‘Mamathlete’ Fille Cainglet talks mom life

Barry Viloria on May 13, 2018 04:07 PM
‘Mamathlete’ Fille Cainglet talks mom life
“I’m still new at (being a mom), so I cant say I’m good at it or I’m bad at it. But I always try to do what's best for my son as what most parents would do. Being a mom is a lot of work, but it's all worth it. It’s true, all the late nights and no sleep can be exhausting but it’s all worth it when you see your baby smile and happy.”

MANILA, Philippines – Walking with her hair pulled back and sporting that charming smile we knew too well, former Ateneo Lady Eagle Fille Cainglet didn’t seem to have changed when we bumped into her at a shopping destination in Taguig some Sunday ago. Except that, within seconds, we would notice her carrying a child and pushing a stroller around while a yaya followed closely.

“I was just hanging around!” Fille said, with a laugh.

The child, of course, was her son: Ino Phillip. And Fille was there to relax with her firstborn with husband Lino Cayetano.

This is what makes up the life of a former member (and captain) of the Ateneo Lady Eagles now—taking her child for some form of weekend leisure as part of fulfilling her duties as a new mom.

Fille, who graduated Psychology from the Katipunan-based university, was among the likes of Gretchen Ho, Michele Gumabao, and other volleybelles who would meet in UAAP Season 74—at the dawn of the rivalry between Ateneo and La Salle in women’s volleyball. Such would eventually help popularize the sport in the league, more than how men’s basketball or cheerdance would usually fare even outside it.

Fille took a break from volleyball when she married the director-politician in 2013. She would give birth to Ino on May 13 the next year, and would only come back to play a few months later in October. That time, new mom and wife Fille had already slipped into a jersey that read “Cayetano.”

“I can say I'm back (to volleyball). It took a while but it hasn't been a year pa nga since I gave birth,” Fille, who is now playing semipro, said. “C-section pa ako. But I was cleared naman by my OB 5 weeks pa lang after giving birth.”

Fille, now keeps busy as a mom. She spends her day taking care of her child.

What was everyone’s favorite Ateneo volleybelle once now feels challenged to be doing parental obligations for the first time. 

Pero I persevered!” she added, amused. “And I was able to breastfeed pa rin kahit naglalaro na ako.”

Though, it helps that her husband Lino is also a “hands-on” dad to Ino.

“He changes diapers, feeds him, and plays with him. Actually, ‘pag training ko minsan, sya naiiwan kay baby.”

Fille’s new life as a mother and athlete can be stressful, but she doesn’t mind.

“I’m still new at (being a mom), so I cant say I’m good at it or I’m bad at it. But I always try to do what's best for my son as what most parents would do. Being a mom is a lot of work, but it's all worth it. It’s true, all the late nights and no sleep can be exhausting but it’s all worth it when you see your baby smile and happy.”

We didn’t bother ask Fille if she’s in a much better place now as we already knew the answer.

Update: Fille Cainglet-Cayetano now has three kids: Ino Phillip, Fille Renee and newly-born Lily Saint.

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