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Ai-Ai De las Alas feels grateful towards her adoptive mother.

'Tanging Ina' star Ai-Ai De las Alas shares how it was growing up away from her real family.

BY RHEA MANILA SANTOS

Twitter: @allaboutmanila

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1/7/2011 12:37 PM
Ai-Ai De las Alas feels grateful towards her adoptive mother.


After winning as Best Actress in last month'rsquo;s Metro Manila Film Fest, Ang Tanging Ina Mo, last Na 'lsquo;To star Ai Ai Delas Alas shared that the movie'rsquo;s storyline was very close to heart because she also came from a big family. But unlike the her brood of twelve children in the film, Ai-Ai revealed that she was adopted by her aunt on her father'rsquo;s side whom she refers to as "si Engineer." "Kasi nung buntis yung Inay ko, marami kami. Pang-anim na ako. Yung nanay ko na nag-alaga sa akin na kapatid ng tatay ko, matandang dalaga. So nung buntis na, sabi ng nanay ko, si Engineer ang nag-alaga sa akin. Sabi ni Engineer dun sa nanay ko, sabi niya, 'lsquo;Ate, pag babae yang nasa loob ng tiyan mo, akin na lang.'rsquo; parang tuta 'lsquo;di ba?" she shared.

Ai-Ai said that even though her real mother was reluctant to give her up, her aunt gave her a better future. "Siya yung nagpro-provide ng lahat, ng lampin, ng gatas, mga ganyan, ganyan. Tapos after one year, dinala ako sa kanila, hindi na ako pinauwi. Parang na-freak out yung nanay ko, malakas kasi ang dating ng father'rsquo;s side namin eh. Kumbaga kung ano yung gusto nila, yun ang nasusunod. So yung nanay ko, sa huli walang nagawa. Yung gusto ng tatay ko at yung mga kapatid niya kunin ko, kinuha ako and dinala sa Maynila. Doon na ako lumaki," she recalled.

The 46-year-old actress said that her adoptive mother didn'rsquo;t just take good care of her, but helped her other siblings as well. "Ako yung nawalay sa kanila. Pero pinag-aaral din sila ni Engineer. Pinag-aral din yung kuya ko, yung ate ko, pero ako yung may kasulatan na ako yung legal niyang anak. Pero kumbaga sila malalaki na nung pumunta sa Maynila, ako baby pa lang ako pumunta na ko dun," she said.

Ai-Ai admitted that because she did not grow up with the rest of their family in the province, she ended up feeling distant towards her biological mom. "Ang pinakamasakit dun, kasi pag dinadalaw ko nanay ko, hindi ko siya tinatawag na nanay. Hindi ko siya matawag na nanay. And up to this day, 'lsquo;pag nakikita ako ng nanay ko, sa personal man or sa TV, iyak yan ng iyak. Hindi talaga siya maka-recover," she said. Ai-Ai also shared how she feels about growing up with two mothers. "Totoo yung lukso ng dugo sa biological kasi magkadugtong ang pusod niyo eh. Kahit yung nanay kong isa grabeng respeto ang nararamdaman ko. May love din kaya lang mas more of respeto and gratitude, lalo na kung hindi dahil sa kanya, hindi ako nakapag-aral. At hindi ako makapag-aral, wala akong gatas, siguro hindi ako artista, nandun lang ako sa bundok sa amin, yung ganun," she explained.

For her part, Ai-Ai also tries to fulfill her real life role as a dutiful daughter, mother, and sister off camera as well. The successful comedienne makes sure all the members of her family are well taken care of. "Lahat yan ay may monthly allowance. Nanay ko, nanay kong isa, ang tatay ko, mga kapatid ko, lahat yan meron. Equal yan," she said. Ai-Ai is also involved in a project with the Archdiocese of Manila to build