Like most kids, I consider my own mother not only the closest, most important person in my life but also my personal hero.
When I was younger I was the stereotypical only child and “mama’s girl” who was spoiled and always wanted to have her mother beside her. For a while, every first day back to school and trips to anywhere without mom had me crying. I’ve long outgrown that phase, of course, and it was only recently that I’ve come to the realization that most of the time my mother and I are more like best friends than mother and daughter. I think we’re more like equals although of course my respect for her has always been there, if that makes any sense.
My mother has always been cool with anything; as you can see, this photo shoot with her is evidence enough. She has her moments, but all in all she’s pretty awesome. She was never imposing, letting me pursue the things I want and only putting her foot down when absolutely needed. She would always impart sound advice in a lighthearted, often hilarious way not only to me but also to her and my friends – like to never cry over a guy who dumped you and instead focus your energy in making yourself beautiful so he’d drool over you the next time you meet – and at the same time is my go-to person whenever I encounter an old Filipino word or phrase or custom I didn’t understand (I actually only learned from her that Filipinos in the old days commonly used the term portamoneda when referring to wallets). Anyway, best of all, I can talk to her about anything at all – from current affairs to even pop music.
On a serious note, my mother is the toughest person I know, especially considering that she singlehandedly raised me (before you guys assume the dramatic, I would just like to state for the record that I’ve had a very happy childhood and have never viewed the fact that I’ve never met my biological father as a lack). I can say so much about my mother, but the bottom line is that I hope to have a disposition like hers when I’m her age. I’m just grateful that she’s my mom. Because given our personalities, I truly believe that we wouldn’t even be in the same circle of friends had we lived in the same period of time!
All portraits in this feature were all taken with the Lomo LC-A+ loaded with an expired roll of Kodak Ultramax 400.