Radar Rewind: MILF – Mom’s I’ll Love Forever


There are several things my mom always tells me to do: pray, be nice to my siblings, don’t be barefoot when cooking using the electric stove, and trust her judgment.  Naturally, I sometimes don’t listen to her and end up doing the opposite.

But despite that, I’m eternally grateful that I have someone I know who is always looking after me. After all, it’s true what they say that mothers really do know best.

J.D. Salinger once said that, “all mothers are slightly insane.” Who other crazy person would you expect to give their child the last serving of food, quit their job to spend time with her children, or help with their assignments even after a long day at the office?

In the spirit of Mother’s Day, Radar has put together a list of fictional moms from various films and TV shows who we’ve come to love and learn to appreciate for the tender loving care they give their family.

Lily van der Woodsen-Humphrey

Who is she: multiple-divorced, ex-ballerina, and socialite mother of Serena and Eric van der Woodsen in the hit TV series, Gossip Girl.

Why you’ll love her: She’ll go to great lengths to protect her kids even if it means having to send someone to jail and bribe people to stay away from her family and not spill the scandalous beans. Plus, she has a great sense of style.

Bree van de Kamp

Who is she: Bree is recognized in Wisteria Lane for her perfectionist attitude and workethic, and homemaking talents on the level of Martha Stewart, particularly her gourmet meals, breakfast treats and pineapple bran muffins.

Why you’ll love her: No party is too small, no house can be too clean, and no dish is too complicated to prepare for her. If you had friends over, you’d be feasting on classy hors d’oeuvres than chips and dip.

Helen Barksdale Morgendorffer

Who is she: a character created for the MTV animated series Daria. A corporate lawyer, she is the mother of Daria and Quinn Morgendorffer.

Why you’ll love her: Some kids lack direction in life but she’ll make sure you find one just so you could be follow in a parent’s footsteps. She once told Daria, “If you don’t get into a decent school, your life will be ruined. End of discussion.”

Miranda Priestly

Who is she: The devil who wears Prada, Editor in Chief of Runway, and a “legend” according to her first assistant, Emily.

Why you’ll love her: Being Editor in Chief of a top fashion magazine means you get to have first dibs on a lot of “stuff” like skirts from Calvin Klein and satchels from an up and coming designer.  Her job also allows her to have an assistant who can do anything for you like pick up stuff for Spring break or an unpublished manuscript, which will be photocopied bound, and labeled just in case. But even if she’s made her career practically her life, underneath that she-devil of an attitude lies a soft heart for her children.  She’ll have her assistant charter a plane even during a storm just to see her kid’s ballet recital. Girls would die to have her as a mom.

Kate McCallister

Who is she: Kevin McCallister’s frantic mom in Home Alone 1 and 2.

Why you’ll love her: Raising a large family and getting them all together for a trip is no easy task. She may forget a child once airborne but you can always guarantee that she’ll ride any mode of transportation just to go back for you.

Gloria Delgado-Pritchett

Who is she: Played by Sofia Vergara in the TV series, Modern Family, Gloria is one hot Colombian import married to Jay and is mother to her son, Manny.

Why you’ll love her: If you move to another country, it’s always important not to forget your cultural identity. She makes sure her son never forgets his heritage by observing Colombian traditions at home.

Mrs.George

Who is she: Mrs. George, played by Amy Poehler, is Regina’s mom in Mean Girls. She describes herself as “not a regular mom. I’m a cool mom”.

Why you’ll love her: She can be your best friend and together you can share “what’s the 411, what everybody’s been up to, what the hot gossip is, and what the cool jams are.”

Moms in the Joy Luck Club

Who are they: Chinese women who painstakingly migrated to the US and raised their daughters as best they could.

Why you’ll love them: They’ll always be proud of you no matter what you end up doing with your life and they’ll be the one to catch you when you fall.

Read the edited version in the Philippine Star’s On the Radar published on 08 May 2011.

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