Soul singer Jaya salutes all single mothers because she was raised by one.
Jaya and her two siblings were brought up by a solo parent, the late singer Elizabeth Ramsey.
Tagged as the country's “Queen of Rock and Roll," Elizabeth was felled by hyperglycaemia in October 2015.
She was 83.
“Hindi easy,” the Soul Diva began about her mom during the press conference last May 4, for her concert Jaya: No Boundaries.
She continued, “Nakita ko na hindi madaling maging single mom.
“And the way mom did it—sorry for the word—but she really had the balls to take care of us knowing na hindi naman kami mayaman.
“Pero sa abot ng makakaya niya, sa talent niya, sa pagkanta niya, naitawid niya kaming lahat at iba pang tao.”
Jaya, who is happily married with two kids, stressed that single parents deserve utmost respect because of their sacrifices for their kids, without a man to support them.
And they bring up independent children.
She said, “I salute all single moms out there, at iba talaga pag napalaki ka rin ng single mom.
“Matigas ka, matatag, hindi ka takot, palaban in a good way, of course.
“And I’m very proud to say na I’m a product of a single mom.”
MISSING HER MOM. With her concert happening in a few days, Jaya shared she could not help but miss her mom.
“Alam mo naman kung buhay yon, hindi puwedeng hindi special guest.
“Hindi puwedeng hindi kantahin yung ‘Proud Mary.’
“Nakaka-miss din talaga yung kasama siya sa entablado, kasi madalas din kaming mag-tandem, e.”
She then described a typical scenario when the zesty Elizabeth was there to light up the stage.
Jaya would first do the opening song before she announced her mom the way a boxer is introduced in a match.
“Gano’n talaga ang gusto niya, parang may wrestling na magaganap, so nami-miss ko yung gano'n.
“Yung kulitan namin, nakaka-miss talaga.”
Jaya’s concert is happening at the Music Museum on May 12, with special guests Kyla, Thor, and KZ Tandingan, among others.