(Originally posted May 7, 2011 on TG Serrano's fb page with the following write-up )

This weekend could probably spell among the most profound red-letter days in the entire year as we, sons and daughters of our own “One and Only Mother”, try our bestest best to honor our respective mothers in our own special ways. In our family, we have coined a unique, ‘Filipinized’ term for her - “Best Mader” - Mellie Garcia Serrano (from Zambales).
Our Best Mader, now at 82, has aged gracefully and thanks to the Lord’s blessings, is as healthy, energetic and poised as usual to take on more meaningful years in her colorful life. Together with my late father, Maj Leonardo Calleja Serrano of Libon, Albay, with whom she had lived as a loving housewife for more than four decades, they have both been role models for principled, clean and healthy family living, always God-centered and had been sterling examples of ‘good, old-school’ breeding for the happy life.
During her milestone 80th birthday celebration in 2008, we mustered our resources and gathered her friends from yesteryears and close relatives from the Serrano’s, Garcia’s, Gonzales’, Fortuna’s, Veluz’s, Arcilla’s, Ravalo’s, Noel’s, Cruz’s, etc., for a big, fun celebration, complete with pleasant narratives and tributes, mild roastings, song and production numbers from apo’s, kumare’s and of course her loving children.

These Fun MTVs were also featured depicting: Best Mader’s youthful years in the 50‘s as a young maiden and beauteous bride in a fairy tale military wedding with the legendary icon Pres Ramon Magsaysay, then a Defense Secretary, as ‘head’ Ninong (many thanks too to Tita Babes Fortuna for the B&W photos and Society page clippings); to her many pleasant years in the 60‘s, 70‘s and 80‘s as a dutiful housewife and patient mom to six (6) motley group of kids, namely, Butch, Mavi, Alex, Romy, TG and Baby in out of town trips (i.e., the late Lola Visy Singson in Baguio City) and in the family residences in Proj 6, Quezon City and later in Vel-Amor and other subdivisions in Legazpi City; and finally as a lone parent, albeit, a more reserved, but still gracious widow, to the growing brood of the Narding and Mellie Serrano family with the integration of the Ravalos, Noels, and Arcillas in many family outings, gatherings, celebrations, and what have you.

I am sure that all ye sons and daughters out there have your own stories to share about the wonderful deeds and invaluable guidance of your respective mothers (and fathers, too). In our case, we are proud to share here on facebook our happy moments with our Best Mader over the years and you would probably have an idea how and why it is, for us, incredibly so easy to love her back. As the songs carefully chosen in this set of fun MTVs, her life can be likened to a “Storybook Girl’s”, as our dear father cherished and love her for not just “Having our Baby/ies” and as we, her loving and proud siblings, truly adore her as though everyday is always just a “Beginning.”

Happy Mother’s Day to our Best Mader- Mommy Mellie Serrano. You make our lives so happy for “Living Inside Your Love”. Yeba!

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