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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Feb 19, 2019

Meet Karla Estrada's Three Kids In 'Familia Blondina': Marco Gallo, Kira Balinger & Xia Vigor

KARLA ESTRADA has three kids in her role as Cindy in “Familia Blondina”, but all with the same dad. In real life, she has four kids, but with different fathers. She admits she has a non-showbiz boyfriend now, but it’s a long distance relationship.

“He’s a businessman based in Colorado, USA and three years na rin kami,” she says. “It’s working naman kahit magkalayo kami, pero kung sakaling sabihin niyang wala na kami, okay rin lang naman. 44 years old na ako, hindi na ako teenager na may kung anu-anong ilusyon about love. Ang layo na ng itinakbo ng buhay ko since Mother Lily launched me as a Regal baby ka-batch sina Sunshine Cruz, Jackie Forster and Shirley Fuentes in the early 90s. Alam ko namang iba ang sitwasyon namin kasi magkalayo nga kami, so walang masyadong expectations. As of now, sa estado ng buhay ko, masaya ako kasi maayos ang mga anak ko, may sarili akong career, so I’m just so happy and I have nothing to wish for kundi puro pasasalamat na lang kay Lord para sa lahat ng blessings. Di na priority ang lovelife, sa totoo lang.”

She’s called Queen Mother by some folks because her son Daniel Padilla is the teen king, but she honestly prefers to be called Comedy Momshie. “Kasi yung Queen Mother, parang ang hirap abutin. E, yung Comedy Momshie, mas feel ko kasi talaga namang masayahin akong tao at natural sa’kin ang pagpapatawa. Mas accessible para sa lahat, especially to those na ang tawag talaga sa akin is Momshie Karla.”

Playing her three kids in “Familia Blondina” are Marco Gallo, Kira Balinger and Xia Vigor. Marco plays John Junior, the eldest son. A discovery of PBB 2016, he was once paired with Kisses Delavin but he decided to go back home to Italy where he was born. He finished “Familia Blondina” before he left. But after just a couple of months, he returned to Manila as he realized that he really loves to act. By coincidence, his return was in time for the release of “Familia Blondina” which he finished shooting before he left yet.

the cast of FAMILIA BLONDINA with direk Jerry Sineneng & producer Dennis Aguirre
Kira Balinger plays Jenny, the second child. Her father is British and they moved to Manila when she was 10. A talent manager saw her while she’s eating ice cream in a mall and took her to ABS-CBN in 2014. Her first big role was as the younger sister of Kim Chiu in “The Story of Us”.

Xia Vigor is 9 years old and also has a British father. She was the big winner in the Mini Me contest of “It’s Showtime” aping Selena Gomez but she gained more fame when she imitated Taylor Swift in “Your Face Sounds Familiar”. She has also appeared in soaps like “Flor de Liz”, “Ang Probinsyano” and “Langit Lupa”.  In “Familia Blondina” that opens in theaters on February 27, she plays the youngest child of Karla Estrada.