Kaila Estrada opened up about her relationship with her dad, John Estrada, including how they were able to rebuild their relationship after his separation from her mom, Janice de Belen.
The 27-year-old actress, alongside her sister Moira, shared more about their family on veteran broadcaster Bernadette Sembrano’s vlog.
According to the sisters, their parents separated when they were young, with Kaila at five years old and Moira at eight.
Witnessing their mom raise them and their two other siblings alone, Kaila couldn’t be more grateful to her relatives who were there to provide them with the support they needed.
“We were lucky we were close to Tita Gelli, our grandparents. I feel like it really takes a village to raise children,” she said. “And I feel like that’s very evident, especially in our family dynamics.”
Bernadette asked the two how they were able to process and cope with their family setup, especially at such a young age, to which Kaila stressed that processing it all took long for them.
“We only really fully comprehended what happened when we got older,” she said, noting that learning to also understand and empathize with their parents helped them cope.
“As you’re getting older, mas lumalalim ‘yung mga comprehension mo sa bagay-bagay, start to understand that your parents aren't perfect—they’re just human, they make mistakes,” she said.
“Although it had an effect [on] us, parang collateral damage din kami, we have to, I guess, take responsibility din for our own traumas,” she added.
The actress went on to reveal the time they refused to connect with their dad, admitting that it was because of her pride.
“Kaya ko naman ‘yung sarili ko nung wala ka, so bakit ngayon?’ pero after that sabi ko, ‘where will this pride take me?’” she said, noting how she's also longing for her dad.
The Linlang actress revealed that they are now on good terms with their father, sharing that having the maturity and learning to communicate better with each other greatly helped them in mending their relationship.
"I would say we have such a great relationship with our dad now," Kaila revealed.
“We are happy, and I feel like kasi whatever happened in the past, though it caused us a fair amount of pain, that it really was for the best," she shared.
Looking back at their journey, Kaila expressed gratitude to their dad for “making an effort” to build his relationship with them over the years.
"Siguro kay dad, thank you. Kasi ito 'yung time na, parang 'yung relationship namin ngayon kasi, ito 'yung hinahanap namin noon pa,” she tearfully said.
“So, I'm glad na we're at this point in our lives already na okay talaga kaming lahat. And it really, truly is a blessing. So thank you, kasi you really made an effort din to become close to us," she concluded.
Kaila is known for her notable role in Prime Video’s Linlang as Sylvia Lualhati. She also took part in the series Viral Scandal, Maalala Mo Kaya as Karen Bordador, and Netflix’s Can’t Buy Me Love starring Belle Mariano and Donny Pangilinan.
She is also set to take part in the upcoming comedy-drama film Fruitcake with Joshua Garcia, Ria Atayde, Enchong Dee, Heaven Peralejo, and Dominic Ochoa, among others.