|Actor John Estrada. File photo
MANILA, Philippines - Actor John Estrada is not yet sure on how to describe this year.
Although Estrada became a father again when wife Prescilla Mereilles gave birth to their daughter, the actor is also mourning the the death of his father Vicente Vasquez Estrada.
"Hindi ko alam kung bittersweet ba. It's a roller coaster ride 'yung nangyari sa akin ngayong 2012," John said.
The celebrity couple welcomed their first born in February. Months after, he started to work in ABS-CBN's hit series "A Beautiful Affair" with Bea Alonzo and John Lloyd Cruz.
But last, tragedy struck when his father died due to cardiogenic shock.
"Three months before 'yung death niya sinabi na sa amin ng cardiologist na be prepared. Iba 'yung namatayan ka ng magulang, masakit," he said.
Despite the death of his father, Estrada vowed to celebrate his first Christmas with Mereilles and their baby girl.
"Siyempre nakikita ko na 'yung ibang regalo ng baby ko, siyempre kailangan niyang buksan 'yon with her mom. Every Christmas talaga I gather my family, not only my kids but my parents to spend Christmas with me. It's going to be a happy gathering but, at the same time, we will miss my dad for sure," he said.