Watching teleseryes is arguably an inevitable part of our daily lives. Many of us devotedly follow how the story of their favorite drama or their favorite characters would unfold in the succeeding episodes.
As we let this activity occupy a portion of our everyday living, we tend to notice that there are certain actresses who appear series after series, as the mother of either the bida or the kontrabida.
And since Mother’s Day is just around the corner, we rounded up some of the local actresses we hail as the “Most Favorite On-screen Nanays” for being the omnipresent player of the highly revered and most important women in our lives – our MOTHERS.
In her three decades in show business, the veteran actress has been popular in embodying various types of mothers – ranging from the violent and self-destructive to the loving and compassionate.
From being a notorious cruel and indifferent mom to Judy Ann Santos in Esperanza (1997) and to Empress Schuck in Mundo Man ay Magunaw (2012), Sylvia soon tugged heartstrings as a doting and gracious mother to Jodi Sta. Maria and Aiza Seguerra in Be Careful With My Heart (2012), to Angelica Panganiban in Pangako Sa’yo (2015), to Ketchup Eusebio in Ningning (2015), and to Dominic Ochoa in My Super D (2016).
Her headliner stints in The Greatest Love, as the selfless and optimistic mom Gloria Alegre-Alcantara who succumbed to Alzheimer’s Disease, and in Hanggang Saan as Sonya Alipio, who’s willing to sacrifice everything for the sake of her children, absolutely warmed a lot of hearts.
Janice de Belen
From being a childstar, Janice has become one of the actresses who teleserye creators turn to play critical mother roles.
In her appearance in Budoy (2011) as the adoptive mother of the mentally-challenged titular character, she proved that blood is not always the basis of motherhood, but how much affection and attention you bestow to a child.
It was succeeded by a slew of maternal roles in Ina Kapatid Anak (2012) for Kim Chiu and Maja Salvador, in Oh My G! (2015) for Marlo Mortel, and in Be My Lady (2016) for Erich Gonzales.
She started portraying mother roles in series through the original Mula sa Puso (1997), but became notable as the abusive mom to the young Shaina Magdayao in the 1999 soap opera Marinella.
Since then, she became an iconic mother to the teleserye characters of Sarah Geronimo and Maja Salvador in Pangarap na Bituin (2007), of Melissa Ricks and Shaina Magdayao in Kambal sa Uma (2009), of Kristine Hermosa in Gulong ng Palad (2012), and of Bela Padilla and Loisa Andalio in My Dear Heart (2017)
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We currently see her as the struggling surrogate mother of triplets Agatha, Carrie, and Erica (all personated by Erich Gonzales) in the primetime series The Blood Sisters. But did you know that she already stood as a mom to the first-ever set of triplets featured on TV? It was through the classic Claudine Barretto-starrer Saan Ka Man Naroroon (1999) which inspired the creators of the aforementioned drama.
Through the years, she never failed to warm our hearts with the mother roles she took on, showing the selflessness, unconditional love, and unparalleled strength of the most important women in our lives in Rubi (2010), On the Wings of Love (2015), and The Promise of Forever (2017).
In all the matriarchal roles she has portrayed, Agot apparently represented upright mothers who always look after the welfare of their children through their own ways – whether it may appear gentle or domineering.
She was a conniving mom to Jake Cuenca in Tayong Dalawa (2009) and Arjo Atayde in FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano. Meanwhile, she was an encouraging mom to Erich Gonzales in Tanging Yaman (2010), to Sarah Geronimo in 1DOL (2010), and to Shaina Magdayao in Asintado (2018).
From being a teen star, Mylene is now one of the mother figures in showbiz, playing the significant role in various television shows.
She was a mother abhorred by everyone in Dyesebel (2008), Tanging Yaman (2010), Budoy 2011), and Mirabella (2014), but became the mom that surely melted a lot of hearts in Tayong Dalawa (2009), Mara Clara (2010), Doble Kara (2015), and The Good Son (2017).
Whether they play the leading protagonist or the supporting role, what’s important is that they remind us about the huge love and sacrifices of our mothers that we should never, ever take for granted nor forget. Happy Mother’s Day!