Chynna Ortaleza mourns the passing of her father Gryk Ortaleza last Monday, May 13.
After celebrating Mother’s Day last May 12, the actress shared the sad news via Instagram.
She wrote in her caption, “My brilliant father Gryk Ortaleza has been called on to greater heights.”
Then, addressing the message to her dad, she went on: “The Lord needs you back now. He gave you your one of a kind mind and soul. Who are we to feel sad about your return to His Kingdom? You can now collaborate with Our Lord.
“I feel so excited about how you can now orchestrate your ideas with the universe as your background with the ultimate privilege of collaborating with the best Artist.
“Thank you for your outstanding contributions to Advertising, Music & Cinema. Most of all thank you for loving Mama and our family. For doing everything in your power to give us a fantastic adventure & instilling strength, wisdom & integrity.”
“See you one day in a place of endless dreams. I love you.”
Chynna’s dad, Gryk, was still able to witness the gender reveal of his daughter’s second child last May 5.
The Ortaleza and Cipriano clan had a small gathering for the said reveal.
The producer-turned-advertising man hoped for another granddaughter in the video taken during the gender-reveal party that Chynna later uploaded on Instagram. Although he wasn’t able to guess the gender correctly, Chynna’s father was seen in the same video smiling from ear to ear as the cake spilled blue candies.
Chynna and her husband Kean Cipriano are expecting a baby boy as an addition to their growing family.
Kean, for his part, also took time to honor his father-in-law and expressed his loss on Instagram.
“Habangbuhay kong ipagmamayabang sa mundo na father-in-law ko si Gryk Ortaleza.” said Kean in his caption.
He went on: “Sya ang sumulat ng mga kantang ‘Umagang Kay Ganda’, ‘Mamang Sorbetero’, ‘Hallmark memories,’ atbp.
“Maraming syang naiambag sa mundo ng Advertising, Pelikula at Musika. Napakalaki ng naimbag nya sa kung sino at anong klaseng tao ako ngayon. Salamat Papa.”
Kean is also thankful to his father-in-law because he became his father figure when the musician lost his own dad three years ago.
“When My dad died in 2016, Papa told me ‘Ngayon na wala na ang Daddy mo, ako na ang daddy mo.’ At totoo yon. Ginabayan mo ako Papa. Lalo na sa lahat ng mga importanteng desisyon.
“Ang dami kong natutunan sayo. Kung paano magisip ng tama at Nararapat. Yung walang mamomroblema sa huli. Kung paano mangarap ng mataas. Sobrang collaborative mo. Lagi mong shineshare mga brilliant ideas and concept mo. Hindi mo ipinagdadamot. Ikaw Ang si Professor X sa totoong buhay.
“Hindi man tayo nakapagsama ng sobrang tagal, naramdaman ko ang pagmamahal ng isang tunay na ama. Maraming Salamat Papa! Magpahinga ka na. Deserve mo yan papa. I’m sure you’re in a peaceful place now. Please send my love to Daddy kapag nagkita kayo dyan.
“Hanggang sa muli Pa! Mag brainstorm tayo sa langit pag dating ng panahon. I love you Papa. REST IN PEACE. #GrykOrtaleza”