Anthony Taberna and Rossel Velasco Taberna expressed their admiration for their daughter Zoey Taberna who remained strong and resilient despite her condition.
Zoey was diagnosed with leukemia in December 2019.
“Siya pa ‘yung malakas. Siya ‘yung matapang. Siya ‘yung lumalaban. So, nakakahiya naman sa amin bilang mga magulang na sa amin pa makikita ang kahinaan kung ang anak namin is a fighter," Rossel said in an interview with Toni Gonzaga on I Feel U.
Rossel admitted that it was tough for them to tell Zoey about her condition at the beginning.
“‘Pag nasa harap kami ni Zoe, alam mo naman si Ka Tunying, very jolly, so ‘yun lang pinapakita namin sa kanya, gano’n lang namin pinapakita sa kanya. Pero kaming dalawa, hindi namin alam kung paano ipu-put together,” she stated.
Rossel also shared that there was a point that she was blaming herself for not knowing the condition of her daughter.
“Inisip ko, ano bang nagawa mo bilang magulang, masyado ka bang okupado sa mga anak mo? Of course, may ganoong feeling as a mother. Nagkaroon ng time talaga sinisisi ko ‘yung sarili ko. Dapat alam ko ‘yung condition ng anak ko,” Velasco said.
Though it was hard for them to accept their daughter's condition at the beginning, they said that it made them closer as a family.
“Mas closer kami ngayon at naiintidihan namin ang isa’t isa ngayong mas maraming dumadating na problema. Kasi sabi nga, masusubok mo ‘yung character ng isang tao kung dinadaan ka ng bagyo, eh,” Anthony said.
The news anchor added that it made them closer to God.
“Financially, career-wise, ang hanap-buhay, maayos naman. May tendency kasi ang tao, kapag wala siyang problema, may napapabayaan na kala mo kaya mo na lahat. Pero nung nangyari itong kay Zoey, parang pinaalala sa amin ng Panginoong Diyos na, ‘Huy! Lalo kayong lumapit sa Akin,’” he said.
He continued, “Ayaw Niya lumayo ka sa Kanya, so ‘yung problema na pinagdaanan namin ‘yun ‘yung ginamit Niya para lumapit kami sa Kanya. Ayun, naging normal na na araw-araw nagpe-pray kami as a family."