Karla Estrada is one of, if not THE most popular single moms in the local showbiz industry today.
Apart from being a caliber actress, she is also a singer and a TV host. Of course, need I mention, the mother of teen heartthrob Daniel Padilla.
Life hasn’t always been this easy for Karla, who has been very open and upfront about the past struggles and challenges she had to endure before she got to where she is now.
She talks about raising 4 kids alone, but never saw this as reason for her to wallow in self-pity and succumb to depression. In fact, these were the very things that kept her afloat, and motivated her to strive even harder and stand even taller than her obstacles.
"Wala akong room para mag-drama," Estrada says.
Back then, she didn’t have time for drama in her life, to indulge in misery of what-could-have-beens and if-onlys. She regretted nothing in her life - she understood that that was her reality now, and she has no one else to rely on but herself. Her only concern then, was to pay the bills and then live off on whatever little she earns doing small roles and hosting stints.
Karla says the best inheritance she can give her kids is to instill in them the values she learned that enables her to be tough amidst life’s trials.
She also admitted that she feared death, because there would be no one to take care of her kids in her absence.
"Totoo iyon na kapag naging mother ka na, marami ka ng takot. Mas takot ka na sa buhay mo, sa mga posibleng mangyari sa iyo. Nung dalaga ako napakatapang ko pero ngayon, iniingatan ko na ang buhay ko para sa kanila."
She also stressed the importance of being honest to your kids, exposing them to life’s harsh realities, and making them aware that money is not forever.
"Sanayin mo iyong mga anak mo na kahit masakit man, sabihin mo iyong totoo. ...Maging totoo tayo sa mga anak natin," she said.
Karla has nothing more to ask for this upcoming Mother’s Day, because she’s just grateful enough that they’ve come a long way from how they used to be. She just prays for continued guidance and blessings to come her, as well as Daniel’s, way.
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