Actress and vlogger Ivana Alawi had a simple but touching birthday message for her mother, Fatima Marbella, who turned another year older on Monday, November 8.
On her Instagram page, Ivana shared several photos of herself with her mom, before sharing her birthday greetings for "Mama Alawi."
"You are that one person who never stopped believing in me and in my dreams. Thank you for raising us to be strong, kind hearted and giving as you are," she wrote.
"You are the best mom. Happy birthday mama. I love you."
Mama Alawi is a constant co-star in her daughter's YouTube videos, along with Ivana's sister Mona and brother Hash.
Last Mother's Day, Ivana and her siblings decided to surprise their mother with a pet dog—a French bulldog.
Back in January, the actress also made headlines when she surprised her mom with a brand new car.
In a recent interview with Ogie Diaz for his vlog, Ivana opened up about her close relationship with her family, particularly her mom, who raised her and her younger siblings as a single parent.
"Hindi [kami nag-aaway]. Ano lang, tampuhan ng 30 minutes. [Kunyari] hindi mo siya niyaya kumain, nalimutan mo, 'Hmp, 'di niyo ko pinakain ha.' 'Sorry, Ma.' Kunyari hindi kami nagsabay kumain kasi nagtrabaho ako, ganun siya. Pero cute siya kasi hindi siya 'yung away na sigawan. Wala kaming ganon," she said.
According to Ivana, she is so close to her mother that they would sometimes sleep in the same room, together with her sister Mona.
"Si brother may sarili siyang kwarto," she explained, before adding, in jest, "Para tipid sa aircon. Charing!"
In the interview, the Kapamilya actress also shared the promise she has made to her mother regarding their family.
"[Pinangako ko sa kanya] na habang wala akong pamilya, asawa, siya ang aking priority. Silang buong pamilya," she said.