Lotlot de Leon has four children with her first husband Ramon Christopher—Janine, Jessica, Diego and Maxine Gutierrez—and she's proud to say none of them ever gave her any major problem.
Janine, who headlines Dragon Lady, is a competent actress; Jessica is in the corporate world; Diego is a basketball player; and the youngest, Maxine, is still in school.
Lotlot and Ramon separated when the children were still small, but both of them commendably set aside their differences to give their children a hundred-percent attention.
Lotlot told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), "Proud ako, masaya ako na ang mga anak ko, nagabayan nang husto.
"Kaya ni minsan, kahit kailan, hindi ako nagkaroon ng problema sa kahit na kanino sa kanila pagdating sa mga bisyu-bisyo.”
She was commenting about about the rampant drug problem in the country today, which destroys many young lives and often their families, too.
The conversation veered towards drugs and children because of her Magpakailanman episode, where she plays Mawi, a hapless mother who moved heaven and earth to save her daughter Erika from the clutches of a drug syndicate.
Lotlot noted, "Noon pa naman, matagal nang problema ng lipunan natin ang tungkol sa droga, nakakalungkot kasi yung mga batang yun, biktima lang naman sila.
"Well, siguro yung iba, sasabihin, 'E, ginusto naman nila na mag-bisyo,' pero nandun pa rin tayo na karamihan sa kanila, mga bata pa.
"Hindi nila alam kung ano ang pinapasok nila, na dahil mga bata sila, nagiging biktima sila."
She added an advice, "Kaya importante talaga na bukas ang komunikasyon sa pagitan ng mga magulang at mga anak.
"Kailangan ang relasyon nila, nandun sa punto na kahit ano ay nasasabi ng mga anak ang gusto nilang sabihin sa magulang, na lahat ng problema, lahat ng gumugulo sa isip nila, nasasabi nila sa parents nila."
Lotlot was beaming when she related her only son Diego is the newest shooting guard of Quezon City Rising Stars, one of the teams in the National Basketball League.
"Iyon talaga ang gusto ni Diego, ang basketball. Na kung papipiliin mo siya between pag-aartista o paglalaro ng basketball, hindi siya magdadalawang-isip na piliin ang basketball.”
Diego has done guest appearances in the Kapuso shows Celebrity Bluff, Eat Bulaga!, and Sarap Diva, but becoming a basketball player has been his dream and his priority now.
Award-winning director Adolf Alix Jr. helms the episode, which was researched and written by Karen P. Lustica.