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The Family That Plays Together, Wins Together!

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In this day and age, kids are glued to their mobile devices to play various games just like Jodi Sta. Maria’s son, Thirdy. As a mom of a young boy, Jodi tries her best to catch up with trends as a way to connect with her son.

But no matter how much she tries, she couldn’t grasp the somewhat complicated mechanics of modern games. So instead, she plays something much simpler.

“Di ako marunong eh, may dinownload ako (na game) na natutunan kay Thirdy.” Jodi funnily admitted.

“Hindi siya komplikadong game kasi pagpinapanood ko yung mga games ng bata ngayon, sabi ko ‘hay di na to kaya ng brain cells ko.’” She went on to say that she used to play video games when she was younger.

But even though mobile games are such a big hit nowadays, the mother and son still find joy in traditional, well-loved games. In fact, they would spend some quality time in Puzzles, where anyone can play plethora of classic and modern board games and eat delicious food at the same time.

With 350 board games, Jodi and Thirdy easily passes the time with so much fun and excitement. But who wins in these games? Thirdy. The 12-year-old, who is a Basketball champion and an honor student, has a competitive spirit so he doesn’t let anyone even his mom win.

“Si Thirdy very competitive. Ayaw niyang natatalo siya. Gusto niya lagi siyang winner. Motto ata niya is life is a competition. Charing,” she quipped.

Jodi Sta Maria: “Thirdy is a Blessing”

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Jodi Sta. Maria may have a strict schedule but she’s never too busy for the “blessing” of her life, Thirdy. Apart from their baking and pottery activities, the mother and son also bond through storytelling.

In an exclusive interview, Jodi revealed that Thirdy loves to read books, which is commendable given his young age, and so, every night after their “kwentuhan,” they still have more special moment together.

“Mahilig kasi siya magpabasa ng libro. Yun yung nagiging bonding namin.”

Based on multiple studies, reading helps develop children’s vocabularies and broadens perspectives, among other things.

“Napaka-important din kasi ng book reading kasi somehow it stimulates your mind. Para yung creativity mo and imagination mo gumagana. So it’s very important sa cognitive development din ng bata.”

Even more admirable, Jodi reads to Thirdy with not just typical books but “The Action Bible.” Written by Doug Mauss and illustrated by Sergio Cariello, the Action Bible is Biblical comic that makes learning wisdom of God more enjoyable for children.

“As a mother, I know that the Lord has entrusted me with something very special. Thirdy is a blessing. I know that God want me to raise him up God-fearing, loving him, and know him as well.”

It should be noted that Jodi is hitting two birds with one stone because not only is she encouraging her son to read more, she is also instilling Thirdy with God’s teaching. Both are quite important- crucial even- for every child.

Nevertheless, don’t just simply force a book on your child. Jodi has a gentle reminder for every parent and that is to know what their children want to read.

“Kunwari yung bata ang gusto si Wonder Woman pero pinipilit mong ipabasa Little Pony,” she joked. “So I think it’s very important that we know what they like or what they want so they find every bit of story interesting.”

Jodi Sta. Maria and Thirdy’s Long Weekend Getaway in Zambales

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Before actress Jodi Sta. Maria started going to school this Tuesday, she and her son Thirdy enjoyed the long weekend in the quaint province of Zambales.

“Life will always try to make us busy so what we should do is try to find time and fight for that time to do what we want to do, and also to spend time with ourselves and the people we love,” Jodi said.

The mother and son bonded in a 3-day pottery class with Pottery Expert Mia Casal in her Clay Ave. Pottery Studio in San Narciso, Zambales. That’s right, as peculiar as it sounds; the whole experience was actually pretty good and fun for Jodi and Thirdy.

“Fun siya kasi when you do things that you love with the people that you love sobrang nagiging special and memorable yung experience. And as a mother, nakikita ko na sobrang natututo si Thirdy and nagugustuhan niya to and na-eexpose siya dun sa maraming bagay hindi lang sa video games.”

Although Jodi and Thirdy did an amazing job making the pots, they have to wait for a month for it to dry. After that, they have to polish and finally heat the pot. Apart from making pots, Jodi and Thirdy also visited a small exhibit of teacher Mia’s work and her students.

Fun fact: Jodi actually first learned how to make pots back in 2015 so she would be able to fulfill her role as Amor de Jesus/Powers for the ABS-CBN hit drama Pangako Sa ‘Yo, wherein she received worldwide recognition, including an International Emmy nomination.

“Pinaka-unang pottery class ko with teacher Mia is back in 2015. Kailangan ko mag-aral for my role because si Amor Powers eto talaga ginagawa,” she said.

After having a wonderful time, Jodi recommends pottery making to everyone because of the life lessons you can learn while making one.

“If you’re looking for something new na pwedeng gawin na recreational and at the same time fun. I suggest you guys try pottery atsaka sobrang daming life lessons na matutunan kasi life metaphor siya.”

As for their next adventure, Jodi had this to say.

“Ang next activity namin ni Thirdy yun yung dapat ninyong abangan,” she laughed.

Thirdy Bonds With Mom Jodi At The Gym

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Actress and Super Mom Jodi Sta. Maria once again proved that there shouldn’t be any excuse for parents not to bond with their kids no matter how busy they are.Yesterday, Jodi and her son Thirdy had a quality mother-son time and they did it creatively as they bonded in a very peculiar place, the gym.

Before going to the gym, Thirdy first had his hair cut for his first day at school. He followed soon in Anytime Fitness in Alabang and had some fun with his mom and Coach Jomar. While seeing his mom get a massage, Thirdy had an interesting thought as he shared that if he ever becomes a masseur, he is going to charge a hefty price to his clients but for his mom, it will be free.

