With Mother’s Day coming up, Push turns the spotlight to the celebrity moms, who, if not for their hard work and sacrifice wouldn’t get the stars we look up into today to their current celebrity status
Mommy Divine Geronimo
While a lot may have been said about Pop Star Princess Sarah Geronimo’s mom, Mommy Divine, she remains unbending in looking after her daughter’s welfare.
Despite all the criticisms given towards her “controlling” and “overprotective” mother, Sarah has been consistent in defending her and claiming that she understands where her mother is coming from.
Mommy Divine, in a magazine feature in 2011, opened up for the first time about her utter devotion for her family and why she does what she does for Sarah. "Vocal naman ako na hindi ko naman pinagbabawalan ang anak ko totally. But for now, sabi ko, hindi pa dapat, kasi nakikita kong iba siya sa mga kaedad niya na talagang exposed, na alam na nila kung paano paikot-ikot, kung paano sumuong sa ganoong relasyon at kung paano lumabas. 'Yong anak ko, hindi eh."
For Mommy Divine, Sarah is too trusting and naïve to be left alone to tackle the world. "Sa nakikita ko sa kanya, hindi siya talaga puwedeng pabayaang mag-isa. 'Yon ang nakikita ko kung bakit palagi ko siyang ginagabayan sa ngayon," she said.
Mommy Pinty Gonzaga
Mommy Pinty also serves as manager to daughters Toni and Alex Gonzaga. Toni in a previous interview claimed that she’s very grateful having her Mommy Pinty as her mother and manager even if she’s a bit strict and controlling.
Toni revealed that even at her age, she still has to abide by her mother’s strict curfew whenever she goes out with her boyfriend, director Paul Soriano. “Pero iniisip ko na lang, wala namang ina ang naghahangad ng masama sa kanyang anak so sumusunod na lang ako. Hindi ko pa siya pina-fire, charot! Go lang ng go. Okay ang aming relationship as mother-daughter and manager-talent,” she said.
Toni said she is very glad and thankful that her mother is investing her earning really well. “Hindi ko nabibilang [‘yung kinikita ko] kasi nanay ko ang nagbibilang. Pagdating sa money matters, dahil magaling humawak ng pera ang mommy ko, pinagkakatiwalaan ko siya. Lahat ng investments ko, siya ang bahala. Tapos ine-explain naman ng mommy ko sa akin kung saan napupunta lahat ng pera. Maayos naman, magaling maghawak ng pera ang mom ko,” she stated.
Mommy Min Bernardo
Aside from being a mother to Teen Queen Kathryn Bernardo, Mommy Min Bernardo has become a second mom to her daughter’s perennial love team partner, Teen King Daniel Padilla.
Mommy Min, as she is fondly called on the set, has been seen with her youngest daughter during tapings, pictorials, and other showbiz commitments in and out of town. Apart from being her go-to person, Mommy Min has been there ultimately to guide her daughter and consequently her special someone, Daniel.
“Sabi ko masakit isipin pero hindi niyo alam kung kayo talaga sa ending so mas maganda na matatak mo sa kanya na iba ka, na iko-compare ka na sa iba iba ka. Kailangan maging magaling ka sa partner mo, what I mean is dapat may ma-instill ka sa kanya na kahit maghiwalay kayo, maiku-kuwento niya sa mga apo niya na iba ka sa lahat,” she shared of what she told her daughter about handling relationships.
Since she’s very vocal in expressing her approval for Daniel, Mommy Min openly shared her support for the mutual understanding status of Kathryn and Daniel. If anything, she says the fact that they claimed to be MU is only a minor detail for her since they are both under her constant guidance anyway.
“Mature na silang dalawa. Sa akin, it doesn't matter kung 18, less than 18, more than 18, as long as lumugar ka. Hindi naman na-ge-gauge ‘yun kung matanda o bata kung kayo na, ‘yung ganun. Okay naman sila. Lalo na kung nag-ma-mature mas okay di ba kesa kung mas bata bata,” she explained.
Even if she’s long been known for being a nurturing mother to her boys Josh and Bimby, Queen of All Media Kris Aquino’s stage mother ways really came to fore during her youngest son’s debut into the big screen.
Apart from accompanying her son to the set every so often and making sure that he’s putting his best effort in shooting the Metro Manila Film Festival 2013 entry My Little Bossings, the Kris TV host even went as far as co-producing the Marlon Rivera-helmed flick together with her co-actor Vic Sotto.
Vic in previous report lauded Kris’s motherly care for her kids even on the set and even defended her from critics who are saying that she’s spoiling her kids.
“It's very evident, mula sa suot hanggang sa ano ang kakainin and it just shows how much she loves her children. How good a mother she is. Nakikita ko naman, eh. Sa pagpapalaki niya kay Josh. Kay Bimby.Mababait na bata. Masunurin na mga bata. Mapagmahal na mga bata,” Vic explained.
He added, “She's a very good mother. Some people would say that she has a tendency to spoil her children pero nakita ko kung gaano niya kamahal ang mga anak niya.”
Known for being a colorful character due to her fearlessness and bluntness, Annabelle Rama also serves as a manager for her six children, three of which are active in the business.
While she never confessed to being a stage mother, Annabelle is obviously one with the way she defends and often outwardly gives unsolicited advice to her kids especially for her unica hija Ruffa Gutierrez.
Most recently, Ruffa, shared that she was planning to visit her ex-husband Yilmaz Bektas in Turkey in order for him to spend time with their two kids. But according to Ruffa, her mom was anything but relenting about her plan.
“Kasi nagpaalam ako sa kanya. Late last year, sabi ko, dadalhin ko ang mga bata sa Istanbul,” Ruffa said. She even assured her mother that “nothing would happen” since their kids are already old enough.
However, according to Ruffa her words didn’t appease her mother. “So, naloka siya. Ever since na nagpaalam ako sa kanya, sabi ko, 'Ma, ayos na kami ni Yilmaz. The family would like to see the kids and we’re going to go to Istanbul.' Naloka na naman siya. Parang hindi raw siya makatulog ng ten days. Hindi niya sinasabi sa akin, pero ang mga dialogues niya, 'Sige, 'day, kung gusto mong magpakamatay, pumunta ka ro'n!'” she related.
Kris Aquino, Toni Gonzaga and Sarah Geronimo photos from krisaquino214 IG, tonigonline twitter and coolbuster.net,