Lani Mercado is one tough mother as she balances her family and professionallife and the controversies that surround them. Once again, Lani's strength wasput to the test when her eldest daughter Inah Revilla confessed that she was pregnant and wanted to marry her boyfriend Vince del Rosario.
Pia Guanio of Showbiz Central interviewed Lani about this. The mother of sixrelated how she learned about Inah's situation while she and Bong were in theU.S.
"Ako unang nakaalam," Lani began. "Sinabi sa akin ng mga bata. Siyempre,inayakan ko over the phone. Siyempre, nandiyan yung, ‘Anak, bakit? Did we dosomething wrong? What made you decide?' Maraming tanong ang nasa puso ko.
"Hindi ako talagang masasabing nagalit," she said. "Ang greatest fear ko noon, e, yungreaction ni Bong. I waited for a night to think about how I will tell him.Siyempre, he was upset when I told him. High yung expectations niya kay Inahand she's the least among my girls na akalain mo na mag-aasawa nang maaga."
When asked if father and daughter spoke at the time, Lani revealed, "Hindi silanag-uusap sa phone. Hindi pa handa si Bong noon to talk to Inah. It was a fewdays after Bong arrived here in Manila na nagkausap sila. Nagkaiyakan actuallysila. Humingi ng tawad si Inah, nag-usap silang mag-ama. Nag-heart-to-hearttalk sila."
As Lani says, Inah's early marriage is one difficult thing for her dad to fathom. "Alam kong lumuluha pa rin ang asawa ko,"she said. "Sa magaganap sa buhay namin. Mahirap yata para sa isang ama to letgo of his first daughter. Ganoon pa rin yun hanggang sa ihatid niya si Inah sadambana."
Lani feels no anger towards her daughter. In fact, she feels excited inwelcoming Inah's soon-to-be husband and her coming grandchild. However, shecan't help but feel sad whenever she thinks about her daughter leaving theRevilla household for good.
When asked about what she'll miss the most about Inah, Lani revealed, "Girltalk, and the late nights in her bedroom. When I sleep in her bedroom,nakayakap ko siya. So, wala, e. Ganoon talaga ang mapupuntahan ng lahat."
Her message to her daughter?"Inah, I love you very, very much. You know that. Mahiraphati-hatiin ang oras para sa aming mga anak, pero I've shown you that I'vegiven you enough time and support, lalo na ngayon na you're through thepreparations of your marriage. I love you."