Tears were flowing when Heart Evangelista gave her eulogy for the late Miriam Defensor-Santiago at her wake in Cubao, Quezon City. The actress thanked the former senator for being her ‘second mother’ who gave her guidance when she needed it the most.
"For indeed those were the times everything and anything was possible with you by my side, with you holding my hand," she said.
“You were my fairy godmother, my protector, my hero, my mother, and my best friend,” she added.
Heart paused for a while to hold her tears and continued, saying, “You made me feel like the world was just waiting for me to spread my wings and make my dreams come true. You made me feel how special I was and I was indeed a child of the universe, as you would always say. You were ever so generous of your time and my heart to me, everybody wanted to be with you and yet you gave me so much of your borrowed time.”
"You held my hand so tight and when it was my time to face the world, you allowed me to spread my wings. And though it was probably hard for you to let go, now I understand."
"Because now that it's my turn to let go, it's so hard. I do not want to but I know I have to. I take comfort in knowing that I will see you again."
"You have touched me so deeply and yet you changed me permanently. You guided me perfectly into this world when I needed guidance the most and for that, I thank you. I will forever be grateful for the love you made me feel."
"Thank you so much. For now I shall say goodbye and with a sad smile, I will say, until we meet again,” she said.
Sen. Santiago passed away last Thursday, September 29 after battling with lung cancer since 2014.