Bea Rose on forgiving her father: I felt blessed


Posted at Jan 06 2014 12:48 PM | Updated as of Jan 06 2014 08:48 PM

Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago

MANILA - Miss International 2013 Bea Rose Santiago said she felt "blessed" after accepting her father's apology for leaving her when she was a child.

In an interview on "Buzz ng Bayan" last Sunday, Santiago said her father left her when she was 10 years old, an event that affected the way she interacted with males.

"Until I was 20, I didn't have a boyfriend," said Santiago, who once thought of herself as a "daddy's girl."

It was Christmas season, the time before she joined the Binibining Pilipinas pageant, when Santiago's father asked for forgiveness for leaving her.

Recalling the time she hated her father, the beauty queen said: "I had to go to church all the time and confess. I felt guilty [of hating my father]. It's still there, kind of."

"Actually last December, before I joined Binibini, parang na-bless ako kasi that Christmas was very meaningful... All he said was 'I'm sorry," and everything was just okay. It felt like the lightest Christmas sa akin last year," she said.

"During the coronation of Binibini, my mom was there, my dad was there. We had a family picture," she added.

After finishing as Binibining Pilipinas International 2013, Santiago competed at the Miss International 2013 pageant in Japan, where she won the crown.