IN our recent trip to Los Angeles, California, we had the chance to have a phone conversation with KC Concepcionís dad, Gabby, whoís based in San Francisco. Gabby now works as a GAP executive there. He started working for the company after graduation (from Lincoln University) last year. Gabby's booking agent, Alfred Yumol, said the actor graduated cum laude.

"Kahit may stable job na si Gabby, he still does shows on the side. Meron siyang show sa LA on Nov. 20. In demand pa rin si Gabby among the Filipino communities here," volunteered Alfred. We asked Gabby if heís still interested in doing films and he said he is, but shooting must be done abroad. Of course, we all know that Gabby can't come home until he is cleared from the case filed against him by ex-wife, Jenny Syquia, with whom he also has a daughter, Chloie.

We also asked him about KC (his daughter by estranged wife, Sharon Cuneta). He said, "I miss her (KC) a lot and Iím very proud of her. Even if I donít see her, I love her and I thank Sharon for raising her the way she is. I hope to prove to her how much I love her someday.

Gabby is aware that Sen. Kiko Pangilinan (Sharonís husband) plans to adopt KC. After all, he (Kiko) treats her like his own daughter. "Everybody knows that KC is my daughter and from the day she was born, she's already been a Concepcion. Sana huwag naman nilang gawin `yon at hindi naman kailangan na gawin nila `yon sa anak," he remarked. "Nu'ng magkahiwalay kami ni Sharon, ibinigay ko sa kanya ang custody ng bata, pero wala sa usapan namin na pati apelyido ni KC ay babaguhin. I know in her (KC) mind and heart, alam niya na ako ang kanyang ama at alam din niya kung gaano ko siya kamahal," added Gabby. "Hindi ako papayag na palitan nila ang apelyido ni KC," he stressed. "Kung kinakailangan kong pakiusapan si Sharon at ang husband niya, gagawin ko, huwag lang nila ituloy ang pagpapalit ng apelyido ng bata. Huwag naman nila akong tanggalan ng karapatan sa anak ko," he concluded.


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