Last September, there was an entry in an Internet blog aboutthe rumored health condition of the lovechild of DJ Mo Twister (Mohan Gumatayin real life) and Bunny Paras. The blogger mistakenly wrote that their nine-year-old daughter Moira, who hasMiller Fisher Syndrome, is suffering from brain cancer. Bunny, a former actress now residing in Los Angeles, clarified this by phone patch in Startalk.
But DJ Mo objected to Bunny's talking about their daughter on TV.
In an interview with Showbiz Central, DJ Mo told his co-host Rufa Mae Quinto, "Imagine,when I finally figured out, nalaman ko na lumabas 'yong issue na 'to, 'yong tungkol sa brain cancer at 'yong tungkol saInternet blog, ginawa na ni Bunny 'yong TV interview niya. I'm like, ‘Wow! Ithink we should talk about this first before nilalabas natin 'yong pangalan ngnine-year-old daughter natin on TV.
"'Yong mga problems natin, like, 'yong katulad ng kay Moirangayon. Dapat hindi dinadala sa TViyon, e, kasi lumalabas kanina, sa kabila, lumabas dito [Showbiz Central],lumabas sa Startalk. This is no place to deal with a nine-year-old'smedical condition."
Bunny explained her side in herlive interview with Startalk yesterday, October 11.
"Na-sad nga ako, e," said Bunny referring to the video clipshowing DJ Mo's interview. "Kasi noongtinawagan nila ako about doon sa nangyari, na-text ko na siya noon. Sabi ko,‘Do you know about this? Kasi they'recalling me.' Hindi naman siya nag-reply.
"So, I talked to his mom, sabi ko, ‘Tita, na-interview ako,phone patch lang naman. But I cleared it,' sabi kong ganun. 'Tapos noongtumawag na siya sa akin, 'yon na, disappointed na siya because I clarifiedit. Sabi ko, ‘There's nothing wrongnaman in clarifying.'"
Then, she apologized for upsetting DJ Mo. She said, "Naging sensitive siya about it. So, sorrykung mali 'yong interpretation niya, kung yun iyong opinion niya, di ba? At saka may sakit naman talaga 'yong bata,mali lang iyong nailabas."
Bunny reiterated that everything's okay between her and DJMo now. She also explained, "Kaya siguro 'yong interview niya ganyan na, nasaphone na kami, medyo naihinga ko tuloy eight years namin na hindi pag-uusap. Nailabas ko tuloy 'yong mga things na hindiko na dapat... Hininga ko lang naman, yunlang naman 'yon."
Startalk host Butch Francisco threw afollow up question, "Tungkol saan?"
Bunny was very open in answering, "About being a dad, na walanaman siya doon nang mangyari 'yong sakit. So, hindi naman niya talaga fully...‘yong nangyayari and what I've been through para mag-survive, tohandle the situation."
MO TWISTER AS A FATHER. Despite this misunderstanding, Bunny said that since she's beenokay with DJ Mo, he has never forgotten his responsibilities to Moira. "Alammo, simula nang maging okey na kami ng family niya, nagkasakit si Moira,nagre-remit 'yong mom niya sa bank account ko. I don't know kung ano ang usapannila ng mom niya."
The actress's only request to DJ Mo was to spend morequality time with Moira whenever they come here for a visit.
She said, "Si Moira kasi, every year, binabakasyon ko ditofor summer vacation niya. So, ang gustoko lang naman, kapag nandito si Moira, mag-spend siya ng time. E, two months [dito] si Moira, three dayslang sila nagkita. Pero si Lola [Mo'smom] laging nandiyan."
When Butch asked her, "So, hindi naman pabayang ama si Mo?We cannot say that naman?"
Bunny's indirect answer was, "Kasi when you're adad, hindi lang naman dahil nakasulat ang pangalan mo sa birth certificate, dadka na. It goes with a lot of things, daldalhin mo sa school, gagawin mo 'yonghomework, dadalhin mo 'yong mga activities. Hindi lang dahil ikaw 'yong ama, ikaw na 'yong dad. Dad means youfunction as a father, nagagawa mo 'yong responsibilities mo as a father."
MOIRA IS OKAY. Bunny said that despite her daughter's neurological disorder, she is getting better.
"Alam mo, three years ago, mahirap talaga kasi she'sbattling with the paralyzation, hindi makalakad. You know, she's gettingbetter. Talagang we do a lot of therapy. Every day, may activity siya," saidBunny when asked about her daughter's condition.
Again, she clarified that it's not brain cancer. Sheexplained, "Part kasi niyan, since neurological siya, it has to do with thebrain. So, kailangan mo i-MRI [magnetic resonance imaging] 'yong brain paramakita kung anong meron, bakit maayos-ayos 'yong balance niya."
Moreover, Bunny said that this illness does not affect herdaughter's daily activities.
She related, "Kasi sa States, parang 'yong concern nila forkids with disabilities, napag-uusapan iyan. You have to talk to the school, theteacher. Kasi hino-home study dapat si Moira. But since little bylittle with the transfusion, pumapasok naman siya sa regular school.Naka-gifted class pa nga.
"Actually, matalino 'yong bata. She's very smart at sakanasa gifted class. 'Yon lang, nasa second floor 'yong classroom. Puwedeng ilipat, kaso sabi niya, ‘Mom, Iearned it, I wanna be in my class.'"
When asked who helps her in taking care of Moira, Bunnymentioned someone aside from her mother. "My mom is there, my fiancé is there,"Bunny told Butch.
Bunny gladly told Startalk that she was engaged to her Fil-Am boyfriend named Tom two months ago.
She did not give a definite plan about the wedding, butBunny said, "My sister is planning a bridal shower for me while I'm here.'Tapos I'm still trying to convince his family kung okay magpakasal dito saManila or in L.A. because all his relatives are all in the States."
Bunny arrived in the country last Saturday, October 4,without her daughter Moira. She was here to attend the wedding of Cheska Garciaand Doug Kramer on October 9. The actress also mentioned that her daughtermight celebrate her birthday here in November this year.