Late nanay Germelina is the real MVP in Jun Manzo's life

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 09, 2020 12:09 PM
Late nanay Germelina is the real MVP in Jun Manzo's life
(Photo courtesy of Jun Manzo)

Anything and everything about Jun Manzo is because of Germelina Manzo.

The proud product of the University of the Philippines said it was his nanay who pushed him all the way to where he is today.

"Mahalagang-magalaga si nanay sa akin kasi siya ang nagpalaki sa akin," he said. "Kung ano man ang narating ko sa buhay, dahil kay nanay. Siya ang tumayong magulang ko."

Manzo's parents are separated and he grew up with his father's family.

There in Cebu, he grew up under the care of Germelina, his grandmother.

Unfortunately, Jun would not be able to celebrate Mother's Day with his nanay.

Germelina passed away due to cardiac arrest last Tuesday. She was 67 and was about to have her birthday in a month.

"Sobrang nanghina ako nung nalaman ko. Ang bigat sa pakiramdam," he said of the moment he heard the news. "Alam kong darating yung panahong yun, pero ang hirap pa ring tanggapin. Hindi ko man matanggap ngayon, baka balang-araw."

Even more, the 23-year-old could not go home because of the continuing COVID-19 crisis.

"Sobrang frustrated ko kasi gusto kong makita man lang siya," he shared. "Gusto kong mayakap siya at mabantayan siya sa huling pagkakataon."

Still, Manzo said he would celebrate Mother's Day by commemorating his nanay Germelina. "Nay, kung nasaan ka man ngayon, sana nasa maayos ka na kalagayan. Salamat sa binigay mong pagmamahal na walang katulad," he said.

He then continued, "Hinding-hindi ka mawawala sa puso't isipan namin. Mahal na mahal ka namin. Happy Mother's Day!"

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