MANILA, Philippines – The remains of the mother of Azkals players Phil and James Younghusband were laid to rest Thursday morning at the Heritage Park in Taguig City.
The Younghusband brothers, as well as their younger sister Keri, kept their calm while paying their final respects to their mother Susan.
Relatives and close friends of the Younghusband family were there to condole with Susan’s children.
Also there was actress Angel Locsin, who was not able to hold her emotions during the funeral rites. Locsin is Phil’s rumored girlfriend.
Aside from Locsin, dancer-singer Gab Valenciano was also there to sympathize with Phil and James.
“I remember Tita Susan and she was strong, very young and very mommy-ish and I don't understand why these things happen talaga. I don’t exactly know what to say but I do know there are a lot of people who love them who will be there for them,” Valenciano said.
Phil, James and Valenciano worked together in a commercial endorsement.
Susan passed away last Saturday after suffering from a massive heart attack.
Meanwhile, Jojo Durian, a close friend of the Younghusbands, said that although Phil and James are mourning the death of their mom, the two will still join the Philippine Azkals in their upcoming match in Taipei next week.
“I think so. I really don't know the plans because after this mag-uusap pa kami but I guess these guys are professionals,” Durian said.
Durian also vowed to be by the Younghusbands’ side during this tough time.
“I pray that they get peace and I pray for wisdom. Of course wala na silang mga magulang, I pray for wisdom on how to take care of Keri. They are now father, mother and brother,” he said.
Phil, James and Keri lost their dad four years ago. – Report from Ginger Conejero, ABS-CBN News