29 Apr2009


Yup, it seems like just a few blinks of the eye since the “princess” popped out of her mother nearly 14 years ago. I recall the tense early morning wait in the hospital by myself, and checking her out as soon as I could, to see if all ten fingers and toes were in place (Mrs. MM’s request). It has been a simply stupendous 14 years since, and if there is one thing I will never regret, it is choosing to retire from a very hectic career and do less work to make sure that I got to see as much of her early years as possible. She graduates in a couple of hours and we just sent her off to school to do whatever they do before the big event. Milestones such as these always mean flowers in our home. So for the Teen’s graduation day, we made this large but extremely simple arrangement of white lilies… The card is from Mom, Dad & Dog. :)


And yes, as with all teenagers, the outfit is everything. The all-consuming quest during the past few weeks for that perfect piece of clothing. We had to work within school mandated parameters for color and style, but I think she did just fine. She may be just under 14, but she certainly is developing an eye for her personal style, and of course, her mom and dad are brimming with parental pride. And the shoes? What 14 year old doesn’t aspire to serious heels? It’s bad enough she is taller than her mother, but that she wanted serious heels had eyebrows raised and lips pursed. And our only request was “you can have them if you can handle them” and after several days of practice, she is looking like she was born in pumps. Frivolous, I know, but it is her graduation, so we have allowed more latitude. And in the second photo, meant mostly for my relatives abroad who wanted a peek at the final outfit, that’s MM trying to get the chocolate labrador to sit and be photogenic. Happy Graduation to the Teen! And beware, any future “prince” wannabees! Hahaha! Time for MM and Mrs. MM to get dressed. :)



  1. Ley says:

    Congratulations to the Teen! What an elegant dress! Hahahaha.. i can just imagine your eyebrows MM when you get to meet the future “prince.”

    Apr 29, 2009 | 2:05 pm


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  3. Vanessa says:

    Congratulations to the parents!

    Apr 29, 2009 | 2:09 pm

  4. Quillene says:

    Congrats to the Teen and moreso to the parents!!!!

    Apr 29, 2009 | 2:15 pm

  5. Lei says:

    congratulations to the Teen! love the outfit.

    Apr 29, 2009 | 2:18 pm

  6. sanojmd says:

    hmmm.. simple but elegant dress..certainly has a fashion of her own.. the labrador wont cooperate, maybe because she is not wearing anything nice.. hahaha.. btw, its a she, right? congrats to the teen and to the parents of course!! and goodluck to the wannabe “prince”! hehehe

    Apr 29, 2009 | 2:19 pm

  7. bluestars says:

    Congratulations to the Teen, MM and Mrs. MM! =)

    Apr 29, 2009 | 2:22 pm

  8. MRU says:


    Apr 29, 2009 | 2:26 pm

  9. yen says:

    nice dress. very audrey hepburn silhouette. classic. but in horizontal stripes. i like.

    i think the second picture is funny. the child – in pearls – looking so chic and relaxed, and the dad – barefoot and i shorts – frantically wrangling the dog into place. indicative?

    Apr 29, 2009 | 2:29 pm

  10. yen says:

    congratulations to Teen and to Mr and Mrs Marketman :)

    Apr 29, 2009 | 2:31 pm

  11. Doc Harry says:

    Congratulations! Where will the traditional post-graduation family dinner be held? =)

    Future “princes” with no food sense need not apply? Hahahah!

    Apr 29, 2009 | 2:36 pm

  12. tipat says:

    Congratulations! I’m sure your daughter will turn out to be a very fine Princess/Queen. I’m sure both you and Mrs. MM are brimming with pride right now.

    Apr 29, 2009 | 2:49 pm

  13. Ging says:

    Congratulations to the Teen, MM and Mrs MM! Nice nice outfit. The entire effect is simple but VERY elegant. Even the shoes are beautiful. Screams of GOOD BREEDING.

    Apr 29, 2009 | 3:13 pm

  14. Brother says:

    Congratulations to the Teen !!!

    Just looking at the picture, It could just as well have been Sister when she was 14.


    Apr 29, 2009 | 3:23 pm

  15. Mila says:

    Lovely dress, good call on the shoes, the Teen! She’s got to start sometime!

    Apr 29, 2009 | 3:27 pm

  16. k says:

    Congratulations to the Teen, and to her parents, of course. :) Very pretty outfit, very Audrey Hepburn-esque.
    The Teen has impeccable taste. :)

    Apr 29, 2009 | 3:49 pm

  17. wltrrbls says:

    I also have a chocolate labrador.

    You have an eye for beauty!

