Kapamilya Snaps: Single actresses who impressively  played mother roles in teleseryes

Every time artists are asked regarding the secrets to their compelling and effective thespic performances, one of the common responses they share is by drawing emotions and inspirations from their own experiences.

But this technique seems to be not applicable all the time because there are instances when they are put in the shoes of characters to whom they can’t completely relate with, just like the actresses listed in this Kapamilya Snaps Mother’s Day 2021 feature who impressed us with their portrayals of maternal roles in teleseryes despite being still single and childless in real life.

Erich Gonzales

From taking on supporting roles in her first few years in showbiz, Erich’s biggest break finally came when she was chosen to topbill the 2009 teleserye Katorse, wherein she absolutely enthralled us with her depiction of Elena “Nene” Reyes, a small-town girl whose life turned upside down after getting pregnant at the tender age of 14.However, it wasn’t actually the first time that she portrayed a mother on-screen. She already did it in 2009 via

Agimat: Ang Mga Alamat ni Ramon Revilla Presents: Tiagong Akyat, the television adaptation of the 1973 Ramon Revilla Sr. film titled “Hulihin Si Tiagong Akyat”, wherein she got the role of Cornelia, who had a son with the titular character (Gerald Anderson).

It was succeeded in 2014 by her portrayal of Janine, a mistress with a six-year-old kid from her previous relationship in the Filipino remake of the hit Korean drama Two Wives.

In her last TV project in 2018, The Blood Sisters, wherein she astounded us with her versatility in playing three roles as triplets, her character Erika was a loving mom to a young boy named Jolo, who is her lovechild to former beau Emman (Patrick Garcia).

Her portrayal of a resilient student-mom in the “Stroller Bag” episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya first aired in 2017 and had a re-run on May 2, 2020, was also notable.


Kim Chiu

In her 14 years in the industry, Kim never failed to captivate us with her every portrayal, especially of maternal roles.

Her debut to this kind of character was in the 2009 romance drama Tayong Dalawa, wherein she bore recurring loveteam partner Gerald Anderson’s character JR a son named Adrian. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to live a happily ever after as a family for her character Audrey died of heart disease a few days after giving birth.

She then became a mom again in Ina, Kapatid, Anak in 2012, but only in the finale episode wherein her character Celyn and its sister Margaux (Maja Salvador) were seen holding their respective babies during their joint baptism.

Next was in the 2014 drama Ikaw Lamang, as she played Isabelle, a haciendera forced to marry the arrogant heir Franco (Jake Cuenca) to whom she had two daughters named Natalia and Andrea.

And in her latest TV stint Love Thy Woman, Kim’s character Jia Wong is a mom who longs for her lovechild with David (Xian Lim), who they believed was already dead at birth. But, unbeknownst to her, the young boy she regarded as her nephew and the adoptive son of her half-sister Dana (Yam Concepcion) – Michael (JJ Quilantang) – was actually hers.


Julia Montes

At 26 years old, Julia has already starred as a mom in five teleseryes. She had her debut in maternal roles in the 2012 classic romance drama Walang Hanggan when she was only 17, as her character Katerina got pregnant and gave birth in the middle of the series. It was succeeded by her second mother role in 2014 in Ikaw Lamang, wherein she had a son again with the character of her recurring loveteam Coco Martin.

A year after, she top-billed the highly successful afternoon series Doble Kara as twins Kara and Sara, who both had their own daughters on its second chapter. Her next teleserye was Asintado, with her character Ana becoming a mom in the last few months of the series.

And upon her comeback after taking a hiatus for more than a year, the Daytime Drama Queen melted our hearts with her portrayal of Mia Agbayani, a courageous security officer-slash-selfless mom who put her own life on the line in the weekly drama 24/7.


Angelica Panganiban

From astonishing us with her portrayals of damsels in distress in the previous teleseryes she starred in, she eventually amazed us with her brilliant performances as a mom. In the 2015 incarnation of the iconic series Pangako Sa ‘Yo, she gripped us with her portrayal of the antagonistic Madam Claudia Buenavista, the mother of the lead male protagonist Angelo played by Daniel Padilla.

Despite not having a child yet, her character in the 2018 daytime series Playhouse, Patty, still did a great job in being a maternal figure to the orphaned son of her best friend after the latter died in an accident. Her fight towards getting full custody of her godson against its biological aunt might be taxing, but she and partner Marlon (Zanjoe Marudo) refused to surrender and succeeded in the end.

Two years after, we witnessed Angelica’s another facet as a teleserye mom as she headlined the 2020 primetime series Walang Hanggang Paalam as Celine Delgado, a mom who relentlessly searched for her one and only son after getting kidnapped by an organ trafficking syndicate owned by the family of his fiancé.


Nadine Lustre

She undoubtedly charmed us with her teeny bopper roles in her big screen projects that catapulted her to immense stardom. But she further fascinated us with her maturity as seen in her teleserye portrayals. She delighted us as Iris in her second series Till I Met You (2016), wherein her character tied the knot with James Reid’s Basti and even gave birth to twins they named Apollo and Hera.


