MANILA - After more than a year of estrangement, Heart Evangelista appears to have finally reconciled with her mother, Cecile Ongpauco, who publicly criticized her relationship with Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero.
The 29-year-old actress used Instagram on Monday to share a photo of herself with sister Camille and Mrs. Ongpauco, showing their apparent mending of ties.
Evangelista posted the photo two days after she and Escudero got engaged in Sorsogon -- an event that generated buzz online and made headlines over the weekend.
Shortly before Escudero proposed to Evangelista, who is 15 years his junior, he showed her a text message from her father, Rey Ongpauco, congratulating them on getting engaged.
However, until Evangelista's post on Monday, nothing was heard of Mrs. Ongpauco, who also did not return ABS-CBN News' requests for comments on the upcoming wedding of her daughter.
Evangelista's estrangement from her parents started in March 2013, when they held a press conference where they accused Escudero of being disrespectful and an alcoholic, and urged him to leave their daughter.
After Evangelista said she will fight for her relationship with Escudero, Mrs. Ongpauco criticized the actress for choosing to live apart from her family despite the supposed worsening health of her father.
The falling-out prompted Evangelista to live independently.
While Evangelista and her father were on speaking terms by July 2013, the actress and her mother had still yet to mend ties in May 2014. At the time, Evangelista told ABS-CBN News said that "[her] mind kind of goes on shutdown" where her mother is concerned.
"But, you know, she'll always be my mom and I'll always love her. Ganoon lang talaga. I guess that's life. You can't have everything," she said, days before last Mother's Day.
Noting the disapproval of her parents of her past relationships, notably with actor Jericho rosales, Evangelista earlier said she has come to terms with the possibility that neither of her mom or dad will show up at her wedding.
However, with the apparent development in her relationships with her parents, Evangelista may still have reason to expect their presence when she and Escudero get married.