Once upon a time, these actresses stunned everyone with their sexy portrayals on the small and big screens. Today, they are more open to playing mother roles as part of their career evolution. We tell you, these ladies prove that playing onscreen moms do not diminish a woman’s shine. Those considered veterans even became more fine and beautiful with age!
She may be touted as ‘Sabado Nights’ girl but Ina Raymundo is everybody’s fantasy any day of the week – the ultimate ‘crush ng bayan.’ At 45, the actress just got hotter than ever, with her mommy nature adding more to her irresistible appeal.
From taking on timeless sexy roles, Ina started to play mom in 2007 via sci-fi drama Rounin as the mother of Mythos (Rayver Cruz).
She was also a perfect choice as Anya, Nadja (Denise Laurel)’s stepmother in Precious Hearts Romances Presents Midnight Phantom (2010). The mother-daughter shared an affectionate relationship until Nadya fell in love with the Midnight Phantom, Brandon (Rafael Rosell), who is Anya’s ex-lover.
It was followed by her portrayal of Consuelo in Precious Hearts Romances Presents Lumayo Ka Man Sa Akin (2012). She played the long-lost mom of Janine (Maja Salvador). In 2018, she was cast in the first teleserye team-up of Joshua Garcia and Julia Baretto, Ngayon at Kailanman. She was Adessa, Eva (Julia)’s adoptive and Roxanne (Elisse Joson)’s biological mom. Adessa finds sanity in her children’s love.
From showing her skin to baring her motherly love! Starting young in the industry, Katya Santos played a variety of roles that will forever remain etched on our minds. And we love her all the more now that she’s starring in teleseryes as an affectionate mother.
In 2015, Katya had a special role in the hit rom-com On The Wings of Love. She played Ofelia Medina, a single mom to Clark (James Reid as adult). Ofelia brought the young Clark to the United States hoping to introduce him to his American father but it wasn’t a happy reunion, forcing her to work without legal documents.
She accepted another mom role in 2016 via the Janella Salvador and Elmo Magalona-starrer Born for You. She played Tess, a former Japayuki and mom of Allan (Francis Magundayao).
Katya was last seen in Make it With You (2020) topbilled by Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil. She breathed life into the character of a single mom, Helen Catapang, whose main reason for hustling hard in Croatia is to win in her child custody battle.
With her voluptuous frame and mestiza appeal, Aleck Bovick was easily recognized as one of the most celebrated sexy actresses in the early 2000s. But she took a hiatus after giving birth to her son Leonne Lancelot in 2007.
Now that she has real motherhood experiences to inspire her portrayals, Aleck is becoming one of the most popular choices for maternal roles in Kapamilya teleseryes. It started in 2015 when she was cast as Ching, the mother of Joshua Garcia’s Joel in Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita.
In 2016, Aleck played a special role in the hit afternoon drama The Greatest Love. She appeared in the flashback scenes as Thelma, mom of Peter (EJ Falcon) who disapproved of his relationship with Gloria (Ellen Adarna) in the beginning.
It was followed by a long stint in the primetime action-drama FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano in 2017. She took on the role of Cora, one half of the kind-hearted couple who harbored Cardo (Coco Martin) while he’s in Cebu. Cora is the mom of the ‘Isla Kids’ who stayed under Cardo’s care after she and her husband died in a shootout.
Aleck moved to another prominent Kapamilya teleserye, Kadenang Ginto in 2018. She was tapped to play an important role as Myrna, mom of three boys Carlos (Adrian Alandy), Jude (Luke Conde), and Gino (Nikko Natividad). As a mother, Myrna was willing to endure all kinds of sufferings including her husband’s philandering just to keep her family intact.
Aleck is currently part of the sexy-drama series Init sa Magdamag. She plays the lead character Rita (Yam Concepcion)’s mom, Celia.
Ara Mina is a doting single mom to her adorable daughter, Amanda. She would soon walk down the aisle to marry her fiancé Dave Almarinez. Indeed, this sexy vixen is enjoying the happiest days of her life just as how she enjoyed playing maternal roles in Kapamilya shows.
She currently takes the spotlight as an ambitious First Lady-wannabe in FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano. She is Ellen Padua, wife of Arturo (Tirso Cruz III) and stepmom to Jimbo (Jerald Napoles) and the late Clarice (Rhen Escano). Playing with her schemes, Ellen uses her striking appeal and family life to satisfy her greed for power.
Ara also played mom to Barbie Imperial in the afternoon series Precious Hearts Romances Presents Araw-Gabi (2018). She was a pivotal character in the story as Harriet, who was perceived dead but was actually saved by Lucas (Allan Paule), a professional doctor, who changed her face and identity to Amanda. She was soon reunited with her daughter Mich (Barbie).
She wasn’t hailed as the country’s sexiest woman for nothing! There’s never a day Cristine Reyes lacked sizzling pull from her teen years when she joined a reality talent search up to this day when she’s already a mom.
But, there’s more to her than allure. She is also blessed with a thespic gift that shined through her exceptional portrayals in Kapamilya teleseryes.
Cristine made motherhood looked so hot when she headlined the first book in the Precious Hearts Romances Bud Brothers series (2009). She played Georgie, an ex-campus crush who shocked her ex-boyfriend Vince (Jake Cuenca) when she returned with a baby.
