Father’s Day is still three months shy away but this daughter of former soldier-turned-rebel who later became senator, posted 11 hours ago a meaningful and touching ‘Happy Birthday’ love letter to her dad, Gregorio ‘Gringo’ Honasan II, on the day her father is celebrating his 68th birthday.
Kai’s letter tells how Gringo raised his kids despite all the difficult times in his life.
As election day drew nearer, a daughter’s only wish is “when this is all over, you find comfort in this fact” – the true legacy imprinted through his children’s names.
Here’s a screenshot of Kai’s letter to Sen. Gringo Honasan.
“I don’t usually talk about you as much. Funny because now should be the time I should, but I don’t for my own reasons. Today is an exception though. Today is your birthday and given all the horrible things you hear about yourself daily, I felt like you should hear something nice today.
I like how you raised us. I like how you tell people, “If they want to know me, look at my children.” because we make no sense. We don’t fit the blueprint of exemplary political children. You let us embrace our strangeness and never shied away from telling us the realities of your job. In hindsight, I’m thankful you’ve left us to our own devices. Music, art or spending way too much time in the ocean. Sometimes I wonder if you regret allowing us to think for ourselves, more often than not our opinions oppose yours. I’m glad you allowed us to find our own footing. I’m grateful to you for the shot at developing a personality above all else, despite the knowledge that who you are will always be too big of a shadow to overcome. Thanks for letting us be free to be funny. This is our saving grace.
This season has been the most difficult for us. I understand this is the age you begin to worry about legacy. Allow me a moment of honesty, but this election is a blip in the story of your life. There are stories of jumping off planes with snakes, escaping prison, surviving bullet wounds, losing a finger and dressing as a woman. This is not your legacy.
Kim, Nikki, Martin, Barbie, Karel, Yosha, Ian, Kookie, Kai, Stina, Liam, Arco, Indy and Midori: Your legacy already lies within these names. You’re good. My birthday wish is that when this is all over, you find comfort in this fact.
You are loved, Papa. Happy birthday 💜
– Klarisa Honasan”
Klarisa, also known as Kai, is the youngest of Honasan’s five children. Kai is a singer-songwriter who hails from a family of musicians. Kai was a contestant of the singing competition, The Voice of the Philippines.
Sen. Gringo is running as vice president under UNA in the coming May 2016 election.
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