Karla Estrada, Melai Cantiveros, and Jolina Magdangal talk about their "no sapawan" friendship

by Jocelyn Valle
May 10, 2018
YES! magazine's first-ever special double issue has the trio of Momshies Karla Estrada, Jolina Magdangal, and Melai Cantiveros on the cover.

How did momshies Karla Estrada, Jolina Magdangal, and Melai Cantiveros become friends?

Their friendship began in 2015, when the three of them joined the reality-TV singing competition Your Face Sounds Familiar.

Their talk show Magandang Buhay was created in 2016, which then became a daily TV viewing habit.

“Nakita nila ’yong chemistry naming magkakaibigan, na may camera o wala, talagang over-over ang tawanan,” Melai says.

The comedienne adds that although they’re all loud and have fun-loving personalities, they are able to avoid sapawan during taping because they are sensitive to each other’s feelings.

“Alam namin ang ayaw at gusto namin, so do’n kami umiiwas,” she explains.

They also share parenting insights, but it’s Karla—a mother of four, including top young actor Daniel Padilla, who imparts the most wisdom.

“Minsan nga, kahit na hindi na kami nanghihingi ng advice, meron siyang ikukuwento,” Melai says, grinning. “Gano’n siya, kumbaga, ka-generous sa pag-ano ng information.”

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As for being a mother, Melai describes herself as “medyo strict.”

Jolina is likewise “istrikto” and, at the same time, “praning.”

Karla, on the other hand, says she’s “hindi naman” strict in raising her kids, “basta tinuturuan mo lang na gawin ’yong tama.”

At the YES! photo shoot, the Momshies brought along their anakshies: pregnant Jolina with her son Pele; Melai with her two daughters Mela and Stela; and Karla with her daughter Lelay and her nephew Jordan.

The anakshies got along well, too, especially Pele and Jordan, who enjoyed playing and goofing around the photo studio.

Melai observes that while Mela, 4, is caring, loving, and sweet, and a doting ate to Stela, 1, the bunso is quite the opposite.

She relates her husband Jason Francisco calls Baby Stela as Madam, as in “madaming masasaktan.”

“Maldita siya, e!” she laughs. “Pag ’yong ate niya naglalaro, binu-bully niya. Kukunin niya ’yong cellphone, kukunin niya ang laruan, kukunin niya ang iPad.”

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Jolina believes that Pele is going to be a good brother to his baby sister-on-the-way, Vika Anaya, when she arrives in a few weeks’ time.

“Bigla niyang hinahalikan ’yong tiyan ko, ‘I love you, baby sister,’ gagano’n siya. ’Tapos, pag sasabihin ko, ‘Aray, aray,’ gagano’n ako, sasabihin niya, ‘Baby sister, that’s bad. Don’t hurt, Mama.’”

Karla is proud that she has single-handedly raised her children “nang maayos” and with no “attitude problem.”

She elaborates, “Na-experience ko lahat ng hirap. Naranasan ko lahat ng mga bagay na kahit hindi ko kailangan danasin, e, dinanas ko para mataguyod ko ang mga anak ko nang maayos.

“Hindi ako nagkamali sa pagiging ina. ’Yon lang ’yong pinerfect ko. The rest, puro palpak. Charot!

"I think kung perfect ka as a mother, okey na ang lahat.”

YES! honors more than 80 celebrity moms—such as Lucy Torres-Gomez, Dawn Zulueta, Lea Salonga, Marian Rivera, and Judy Ann Santos, to name a few—in its May 2018 issue.

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Also included in the magazine’s farewell issue are features on Liza Soberano as the Most Beautiful Star of 2018, JM de Guzman in the Spotlight section, Jerome Ponce in the Pogi Series, and Miguel Tanfelix and Bianca Umali as the Trending Love Team.

In the Beauty section, Barbie Forteza gives tips on how to have flawless skin like hers, and in the Fashion section, Barbie’s fellow Kapuso young stars Thea Tolentino and Kyline Alcantara don the latest trends.

Plus: coverage of Bianca Umali’s fab debut party, Rufa Mae Quinto’s daughter Athena Alexandria’s first birthday party, and Citizen Jake’s invitational screening.

Indeed, such a jam-packed last issue as we say goodbye...and hello!

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The YES! April 2018 issue is out now in stands. For digital subscriptions, visit YESmagapple or YESmagph for more details.

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