Girl finds hope in Angelica Panganiban's story

Posted at 02/17/2012 5:35 PM | Updated as of 02/17/2012 5:35 PM
Willa Lyn Joy with her mother, Felina inside dzMM radio booth

MANILA, Philippines – Just like sexy actress Angelica Panganiban, a 21-year-old woman also hopes to meet her father whom she has not seen since birth.

The woman, Willa Lyn Joy Piercey, and her mother, Felina, sought the help of radio dzMM’s Aksyon Ngayon, hosted by Kaye Dacer and Julius Babao, to find her Australian father. 
 
“Ipinagmamalaki nga namin si Ms. Angelica Panganiban kasi nakita niya daddy niya,” said Felina, a former overseas Filipino worker in Jeddah. 
 
Panganiban met her American father for the first time more than a year ago when she flew to Los Angeles, California alone on November 21, 2010 to meet him. 
 
Her trip to the US turned out to be a happy one.
 
Felina, who raised Willa Lyn alone, said she wants to get in touch with her former partner, Steve Piercey, not for her own sake, but for the sake of their daughter. 
 
“Nung una, sabi niya magpapadala siya ng suporta, by phone lang po,” said Felina, when asked if her former partner knew about Willa Lyn.
 
She said she made several attempts to contact him, including sending a letter and a photo of their then-two-year-old daughter.
 
However, she was shocked to find out from Piercey's supposed Filipina wife that he allegedly tore the letter and picture when he got them. She was also told that Piercey would not shell out even a single cent to them.
 
Piercey was unattached when they first met, she explained. Felina and Piercey were introduced to each other by a common friend. She was supposed to pursue another overseas job when they began their relationship.
 
Felina said they would meet every time Piercey was in the country from Hong Kong where his business is based.
 
Atty. Eric Mallonga, chief legal counsel of Bantay Bata, was referred by Kaye Dacer to help get Willa Lyn acknowledged by her father.
 
“Pwede nating sulatan yung Australian Embassy dahil very child-friendly po ang Australian ambassador at Australia, pwede natin silang sulatan kung pwedeng kilalanin ng lalaki ang kanyang anak at sustentuhan at yung mga obligasyon bilang tatay ay dapat kanyang ginagampanan,” Mallonga said.
 
He also raised the possibility of filing a petition for filiation if the man does not want to acknowledge his child.
 
“Pwede nating pilitin na magpa-DNA examination at kung mapatunyan na siya ang ama ng bata, marami po siyang obligasyon doon sa bata,” he said. dzMM