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  • Love Yourself First Before Others Can Love You: Sunshine Cruz, Donita Rose Tell Solo Parents

    These celebrity single parents share an important lesson — that of giving importance to one's self
    by Lei Dimarucut-Sison .
Love Yourself First Before Others Can Love You: Sunshine Cruz, Donita Rose Tell Solo Parents
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    Sunshine Cruz admits she once neglected herself

    Mom of three Sunshine Cruz reveals she is at her happiest now in a long time, especially because she feels loved by her boyfriend of three years, businessman Macky Mathay.

    "Pareho kami nagsu-support sa pangarap ng isa’t-isa, so happy lang. Kasi nandito na kami sa point ng our lives na ang dami na namin pinagdaanan, so pag magkasama kami happy lang. We inspire each other to be the best we can be," the actress told Push.

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    Sunshine surely has gone through several major ordeals in the last several years, starting with the breakup of her marriage to actor Cesar Montano, domestic abuse allegations, a lengthy legal battle for the annulment of their marriage, until the court decision was finally handed down in 2018.

    Sunshine admits, there was a time when she put her needs last. "There was a time that I forgot to love myself. Ngayon sabi ko nga, ‘How can people love me, how can people support me if ako naman, hindi ko naman kaya na mahalin ang sarili ko?’  So it is very important na magsimula sa atin ang pagmamahal."

    "Mahalin muna natin ang sarili natin bago tayo magbigay ng pagmamahal," she stressed.

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    Donita finds herself worthy of a second chance, thanks to "two guys"

    "Ang galing ko nang umiyak!" actress Donita Rose quipped when she was asked about the advantages of being a solo parent, reports Inquirer.

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    The mom of one can joke about it now, but there was a time when Donita was at the lowest point of her life following her separation from her husband Eric Villarama, with whom she shares a 15-year-old son, Joshua Paul, or JP.

    In the past, Donita has revealed that the reason their marriage failed was because Eric had an affair, which she found out about through a phone call on Valentine's Day in 2015.

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    Thinking he only forgot to greet her on this special occasion, Donita called Eric on his mobile phone. "Hindi siya sumasagot ng phone, kinabahan na ako. Noong nakausap ko na siya, he said, 'Why are you calling me?'

    "Sabi ko, 'What do you mean why am I calling you? I'm your wife. Saan ka ba?'"

    Donita had to confront Eric right then and told him, "'Parang may iba kang kasama ngayon.'

    "Siguro nagulat na lang siya at umamin bigla sa akin. Nagulat ako. I was not expecting it." (Read the full story here.)

    Two-and-a-half years after their divorce papers were finalized, Donita says she is finally friends with her ex-husband, and has moved on. 

    “In order to appreciate being a single mom, you first have to learn to forgive. Bitterness, resentment and anger are chains that bind you down,” she said.

    “So far, there have been two guys who made me realize that, yes, I now have a second chance. I’m enjoying the process of guys pursuing me, although there’s nobody now. I have friends, and I’m open to meeting somebody who shares the same faith as I do,” Donita added.

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    Jolina Magdangal and family opt to camp in at home for Holy Week 

    Many people flocked to tourist spots here and abroad during Holy Week to take advantage of the long break, but Jolina, husband Mark Escueta, and their kids Pele, 5, and Vika, 11 months old, chose to make memories at home by camping in!

    "Gawin parin exciting ang bakasyon kahit nasa bahay lang. Para-paraan para sa happy memories na itatanim natin sa puso at isip ng mga anak natin," the celebrity mom said. 

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    The Escuetas set up tents at the "Casa Escueta" backyard (their home), grilled some hotdogs, and slept on floor mattresses together. The kids — especially Pele — had the most fun!

    "Bukas may pasok na ulit si Pele, at back to work na kami ni Mark. Sabi ni Pele, excited daw sya ikwento ang “amazing camping” namin (talagang nag enjoy sya)," Jolina added, proof that a memorable "vacation" with the family need not be expensive. 

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    Chynna Ortaleza announces second pregnancy

    The 36-year-old TV host / actress happily announced on Instagram on Easter Sunday that she and husband Kean Cipriano will soon welcome baby number 2. Their firstborn daughter Stellar is three years old.

    Chynna posted a family photo — she, proudly showing off her tiny baby bump — with the caption "Name suggestions!" to share the news.

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    Kean also reposted the same the photo with the caption, "Happy Easter from me, @chynsortaleza, @stellarcipriano and our newest band member! Sending good vibes to all!"

    Congratulations to the Cips!

    Look: Touching moment Nate Alcasid greets mom Regine Velasquez on her birthday

    The 7-year-old son of singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid and Asia's songbird Regine Velasquez tried to hold back his tears — but failed — as he was giving his birthday greeting to his mom last Sunday on the musical variety show ASAP, which his parents co-host.

    "Thank you for loving me, thank you for taking care of me," Nate said before his voice trailed off, after which he hugged his mom. 

    "Are you okay? I love you,” Regine said to Nate. “You know mommy’s just busy nowadays, but you know I love you, right?” The touching moment had everyone in tears. 

    On Instagram, Ogie marked the 49th birthday of his wife by posting a throwback photo of the songbird with the message, "Happy birthday to my love. I thank our Heavenly Father that I have you in my life.

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    "I wish you all the joy in your heart that you deserve. I wish you the peace of mind that you seek and I pray that you be blessed with an abundance of great health. I love you so much."

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