Carmina Villaroel may have played an extremely controlling mom in the recently ended Got to Believe, but she is far from it in real life. At ASCOF’s Naturalista Moms Garden Affair, the beautiful mother of two shares that she places more importance on having open communication lines with her children.

“You don’t have to be there 24/7, but you just have to be really part of their lives,” she says. “Constant communication. That’s why we have technology, that’s why may cellphone para constant communication with them. Basta dapat maramdaman nila na involved ka in their lives, so whether sa sports and their activities or hobbies, basta dapat ma-feel nila na well-loved sila at tsaka na you really care for them.”

Spending time together as a family is obviously very important to the Naturalista mom, so we just had to ask about their plans for the summer, not to mention, Earth Hour! Check out our interview with her below:

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Female Network (FN): What are your plans for the summer? The whole family?

Carmina Villaroel (CV): This Holy Week, we’ll go to Tokyo for a week. Tapos for the summer activities naman, they [Cassy and Mavy] have a basketball camp.

FN: Are you very outdoors-y as a family?

CV: Hindi naman really super hardcore outdoor, but meron kaming mga activities na ganun. Kunwari, pag nagro-road trip kami, kasi we have a resthouse in Batangas, so doon lang kami. Walang mga gadgets, walang technology, andun lang kami by the sea, 'yung ganyan. Tapos 'pag sa bahay naman, we ride the bike around lang the subdivision, so ‘yun 'yung mga outdoor activities namin o kaya we walk our dogs kasi we have lots of dogs.

FN: How many dogs do you have?

CV: Okay, we have two Maltese, and then one Bichon, and then two Dobermans, and then eight puppies, and then one Golden Retriever. Ay, may dalawang puppies pala ‘yung Maltese, so ang dami naming dogs, diba?

FN: When it comes to recycling and caring for the environment, do you do things together as a family?

CV: Oh yes! Kasi parang sa bahay, nagre-recycle kami, nagse-segregate kami. We use eco bags kahit na sa business ko, kasi I have a shoe business (Muñiz Shoes by Carmina Villaroel), I also use eco bags instead of using plastic bags. Tapos ‘yung mga shoe boxes ko, eco-friendly din. So exposed sila sa ganun eh. At a very young age, they’re really exposed to how to take care of the environment and how to save Mother Nature.

Tapos meron din kaming Earth Hour, nagpa-participate kami sa ganyan. They know how to conserve energy. They’re very aware kasi ano sila, they really love nature eh. They know how to appreciate ‘yung mga trees, ‘yung mga ganyan, so parang feeling ko if they know how to appreciate, parang ang next step doon, they’ll take care of the environment as well.

(Screencaps courtesy of ASCOF)

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