MANILA - Being a single mother is no easy task, and the difficulties these solo parents face should be no laughing matter.
With Senator Vicente "Tito" Sotto III's joke inadvertently placing the spotlight on the sacrifices these ladies made to raise their kids, based on Twitter reactions, here's a list of some celebrity moms who continue to overcome the challenges of single motherhood.
1. Andi Eigenmann
Just a quick glance on her Instagram account and one can see why Andi and Ellie make for a kickass mother-daughter pair, bonded by their shared love for the ocean. Photo: Instagram
2. Jodi Sta. Maria
Sta. Maria is a proud single mom to Thirdy, as one can see from their many adorable photos together online. The actress makes it a point to use her breaks from showbiz to go on trips abroad and spa dates with Thirdy Photo: Instagram
3. Jennylyn Mercado
There's no denying that Jennylyn loves her son Jazz. Nothing brightens up her day more than getting a surprise visit from her son on the set of her films and TV shows. The actress recently had a proud mom moment after attending Jazz's recognition day. Photo: Nice Print Photography
4. Sunshine Cruz
Despite the added burden of being a single mother, Sunshine maintained that she feels blessed to have her three children --Angeline, Samantha, and Angel -- in her life. "Nandoon 'yung maiiyak ka talaga. Despite 'yung lahat ng nangyari, mayroon kang tatlong magagandang anak, mababait, at mahal na mahal ka." Photo: Instagram
5. Kris Aquino
You may hate her or love her, but you at least have to respect Kris for working really hard to ensure the future of sons Joshua and Bimby. Photo: Instagram
6. Ciara Sotto
Ciara became a single mom after splitting with businessman Jojo Oconer. And despite the failed relationship, the actress never fails to put on a smile whenever she's out with her son, Crixus. Photo: Instagram
Nothing says that you've done a good job as a single mother better than hearing your daughter express her gratitude for giving birth to her. For one of her birthdays, Pokwang's teen daughter, Mae, wrote: "Happiest birthday to my one and only. Thank you for giving birth to me and all your effort!"
Pokwang recently begged off "I Can Do That" so she can spend more time with Mae before her daughter moves to France for six months for an internship. Photo: Instagram
8. Ruffa Gutierrez
In an interview with Manila Times, Ruffa explained her parenting style and how she wants to foster a more open relationship with her two daughters, Lorin and Venice. "I'll be a bit strict but I also want to be open to them when it comes to dealing with their growing up problems."
"That way, instead of opening up to their friends, I’m hoping they will open up to me. I want them to treat me as their best friend whom they also respect, love and admire," she added. Photo: Instagram
9. Karla Estrada
Karla could not have asked for a better son in Kapamilya star Daniel Padilla, whom she recently showered with loving words as she shared a birthday message.
"Lahat ng pagkakamali ko ay ginawa mong tama. Lahat ng pagaalala ko ay pinawi mo. Lahat ng pagod at hirap ng buhay ay pinagaan mo. Lahat ng lungkot ko pinasaya mo. Para sa puso mong walang bahid ng kasakiman at hinanankit, mabuhay ka anak," she wrote. Photo: Nice Print Photography
10. Jenine Desiderio
They may not get along all the time, as Janella Salvador admits, but the actress said she loves her mother very much -- a testament to how Jenine raised her daughter to value family above all else.
"Actually, yung mom ko lang kasi, overprotective talaga siya sa akin lalo na before," shared Janella. "I think lahat ng mother and daughter, may stage talaga na pag nag-adolescence stage or something, may mga away-away talaga na magaganap kasi may misunderstandings at may differences na."
"Pero I think napag-usapan na namin iyon. Parang nalampasan na namin ang stage na yon. Mas nagiging close na kami, mas nasasabi ko na sa kanya lahat," she added.
Jenine became a single mom after her husband Juan Miguel Salvador left her when Janella was just four. Photo: Instagram