country. “You know it's so hard to plan on Holy Week kasi mahal. Like parang even if you want to go to Amanpulo, grabe yung peak rate nila. Ito parang they had a two night-three day stay promo. Mga ganung opportunity yung kinukuha namin,” she admitted during the launch of the GEOX Spring/Summer season collection last February 26 at the Shangri-la Mall in Ortigas.
Phoemela shared on her Instagram account how she and Nichole excitedly prepared for her prom night. The single mom admitted she really tried her best to make her 16-year-old daughter's prom a night to remember. “Yes parang I didn't have my own prom so I really prepared for hers. At saka siyempre I want to show her that I support her,” she admitted.
Phoemela said that except for designing the dress, she was very much hands-on in helping Nichole choose her hairstylist, makeup artist, and designer. “Yung design niya is actually siya talaga lahat yung nag-design nun. And then pinaggawa ko sa friend ko na designer which is John Paras and they collaborated with the design,” she added.
As with other events that her daughter goes to at night, Phoemela said she does not feel the need to impose a curfew on her only daughter and Nichole is even allowed to go on dates if she chooses to. “Wala naman. Siyempre kasama niya yung driver at saka yaya niya. When it comes to dating, yeah, talagang open na yun to her age. Parang it's normal to support kesa naman itago,” she admitted.
Although they have not yet discussed plans for the upcoming Holy Week break, Phoemela said she looks forward to more bonding time with Nichole. “We're very, very good naman now. She's very malambing to me now and I always tell that I support her all the way,” she said at the GEOX spring/summer 2015 collection launch.
Even though she is single and in no hurry right now, Phoemela isn't too shy to admit she is ready to meet Mr. Right. “I'm very happy with taking care of Nichole. But I want to look for someone na talaga. I think I'm on the right time to settle (down) na kasi ayos na yung buhay namin ni Nichole,” she said.
Mainphoto credit to phoemelabaranda IG