Mariel Rodriguez-Padilla was deeply touched by the surprise thank-you letter of Queenie Padilla.
The daughter of Robin Padilla thanked her stepmom for being “kind and thoughtful” and for having a “big heart.”
Mariel read the letter aloud during her guesting in the ABS-CBN morning show, Magandang Buhay, on June 27.
It said, “Dear Tita Mariel, congratulations on your comeback.
"Thank you for being an inspiration to me and for all mothers.
"Thank you for bringing my family together and standing up for us when we need it.
"Thank you for supporting and promoting our startup business.
"Thank you for being kind and thoughtful.
"You have a big heart and you deserve all the happiness in the world.
"You are rainbow. Keep shining Tita!
"And never stop bringing colors into our lives and the life of others.
The returning It's Showtime host quickly responded, "Thank you! Thank you!
"It means so much to me. Thank you!"
Mariel said the letter matters “because what they think of me matters.”
She continued, “It doesn’t matter kung anong iniisip sa akin ng ibang tao.
“Kung akala nila maingay ako o maarte ako o ganyan…
“Pero when it comes to the children of Robin, ayoko na isipin nila na hindi mabuting tao o hindi maganda iyong napangasawa ng Papa nila kasi Papa nila iyon, e.
“Gusto nila siyempre the best para doon sa Papa nila.
“So it means so much to me na na-appreciate nila iyong kindness ko because it really comes from my heart.
“Like what I always say, I’m just here to support them. Sila, silang lahat.”
Mariel then took the opportunity to thank their mom, Liezl Siangco.
Robin has four kids—Ali, Queenie, Kylie, and Zhen-Zhen—with his ex-wife.
Mariel resumed, “I want to thank their mom.
"Kasi kung hindi niya rin nila pinalaki na gano'n iyong mga anak nila. Kasi kahit minsan, hindi sila nagpakita ng masama sa akin.
“That’s because of their mom.
“So, maraming, maraming salamat.”