Mother's Day 2019: 14 inspiring celebrity single moms

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Posted at May 10 2019 12:51 PM | Updated as of May 10 2019 04:22 PM

MANILA - In celebration of Mother's Day this weekend, we take a look at celebrities who continue to overcome the challenges of being a single mom.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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1. SUNSHINE CRUZ

Despite the challenges of being a single mother, actress Sunshine Cruz maintained that she feels blessed to have her daughters in her life.  Instagram.com/sunshinecruz718

2. CRISTINE REYES

After her split with husband Ali Khatibi, actress Cristine Reyes said she has been working extra hard for her daughter, Amarah. Instagram.com/cristinereyes

3. AIKO MELENDEZ

Actress Aiko Melendez admitted that there are ups and downs in being a single parent. She said she feels lucky to have her mother to guide her in raising her kids.  Instagram.com/aikomelendez

4. RUFFA GUTIERREZ

After her split with Yilmaz Bektas, actress Ruffa Gutierrez became a single mother to her two daughters, Lorin and Venice. "As a matter of fact, I welcome it. I love it and if I can only have another baby na walang tatay, I would do it. For me, having children and taking care of them is not a sacrifice because I enjoy doing it,” she said. Instagram.com/iloveruffag

5. CANDY PANGILINAN

Actress Candy Pangilinan talked about her journey as a parent of a child with special needs in her book, "Mommy Dear: Our Special Love." Pangilinan said she was able to raise her son Quentin as a single mom, with help from her family.  Instagram.com/candypangilinan

6. ANGEL AQUINO

Actress Angel Aquino is a single mother of two beautiful daughters, Iana and Thea. In a previous interview, Aquino shared the struggles of being a solo parent, like when Thea was diagnosed with hydrocephalus. Aquino admitted that her experience with Thea made her realize that a mother's love is truly unconditional.  Instagram.com/imangelaquino

7. KARLA ESTRADA

"Magandang Buhay" host Karla Estrada could not have asked for a better son in Kapamilya star Daniel Padilla. Aside from Daniel, she has other three kids from previous relationships. "Lahat ng pagkakamali ko ay ginawa mong tama. Lahat ng pag-aalala 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," Estrada said about Daniel.  Instagram.com/karlaestrada1121

8. EULA VALDEZ

Actress Eula Valdez said it was a challenging moment for her to work and solely support Miguel, her son with former husband Ronnie Quizon. Valdez said it was her mom who helped her in raising her son. Aside from Miguel, the actress also has one daughter from a previous relationship. Instagram.com/iameulavaldez

9. JODI STA. MARIA

Actress Jodi Sta. Maria is a proud single mom to Thirdy, as one can see from their many adorable photos together online. Sta. Maria makes it a point to use her breaks from showbiz to go on trips with her son. Instagram.com/jodistamaria

10. JENNYLYN MERCADO

There's no denying that actress Jennylyn Mercado loves her son, Jazz. Nothing brightens up her day more than her bonding moments with her child, as seen in her Instagram posts. Alex Jazz is Mercado's son with her former boyfriend, Patrick Garcia.  Instagram.com/mercadojenny

11. KRIS AQUINO

You may hate her or love her, but you cannot deny the fact that actress-host Kris Aquino has been working really hard to ensure the future of her sons, Joshua and Bimby.  Instagram.com/krisaquino

12. CIARA SOTTO

Actress Ciara Sotto became a single mom after her split with businessman Jojo Oconer. And despite the failed relationship, she never fails to smile whenever she's with her son, Crixus.  Instagram.com/pinaypole

13. JENINE DESIDERIO

Singer Jenine Desiderio became a single mom after her husband, Juan Miguel Salvador, left her when their daughter Janella was just four. They may not get along all the time as Janella admits, but the young actress said she loves her mother very much -- a testament to how Desiderio raised her daughter to value family above all else.  Instagram.com/j9desire

14. DONITA ROSE

Actress-host Donita Rose is a happy single parent to Joshua Paul, her son with former husband Eric Villarama. After the failed marriage, Rose said she's been teaching her son the lessons she learned about love.  Instagram.com/realdonitarose