With her eye-catching outfits in bright shades, colorful accessories, bubbly personality and outgoing nature, it’s difficult not to recognize Tessa Prieto-Valdes.
What people perhaps don’t realize is that despite her public persona—celebrity, society figure, columnist, TV and social media personality—Tessa is first and foremost a mother to four kids aged 32 to 12.
“I gave birth to my eldest child Bryan at a very young age,” Tessa confides. “I was a solo parent before I met my husband and got married.”
At the time, she was studying interior design so aside from attending to her studies, she had to raise a child and keep a house, all by herself.
It is this selflessness that Bryan, who is involved in the family’s real estate and food businesses, most appreciates. It is something he cherishes and is totally grateful for, especially this Mother’s Day thus, his precious gift of MyDiamond to his equally brilliant mom.
“From the time I was working in Singapore for four years, to when I decided to come home and go into business here, my mom was always there,” Bryan relates.
“She is so much fun, accommodating and easy to talk to. She’s always been giving, and raised me the best way she could, even with her multifaceted life and my siblings.”
With her very hectic schedule that also includes triathlon training, yoga, and a return to her first love, interior design, family still takes top priority. As such, social events are strictly off limits on weekends, which are devoted solely to her hubby and kids. She is always ready to be there as well for Bryan if need be.
“Being a mother is something I really enjoy. I’ve been a mother in my 20s, 30s, and 40s. My kids are growing up so fast!” she exclaims.
And like MyDiamond, Tessa has embodied its spirit
of “True Brilliance.”
“I love diamonds! For me, they are heirlooms, something to pass on to the next generation,” Tessa says, as are the wise words of her mother who stressed the importance of family integrity, of leaving behind a good legacy to one’s children and to others. It is a principle that she also imparts
to her children.
“There’s no bible to being a mother. Give your best, your all, but don’t forget to reward yourself as well!”
Tessa is wearing a MyDiamond set of heart-shaped ruby earrings and pendant and a 14 carat tennis bracelet, both set in white gold from the Classic collection.
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