    Apr 29, 2009 | 4:58 pm

  18. Lissa says:

    “…one thing I will never regret, it is choosing to retire from a very hectic career and do less work to make sure that I got to see as much of her early years as possible.”

    You had me teary there MM. = )

    Congratulations to the MM family!

    Apr 29, 2009 | 5:03 pm

  19. SimplePleasure says:

    Congratulations Teen & family!

    Love the shoes!

    Apr 29, 2009 | 6:15 pm

  20. joey says:

    Heehee…of course the heels popped out of the photo first! Love them! Great outfit all together…you go Teen! Congratulations to you!!!

    MM, I can imagine you and Mrs. MM brimming with pride :)

    Apr 29, 2009 | 6:30 pm

  21. Artisan Chocolatier says:


    Apr 29, 2009 | 6:34 pm

  22. marissewalangkaparis says:

    Awwww…that is so sweet. The Teen is so elegant. Impeccable taste. Love her shoes. Great choice Teen!! MM you’re such a loving Dad! So Sweet…but you look funny wrestling with the Dog…and Teen all dressed up. Get ready…one day,the Prince will appear…Hahahaha…Congratulations Mr and Mrs MM!! Enjoy the day!!

    Apr 29, 2009 | 6:40 pm

  23. jennifercosculluela says:

    Where on earth did you get those lilies

    Apr 29, 2009 | 6:54 pm

  24. mrs lavendula says:

    congratulations to the Teen and the proud parents! the outfit looks so chic! and the shoes, definitely a good choice =)

    Apr 29, 2009 | 7:24 pm

  25. traci says:

    very elegant! as the ad goes: “the baby is now a lady” – don’t you feel an acute sense that time is passing, MM? congratulations to you and the missus!

    Apr 29, 2009 | 7:38 pm

  26. corrine says:

    congratulations to the proud parents! savor the moments!

    Apr 29, 2009 | 7:55 pm

  27. millet says:

    awwwww….. congratulations, The Teen, and to Mr. and Mrs. MM and the whole household as well. After all, it takes a village…

    What a cute outfit! Very Hepburn!

    Apr 29, 2009 | 8:01 pm

  28. ECC says:

    Congratulations to the Teen and to the proud parents. Our daughter (the eldest one of two kids) is graduating from elementary and moving on to middle school. It is amazing how time flies!

    Apr 29, 2009 | 8:12 pm

  29. edee says:

    congratulations to the Teen, love the whole outfit!
    wish i had that fahion sense when i was her age, till now i’m still working on it ….hahahahahha…..all the best!

    Apr 29, 2009 | 8:48 pm

  30. sister says:

    Congratulations on your graduation day! May you graduate at least three times more in the future!
    We are looking forward to seeing you soon. And may your parents be around to see it all.

    Apr 29, 2009 | 8:51 pm

  31. Jun b says:

    CONGRATS To the proud Mom and Dad! And to the TEEN well done. Enjoy every minute and second of being a teenager as time will come that aging seems to be as fast as you want it to be :) and start to count days instead of years like us hehehe.

    Apr 29, 2009 | 9:12 pm

  32. marguerite says:

    Congratulations to the teen! Her outfit is lovely!

    Apr 29, 2009 | 9:27 pm

  33. Diwata08 says:

    CONGRATULATIONS TO THE TEEN and the TEEN’S PARENTS!!! My Bunso graduated from college on Saturday. So I can imagine your pride too!!!

    Apr 29, 2009 | 9:36 pm

  34. odie says:

    congratulations to the Teen, MM, and Mrs. MM!!

    Apr 29, 2009 | 10:08 pm

  35. mardie c",) says:

    ohhh…congratulations to the teen! and to the proud parents too!

    Apr 29, 2009 | 10:25 pm

  36. topster says:

    MM, my sincerest congratulations to your lovely daughter, you and Mrs. MM did a fine job raising her. Btw, ang Tangkad nya agad!

    Apr 29, 2009 | 10:50 pm

  37. Tita ML says:

    Just beautiful. Congratulations to both our very special Teen and the proud parents who’ve done a super job.

    (G the dog looks like she’s considering how those lovely shoes would taste…)

    Apr 29, 2009 | 10:58 pm

  38. albenia says:

    Congratulations Miss Teen and to the proud parents…It is a milestone in your life . Her dress is adorable. Don”t forget the Kodak moment when she accepts her diploma…Enjoy MM it is once in a lifetime to see your Princess graduate in Middle School.

    Apr 29, 2009 | 11:11 pm

  39. Bong says:

    Congratulations teen! Job well done!

