The date May 8 brings both happy and painful memories to GMA-7 actress Bianca Umali.
This is the day she commemorates her late mother's birthday and her late father's death anniversary.
In her Instagram post, the 20-year-old actress writes, "Every year, May 8th, for me, comes and goes, happily and painfully.
"A day both my guardian angels share, one for birth and the other for death.
"Today is my mommy's 59th birthday, marking my daddy's 10th year up in heaven with her.
"I don't share often. But today, today feels different..."
Musing about life's unpredictability, Bianca says it "is not the way it's supposed to be... it's the way it is... the way we cope with it is what makes the difference.
"Life is short, time is fast, no replay, no rewind, so make the most out of every moment as it comes.
"3 things I have learned and live by:  be kind  appreciate the simple things in life. say 'i love you' while you can."
Bianca then writes a letter to her mother May Soler Umali and father Jose Vicente Umali.
"Mommy, happy birthday. I wish I could tell you how much you mean to me...
"but there are no words to describe how much I admire you, how much I appreciate you, how much I thank you... for everything.
"I will never have enough time here on earth to repay all the the love you have poured into me. I love you.
"Daddy, this long... already?
"For all those times I left it unsaid. Thank you. For being both a mother and a father.
"For being there for me, for showing the way, for being patient with me even when I made it difficult for you, for believing in me and encouraging me to dream, and being such an inspiring presence in my life.
"I'm a proud 'buntot ng daddy', a daddy's girl. I love you.
"Missing you both more every second of every single day.
"Everything I am is for and because of you. Stay inlove. Mahal na mahal ko kayo. until we meet again... Your daughter,
Bianca was orphaned at a young age. She was five years old when her mother succumbed to breast cancer. Five years later, her father died after a heart attack.
She has since lived with her paternal grandmother Lola Vicki.
This story originally appeared on Pep.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Candymag.com editors.