No matter where we go, whether it is a short or long road adventure, be it a business trip to Dubai holidays in the Caribbean or backpacking in South East Asia, packing is the single most essential thing that could either make or break our escape. And sometimes, we still go back to the one who knows best and sometimes acts as if she knows everything, but nonetheless we listen to—our Moms.

Here are twelve of the respected seasoned (*cough*hottest) Filipino male travel bloggers and facts that correlates two of the things that have been haunting them for the longest time…

Travel & their Moms.


James of

James’ mom will just make sure that he doesn’t forget anything. Like wallet, phone, shades, jacket and that’s it. Point blank. He is suspecting that his mom really wants him to just get his a** out of the house. His mom’s only requirements would be a text message update of his whereabouts and the Pasalubog (some goodies from the destination).


Marky of

Marky: I won’t be here this Saturday
Mom: OK, and where exactly are you going?
Marky: Bangkok?
Mom: But you’ve been there
Marky: I haven’t been there mom

This is a standard format of their mom-son pre travel pep talk. Marky’s mom seriously believes that his son has been to all imaginable places. Unless of course he is being mistaken to be somebody else. Well, we can’t blame Mrs. Go.

Jerome of

Mrs Baluyut is a mom cum quality assurance specialist. She double checks Jerome’s bag to make sure everything is packed for her son who happens to have a premature Alzheimer’s. LOL.

He is also required to have a status report sent via SMS upon touch down. Final instructions vary depending on his destination: If it is local, “Beware of Rebels” and if it is international “Beware of diseases, it is dirty there”  LOL


Edcel of

Ed’s mom is the one who reminds him to bring medicines on the road, because he doesn’t bring those. She also tells him to double check his wallet as he sometimes doesn’t know where he placed it even if its already in his pocket, another case of premature Alzheimer’s here.

He is lucky to have a mom that is up to date with current issues, as he is always being told not to leave his luggage unattended to prevent a window of opportunity for syndicates to slip something in the bag and him accused for being a drug mule. Clever mom.

Estan of

You may be surprised (because we were) that Estan always carry with him (are you ready?) The Holy Rosary. That is because his mom will not let him go out on a trip without it. Now we all know what this guy is doing on a long haul flight or idle transit hours. So, Estan Cabigas… PRAY FOR US!

Ron of

Ron’s mom always advises him to bring a small towel or “sapi.” It is something he can put inside his shirt to absorb his lard. Ron sweats like there’s a spring of oil in his pores and Mommy is always scared of him acquiring pneumonia.

She, though still very young, demonstrates a classic case of selective retrograde amnesia. She will always say the same scripted line over and over every time his son is about to hit the road “You should make sure the place is safe, there are lots of bad entities out there, you know?” to a point that Ron can lip sync his mom’s line every time they come across this particular scenario.

So Ron will always opt to just let his folks know his current location when he’s already in the destination. But he is still not safe from guilt trip scolding on the phone:

Mom: Are you intentionally inducing a heart attack to your mom? <insert drama lines here> 
Ron: Anything else you want to say?
Mom: Buy me an expensive coffee… and a hand bag.

Flip of

His mom knows him really well as she would advise him to bring vitamins and the constant reminder to always take caution on the road. Yes, our friend Flip here is a magnet of road and transportation related dramas.


Robbie of

Robbie says his mom, on the other hand, doesn’t care at all. Or should we say, got a zen perspective in life which makes Robbie the envy of most budding travel junkies.

Robbie: Ma, I’m going to _____
Mom: When are you coming back?
Robbie: Next week.
Mom: Okay, take care!

<end of discussion>


RV of

RV prevents a temporary restraining order from his mom by this effective SMS strategy: “Mom I’ll be gone for XX days. boarding already 😀

That leaves his mom with no other choice but to say “Amping pirmi” loosely translated into English means Take care always. But his grandma’s got the ultimate travel advise “Always check twice before you cross the street ha, hijo”. Little did the lady know that her grandson doesn’t cross the streets, but owns it! In the most lunatic way possible.

