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.

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