Karla Estrada

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Karla Estrada
Born Karla Estrada Ford
(1974-11-21) November 21, 1974 (age 42)
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1987–present
Children 4 (inc. Daniel Padilla)

Karla Estrada (born November 21, 1974) is a Filipina actress and singer. Films and television series in which she starred in Ina, Kasusuklaman Ba Kita? and Maricris Sioson: Japayuki.[1] She starred as supporting role in the series Kailangan Ko'y Ikaw.[2]

In 2016, Estrada signed a 2-year exclusive contract with ABS-CBN.[3]

Karla is Antonio Aquitania's cousin.

Early life and career[edit]

Karla Estrada was born on November 21, 1974 in Tacloban. Her American father, Raymond Ford left her after her grandfather told him that she did not survive her birth.[4]

According to an episode in Maalaala Mo Kaya featuring accounts on her life, Estrada was born to a rich family but was forced to move to Tacloban after her grandfather, who was responsible for most of the livelihood of the family, died. Estrada who aspired to become an actress since childhood and joined singing competitions which her mother did not approved of but nevertheless continued to sing. She was scouted by a talent manager in a music hub in Quezon City which led to her appearance in That’s Entertainment.[5]


  • Beauty and the Bestie (2015)
  • Sa Ngalan ng Ama, Ina, at mga Anak (2014)
  • Palad Ta ang Nagbuot (Our Fate Decides) (2013)
  • This Guy's in Love with U Mare! (2012)
  • Pagnanasa (2010)
  • Pipo (2009)
  • Bahay Kubo: A Pinoy Mano Po! (2007)
  • Super Noypi (2006)
  • Kung ikaw ay isang panaginip (2002)
  • Sa iyo ang sarap, akin ang hirap (1999)
  • Banatan (1999)
  • Masarap ang unang kagat (1998)
  • Kakaibang karisma (1995)
  • The Secrets of Sarah Jane: Sana'y mapatawad mo (1994)
  • Bala at lipistik (1994)
  • Sobra talaga (1994)
  • Teenage Mama (1993)
  • Kahit may mahal ka ng iba (1993)
  • Maricris Sioson: Japayuki (1993)
  • First Time... Like a Virgin! (1992)
  • Wanted Bata-Batuta (1987)


Year Title Role Network
2016-present Funny Ka, Pare Ko Cine Mo!
2016-present Magandang Buhay Host (with Jolina Magdangal and Melai Cantiveros) ABS-CBN
2016-present It's Showtime Quarter 1-4 Judge Tawag ng Tanghalan
2015 Pinoy Big Brother: 737 2nd Celebrity Houseguest
2015, 2016 Home Sweetie Home Tita Marichris Matahimik
2015 Your Face Sounds Familiar 1 Herself/Contestant
2014 Jim Fernandez's Galema, Anak Ni Zuma Bettina Barredo
2014 The Voice of the Philippines Herself/Auditionee
2013 Kailangan Ko'y Ikaw Apple Puno
2012 Wansapanataym: Maan Antukin Yaya
2011 Ikaw Lang ang Mamahalin Loida GMA Network
2011 Alakdana Madam Greta
2010 Sine Novela: Ina, Kasusuklaman Ba Kita? Cora Evangelista
2010 Habang May Buhay Bona ABS-CBN
2010 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Xylophone Episode Guest
2009 Sine Novela: Kung Aagawin Mo Ang Lahat Sa Akin Nanay Remy/Brenda Aguirre GMA Network
2008 Obra: Boksingera Episode Guest
2008 Sine Novela: Magdusa Ka Metring
2007 Your Song: Break It To Me Gently Episode Guest ABS-CBN
2007 Daisy Siete: Ulingling Cast Member GMA Network
2006 Love to Love: Love for Rent Lucy
2005 Saang Sulok ng Langit Liana
2002 Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggan Sening ABS-CBN
1999 Saan Ka Man Naroroon Lilay
1987 That's Entertainment Herself/Wednesday group member GMA Network

Personal life[edit]

Estrada is the mother of Daniel Padilla whom she had at age 20; her son's father, Rommel Padilla, was not present at their son's birth. Estrada brought Daniel to see his father in prison three years later. She had three more children, Jose Carlito, Margaret and Carmella from different fathers.[6]

At age 18, Estrada looked for her father who later apologized for not knowing that her birth was successful. In 2016, She stated that she is on good terms with her father, describing herself as his "carbon copy".[4]


  1. ^ "GMA-7 offers two new star-studded afternoon soaps | PEP.ph: The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". PEP.ph. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Karla Estrada to host morning show?". ABS-CBN News. March 9, 2016. Retrieved March 13, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Karla Estrada cries after dad sends birthday greeting". ABS-CBN News (in English and Filipino). 22 November 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  5. ^ "Angelica bibida sa masalimuot na life story ni Karla Estrada sa MMK" [Angelica [Panganiban] stars in Karla Estrada's complicated life story in MMK]. Bandera (in Filipino). 12 January 2017. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "Daniel Padilla: ‘Kung ayaw mo sa akin, ’di huwag!’ | Inquirer Lifestyle". Lifestyle.inquirer.net. 2013-03-22. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 

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