As she turned 40, Neri Naig-Miranda highlighted the importance of being kind and resilient in overcoming struggles, including the things that truly matter the most in life.
“Ano nga ba ang life realizations ko ngayong 40 yrs old na ako? Kailangan nating yakapin ang mga challenges sa ating buhay with kindness,” she wrote in her Instagram post on Thursday Sept. 7, while sharing a photo of herself in a brown bikini.
“Hindi madali lalo na kapag ikaw ang naagrabyado,” she continued. “Be kind, no matter how others act. Don't let bad people change your good heart.”
The former actress-turned-entrepreneur stressed that there is no need to dwell on past mistakes but to focus instead on the lessons it brought moving forward, sharing how she copes by being adaptive despite the problems.
“Sa bawat pagkakamali, may aral na kasama. Hindi na kailangan pang magsisi sa nakaraan. Ang mahalaga ay natuto ka,” she said.
“Tulad ng sinabi ko sa aking libro na Wais Na Misis, ‘Hindi laging madali para sa akin, but when life threw me lemons, hindi ako nagtago,’” Neri said.
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“Kinolekta ko ang bawat isa at ginamit sa pinakamagandang paraan—naging lemonade, lemon pie, sabon, at pampabango. Ano ang sunod? Binenta ko sila lahat at pinatunayan ang aking kakayahan! Hindi ako nagpatalo,” she added. “Hindi madali, pero kinaya at kinakaya.”
Neri also stressed the things that truly matter the most in life, including surrounding yourself with good people and setting your personal boundaries.
“Don't confuse money with true richness. Wag maging gahaman. Mayaman ka nga, marami ka namang kaaway,” she stressed.
She furthered: “Hindi sukatan ang pera sa tunay na yaman. Baka mayaman ka nga sa mata ng iba, pero wala kang tunay na kaibigan."
"Be with good people, cherish real friends, and set boundaries."
She went on to express her gratitude to the Lord and to her family who served as her support system.
“Ngayong kwarenta na ako, sobrang grateful at walang hanggang pasasalamat ko kay Lord dahil may pamilya akong todo ang suporta at pagmamahal sa akin, at asawang palaging nandyan para sa akin, tagapagtanggol at tagasuporta sa akin,” she wrote.
For his part, Parokya ni Edgar frontman Chito Miranda penned a sweet birthday message to his wife, complimenting how good she looks for her age.
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“Pinagmamayabang ko talaga na 40 ka na kasi you look amazing...at di pa rin ako makapaniwala kung gaano ako ka-swerte at pinakasalan ako ng ganito kagandang babae,” Chito wrote.
Neri owns a gourmet tuyo business and a couple of restaurants. She also has a book Wais na Misis, sharing her journey as an entrepreneur and a homemaker. In 2022, she earned her bachelor's degree in business administration.
Neri officially tied the knot with Chito in December 2014. They have three children, Pia, Miggy, and Manuel.