Two months after her mother’s passing, Yeng Constantino finally spoke up about the “most difficult and painful moment” of her life.
In a YouTube vlog uploaded on Friday, November 26, Yeng let her fans and viewers in on the details of the death of her mother Susan Constantino.
The singer-songwriter was actually suffering from COVID-19 when her mother died. She detailed that while her husband Yan Asuncion also contracted the virus and was asymptomatic, she struggled with symptoms such as fever, loss of smell, and loss of taste.
“Grabe talaga ‘yung feeling, parang nagpa-pound lang ‘yung head ko. Tapos bawat araw parang tinatakloban lang ‘yung susunod na araw na tinatakloban ‘yung isang araw at susunod na araw. Parang nawawalan ka na talaga ng sense of time, siguro dahil naluluto na ‘yung head ko sa lagnat,” shared Yeng.
She then revealed, “Nung na-experience ko lahat ng ‘yun, my mom passed away."
Yeng spoke of the moment she found out about her mom’s death, saying, “Habang natutulog kami ni Yan isang madaling araw, nag-ring ‘yung phone. Pagsagot ko ‘yung tatay ko nasa kabilang end, that was September 23 ng mga 5 AM. Hindi ko pa narinig ‘yung boses ng tatay ko na ganun kalungkot, tapos binalita niya sa amin na ‘yun nga, na wala na si Mama.”
She did not disclose the exact cause of her mother’s death, but she mentioned that her mom had been dealing with health issues for a long time.
“Matagal nang nagsa-struggle ‘yung mom namin with her health pero habang tumatanda siya, lalong nagkakaroon ng more complications ‘yung sakit niya, and this year, mas naging obvious ‘yung mga komplikasyon na ‘yun,” she said.
After finding out about the difficult news, it took four days before Yeng allowed herself to cry and start grieving, stating that she “instinctively had to be strong” for her father.
“Sa totoo lang, sobrang hirap marinig ‘yung boses ng tatay ko that way. At that moment, narinig ko ‘yung boses niya, alam ko lang instinctively that I have to be strong kasi eto ‘yung unang pagkakataon na kailangan kaming maging sandalan ng tatay namin,” she explained.
In the video, Yeng also paid a loving tribute to her mother by opening up about the most valuable lesson she learned from her and the ways in which her mom loved her and her siblings.
“I’m so grateful na naging nanay ko ‘yung nanay ko kasi she taught me about hard work. Nung sinasama niya ako sa mga pagtitinda niya… nakabilao lang ‘yun, magtitinda ng ulam sa mga kapitbahay,” Yeng tearfully recalled.
She continued, “Sobrang eager siya to help Papa para sa finances namin. Just by watching her, natutunan ko ‘yung ibig sabihin ng hard work. For that, sobrang grateful ako sa nanay ko.”
In processing her grief, Yeng feels that the pain of losing her mom would be everlasting: “Yung butas sa puso namin na iniwanan ni Mama, magiging nandun na siya forever kasi no one can replace her.”
“Alam ko na iiyak pa rin kaming magkakapatid, iiyak pa rin si Papa, pero alam namin na kailangan namin maging strong kasi hindi rin gugustuhin ni Mama na nagsu-suffer kami,” she ended the vlog on a lovely note.
Watch the full vlog here:
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