FAMILY always and in all ways comes first for Patricia Palacol.
Juggling her time as a mother to adorable six-year-old Bryce, partner to TNT KaTropa cager Don Trollano, and law student isn't an easy task, but as long as she knows her priorities, Patricia won’t go wrong.
Her day starts as early as 4:00 in the morning and ends at around 11:00 in the evening, sometimes 12 midnight if Don has games. As soon as she wakes up, Patricia has to prepare breakfast and get Bryce ready for school. His class begins at 6:45 and is finished by 11:30.
She takes advantage of the slight window their first grader is at school to study. When Bryce gets home, she will cook lunch and run the laundry. Then it's time for her to go to San Beda University, where the 24-year-old mom is currently on her second year as a law student.
But Patricia, who does everything without a helper, isn't complaining.
"I never regret anything when it comes to family. Walang conflict when it comes to them," she told SPIN Life.
There are times, though, when she has to skip classes, upon Bryce's request or if Don can afford a brief vacation: "Kunwari si Bryce magsasabi na, 'Mama, can you be absent na lang? Let's play.' Ina-absent ko talaga, especially may Saturday class ako. Minsan naman si Don may short break, pupunta kami sa beach para mag-bonding."
She added, "May maximum number of absences naman and then tinitignan ko kung 'yung prof pwedeng absent-an and I really try to catch up naman."
Despite her daily multitasking challenge, Patricia admits that she wouldn't survive if not for Don, her life partner.
"Eight years na kami as common law spouse," she said, laughing at the legal term she mentioned. "Feeling ko hindi ko rin naman ito magagawa lahat kung wala si Don."