MANILA, Philippines - Anne Curtis may well be the Little Miss Sunshine of local Tinsel Town for her bubbly aura, yet the well-admired actress also had her share of rainy days.
In a recent sit-down interview with host Carmina Villaroel for "Showbiz Inside Report," Anne recalled how she coped with the separation of her parents - Australian father James Curtis-Smith and Filipino mother Carmen Curtis-Smith - when she was just 16 years old.
As a child, she said, "meron kang galit... ayaw mong intindihin at the time kasi you don't have that maturity yet. [Pero] once naman na nakita mo na okay naman pala sila, until now magkaibigan, that's why mas madali siyang tanggapin para sa amin."
Anne has 11 siblings some of whom by different mothers.
One of her dearest little sisters, Clare, passed away five years ago when she was just four months old due to cardioneuropathy, which Anne noted is a heart disease.
"For her to have a transplant...you can't find a four-month-old heart anywhere else in the world," Anne said, teary-eyed.
The memory remains vivid to her: she was rehearsing for a noontime show at the time when her father called and said that "they're gonna take her off the machines na."
"First time in my life na naramdaman ko 'yung bagsak, 'yung weakness in the knees na talagang oh my God... It was very traumatic because I never experienced death [before that]," Anne added.
With tears streaming down her face, Anne related that her father continues to light a candle for Clare before meals - a gesture which she deems, comes from the pain of having been outlived by his child.
"I don't think any parent can deal with that. All of us, all of his children around the world - ang dami namin - we all came to Pampanga to be there for his family. Kasi he hasn't seen 'yung mga ibang anak niya for so long eh," said the 27-year-old Kapamilya star.
According to her dad, if there's any good that resulted from the passing of Clare Bear - as Anne fondly calls her - it's how she has brought their family together.