26 PH celebrities: The best advice mom ever gave me

KD Suarez
26 PH celebrities: The best advice mom ever gave me
Celebrities and beauty queens share the best lessons they learned from their moms

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – In honor of their moms, these 23 local celebrities are sharing the best advice their mothers ever gave them.

Whether it be staying in school, being respectful, or being independent, these stars made sure to take their mothers’ advice to heart, because after all, mother knows best.

Take a look:


Solenn  Heussaff 

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“My mom is a very tough woman.She’s stronger than anyone I’ve ever met in my life. She’s the core of the family talaga. And I think in general talaga, moms get to be the core. The dads are always like ‘kung anong gusto mo gawin, gawin mo’ (whatever you like to do, do it). But the mom gets to be the friend, the enemy, the shoulder to cry on… So that’s my mom rolled into one.”


Tim Yap

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“My mom taught me the value of hard work, not giving up despite anything and everything. We come from a very humble beginnings and I saw how my mom raised us – raised me almost single handedly to provide us for the best education she could give and the best mothering she could give us also.So there, hard work, strength and never giving up.”


Sam Milby

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“My mom has been more about family. She says friends may come and go but family will always be here.”

Jennylyn Mercado

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Nireremind sa akin ng mommy [Lydia] ko na palaging gumawa ako ng oras para sa anak ko kasi ang bilis ng panahon. Sobrang bilis ng panahon na kapapanganak ko pa lang, ang laki na ni Jazz ganunKailangan i-savor yung lahat ng moment, lahat ng oras kasi diba kasi ang sobrang bilis ng laki ng mga bata. So kailangan samahan mo sila at bantayan mo lang palagi kasi nakikita kung paano mo sila pinalalaki sa ugali, sa characteristics.”

(My mommy [Lydia] reminds me to always make some time for my kid because time flies so fast. Time flies so fast such that it’s like I just gave birth, and now, Jazz is all grown-up. I have to savor each moment I spend because kids grow up so fast. You need to guide and guard them constantly because it can be seen how you raised them with their attitudes and characteristics.)


Jessy Mendiola

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Jessy shared her mother’s advice during the press conference for hers and JC de Vera’s appearance in the long-running ABS-CBN fantasy series, Wansapanataym. She said, “Siguro ang pinaka nag-stand out (I guess what stood out) is ‘Always take care of yourself.’ Nandiyan na yung mga emo moment nung mga mom na ‘[Kapag] wala na ako… ganun, ganyan (There are those emo moments of moms when they go, ‘If already I’m gone and all)’ – which is true naman.” 

“You can never really depend on your mom. You really have to stand up and one day ako – for girls – I’m going to be a mom too, so tama naman (it’s just right). You have to take care of yourself.”


JC de Vera 

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“Always listen. Mas maganda makinig kaysa sa mas maraming sinasabi (It’s always better to listen than say too many things). Palagi iyon (she always reminds me that) and ‘Learn from your mistakes and don’t be afraid to explore.'” 


Maxine Medina, Miss Universe Philippines 2016 

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The reigning Miss Universe Philippines 2016, Maxine Medina, told Rappler at an interview with the winners of Binibining Pilipinas 2016: “Before, laging sinasabi sa akin ni Mommy na maging patient lang ako and maging God-fearing. Kasi once na maging God-fearing ka, everything falls into place, and I think God will guide you all throughout.”

(Mommy always used to tell me to be patient and God-fearing. Because once you become God-fearing, everything falls into place, and I think God will guide you all throughout.)


Kylie Verzosa, Bb Pilipinas International 2016

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“The thing I’ve learned from her through [the years] is that she’s a spiritual person,” shared Kylie, adding that she learned “to pray and get strength from God in my prayers. [Another] advice she has given is [to] always stay strong and keep healthy.”


Jennifer Hammond, Bb Pilipinas Intercontinental 2016

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“Whatever you pursue, give it your all, give it your 100%. So that in the end, you’ll have no regrets because time is of the essence. When you do something, you invest time and you don’t want to waste that time for nothing so just give it your all.”


Nichole Manalo, Bb Pilipinas Globe 2016

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Sabi lang ni Mommy (Mommy just said), ‘Always pray, just always give back the glory to God.’ Because at the end of the day, it’s for him and not just for myself.”

Gerald Anderson

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“Being generous sa mga tao (to people), [that] the best feeling in the world is giving back,” Gerald told Rappler at the 2015 Star Magic Games.

Daniel Padilla

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Natutunan ko maging marespeto.” 

(I learned to be respectful.)

Lea Salonga

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In the May 2015 issue of Yes Magazine, Lea said, “My mom always taught me to save and to hold on to as much as you possibly can. Thanks to that kind of mentality, we’ve been able to buy a house, put my brother through school, take care of ourselves in a much more financially sound and secure way than we were ever used to.”

Enchong Dee

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Si Mama minsan sinasabi niya as much as possible, avoid na maging mapagmataas ka, mayabang ka, kasi yun yung mga tao na ‘pag bumagsak ka, magiging masaya ‘pag bumaba ka na. Kapag you’re humble, kapag bumaba ka na, sila ‘yung mga tao na mag-aangat sa’yo dahil sila yung nakasalamuha mo.”

