May mga kababayan tayong sadyang hindi nabigyan ng pagkakataon na magkaroon ng kumpleto at masayang pamilya dahil sa iba’t ibang pangyayari. Katulad na lamang ng kwento ng isang Pinay na nagviral sa social media nang makilala ang tunay nitong ama. Dagdag pa sa ikinagulat ng Pinay ay nang malaman nitong hari pala ang kanyang ama at isa pala siyang prinsesa.
Simula pagkabata ay naging parte na ng mga pangarap ng bawat babae ang maging isang prinsesa. Mula sa mga fairytales na madalas mapanood hanggang sa real life royalties na napapanood sa telebisyon.
Mula sa isang Facebook page na ‘Humans of New York’, ay ipinakilala ang isang Pinay at inilarawan ang buhay nito na mula sa simpleng buhay ay isa na ngayong Prinsesa.
Pagkukuwento ng Pinay ay madalas na umanong sabihin ng kanyang ina na siya ay anak ng isang hari at siya ay isang Prinsesa. Sa murang edad ay isa na ito sa mga nakapagbibigay saya sa kaniya tuwing sinasabihan siya nito ng kanyang ina. Hanggang sa lumaki ito ay binabalewala na nito ang sinasabi ng ina marahil ay dahil nagiisang anak ito na babae kaya siya ay tinatawag na prinsesa. Saad pa nito, “I remember there was a day in kindergarten when we were supposed to bring our dads to school. It was some type of performance or something. I’d never met my father. So I asked my mom if he could come, and she told me: ‘He’s too busy. He lives in Malaysia. And he’s a king.’ My father was a king? That meant I was a princess.. It made me feel so proud. But as I got older, I came to realize it was an elaborate story my mom had invented to comfort me.”
Dumating ang panahon na nagpasya silang magina na manirahan sa Estados Unidos dahil sa trabaho ng kanyang ina. Nang siya ay 14 years old ay nakatanggap sila ng tawag mula sa di kilalang lalaki. Matapos makausap ng kanyang ina ang lalaki sa telepono ay sinabi nitong pupunta sila ng London upang makilala siya ng kanyang tunay na ama. Doon ay nakilala niya ang kanyang ama na hari pala sa bansang Malaysia. Si ‘Sultan of Pahang’ o ‘the king and the hereditary constitutional head of Pahang, Malaysia’.
Narito ang buong kwento:
“She was a single mother. We’d immigrated from the Philippines when I was six, and we were living in a rented room. That’s not how a princess was supposed to live. But whenever I’d ask more about my father, my mother would become withdrawn. She’d offer few details. She told me that she’d been working as a nurse in Malaysia. And that she met the king at a party. But the rest of the story seemed to be painful, so I took it upon myself to never open that box. I stopped thinking about it.
Then one night, when I was fourteen years old, the phone rang. There was a strange voice on the line. I’d never heard the accent before. It said: ‘I represent His Royal Highness, and we’ve received your letters.’ I quickly handed the phone to my mom and she spoke to the man for several minutes. When she finally hung up, she told me: ‘Your dad wants to meet you now.’ I took a week off school. We flew to London and stayed at the InterContinental hotel. We were greeted in the lobby by a lawyer, who gave us a wad of cash to go shopping, and told us that ‘His Royal Highness’ would be available for lunch the next day.
We agreed to meet in the hotel restaurant. But it wasn’t just us. My father had an entourage with him. During our meal he was very polite. He told me I looked like my older sister. But my mother did the majority of the talking. She had demands. She wanted financial support—which was provided.
But she also wanted paternity in writing, which was never agreed to. Our lunch lasted about an hour. Afterwards my father told me: ‘My people will call you.’ And we did meet twice again. Each time in London. Each time for an hour. But I was never brought into the family. I was never fully acknowledged.
Thankfully, before we left that first lunch, my mother did make one last request. She insisted that I take a photo with my father.”
Dahil sa nakakaantig-pusong kwento ng mag-ina, inulan sila ng mga positibong komento mula sa mga netizens.
You will always be a princess in your own right! And your mother seemed to make a wise choice to not chase your father more than she did. She picked her battles wisely.
Fairy tales do come true. You are a princess and a strong woman and I hope your mom shares the full story with you at some point. What a fascinating story with a great plot twist. It’s not a movie. It’s real life. Your mother did a great job raising you with honesty and integrity. You are a remarkable and strong woman. No man defines you. You are your own person.”