Julia Montes isn't a fan of holding grudges. In fact, she seems to have a knack for seeing the silver lining in even the darkest of clouds.
The "Doble Kara" star and her deaf mother were abandoned at an early age by her biological father. But instead of harboring grievances, she believes that she became a better person because of it. And for that, she is thankful.
"Kapag tinatanong nila ako, 'Buti hindi ka nagalit sa tatay mo?' Ang sinasabi ko, 'No.' Kasi kung sino po ako ngayon, kung sino iyong mga nakasama ko noon, maaring mahirap man, pero ito eh, nangyari ito at ito ako ngayon. Sa lahat ng bagay nagiging thankful ako because of that," she explained.
Montes, born Mara Schnittka, reunited with her estranged German biological father, Martin Schnittka, last month. She told late night talk show "Tonight with Boy Abunda" that it was through the help of some of her and Coco Martin's fans.
"Super blessed po ako na nagkaroon ako ng mga supporters --kami ni Coco. Nag-start po iyong sa kanila, November 1, papunta po akong simbahan, magdadasal ako. Nag-message sila sa akin na parang, 'Jules, may nag-message sa amin na cousin mo. Na-caught iyong attention namin sa comment.' Sabi nila mukhang ito iyong pinsan mo, kausapin mo siya, ito iyong account niya and all."
She did and as they say, the rest is history. "Sabi ko nga, lahat ng bagay, kapag hindi mo ine-expect ay dumarating," she admitted.
According to Montes, she plans to visit her father in Germany soon. But before that, she also revealed that Martin will again be flying back to the Philippines to celebrate her birthday in March.