MANILA – Sharon Cuneta broke down several times when she delivered her eulogy for her mother, Elaine Gamboa-Cuneta, who died last Wednesday due to internal bleeding and complications arising from abdominal surgery.
A necrological service was held for Gamboa-Cuneta on Monday night at the Sanctuario de San Antonio Parish in Makati, one day before she will be brought to her final resting place.
The full transcript of Cuneta’s eulogy was released by Viva management.
“Fourteen years ago, I had everything—a good husband, daughter who was still my baby [KC], and a coming daughter [Frankie], and what I wanted for a career. I thought I was at the top of the world [and] my father [former Pasay City Mayor Pablo Cuneta] left me with all these other things I was grateful for. Fourteen years later, we’re all here today, my mother is in a box,” she said.
Admitting that she still could not accept that her mother has passed away, Cuneta continued: “The day she died, sabi ko, I was kind of afraid of becoming an orphan today. I cannot not be someone’s baby anymore. And it’s almost Christmas and I don’t know how to spend Christmas without my mom, kasi dalawa lang kami ni Kuya [Chet] na magkapatid. Christmas was really our season.”
At times trying to fight back tears, Cuneta recalled how her mother would always cook good food which made a lot of people happy.
“Si Mommy, ‘pag meron akong shooting, lahat ng nakasama ko sa pelikula, sa TV shows ko, lahat ng director, lahat ng artista, lahat ng action stars, lahat ng dramatic actors at actresses na nakapiling ko sa pelikula, lahat ‘yan na-experience yung busog na busog sila ‘pag dadalaw si Mommy. Parang laging last supper, laging fiesta sa kanya talaga. Yun ang pagpapakita niya ng pagmamahal,” she said.
Cuneta also confessed that she sometimes felt that she was never that daughter her mother wanted. But the veteran actress said she is grateful that her mother was very close to her eldest daughter KC Concepcion.
“Kasi, feeling ko, parang I always had to prove myself to her. I was never that daughter she wanted. And then KC came. So, I’m so grateful that she had that with KC, because of their closeness I never experienced and their closeness I never experienced with her, I never experienced with KC. Akala ko, hindi ako masyadong love ni Mommy. Akala naman pala ni Mommy, hindi ko siya masyadong love.”
Despite this, Cuneta stressed how much she loves her mother.
“Mahal na mahal na mahal ko si Mommy. Iba na siguro ‘yung pagpapakita niya [ng pagmamahal] dahil sa dinaanan niya. But I know that my Mommy knows that there are also things that only I could give her and I’m happy to say I was able to,” she said.
Cuneta said a part of her is still in denial.
“I just want to thank all our titas and titos who came, who understood that we really haven’t faced the fact that she has left. I really don’t want to be here. I have not wanted to come since Mommy died. The day that she passed away, my plan was to fly somewhere. And my amazing husband, who was the one who talked to all the doctors, I don’t know how he did it kasi po binabalanse niya ‘yon.”
Cuneta ended her eulogy, saying words will not be enough to thank her mother for the great life she has given her.
“I have one million things that I can say. She was at the ICU for two months. I’m very sure she didn’t expect to die when she did, but I’m also very sure that she and Papa are together na and happy, and with Lolo and Lola and all their friends, and two children I lost. I hope to see them all again, but I hope not very soon because my children are very small pa, but I know one day we’ll all be together,” she said.
She also hoped that the people whose lives were touched by her mother will never forget her kindness.
“I pray that you don’t forget the kind of woman she was and how big her heart was. And how wonderful that feeling that we all inherited from her.
“Thank you everyone for joining us tonight in honoring my mother. I love you, my Mommy. Napakarami mo mang tinawag na anak, tinawag na apo, ako ang anak ni Elaine na kaisa-isang babae and I will die very proud of that.”