Moms and Dads
Peewee Isidro: Motherhood in Post-production
MEGA Magazine’s queen bee talks to us about her most rewarding role
WORDS Margarita Medrano-Tupaz
PHOTOS Miguel Abesamis of Studio 100
Peewee Reyes-Isidro, famed editor-in-chief and the MEGA woman herself, is best known for an editorial body work that spans seventeen years. In the midst of her fast-paced and illustrious life, it is unbeknownst to many that her greatest role is being a mom to her daughters, Celine and Chloe.
A Balancing Act
“It is quite challenging when you are trying to balance work, life, and motherhood. Sometimes you succeed and sometimes you don’t. I love my job and I love my children. I am able to fulfill my role as an editor because I am fortunate to have an amazing and talented team who works really hard. It is the same on the home front because I get tremendous help and encouragement from my husband and my family,” says Peewee.
Working in a very competitive industry, Peewee has to make sure that her brand churns out relevant and inspiring content daily. Competing with people who will do anything to succeed, Peewee can proudly say that she has never faltered.
“I try to be as real as I can be. As an editor-in-chief, I am expected to look and act a certain way. But ultimately, I am in this position because I always choose to be myself. My position requires me to lead and listen. As a mom, I practice the same principles,” adds Peewee.
“I love my job and I love my children. I am able to fulfill my role as an editor because I am fortunate to have an amazing and talented team who works really hard. It is the same on the home front because I get tremendous help and encouragement from my husband and my family.”
Empowering Young Women
Imagine how many aspiring young women dream to work with Peewee or emulate her. Hers is a very empowering and powerful position, and only someone with the maturity and humility of Peewee can successfully get the job done.
“I have been in media publishing for seventeen years and I started from the bottom. This industry is made out to be all glitz and glamour. In a way it is, but it’s also not. It is so important to have the drive to be able to put out great work consistently and that includes learning the craft, then mastering it, clocking in the hours and just having your core values intact. When I was starting out, I did everything—coming up with a concept, booking the production and glam teams, styling, heading the shoot, interviewing, writing, researching, I did it all, and I did not take any shortcuts.”
Her Greatest Role
We all make sacrifices in different areas of our lives, and a female editor might sometimes feel a heavier burden.
“I am a strict mom when the need arises. In the same light I like to have fun with my girls. We goof off, watch YouTube videos, and have movie nights. I try to be present in all their activities. We also travel and we love going to theme parks and museums. It’s our thing,” quips Peewee.
This fashionista is proof that one can be a great mom and a successful editor. “I want my girls to know that they are my life’s biggest blessings and that I am grateful to have them in my life. They are the source of my creative inspiration and drive.”