WATCH: Candy Pangilinan’s emotional interview brings netizens to tears

MANILA, Philippines – “Do not compete, do not conform, do not compare, so your life will be satisfied and contented.”

These were some of the life lessons that comedienne Candy Pangilinan shared during her emotional interview with TV host-actress Toni Gonzaga. In the touching conversation for Gonzaga’s vlog Toni Talks, Pangilinan shared her journey and struggles as a single mother to a son with special needs.

Candy Pangilinan’s emotional interview
PHOTO CREDIT: YouTube/Celestine Gonzaga-Soriano

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, the video has brought netizens, particularly mothers, to tears. As of writing, it has amassed 2.3 million views on YouTube and was shared in various social media platforms.

Unknown to many, the 48-year-old comedienne experienced extreme marital problems during her pregnancy with son, Quentin. In fact, her former husband abandoned them a month after she gave birth. Needless to say, the former Whattamen actress suffered depression and sought the help of a spiritual counselor in order to move on.

Watch the video.

Eventually, Pangilinan realized that she had to offer everything to God and focus on what she has in her life, which is her son Quentin.

However, her struggles didn’t end there as she soon discovered that her son has autism. Along with the challenges of supporting a son with special needs, Pangilinan had to face the public’s rejection in numerous occasions. She even recalled how a school principal did not allow her son to attend the graduation ceremony in fear that Quentin would throw a tantrum during the event.

This rejection did not stop Pangilinan from giving her son the graduation he deserved.

“Sa awa ko, kinaibigan ko ‘yung barangay captain namin. ‘Di ba gumagawa ako ng events, so meron akong red carpet. Gumawa ako ng sariling graduation sa plaza. Kami kami lang. Nag-invite ako ng mga taga-church, taga-palakpak. Grumaduate siya sa plaza namin," Pangilinan said.

Towards the end of the interview, Pangilinan revealed that despite the challenges of raising a son with special needs, Quentin transformed her to become a better person.

“He's my ticket to heaven. Kasi grabe 'yung tinuro niya sa 'kin. 'Yung pasensya, 'yung tolerance, tsaka 'yung to live simply. 'Yung ang simple ng buhay. Sobra siyang grateful and appreciative of simple things. Dati kasi, ako kailangan mo akong i-impress. Ngayon hindi na. Simple lang, nakakatuwa," she tearfully shared.

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