Celebrations & Occasions Kap & Me My Kids The GOppets

Fly, Eagle. Fly.

Ever since they were little, Kap & I never imposed an academic, or any other type of pressure on the kids to excel or perform over & beyond what they can do. People, after all, are not defined by a piece of paper or a grade. We’re not strict parents -we want them to enjoy life at their own pace. We also believe in the principle of “Those Who Can. Do.” Pag kaya, kaya. Pag hindi, well, madami pang ibang bagay sa buhay na pwedeng gawin at pagka-abalahan.

While other mommies had their own personal reasons to limit the television, computer, phone usage on their children, I gave mine freedom for as long as they were on schedule & on top of things. While some moms kept the afternoons & weekends of their children occupied with kumon, piano, taekwondo, tennis, swimming, or any other extra-curricular activities. I let mine off scott-free to do with their time as they will, within limits. They can veg all day if that’s what they felt like doing, or if they wanted lessons, I would gladly have taken them too, to pursue their passion.

There is no right or wrong way in parenting, really. Wanna know a secret? We mommies & daddies learn by trial & error as we go along. So far, all 3 of mine turned out fine, so Kap & I must have done something right. :)

All moms have different ways of raising their children -it’s different strokes for different folks.  There are tiger moms, then there are pushover moms. I like to think that I’m somewhere in between. I am someone they listen to with authority, but I am also someone they can talk to without fear -about ANYTHING. And looking at how my kids are now, I’d definitely give Kap & myself a pat on the back.

But we can’t take all the credit. We really had it easy, God blessed us with such wonderful, obedient children that all we had to do was guide them, sit back, and watch them bloom into who & what they are now -achievers.


Ate asked me if I wanted to attend her recognition day last month. Of course! Did you even have to ask? :P In fact, the whole fambam wanted to tag along & show our support in full force..



Ate: You can do it, mommy. 2 more floors to go. Me: Da frick, we’re still on the ground floor??? ;))



I was giddy sitting at the Med auditorium. This is only my second time. The first was during Ate’s pageant.



Ate was there to accept 2 awards. One for last term, and another for the first sem of her senior year. I was perhaps the proudest mom in the whole room! <3



All her hard work has paid off. She always studies so diligently, I have to remind her each time to take a break & relax a bit. My poor darling, always striving to give her best. </3



Congratulations, sweetheart! You stand tall & proud in a crowd -confident with a commanding presence. You always had that air around you. By God’s grace, you will definitely go far.


Biology is a quota course. It’s extremely hard to get in. But she did, with flying colors. And now her brother is following in her footsteps. She is such a good example to her siblings that Kap & I don’t even have to do much in terms of parenting haha.



Congratulations to all the awardees. <3 You have done extremely well, and I’m sure all your parents are so proud & happy!



I know I am. Couldn’t resist giving my girl a big congratulatory hug. My heart was just bursting with so much joy.



A teary me with my precious. <3



Ate ranks 80 over a population of almost 500 students. not bad, not bad at all. ;)



With her favorite professor, Ms. Mae Diesmos. <3 Thank you so much Mae for inspiring my baby to be the best that she can be. And for being her mother in school. She always tells me such heart-warming stories about you. Thank you for being her guardian angel. :-*



Btw, Mae is also an outstanding awardee. It certainly takes one to like one. ;) Congratulations Mae for being one of the select few Faculty Achievers at University of Sto. Tomas’ Araw Parangal ng Agham 2016!



Bathroom situation. Love is patient & kind haha. ;) We are lucky girls to have such men in our lives. <3

I didn’t know a 5-hour awarding ceremony could be so taxing, lol. We were famished by the time the event finished. Ate wanted to have dinner at Hole in the Wall. Of course her wish was our command. <3

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Any time with my 2 gals is a wonderful time. <3



My true blessings. <3



The GOppets have different tastes. We are one, but we are also diversified. Hole in the Wall is becoming a fast favorite because we can have a variety of food under one roof & sit together in one table even if we order from different restos.



Our table is always full! :)) We are such foodies. Rice meals from Posporo, Pancake from Mr. Delicious. And a healthy wrap from Garde Manger for you-know-who.



Ooops, may pahabol pa! Pizza from Serious Dough.



and of course dessert cookies from Scouts Honor. Yuum!



Can you tell? We love to eat! :P


A consistent Dean’s Lister, and garnering a 97% score on her National Medical Admission Test, Ate is so qualified to be accepted into any university of her choice. In fact, she has already been accepted to her first choice! \m/ But of course, just like with food, we have differences in opinion on her choice of med school. More so because this decision affects her entire future..


