MANILA, Philippines – Actress Angelica Panganiban has finally met her American father, whom she has not seen since birth.
“Ewan ko, hindi ko mapaliwanag ang feeling, parang hindi totoo, para akong nanonood ng pelikula, parang manhid ang buong katawan mo, tapos bigla ka na lang iiyak,” she said in an interview upon her arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Thursday.
The 24-year-old Panganiban flew to Los Angeles, California alone on November 21 to see her dad. The actress said she could not describe her emotions when they finally met face to face.
According to the actress, her father has a family. She also shared that she looks like him.
“Ultimo paa namin, magkaparehas,” she said.
Panganiban flew to the United States after learning her dad’s name and other details about him. Despite their separation, she said she holds no grudge against her dad.
“Medyo sensitive ‘yong part noon at medyo personal yong reason kung bakit kami nagkahiwalay, kung bakit hindi niya ako hinanap, kung bakit hindi ko alam na siya ang daddy ko. Ang importante, nag end up ng maganda ang lahat,” she said.
Panganiban said she would rather not focus on the years they were apart, noting that the two of them can still catch up.
When asked if she bears no ill-feelings toward her mom, she said: “Ibang side ng issue naman ‘yon. Mahirap magsalita.” -Report from Marie Lozano, ABS-CBN News