MANILA -- Actress Ciara Sotto is celebrating her 40th birthday on Thursday, July 2, and among those who greeted her was her first cousin, Sharon Cuneta.
On Instagram, Cuneta thanked her "baby sister" Ciara, the youngest daughter of Helen Gamboa and Senator Vicente "Tito" Sotto III, for her love and loyalty.
"My Nene, you have always brought me nothing but happiness, given me nothing but love, loyalty and everything else only someone who loves her Ate truly can give. I wish you could’ve been my daughter na lang para everyday kita kasama. I miss you and our other sisters so much, especially now," Cuneta wrote in the caption.
"Baby ko, my partner-(not necessarily in crime)in-all, I wish you nothing but happiness that will make your beautiful heart overflow. God bless you and be with you always. I wish I could hug you tight (I need a tight hug too) and tell you how blessed I have felt all these years that God gave you to me. Thank you for loving me. But I love you more! So much. Too much! Have a happy, blessed day, baby ko," Cuneta added.
In her Instagram post, Ciara said that she's grateful for having Cuneta, as well as Pops Fernandez in her life. She said that she's fortunate to have grown up with the two OPM icons who have inspired and influenced her.
"I would always be in high spirits when I know they’re in our house and I would just observe them and watch every show and concert. They are both beautiful inside and out. The inspired me a lot and influenced me so much. When I’d watch them on TV, I knew I wanted to be like them. I am very blessed that they are both family to me. Ate Sharon is my first cousin, and Ate Pops is my mom’s goddaughter. That’s why I grew up with them. I will always be a fan-girl of these gorgeous and talented women, not just because of their titles in showbiz, but because of their strength and character. Both very strong and resilient as a person. I love you both so much!!! Thank you for taking care of me when we’re together and for always making me feel like your baby sister," Sotto wrote.