    Apr 29, 2009 | 11:17 pm

  40. Katrina says:

    Congratulations to the Teen for being such a good student! And props for the outfit — such a refined and elegant choice for a teenager!

    MM & Mrs. MM, you deserve to praise, too — you’ve raised a daughter anyone would be proud of. :-)

    Apr 29, 2009 | 11:44 pm

  41. dhayL says:

    Congratulations to the Teen!

    I remember last yr when my daughter graduated in kindergarten, and when i saw her up on the stage i think i shed a tear or two! Don’t forget your digicam to capture this moment, and a hanky we’ll be just fine as well! :)

    Apr 30, 2009 | 12:27 am

  42. fried-neurons says:

    Congratulations to The Teen!

    Apr 30, 2009 | 12:59 am

  43. betty q. says:

    Congratulations!!!! Yup, how time flies…

    Apr 30, 2009 | 1:09 am

  44. betty q. says:

    OK, MM….so sorry! I can’t help it but be hysterical with the top choice in your poll for T-shirts! how ’bout that caption, BEST PIG EVER and in small letters…not me….but CEBU LECHON (like Artisn said!!!)…hahahha

    Apr 30, 2009 | 1:14 am

  45. Susan says:

    Congratulations to the Teen!

    Apr 30, 2009 | 1:23 am

  46. kim says:

    congratulations to the princess … and to the proud king & queen of lechons !!! : )

    Apr 30, 2009 | 1:24 am

  47. Connie C says:

    “Your Children are not Your Children

    They are the sons and daughters of life’s longing for itself.
    They come through you but not from you,
    And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

    You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
    For they have their own thoughts.
    You may house their bodies but not their souls,
    For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
    which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.”
    The Prophet. Kahlil Gibran

    Congratulations to the Teen! And MM, you are really lucky to be able to do what you’re doing . Enjoy before the Teen goes her way.

    Apr 30, 2009 | 1:34 am

  48. angelbride says:

    Congratulations! Oh how exciting!:)

    Apr 30, 2009 | 1:40 am

  49. Maria Clara says:

    Congratulations! The Teen dresses like the teenage version of Diana Vreeland.

    Apr 30, 2009 | 2:18 am

  50. Anna Geraldez-Rayos del Sol says:

    Congratulations to “Teen Princess”. You have such an impeccable taste, love your outfit plus the shoes! Keep it up!

    Apr 30, 2009 | 3:58 am

  51. maddie says:

    ooooh love the outfit! it’s so TDC!

    congratulations to the Teen!

    Apr 30, 2009 | 4:26 am

  52. Ann says:

    congratulations to the princess and her parent’s:) the dress is beautiful, very princess-like.

    Apr 30, 2009 | 4:34 am

  53. sister says:

    The dress looks like something Lola Neny would have made for her… very 60’s. So glad thing come back full cycle.

    Apr 30, 2009 | 4:44 am

  54. sister says:

    The dress looks like something Lola Neny would have made for her… very 60’s. So glad things come back full cycle.

    Apr 30, 2009 | 4:45 am

  55. eej says:

    “The Princess” that’s exactly what we call my little niece! She has the privilege of being the only girl among the two boys between me and my sister. And that little princess knows how to work her girly girl charms to get her way – especially Grandpa’s.

    Celebratory cheers are in order for “The Teen” and the proud parents!

    Apr 30, 2009 | 4:50 am

  56. natie says:

    WOW!! my prayers to your family in this milestone!! what a beautiful outfit! LOVE the shoes on those lovely feet and legs! may i see the purse?? heehee..

    Apr 30, 2009 | 4:52 am

  57. joey says:

    love the retro look, very chic. congratulations!

    Apr 30, 2009 | 6:04 am

  58. consol says:

    Congratulations to the Teen and to the proud parents! Dear MM, will you shower the Prince-wannabe with water from your hose, too? (remember that TV ad?) heeeheee! Or will you ‘screen’ potential Lotharios via a competition ala-Iron Chef? After all, with gourmets for parents, The Teen a.k.a. The Princess is undoubtedly one, too. Forewarned is forearmed!

    Apr 30, 2009 | 6:20 am

  59. alicia says:

    Sob… sob! How time flies.
    Well done to all three of you!

    Apr 30, 2009 | 7:57 am

  60. Diwata08 says:

    MM, I noticed two right hands on the chocolate Labrador… Would that be you and Mrs MM trying to get the dog to pose for the photo?

    Apr 30, 2009 | 8:17 am

  61. connie says:

    Congratulations to the Teen, MM and Mrs. MM.

