2013 ended a little more rougher than it already is for comedy queen Ai Ai delas Alas as she faced it while saying goodbye to her biological mother, Gloria Hernandez.
Ai Ai’s mother passed away last December 30, ten days after being confined in the hospital.
“Matanda narin kasi eh tsaka ‘yung lungs niya maraming phlegm. And then ‘yung kinamatay niya ay acute respiratory failure. ‘Di nalang huminga,” said the actress-comedienne in an interview aired on Buzz ng Bayan on Sunday.
In a way, Ai Ai said that she has already geared up for the moment when she would be saying goodbye to her especially since “nung malakas pa siya [sinasabi] niya sa akin na parang nakikita nita ‘yung tatay ko ay ayaw niyang sumama eh. I think sinusundo siya. Lahat naman tayo hindi natin gusto na ang Nanay natin ay nasasaktan diba?”
Apart from various complications, Ai Ai sadly related that her mother has also been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
“Nagco-collapse na ‘yung mga ugat niya kasi ang payat na eh. May Alzheimer’s narin so wala na siyang memory namin. Minsan ako tinatawag niya ako ng kumare niya o tiyahin niya,” said she.
Although the actress was raised by her Aunt, the comedy queen said that she still owes a lot to her biological mother.
“’Pag nakikita niya ako iiyak ‘yan, TV man o personal. ‘Yung time na humingi siya ng tawad kasi napamigay niya ako, ang painful pala sa anak no’n kasi alam ko nasasaktan ang nanay ko. Parang dinudukot ‘yung puso ko, ang sakit sakit and gusto kong sabihin na ‘okay lang, okay lang, hindi niyo naman kasalanan ‘yun eh,’” said Ai Ai morosely.
Given the chance she adds, she would love to be raised by her mother because “Gusto ko kasi alam ko mabait siya eh.”
When the comedienne posted about her mother’s departure on her Instagram account, she received an outpour of support from friends and colleagues in and outside of the industry. But it was her eldest son, Sancho delas Alas, who’s been her pillar of strength during this trying time.
“Kung wala si Sancho I don’t think [kakayanin ko]. Lakas ko talaga ‘yan kahit saan. Sa problema sa patay, iba talaga ang impact sakin nitong baby boy ko, Meron akong gabay, meron akong kasama,” Ai Ai stated. Her mother was laid to rest last January 3 after a mass in Arlington Chapels.