Willie reconciles with daughter Meryll



Willie Revillame received a gold record award for his Christmas album in his noontime show Wowowee on October 14. A surprise guest caller phoned in to congratulate him—his estranged daughter Meryll Soriano.

“Hello?” says Meryll.

“Babae na naman yan?” asks Willie, not recognizing her voice.

“Papa?” she says. The host realizes that the caller is his daughter. He tries to collect himself.

“Mabuhay ang bagong kasal,” he says finally. He and his daughter have not spoken for quite sometime since Meryll got married to actor Bernard Palanca on September 8. Reports have it that the noontime host disapproved of the union.

“Wowowee,” she says trying to lighten up the mood. “Hi Pa! Congratulations on your ano… Naku gold ka na. Congratulations, and I just want you to know I’m just here at hindi ka nag-iisa ngayong Pasko. At mahal na mahal kita at susuportahan kita. At andito lang ako…”

The controversial host is silent.

“Hello?” she asks awkwardly. “Andiyan ka pa ba? Pa? Kahit anong mangyari Pa, andito lang ako.”

“Sorry Meryll hindi ako nakapunta sa kasal mo dahil nasa Las Vegas ako,” says the teary-eyed host. “But sino man yan, ano mang klaseng tao man yan, basta mahal mo. Tanggap ko yang si Bernard. Gusto ko na rin sana makasama kayo muna. Sana sa pasko makita ko kayo.”

He addresses his audience: “Pasensiya na ho kayo. Hindi po kami nakapag-usap ni Meryll for a long time.”

“Anak, wala kang problema,” he continues talking to his daughter. “Ako gagastos sa kasal mo. Bernard, hindi mo lang ako father-in-law, barkada mo ako.”

In an exclusive interview with Cristy Fermin of ABS-CBN entertainment talk show The Buzz, Willie talks for the first time about the father-daughter fall out.

“Hindi ko inexpect andun si Meryll [via phone-patch],” he reveals. “Dahil hindi kami nag-uusap e. Kinasal siya may mga problemang dumating. Tapos sinabi niya [kanina], ‘Pa, sa pasko hindi ka mag-iisa.’ Well, siguro makakasama ko sila.”

With all the controversies thrown at him—including the annulment case filed by his estranged wife Liz Almoro, he says his daughter reaching out to him was a pleasant surprise. “Parang isa ‘yan sa naka-relieve sakin. Medyo kung baga nabubuo ‘yong lakas ng loob mo.”

The comedian host clarifies reports of his objection to his daughter’s marriage.

“Actually okay lang naman ‘yun [na magpakasal sila], kaya lang pinakikiramdaman ko rin siguro siempre si mommy niya—si Vicky. Lahat pinakikiramdaman ko. Ayoko naman na may nasasaktan kaya nagdesisyon sila na magpakasal na wala rin ako. So hindi rin kami nakakapag-usap ni Meryll. Dahil during that time pareho kaming busy e. Papunta ako ng Las Vegas [for Wowowee’s U.S. show]. Siguro siya may inaasikaso rin siya. So noong time na ‘yon, walang communication.”

He also answers the issue on Meryll’s claims that he has not been answering her calls.

“Kasi noong time na ‘yun gusto ko puntahan nila ako. Hinahanap ko ‘yong magulang. So gusto ko, si Bernard naman kunyari: ‘eto po si Meryll. Tutal nasa tamang edad na kami pinapangako sa inyo…’
“Wala naman akong kinokontrang tao. Kung sinong gusto ng anak ko. Siyang makikisama diyan, hindi ako. At hindi ako makikialam. Kasi ‘yan ang gusto niya e. Ba’t mo naman panghihimasukan ang kaligayahan ng kahit sino.”

Though the two had some misunderstandings, he says he didn’t think that she abandoned him.

“Never. Siempre may personal kaming naging problema. But anak ko ‘yan e. ‘Tsaka hindi naman siguro gagawin ng anak ko ‘yan e. Ako man hindi ko magagawa sa magulang ko ‘yan. Napakabigat naman niyan. Magulang mo ‘yan e. Kahit anong sama ng magulang mo, magulang mo ‘yan. Mamahalin mo ‘yan. Ipaglalaban mo.
“Ang pamilya mo, ‘yun pa rin ang makakasama mo sa huling sandali.”

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