MANILA - Former couple Raymart Santiago and Claudine Barretto, whose legal feud hogged headlines in 2014, met on Friday as they celebrated the 11th birthday of their daughter, Sabina, at her school.
On Instagram, both TV stars shared photos of the birthday party. One shows their complete family, including their other child, Santino, posing inside the classroom, while a selfie video taken by Santiago sees Sabina blowing out her candle.
"Happy 11th birthday to our princess angel," Barretto said in one of the captions. "You have brought to much joy to our family. We thank God for you every single day. We love you so much! We will always be here for you."
In March, Santiago and Barretto also set aside their differences to show support for Sabina and Santino during a run organized by their school.
First reports of the couple's separation surfaced in July 2013.
Barretto earlier accused Santiago of "physical, sexual, psychological and economic" abuse, supposedly dating back to 2002. These are detailed in her complaint against the actor for his alleged violation of the Anti-Violence against Women and Their Children Act of 2004.
Santiago also alleged that he was a victim of domestic violence. In his complaint, the actor accused his wife of being mentally ill and having a history of drug abuse -- claims backed by the actress' estranged siblings Gretchen, Marjorie, and JJ.
Both Barretto and Santiago have repeatedly mentioned the welfare of their children in explaining why they took the spat to court, and why they are seeking sole custody of the kids.
In June 2014, they appeared to have patched things up when Barretto posted a photo of her with Santiago and their kids. This, after they reached an agreement concerning their children through a judicial dispute resolution.
A month later, however, Barretto pulled out from the agreement and said she would sue Santiago for "economical abuse," supposedly because of his unwillingness to fulfill his financial obligations to their children, among other reasons.