Thirdy also discovered a roller that is used to massage a person after a workout. And creative and playful as he will ever be, he played with the roller and used it as an imaginary sword.

Looks like Jodi and Thirdy have a new place to have some quality time. Where else will they take us next? Find out in the next Thirdy’s Corner blog!

Watch the cute video below.

Watch @Thirdy_lacson have some fun with his mom @jodistamaria during her workout session! #ThirdysCorner #B617

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Thirdy Wins Basketball Championship Game

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La Salle did it again as the team of Thirdy won the Milcu Basketball Summer Showcase Championship in the 12-under division on Sunday, May 28.

Just like any mom, Jodi Sta. Maria was present to her son’s game to support him. They proudly posed together with the trophy.

Just a few days ago, Jodi and Iwa attended the semi-finals of the competition. Jodi said that she was proud of Thirdy and team La Salle in winning the game.

(Photo Source: Instagram – @jodistamaria)

Jodi and Thirdy Celebrate Mother’s Day Together

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For the past few weeks Jodi Sta. Maria has been very busy promoting her much awaited rom-com movie “My Dear Other Self” with Xian Lim and Joseph Marco.

And even last Mother’s day, May 14, she was very busy as she had to attend a mall shows in SM Bicutan and Star Mall Alabang. But her son, Thirdy, didn’t let that get in their way to celebrate a special day for every mothers and their kids. So Thirdy accompanied his mom to the mall shows so just they can be together.

(Photo Source: Instagram – @jodistamariaph)

Jodi and Thirdy Enjoy Vacation in Japan

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Actress Jodi Sta. Maria had a wonderful and special time in Japan with her “favorite people in the world,” her son Thirdy and mom.

The actress took to her Instagram to share their journey in Kyoto. One of the highlights of their visit was seeing so many shrines and temples there.

“Exploring this beautiful city with more than 800 shrines and temples with my favorite people in the world 🌎❤️😍”

Exploring this beautiful city with more than 800 shrines and temples with my favorite people in the world 🌎❤️😍

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Jodi and Thirdy had a unique bonding activity when they got the chance to learn “the Japanese art of sword fighting.” Jodi played the role of a “distressed female” while Thirdy chose to be a ninja so he could save his mom from the samurai.

“Thirdy and I had a wonderful experience learning the Japanese art of sword fighting. The art teaches us a moral principle — to discipline our souls and spirit. We learned some basic skills today. We got to perform what we’ve learned too! Thirdy chose to be a Ninja and I a distressed female who was attacked by a Samurai wanting to be saved. Enjoy watching 😍”

The mother and son toured the old city of Kyoto in a rickshaw or “jinrikisha” as they call it in Japan.

“In 1870 the Tokyo government issued a permission to build and sell rickshaws. By 1872, it became the main mode of transportation in Japan with about 40,000 rickshaw in service. Today, Thirdy and I get to experience riding the jinrikisha and tour the old city of Kyoto. Enjoy!”

(Photo Source: Instagram – @jodistamaria)

Thirdy’s Yummy Chocolate Cake

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If you want to bake a cake then look no further because Jodi and Thirdy have the the perfect chocolate cake recipe for you and your family. It’s easy, delicious, and fun so bake it with your kids.


2 cups white sugar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9 inch cake pans.

2. In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla, mix for 3 minutes with an electric mixer. Stir in the boiling water by hand. Pour evenly into the prepared pan.

3. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan to cool completely.

4. Decorate the cake and enjoy.

Watch how Jodi and Thirdy baked the chocolate cake below.

How Jodi and Thirdy Bond Together

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There are countless ways to bond or spend quality time with your kids like playing sport or going out together. But for award-winning actress and wonderful mom Jodi Sta. Maria and son Thirdy, baking together is a great activity.

“Baking together is good. Learning something new is better. Moments spent together is the best for it will last a lifetime,” the actress said in an Instagram post last August 17.

Although baking doesn’t seem like an exciting activity, it is actually very fun. Measuring the ingredients, making dough, decorating pastries, and even cleaning up the mess are very fun activities for kids. What more is that, just like for Jodi and Thirdy, you and your kids work and learn things together, which ultimately strengthens the bond between you and your kids.

“Had a great time with this cute little man yesterday. It’s a blessing to learn something new together,” she said in an another Instagram post.

Before we slept the other night he said he wanted to bake from scratch. Real ingredients with measuring cups and all..not the instant just-add- hot water kind. So I researched on youtube. Watched videos of simple cake recipes. Went to a baking goods store near my place and bought all the necessary ingredients. When he got home from school we started with our baking adventure. Since we both didn't know how to bake, we helped each other to make sure we are getting everything right. Funny coz when we don't have a 3/4 measuring cup. I told him to just use 1/2 cup and 1/4 cup to make 3/4. He looked at me and said "Mama, I need a pen and paper." Then he started to compute! 1/4 + 1/2 at long method pa! Had a great time with this cute little man yesterday. It's a blessing to learn something new together. Sharing with you the cake we baked. Cake design by : Thirdy Today, we are going for cupcakes 😀🖒❤ #simplejoys #blessing #grateful #lifeisbeautiful #thankYouJesus

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And what’s absolutely great about baking is that in the end, you and your child get to eat the food just like for Jodi and Thirdy. You can also share it to friends and whenever you have to host a party, you know that you have someone that can help you make cakes and pastries.

So for your next bonding activity, bake with your kids and have so much fun.