If you are a big fan of Julia Montes, you might already know she’s not used to wearing jewels or accessories. But there’s one necklace she treasures the most and will wear to her TV appearances because it came from a very special man.
In a past episode of Tonight with Boy Abunda, Julia turned a bit emotional when asked about the necklaces she’s wearing. “Galing po kay Papa. Hindi ako ma-necklace pero ito po super memorable,” she told veteran host Boy Abunda, who commented, “Totoo ‘yan. Everytime you’d come to the show, hindi ka talaga mahilig [mag-necklace] but this one, you’re going to wear because Dad gave it.”
Julia then turned emotional watching the video of her receiving the special gift. “Sabi ko nga, lahat ng bagay talaga, ‘pag hindi mo in-expect, dumarating.” And she’s not just talking about the necklace but of the entire journey of finding her father. The FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano star has always been open about her biological dad, German-national Martin Schnittka, who she was able to meet thanks to CocoJul fans (Julia and Coco Martin’s fandom).
In a separate episode, Julia shared their reunion story. She said that while on the way to Quiapo Church, fans updated her that a girl named Michelle, who introduced herself as her cousin, reached out on social media.
While waiting for Michelle’s reply, Julia went inside the church to pray, “Sabi ko, ‘Lord, ngayon po siguro, itong pagdadasal ko na ito, hindi na ako magiging specific. Kayo na ho ang bahala sa akin. Kayo na po ang bahala sa lahat. Maraming salamat po sa lahat lahat.’” After a short exchange, she received a photo confirming that she’s finally found her roots.
Despite being estranged to each other, Julia never despised her father, “Dahil rin po sa mga taong nasa paligid ko at sa mga nangyari. ‘Pag tinatanong nila ako, ‘Buti hindi ka nagalit sa tatay mo, sabi ko, no, kasi kung sino man ako ngayon, kung sino man ‘yung mga nakasama ko noon, mahirap man pero nangyari ‘to. Ito ako ngayon.”
The actress is even thankful for all that has happened – both the good and the bad. In this video, Julia mentioned that she’s looking forward to celebrating her birthday with her dad.
Catch more of Julia in FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, weeknights, on Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, and A2Z.