Lucy Torres paid her father Manual a sentimental tribute on his birthday last October 28.
It was one of the first stories, anecdotes, and musings she shared after ending her five-month detox from Instagram.
Lucy posted a throwback photo with her dad on her wedding day, just before he gave her away to marry Richard Gomez.
Her lengthy birthday message recalled a tearful "tender moment" with her father two decades ago.
She began, "When I got married some 20 years ago, Daddy walked me down the aisle and while the orchestra played ‘Waiting for the Day’ he started sobbing beside me.
"I was the first (of 4 children) to get married, after all.
"Some days later, he brought me to the airport because I was moving to Manila for good to be with Richard.
"As we sat in the car, Daddy took my hand. I fought back my tears, but they fell like waterfalls in a slow steady stream down my face.
"He gave me the white handkerchief he had in his pocket and I took it. No words were said.
"I remember walking out of the car towards the departure area. By that time I was sobbing, the white hanky clutched tightly in my hand. I still have that somewhere in a drawer, I’ve kept it, a gentle reminder of that tender moment between Daddy and I."
In her message, Lucy poured out her love for her dad, her "first superman."
She continued, "He is almost 80, but does not look it. He enjoys good health and plays golf regularly, his hair is still thick and mostly black (he has never dyed it!), and he will always be my first superman—strong, dependable, thoughtful, consistent, loving, sweet.
"My first real watch and Swiss knife were from him (both work perfectly well still!) and to this day he sweetly buys me my favorite fruits, pens, and chocolates, and leaves them on my desk from time to time along with newspaper clippings he wants to share with me. (Sometimes, the fruits and pens have little flashlights, pepper spray and taser gun thrown in with them!)
"Happy birthday, Dad! We are grateful for you and we love you to the moon and back.
"May God bless you with many, many more happy and healthy birthdays to come!"