P&G Beauty Care Mar­ket­ing Man­ager Maimai Madrid-Pun­za­lan talks about mother­hood, ca­reer, and how to strike the per­fect bal­ance in both.

Southern Living - - Southerners - BY RUTH KAIRUZ

I’ve lived in the South all my life. It’s a bit away from the hus­tle and bus­tle of main Metro Manila area– so less pol­lu­tion, less con­ges­tion, and an easy drive to va­ca­tion get­aways, but it is still com­plete with the good things Manila has to of fer.

As the mar­ket­ing team leader of P& G's four brands— Pan­tene, Head & Shoul­ders, Re­joice, and Olay Fa­cial Care in the Philip­pines— hard work is not a for­eign con­cept to Maimai Madrid-Pun­za­lan. From prod­uct launches and ad­ver­tis­ing-led in­no­va­tions to man­ag­ing the day-to-day trans­ac­tions for each brand, Maimai def­i­nitely has her work cut out for her. On the scope of her re­spon­si­bil­ity, she says, “ The com­pet­i­tive land­scape where my brands play is highly ac­tive. In han­dling multi-mil­lion dol­lar brands such as mine, there is a lot of pres­sure from the global/re­gional head­quar­ters to de­liver the fi­nan­cial com­mit­ments set out ev­ery month, ev­ery year.”

Be­ing mar­ried for three years now to Pio Pun­za­lan, her col­lege sweet­heart of 11 years, this 29-year-old mom knows how im­por­tant it is to make time for her fam­ily. Tak­ing care of her one-year-old daugh­ter Mia Amelie while work­ing and run­ning a house­hold at the same time may prove to be dif­fi­cult, but Maimai seems to have found the per­fect bal­ance. She says, “It’s not easy to be a work­ing mother. I just do the best I can to strictly fol­low a sched­ule. If I need to get to work early, I wake up ex­tra early to make sure I have ex­tra time for my child in the morn­ing and at night. Once a week, I try to work from home, so that there is no time wasted in transit, and I get to have lunch with my child. On week­ends, it’s com­pletely fam­ily time. I also make sure my hus­band and I get to go on a date twice a week.”

Her hus­band Pio, who is him­self a busi­ness­man run­ning a fam­ily-owned real es­tate com­pany, is sup­port­ive of Maimai and all her ac­com­plish­ments. Maimai has def­i­nitely bro­ken the mold by prov­ing that one can be ex­cel­lent in all things: be­ing a wife, a mother, and hav­ing a suc­cess­ful ca­reer.

The ded­i­cated mom even makes time to pre­pare art lessons like col­ors, shapes, and the like for Mia ev­ery week. And even though her daugh­ter is still very young, Maimai en­cour­ages her to ex­plore the world around her, be­liev­ing that it's through ex­pe­ri­ence that she will truly learn, “even if it leads to some lit­tle knee scrapes or scratches un­be­fit­ting of a lit­tle lady,” Maimai says mat­ter-of­factly. Spend­ing time with her lit­tle one at the day-care cen­ter two to three times a week, ei­ther just for free play or for a class, are mo­ments she truly rel­ishes. Fam­ily time is clearly a vi­tal part of Maimai's life, and in fact, this com­ing Mother's Day, she is plan­ning to have lunch with her mom in Ala­bang, spend the af­ter­noon ei­ther swim­ming or go­ing to the park with her hus­band Pio and their daugh­ter Mia, fol­lowed by a din­ner with her mother-in-law.

Like any car­ing and lov­ing mom, she hopes to be able to im­part valu­able lessons to her daugh­ter. She ends, “I don’t want her to fol­low my foot­steps ex­actly, but I hope she learns the value of hard work and gets a sense of am­bi­tion from me. I also hope she ap­pre­ci­ates the im­por­tance of fam­ily— such that it’s in her core and will not for­get it.”

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