Actress-host Kris Aquino paid tribute to her eldest sister Ballsy, who is celebrating her 66th birthday this Wednesday, August 18.
In her post on Instagram, Kris began by sharing her sister's reaction to the flowers she sent her ahead of her birthday.
"My Ate asked me if she was dying that’s why the HAPPY 66th BIRTHDAY flowers I sent were so over the top? Bago kayo totally ma-weird sa ‘min, people who know my Ate and me intimately are used to the fact na we can discuss our deaths matter of factly—siguro coping mechanism na lang namin. And she asked why 4 arrangements? Was it because there were now 4 of us?" she said.
It was just last June when the Aquino sisters lost their only brother, former Philippine President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III.
He passed away due to renal disease, secondary to diabetes, at the age of 61.
According to Kris, the sudden death of their brother profoundly changed her, and it made her value her family even more.
The actress went on to honor Ballsy, whom she dubbed the "world's best ate."
"I love all my sisters, BUT my Ate and I have a hard to explain bond, siguro because for me SHE keeps my mom’s memory alive," Kris said, referring to their late mother, former President Corazon "Cory" Aquino.
"Siya yung parati kong kakampi, everyday no fail she checks on me, instinctively knows when something is not quite right, and I feel I can (and I do) tell her EVERYTHING because SURE ako she’ll try her best to still understand and continue to LOVE me regardless of my imperfections," she added.
Addressing Ballsy, Kris finally said: "I love you with all my heart, and on a day I really didn’t want you to feel sad (even though I know we all still are), I’m glad I made you feel just how much you are #LOVED."
Aside from Ballsy, Kris has two other sisters—Pinky and Viel.