Stars who made headlines as moms-to-be

Sep 24, 2007
"Wala naman akong dapat ikahiya. It's a wonderful gift [from] God. At pangalawa, I think I owe the public the truth about my life. It's a blessing and I'm very proud of it, and I don't regret anything," says Camille Prats on revealing her four-month pregnancy to the public.

Everyone was surprised when Camille Prats announced that she was four months pregnant by non-showbiz boyfriend Anthony Linsangan.

"Wala naman akong dapat ikahiya. It's a wonderful gift [from] God. At pangalawa, I think I owe the public the truth about my life. It's a blessing and I'm very proud of it, and I don't regret anything," Camille said.

Sheen Patricia Camille Prats was first seen on TV when she joined Eat Bulaga's Little Miss Philippines in 1990. She was just five years old then. Her popularity meter rose when she became a regular on ABS-CBN's Ang TV and Oki Doki Doc. Her charm, coupled with talent in acting and dancing, endeared her to the public. She was showbiz's little darling and "munting prinsesa."

And a few months from now, the showbiz baby will have her own baby!

Pregnancy news is considered a big scoop in showbiz, especially if the mom-to-be is young, talented, and has a promising career. Every time a star or a reporter drops it like a bomb, the public gets shocked and the press treats it with much hoopla.

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And Camille is not the first celebrity to make such a surprising revelation in showbiz.

PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) harks back to the "I'm pregnant" announcements that became the talk of the town. Let it be made clear, however, that the list has no intent of passing judgment on the celebrities. We simply want to reminisce and not sound prudish.

SHARON CUNETA. Viva darling Sharon Cuneta and Regal heartthrob Gabby Concepcion captured the hearts of movie fans when they both top-billed Dear Heart in 1981.

The reel tandem, which became the most popular love team of the '80s, turned real. It wasn't long before they exchanged "I dos" in a grand wedding held at the Manila Cathedral in September 20, 1984. But unknown then to Sharon's parents, she and Gabby had already married in civil rites six months earlier.

The fact: they were in love. And the bomb: Sharon was two months pregnant. Their union paved the way for the birth of Maria Kristina Cassandra "KC" Concepcion in April 1985.

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By 1992, the couple had separated. The two movie sweethearts have moved on since then. Sharon is now married to Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan and they have two kids. Gabby is now based in the U.S. and has also remarried.

LANI MERCADO. Ramon "Bong" Revilla, Jr., the son of action star Ramon Revilla Sr., returned from the U.S. when he was 15. He met Lani Mercado when the latter was just 14, and he asked to be paired with her.

When Lani turned 16, they were allowed to go out on group dates. However, the relationship was described as on-and-off due to the playboy image of Bong. It turned serious when Lani became pregnant with their first child. At 18, she became a mom.

They had a civil wedding in Glendale, California, in May 1986. After six kids and 12 years, the union of Lani Mercado and Bong Revilla was solemnized in a grand church wedding on March 25, 1998.

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Lani Mercado now hosts QTV 11's Moms, while Bong hosts GMA-7's KAPmazing Stories and serves the country as a senator.

LIEZL MARTINEZ. Albert Martinez was one of the matinee idols of the ‘80s. Anna Lissa "Liezl" Sumilang-daughter of Amalia Fuentes and Romeo Vasquez-was a showbiz newbie.

At 25, he was at the height of his career. At 19, she was about to be launched in a movie. But all plans for their showbiz careers were aborted. The two eloped to the U.S. in 1985.

They lived in the U.S.-Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco-as husband and wife. In 1991, they decided to return to the Philippines, and Albert resumed his acting career.

Liezl, now 40, is a full-time housewife. Albert at 46 is a sought-after character actor who was last seen in ABS-CBN's Maria Flordeluna. They have three kids-Alyanna, Alfonso, and Alyssa.

YAYO AGUILA. The two met on the set of Bagets, the ‘80s movie that defined the decade's teen generation. Yayo Aguila was 16, while William Martinez was 21, the most senior cast member. By the end of the movie shoot, they were in love. And the year after they met, in 1983, they got married.

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The pair will be celebrating their 25th anniversary on November 17, 2008. Four children and several marital problems later, Yayo resolutely said, "It just never occurred to me to leave him."

JANICE DE BELEN. Catherine Janice Yap de Belen shot up to fame as a child star in Flordeluna.

