What kind of mom is Raquel Pempengco to Jake Zyrus?

IMAGE Raquel Pempengco on Facebook

Raquel Pempengco shared on Facebook a throwback photo of her with children Jake Zyrus (then as Charice) and Carl Pempengco.


The life story of Jake Zyrus, which aired last Saturday, August 26, on the ABS-CBN drama anthology Maalala Mo Kaya, opened old wounds between the international Pinoy singer and his mother Raquel Pempengco.

It was the show's second story about Jake, which depicted Raquel as an “abusive” mother.

It was a far cry from the episode shown last September 2008, where Raquel was then portrayed as an abused wife who would do everything for her kids.

In an interview with Korina Sanchez on Rated K, the then-Charice Pempengco said, "Super po akong humahanga sa kanya."

She also dedicated her second album My Inspiration to Mommy Raquel.

Fast forward to 2017, right after MMK, Raquel reaffirmed what she has consistently said about being a mom to the international singer.

Through a text message exclusively sent to PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), she said, "Gagawin ko ang lahat para sa mga anak ko."

She went on to recount her sacrifices.

“Ang araw ginagawa kong gabi at ang gabi ginagawa kong umaga para sa kanila...

“Pag sila’y may sakit ‘di ako mapakali at balisang-balisa ako pag sila ay malungkot.

"Di sila nagkulang sa pagkain at di sila nahuli sa pananamit at gamit kahit mag-isa lang akong nagpalaki.”


Raquel intoned that she fulfilled her duties as a parent the best way she could.

“Kung iba sinasabi na sila ang nagpalaki sa mga anak ko? Ang tanong, anong taon yun na wala ako sa tabi ng mga anak ko?

“Hindi ko sinasabi na mabuti akong ina para sa kanila, pero wala akong hinangad ng ikasasama nila.”

 


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THE FALLING OUT. Raquel and Charice’s most publicized fight happened in 2013, the year Charice admitted she's a lesbian.

But Raquel told PEP in a previous interview that her daughter's career decision back in 2010 was the one that put a strain to their relationship.

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It was also the year that Raquel learned about Charice's gender identity, and advised her, "O, sige, itago mo muna kasi may pangalan ka, mayroon kang career, at baka masira ka.’

"She [Charice] said, ‘Sige po, I will try."

Soon after that, though, the then-18-year-old star removed Raquel and her second mom/manager Grace Mendoza from her management team.

Both mom and daughter didn't communicate for three years, but they patched things up in 2014.

THE HURT. On August 28, Raquel posted a throwback photo of her, Jake (then Charice), and son Carl.

In the post, the single mom talked about the pain she feels.

She began, “Hindi ko inaasahan na sa pagpapalit mo ng pangalan pati pag uugali mo pinalitan mo na rin.

“Pangita lang na ang mga kasama mo ngayon ang malaking impluwensya sa pinaggagawa mo ngayon.

“Wala ka ng takot sa Panginoon.

“Wala na ring dugo ko ang na nalalaytay sa katawan mo.

“Dahil kung meron, bakit ‘di mo naiisip bakit nandyan ka ngayon?

“Oo, sinasabi mo na bakit ‘di ka pa namatay noon pa?

“Tanong ko, alam ko ba na magkakaganyan ka ngayon?

“Lahat ng pagmamahal binigay ko kahit nag-iisa lang ako.

“Kayo, binigay niyo ba ang pagmamahal na yun na dapat nagmumula sa inyo?

“Bagkus sinuklian mo pa ng poot at kahihiyan.”

Despite of this hurt, Raquel does not regret having Jake and Carl as her children.

“Salamat pa rin at ‘di ko pinagsisihan na binigay kayo ni Lord sa akin.

“Pinanata ko kayo, pero kung magkaganyan man kayo ngayon… kagustuhan na ninyo.”


Interview: Arniel Serato


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