His mother passed away in February.
"Playhouse" star Zanjoe Marudo said on "Tonight with Boy Abunda" on Wednesday that it took him a couple of weeks to come to terms with it.
"Alam ko naman na nasa hospital [siya] tapos biglaan, hindi namin alam," he shared as he recalled the moment he found out about the devastating news. "Mahirap eh."
"Noong mga unang araw, unang linggo hindi ko pa masyadong iniintindi iyong nararamdaman. Nung nalibing na, nung alam kong na-settle na lahat, nung alam namin na wala na talaga --doon ko siya dinama talaga," he added.
He went on to explain that his outlook about life helped him move past his grief. "Siguro nag-mature na rin. Alam ko naman na walang permanente sa mundo at lahat naman tayo ay pupunta doon. Mas naging ganoon na lang iyong inisip ko."
He remembered how his mother had always been his "number one" fan. The last message he received from her was a congratulatory one for bagging the lead role in "Playhouse."
He was on the late night talk show to promote the upcoming premiere of the series, which also stars Angelica Panganiban.