Ina Raymundo took to social media to celebrate the birthday of her daughter, Erika Portunak, as she turned 20 on Sunday, October 10.
"Twenty years ago, I gave birth to this beauty with the voice of an Angel. Happiest birthday ate @erikarae.p!" the actress wrote in an Instagram post.
This is the first birthday Erika has marked that she is away from her family. Currently, the showbiz newcomer is in the United States to pursue a college degree at the prestigious arts school Berklee College of Music.
"This is your first birthday (ever) spent away from us. It’s tough not having you here," admitted Ina. "We miss you so much! Biggest hugs and kisses!"
Erika, Ina's eldest child with her husband Brian Portunak, left for college in the US in late August, months after the actress proudly shared that she had been accepted into Berklee school in Boston, Massachusetts.
"It’s bittersweet to see my firstborn leave for college," said Ina at the time. "Well, goodbye for now @erikarae.p. We will miss you and your craziness. We love you, ate and we wish you all the best."
After graduating from high school last year, Erika followed in the footsteps of her mother and joined show business, as she signed a deal with talent management agency Cornerstone Entertainment Inc.
Speaking with PUSH last year, Ina said she would not stop her eldest daughter from joining showbiz, and would even support her even if she chooses to sacrifice her college studies for a singing career.
“Feeling ko she’ll end up taking a gap year na isang buong taon na hahanapin niya muna kung anong gusto niyang gawin sa buhay kesa 'yung mag-decide kung anong course tapos biglang magpapalit din. [But] ako, kung ano 'yung gusto niya sa buhay niya supportive ako," said Ina at the time.
However, according to the actress, if it was up to her and her husband, they want Erika to go to college first.
“Pero kung hindi niya talaga nararamdaman, hindi namin siya kukulitin. Kasi ‘di ba, adult na siya eh. You cannot stop her,” she said.
Aside from Erika, Ina and her husband have four other children: Jakob, Mikaela, Minka, and Anika.