We, Filipinos, are known for our close family ties. Even though we already can stand on our own or have our own family, some of us still choose to live with our parents or let our other kin live with us due to various reasons, thus the prevalence of extended families.
This setup doesn’t only happen to ordinary people, but celebrities as well, as some of them were also raised by their beloved grandparents or able to keep tight bonds with them despite already being busy with their own lives.
Meet the Kapamilya stars who have special attachments with their lolos and lolas through this Kapamilya Snaps feature!
He may be a great actor and an impressive director, but one of the FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano star’s most important role is being a loving grandson to his Lola Matilde. Despite his busy schedule, he never forgets to spend time with her and even brought her to Tokyo Disneyland in 2019.
Being a devoted apo that he is, the Love Thy Woman lead actor would gladly grant everything that his Lola Leonie wishes. In his house tour vlog uploaded on his YouTube channel, he revealed purchasing and setting up a glass showcase at their game room as she wanted to display and organize her toy clown and clown figurines collection. Besides, he even installed an elevator in their abode so that she wouldn’t have to take the stairs anymore.
Those who have witnessed her grow in the industry know that she was raised by her Lola Flory Hautea, who she described as a “constant presence” in her life. Thus, in order to pay off the sacrifices and the tender loving care that her grandmother unconditionally bestowed to her, Julia has been working hard to give her and her deaf-mute mother a better life.
Unbeknown to many, Lola Flory sacrificed her salon business in order to fully support her showbiz career. That’s why in 2012, the 24/7 star opened a new salon for her as a way of showing her gratitude.
She may often be seen hanging out with her immediate family and friends, but Julia actually had a special closeness with her Lolo Miguel. The Ngayon At Kailanman lead actress would always tell him “I love you” and assure that he was taking care of his health when he was still alive, usually via text messages since they weren’t able to see each other everyday.
Just by simply observing how he gets along well with her parents and siblings, it’s definitely not a surprise anymore that he also treats his grandparents like his best friends, too!
In fact, Donny was apparently over the moon when his grandma, former actress Imelda Ilanan, wrote him a handwritten letter which he even boasted on social media. The same went when his grandpa, veteran actor Tony Ferrer, turned 85 years old as he made sure to make that day extra special.
During his time off from work, one of the things that Arjo enjoys is spending quality time with his Mamita Pilar Atayde to whom he has created many unforgettable memories with. Despite his busy schedule, the award-winning actor makes sure to have weekly dinners with the whole family as a way of showing his love for them, as well as reminding her how much he loves her by always telling her ‘I love you’.
Being raised by her Mama Ludy even before her mother, Lorna, became an overseas Filipino worker in Japan when she was two years old, Maymay deeply cherishes her grandma. Amidst her hectic schedule and the distance since Mama Ludy is currently in Cagayan de Oro and she’s here in Manila, the iWant ASAP host makes sure to still check on and have time with her.
Even though she would have wanted to spend the holidays with her and their clan, but she still chose to keep them safe by deciding not to go home due to the threats of COVID-19.
Almost the same with Maymay, Liza also fondly calls her grandparents “mommy” and “daddy”. In her Magandang Buhay interview two years ago, she it was her Mommy Divina and Lolo Jeff who raised her and sent her to school when she was still living in America, until she moved to the Philippines at 10 years old.
“I moved in with my lolo and lola when I was four, pero ang tawag ko sa kanila ‘mommy’ and ‘daddy’ because they adopted me. So parang it always made me feel awkward when I would grandma or grandpa. So ang tawag ko talaga, Mommy Divina and Mommy Jeff. And ‘yun, I grew up with them, sila ‘yong nagpaaral sa akin and then parang every summer vacation and Christmas vacation ko lang dinadalaw ‘yong mommy ko in San Jose (California),” she related.
The Make It With You star also recalled her favorite bonding activities with them as going on walks and visiting parks whenever her ex-bank teller grandma and retired navy grandpa weren’t busy.
Before becoming almost everyone’s favorite comedian at present, Vice was the favorite grandson of his late Lolo Gonzalo first. The It’s Showtime host and his siblings were taken care of by him when their Nanay Rosario worked in the US, thus he was able to forge a tight bond with him. It may have already been six years since his death, but he still couldn’t help himself from getting emotional whenever he remembers his grandfather.
Our lolos and lolas are like our second parents, right? So we must treasure every second with them!