In her elegant gown, Heart Evangelista walked the aisle alone on her wedding day. Her parents, Rey Ongpauco and Cecile Ongpauco did not show up for the Heart Evangelista-Chiz Escudero Wedding. Only Heart Evangelista’s sisters Camille, and Michelle Ongpauco and Lissa Quirino shared this special moment with her.
Heart Evangelista has readied herself for the fact that her parents won’t attend. But little did she know that her father, Rey Ongpauco will still be at her wedding in an unexpected way.
At the reception of the Heart Evangelista-Chiz Escudero Wedding, Heart Evangelista’s sister read a heartwarming letter from her father.
This what Rey Ongpauco’s fatherly message for Heart Evangelista said:
” Isa sa pinkamasakit para sa isang ama ay mawala ang anak na babae sa kanyang poder. Mula nang ipanganak ka, ikaw at mga kapatid mo ang buhay namin. Marami kamin isinakripisyo at ang tanging hangad lang namin ay mabigyan lang kayo ng magandang kinabukasan at buong pamilya. This is it. You are about to enter a new chapter in your life. Your mom and I taught you the proper values in life. And you’re old enough to know what’s right or wrong. My only wish is to see both of you happy. Alam mo, anak, gustung-gusto kita ihatid sa altar. Sino ba naman ang ama ang ayaw makita ang anak sa pinakaimportanteng araw ng buhay niya. But a lot of things has happened that hinder us from going. Sana Chiz mahalin mo ng buong-buo ang anak namin. Accept everything about her. Take care of her and love her unconditionally. Just like her mom and I love her unconditionally. this is my promise- whenthe day comes that I see both of you truly happy, when I see Chiz loving you the way you deserve to be loved, I will come knocking at your door. I may not be there right now, but I am thinking of you Heart. I love you.- Dad”
Heart Evangelista was not able to hold back her tears . At the later part of the wedding program, Heart Evangelista sang “Wind Beneath my Wings”, which she dedicated for her sisters. After the song, she was showered with sisterly hugs.
ABS-CBN anchor Karen Davila posted an Instagram post showing seats reserved for Heart Evangelista’s parents. Though empty, no one was allowed to occupy the seats.