Celebrity mom Marjorie Barretto pens a touching letter to greet daughter Julia Barretto on her 23rd birthday.
On March 10, Julia's actual birthday, her mom uploaded on Instagram a photo gallery of their special moments together.
In the caption, Marjorie mentioned the challenges that Julia faced in her personal life in 2019.
She wrote, "Happy Birthday, Julia... Watching you say #GoodByeTo22 is bittersweet for me. You have grown so much the past year.
"I learned so much about you and the person you have become, just by witnessing you overcome trials and judgements, pain of losing a loved one (Pikey) with so much strength and grace.
"You shut off from the outside world, worked harder than ever, focused on the goal, stayed close to me and your siblings, chose your battles and became wiser in choosing your circle of friends.
"You are STRONG, BRAVE, DETERMINED, HARDWORKING, PRAYERFUL, GENEROUS, LOVING and KIND and "You areso ready to take on the world.
"I am blessed to have you as a daughter.
"Thank you for loving me so much. May you always continue to find comfort in the arms of our family. God bless you more this year, Jul.
"Your siblings and i are so PROUD of you!"
In the comments section of Marjorie's post, Julia wrote, "No words just so much love for you mom. I am who I am today because of you. I only want you proud now and forever."
Meanwhile, Julia bared more skin in her birthday photo shoot.
In her post, Julia declared, "In this chapter in my life, I am FREE. Free to speak. Free to act. Free to feel. Free to love. Because this time, I am choosing ME."
The photo was taken by beauty and fashion photographer Gee Plamenco Jr.