Her modelling stints include massive print ad campaigns for glossy magazines Uno, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Mega Magazine, Preview and Maxim. Now, she is hosting lifestyle program ‘Cityscape’ in the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) after anchoring TV Patrol’s showbiz segment for 5 years.
But amidst all these showbiz successes, Phoemela Baranda, now 33 years old, was a hiding a secret not just to the public but even to her closest friends and relatives. She gave birth to a daughter while she was still 19 years old.
Today at ABS-CBN’s newly reformatted showbiz-oriented show “Buzz ng Bayan”, Phoemela introduced to the public her 14 year-old daughter Kim. “My mom asked me to hide my pregnancy because I was modelling then,” Phoemala recalled. “When my mom died, it served as my wake up call that I need to be Kim’s mom. Dalaga na anak ko,” she said, responding to the question of host Janice de Belen on why she decided to show her daughter on national television.