On May 8, Bianca Umali paid tribute to her late parents (both of whom she'd lost when she was younger) through a long and heartfelt post on Instagram. The date marked the 59th birthday of her mother and the 10th anniversary of her father's passing.
Writing on Instagram, she said, "Time flies.
Every year, May 8th, for me, comes and goes, happily and painfully.
A day both my guardian angels share, one for birth and the other for death.
Today is my mommy's 59th birthday, marking my daddy's 10th year up in heaven with her.
I don't share often. But today, today feels different and so I just wanted to say...Life is just so short and unpredictable. Life, is not the way it's supposed to be...it's the way it is...the way we cope with it, is what makes the difference."
The GMA-7 actress went on to address her parents, saying, "Mommy, happy birthday. I wish I could tell you how much you mean to me...but there are no words to describe how much I admire you, how much I appreciate you, how much I thank you... for everything. I will never have enough time here on earth to repay all the love you have poured into me. I love you.
Daddy, this long... already?
For all those times I left it unsaid. Thank you. For being both a mother and a father. For being there for me, for showing the way, for being patient with me even when I made it difficult for you, for believing in me and encouraging me to dream, and being such an inspiring presence in my life. I'm a proud 'buntot ng daddy,' a daddy's girl. I love you."
Bianca's comments section was filled with an outpour of love and support from her family and friends, but one stood out the most—it was from her beau, Ruru Madrid.
The couple has been low-key over the years and only went Instagram official in March this year. That's why it was a pleasant surprise to see him leaving a simple yet loving comment on her post. "Ily…I'll take care of you forever," he wrote.
Sending more love your way, Bianca!