Miss World Philippines 2015 Hillarie Parungao took to social media to lament her father’s death.
Edmundo Parungao, her father Hillarie Parungao, died inside the police station of Solano in Nueva Vizcaya.
According to Chief Inspector Billy Mangali, the late Parungao allegedly grabbed a pistol from a police officer and shot himself.
He was nabbed by the authorities last Tuesday in a buy-bust operation. Three sachets of illegal drugs were retrieved from the 46-year-old businessman.
Meanwhile, here’s the official statement of Hillarie Parungao:
“My brother and my dad in picture.
“My dad worked in Taiwan when I was very little and I only know him through pictures and letters. I must say, my modeling career started when he asked my mom to constantly send him our photos.
“This picture was taken when he came back from overseas; I finally have a face of my father.
“He was holding a keyboard organ for me, to which I went ballistic when I learned that my brother donated it in school. He had a bucket of lego for my brother.
“I was stunned to see my dad in person. To finally put a face on the man I have loved through photos, paid phone calls and cassette tape recordings.
“I followed him everywhere around the house without him knowing, hiding behind his shadow. I turned my back for a while and I lost him, I went out of the house and found him standing by the wooden gate of our house. Reluctantly I came close to him only to see that he was tearing up. It broke my heart, terribly.
“A father that he was, he didn’t want me to see him crying and asked me to get him a match for his cigarette. I obliged and hurried back to him. Looking up with my eyes asking him, he gave me a smirk and told me to go back in. But I stood there just watching him..
“My first memory of my dad… A man in his denim jeans and white t-shirt . Bubbly , full of life and love, hurting and sobbing. I kept that first memory vividly, because at that very moment I told myself that I will never want to see my father cry again, i never want him to ever be hurt.
“Few people close to me have heard of this story…
“As I sit watching him now sleeping still, I told him ” Dad, you will never be hurt anymore”
“I’m broken, I will always be, and no one or nothing can ever mend my heart; but these words gives me comfort…”
After winning the crown as the Miss World Philippines 2015, Hillarie Parungao, a Filipino with Chinese decent and commercial model and as well as television presenter, competed in Miss World held in Sanya, China. She finished Top 11 in the pageant..
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