Archives for May 14, 2017

Angelina Cruz Writes to Mom and Best Friend Sunshine

Angelina Cruz is beyond grateful for everything her mom Sunshine has done for her. She’s basically a mother and a father rolled into one. But what Angelina’s even more thankful about is their “close relationship.”

In fact, if you check their Instagram accounts, you know that they are just like barkada. The 15-year-old celebrity kid said that, “She’s basically, if not a mom, a best friend to me.”

Sunshine has two other daughters Samantha, 12, and Cheska, 10, all with her estranged husband Cesar Montano.

Asked what their mom’s ultimate bilin is, Angelina answered, “Studies first.” To their mom’s pride, the three siblings are all honor students at De La Salle Santiago Zobel.

Moreover, when the time comes for Sunshine to shift from barkada to parent, her three daughters listen. In a previous interview with the 39-year-old star, Sunshine said, “I always tell them, ‘You know kapag naglalaro tayo or naglolokohan tayo, friends tayo, but when it’s time to be a parent to the three of you, you also have to respect and listen to me as a mother, not as a barkada.'”

PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) caught up with Sunshine’s eldest daughter via Instagram direct messaging on Sunday, May 7.

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The celebrity kid also sent PEP.ph a special mother’s day greeting for the actress.

The letter reads:

“Dear Mommy,

“I honestly don’t know where to start, whether to thank you or to express my love and gratefulness to have you as my mother.

“For that I am absolutely grateful and thankful to have you as my mom.

“Thank you so much mommy, for having my back, for providing for our family, for [being] supportive, for being kind and loving, and most of all for being my mother.

“I honestly wouldn’t want anyone to be my mom, because having you as my mom is just the best.

“I love you mommy and Happy Mother’s Day!”

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This story originally appeared on Pep.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Smartparenting.com.ph editors.

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10 Kickass Single Moms in Showbiz

It’s not easy to play both mom and dad at home, so it’s no surprise that many were offended by Tito Sotto‘s supposed “joke” that has now gone viral. Below, we pay tribute to some awesome celebrity single moms who somehow make the tough job look so easy.

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Andi Eigenmann

If her public spats with the father of her daughter are anything to go by, there’s no denying that Andi is one fiercely devoted mom.

Jennylyn Mercado

When she isn’t busy raking in acting awards, modeling, and hitting the gym, this FHM Sexiest winner is a proud mom to her son, Jazz.

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Jodi Sta. Maria

Despite a schedule filled with acting gigs and even school, Jodi always makes time to explore the world with her son, Thirdy.

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LJ Reyes

This award-winning actress has always been open about the struggles of being a single mom to her son, Aki. She also makes sure he spends plenty of time with his dad, Paulo Avelino.

Sunshine Dizon

It was in June 2016 when Sunshine publicly called out her husband, Timothy Tan, for infidelity. Flash-forward to today, and she’s now a dedicated single mom with a “very good support group.”

Sunshine Cruz

Sunshine’s rocky marriage with Cesar Montano led to her raising their three kids mostly on her own. Their eldest, Angelina, is now joining showbiz.

Geneva Cruz

This actress-turned-certified nutritionist has two kids: a son named Heaven who is a nursing student and a young daughter named London. In a passionate Instagram post (above), she addressed Tito Sotto, saying, “Just so you know, as a mom, I actually did not plan on being single. But in life, we all have to deal with the cards we are dealt the best way we can.”

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Ruffa Gutierrez

After a lavish wedding in 2003 and a controversial split in 2011, Ruffa vowed to not depend on her former husband for financial help in raising their daughters.

Denise Laurel

She made headlines in 2011 when she confessed to being a single mom to a baby boy. Years later, the actress happily shares the cutest photos with her five-year-old son.

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Ciara Sotto

Ciara became a dedicated single mom to her son, Crixus, after splitting up with her former husband, Jojo Oconer.

This story originally appeared on Spot.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Smartparenting.com.ph editors.

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Becoming a Mom Was the Happiest and Saddest Day of My Life

I started singing when I was 2 years old, and since then, my life revolved around music and singing. My closest family and friends have seen my passion and dedication as a chorister, as a conductor, and as a teacher to young children. I trained hard, performed well, and taught purposefully. I was UNSTOPPABLE…until I got pregnant. I lost that one thing that made my life exceptionally beautiful and extra meaningful, that one thing that enabled me to make music, that one thing that allowed me to express the language of my heart — my voice.

