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How Cherry Pie and Tirso cope with loss, heal and even ‘live with the pain’



Losing a loved one is indeed painful. And while there are no shortcuts to moving on, two Filipino celebrities show it could happen at the right time.


If God can forgive, then so can Cherry Pie Picache.

Five years after the brutal murder of her mother Zenaida Sison, the actress has forgiven the killer, saying “God really took over.”

Recall that a day after her mother’s death, Picache was uncertain if she would ever be able to forgive the killer, even calling for the return of death penalty.

“You talk about forgiveness, you talk about… Kasi anti-death penalty ako, eh. But now, iniisip mo, ‘What drives people to commit all this violence?’ Lahat iyon ma-pu-put into test sa’yo in times like this,” she said back then.



Weeks after, the suspect who had been a helper of Sison for six months was found guilty of robbery with homicide. He was sentenced to reclusion perpetua or imprisonment of up to 40 years by the Quezon City Regional Trial Court.

In a recent episode of “Tonight With Boy Abunda,” Picache talked about her journey of healing.

“Ngayon ko napatunayan — God really took over. It’s really by his grace that I was able to do it. While I was walking when I was about to see him… Desidido ako pero ang ipinagdarasal ko, sana magawa ko. So I was really praying, ‘Please take over.’ Iba. Hindi ako makapaniwala,” she said.

It wasn’t an easy journey, she admitted, but it helped that she was tapped as speaker in different parishes and organizations, wherein she talked about forgiveness.

The actress also came to face to face with the killer. The meeting will be shown on the documentary “Radical Love” airing on ABS-CBN on July 7.

“Dinalhan ko siya ng pasalubong pa. Hindi ko akalain na magagawa ko pa na bigyan ko pa ng tinapay ’yung taong pumatay sa mama ko. Buong-buo. Buong puso ko siyang pinapatawad,” she said.

Picache revealed she plans to regularly visit him in order to “restore both ’yung healing namin, magtuloy-tuloy.”

Memories forever

Tirso Cruz III has “accepted” the death of his son TJ, but his memories will forever stay in his heart.

TJ passed away last November after his battle with cancer.

If you’ve been following Cruz on social media, chances are you’ve seen his post as if talking to his late son.

In an episode of “Magandang Buhay,” the actor explained it is his way of remembering him and wishing he’s still alive.



“Usually as a parent, ang feeling mo na kagaya ko, medyo maagang nawala ’yung anak ko… Ang feeling mo you could have done something more, ’yung marami ka pang puwedeng magawa para sa kanya. But unfortunately, fate came into the picture and took him away,” he said.

“Parang sabi nga nila, ‘You have to let go of your son.’ Sabi ko, ‘I have let him go because I know that the love that God the Father can give him, I can never outdo.’ Hindi ko mako-compare ’yung pagmamahal ko. Mas matindi ang pagmamahal noon and he is in a better place, alam ko.”

Cruz stressed that he will never let go of TJ’s memory.

“’Yun lang pag-post ko ng ganu’n, it’s my way of not letting go of his memory, of not letting go of his essence. Sabi ko nga, his spirit is in heaven but ’yung essence niya is something that I want to hold on to. Parang every day, may contact ako sa anak ko even if he is gone,” he explained.

“Ako napatunayan ko na totoo ’yung sinasabi ng mga naka-experience ng death sa family. Na ganu’n, the pain never goes away, you just learn to live with it. Masasanay ka na lang na nandoon ’yung pain, wala ka na lang magagawa,” he added.

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