Ice Seguerra reveals his father's cancer healed old family hurts

by FM Ganal
Nov 16, 2020
Ice Seguerra happy that family grew closer despite losing their dad, Daddy Dick
Picture of a happy family: Ice Seguerra in the center of his brother Juanchi and Daddy Dick (extreme right), with his mother Caring (extreme left). Eight months after Ice posted this happy photo, his father succumbed to cancer.
PHOTO/S: @iceseguerra on Instagram

Quarantine had been a difficult yet special time for Ice Seguerra and his family.

At the start of the lockdown in March, Ice opened up about his father Decoroso undergoing radiation treatment for cancer.

Ice was grateful the therapy had ended before the coronavirus could place a bigger threat to his father's health.

He hadn't seen his dad and mom Caring for weeks and, in one of his posts, Ice recalled one of their "family meetings" when everyone expressed their sentiment about his infrequent visits.

His post read (published as is): "Of course, dahil open forum, nagkalabasan nang mga sama ng loob.

"Masama loob nila sa akin coz I rarely visit. At aminado ako dun. So I changed my ways.

"I made sure na Im always in contact with them. Labas kami once or twice a week.

"Malling lang or kakain sa labas tapos kwentuhan. Simple pero masaya.

"Mas nagkaroon ako ng appreciation sa bawat isa sa kanila, mas naiintindihan ko kapag nagtatampo sila sa akin and I make sure na hindi ko papalampasin yun.

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"My dad's sickness brought us all closer, I think. I get to hug my mama more, mas nakakapagusap na kami ni daddy tungkol sa mga bagay na dati hindi namin mapagusapan."

Ice also wrote about becoming closer to his brother Juanchi, "Isa rin sa hindi matatawarang blessing sa buhay ko ay ang kapatid ko.

"He's become the man of the house, in every sense of the word.

"May katuwang ako kina mama and daddy. Hindi lang sa pagaalaga but financially din.

"Siguro kung wala kapatid ko, nabaliw na ako pero dahil nandiyan siya, teamwork kami.

"Sobrang swerte ko sa kapatid ko. Responasable, he takes care of the family, and he loves us to death."

Cancer brought worries and sadness to Ice and his family, but it brought a gift to them as well.

Ice mused, "I think blessing pa rin yun kasi it gave us the gift of appreciating every single day that we get to spend together, every hug, every tawanan, the conversations and most of all ang makahingi ng tawad at makapagpatawad.

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"Now, I can say (at least on my end) that there are no words left unsaid and no deeds left undone."

Ice Seguerra happy that family grew closer despite losing their dad, Daddy Dick

A FAMILY ON THE MEND

In June, Ice posted photos of his father in the hospital.

Then in August, Ice wrote another post reflecting on his new relationship with his family.

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The singer-songwriter reiterated in his caption: "Siguro, if there's one thing na magandang binigay sa amin ang cancer ni Daddy, it brought us closer as a family."

Ice and his family, being "non confrontational," mask their hurt through jokes.

He wrote, "But like all families, there were unspoken things and old wounds that need to be mended.

"At first, sobrang awkward. Tipong hindi mo alam kung papaano ka magsisimula.

"Pero nung nag tuloy-tuloy na ang paguusap, the words started flowing.

"Yes, may iyakan nagkalabasan nang mga mga sama ng loob sa isa't isa.

"We all took turns, my dad, mama, and my brother. After that, pinatawad namin ang isa't isa at ang mga sarili namin.

"Of course, hindi doon natapos ang lahat. As with anything na matagal na hindi napagusapan, may mga nauungkat pa ring sama ng loob but it's easier to address it.

"We became more open, expressive, more understanding of each other's pain and journey.

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"We hug each other more, give kisses spontaneously. We are happier."

Ice was amazed by how "the universe always gives us the opportunity to mend broken or strained relationships..."

He realized all it took for his family to come to an understanding was to be mindful of the opportunity to reconnect.

Ice remarked, "Compassion and love. Gratefulness and forgiveness. Freedom and happiness.

"Nandiyan yan, araw-araw. Just be brave and grab that opportunity, while you still can."

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Daddy Dick's final moments

By the end of October, Ice's father Decosoro—or Daddy Dick as family called him—left the hospital to go home.

The family had already accepted that Daddy Dick had little time left.

Ice wrote in his Instagram caption then: "My heart is full of love and joy in these moments I get to spend time with my dad.

"He is nearing the end of his life but it is a life well lived. He knows he is loved by his family and friends."

The actor-performer then shared that Daddy Dick gathered them one last time to give his thanks for everything.

Ice recounted the moment, "Tinawag niya kaming lahat nung isang araw, handa na raw siya. He talked to all of us, with so much love and gratitude.

"Pagkatapos nun, ang sabi niya sa aming lahat, 'masaya ako'.

"At masaya rin kami dahil wala kaming ibang hangad kundi maramdaman niya ang kaligayahan. He deserves that."

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They continued to make "beautiful memories together." They laughed, cried, and laughed again.

Ice said they were spending their "happiest days" as a family.

This gave him another realization: "Happiness, something that people say is hard to find, is just within all of us.

"Sa ano mang parte ng ating buhay, kaya natin makamit ito. Let go of past hurts, accept that nothing is permanent, and most of all, live in the moment."

Before his father died on November 15, 2020, Ice was able to tell him he was the "BEST dad."

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Picture of a happy family: Ice Seguerra in the center of his brother Juanchi and Daddy Dick (extreme right), with his mother Caring (extreme left). Eight months after Ice posted this happy photo, his father succumbed to cancer.
PHOTO/S: @iceseguerra on Instagram
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