I grew up attending Sunday services with my entire family in Ellinwood Malate Church where music, whether played or sung, is always remarkable. At an early age, I was already exposed to period music and enjoyed listening (and even singing along) to Handel’s “Messiah” every Christmas and Mozart’s “Requiem,” come the Holy week. My grandparents were wonderful singers, too, and my parents were part of the choir. They thought it would be great if they’d get me to sing in the choir as well, and it was one of the best decisions my parents made for me. At 6 years old, the musician in me was born.

At around 8, while other kids were singing and dancing to popular songs, I was appreciating the very melodic “Ti Ayat Ti Meysa Nga Ubing” and singing it in a high voice while finishing up assignments at home. Throughout my school years, I performed, competed, and studied. I was lucky enough to go to St. Scholastica’s College Manila, where the music program is above par and be part of DLSU Chorale.

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At 18, I was already conducting my first company choir. Just before I turned 20, I had my first European concert tour with the DLSU Chorale. After that, another concert tour came and then another in Korea, North America, and Canada. I also became one of the six people who represented the Philippines in the Asian Youth Choir where rehearsals and performances were held in Japan.

At 23, I auditioned for the Philippine Madrigal Singers. How I dreamt of sitting in that prestigious semi-circle, right at the center of it, singing my heart out! Pero sabi ko, parang imposible. After I sung, they told me right away that I made it and was asked to attend rehearsals, which happened to be an hour after I auditioned. December 8, 2003 was the day my life as a chorister became more meaningful.

The Madz, as we call the Philippine Madrigal Singers, on its own, is a school. While it sharpens your skills as a musician, it also defines your character as a person. In the Madz, being a good singer is not enough. Hard work, discipline, endurance, and willingness to learn are essential tools for you to survive.

When I entered the group, I was one of the few who wasn’t music degree holders. So, I mastered the pieces ahead of time, took in instructions, and sang intelligently at may puso. Three months after I auditioned, they gave me a seat at the semi-circle. Shortly after, I found myself on a European concert tour, and we went home with a prize for winning a choral competition in Spain. I couldn’t believe it at first but the wish I made some years ago in college was happening!

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In 2005, my mother died because of cancer. Music and singing rescued me and got me through the saddest days. A month after her death, I got into a relationship with Henry, my most masugid na manililigaw since college. Everything just got more beautiful since then.

After a year into our relationship, Henry asked me to marry him, and I said yes. But the Madz was set to embark on international tours and competitions for two years. The schedule just didn’t have time for a wedding. I had to choose between getting married at 26 or competing. I chose the latter. Unstoppable, yes? Yes! #walangmakakapigil

After my schedule with Madz had settled down, Henry and I decided to get married in March 2009; we were 29 years old. We both wanted to have children right away. We still didn’t get lucky despite the preparations I made even before getting married. I was already under medication for polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and fertility. We had two courses of IUI (Intrauterine Insemination) that both failed. We were trying to conceive for more than a year by this point, but we never gave up. In July of 2010, Henry and I decided to go through another course of IUI.

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During this round of a month-long waiting game, Henry and I flew to Bacolod to attend a wedding. It was my first time at this church, so I prayed and wished for a child. Upon receiving communion, I knelt and quietly spoke to God. I couldn’t help but cry because I was about to offer Him that one thing I thought I could not live without — my voice. Finally, my heart said it. I told God that I was willing to sacrifice my voice in exchange for a son or a daughter.

When we arrived in Manila, Henry and I went back to our usual routine. A week went by, and finally, it was time for me to take the test. I said a prayer and made that offering once again. Then, I did two different pregnancy tests, and after a few minutes, there it was — two pink lines! I WAS PREGNANT! Immediately, I fell to my knees and thanked God for this miracle. I was overjoyed!

The following day I went to my ob-gyn to have myself checked. She confirmed that I was indeed pregnant, and we were having triplets! GOD GAVE US TRIPLETS!

Weeks passed, and it was finally time to check on the babies’ heartbeats. Baby number one was doing great, and so was baby number two. But baby number three was not. He did not have any heartbeat. After that check up, I was advised …read more