Yam Concepcion

The 32-year-old actress may have played a slew of problematic or wicked characters in the recent TV dramas she got cast in, but she still did a great job in displaying the goodness of each.

Her character Jade in the 2018 primetime series Halik may be abhorred because of her misdeeds, we couldn’t help but get pity to her as she tried to do everything she could for her son, especially when she got imprisoned. On the other hand, we saw how her character Dana in Love Thy Woman genuinely loved and cared for Michael (JJ Quilantang) despite not being her biological son.

But before we met her kontrabida maternal roles, she delighted us in her portrayal of the doting mom Lala in the 2016 daytime series Langit Lupa.

In her current teleserye Init Sa Magdamag, she almost became a mom after Rita was impregnated by her ex-lover Tupe (Gerald Anderson), but she unfortunately had miscarriage.


Maja Salvador

Throughout her 17 years in showbiz, she has enthralled us with the roles she portrayed, which mostly became iconic. And just like everyone in this list, she also had her own share of maternal roles.

Her first take on being an on-screen Mama was in the 2012 series Ina, Kapatid, Anak,wherein her character Margaux and her sister Celyn (Kim Chiu) were seen holding their respective babies in the finale episode while being baptized.

She once again became a mommy in her next teleserye The Legal Wife  (2014), as she played the fierce mistress Nicole Esquivel who later on had a lovechild to the husband of the titular character Monica, impeccably portrayed by Angel Locsin.

And 2019, she utterly amazed us with her depiction of the titular character Camila Dela Torre in The Killer Bride, a distraught mom who sought revenge against those people who made her life miserable. She used her adoptive daughter Emma (Janella Salvador), who was later on revealed as her long-lost unica hija Vida, in this pursuit. She might be domineering and indifferent towards her, but she still became a great mother figure for her. Unfortunately, Camila was already dead when they all discovered her real connection with Emma.


Shaina Magdayao

From being a popular child star in the 90s up to the early 2000s, Shaina turned out to become one of the most sought-after actresses to portray maternal roles in teleseryes.

Among her notable portrayals of moms on television are Rachel in Nathaniel (2015), Samantha in Asintado, and Aileen in The Haunted (2019). Compared to the other two, her stint in Asintado was only brief since her baby with Paulo Avelino’s character Gael died too soon.

Meanwhile, in the 2019 daytime series Nang Ngumiti Ang Langit, she became the stepmother of the lead character Mikmik (Sophia Reola) when her character Grace got married to Michael (RK Bagatsing).

Her compelling and heart-rending portrayals in MMK episodes titled “Courageous Katie” and “Teddy Bear” should not be also overlooked.


Iza Calzado

She may not have a child of her own yet, but we all know that she would be a great mom someday upon seeing her portrayals of mother roles in teleseryes.

We saw the endless love of a mom longing for her long-lost child through Rebecca in the 2018 primetime drama Ngayon At Kailanman. Meanwhile, despite being determined to bring down her stiffest rival Marissa (Jodi Sta. Maria) in Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin, her character Ellice always made sure to put her family first in everything that she would do.


Yassi Pressman

Fresh from her remarkable gig in Pinoy Big Brother Lucky Season 7, Yassi immediately landed her biggest break as a Kapamilya when she was hired to be the leading lady of Coco Martin in the long-running primetime action-drama series FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano. She embodied the gutsy news reporter Alyana Arevalo, to whom the titular character Cardo Dalisay fell in love with. They got married and had a son fondly called Ricky Boy, who unfortunately died due to a terrorist attack.

Years after, they decided to adopt an adorable young girl named Letlet (Iyannah Sumalpong), who got orphaned after the demise of her mother.


Angel Locsin

Ever since her transfer to ABS-CBN in 2007, Angel has appeared in a slew of well-loved teleseryes, wherein she was able to further showcase her acting prowess, as well as her ability to take on mother roles.

The first time that we saw her as a mom was in her Kapamilya teleserye debut Lobo in 2008, wherein her half-werewolf, half-human character Lyka was seen pushing twin strollers with her husband Noah (Piolo Pascual). The same thing happened in its sequel Imortal (2010), wherein it was revealed in the last episode that she had a daughter with her vampire-husband Mateo (John Lloyd Cruz).

And that daughter happened to be Malia (Kathryn Bernardo) in its third installment La Luna Sangre (2018). Reprising their roles as Lia and Mateo, they only appeared on its first week after they got killed during a bloody skirmish between their group La Liga Unida and Sandrino’s (Richard Gutierrez) bloodthirsty vampire henchmen.

She also went on to rivet us with her performance as the distressed wife Monica Santiago in the 2014 melodrama The Legal Wife, wherein her character and Jericho Rosales’ Adrian shared a son.With their compelling portrayals of the maternal roles given to them on-screen, we’re certain that these actresses are going to be great moms in real life once their turns came. Happy Mother’s Day!