Nagbigay-pugay si KC Concepcion sa kanyang dalawang ama sa pagdiriwang ng Father’s Day kahapon, June 21.
Ang dalawang ama na kinikilala ni KC ay ang kanyang biological father na si Gabby Concepcion at ang kanyang stepfather na si Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan.
Si KC, 35, ay anak nina Gabby at Sharon Cuneta.
Sa mensahe ni KC sa kanyang Papa Gabby, 55, binigyang diin niya na kahit may mga oras at panahong nasayang dahil sa hiwalayan ng mga magulang noong 1987, naging maayos naman daw ang kanilang reconciliation.
Tatlong taon lamang nagsama nina Sharon at Gabby matapos ang isang fairy-tale wedding noong 1984.
“I love all our Thai/Japanese dinners, or our kayak dates in the middle of the sea.
“We have always bonded over the ocean and telling stories over good fresh seafood...”
Sabi pa niya, si Gabby ay hindi lamang ama para sa kanya kundi isang malapit na kaibigan din.
“Papa is like a buddy to me, we are not just father and daughter but we are good friends too.
“The past may not have been ideal nor perfect but what counts is what we do to makeup for lost time today, and in the future.”
Pagdating naman daw sa kanyang love life, nagiging sumbungan din daw ni KC ang ama.
“We laugh about his YouTube vlogs, he gets passionate about brainstorming for mine (The KC Diaries), he constantly encourages me to work hard and believe in myself.
“When I am heartbroken, he says, ‘As time stretches, people change. You will see the true character of the people around you and who will stay in your life as time stretches.’”
Pagmamalaki pa ni KC, “He’s right. And I’m glad that although I lost him once, he came back to my life and stayed.”
SENATOR KIKO PANGILINAN
Ikinasal sina Sharon at Senator Pangilinan, 56, noong April 1996.
Meron silang tatlong anak: sina Frankie, Miel, at Miguel.
Maayos ang relasyon nina KC at sa tatlo niyang kapatid sa ina, at itinuturing niya si Senator Kiko na pangalawang ama.
“Daddy” ang tawag ni KC sa second father niya.
Siya rin daw ang nagbigay kay KC ng literal na kahulugan ng isang buong pamilya.
Sabi ni KC: “Dad— The one who completed my sense of family when he married my mother.
“He taught me about 'adulting' or mature things— how to be responsible, and WOKE (I was 12 going on 13 when we officially became a family).”
Ang mambabatas din daw ang naging tagapag-alaga niya noong nasa Amerika sila.
“When we lived in Boston, he arranged our daily schedule and did everything for our family to function well even while mom, he and I were all studying at the same time!
“Dad in Harvard Kennedy school of government, mom in Boston College, and me in Beaver Country Day School.
“He not only brought me to my dental appointments, ice skating training, and to see my favorite musical bands, he also cheered the loudest at soccer games and skating competitions.”
Si Senator Pangilinan din daw ang nagturo sa kanya ng mga gawaing bahay.
Tatanawin daw ni KC na isang malaking utang na loob ang mga itinuturo sa kanya ng daddy niya na magagandang kaugalian noong kanyang kabataan.
“At home, he taught me how to do household chores, assigned me my favorite chore which was doing the dishes, and taught me how to do the groceries, budget my money, maintain a diary, and also toughen up because 'life is hard and not always fair.'
“I’m forever thankful for the patience, discipline, support and order he put into our lives.
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