It takes skills, patience, and guts to be a parent. Every child is unique and there’s no instruction or manual a parent can get to try and figure out what works best for their child. This is what comedian and super mom Candy Pangilinan, whose son Quentin was diagnosed with autism when he was only a toddler, can attest to.
For Candy, having a special child has been a wonderful journey of learning and realizing her potentials. “Feeling ko, because of the need to be able to support Quentin, ang daming talent na lumalabas po sa akin,” she once said in an interview.
Candy chronicles her journey with her son Quentin in her recently launched book, Mommy Dear: Our Special Love. In it, the actress opens up about the challenges and joys of parenting a child with special needs, and highlights the importance of love and support from the people around her. (Read: Raising a Child With Autism: What This Mom Wants You to Know)
In God’s Service
Despite being a single mom, Candy was able to raise Quentin in a supportive and loving environment. Not only that, but the mother-and-son duo has also developed a strong faith in God despite the challenges they have been through. They are reportedly very active and involved in their church, and recently, for the first time, Quentin has become an altar boy at the San Isidro Labrador Church in Antipolo!
On her Youtube channel, wherein Candy documents her day-to-day life with Quentin and her family, the actress vlogged about the profound moment when her son went up to the altar for the first time as an assistant to the parish priest during an intimate Mass. (Read: Meet the Millennial Who Gave up Success to Become a Dominican Friar)
The actress-mom was so touched by her son’s commitment, she can be heard in the background proudly observing his son. Quentin, on the other hand, can be seen enthusiastically participating and doing his best on his first experience as an altar boy.
Now that’s super adorable!