In 1986, Janice was at the peak of her stardom with all her successful TV soaps and movies. But her moment in the limelight was cut short when she got pregnant at age 18. The dad: Bagets star Aga Muhlach, her screen partner in the movies Erpat kong Forgets, Napakasakit Kuya Eddie, Bakit Madalas ang Tibok ng Puso, and When I Fall in Love.

They named their love child Luigi.

Janice's pregnancy did not lead her to the altar with Aga. Both found their respective real-life partners several years later. Janice wed model John Estrada (but they're now separated), while Aga Muhlach married 1994 Bb. Pilipinas-Universe Charlene Gonzalez.

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Janice has four kids-Inah, Moira, Kylah and Yuan. Aga and Charlene have their twins, Atasha and Andres.

JEAN GARCIA. Jean Garcia and Jigo Garcia were mainstays of German Moreno's That's Entertainment. The people around them had high hopes for their budding careers.

Jean's biggest break came when Regal Films asked her to do Impaktita with Richard Gomez, Aga Muhlach, Gloria Romero, and Nida Blanca. That was in 1989, the same year she got pregnant by Jigo.

The two lived together, but called it quits after five years.

Fast forward to 2007. Jean is now an established character actress on TV, and has a son courtesy of a Japanese businessman, her former partner. Meanwhile, Jigo is serving as a barangay captain. He is happily married to a doctor and has four kids.

Jean and Jigo's daughter Jenica has entered show business and is seen together with her mom on GMA-7 's Impostora and Boys Nxt Door. She is being paired with Mart Escudero in their launching movie.

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LOTLOT DE LEON. Like Jean Garcia, Lotlot de Leon was also a mainstay of That's Entertainment. The adopted daughter of Superstar Nora Aunor and Drama King Christopher de Leon was one of the most popular teen stars of her batch. A TV show titled Lotlot and Friends was even made for her by RPN-9.

And then she was paired with Ramon "Monching" Christopher, the son of Pilita Corrales and Eddie Gutierrez (who eventually separated). The result? A hit love team on and off-cam!

But the couple's fast rise to fame came to a halt when Lotlot announced she was pregnant. She was 16, and Monching, 18. They got married at Club Filipino in 1989.

After almost 20 years and with four kids-Diego Emmanuel, 10; Jessica Clarisse, 17; Laura Maxine Jillian, 7; and Janine Marie Elizabeth, 18-Lotlot and Monching parted ways.

Monching, now 37, is the one taking care of the kids, with the help of his mom. Meanwhile, Lotlot is working on her papers so she can stay with her biological dad in the U.S. for good.

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BING LOYZAGA. Bing Loyzaga, the daughter of basketball legend Carlos Loyzaga, was another mainstay of That's Entertainment. Her brief romance with Janno Gibbs, son of actor Ronaldo Valdez, already ended when she realized she was pregnant.

Her shocking announcement broke the heart of Manilyn Reynes, then the reel-and-real love of Janno, and the legions of Janno-Manilyn fans.

Bing and Janno got married in 1990, a year after Bing gave birth to Alyssa.

They both resumed their showbiz careers-Janno as a singer-host-comedian and Bing as a character actress.

At one point, the two announced their separation. But early this year, they admitted patching things up.

ANGELU DE LEON. Angelu de Leon was part of the cast of the popular Saturday afternoon show, TGIS (Thank God It's Sabado) aired over GMA-7. She and Bobby Andrews played thewell-lovedtandem of Peachy and Wacks. TV viewers adored them.

But their fans were dismayed when Angelu got pregnant at the age of 19, not by Bobby. Many had hoped that their reel partnership would turn real, but Angelu was apparently dating Joko Diaz, son of character actor Paquito Diaz, off- cam.

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Angelu's and Joko's relationship did not last long. Their daughter Nicole is now nine years old.

Most of the young mothers were able to make a successful comeback in showbiz. But some decided to just stay out of the limelight and lead a quiet life.

Other stars who almost made it to our list are Bunny Paras (with DJ Mo Twister) and Raven Villanueva (with Diego Castro). Do you have more names to add?

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"Wala naman akong dapat ikahiya. It's a wonderful gift [from] God. At pangalawa, I think I owe the public the truth about my life. It's a blessing and I'm very proud of it, and I don't regret anything," says Camille Prats on revealing her four-month pregnancy to the public.
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