    Apr 30, 2009 | 8:57 am

  62. dragon says:

    Congrats to MarketFamily!

    You’re right MM, time flies fast but wait: the next 4-6 years will be faster (I should know, all of a sudden, my daughter’s a stubborn 21 year old!). Enjoy, savor, sit back, relax. I think when your daughter gets married, guess who will be the fussy one? ;-)

    Apr 30, 2009 | 9:18 am

  63. aggy says:

    congrats mm mrs mm and teen!

    Apr 30, 2009 | 9:34 am

  64. Jaja says:

    Congratulations to the Teen and to MM and Mrs. MM too =)

    Apr 30, 2009 | 9:42 am

  65. bernadette says:

    I know of several fathers who couldn’t attend their daughters’ graduations because they fear that they might be seen crying or just even teary-eyed. :-) One is a fisherman and another a construction foreman.

    When I saw your Teen once with you and Mrs MM, I really thought she was an exceptional beauty ( and surely getting to be more)! Another phase for parenthood—getting the wannabee “princes” at bay :-D! Congratulations to the MM family!

    Apr 30, 2009 | 9:44 am

  66. ajienaissant says:

    Wow, that dress is classic. Congrats on raising a fashion savvy teen (among other things). :)

    Apr 30, 2009 | 10:17 am

  67. Tricia says:


    Love the dress!! Where from?

    Apr 30, 2009 | 11:36 am

  68. bagito says:

    Congrats to The Teen and of course, MM and Mrs. MM! Brought to mind tuloy your “postura” entry about your mother, MM. May pinagmanahan naman pala kasi. Love the entire outfit and accessories.

    Apr 30, 2009 | 12:32 pm

  69. bearhug0127 says:

    Congratulations to the Teen and the proud parents!!!This is another start of of new beginning…

    Apr 30, 2009 | 1:06 pm

  70. edwin D. says:

    Much ado for something very special. Happy graduation to the teen and a comforting congrats to the parents.

    Apr 30, 2009 | 1:09 pm

  71. Marketman says:

    Hi everyone, thank you SO VERY much for your kind comments and greetings… I am sure the Teen would have wanted to leave a comment of thanks as well, but she was off first thing this morning on a class trip. Original flight on Cebu Pacific at 825 am this morning. Moved to 1110 am, overbooked, so offered a 12:20 flight, and only after accepting, told that the flight was delayed to 3:30pm. So they have been in the airport for nearly 8 hours and up earlier and thank goodness there are several teens together to keep them amused, but WHY DO PEOPLE TOLERATE this from Cebu Pacific, another CP rant welling up, can you tell?… At any rate, in answer to the questions posed above, the dress was purchased at a department store, the shoes are locally made and mall purchased and the bracelets were of “white turquoise”, very reasonable (PHP200 or so) from the Greenhills tiangge. :) It was me making the dog attempt to sit, Mrs. MM taking the photo. natie, no purse. jennifer, the lilies were from one of my suki suppliers, King Louis from the Manila Seedling Bank. The full arrangement required 30 stems of lilies. Sister, Sister and Brother… thanks for tuning in. :)

    Apr 30, 2009 | 1:31 pm

  72. Tricia says:

    It is normal for Cebu Pacific to cancel or delay flights. Exactly my thoughts, why do people tolerate this from Cebu Pacific. Like someone from TripAdvisor said, you get what you paid for????

    Btw, did you pre-order the 30 stems of white lillies? I ordered white ones for my Dad’s birthday last Aprill 11 but only pink ones came so I just got white astromeria & belles of ireland instead :(

    Apr 30, 2009 | 2:41 pm

  73. Marketman says:

    Tricia, no I didn’t pre-order. I actually went to the Seedling bank wanting to get 5-6 pots of phalaenopsis or butterfly orchids. But there weren’t many nice ones, so I walked over to the King Louis warehouse and freezers and chanced upon the white “siberia” lilies. And since they had been there 3 days in the cold, they gave them to me for PHP80 each, 1/3rd the price in a Makati grocery and probably 1/4th the price of a flower shop… a terrific deal, if you ask me.

    Apr 30, 2009 | 2:57 pm

  74. Ley says:

    I have several friends who encountered similar incidents with Cebu Pacific but none of them actually filed a suit. The reason would probably be the fact that our courts are very very conservative in awarding damages that it would not be worth the hassle and effort. Plus the very slow movement of cases in court that can be financially and emotionally draining.