Ate passed her entrance exam & interview at Ateneo School of Medicine & Public Health with flying colors. May I add that only 150 per batch is accepted into ASMPH. The med course takes 5 years with MBA integrated into the curriculum.


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Kap & I were really hoping & rooting for UST though. Not that we have anything against Ateneo. It’s just that exposure wise, UST has been in the field of medicine for so long, topping all other schools when it comes to the number of board passers. Our future doctor already submitted her credentials. I don’t know what their criteria for acceptance is based on, seeing there was no entrance exam or even an interview. Just the submission of application forms with accompanying grades. Paper wise, Ate is so qualified. We just put our faith in God’s plan, He alone sees the bigger picture.

Dear Ate, God works in mysterious ways. What we want, vs. what HE wants, are 2 different things. You make us proud, not only for your many accomplishments, but also of your faith. And your principles. I look at you now anak, and I can’t help but tear up. You have become more than the daughter that I had hoped for. So much more. Thank you for always making us proud. SO PROUD.

Fly high my eagle. I love you, and I will always stand by your decisions. You alone know what is right for YOU. Thank you for obeying us the first time around. It’s your turn now. It’s 5 years of your life, no time to waste. Ateneo is LUCKY to have you on board because I know that you will go far. Your dream is my dream, baby. Thank you for making us such proud parents. Go. Fly. :-*


ONE BIG FIGHT! <3 In the end, remember that you are NOT defined by a piece of paper. It’s not where you went, but where you go on from there. So Ateneo or UST, it’s what you make of yourself after, it’s ultimately the journey you will take, that would make a difference. I love you Dr. Jana Go! :-*

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  • Reply NielGQ

    Five hours ang awarding ceremony??? Nakakapagod nga yan!

    CONGRATULATIONS TO JANA!!! Ang galing-galing. Bagay na bagay siya sa arreneyer. Wishing her all the best.

    March 18, 2016 at 8:11 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      PIVE HOURS NIEL!! Pero ok lang kaya ng powerz ko for our dear jana hahaha. Daya lang diba dapat pati ako kasama rumampa sa stage?? :P

      March 18, 2016 at 9:44 am
      • Reply NielGQ

        Korak! hahaha…

        March 18, 2016 at 9:50 am
  • Reply Pat

    I love the name Luz! Congratulations!! ????
    PS: El Kap talaga for the win! Stay super sweet to each other! And marunong sya magdala ng bag heehee

    March 18, 2016 at 8:51 am
  • Reply Erika

    That’s my Sister!!! so proud of her! and of course so proud of you! You raise her well. A very kind and sweet lady. Love you both!!!

    March 18, 2016 at 9:10 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      Thank you for loving my baby, Erika!! :-* You always put in a good word for her & support her, super appreciate! <3

      March 18, 2016 at 9:12 am
  • Reply Jackie Uy

    Nakakaiyak naman to Ms Jane :) Congratulations to achi Jana, she will soar high with you and the rest of the family as her wings :) Congratulations too to the proud parents! Cant wait for the new look of your bloggie :)

    March 18, 2016 at 9:13 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      Thank you Jackie! :-* Appreciate the love.

      March 18, 2016 at 9:43 am
  • Reply Kei Aclaro

    Congrats to Jana, Ms. Jane! You and Kap have done really well in raising your kids. Being a mom myself, I wish I can be like you with my little boy.

    Anyway, na-miss ko naman ang USTe after seeing the Med Auditorium. Sometimes, we (Tourism students) use it for symposiums and madadaanan namin yung room na may mga cadaver na pinag-aaralan ng Med students and we would be amazed sa lakas ng loob nila. Sobra takot ako sa dead bodies. Hahaha! That is one of the reasons why kahit ayaw ako sana tanggapin sa BST at itinataboy ako ng Dean sa Pre-Med course eh nagmatigas ako talaga na mag Tourism na lang. Hehehe.

    Anyway, kudos again to Jana! Goodluck sa magiging bagong chapter ng life nya sa Ateneo. God bless the GOppets always! :)

    March 18, 2016 at 10:20 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      Thank you Kei! New & fresh kwentos na from arreneyer haha.

      March 18, 2016 at 11:54 am
  • Reply Mae

    Thank you Ms. Jane. I agree with you that “Areneyer” is lucky to have her. Good luck to Jana. I will miss her ???? and the giggly girls of 4Bio5. I proctored the exam of Babyson this morning. Gwapo si Babyson ????

