Heart Evangelista mourns the loss of ex-senator Santiago

HEART Evangelista said she lost her number one protector and second mother after the passing of former senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago on Thursday.

In a series of Instagram posts, the Kapuso actress recalled her motherly relationship with Santiago.

She described the late senator as her mentor and someone who brought happiness and positivity into her life.

Evangelista added that she's lucky to have called Santiago as her second mother.

"My mommy, my Tita, my Elizabeth Taylor, my lawyer, my mentor, my everything. I don't know what to say... I cannot say goodbye. I just can't..."

"You put so much happiness and positivity in my life that I just can't imagine I can't call you ever again... I love you my super hero... I will miss you my Cleopatra... I will be the luckiest girl in history to have you as my 2nd mom. I love you so much!"

The actress also remembered the soft and caring side of the feisty and fearless senator.

Evangelista said she would sleep over at Santiago's house and they would talk for hours about fashion, the law, and any random thing.

She also revealed that the senator took care of her when she was sick.

"You would read vogue for me and in return I would study your law books... You made me study the 'serious Einstein subjects' and bring me to meet the 'kings and queens' the way you would say it..."

"You showed me so much of the world, put on my slippers when I had a migraine and fed me the best lobsters in bed... I would sleep over for weekends and stay up till 2a.m. and we would talk about Cleopatra and Grace Kelly... Your big hair and workout clothes, your lambing tone, your sweetness and kisses..."

Evangelista still couldn't believe that her "guardian angel" was gone.

"I can't believe you're gone... My no. 1 protector, thank you for being my hero... I love you so, so much... I don't know what to do."

Santiago and Evangelista's friendship grew over the years. The former was even the one who introduced senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero to the actress.

The news of Santiago’s death was confirmed by Senator Grace Poe when she offered a prayer before a senate hearing on Thursday.

It was revealed that the former senator, who was battling lung cancer since 2014, died peacefully at 8:52 a.m.

She was 71. (Sunnex)
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