MANILA -- Actress Julia Barretto is set to return to work days after the passing of her grandfather, Miguel Alvir Barretto.
On Monday, October 21, Barretto announced that she will be doing the series "I Am You" with actor Toni Labrusca for iWant.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News, she said she is grateful for the new project.
"We prayed with the whole team just for protection and for strength and for people to accept and really appreciate the hard work that we are going to be putting into this project," said Barretto, who said she prayed before attending the story conference.
"More than anything else, excited po ako sa lahat po na dumarating na proyekto at mga blessing. It's going to be exciting the next couple of months and even more exciting 2020. God is good. God is so good," she said.
In the interview, Barretto also thanked all those who showed their love and support for her late grandfather.
"I want to say thank for you for everybody who have been sending their love, their support, their concern for my grandfather. His legacy will live on and I will make sure of that. He is a great man," Julia said.
"We finally put him to rest. He is resting now. No more pain, no more suffering. We miss him so much. Every Sundays won't be the same without him anymore but like I said we find peace in knowing that he is in a better place. He is a child again. He is with our Lord God and I feel like he's having the best time. And I have a guardian angel, he will protect me all the time," she added.
Asked of her reaction to the controversies currently hounding their family, sge said: "I think it's also nice if everybody would give the family the privacy and the respect to resolve their issues. Pero wala po kasi akong kinalaman diyan. Hindi ko po masasagot 'yung mga tanong tungkol sa kanila kasi nga po it's not my battle. Hindi ko po siya laban. I will be praying for them. Pero for now, my energy, my time, I would like to spend it on the blessings that I have been receiving. God has been so good."
"Protect your energy and protect your time and i-spend natin 'yan sa mga bagay na mabuti. Let's be kind to each other," she added.
The Barretto family have been back in the headlines with the ongoing squabbles between the young actress's mother, Marjorie, and her aunt, Gretchen.
In a statement, Gretchen alleged that Marjorie had a "nervous breakdown" that led to the physical confrontation. Marjorie, however, insinuated that that is a lie.
Pressed to comment on what happened at the wake of her grandfather, Julia said: "'Yung mga magkakapatid lang po ang makakasagot niyan. I cannot speak for them. Hindi ko po laban. I don't have the right to speak for any of them."
However, she denied that she allegedly hurt her aunt Claudine, who was brought to a hospital after she allegedly figured in a physical confrontation with Marjorie.
Gretchen's staff, Ruby Baguhin, who brought Claudine to the hospital, had mentioned that Julia was part of the confrontation.
"Wala pong katotohanan," Julia said, adding that she's just praying for the best for everyone.
"Ang biggest prayer is blanket of protection for everybody, that's the biggest prayer," she said.