It's no secret that Heart Evangelista has not been in good terms with her parents, Reynaldo and Cecile Ongpauco, since 2013 because they did not approve of her relationship with Senator Francis 'Chiz' Escudero. Mr. and Mrs. Ongpauco were no-shows at their youngest daughter's wedding on February 15, Sunday.
This is why it came as no suprise when it was reported that Heart was brought to tears when her sisters surprised her with a letter from their dad. Heart's cousin, Happy Ongpauco, read the letter at the reception.
So what exactly did the letter contain? According to Nelson Canlas' Instagram post:
Isa sa pinakamasakit para sa isang ama ay mawala ang anak na babae sa kanyang poder. Mula nang pinangank ka, ikaw at ang mga kaptid mo ang buhay namin. Marami kaming sinakripisyo at ang tanging hangad lang namin (ay) mabigyan lang kayo ng magandang kinabukasan at buong pamilya.
This is it. You are about to enter a new chapter in your life.
Your mom and I taught you the proper values in life. And you are old enough to know what’s right or wrong. My only wish is to see both of you happy.
Alam mo anak, gustong gusto kitang ihatid sa altar. Sino ba naman ang ama na ayaw makita ang kanyang anak sa pinaka-imporatanteng araw ng buhay niya.
But a lot of things has happened that hindered us from going.
Sana Chiz, mahalin mo nang buong buo ang anak namin. Accept everything about her and love her unconditionally. Just like her mom and I loved her unconditionally.
This is my promise—when the day comes that I see both of you truly happy, when I see Chiz loving you the way you deserve to be loved, I will come knocking at your door.
I may not be there right now but I am thinking of you Heart.
I love you,
According to Pep.ph, Chiz then stood up, thanked his wife's sisters and cousins, and gave his response.
“Sabi ng daddy ni Heart, mahalagang tanggapin ko siya. Oo, gagawin ko siya, ginagawa ko yun. Hindi ko lang siya [Mr. Ongpauco] puwedeng tawaging 'Daddy' o 'Tatay' hangga’t hindi niya sinasabi. Pero nais kong sabihin, mahal at tinatanggap ko sila dahil bahagi sila ni Heart, hindi kailanman puwede alisin yun. Ano man ang nangyari o ano man ang mangyari, bahagi siya palagi,” he said.
Chiz and Heart's full wedding will be aired on GMA Network on March 1 and 8.