Sobrang masakit para kay Aiko Melendez ang biglaang pagpanaw ng kanyang stepfather na si Dan Castañeda sa Amerika kahapon, February 21.
Sa pamamagitan ng Instagram ay ibinahagi ni Aiko ang kanyang pagdadalamhati sa pagkamatay ng kinikilalang ama.
Mensahe ni Aiko, “Dad @dancas123 (praying hands emoji)
"You will always be my one and only Daddy! (praying hands emoji)
"Thank you for always being here for me and my kids... You will be missed..... Till we meet again."
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Sabi pa ng aktres sa isang niyang post, “Dad @dancas123 How???... Help me Dad... (praying hands emoji) Pause..”
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Si Aiko ay anak ni Elsie Blardony sa namayapa na ring aktor na si Jimi Melendez.
Naghiwalay sina Elsie at Jimi dalawa noong bata pa lamang si Aiko.
Noong anim na taong gulang na si Aiko, nagpakasal si Elsie kay Dan. Kaya maituturing na halos buong buhay ni Aiko ay si Dan ang nakagisnan niyang ama.
AIKO'S OPEN LETTER
Ngayong tanghali ng Lunes, February 22, isang mahabang open letter naman ang ibinahagi ni Aiko sa kanyang Facebook account.
Dito ay inamin niyang namatay ang kanyang ama-amahan dahil sa COVID-19.
Nakatulugan at nagising daw siyang patuloy pa ring umiiyak dahil sa lungkot.
Saad ng 44-year-old actress, "The Passing of my dad has taught me so many things in life, And I know I will still learn more as days go by...
"I slept crying and still I woke up crying and while composing this letter, tears just keep rolling down my face.
"I was my kids age about 6 years old when my mom Elsie Castaneda and Daddy Dan Castaneda got married.
"So basically more than half of my life he was the father I never had, because my Papa Jimi and mom got separated, and he passed away eventually."
Nakadagdag pa raw sa kirot ng kanyang damdamin ang naging kapabayaan umano ng "so-called friends" ni Dan. Kung naging honest lamang daw ang mga ito ay malamang na buhay pa ito ngayon.
Pagpapatuloy niya, "I’m feeling so much Pain now because I know in my heart that if only the 'so-called friends' of Dad was just honest enough to tell him their condition, Then our dad might have been alive till now.
"I have been praying, Lord knows how much IM praying to forgive, And to not just point fingers."
Ang leksiyon daw na maaaring mapulot sa pagkamatay ng kanyang stepdad ay seryosohin ng mga tao ang nakamamatay na virus.
Saad ni Aiko, "But if there’s something i know now, i prayed for this, i know there is a lesson that my Dad wants us to all learn from his story.
"He wants us all to take COVID-19 seriously. My Daddy Dan wants us to be extra careful with the people we mingle with. Kahit pa kaibigan mo yan.
"My Dad was a selfless man He is too good with everyone around him. Iam a living testimony he treated me as his own flesh and blood."
Mensahe pa ni Aiko sa kanyang stepfather: "Daddy, You will be missed! Sobra... And like you always tell me “Be with a man who sees you like how i see you and loves you and your mom..."
Naalala rin ni Aiko ang sinabi ng yumaong stepfather sa kanyang boyfriend na si Zambales Vice Governor Jay Khonghun.
"Sabi mo nga ke Jay Khonghun alagaan mo anak ko... Mahal ko yan...
"Thank you for being the best lolo to my kids Andre Yllana And Marthena Jickain they are in pain too dad..."
Sa huli, nagpasalamat naman si Aiko sa Panginoon sa pagbibigay sa kanilang magkakapatid ng tunay na mapagmahal na pangalawang ama.
Aniya, "Thank You, Lord Jesus for lending us our dad we truly had a great time with him.
"I know it's time for him to be with you para naman he will also experience one great love without limits with you Lord To my brother Angelo Castaneda you and I will be in charge of our family.
"I admire your strength from Day 1 Dad got sick. To my sisters Michiko Castaneda Bibit and Erika Akiko Castaneda Jacinto we got you covered ...
"I know you have your own family but pls know we still got each others back And to our Mother Elsie grabe also the strength you have no mama. We admire you even more now...
"And to all those sending their fondest memories of our Daddy Dan salamat po nakakagaan sa loob lalo po."
Ipinaalala rin ni Aiko na patuloy pa ring nagbabanta ang COVID-19 sa ating mga buhay.
"Lastly! For those who are fighting their chances to live due to Covid-19 we will be praying for all of you... And sa mga wala po Covid -19 pls be mindful... We also have our own family to come home too, Being selfish might cost a life... Be responsible"