• 10 Teen Stars Who Are Now Playing Parents
  • If you grew up in the '90s, you probably watched teen shows like Tabing Ilog, Gimik, Ang TV, and TGIS. Nothing will truly remind you of your age quite like realizing that the '90s were not 10 years ago, and many of those young kids are now playing parents or are already parents in real life. Here are 10 showbiz stars who have made the successful transition from teen idol to mature, adult parents.

    Julia Montes

    Julia Montes got her start in showbiz as a cast member for the kiddie variety show Goin' Bulilit, where she met her close friend and future Mara Clara co-star, Kathryn Bernardo. They later appeared together in the 2011 teen show, Growing Up.

    Parent role: Yes, she may only be 21 in real life, but this actress made the transition to mature roles pretty early on. Her characters in 2012's Walang Hanggan and 2014's Ikaw Lamang eventually became mothers. Her currently airing show, Doble Kara, also has her playing a mom.

     

    Jodi Sta. Maria

    Jodi Sta. Maria was already a very familiar face for teens in the '90s, appearing in hit series like Gimik and more notably, Tabing Ilog (where she was paired with Baron Geisler). She went on to play supporting roles until she nabbed her big break in 2012's Be Careful With My Heart.

    Parent role: The real-life mom has a long string of mother roles, including 2012's Mundo Man ay Magunaw (where she was mom to Nikki Gil), 2012's Be Careful With My Heart (she had twins with Sir Chief), and Pangako Sa 'Yo (she was the vengeful Amor Powers in search of her lost child). More recently, she was mom to Bimb Aquino-Yap in 2015's All You Need is Pag-ibig.

     

    Patrick Garcia

    Patrick Garcia was everywhere in the '90s, from Ang TV and Separada in the early '90s to Gimik, Tabing Ilog, and Rollerboys a few years later. He went on to do starring and supporting roles in different networks.

    Parent role: In 2013, he joined the cast of the family drama, Annaliza, alongside former teen actors Denise Laurel, Kaye Abad, and Carlo Aquino. In real life, he is father to three kids: one with his former girlfriend Jennylyn Mercado, and two with his wife, Nikka Martinez.

     

    Angelica Panganiban

    Angelica Panganiban was only 6 when she entered showbiz. After prominent roles in Ang TV and Sarah...Ang Munting Prinsesa, she went on to do teen-oriented projects like Berks and Gimik, where she was paired with Carlo Aquino.

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    Parent role: She's best known for her fiery kontrabida portrayals or hilarious comedy performances, but in 2015, the 29-year-old played Claudia Buenavista, the mother to Daniel Padilla's Angelo in Pangako Sa 'Yo.

     

    Paolo Contis

    Much like his fellow Ang TV batchmates, Paolo Contis was a prominent face in Tabing Ilog. He later moved on to doing comedic and villainous roles in GMA Network, including Darna and La Vendetta. He also ventured into reality and game show hosting.

    Parent role: In 2013, he starred in the modern-day remake of the '90s drama Villa Quintana. In the show, he played the patriarch Robert Quintana (previously portrayed by Joel Torre). In real life, he has two daughters with his ex, Lian Paz.

    Shaina Magdayao

    When Shaina Magdayao was a teen actress, she starred in shows like 2002's K2BU (with Bea Alonzo and Pia Wurtzbach) and 2006's Abt Ur Love. She later branched out into popular primetime dramas (Lobo, Rubi, Juan dela Cruz) and even films like the Ang Tanging Ina franchise and 2013's On The Job (alongside Piolo Pascual).

    Parent role: Shaina portrayed a young mother in the OFW-themed series Kung Ako'y Iiwan Mo. The 26-year-old also played the mother of Marco Masa in the recently concluded series, Nathaniel.

     

    Jericho Rosales

    In the late '90s to early 2000s, Jericho Rosales was a cast member of Oka Tokat, a youth-oriented paranormal show where he was paired with Angelika dela Cruz. (The cast also included Rica Peralejo, Diether Ocampo, Bojo Molina, and G. Toengi.) He skyrocketed to leading man fame when he played Angelo in 2000's Pangako Sa 'Yo.

    Parent role: In 2012, he portrayed a single father in search of his missing child in the indie film, Alagwa. Two years later, he played a cheating husband (and family man) to Angel Locsin in the drama The Legal Wife.

     

    Kaye Abad

    Early in her career, Kaye Abad was paired with John Lloyd Cruz in teen shows like Tabing Ilog and Gimik. As she grew older, she transitioned to doing heavy dramas.

    Parent role: The 33-year-old actress has played a handful of moms over the years, including Minerva in 2009's May Bukas Pa, Jenny in 2011's Angelito: Batang Ama, and the evil Stella in 2013's Annaliza.

     

    Gerald Anderson

    Gerald Anderson rose to fame after joining Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition in 2006. He and then-love team partner (and girlfriend) Kim Chiu starred in a number of teenybopper roles.

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    Parent role: He briefly played a dad in the 2009 series Tayong Dalawa (he and Kim had a baby when the show was nearing its end). Gerald later embraced the fatherly roles with his turn in the 2014 show, Nathaniel.

     

    Ian Veneracion

    Before Ian Veneracion charmed fans of all ages, he was a child star then a mainstay in the variety show, That's Entertainment. At the age of 15, he reinvented himself as a teen action star, starting with the film Alyas Baby Face, and with many others in the early '90s.

    Parent role: It's no surprise that he plays plenty of dad roles now, but the most interesting one is the 2003 drama Darating Ang Umaga, where he was the dad to his now-leading lady, Jodi Sta. Maria.

    This story originally appeared on Spot.ph.

    * Minor edits have been made by the Smartparenting.com.ph editors.

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