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Angelica Panganiban talks about finally being reunited with her biological dad

Angelica Panganiban shares details from a tearful reunion with her dad in the U.S.

BY RHEA MANILA SANTOS

Twitter: @allaboutmanila

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1/8/2011 9:27 PM
Angelica Panganiban talks about finally being reunited with her biological dad


After a tearful revelation on national television about her being an adopted child, Angelica Panganiban shares the story of how she was finally able to meet her biological father in the States late last year in the January issue of StarStudio magazine. 24-year-old Angel never had an inkling that she might be adopted. "Lahat ng pagmamahal, lahat ng luho, pinag-aral nila ako, binuhay nila ako, binigyan nila ako ng magandang buhay. Bakit ako magdududa kung tunay ko silang pamilya?" she said in the StarStudio cover story.

When she discovered she was adopted, Angelica admitted she did not want her adoptive family to know about her search to know more about her biological parents. The pretty actress also felt compelled to pay respects to her biological mother'rsquo;s grave in Singapore. "Nagkaroon ako ng pakiramdam na kailangan ko siyang bisitahin, magbigay respeto at magpasalamat kasi naisip pa rin niya na buhayin ako, bigyan ng pagkakataon yung ibang pamilya na sumaya. Hindi niya ako naisip ipalaglag o kung ano man," she told StarStudio'rsquo;s Arnel Ramos.

Angel said she bears no grudge against her adoptive mom Annabelle from keeping the adoption a secret from her all these years. "Siguro dahil nag-iba lang din yung buhay naming nung naging artista ako. Kasi baka pag nalaman ng mga tao, pagtawanan ako or maging iba yung tingin sa akin. Maraming taong makisawsaw. So hinintay siguro niya yung pagkakataon na kaya ko ng ipaglaban yung sarili ko," she explained.

When Angel finally got in touch with her dad, they started communicating through the internet, but setting up to meet him in person proved to be another challenge for the Banana Split actress, even when she was already in the states. "Kasi sasabihin niya minsan na yes puwede siyang halimbawa pumuntang New Jersey, then 'lsquo;pag malapit na, hindi na siya sasagot hanggang sa napagod na ako. Sabi ko, 'lsquo;Kung ayaw mo, eh 'lsquo;di 'lsquo;wag. At least nakita ko na yung picture niya, yun lang naman yung gusto ko nung una eh," she admitted.

But after a five-day reunion in Los Angeles late last year,'nbsp; Angel finally got her wish to have time to bond with her dad retired Army Navy officer Mark Charlson. She then understood his initial reluctance to see her. "When he Googled my name, nalaman niya na artista ako dito sa atin. Parang ang pagkakasabi niya, gusto niyang maging proud ako sa kanya, pero sa nangyayari sa kanya ngayon, sa mga pinagdaraanan niya, hindi niya kayang humarap sa akin dahil pakiramdam niya mas mataas ako sa kanya," she shared.