Her role in Your Song Presents Babalik Kang Muli (2009) likewise required her some motherly act. She was Stella, a woman abandoned by her boyfriend Raffy (Marc Abaya), forcing her to raise their child as a single mom.
Cristine soared higher when she topbilled the iconic drama Tubig at Langis (2016) as single mother Irene. She was lauded for painting the real pain and struggles of a solo parent aching for true love. And while her heart has many times been shattered, Irene never stopped giving her all to her son Mico (Miguel Vergara).
Her latest mom role for a Kapamilya series was via daytime drama Nang Ngumiti ang Langit (2019) wherein she played ‘kontrabida’ Katrina Salvador, a mom to Amber (Krystal Mejes) and Britney (Heart Ramos). Through her failed wicked tactics, Cristine’s character reminded viewers that selfishness is not a sign of true love.
Her luscious appeal makes her a bonafide head-turner and a prominent sexy actress of her generation. But, taking a break from setting the small screen aflame, Sheree Bautista stood out as Jessa in the hit afternoon series Kadenang Ginto (2018). Her character, Jessa, had a controversial affair with Kulas (Ronnie Lazaro), the father of her child and also the husband of her ex-girlfriend Myrna (Aleck Bovick). She died in child birth.
In an interview, Sheree called her role in Kadenang Ginto a dream come true, saying she’s always prayed for a plum role that will showcase her depth as an actress. It turns out mom portrayals suit her well and it’s probably because she has lofty understanding and experiences of being a mom to her only son, Haley.
When talking about the sexy vixens of the 90s, Rosanna Roces comes top of mind. She has done a slew of remarkable films that established her name as an actress. She would eventually move into doing TV projects that further proved her acting talent is never just limited to sexy roles.
Rosanna played numerous mom characters for Kapamilya series starting with Sineserye Presents Natutulog Ba Ang Diyos in 2007. Because of her strong personality, she became a perfect fit for mom roles that require a dash of ‘taray’ and have a dark past. In the aforementioned series, she was cast as Patricia, an abusive mom who loathes her child Gillian (Roxanne Guinoo).
It was followed by May Bukas Pa (2005) wherein she roused viewers’ empathy as Adela, a former bold actress whose career was killed off by her unexpected pregnancy. Thus, she hates her son Boy George (EJ Falcon) as she considers him a constant reminder of her failures.
Rosanna played a plum role in the Book 2 of the highly successful drama Maging Sino Ka Man topbilled by Bea Alonzo, John Lloyd Cruz, Anne Curtis, and Sam Milby. She played mom Veronica to the show’s new character, spoiled brat and Jackie (Bea)’s half-sister Lena (Angelica Panganiban).
Rosanna’s last maternal role was Elena in Pamilya Ko (2019). She added a layer of conflict in the narrative as Chico (JM De Guzman)’s real mother, who also has another child Stefano (Marco Gallo).
After her glorious days as a ‘sex symbol,’ Alma Moreno ventured into politics while taking on her duties as a doting mother to her seven beautiful children – sons Mark, Vandolph, Yeoj, VJ and daughters Winwyn, Em-em and Alfah.
She occasionally flaunts her acting chops, with daytime drama Sana Dalawa Ang Puso (2018) as her most recent teleserye. She played ‘Mangs’ Lena Bulalayao, a loving and kind adoptive mother to Mona (Jodi Sta. Maria). Lena is the type of mom to run to for comfort and wisdom.
In 2005, she was cast as Debora, Pepay (Miles Ocampo)’s mother in Mga Anghel na Walang Langit which tells the story of seven street children who formed a strong friendship despite the harsh realities of life.
Sunshine Cruz took on the ‘sexy star’ path during the ‘90s. But just like a beautiful metamorphosis, she is now recognized as a dramatic actress and known as a hardworking mom full of sacrifices for her beloved tres marias. Her bigheartedness as a mother crosses over from real life to the small screen as she becomes one of the most in demand actresses for maternal roles.
Sunshine was last seen in the afternoon soap Bagong Umaga (2019-2020) as Tisay (Heaven Peralejo)’s biological mother. Her character Maggie Veradona proved that a mother’s love for her children will inspire her to change into a better person.
Just a month before Bagong Umaga’s premiere, she was seen as Kai in Love thy Woman (2019). As Jia (Kim Chiu)’s mom, Kai was always there to provide endless compassion and bring her into the right path.
One of Sunshine’s earliest takes on maternal roles can be traced back to the rise of fantaseryes in the early 2000s. Sunshine’s enchanting beauty and loving demeanor made her a perfect fit as Nanay Istah in the 2004 fantasy series Marina. She was the Queen of the mermaids who found Marina (Jane Oineza/Claudine Barretto) when she was sent to Dagat Landia and became a mermaid. Even without the heart and mind of a human, Istah loved Marina like her own and she even helped her return to the real world.
She also played two mother roles in 2013 via Dugong Buhay and Galema: Anak ni Zuma. A year after, she was cast as Dianne (Alex Gonzaga)’s mom in Pure Love. Sunshine was also tapped to play maternal roles for Dolce Amore (2015), Wildflower (2017), and Hiwaga ng Kambat (2018).
Just like real motherhood, playing onscreen moms is also a fulfilling journey for any woman. Both are milestone worth celebrating!