Jodi Sta. Maria, a versatile actress through and through, is facing another challenging role — being a mother to her now teenage son, Thirdy.
During her guesting on Toni Gonzaga's digital talk show "I Feel U" last Sunday, August 23, Jodi shared that she does some "research" on the girls that Thirdy is crushing on.
She shared, "I think it’s okay [to do the research]. Children, they have to understand na if we do research, it’s not because gusto natin mag-kontrabida or makialam or manghimasok sa buhay nila, which may karapatan tayo bilang tayo ang kanilang mga ina, hindi ba?"
The "Clarita" actress believes that it's also a way for parents to get to know their children better.
"We just want to make sure na tama ba itong natitipuhan ng anak ko? Ano ba ang mga tipo niya? Part iyan ng research natin kung ano na ba ang mga likes niya pagdating sa crushes or klase ng mga friends," she said.
Jodi is a single mom, but she doesn't discount the efforts and provision ex-husband Pampi Lacson in raising Thirdy.
"Hindi ko rin kasi pwede sabihing solo mom ako na ako lang talaga kasi I would be unfair kay Pampi, kasi he’s very much involved in the life of his son," Jodi said, adding that Pampi is a "good provider". "Wala naman akong masasabi doon. I thank the Lord na we are in good terms talaga. We are friends."
Just like every parent, Jodi just wants to give Thirdy all the best in life.
"I think that no matter what happens, ipaglalaban mo na maitaguyod pa rin siya ng matino, ng maayos. Kahit na parang hindi ko man siya nabigyan ng isang buong pamilya, I made sure na I will always be here sa abot ng makakaya ko to provide him with a good life," she said.
The show then took a "kilig" turn when Jodi was joined by her "Be Careful with My Heart" co-star Richard Yap, a.k.a. Sir Chief, as guest on the episode!
Watch their mini-reunion on the 16th episode of "I Feel U" here!
"I Feel U" streams every Sunday on the digital platforms of ABS-CBN Films (Star Cinema), ABS-CBN Global, and ABS-CBN Music at 6pm. It's also available on TFC.tv, TFC IPTV, and TFC Cable Satellite.
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