KICKING BACK IN STYLE
Wife, mother, and homemaker Odette Pumaren shows us how to live vibrantly
Odette Pumaren is popularly known as Franz Pumaren’s wife, which happens to be a 24/7 occupation. “I centered my life around him.” Across her elaborate holiday table setting, she tells us the importance of supporting her husband through his multiple jobs: as a basketball coach in the PBA and UAAP (“I always watch the games”), and as a councilor in Quezon City (“I don’t involve myself in politics”). Apart from being mother and wife extraordinaire, she also co-manages the family’s sports complex, the Gatorade Hoops Center. But more than that, Odette has a wonderful talent as a homemaker, and she seems to take it more seriously than most. “I like to go to bazaars and flea markets. I like to hoard things.” She showcases her crystalware on the table and points to an antique-looking decanter. “I got that at a crystal flea market.” The table is filled with ornate pieces she’s collected over the years: silver candle holders, monogrammed coasters, leaf-cut placemats, printed plates, and verdant centerpieces to give off a holiday vibe.
It’s an ostensible fact that Odette’s forte is entertaining, from her vibrant taste to her easygoing personality. A typical day would include watching her husband’s games, bonding with her children, and hosting bible studies at their home in the north, but when she does have the chance to kick back and relax, she heads to Power Plant Mall to catch the latest movie, shop at her favorite brands including Zara and Harlan & Holden, and dine in her staples, Mamou and CDP. “My children are always in Rockwell. It’s so convenient.” Despite living in the north, Odette also admits she finds herself in Rockwell for her down time.