MANILA, Philippines -- Three months since the death of her partner of 23 years, actress-singer Zsa Zsa Padilla feels blessed from the continued outpouring of love for her and her family, and is finally getting back to the daily grind of show business.
|Zsa Zsa Padilla poses in a pictorial for a product endorsement
"I feel happy, because I love working and I miss it so much," Padilla told ABS-CBN News at the sidelines of her pictorial for a cosmetics line.
Padilla continues to mourn the death of her long-time partner, local film icon Dolphy, who passed away in July. But according to the Kapamilya singer, she has managed to look "beautiful" again after grieving physically.
"From the last time [a friend of mine] saw me to now, he said I've lost age," said Padilla, who now finds blessings from recent developments in her life, her tragic loss notwithstanding.
In late August, a tumor in her kidney was found to be benign, after initially being feared to be cancerous. She has since managed to return to her weekly stint in ABS-CBN's concert variety program "ASAP 2012," among other showbiz engagements.
"I'm so blessed. Somebody told me, 'You don't say you're lucky. You say you're blessed.' Sabi ko, 'Yeah, that shold be the exact word that I'm using -- blessed,'" Padilla said.
Amid the joys over recent triumphs, the actress-singer admitted that "it's still hard sometimes" when she's reminded of Dolphy's passing. Padilla added, however, that she has found ways to cope with her situation.
"Everyday I talk to him like he were there in the room. I say good morning, I say goodnight and we continue our coffee sessions in the morning," she said.
"I start my day just meditating and I just imagine him sitting with me," she added.