Arjo Atayde said that it is no secret that he has a maternal half-sister who is few years older than him.
“Yeah, I have a half-sister. Some people know it.
“It wasn’t just mentioned online because she chose her own life. Let’s just put it to that.”
The 27-year-old actor gave this statement following his mom Sylvia Sanchez’s admission that she has a love child from a previous relationship.
In the November 13 episode of ABS-CBN’s Magandang Buhay, the veteran actress mentioned that some of her Instagram followers have been asking about her lack of photos with her eldest daughter, Pia.
But Sylvia said that she wants to keep whatever the reason is to herself.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) had an exclusive interview with Arjo after the presscon proper of ABS-CBN’s new afternoon series Hanggang Saan, held at Dolphy Theater in ABS-CBN’s main building in Quezon City, Thursday night, November 16.
Arjo is the eldest among Sylvia’s five children with husband Arturo Atayde.
According to Arjo, his half-sister is not included in the Ataydes’ family pictures or guest appearances on TV talk shows because of a decision Pia made for herself.
“She chose to have her own life. She chose to be with her dad than with us.
"That’s the only reason why she was never really shown on TV."
STILL A FAMILY. But despite the circumstances in their family set-up, Arjo made it clear that he still considers her as family.
“Yeah, no matter what problem comes in, at the end of the day, you’re family.
“Family is family. Magkaproblema o walang problema, you guys will back up each other, you know.
“And even if we’re not as close as before, she’s still my blood.
"She’s still in my heart, she’s still my sister.
“But, you know, life is life. There are some things that you have to move on from.
“There are some things that you won’t forget but let go.”
Arjo added that he values his close ties with his parents and siblings because they help mold the person that he has become now.
“Kasi yung mom ko, when I used to get so much problems before, sabi niya, 'Pag mali ka, face it. Pag tama ka, ilaban mo.'
“Yung sa knowing yourself, I think it’s knowing what’s the most important thing in your life—which is your family.
“My family backs me up and always tells me what’s good and bad until this day.
“We’re so intact. We’re so close. We’re such a big clan.
"But, at the end of the day, we’re all close, e. Super close."