Darwin of

Other than the usual advise of taking good care of his gadgets and packing a medicine cabinet, his mom requires him to bring a homing device (phone) and Darwin has to carry it with him, maybe even when going to the loo.

Darwin would not forget his first solo trip to Sagada and he had this conversation with his mom via SMS

Darwin: Nay, I’m going to Sagada
Mom: When and where is that?
Darwin: Like now! I’m already on a bus to Baguio, Sagada is around 6 hours more from Baguio

[Then he slipped his phone in the bag and slept. GOOD JOB! Halfway along the route, after 10 missed calls and heaping text messages. He answered the call]

Mom: Son, you better take care, I’m worrying, I heard that there are cases of landslides there, specially now that there’s a storm.
Darwin: Not true, it’s just drizzling here.

Then came typhoon Mina. All trips to Sagada were cancelled except for one bus which just left, to save himself from going back to the city he rented a cab and did an Amazing Race-ish car chase to the next province! He made it! But still, mom knows best. There was a landslide and he got stranded. Knowing that his mom will do the “I told you so” litany, he just informed some friends of his whereabouts. Bad Darwin! Bad Boy! … But you have a future in politics, really.


Lloyd of

Lloyd’s mom seems to be both traditional and chic. As she always advise him to bring the Lord of Pardon prayer book. But aside from that, antihistamines and a sunscreen are the must bring. Yes, his mom knows the fashionably correct way of traveling. As for the anti-allergy medicine, we are guessing that it is for the anaphylactic shock that Lloyd might sustain after praying. (We’re kidding, Lloyd is spiritual… really).


Dong of

His mom always makes sure that he brings a Jacket. She also tells him to take good care of his Things and travel Safely.

Guys, using basic deductive analysis, we all know that Mrs. Ho is using an analogy and those keywords are just euphemisms. 😛

How about you? What is your mom’s ultimate travel advise when you are on the road?

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  • Renz Bulseco

    January 17, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Interesting read! Yung sa akin, parang ganito:

    Me: Ma, pupunta ako (insert destination). Bukas na flight ko
    Ma: Okay, ingat ka ha. Tex ka lang sa amin.

    *3 days after* – mom will flood my facebook and twitter page with “kuya miss na kita! ingat ka diyan ha!”


  • Biggie Yu

    January 17, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    This is funny! Would like share mine as well:

    Biggie: Ma, i’m going to (destination). I’ll be flying on Saturday.
    Ma: You’re leaving again? Ano ka ba dito boarder? I seldom see you home! I suggest that you limit your travels…blah, blah, blah…and the litany goes on…

    *After a couple of mins…

    Ma: O, you take care. Don’t forget to call me when you’re there already. And don’t forget to bring home… (then she gives me a list)

    Hahaha, cute moms! Love you mom! 🙂

  • flipnomad

    January 17, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    na miss ko tuloy nanay ko haha saka mga makukulit kong kapatid, mag i isang taon ko na pala silang di nakikita, naalala ko conversation namin minsan nung andyan ako:

    me: (naglalakad sa kusina kakagising lang)
    nanay (naglalaba): o’ ba’t me buhangin sa shorts mo
    me: nagpunta pala ako sa bolinao nung weekend
    nanay (nagalit): kaya ka pala wala… hinahanap ka namin, magpaalam ka nga minsan kung aalis ka! para kang boarder!!!


  • Brenna

    January 17, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Um.. the last time I traveled – here’s what she said to me:

    Me: Ma, I’m going to Cebu
    Mom: Bakit? Magtatanan ka na?

    And.. her ultimate advice?
    Mom: Hoy babae! Wag na wag kang uuwing buntis ha.


  • Supertikoy

    January 17, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    really reminds me of pre-trip scenario. halos magkakapareho ang sinasabi ng mga nanay haha…and I’m with you in saying…”Estan Cabigas…Pray for us” =))

  • Courtney Mroch

    January 17, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    OMG! What an awesome and FUN post idea! Love it!

