Best of Both Worlds

Rina Paras-Vic­to­rio is a fine ex­am­ple of a woman who thrives in her ca­reer and in mother­hood.

Cebu Living - - Journal - By Ceia Yla­gan

Rina Paras-Vic­to­rio is much like any mod­ern mom; she works full-time while run­ning a house­hold and rais­ing her five-year-old daugh­ter. As the chief op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer in her fam­ily's cable and In­ter­net ser­vice busi­ness, Rina over­sees the daily op­er­a­tions of their busi­ness. Dis­ci­plined and or­ga­nized, she makes a checklist on what she needs to ac­com­plish and fol­lows a sched­ule through­out the day. She at­tributes her hard­work­ing attitude to her ex­pe­ri­ence grow­ing up, wherein she and her si­b­lings were ex­posed to busi­ness at a young age. “My par­ents used to own a Burger Shop (way be­fore Jol­libee and McDon­ald's ex­isted in Ca­gayan de Oro) and they would bring us there al­most ev­ery­day. We all helped out be­ing cashiers or wait­resses when we got a lit­tle older. We saw how hard our par­ents worked. My fa­ther used to flip burg­ers and my mom was a cashier, so I be­lieve that made a huge im­pact in what kind of work or busi­ness we would even­tu­ally get into.” Rina is straight­for­ward when it comes to her staff, let­ting them know when she is dis­ap­pointed with how things go, but ad­mits to be­ing quite flex­i­ble when it comes to her staff who are moth­ers like her­self.

Han­dling a ca­reer and rais­ing a fam­ily is a jug­gling act that Rina man­ages with ease. “I'm not the stay-at-home wife type be­cause I grew up see­ing my mom work hand in hand with my dad. I also like earn­ing my own keep. But my hus­band knows, when I get home, my fo­cus is on him, our daugh­ter, and on keep­ing the house or­ga­nized and well stocked with sup­plies.”

De­spite her busy sched­ule, Rina finds the time to be a full-time mom to Mikaela. “I am for­tu­nate that the busi­ness that I am in and the liveli­hood that I do al­low me to be a full-time mom and ca­reer mom, all at the same time.” She re­veals that with her cur­rent sched­ule, she is able to bring her daugh­ter to school ev­ery morn­ing be­fore she goes off to work. She then picks her up from school and they spend the af­ter­noon to­gether in the of­fice. “ We then do our gro­ceries or do er­rands in be­tween or af­ter work. Since we stopped hir­ing a nanny for her when she turned two, I found a way to make her in­de­pen­dent enough to be with trusted rel­a­tives or co-worker, when I need to join a meet­ing or at­tend to some­thing im­por­tant for work,” she ex­plains.

Much like in her work, Rina puts in as much ef­fort and en­ergy into be­ing a mom and wife. She ad­mits to be­ing a dis­ci­plinar­ian, “My daugh­ter knows that when I say 'no,' it re­ally means no. No amount of wail­ing or cry­ing will change it.” She says that she talks to Mikaela when she does some­thing “bad”, mak­ing sure to ex­plain to her why what she did was not right.

Some of the im­por­tant val­ues that Rina would like to im­part to her daugh­ter are “sim­plic­ity, hon­esty and in­tegrity, above all else” and adds that, “I al­ways re­mind her of how for­tu­nate she is and that she should al­ways be thank­ful.”

Rina and her hus­band Ravi run sev­eral busi­nesses to­gether. Of this she says, “We're a good team. He's the ex­tro­vert—talk­ing to clients,ne­go­ti­at­ing with sup­pli­ers and meet­ing the staff while I like staying in the back­ground and work­ing on the fi­nances.”

Rina has lived in Ca­gayan de Oro for most of her life and be­lieves that she has al­ways been a probin­syana at heart. “I never fan­cied go­ing to clubs or go­ing out at night, so go­ing back home and get­ting in­volved in the busi­ness [in CDO] was an easy de­ci­sion to make af­ter col­lege in Manila.”

De­scrib­ing her life in CDO, Rina ex­claims, “I love my life in CDO. It’s ur­ban, in a sense, that it has all the ameni­ties a big city like Manila would have (restau­rants, malls, and etc.) but the ru­ral feel of pro­vin­cial life with the trees and moun­tains you are sur­rounded with. Plus, it’s hardly traf­fic!”•

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