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How these celebrities handle tampuhan, pagbabati with their parents

by Frances Karmel S. Bravo
Oct 12, 2022
(L-R): Ruffa Gutierrez, Heart Evangelista, Gretchen Barretto, and Jennylyn Mercado
Ruffa Gutierrez, Heart Evangelista, Gretchen Barretto, and Jennylyn Mercado are among the celebrities who have opened up about reconciling with their parents.
PHOTO/S: Screengrab from Instagram

Misunderstandings with parents are inevitable; reconcialitions, too.

It's nice to know that the family issues of some celebrities that made headlines the previous years had long been settled.

Here are the stories of eight Filipino celebrities who had done that and rekindled ties with their parents.



On June 16, 2022, veteran actress Nora Aunor was named National Artist for Film and Broadcast Arts.

The superstar absence at the awarding ceremony raised concerns about her health.

It was Nora's children Ian, Matet, Kiko, and Kenneth who received the plaque on her behalf, but where was Lotlot de Leon?

Sources close to the family said Lotlot was not with her siblings at the affair because she was looking after Nora who was given doctor's order to stay put.

But weren't they on bad terms?

In 2018, Nora then admitted that she was not on speaking terms with her eldest daughter.

In 2017, Lotlot refused to reveal the cause of their rift.

“May mga bagay kasi na hindi ko na rin puwedeng ipaliwanag. Puwede kong ipaliwanag sa inyo pero hindi naman lahat ng tao makakaintindi."

Fast forward to 2022, the two have already buried the hatchet.

Three PEP Troika sources confirmed that Lotlot and Nora have worked out their differences, and are now focused on taking care of the family.


Read also: Mag-inang Nora Aunor at Lotlot de Leon nagkabati na

Prior to their reconciliation, Lotlot broke her silence about their long-running misunderstanding.

It happened on the same day she tied the knot with Fadi El Soury on December 17, 2018.

She wrote on Instagram, "Maraming beses ko pinag-isipan kung dapat pa ba akong magsalita tungkol sa mga personal na nangyayare sa amin ng mommy ko.

"Naisip ko na siguro dapat hindi na, dahil may masabi man ako na maganda ay hahanapan pa din ako ng pagkakamali, pero naisip ko na hindi ko naman ito ginagawa para sa iba kundi para sa akin at sa aking ina."



Both Diego Loyzaga and his father Cesar Montano starred n the 2022 drama film Maid in Malacañang.

This led to speculations that father and son had since moved on from their conflict.

Diego told (Philippine Entertainment Portal), "I was thirteen when I met him. Thirteen years wasted, seven years since I've talked to him...

"I'm twenty-six. It means I've only been seeing him or spending time with him for six years of my life, and that's sad.

"As we get older, I just wanna spend time with the people that I love.

"If they wanna be a part of my life, my door is always open. Basta mutual."

Diego was interviewed by on March 8, 2022 at the Adarna Gang afterparty.

Read also: Diego Loyzaga opens up about his decision to reconcile with dad Cesar Montano

It was in 2017 when Diego published a series of angry posts on Instagram that went viral.


He wrote in his now deleted posts, "Padamputin mo na ako, lagyan ako ng karatula diba iyan ang sinabi mo? Kaming dalawa ng kapatid ko?

"Mag malinis ka na, sakay ka na sa kanila pero sariling mong anak di mo ipagtatangol. Sarili mo lang!

"Magaling, best actor ka nga! Ano pang gusto mo? Drug test? DNA test? Ako ba talaga anak mo? Ilan ba talaga kaming anak mo? Baka hindi ka pa sigurado.

"Pinapalayas mo pa ako sa bahay na iniwan mo para sakin. Samantalang wala ni isang piso hiningi ko sayo mula bata pa ako.

"Pang limang drug test na ipinagawa niyo sakin LAHAT negative pero lakas pa rin ng loob mo na pag bintangan akong adik."



Fans were pleased to check pop star Sarah Geronimo's Instagram stories on March 13, 2021.

In the four consecutive public posts, Sarah wrote, "Freshly harvested organic fruits and vegetables from my Mama’s farm. Order now."

Her promotion of her mom's organic produce straight from their farm in Tanay, Rizal, fueled the belief that the bad blood between them was over.

Read also: Have Sarah Geronimo and Mommy Divine reconciled? Fans think so!

Their feud made headlines on February 20, 2020, at the civil wedding of Sarah and Matteo.

Mommy Divine Geronimo was allegedly not invited, but she arrived at the venue with the Tala singer's bodyguard Jerry Tamara.

Earlier, on December 2020, Matteo shared his vision for a peaceful life with his and Sarah's families joyfully coming together.

He said, "I believe our parents raised us up and worked so hard for us that, one day, they could marry a woman and man, and two families combined, di ba.


"Having a drink together and pasta together. I think that’s our family’s dream. One day, one day it will happen."


Social media rejoiced when Heart Evangelista put an end to her conflict with her parents, particularly with her mother Cecile Ongpauco.

A week before Mother's Day on May 6, 2015, Heart wrote, "Today’s special…my mom is teaching me how to make polvoron #barriofiestababy

“Pretty happy about this. Nothing beats learning mom’s secret recipes!”


