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Claudine Barretto talks about reconciliation with sister Marjorie
Claudine Barretto talks about reconciliation with sister Marjorie
'...Sabi ko nga, I’m back in the arms of my sister,' Claudine says
MANILA, Philippines – Actress Claudine Barretto said that she is happy that she and her sister Marjorie are now on good terms after not talking to each other for a long time.

In an interview on ABS-CBN’s Bandila, Tuesday, July 21, Claudine said that she was glad that Marjorie and her nieces were present at her birthday dinner. The actress turned 36 last July 20. (IN PHOTOS: Claudine Barretto celebrates birthday with sister Marjorie and family)

“Happy ako… happy ako na nakakasama ko ulit ang ate ko. Nagkatinginan talaga kami, alam mo yun, na nayakap ko siya ulit,” Claudine said.

(I’m very happy I was with my sister. We talked, we looked at each other directly, you know, I was able to hug her again.)

“Lahat ng galit ko, yung sama ng loob namin siguro sa isa’t isa, biglang nawala.”

(All my anger, the pain between us, it just disappeared.)

I felt so safe last night, sabi ko nga, I’m back in the arms of my sister. 

Ang sarap nung mga yakap, nung mga halik na years kong hindi naramdaman,” Claudine added.

(It was so good  to feel the hug, the kisses that I have not gotten for years.)

The reconciliation is an aswered prayer for Claudine’s parents, who sided with her in the midst of the feud.

“Everyday nag-pray talaga yung parents ko na siyempre magkabati-bati kami, ganyan. 

(Everyday, my parents would pray for all of us to reconcile.)

“And then, biglang all of a sudden, when God answers your prayers, dire-diretso talaga.

(And then all of a sudden, when God answers your prayers, it all follows.)

Claudine also shared an update about estranged husband Raymart Santiago.

“We’re just waiting for the memorandum of agreement (MOA) na kailangan naming i-sign. And sana wala na, mawawala na lahat ng mga korte-korte, to settle everything na, pati yung mga properties.”

(We’re just waiting for the memorandum of agreement (MOA) we need to sign. And we hope we soon won’t have to go to court anymore, to settle everything as well as the properties.)

Tapos na. Tapos na yung ano… madilim na pinagdaanan. (It’s finished. It’s all finished…the dark times I went through.)

Ano na ngayon, ito na yung (Now, this is the) new beginning for me,” she said.

Marjorie and Claudine faced conflict in the past years, particularly when Marjorie, along with sister Gretchen and brother Jayjay, sided with Claudine’s estranged husband Raymart Santiago over Claudine’s alleged use of drugs in 2013. Miguel and Inday sided with Claudine over the issue and even reprimanded them. (READ: Gretchen: ‘Claudine confined for drug abuse’) 

Last March, the relationship with Claudine and Marjorie was starting to improve, particularly at Julia’s 18th birthday party. In an interview, Marjorie said that it had been a long time since she and her sister talked with each other. Claudine and Gretchen have yet to talk with each other. –

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