Music veteran Sharon Cuneta was understandably "heartbroken" as her daughter Frankie Pangilinan left again for New York on Wednesday, August 25.
Frankie, a recording artist, is pursuing a college degree in New York. She left after more than a year of staying in the Philippines due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
"Today is actually a very sad day for our whole family... My Kakie, my Baba, is flying back to New York right about now… and if my heart had already been breaking for days over her leaving and other matters, today it is in pieces… Whenever a child of yours—especially one so loving and with such a pure and good heart leaves, she takes a big piece of your heart with her," Sharon wrote in an emotional Instagram post.
The Revirginized star admitted that she also worries for Frankie's younger sister Miel as she shared how the COVID-19 lockdown has brought the two even closer.
"Her Ate Kakie is her bestest friend in the whole world, and over seventeen months of pandemic togetherness, my two younger girls have become only closer, stuck like glue, relying and depending on each other for anything and everything… She is her Ate Kakie’s Baby Peanut, her Ponyo, the love of her life… But her Ate Kaks taught her to be strong while she is left alone here with us…Their song for each other, one of several, is The Carpenters’ 'Without You' (I can face all the madness the world has to give, but I won’t last a day without you…) That should give you an idea of how very attached-at-the-hip my girls are," she said.
"As a mother, my heart is full because of their very special, unbreakable bond," she continued. "But it is heartbreaking to see your bunso baby girl hurt and try to stay strong knowing that her Ate isn’t going to be there everyday anymore, at least until Christmas (If things don’t get better around here, when Kakie comes home for her short Christmas break, she will have to spend ten days in quarantine, and therefore most likely spend her birthday alone in her hotel room, knowing her family is so near yet so very far.)."
With Frankie gone, Sharon said that the silence in their home is now "deafening".
"And my heart is at once lost and bawling over missing her and feeling her absence… The sadness around here now is palpable," she said.
She also admitted not being able to eat as much during the birthday celebration of her husband, Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan, knowing that their daughter would leave for New York the next day.
"This photo was taken last night during Kiko’s birthday dinner… during which Mama couldn’t really eat… and pretty soon, we were all shedding tears," she said.
To end her post, Sharon shared her touching message for Frankie, whom she fondly calls "Baba."
"I love you so very much, my Baba… Take care of yourself… And that large chunk of Mama’s heart which you took with you tonight. God bless you and keep you safe, my good girl," she said.