  • darwin

    January 17, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    hahaha! ang kukulet lang! hindi ko talaga makakalimutan yung trip to sagada na yun! akala ko katapusan ko na!!!haha

    naalala ko yung place kung saan nagka-landslide, pag daan namin nung weekend goin to Benguet, hindi pa rin way pa rin ang kalsada. naalala ko bigla ang nanay ko! kaya lagi na akong nagpapaalam ng maaga..

    mahal talaga tayo ng mga nanay natin..haha!

  • Christian | Lakad Pilipinas

    January 17, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Bili mo ko ng pasalubong? haha 😛

  • Debbie Beardsley @ European Travelista

    January 17, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Completely loved this post! Great idea and a great read. Moms are moms no matter where and we always worry about our ‘babies’ no matter how old they get 🙂

  • David @ Malaysia Asia

    January 17, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Congrats and that’s an awesome list of Travelers from the Philippines. If only Malaysia had more serious male travel bloggers 🙂 I hope to meet all of you one day, some day too. If you’re ever in Malaysia, look me up.

  • Marky

    January 17, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    We’re all basically part mama’s boys, but great thing they understand our need to travel and does not play KJ’s. Now, I’m still thinking how I will tell my mom my plans of a long term backpacking trip. She will probably say I’ve done that already lol.

  • Eileen/ Possibly Pinay

    January 17, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    Danda naman!
    In our house, medyo lamangan ang conversation:

    MA: Cancelled na Bhutan namin, masyadong close na sa sked ng cruise namin.
    Me: Eh di wala na din yung Nepal niyo?

    Me: Ma, punta ako ng Vietnam.
    Ma: Bili mo ako nung cosmetic purse ko sa palengke. $1 isa nun, bili mo ako 12.

    Me: Ma, pupunta akong El Nido
    Ma: Sama ako.

    Ma: Anak, hanap mo ako seat sale ng Puerto Princesa to Busuanga
    Me: Ma, bihira magsale yung route na yun, alangan kasi. Kung mag-sale yun hindi siguro piso.
    Ma: Eh kung Busuanga lang?

    Me and my mom, bow!

  • chyng

    January 18, 2012 at 12:24 am

    momma’s boys! ?
    in my part naman, ang tatay ko yung “anak dalhin mo to, dalhin mo yan..” dalhin lahat?! hahaha

  • mervz |

    January 18, 2012 at 1:30 am

    just like Robbie’s, my mom doesn’t care at all… just inform her where you’ll be going and when will you be coming back… kahit txt lang ok na… hehehe! 🙂

  • gayE @ pinaytraveljunkie

    January 18, 2012 at 3:51 am

    Pwede na ba sila i-cast sa Date My Mom? Would be very, very, very interesting!

  • The Shades of Grey | Elal

    January 18, 2012 at 4:38 am

    Hindi alam ng mom ko na I’m travelling coz she’s in Dumaguete and ayaw nya ako masyado gumala esp in Manila coz it’s dangerous (credits to tv daily news). Hehe

  • looneyplaneteer

    January 18, 2012 at 8:23 am

    my Mum and I read has never been this fun!
    to all the wonderful mums and their kaladkaring sons in the world, cheers! 😀

  • dong ho

    January 18, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    hahaha… kulit lang. nakasama sa motherpackers. salamat Ron and Mon! teka kelan tandem trip natin?

  • estan

    January 18, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Ron, advice is advice but that doesn’t mean I follow it. hahaha. frankly, while my mother says pray the rosary, i haven’t been bringing mine for many years. Got one from La Salle, the 6 decade rosary but really haven’t used it. Sorry, momma, hehehe

  • batanggala l Tindoy

    January 18, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Nanay Ko: ” Tindoy, masain ka na naman?(in bikol)
    (you’re leaving AGAIN?– with a voice a bit higher than Regine V.)lol

    Tindoy: “Nay, may lakarin lang ako importante.” (Mom, I just need to do something important.)

