Kim Chiu with her father. Photo taken from Kim Chiu Instagram account
Dad says Kim left Cebu with 'heavy heart'
CEBU – The father of actress Kim Chiu, William Chiu Jr., defended the Kapamilya star after she had to leave the country despite the death of her mother Louella Yap Chiu.
Chiu’s father said Kim would have wanted to stay for the wake, but she and her sister Lakam had to fly to Thailand on Wednesday to shoot a commercial.
He said her daughter will try to convince the product owner and advertisers to let her return to Cebu sooner so she can pay her last respects to her mother.
The burial is set on June 29, Saturday, at Cempark.
Chiu’s father said the burial date can't be moved because they have already consulted a feng shui expert on the matter, and that the next best date for her burial will fall on July 5.
He said Kim left Cebu with a very heavy heart.
Kim and her father were reunited recently after not communicating for five years. According to Kim's father, he and his daughter are still catching up with each other.
He also set the facts straight and defended the actress from allegations that she never cared for her ailing mom.
He said Kim and her family only knew about the whereabouts of her mother when she was already suffering from an illness.
Chiu’s mother reportedly asked her caretakers not to contact Kim and her siblings despite her condition, but the caretakers eventually contacted Kim when her mother slipped into a coma.
Chiu’s father said that when Kim learned about the condition of her mother, she immediately came home to Cebu to visit her.
"She would arrive every dawn and return to Manila in the morning for work and back again here in Cebu," the actress’ father said.
He added that Kim would talk to her mother in the intensive care unit (ICU) as if she was listening.
“Kim was her mother's favorite. It was painful for Kim,” he said.
He recalled that Kim wanted her mother to recover so that she can stay with the actress in Manila.
Relatives and fans of the actress continue to visit the wake of her mother in Cebu.