Dad Dingdong’s open letter, video for daughter Zia touches many hearts online

A video initially shared by actor-host Dingdong Dantes on his social media account on Instagram has caught much attention from netizens and fellow celebrity friends.

The clip shows him and his firstborn child with wife Marian Rivera as they bond through music; with him doing the chords and his daughter Zia working on the strings as she sings “Can’t Help Falling in Love’ by Elvis Presley.

Apparently, the clip was saved by Dingdong on his gadget and which he has been playing over and over again as disclosed in his attached open letter for Zia. He missed his daughter’s 6th birthday as he was on lock-in taping for a new project with the GMA Network and he couldn’t help but be emotional over his absence on Zia’s special day.

Dear Z,

For the last six years, this is the first time that I did not have you under my armpits for this long. I can just imagine how your Lolo Jig felt, when he worked in a cruise ship for months in HKG when i was around 8 years old.
It’s kinda hard for me now, but the thought of you being safe and happy there at home with your mom and brother makes me at peace.

This last video that we did together definitely makes me miss you more– you were amaZing!
Don’t worry, when i get back home, we’ll definitely make more memories with these after-dinner songs, which will come after your regular animated storytelling of how your day had transpired.

It has been 20 days since i left and despite the gloominess of this rest day, there is this indescribable feeling of joy knowing that on this day, God has gifted the world with someone like you.

Happy 6th, Ate Z. When you’re a bit older, i hope you’ll understand why Dada isn’t with you on this special day.
For now, i’ll just have to play this over and over till I have you back under my armpits again.
Forgive me for posting this, for i can’t help falling in love with you.



Their video has already been viewed more than 655K times  as of posting and even fellow celebrities poured their appreciation and joy over the father-daughter bonding.


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Touched and proud wife and mother actress Marian Rivera also shared the same clip on her Facebook wall and has gotten more than 5M views and 12k comments expressing only positive vibes.