How Judy Ann Santos and Maricel Pangilinan are raising kids in smart homes | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

Globe at Home “mombassadors” Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan and Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo (third and fourth from left) with Globe at Home's Debbie Obias, Baby Aquino and Barbie Dapul —PHOTOS BY LEO SABANGAN II
Globe at Home “mombassadors” Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan and Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo (third and fourth from left) with Globe at Home’s Debbie Obias, Baby Aquino and Barbie Dapul —PHOTOS BY LEO SABANGAN II

Actress Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan walked past her son’s bedroom one evening and overheard him talking to a girl named Alexa. Though Pangilinan is not the type to pry on other people’s private affairs, especially those of her children’s, she couldn’t help but check.

Alexa, it turned out, was the virtual assistant developed by Amazon.

“I thought there was somebody else in my son’s room. Who was Alexa?” she said with a laugh. While Pangilinan is not your technologically challenged mom, at that time Alexa was new here.

Pangilinan and fellow actress Judy Ann Santos are the newest “mombassadors” of Globe At Home. Both were introduced to the public at “Tech-a-Tete,” in which they talked about their experience on living in today’s smart homes.

“My dad has a rule in the house—there must be no gadgets on the bed. When you’re in bed, you’re there to sleep and rest,” said Pangilinan’s daughter Ella.

Pangilinan knows having a fast internet connection is essential to keep up with today’s lifestyle. For a time, she was a desperate mom finding a solution for the family’s constant internet disconnection at home.

Today, the Pangilinans have Wi-Fi in every area of the house. They have smart lights, smart TV, an ultrafast internet connection that can handle multiple gaming sessions and movie streaming, and, yes, Amazon’s Alexa. It’s a home where electronic devices can be remotely controlled by a phone or computer, including music, a house whose communication network connects different appliances.

home security goes digital

Globe At Home Postpaid plans help the “mombassadors” conveniently monitor internet usage at home. Devices bundled with the plans have parental control and malware detection features.

Passion for cooking

Santos is busy with her cooking show, “Judy Ann’s Kitchen,” which she calls her “passion project.” She gets to make her own recipes.

Santos said she feels most complete with this concept: “Parang feeling ko ang talino ko kapag gumagawa ako ng recipes.” She added that in her family life, she shows her practical intelligence. “Naniniwala ako na matalino ako in my own way. Matalino ako sa mundo ko sa bahay.”

She is aware of the advantages of living in a connected world. She dutifully monitors what her children view online by checking the browser’s history. With the internet as the new TV, her children love YouTube Kids, football, and funny videos.

Smart homes connect every gadget and appliance in one convenient, user-friendly app

Globe At Home also goes the extra mile by involving its customers to improve their online experience. Its latest Unli Fiber Plans have speeds of up to 100 Mbps.

a camera to keep your kids within sight

Subscribers also get to enjoy a six-month access to Globe At Home’s content partners such as DisneyLife (think “Star Wars,” Marvel movies, along with thousands of Disney shows and movies), HOOQ (where one gets to watch movies weeks after their theatrical release), Amazon Prime Video (“A Handmaid’s Tale,” “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), Fox+ (“The Walking Dead,” “Homeland,” plus movies and National Geographic documentaries), and iFlix.

Globe/TM customers are entitled to unlimited calls for 24 months.

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