MANILA—As the day of her grandfather's cremation entered about midway, everything seemed so solemn.
Actress Julia Barretto and her family had gone through a list of things one would expect to do during an emotional affair — write loving farewell messages one after the other, sing a touching tribute, and eat at one of her lolo's favorite restaurants as a way to remember the good days.
But, as people already know from reports this week, the occasion of her grandfather's death has been anything but.
"I'm sorry for how the celebration of your life turned into a circus," wrote Julia in her post dedicated to her lolo Miguel, or "9/29" as she calls him. "That instead of your legacy being remembered and given the attention, it created noise and more damage."
"This is not how it was supposed to be. I'm sorry that you watched all of this happen," Julia added.
She was referring to the reported scuffle of her mother, Marjorie, and her aunt, Gretchen, at her lolo's wake.
Gretchen alleges that Marjorie had a "nervous breakdown" that led to the physical confrontation; the latter had insinuated that that is a lie. Now, the Barretto clan is more divided than ever.
Julia continued on her note: "My dearest 9/29, the past months have been difficult, but seeing you suffer and then watching you leave us was the toughest part."
"On top of that, on top of my pain and broken heart I am being attacked. Pikey, despite all these false accusations targeted at me, despite all the lies being spread about my family and me, I will remain still and keep my peace.
"I will exclude myself from a battle that is not mine, but I will still stand by my mom and will be there for her no matter what happens.
"I will focus on sharing your legacy and the beautiful stories about how great of a person you were. Since your passing, I've been busy with work and I will focus on that because I know that that was your doing together with the Lord God.
"The rest of my family and I will be continued to be attacked and painted as bad people, but you and God know we were there during the good and most difficult times leading up to your passing. Your legacy will live on. I will keep my peace, focus on you, my faith, and the work that I have been receiving.
"Please 9/29, please Rest In Peace."
Julia also asked people to stop "attacking" her and her family.
"We are all in pain and we are all still grieving our loss," she pleaded.