The Mommy Returns

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The Mommy Returns
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Directed by Joel Lamangan
Produced by Lily Monteverde
Roselle Monteverde-Teo
Lea A. Calmerin
Written by Senedy Que
Screenplay by Senedy Que
Starring Gabby Concepcion
Ruffa Gutierrez
Jillian Ward
Gloria Diaz
John Lapus
Music by Francis Concio
Cinematography Mo Zee
Edited by Tara Illenberger
Distributed by Regal Entertainment
Release date
  • May 9, 2012 (2012-05-09)
Running time
115 minutes
Country Philippines
Language Filipino, English
Box office P30.6 million

The Mommy Returns is a 2012 Filipino family comedy-horror movie produced by Regal Films. It was released in Philippine cinemas on May 9, 2012.


The Mommy Returns tells the story of a mother, Ruby (Pokwang), who dies right on the day of her 25th wedding anniversary with husband, William (Gabby Concepcion). With her untimely death, she leaves behind her three children Amethyst (Kiray Celis), Topaz (Gerald Pesigan), and Sapphire (Jillian Ward).

Ruby is also temporarily trapped in PURGA (short for Purgatory) with its guardian, Dyoga (John Lapus) and the pesky Manny, the chicken pet of San Pedro.

When Catherine (Ruffa Gutierrez), a younger and prettier woman comes into the life of William, Ruby escapes from PURGA and returns to earth as a ghost to drive Catherine out of the family she left behind.




The Mommy Returns had a premiere night in Cinema 9 of SM Megamall on May 8, 2012.[1] It was released in Philippine cinemas on May 11, 2012.

Box office[edit]

The Mother's Story grossed P30.6 million in the Philippines after two weeks of release, according to figures from Box Office Mojo.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

The Mommy Returns received generally negative reviews from local film critics. Mark Angelo Ching of said the comedy film is not funny, and only works in its dramatic moments. He also commented on the dull performance of the cast.[3]

Johanna Poblete of Business World said The Mommy Returns did not offer anything new, and did not "elevate the local movie industry".[4] Philbert Dy of said the movie is "a dreadful bore."[5]


A woman dies on the night of her 25th wedding anniversary. From purgatory, she sees that another woman is moving in on her husband and her family. Unable to accept that, she breaks out of purgatory and starts haunting the would-be usurper. reads from

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