Moira Dela Torre speaks up about relationship and reunion with dad
Singer Moira Dela Torre has been known for her mellow voice, guitar-playing and sentimental performances. Recently, she showed a bit more of herself to her fans through her own “#TAGPUANSTORY,” by speaking about her relationship with her father.
Dela Torre posted a throwback photo of the two of them hugging outside a San Francisco, California house where the 1993 Robin Williams movie “Mrs. Doubtfire” was shot. Her Instagram post, made on Tuesday, April 24, narrated what she went through as a child after her parents’ annulment.
As her dad once tried to “kidnap her,” her mother decided to move to Olongapo City. She mostly stayed indoors for the next few years. During this time, she saw the film “Mrs. Doubtfire” over and over, to the point that she had it memorized.
“Although I didn’t understand what was happening then, I remember understanding that I was in a similar situation as Mrs. Doubtfire’s kids, secretly wishing my dad would show up dressed as a nanny,” she said.
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#TAGPUANSTORY 🍂: When my parents were annulled when I was 3 and my mom got custody, my dad tried to kidnap me. LOL So, to protect me, my mom and I went into hiding in olongapo where i stayed mostly indoors for the next few years. Mrs. Doubtfire was my best friend. I had the whole movie memorized. Although I didn't understand what was happening then, i remember understanding that I was in a similar situation as Mrs. Doubtfire's kids, secretly wishing my dad would show up dressed as a nanny😅 The movie's happy ending gave me hope that I would… so I waited. True enough, 12 years later, he came back into my life. No more kidnapping or hidden agendas.. he never dressed up as a nanny either but God had healed both him and my mom and i've had two homes since then. One unforgettable moment happened last August in San Francisco, where we got to visit Mrs. Doubtfire's home. This time spent with my dad, however brief it was, was one of the most surreal moments of my life. It was when it sunk in how faithful God really is. It was a dream to see him again in good terms with everyone, in the proper conditions. No cases. No papers. No issues. No drama. That house in San Francisco became a monument for me because it was Mrs. Doubtfire that helped 3 year old me understand that love defies distance and time. I stood in front of that very house next to the man I once thought I'd never see again. Now, my dad has become a man of God, dedicated to his family. He works so hard to make sure we're all well taken care of. He is a great listener. He's everyone's favorite uncle. Every night, before going to bed, he calls our family in his room to pray. I know he will always see me as a 3year old, but I'm blessed that he has learned to let go, supported me, and let me be my own person– something I know was very hard for him to do with his first born. I know this is long but I wanted to make sure my dad knows his efforts never go unnoticed, that I honor him and that I feel blessed & privileged to be able to call him my father. Thank you for everything, Daddy. Thank you for being God's reminder to me that just because our past was broken doesn't mean our future will be, too.💖
“Mrs. Doubtfire” gave her hope about getting reunited with her father someday. Twelve years later, Dela Torre’s father indeed re-emerged in her life. She said: “No more kidnapping or hidden agendas.. he never dressed up as a nanny either but God had healed both him and my mom and [I]’ve had two homes since then.”
When she and her father had the chance to go to the “Mrs. Doubtfire” house, she of course found it a surreal experience, since the house and the film meant so much to her as a child. She also honored her father, telling her fans about his perseverance, devotion and spirituality.
“Thank you for being God’s reminder to me that just because our past was broken doesn’t mean our future will be, too,” she said in praise of her father.
Fans were inspired by her post, with some relating it to why they cry when hearing her song “Tagpuan”.
As Dela Torre’s fans are moved by her story, the singer cherishes the lesson she learned along the way — “that love defies distance and time.” JB
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