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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Dec 7, 2010

Angelica Panganiban reunited with long lost dad

ANGELICA PANGANIBAN’s family has always been a mystery to us. Now, it’s finally revealed that she has an American dad, former US Navy Mark Charlson, who has long been separated from her mom who has also been missing. Her BF Derek Ramsay helped her locate her mom but they learned she has died in Singapore two years ago. But she did succeed in looking for her dad who lives in Los Angeles with his own family (she has three half siblings) and who she hasn’t seen in her entire life. Now 24, she got to visit him in the States on Nov. 21. When she returned home to the country last week, she shared her feelings about her reunion with her long lost biological dad. “It’s like I was watching a movie na parang it’s unreal and I can’t explain the feeling, tapos bigla ka na lang naiiyak,” she says. “I stayed with him for five days and we discovered a lot of things about each other. Even our feet, magkapareho.”

Does she hold any hard feelings about her dad? “None. He didn’t look for me because he thought I died in a car accident, so I’d rather not dwell on that and just focus on how we will catch up with each other’s lives. The more important thing is nagkita kami uli at maganda ang nangyaring yun. I want to thank ABS for giving me a vacation as part of my birthday celebration last month kaya nagkaroon ako ng time to bond with my father. Before I met him, parang may part ng pagkatao ko na kulang. Ngayon, I can say, complete na. But I’m very thankful to the family who adopted me and raised me kasi sila pa rin ang pamilyang kinagisnan ko.”