(Mom says that as much as possible, avoid being too proud and boastful because when you fall, the people around you will rejoice when you fall. But when you’re humble, the people around you will help you rise because these are the people you have had experiences with.)

Iñigo Pascual

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“My mom, what I think I’ve learned from her, is being independent and being strong, because when we were in the States, kami lang dalawa talaga magkasama (because it was only the two of us together). She was [my] strength, so I’m applying it because I’m almost turning 18 so kailangan ko na maging (I need to be) independent on my own. Basically, kailangan ko matuto paano (I need to learn how) to live by myself and be responsible with the things to do and I want to do.” 

Anne Curtis

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“She told me that no matter what hardships may come in your life, it doesn’t matter because – like, yes it’s hard at that time, but once you overcome them, everything will be as good as gold.”

Coco Martin, on his grandmother

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Sabi niya sa akin, tapusin mo [‘yung pag-aaral mo] kasi dati ayoko nang mag-aral. Marami na akong opportunities. Gusto ko nang magtrabaho. 

(She told me, finish [your studies] because when I was a student, I didn’t want to study. I already had so many opportunities. I wanted to work already.) 

“Nagpaalam ako na magpahinto ako sa pag-aaral at maging artista nalang, kasi nga gusto kong kumita na. Sabi niya sa akin, ‘tapusin mo muna yung pag-aaral mo, saka gawin mo lahat ng gusto mo.'” 

(I asked if I could stop school to become an actor instead, because I already wanted to earn money. But she told me, ‘finish your studies first, before you do whatever you want.)

Judy Ann Santos

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Nung maliit ako laging sinasabi sa akin ni Mommy pagnagka-anak ka sasabihin mo na tama ako like ‘yung pagkain na mabilis, matulog nang tanghali, maligo, mag-toothbrush, mga ganun.

(When I was little, Mommy always told me that when I have my own child, that Mother is always right – to cook fast, to nap at noon, to take a bath, to brush your teeth, and all those other things.)

Lahat niyan ngayon nararanasan ko sa mga anak ko ngayon lalo kay Yohan kasi babae, so pagsinusumbong ako kay Mommy, ‘O, diba sabi ko sa iyo tama ako? Lahat ng ginawa mo sa akin, gagawin sa iyo ng anak mo. Kaya sabihin mo kay Yohan na huwag niya gagawin niya sa iyo ang ayaw niyang gawin sa magiging anak niya. Eh totoo pala iyon.”

(I feel all of those things now, especially with Yohan because she’s a girl, so when I tell my Mom, [she says], ‘Didn’t I tell you I was right? Whatever you did to me, your child will do to you. That’s why you have to tell Yohan not to do the things she’s doing to you right now, if she doesn’t want her own child to do that. That’s actually true.)

Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Miss Universe 2015

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“I learned that you don’t need a man to be the ‘man’ in the family. It was my mom who was taking care of me and my sister for a long time, because my parents were separated when I was very young.

“I didn’t feel like I grew up without a dad at all. There was no void to fill. She was able to make me feel that i had a mom and dad at the same time she was very strong, she made decisions. She has some traits that I carry with me up to now.”

MJ Lastimosa, Miss Universe Philippines 2014

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“My mom is so funny. She’s not the kind of person who would be like, ‘Oh, do this,’ because she’s not the kind of mother who’s give a lot of advice but every time we talk on Whatsapp, she’d always tell me, ‘you’re beautiful and you’re number one, so no matter what happens, just think that for someone, somewhere, you’re number one.'”

Janicel Lubina, Bb Pilipinas-International 2015

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“The best advice I received from my mom is to know the value of respecting other people, and to know how to cook, how to dress yourself up, etc, so that wherever you go, you know how to take care of yourself.”

Christi McGarry, Miss Intercontinental 2015 1st Runner-up

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“Growing up, my mom and I had a little bit of trouble getting along, just like most teenage girls do with their mothers. Now that I’ve learned that mother is always right, and to always respect her because mother knows best. So thank you mom for all the advice that I’ve taken and should have taken, and now will forever take. Happy Mother’s Day, I love you,” she said. 

Janine Gutierrez

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“To always love my job and to always take care of each other and go for your dreams.”

Sofia Loren Deliu, Miss PH Earth candidate 2015

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“Of course, my mom just told me to be strong in whatever I do, to be strong physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually… Be strong, just be strong.” 

Chanel Olive Thomas, Miss PH Earth Candidate 2015

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“The best advice I got from Mom is to respect everyone. I grew up really respecting my elders and everyone around me, treating everyone like they’re the same person. I don’t believe in different levels of social hierarchy.”

Ann Colis, Miss Globe 2015

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Madami ako natutunan sa mommy ko. ‘Yung pag-spend sa money, how to spend money properly. ‘Yung laging sinasasabi niya sa akin every now and then is to respect other people talaga na no matter what estado nila sa buhay, respect them if you want to be respected, too.” 

(I learned a lot from my mom, like how to budget and spend my money properly. But what she always told me every now and then is to respect other people, that no matter what position they are in life, respect them if you want to be respected, too.)

What was the best thing you’ve ever learned from mom? Sound off in the comments! – Rappler.com

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