- Jacob de Tagle shared his life story in a letter to KAMI
- He said he grew up with an abusive father who almost killed his mother
- After leaving his father, Jacob vowed to earn a better life for his mom
For most of his childhood, Jacob de Tagle never felt he had a father. What he had was a man who shared his blood, but never treated him with love.
"Puro gulpi inaabot namin at nanay ko sa kanya. Wala siya pakialam sa amin. Di niya kami binigyan ng magandang buhay," said Jacob in a letter to KAMI.
His mother worked hard to earn enough money for him and his 10 other siblings. She cooked viands and sold them outside their house.
While his mother worked, his father drank and got high. Until one day, Jacob said he almost lost his mother.
"Kahit isang beses di ko naramdaman na may tatay ako. Dumating yung time na papatayin na ng tatay ko nanay ko. Kaya tinawag ko kapatid ng nanay ko. Yun na yung huling gabi na nakita ko tatay ko kasi lumayas kami sa bahay namin," said Jacob.
The young man grew up hating his own father.
More than six years after they left, Jacob's father died from a road accident. He was hit by a bus.
Jacob didn't want to go to his own father's funeral. But his siblings insisted.
"Pero pagpunta ko dun, di ako umiyak. Sinasabi ko sa kanya bakit niya kami pinabayaan at di binigyan ng maayos na buhay. Mas inuna pa niya ang trop at alak kesa sa'min. Hanggang huling araw niya di ako umiyak. Dahil ang tigas ng puso ko dahil sa galit," said Jacob.
But despite his anger, Jacob did not let hate ruin his own life. He promised himself to be the man his father never was.
"Pinangako ko magtatapos ako at bibigyan ng maayos na buhay nanay ko at hindi tutulad sa tatay ko," said Jacob.
He earned his way through college by working as a market assistant. His perseverance paid off and he graduated college with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management.
Now, 15 years after the death of his dad, Jacob's life is finally on track.
His mom lives happily in Laguna with his siblings. She has her own stall in the local market.
Jacob, meanwhile, is already married and has two kids. He works as a baker and chef in a Quezon City restaurant.
"Meron akong dalawang anak at hinding-hindi ko ipapadanas sa kanila ang ginawa ng tatay ko. Naghilom na ang mga sugat. Masaya na ako at masaya na din nanay at mga kapatid ko," said Jacob.
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