Sharon Cuneta shared her heartbreak on Instagram last Wednesday, August 25, over her daughter Frankie Pangilinan going back to New York for college.
With a photo of the two of them in an tearful embrace, she wrote, “Today is actually a very sad day for our whole family. Only the news sent to me about ‘Revirginized’’s No. 3 ranking on Google Play managed to cheer me up. My Kakie, my Baba, is flying back to New York right about now and if my heart had already been breaking for days over her leaving and other matters, today it is in pieces.”
The Megastar continued that with a daughter “so loving and with such a pure and good heart” like Frankie leaving, “a big piece of her heart” will be taken as well.
But another reason for Sharon’s sadness is that her younger daughter Miel would feel so lonely with Frankie gone, since the two have grown closer since the pandemic began.
“I worry, too, for my Miel… her Ate Kakie is her bestest friend in the whole world and over 17 months of pandemic togetherness, my two younger girls have only become closer, stuck like glue, relying and depending on each other for anything and everything,” she revealed.
The award-winning actress added, “She is her Ate Kakie’s Baby Peanut, her Ponyo, the love of her life. But her Ate Kaks taught her to be strong while she is left alone here with us. Their song for each other, one of several, is The Carpenters’ ‘Without You’ (‘I can face all the madness the world has to give, but I won’t last a day without you’). That should give you an idea of how very attached-at-the-hip my girls are.”
While she knows Miel is trying to be strong, Sharon can’t help but reel from the fact that the two won’t be together for a long time.
“As a mother, my heart is full because of their very special, unbreakable bond. But it is heartbreaking to see your bunso baby girl hurt and try to stay strong knowing that her Ate isn’t going to be there everyday anymore, at least until Christmas (If things don’t get better around here, when Kakie comes home for her short Christmas break, she will have to spend ten days in quarantine, and therefore most likely spend her birthday alone in her hotel room, knowing her family is so near yet so very far.)”
She then told the story behind the photo and when it was taken. “As for me, the silence in our home now is deafening. And my heart is at once lost and bawling over missing her and feeling her absence. The sadness around here now is palpable. This photo was taken last night during Kiko’s birthday dinner, during which Mama couldn’t really eat… and pretty soon, we were all shedding tears.”
To end her post, Sharon addressed Frankie by saying, “I love you so very much, my Baba. Take care of yourself and that large chunk of Mama’s heart which you took with you tonight. God bless you and keep you safe, my good girl.”
Later, the “Revirginized” star uploaded a photo of the cookie Frankie baked before leaving and a text message from her that simply says, “Love you, mommy.”
Frankie and Miel are Sharon’s daughters with husband Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan. They also have a son named Miguel.
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