    Nanay Ko: “Sige, darahon mo ining mga plastic bag para sa mga maaati mong bado.” (Alright, don’t forget to bring this plastic bags for your soiled clothes.)– with her voice pitch

    Tindoy: “Nay,salamat. Wag na po.” (Mom, thanks. It’s ok. I can manage.)

    Pagdating ko sa destination– kita ko mga plastic na nsa bulsa ng backpack ko. hahahahahaha

    Our Moms are the coolest persons in the universe- AGREE?! yeah!

  • Brownman Ian

    January 19, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    hahahaha cute article….. ako naman….. ang conversation….

    situation 1: nakita akong paalis…
    me paalis… “alis na ako”
    Pop: kailan balik mo?
    me: “di ko sure”
    pop: “cge eh di hindi ka dito kakain?” >>>kulet mode na… hahahaha

    Situation 2: wlang tao sa bahay pag alis..
    Pop: Saan ka nanggaling??? >>>wala usualy nanay ko nasa galaan din… =)
    Me: Sa ano….
    Pop: eh bat di ka manlang nagpaalam???
    Me: Nagtxt kaya ako kay mama!!! (pop doesn’t own a cell)
    Me: Ma! bat di mo sinabi kay papa??
    Mom: HA! ay nagtext ka pala!!! >>> Yun lang!!!! lol

  • Ding | The Pinoy Explorer

    January 23, 2012 at 6:12 am

    cool post! And I love their doting mothers!

  • Journeys and Travels

    January 26, 2012 at 12:36 am

    The most detailed ones ever posted and naaaliw ako sa mga replies ng mga girls haha. Brenna, ung sau ang panalo haha

  • Shawi | CheapTravelForWomen

    January 27, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    my mom would belong to the “bilmoko nyan” {buy me that} species.

    in honor of mothers though, here’s the one i wrote earlier.

  • Belle

    January 31, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Too hilarious! Thanks for giving Mamasboys and motherpackers that much needed turn in the spotlight 😉

  • boogie

    January 31, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    loved it… :))
    the funny thing is, my mom is the coolest and will just say “mag-iingat ka, magtext ka pag andon ka na”… i just avoid questions like “sinong kasama mo?”… the one that worries is my eldest cousin who would rant and have like a litany of drama session, in which i would just respond, “kapatid, i’m turning 28. i can handle it” for her to realize i’m not her 5y/o protegee anymore… :))

  • Dave (Trails & Lifestyle)

    February 2, 2012 at 5:42 am

    My Nanay will prepare her own stuff, coz she’s my travel buddy. hahaha!
    Keep the flips going! I just added you in my blog roll here:


  • Mimai

    February 3, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Haha! This was a fun read! 😀
    Most of the time, my mom is my travel buddy pero pag di sya kasama, nagtatampo sandali and then comes the interrogation part with matching guilt trip!


    February 6, 2012 at 1:29 am

    Bakit ngayon ko lang nabasa ito. Ang kukulit. Nakakaaliw. at yung mga comment sa taas naging extension ng post. haha.

  • Kareen

    February 15, 2012 at 4:31 am

    I enjoyed reading the comments which I decided to share mine.

    My mom is a conservative one but every time I leave to travel she doesn’t say a word not until I’m not around. They already know that I’m going somewhere if they see me wearing shorts and slippers carrying my backpack and tripod. She knows that I don’t want to hear her negatives thoughts in traveling specially in solo. She just pray all the saints and ask them to guide her “prodigal daughter.” However, I will tell my friends about my whereabouts and told them to report to the police that I’m missing if they won’t hear any word from me after the time frame that I’ve given… I have to remind them I’m already on board and they already know what to do. LOL

  • anna

    January 5, 2013 at 6:58 am

    my first travel alone was to the philippines, my mom said, “don’t leave your bags unattended and before you leave, i will pin the money on your bra so no can steal it” – miss her…now its my dad who would say, “aalis ka na naman!”

  • AJ Poliquit

    May 12, 2013 at 3:13 am

    Oh well, my mom doesn’t just remind me what to bring. She GOES with me. 😉

  • Anna Belle

    July 15, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    hahaha, funny! I can relate 🙂

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