MANILA, Philippines - Seasoned actress Helen Gamboa wept and almost fainted when her youngest daughter, Ciara Sotto, announced that she is marrying her non-celebrity boyfriend, Jojo Oconer, in 2010.
"Natumba ako sa kama. Umiyak ako ng umiyak. Hindi ako makatayo kasi parang nabingi ako. Hindi ako makatayo," Gamboa said.
Gamboa, however, clarified that her initial reaction has nothing to do with Oconer, who she described as a “very good person.”
She said: "I know that the guy she is marrying is a very good person. Wala naman akong qualms or worries about it. Kaya lang 'yong sarili ko ang problema ko kasi I'm so emotional. Siguro ‘yong pagka-mommy ko nanaig, 'yong protective ako sa kanila."
It was probably hard for her at first to give up her youngest child. Nonetheless, Gamboa said, she will always be there for them.
She said she is even helping out in the wedding preparations.
"We did the food tasting already. Pero kasi areglado na sila. Pati ang invitation nila they got it from the States," she added.
Gamboa also wished them the best. "Wish ko na sana God will bless their union at 'yong pagtitiyaga nila sa any challenge or trial that will come their way."