Read also: Cecile Ongpauco reacts to rumored marital problem of daughter Heart Evangelista and Chiz Escudero

Cecile was strongly against Heart marrying Senator Francisco "Chiz" Escudero.

In 2013, she released a lengthy statement about her plan to file a case against him.

She said at a press conference that year on March 19, "My statement, as I said, is just the proof of what I experienced with Mr. Escudero.

"It’s not coming from anything but my actual experience of the things he’s been doing.

"He has children. When they grow up, I wish they don’t experience such a thing.

"As a mother, I’m just simply narrating things as I’ve experienced things under Mr. Escudero, that’s all. I don’t mean to cause their family pain.

It’s just that we are really suffering now because of his actions towards our family, and about trying to control our daughter who was so innocent about these things.


"I just hope that, you know, he does not experience this pain in his own children because it is really hurtful.

"We don’t wish anyone to be subjected to anything like he has subjected our family to."


Fans were gladdened that Janella Salvador seemed to have reconciled with her mom, Jenine Desiderio.


Janella assured, "We're okay naman. Actually, yung mom ko lang kasi, overprotective talaga siya sa akin. Lalo na before.

"I think naman lahat ng mother and daughter, may stage talaga na pag nag-adolescence or something.

"May mga away-away talaga na magaganap kasi may misunderstandings at differences.

Janella said, "Parang we're getting past that stage na, 'tapos mas nagiging close na kami, mas nasasabi ko na sa kanya lahat."

Read also: How Janella Salvador and mom Jenine Desiderio address their "away-away"

The alleged animosity between mother and daughter started when Jenine took to Twitter in July 2017, to share her sentiments about a phase in Janella's life.

She wrote, "Napakahirap bang magpaalam? 2 simple, basic rules hindi masunod. Kase ayaw sumunod. #nuknukanngtigasngulo #angtigasngloob."

Jenine continued in another tweet, "Being protective is instinctive with any mother. But if all your good intentions and protective efforts are prevented... You're on your own."

Jennylyn Marcado AND JINKEE PINEDA


It's been years now since Jennylyn Mercado has made progress in rebuilding her relationship with her biological parents.

In December 2018, the actress was spotted in Rome, Italy, to celebrate her biological mother Jinkee's 50th birthday.

A month later on January 15, 2019, she and her mother bonded at a restaurant before Jinkee hied back to London, England, where she's currently based.

Read also: Jennylyn Mercado reconnects with biological mother

Jennylyn's dark childhood was detailed in the June 2011 issue of YES! Magazine.

In the exclusive feature, she talked about being abused by her stepfather while her mother was working abroad.

Word quickly got out to Jinkee who denied in an episode of The Buzz, any of the allegations made by the Kapuso actress, specifically about the violence and the involved assailant.

She also declared having diligently supported Jennylyn financially since she was a child.

Jennylyn once more testified that she made no false claims during the interview, and that she could not understand why her mother would create a narrative far from the truth.



On February 7, 2018, Ruffa Gutierrez gave another update about the state of affairs between her and her mother, the talent manager Annabelle Rama.

Ruffa wrote in an Instagram post, "Im super happy cuz Mom @annabelleramaig loves me! I’m a good girl daw. #dadsbdaycelebration"

Read also: Ruffa Gutierrez thrilled she's not at odds with mom Annabelle Rama


Annabelle talked about her love-hate relationship with her unica hija in the July 24, 2018 episode of the reality series It Takes Gutz to be a Gutierrez.

The mother of six shared, mentioning her second son Elvis, "Hindi galing sa puso kasi ang pagbabati namin.

"Parang ang wish ni Elvis, magbati kami ni Ruffa, hindi talaga bati na talagang nangyayari. Parang basta bigla-bigla lang.

"Actually, she was five years old, di na kami magkasundong dalawa. Ano gusto ko, ayaw niya. Ganun lagi.

"Mahilig siyang [Ruffa] magtatanong, 'What do you think, Mommy?' 'Pangit, Ruffa.' Iyon, ikokontra niya iyon. Gusto niya, masusunod siya.

"Iba nga ang batang iyan, e, kaya sabi ko, lagi kaming nag-aaway. Nagkataon lang na meron kaming reality show, nakikita talaga ang katotohanan."

She also shared how most of their fights were caused by Ruffa's choice of men in her life.

Gretchen Barretto AND INDAY BARRETTO


An emotional reconciliation between Inday Barretto and daughter Gretchen happened at the funeral of the late Barretto patriarch Miguel Barretto.

They hugged each other, about which Claudine Barretto posted on October 17, 2019.

Netizens reacted and pointed out that the sentimental hug seemed to have lasted for about 22 seconds.

Read also: Gretchen Barretto embraces mother Inday Barretto for the first time after six-year rift

The back story: A heated word rally occurred in 2013, when Inday referred to Gretchen as "LIAR" and "evil" and "envious towards sister Claudine Barretto." t

Incensed, Gretchen fired back, "This is what I know of Inday, my abuser: She takes great pleasure in hurting me.

"And she will take every opportunity available to feed her obsession with breaking me down, even if she makes a fool of herself on the way there.

"My mother, my abuser, who I know too well, has used this window over and over again to inflict whatever horror she could, to me, my daughter, my nieces and nephews, my siblings, or any friend and stranger who comes to our side."




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