Filipino working mothers, Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo, Marian Rivera-Dantes, Gloria Diaz, Josie Gabuco, Janice Lao

Filipina working mothers keep a balancing act between bringing up the children and earning income for the family or following their personal passion. The double burden is no small achievement especially in the Philippines where the traditional view of stay-at-home mothers persists.

Through the years Filipinas have found the necessity to work outside the home – either for income or for passion’s sake – and a lot of them have done it with the support of their families.

With all their hard work and sacrifices, Filipina mothers should have the highest salary in all professions! No rest days. No breaks. On-call heroes 24/7.

As we celebrate mothers’ love on Mother’s Day – and beyond – Good News Pilipinas lists 5 inspirational Filipinas – a popular actress, a celebrity chef, a beauty queen, a sports champion, a scientist – who embraced motherhood while keeping their passion and chosen professions.

beauty queen Gloria Diaz family
Gloria Diaz with daughters Isabelle and Ava, her “most important accomplishment.” Credits to Gloria Diaz.

Her reign as the 1969 Miss Universe may be over but Gloria Diaz – the first Filipina Miss Universe who started our girls dreaming of being beauty queens – is still inspiring as ever.

Filipina beauty queens Gloria Diaz, Marige Moran, Pia Wurtzbach, Catriona Gray
Gloria Diaz is the first Filipina Miss Universe! Credits to Gloria Diaz.

Gloria brought up 3 children including celebrity daughter Isabelle Daza who is now herself a mother, Ava, and Raphael, even while she was active in the Philippine entertainment industry.

An award-winning actress, Gloria is set to come out in the Netflix hit series “Insatiable” playing herself as a Miss Universe titlist! She is still unstoppable. Age is just a number, after all.

Josie Gabuco and son
Filipina boxing champion Josie Gabuco trains hard away from home but knows how to play hard with her son. Credits Josie Gabuco.

Mothers can be sporty too! A member of the national boxing team, the 32-year-old Josie Gabuco from Palawan proved nonbelievers wrong after she won the gold medal in her finals match at the Asian Boxing Championships in Bangkok.

Filipina boxing champion Josie Gabuco
An established SEA Games champion, Josie is now aiming for the Olympic gold. Credits to Josie Gabuco

The 4-time Southeast Asian Games gold medalist showed the world that a Pinay single mother can keep winning to get to her dream medal at the 2020 Olympics!

Janice Lao and kids at Notre Dame Cathedral
Edie Awardee Janice Lao shares her love for math and science to her children. Credits to Janice Lao.

Global sustainability expert Janice Lao is a supermom in a unique way – she uses her knowledge and skills as an environmental scientist and development economist to teach her two kids how the world works.

Janice Lao Hongkong event teaches kids science and math
Janice Lao embarks on her new journey to share her parenting tips for bringing up children who love math and science. Credits to Janice Lao.

The first Filipino and Asian to win the Edie Awards loves to incorporate mathematics and science in her kids’ daily learning. Janice is hailed as a Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) Superhero role model for young girls around the world.

Marian Rivera Dingdong Dantes children
Marian Rivera thrives on her family’s support as she continues to wear many hats – celebrity, entrepreneur, wife, mother. Credits to Marian Rivera.

Aside from being a popular actress, a sought-after celebrity endorser, and social entrepreneur with her Flora Vida by Marian, GMA 7’s Primetime Queen Marian Rivera-Dantes is a certified proud mother and breastfeeding advocate.

Marian award for breastfeeding
Marian Rivera was named Celebrity Breastfeeding Influencer by the Mother and Child Nurses Association of the Philippines. Credits to Marian Rivera.

Wife to equally popular actor Dingdong Dantes and the loving mother of Zia and newborn baby Ziggy also promotes the country through her fashion just like what she did in their Europe vacation where she wore Kultura Filipino statement shirts.

Judy Ann Santos Ryan Agoncillo kids
Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo recently celebrated the 10th year of her marriage with actor and TV host Ryan Agoncillo. Credits to Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo.

What makes Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo an inspirational mother is that she always finds time to balance everything in her life. Being a mother of three children, a wife, an actress, a YouTube celebrity chef, and now co-owner with husband celebrity actor and host Ryan Agoncillo of “Angrydobo” restaurant is not easy.

Judy Ann Santos youtube show
Judy Ann’s Kitchen is a weekly YouTube cooking show that Judy Ann manages to keep on air even as she acts in dramas and movies, while tending to her growing children. Credits to Judy Ann’s Kitchen.

With her passion in the culinary arts which she shares in her YouTube channel, Juday and Ryan earned praises for charity works including cooking meals for Filipino nuns in Vatican last year.

Aside from being heaven’s co-creator, mothers always make sure to fulfill their purpose with unconditional love and care. These five inspiring and hardworking Filipina working mothers make us proud!

Tell us in the comments below your own story about Filipina mothers and send your encouraging words to Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo, Marian Rivera-Dantes, Gloria Diaz, Josie Gabuco, and Janice Lao.

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