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Donny Pangilinan and Belle Mariano Honor Their Moms

Their mothers help make sure they keep their feet firmly planted on the ground despite them soaring to success

Donny Pangilinan and Belle Mariano in N Seoul Tower - Seoul, South Korea for their Metro cover shoot.
Donny Pangilinan and Belle Mariano in N Seoul Tower - Seoul, South Korea for their Metro cover shoot. | Photography by Dookie Ducay


Can't Buy Me Love leads and Metro cover stars Donny Pangilinan and Belle Mariano are thriving in their careers, and there's no other way but up for these two in-demand artists. While part of their success can be attributed to their good genes and talents, there's also no denying that they are where they are today because of their mothers. 


Both Donny and Belle have tight-knit relationships with their mothers, who make sure they keep their feet firmly planted on the ground despite them soaring to success. 


In time for Mother's Day and Star Magic's Mama-Magic Day on May 11, DonBelle shared anecdotes about the most special woman in each of their lives. 


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Donny Pangilinan and his mom Maricel
Donny Pangilinan and his mom Maricel | Photo from @donny


Donny said of his mom, Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan, "She is someone we all very much look up to. I remember, like, entering showbiz, her not wanting me to enter showbiz. Kasi s'yempre, part siya ng industriya and gusto niya parang iba 'yung path ko kasi hindi naman talaga niya alam kung gusto kong gawin ito.


"But as time passed and nakita niya na gusto ko rin, sobrang supportive niya sa akin. So cliché, but I wouldn't be here at all without her, and sobrang love namin siya." 


Belle Mariano and her mom Katrina
Belle Mariano and her mom Katrina | Photo from @belle_mariano


Like Donny, Belle said she won't be here in the industry if not for the love and support of her mom. She began, "I value my mom so much. I won't be here without her."


"She's the strongest person I know, and I really admire her for that," Belle added. "She's also my best friend. My mom knows everything, as in lahat-lahat ng... everything I want, lahat ng reklamo ko sa buhay, and I wouldn't change anything about it. So, thank you, mom."


Donny Pangilinan and Belle Mariano are the latest Metro cover stars. In time for the finale of their series, Can't Buy Me Love, last May 7 on Netflix, DonBelle graced our cover once again, sharing in an exclusive interview what they'll miss most about their show and characters Bingo and Ling.   


Lead photos from @donny @belle_mariano


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