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May 4, 2017
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Raising a kid is no easy task, but it’s even more difficult doing it solo. Therefore, having kids out of wedlock or bringing up a child with no father around is no laughing matter. Take, for example, that “na-ano lang” joke (which wasn't even funny) of Senate Majority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III targeted at single mom and Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo during the confirmation hearing yesterday. The whole spiel was, honestly, more insulting than funny.

Single moms deserve respect for all the choices they've made. And not recognizing the strength and support they give their children by reducing them to a punch line is just plain stupid. 

Now, here are seven celebrities who are proud to call themselves single moms, facing the challenges of being a parent with their heads high and their dignity intact. 

Jennylyn Mercado

The former FHM Sexiest Woman revealed that it was over between her and Patrick Garcia following the actor’s televised statement that he was not sure if the baby was his. They have eventually managed to become friends for their son Jazz.

Andi Eigenmann

The former FHM cover girl recently revealed that the biological father of her daughter is Jake Ejercito. While the child custody battle is still mired in controversy, Andi takes full responsibility of 5-year-old Ellie.

Sunshine Cruz

Sunshine, who was once married to Cesar Montano, took on the role of raising her three equally beautiful daughters on her own after her marriage collapsed.

Phoemela Baranda

After keeping it a secret for more than a decade, the 34-year-old model and TV host admitted in 2013 that she has a daughter. She said her mom urged her to hide the pregnancy because it was the height of her career as a model. Her daughter Kim, who is now 18, has grown into a beautiful young lady.

LJ Reyes

The Pinulot Ka Lang Sa Lupa star happily embraced the title of single mom when Aki was born. She shares custody of her son with ex-boyfriend Paulo Avelino.

Katrina Halili

After five years of dating  Kris Lawrence, the sexy star decided to put a stop to her relationship with the singer because it wasn't evolving into something more substantial. 

Denise Laurel

The ABS-CBN actress says she does not regret anything, even though she had her baby at the peak of her career. Two thumbs up, Denise!

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