Ysabel Ortega couldn’t hold her tears back on “Tonight with Boy Abunda” yesterday, May 2, as she talked about her relationship with estranged dad Lito Lapid.
The young actress shared that she’s lost all communication with him, and that he doesn’t reply to any of her birthday and holiday greetings.
“When I was a kid we were very close, it’s just ngayon, medyo wala na kaming communication. I don’t have direct contact with my father,” she said.
In past interviews, Ysabel shared that the last time she saw her dad was in 2014.
“I’m hoping that someday, I get to see him again,” she said.
Despite the pain she’s feeling, Ysabel maintained that her love for him will never change.
She said, “I still have love for him. I respect him as my dad. He’s one of the reasons why I joined showbiz, because I look up to him. He’s one of my role models and I’m very proud to have him as my father.”
Asked what her message for dad was, Ysabel relayed how much she misses him.
“Papa… I really miss you, nandito lang po ako, and no matter what happens, I will always be here and I will always be your daughter. I will always love you and have respect for you,” she said. “I hope he’s proud of who I am, and hopefully what I will be.”
Ysabel is Lito’s daughter with former actress and singer Michelle Ortega.
She stars in the afternoon series “Araw Gabi” alongside JM de Guzman, Barbie Imperial, and Paulo Angeles.