A week after she made her TV comeback on the noontime show “It’s Showtime,” Mariel Rodriguez guested today, June 26, on the morning talk show “Magandang Buhay” and spoke with momshies Karla Estrada and Melai Cantiveros about her first day at work.
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Apparently, the working mom was brought to tears in the middle of her first day back when she received a video of her daughter with husband Robin Padilla, Baby Isabella, knocking on their bedroom door.
“What happened was, siyempre, kasama ko lagi si Isabella. Together forever kami since nasa tiyan ko siya,” Mariel said as she held back her tears. “‘Pag umaga, gumigising kami, pinapalitan ko ang diaper [niya], binibigyan ko siya ng milk, rine-ready ko siya, tapos natutulog ako ulit so ang alam niya nasa room ako. Nung unang araw na umalis ako for work, nagpadala ‘yung yaya ng video sa ‘kin na kumakatok si Isabella sa door ng bedroom kasi akala niya natutulog lang ako.”
At this point, the host let her tears flow freely and really, who wouldn’t tear up at her story? 😢
“Iniyakan ko ‘yun. Para akong siraulo sa hallway ng ABS-CBN, umiiyak ako,” she continued. “Parang nagbe-break down ako dun. Siyempre, na[tamaan] ako kasi wala siyang kaalam-alam na ‘yung mommy niya umalis.”
And that video hit her so hard that Mariel actually thought of cutting back her hours on the variety show.
“Nagpaalam ako kung pwedeng three times a week nalang ako mag-’Showtime’ after the video kasi talagang nadurog ‘yung puso ko,” she admitted to the momshies.
She furthered, “The good thing was, the business unit head of ‘[It’s] Showtime,’ si Ms. Mercy, matagal ko na siyang kilala, matagal ko na siyang kasama, so kilalang-kilala niya how to handle me. Nanay din siya, so alam niya ‘yung mga nararamdaman ng isang nanay. Sabi niya, ‘Gusto mo ba, just for today, umuwi ka nang maaga? Pero papasok ka bukas.’ Sabi ko, ‘Hindi, Ms. Mercy, tapusin ko today.’”
Thankfully, when Mariel went home that day and saw that her baby was fine, she felt secure in going back to work full-time.
“Napaliguan ko siya, pinatulog ko siya - ‘yung nakipag-bonding pa rin ulit, dun ko nakita na okay naman pala,” she said. “Kaya ko naman pala. So tinext ko si Ms. Mercy, sinabi ko, ‘Thank you. I’ll see you tomorrow.’”
Catch Mariel on “It’s Showtime” weekdays and Saturdays at noon!
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