    Apr 30, 2009 | 2:58 pm

  75. Marketman says:

    Ley, I wasn’t even thinking lawsuit, but if folks just stopped taking the airline, maybe they would start to notice. I am not PAL’s greatest fan, but at least all four of its flights to that city today left on time, according to their website. On Cebu Pacific, you can’t even check on their website what time a flight is leaving or whether it has left at all… :( As for refunds, that is another story for a brilliant class action lawsuit for thousands of consumers. A relatively easy case, and if covered enough in the mainstream press, would probably result in positive action on the company’s part. I think I still have a ticket from 2+ years ago that was never credited back to me… it’s the first time I have totally GIVEN up on a situation like that.

    Apr 30, 2009 | 3:13 pm

  76. krizteene says:

    congratulations to The Teen and of course to the very proud parents! :)

    Apr 30, 2009 | 3:26 pm

  77. Tricia says:

    Cebu Pacific has yet to refund me the ticket I canceled last year. There had been many follow ups, but I guess it would never be credited back to me. Hay naku!

    I only used CP for a HK trip 2 yrs ago as reward ticket for my bpi world perks. I swear I will not take CP anymore after that. Pathetic naman, would I buy C2 at P100????

    Apr 30, 2009 | 7:53 pm

  78. zena says:

    Ditto on all the well wishes for the family and admiration for the Teen’s style. =)

    Apr 30, 2009 | 8:39 pm

  79. trinam says:

    Congratulations to The Teen and the proud parents! Love the outfit!

    Apr 30, 2009 | 10:29 pm

  80. Divine G says:

    To MM, Mrs. MM and the Teen. Congratulations to all of you.


    The dress is simple but beautiful and tasteful.

    Apr 30, 2009 | 10:30 pm

  81. kit says:

    Congratulations to the family!

    Apr 30, 2009 | 11:40 pm

  82. Liz says:

    Classy! Very nice and elegant~ Congratulations!!!

    May 1, 2009 | 1:15 am

  83. Maki says:

    congratulations daddy

    May 1, 2009 | 1:50 am

  84. tnm says:

    What a “senti” moment. Congratulations!

    I love your dog.

    May 1, 2009 | 3:38 am

  85. marilen rodriguez says:

    Not too late to add my congratulations – felicitaciones, bien hecho!! The Teen and proud Mom and Dad. God bless you.

    May 1, 2009 | 7:15 am

  86. linda says:

    Congratulations to the Teen!

    Well done MM and Mrs. MM!

    May 1, 2009 | 7:49 am

  87. maricar says:

    congratulations to the teen!!!!! MM & Mrs MM, you should be so proud of her……future prince charmings….watch out!!!!!!

    May 1, 2009 | 2:42 pm

  88. diday says:

    Congratulations to The Teen!!! — very gorgeous

    May 3, 2009 | 8:01 am

  89. bedazzle says:

    Congratulations to The Teen and her proud parents! Love the outfit! Shows she’s got a fine taste in clothes.

    May 3, 2009 | 11:23 am

  90. Cecilia says:

    Is that Audrey Hepburn? … Is that Natalie Portman? … No, It’s The Teen! … Congratulations! … Funny photo.

    May 3, 2009 | 2:59 pm

  91. chris says:

    congratulations to the teen, the proud parents, and to the dog as well… impeccable style and taste, ms. teen!

    May 3, 2009 | 11:10 pm

  92. the Teen says:

    YO. :)
    hi everyone! thanks for all the reaction to this post!
    i really appreciate the comments.
    the shoes are the best! as is the dress. :)

    my dog wouldn’t hold still for the picture..
    she’s next to me now, and she says thanks for all the comments about her. :P

    thanks again!!

    – HI TITA! (x2) HI TITO! thanks for your comments! :) –

    oh. you may not know it, but my hand gestures in the second photo are peace signs, PEACE!

    \m/ (-.-) \m/

    May 4, 2009 | 1:17 pm

  93. emsy says:

    MM, I’ve always wanted to ask because I’m quite curious, but I guess I never found the correct post to comment about it. Have you thought of what you’ll do once the Teen starts to have suitors and go into that phase? I mean, a lot of parents switch gears during this period. I wonder if you’ll be the type who accepts suitor visits to your home but you open the door with a cleaver in your hand. haha

    Jan 12, 2010 | 1:05 pm

  94. Marketman says:

    emsy, I think the Kid, now Teen, has a wonderful foundation of basics and is well armed to conquer her world going forward. I think knowing when to let go in phases is as important as anything else. I have no doubt she will think and conclude when it is appropriate for someone to come a calling at home… :)

    Jan 12, 2010 | 1:17 pm


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