    March 18, 2016 at 10:21 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      Wowwwwww a comment from Jana’s favorite teacher! <3 Thank you so much for the love Mae, please also love Babyson ha & also inspire him. At!! Paki-bantayan sa mga chicks pls wala na si Ate para kumilatis. I leave him in your able hands haha. Mwah! :-*

      March 18, 2016 at 11:45 am
  • Reply Wheng Cheng

    Fly high ate!!!
    Congrats to you and the whole goppets.

    March 18, 2016 at 10:59 am
  • Reply Med

    I love “you are not defined by a piece of paper” it’s soooo true!
    Congratulations, dearest Jana. May God continue to reward the work of your hands!

    PS: Pero O.M.G. panibagong condo na naman ang chechekehan mo!!! LOL

    March 18, 2016 at 11:25 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      huhuhu IKR! Wa na pondo si mother dearest nya meding. Kalbong-kalbo na haha. Pahiram ng ID mo! :-*

      March 18, 2016 at 11:48 am
  • Reply ANNA

    The new handle, tales from the heart really suits you. Whenever you post about ate and the kids’ accomplishment di talaga pwedeng walang kurot sa puso ko. I’ve always dreamt na sana ganun din my parents but yeah, it is what it is :) I love how you’re always so vocal and proud of them kahit ano pang piliin nila. And for that, I salute you Ms. Jane and Kap, you are good parents that’s why you are blessed with amazing kids. :)

    March 18, 2016 at 11:48 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      Thank you so much Anna. <3 And yes, I think the new handle suits me most since all my kwentos are from the heart anyway. Thank you for appreciating. :-*

      March 19, 2016 at 6:51 am
  • Reply A

    You are such a sweet, understanding, cool and caring Mom. It is not a surprise that were blessed with an obedient and achiever kid, this you and your husband’s blessings by being a good parent. I hope all Moms are like you :)

    God bless your family more and congratulations to your daughter! :)

    March 19, 2016 at 1:55 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      Thank you so much for your kind words. <3 The kids make life easy for us, we are truly blessed. :)

      March 19, 2016 at 6:49 am
  • Reply Photo Cache

    Congratulations to the entire family. Success of one member is the success of the entire team/family.

    I didn’t realize Ateneo offers Medicine, kelan pa?

    March 19, 2016 at 7:25 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      So true. :) I think 6-7 years ago Maria but so far 100% daw ang passing ng board. Only 150 students cap.

      March 19, 2016 at 8:59 am
  • Reply michymichymoo

    Congratulations to the proud parents for raising such excellent kids! Congratulations Jana. Good luck! :)

    March 19, 2016 at 11:29 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      Thank you bbbeary! :-*

      March 19, 2016 at 2:39 pm
      • Reply michymichymoo

        Mama Bear, magiging Ortigas girl ka na rin ba? hehehe. :P I live and work here (yes, I moved na sa siyudad. haha). :P

        March 19, 2016 at 4:07 pm
  • Reply heybajoyjoy

    She’ll fare really well with a UST medical degree, Miss Jane. She can do her internship in Medical City, which happens to be Ateneo’s base hospital, but UST will train her well. ???? Congratulations, Jana! ????

    April 5, 2016 at 7:55 pm
    • Reply Jane Go

      Huhuhu yes that’s ny desire Joy. Unfortunately, it’s not what’s in her heart & as her #1 cheerleader, I have to give her my full support. <3

      April 6, 2016 at 9:28 am
  • Reply Mary

    Hi miss jane! Can’t access your site for a couple of days na. Ngayon lang nakaaccess. Anyways, i had the same dilemma as your daughter now! Congrats by the way! Graduate of UST too and got accepted to UST, UERM and cebu Institute of Medicine. Guess what I chose? Cebu Institute of Medicine. Haha. My mom was devastated. Hahaha. My mom had the same desire of me continuing my education at UST, but i opted to go the less traveled path. First time to be away from parents or any family members. But it was the best decision i made. Don’t know why I chose to be away from my family during one of the hardest years of my life but trust your daughter. Hehe. She knows what she wants. Ateneo is a great school by the way. Already among the top schools and producing topnotchers. Congrats again and I wish her luck! Ipon na siya ng tulog! Hehe

    April 8, 2016 at 1:40 am
    • Reply Jane Go

      Hi Mary! :) Thank you so so much for sharing your story with me & reminding me to have a little faith in my Jana. Parents always think they know what’s best, and we always have a hard time letting go. But you are right, it’s time we let our kids free & enjoy the awesomeness of how we brought them up. ;)

      April 8, 2016 at 7:38 am

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