Erik Santos expresses ‘heartfelt gratitude’ for support after father’s death


Erik Santos opens up about losing both his parents. Screenshot: Instagram/@eriksantos @niceprintphoto

A little over a week since losing his father, Erik Santos penned a letter of gratitude to everyone who supported his family in their “lowest point in life.”

In his Instagram post, the 40-year-old singer, speaking for his family, extended his appreciation for all the love his family has received, following the death of his father, Renato, last Aug. 10. His late father’s demise happened less than a year after his mother, Angelita, died in November last year.

“My family and I would like to send our most heartfelt gratitude to those who rallied behind us during our lowest point in life. Each of your presence, time and aid came from genuine kindness and generosity. We may never thank you enough,” wrote the “Tawag ng Tanghalan” judge, who has found “solace” in knowing that they’re surrounded by the “right family.”

“We find solace and comfort knowing we have chosen the right family, YOU, to surround us, to pour us with your genuine concern and most of all love,” said Santos, who believes his parents are also expressing their appreciation from above.

“Maraming[-]maraming salamat sa lahat ng nakiramay sa aming pamilya. Habang buhay namin dadalhin sa puso namin ang kabutihan, pagmamahal at respeto na pinaabot ninyo sa amin (Thank you very much to all who offered their condolences to our family. We’ll forever carry in our hearts the goodness, love, and respect you have extended to us). I am sure, our beloved parents are smiling from heaven saying, ‘THANK YOU,’ to all of you,” he added.

The “Pagbigyang Muli” singer, who gave special shout-outs to his “extended families” including his ABS-CBN family, requested for people to continually pray for him and his siblings, that they find the courage to continue moving forward in life.

In an earlier post, the “ASAP Natin ‘To” mainstay opened up about the “immeasurable pain” of losing both his parents in a span of less than nine months.

“It was Nanay (mother) last November, and now, [it is] Tatay (father) who went home to heaven[.] [B]arely 365 days have passed and I find myself in this very tragic moment of life, trying to comprehend its meaning,” said the singer, who shared that he has “just been rebounding” from the death of his mother when he lost his “Tatay.”

“I have just been rebounding from the [loss] of my Nanay and now here I am again experiencing exactly the same agony. [I’ve] run out of words trying to describe the immeasurable pain,” he shared, but added that he remains hopeful that his family will “one day” be able to understand the “meaning” behind these heartbreaks.

“My siblings and I survive our parents. We fight day by day to survive the harsh reality that Nanay and Tatay are gone. For now, everything is hazy and painful. Really painful. But I know one day we will find meaning in all this, with you all on our side,” he said.

The inaugural “Star in a Million” champion will be celebrating his 20th year in the entertainment industry with a concert scheduled for October. EDV


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