MANILA, Philippines — After a cancer scare, an engagement breakup and an emotionally draining finale for her recently concluded “The Better Half” soap opera, actress Denise Laurel will be undergoing a surgery that will take out a benign cyst on her breast.
Despite all this, Denise tries to keep calm and stay strong for her son, Alejandro.
“Being a mom made me the most competitive ever in my life,” the actress said while hosting a recent press con for Enfagrow. “I’ve researched more on parenting than on any role that I ever played as an actress since I’m both mom and dad.”
If in “The Better Half” her character got obsessed on love for a guy, in real life, she has a different obsession.
“I’m almost obsessed with everything that happens with my son, Alejandro. But I am obsessed about giving him the best. Is he doing the right activities? Is he growing fast enough? How’s his IQ?”
Given her experiences in life, she believes her son needs more than just IQ (intelligence quotient) to succeed in life.
“I was really focused on enhancing everything that I could possibly give to him. Kasi nu’ng panahon natin ‘di ba, ang matalino ang bida? Am I right? Nu’ng panahon natin, kung sino ‘yung first honor, s’ya ‘yung may prize. Or ipagmamayabang mo sa mga kaibigan mo, ‘First honor ‘yung anak ko!’ I’m beginning to learn that IQ isn’t enough anymore.”
According to a study conducted by pharmaceutical giant Mead Johnson among 3,700 mothers in Asia, 91 percent of millennial mothers regarded EQ (emotional quotient) as important as IQ. Around 12 percent even said that EQ is more important than IQ.
The research, said to be the first of its kind in Asia, examined the…