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Kris Aquino says Philip Salvador is not invited to their son Josh's graduation

Kris Aquino explains why it's too late for Philip Salvador to be involved in Josh's life at this point in time.

BY RACHELLE SIAZON

FRESH SCOOPS

3/19/2011 10:55 PM
Kris Aquino says Philip Salvador is not invited to their son Josh's graduation


032011-kris_main.jpgWithout any trace of bitterness, Kris Aquino told the local press that Philip Salvador is not coming to their son Josh’s graduation since he has never been involved in raising their child. As Kris mentioned in her previous interviews, Josh was only three years old when she and Philip broke up. “Hindi ko siya in-invite kasi hindi naman na talaga siya involved sa life ni Josh. And honestly, that’s why kay James, super ine-effort ko na ‘wag kaming mag-fight kasi it’s so important for a father to be involved. Siguro kay Ipe (Philip), too much water has gone under the bridge and siguro nahiya din siya dahil 100 percent of the financial responsibility akin, so mahirap na to build that relationship,” said Kris during the press con of Fiesta Spaghetti at Forbes Park last March 17.

Despite the lack of a father figure in his life, Kris was grateful because Josh is surrounded by people who truly care for him. “Hindi ko talaga alam [kung kinukumusta ba ni Ipe si Josh]. Siguro kasi from the time that my mom was alive—to my siblings, to my brother-in-laws, yung uncle and aunt sa side ng mom ko, my relatives—they’ve really made it a point na punuan kung ano mang ang pagkukulang sa life ni Josh. So siguro idagdag mo na d’yan si Lui (Andrada), si Sweet, yung support system namin sobrang solid, so siguro hindi na naghahanap si Josh ng more.”

And if there’s one person she really wanted to be there at Josh’s graduation, it’s President Noynoy Aquino who’s the closest father figure Josh has had. “Late ko na nasabi kay P-Noy, Tuesday ko lang nasabi na, ‘Noy, can you free your schedule kasi sobrang maha-happy si Josh kung makakapunta ka.’ And then sabi niya, ‘Sure!’”

Kris was really proud because Josh’s progress in school has been very successful and that he’s actually moving up to a higher level of learning. “In his school kasi, there are special kids and there are regular kids, so sinabay sila sa mga grade 6 kids na maggra-graduate. Tapos after this kasi meron kaming bagong pinuntahan na mga therapists, bagong mga life coach, bagong mga doctor na magtra-transition kami from the school environment pupunta na si Josh sa life skills. Meaning, mahilig talaga siya mag-bake so merong chef na mag-aaral si Josh doon tapos mahilig siya sa music so magpa-piano siya.”

In fact, Josh baked some chewy chocolate brownies for Kris and cooked lumpiang shanghai during a cooking demo in his school. “Ang na-try ko recently na masarap, he baked brownies, it was really good and moist. They showed me in his school yung video na nagluluto siya from scratch ng lumpiang shanghai, tacos also, kasi hilig niya talaga mga food. Sa music nag-perform na siya, kahit mga complicated pieces kaya na niya e. I have no musical skills whatsoever, ‘di ko nga alam kung saan nanggaling e. As in kasi sa program nila he was second to the last. Yung last pang-show na yung level ng performance tapos kay Josh very close dun. O, in fairness nanay kasi ako,” she cheerfully related.

Kris was really proud of Josh’s accomplishments in school, but she didn’t forget to give credit to all the people who patiently equipped her son with the skills he needed to survive in life. “Ako kasi, with all the difficulty sa learning, the fact na madami siyang naa-achieve, it’s a testament to the patience and dedication na binigay lahat ng teacher niya. And secondly, I