Singer KZ Tandingan revealed that her father recently figured in a vehicular accident in their hometown in Digos, Mindanao. The X Factor Philippines grand winner was at the Manila premiere of Fast and Furious 6 when she first received news about it. “Kina-cancel ko kasi sabi ko huwag muna tumawag dahil nasa event ako. Tapos ang dami ng messages at calls. Nag-text yung makeup artist ko, tawagan ko raw kapatid ko. Kinabahan ako. Yun pala na-sideswipe yung tatay ko ng dalawang tricycle na naguunahan habang nagmo-motor siya. Nasa tulay kasi sila. Wala siyang ibang pwedeng puntahan kaya nabundol talaga siya,” KZ told Push.com.ph during her rehearsal for Star Magic’s 21st anniversary celebration on ASAP this Sunday.
Although her father acquired minor injuries, KZ was still shocked with the news and burst into tears at the mall. Good thing she was accompanied by her fellow X Factor finalists who immediately comforted her at that time. “He lost one third of his middle finger sa left niyang kamay tapos dislocated yung shoulder niya. Six weeks pa niyang isusuot yung cast. Sobra akong natakot. Pauwi siya galing trabaho. May sasakyan naman po pero mas gusto niya nagmo-motor kasi aside from iwas sa traffic, tipid din sa gas.”
KZ initially wanted to take an emergency leave and personally check on her father, but her mom discouraged her from dropping her work commitments. Aside from ASAP, KZ is also busy doing shows and preparing for the launch of her first solo album. “Sabi ko uwi na ako diyan. Sabi ni mama, ‘Huwag ka munang umuwi, kaya namin dito, may trabaho ka diyan. Mag-text kami sa ‘yo kung ano ang development. Okay si daddy.’ Nag-send na lang sila sa akin ng pictures and nag-Facetime kami para makampante ako.”
To date, KZ’s dad has been discharged from the hospital and has been advised to undergo therapy for his shoulder and back injuries. Aside from her loved ones, she called up her closest friends in Digos to look after her dad as well. “May balak ako na bisitahin siya pero tapusin ko na muna yung work. Nasa bahay na siya ngayon nagpapahinga, ongoing yung medicines. Nagpapasalamat na lang ako sa Diyos dahil buhay siya at hindi mas malala yung nangyari sa kanya.”