It’s always difficult to choose between career and family, especially for women who have been conditioned by expectations and society itself to prioritize being wives and mothers before anything else. Most would surely do both if the situation permits, but sometimes it really happens that a choice has to be made. These Filipina celebrities, for their part, chose the path of being full-time mothers and partners – despite having to sacrifice their flourishing showbiz careers.
1. Nanette Medved-Po
Back in the 1990’s, Nanette became one of the most sought-after Filipina actresses. In 1991, she even played the coveted role of Darna. Afterwards, she married and bid the spotlight farewell forever in 1999.
2. Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez
Her last film was Bagamundo, which saw the light of day in 1998. She resurfaced as a politician sometime, but prior to that, she chose to leave showbiz to become a round-the-clock mom and partner to Alfred Romualdez.
3. Mikee Cojuangco
The year she married was also the last year she appeared in film.
4. Donna Cruz
1999 was the year Donna Cruz introduced her eldest daughter Isabella Adrianna to the world. That time happened to be the year of her swan song in the limelight.
5. Rica Peralejo
The beautiful actress once admitted:
“Nag-isip-isip lang ako na parang if I want a quality life, family life muna at least for the first few years.
“Dapat hindi muna ako mag-showbiz.
“Puwede naman pagsabayin kaya lang it has to be clear to me na that’s what I really want,” Rica said as as she was leaving showbiz.
6. Nikki Gil
Niki Gil seems blissfully happy after leaving show business to take care of Baby Finn full time.
7. Vanna Garcia
As a full time mother to three growing boys, the decision seemed like a no-brainer for Vanna Garcia. Aside from being a full-time mom, however, she also finished a degree in Interior Design.
8. Iwa Moto
Completing our list of Filipina celebrities who chose the family life over the glamour of showbiz is Iwa Moto. In 2013, she delivered her beautiful daughter with husband Pampi Lacson. Thus she had to relinquish her kontrabida queenship in exchange for being a loving mother.
What do you think? Do you miss watching any of these Filipina celebrities? Which ones do you wish would come back to the industry? Let us know in the comments section below!