|Diamond star Maricel Soriano. File Photo
MANILA, Philippines -- For actress Maricel Soriano, the most important thing she learned from her TV dad, King of Philippine Comedy Dolphy, is being happy.
"Sa palagay ko 'yung tungkol sa happiness. Tuwing magkikita kami 'yung may twinkle ang eyes. Alam mo isa lang 'yung question naming dalawa -- 'Masaya ka ba?' Palagi yan, 'Masaya ka ba?' Soriano said in an interview with "Rated K" hosted by Korina Sanchez that was aired on Sunday.
"Tapos kapag dumarating ang time na may konting pagsubok si daddy, sasabihin ko, 'Dad, masaya ka, di ba?' Sasabihin ni dad, 'Oo nga kaso.' Sasabihin ko, 'Dad wala ng kaso. Di ba masaya ka?' Tapos sasagot siya, 'Ay oo.' Gaganoon siya. Kailangan daw kahit anong mangyari sasabihin mo masaya ka para darating 'yung happiness," she added.
Soriano admitted going through depression due to three major milestones in her life. Aside from a failed relationship, Soriano was also affected by the death of her manager Wyngard Tracy and her mother.
After taking a break for almost two years, Soriano told Sanchez that she really changed a lot.
"Wala na ('yung dating Maricel), malayo. Hindi ko na nga siya kilala. Ibang iba na nga eh," she said.
The actress said her main goal right now is to be happy.
"Dahil sa pinagdaanan ko na kakaiba, hindi pala madali. Pero sa personal ko ang goal ko ay happy ako. Gusto ko masaya ako at nagta-trabaho ako mapa-drama o comedy 'yan. Gusto ko darating ako sa set eh happy ako," she said.
Asked what she will tell Dolphy when they meet again, Soriano said: "Almost there."
Currently, Soriano is gearing up for her upcoming ABS-CBN series "Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin" with Gerald Anderson.