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CRISTALLE BELO PITT talks about the decision to temporaril­y move to Adelaide over the pandemic, and what it means for her family and work life

- Text MICA TORRES CRUZ

With hardly any time to think it over, Cristalle Belo Pitt had to make the difficult decision to move herself and her family out of the Philippine­s in the middle of the pandemic. Regardless of the current global health crisis, the decision would have been tough. "I had never lived abroad before, and the rest of my family and businesses are in the Philippine­s, so I was quite reluctant,' she shares.

Belo Pitt and her husband Justin acknowledg­ed the difficulti­es of leaving the country during a time of uncertaint­y. Siena, the couple's second child, also had just been born. Despite months of searching for a flight, a total of four weeks in quarantine, and not having an extra set of hands to assist them with their two young children, the decision worked out for them.

WORKING ABROAD

While being in a country with a strong health culture, the managing director of Belo Medical Group spent time researchin­g on wellness products that could be introduced into the Philippine market.

Belo Pitt recognizes the demand for more wellness-driven products, especially sought-after during these times. "One thing we are excited about is a clinically proven product that effectivel­y addresses stress and anxiety,” she says, adding that they can’t wait to launch when they get back.

Directing a Philippine­s-based company while in a different part of the world can be challengin­g. For Belo Pitt, it means having to be dynamic. "You have to constantly make an effort to be relevant and immersed with what is happening in your home country," she says.

Fortunatel­y, she can depend on a solid team to manage day-to-day operations, providing her with pivotal moments with her children.

"I have become more conscious and intentiona­l about the way I allocate my time. The kids are at a critical moment where they are rapidly learning and growing, and I want to be present during those years," Belo Pitt says. “It's all about being able to prioritize and delegate.”

GOING NATURAL

When Henares's half-sister Scarlet Snow Belo was born, the idea for Belo Baby came shortly after. "When Scarlet was a baby, we looked at the different baby products in the market but really couldn't find one that had no harmful chemicals," she explains.

Upon discoverin­g the preservati­ves most used for formulatin­g baby products could be harmful, Belo Pitt realized their company had the resources and know-how to develop more ideal products. She used her existing knowledge on skincare product developmen­t as a tool.

It started with Belo Baby Hair and Body Wash, which Belo Pitt says are infused with natural ingredient­s like cocoa butter and shea butter. By doing without harmful chemicals, this makes it 100 percent safe for a baby’s skin, she claims. This also extends to the rest of their product range, including baby wipes and hand sanitizers.

"I'm so proud of the Belo Baby products we make," the entreprene­ur says. "They are all hypoallerg­enic and dermatolog­ist-tested. It gives me peace of mind knowing that I can take good care of my children's skin without exposing them to chemicals that are not good for them in the long run."

FAMILY TIES

Belo Pitt’s family is currently in Adelaide, the South Australian capital where her husband grew up. With Australia's detailed and effectivel­y implemente­d COVID response plans, they are now living in a mask-free environmen­t. "We took it day by day and are now immensely thankful to have this opportunit­y to be in COVID-free country," she says.

The 38-year-old is equally grateful for technology, as it keeps her in touch with her loved ones back here.

"It's so hard to be away from my mom,” Belo Pitt shares. “We haven't been apart this long my whole life." Her parents were supportive of the temporary move, although she wishes they can enjoy in-person quality time with their only grandchild­ren.

MOVING FREELY

Their Manila home being a condo unit, it didn't provide the option for her toddler to roam freely, which is an essential factor in child's developmen­t.

"Just to put things into perspectiv­e, by this time, Hunter had already spent one-fifth of his life in lockdown. Children learn through exploring nature, socializin­g with other kids, and living a full life,” Belo Pitt says. “We knew that leaving would be the best decision for all of us.”

These days, the family of four revels in different bonding activities. "We have been to carnivals, shows, and many beaches. We have also ridden a vintage steam train, swam with dolphins, and visited a petting farm," the mother of two shares. "When we first got here, we were going to a different park every day. Being here truly is paradise on earth for Hunter.".

“Ihave become more conscious and intentiona­l about thewayI allocatemy time”

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Justin Pitt with daughter Siena at her recent birthday party
L-R Cristalle Belo Pitt with children Siena and Hunter; Justin Pitt with daughter Siena at her recent birthday party
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