'I'm not letting go of his memory': Tirso opens up after son's death

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Posted at Jun 28 2019 11:30 AM | Updated as of Jun 28 2019 02:42 PM

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MANILA -- Tirso Cruz III said that he has already "let go" of his son, TJ, who passed away last November after his battle with cancer.

On Friday's episode of "Magandang Buhay," Cruz explained why he has been posting messages for his eldest son on social media even after his death.

"Sabi ko, in a way, it's my way of remembering him and wishing na sana ay nandito ka pa. Usually as a parent, ang feeling mo na kagaya ko, medyo maagang nawala 'yung anak ko... Ang feeling mo you could have done some more, 'yung marami ka pang puwedeng magawa para sa kanya. But unfortunately, fate came into the picture and took him away," he said.

The veteran actor went on: "Parang sabi nga nila, 'you have to let go of your son.' Sabi ko, 'I have let him go because I know that the love that God the Father can give him, I can never outdo.' Hindi ko mako-compare 'yung pagmamahal ko. Mas matindi ang pagmamahal noon and he is in a better place, alam ko."

While he has accepted the death of his son, Cruz stressed that he is not letting go of TJ's memory.

"'Yun lang pog-post ko ng ganun, it's my way of not letting go of his memory, of not letting go of his essence. Sabi ko nga, his spirit is in heaven but 'yung essence niya is something that I want to hold on to. Parang every day, may contact ako sa anak ko even if he is gone," he explained.

"Ako napatunayan ko na totoo 'yung sinasabi ng mga naka-experience ng death sa family. Na ganun, the pain never goes away, you just learn to live with it. Masasanay ka na lang na nandoon 'yung pain, wala ka na lang magagawa," he added.

TJ was one of Tirso Cruz’s three children with his wife Lynn, along with Bodie and Djanin.

One of the original cast members of "Ang TV" in 1992, TJ went on to star in films including "Eskapo" and "Rollerboys."

While his father and brother remained in showbiz, TJ opted to step out of the limelight in 2003.

He founded Spike for Hope, a volleyball tournament that aims to raise funds for children with critical illnesses.