MANILA, Philippines - Actress Dimples Romana couldn't help but cry as she recalled how she and her family struggled to survive the death of their sister Sarah due to leukemia and their father due to aneurysm.
|Actress Dimples Romana. File photo
Romana was only 16 when her father passed away. As the eldest, she took the responsibility to take care of their family.
In her guesting on "KrisTV" on Wednesday, Romanao revealed that she joined show business to earn money to help her father because her sister Sarah was diagnosed with leukemia.
"Those years were really difficult for my family. Talagang babang baba. Kaya siguro ngayon mas matamis kapag may magandang nangyayari sa amin. My sister had leukemia when she was five. She passed away when she was eight. So while we were recuperating from that three long years, I asked my mama and papa to please sana magbigay sila sa amin ng baby ulit. Noong ipinanganak si Angeli, four months pa lang nag-aneurysm naman ang papa ko. So medyo mabigat sa amin ito," the actress said.
According to her brother, former "Pinoy Big Brother" housemate Bam, Romana did a great job in taking care of their family.
He said it was his sister who also provided him with everything he needs.
"I never doubted my sister po. Noong 18 siya na nabuntis, masakit sa amin. I'm sure masakit din sa brother-in-law kasi si ate nilaban niya talaga kami, from ate (Angeli) hanggang papa ko, hanggang sa time na 'yon. Alam ko kahit hindi kami masyadong naguusap kasi ako ang isa sa unang nakaalam na magka-baby na siya. Di ko man sinasabi ang laging dasal ko noon na sana ay tatagan pa niya. Kasi madami na siyang napagdaanan para sa amin tapos ito pa ang pagdadaanan niya na kailangan niyang ipaglaban ang bagong family niya. I never doubted her," Bam said.
Romana said it wasn't hard for her to fight for her family, especially since she has loving siblings.
"Hindi naging mahirap sa akin na ilaban sila dahil nakita mo naman 'yung pamilya. Hindi naman nagloko si Bam, walang nagrebelde sa pamilya ko at masasabi ko na kahit nawala si papa ay kumpleto kami kasi walang bumitaw sa amin. At saka hindi nakakapanghinayang na pag-aralin ang ganitong klaseng bata," she said.
The actress is now the proud sister to Bam, who is now a registered nurse and an English teacher in a Korean school in Parañaque.