- Eight years after learning that she is adopted, Angelica recounts the which seemed like it happened yesterday
- The kapamilya actress found out the reality and she did not know how to react at first
- She later met his father who is an American
Angelica Panganiban found out the truth about her real parents 8 years ago.
In a video shared by ABS-CBN, A clip in an episode of Magandang Buhay showed an emotional Angelica Panganiban who recounted the day she learned that she is an adopted child.
She was taping for "Banana Split" when she first heard the truth from her cousin.
“May tampuhan kami ni mama. Tapos sabi ko naiinis na ako, ayaw pa rin ako kausapin. Sabi ko, ‘Bakit ganyan? Ampon ba ako? Pakiramdam ko ampon ako. Lagi na lang kami nagtatalo. ‘Di ba 'yung mga nanay dapat sobrang malambing lang sila? Bakit ako, lagi kaming nagtatalo ni mama? Hindi kami nagkakasundo.’ So sinabi ko word na ampon. 'Yung pinsan ko umiyak, nag-break down,” she said.
Little did she know, her cousin already knew about it from her adoptive mother.
“Kasi 'yung mommy ko, nagkaroon siya ng dementia. Nakita niya ako sa commercial noon. Sabi niya, ‘Ang ganda din ng ate mo, no?’ Tapos sabi niya, ‘Bakit hindi namin kamukha si ate, mommy?’ Sabi ng mommy ko, ‘Kasi ampon iyan. Pagkapanganak ko sa kuya mo, nagpatali na ako kaya hindi natin iyan tunay na kadugo.’ Ganun ka-casual niya nasabi,” she said.
Upon hearing everything, the actress did not know how to react but she went inside the dressing room to think about the biggest secret about her.
“Nakatingin ako sa salamin tapos wala akong maramdaman. So sino palang kapamilya ko? Sino palang kadugo ko? Parang doon ako nagsimulang ma-fragile na 'yung mga kasama ko, hindi ko sila kamag-anak. 'Yun ang unang naramdaman ko. Hindi na ako nakabalik ng taping, dirediretso na ako umuwi. Hindi ako nakapagpaalam,” Angelica added.
She also said she can't go straight to her adoptive mom to clarify things because she felt guilt as she would always argue with her mom back then. "
Kasi nga nahiya ako kasi nga inaaway ko siya. Nakapalan ako sa mukha ko. Grabe 'yung mga pag-aalaga nila sa akin kasi hindi naman nila responsibilidad alagaan ako tapos ang kapal ng mukha kong talak talakan sila minsan.”
Though she knew about her real parents she still chose to stay with the family who raised her.
“Sobra akong thankful. Sabi ko nga wala na akong itatratong ibang pamilya kundi kayo. Kahit 'yung daddy ko, American, ino-offer sa akin ipa-blue passport, citizenship, ganyan. Hindi ko kaya palitan 'yung apilyido ko. Utang ko 'yung buhay ko sa pamilyang nagpalaki sa akin,” she said.
She was also greeted via live video call by her cousins and aunt where she got emotional.
Angelica met her biological father in the US in 2010 for the first time.
Her biological mother unluckily died in 2008 which made her accept the fact that she would never have the chance to ask her why she gave her away.
Angelica's mom was buried in Singapore.
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