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Diether Ocampo’s birthday wish
By Rachelle Siazon
Though Diether Ocampo admitted that a reconciliation with Kristine Hermosa is unlikely at this point, he still considers her as the best present he could have received on his birthday last July 19. “Kung andito siya, yun
Since Kristine was not around, the next best thing he got was a personalized greeting card from a nine-year-old bone cancer patient from Philippine Orthopedic Center, which is a direct beneficiary of Diether’s K.I.D.S. Foundation. He then recounted his humbling experience with the child named Alfred, “Na-meet ko na siya before, nung na-admit siya sa hospital. Akala ko yung diagnosis sa kanya nun hindi pa ganun kalala. So nagulat ako pagbalik ko na-operahan siya. Kinailangan kasing putulin yung paa niya. Despite his condition, nakuha pa niya akong gawan ng greeting card nung nalaman niyang bibisita ako. Dun ako na-touch.”
It was a priceless moment like his encounter with Alfred that made him wish there were more hours in a day so he can do more good. "My only wish is sana paggising ko, hindi lang 24 hours ang isang araw. Kasi kulang na kulang yung oras ko sa akin. Ang dami kong gustong gawin na ‘di ko pa nagagawa. Sa KIDS Foundation alone, madaming activities na gusto ko sanang puntahan lahat."
Indeed, Diether has many unfulfilled dreams which are mostly aimed for the greater good. But why does he rarely mention the word “marriage” in his life goals? “Parang kapag iniisip ko kasi yung parte na yun, bumabagal yung ibang aspeto eh. May tamang panahon naman siguro para dyan,” he replied. In this light, Diether agreed that the right girl for him should be someone who can share his passion to make a difference especially among the underprivileged youth.
The press couldn’t help but ask if the demands of K.I.D.S. Foundation had caused his split-up with Kristine. But Diether firmly denied such assumption, “Hindi. Wala namang naging problema dun eh.” Being the head of the K.I.D.S. Foundation requires him to attend most of its flagship programs. At the same time, he added that his total commitment to it purely stems from the inexplicable pleasure he gets every time he interacts with unfortunate kids.
Having a love child perhaps has also propelled him to be so generous towards other children. Though he keeps mum about his relationship with the mother of his four-year-old daughter Dream who is based in the States, Diether revealed that he had secured her future long before he got involved with K.I.D.S. Foundation. “Basta ito ang sigurado, hangga’t nabubuhay siya, okay na siya. Unang-una ko sinigurado na hindi ko mapapabayaan (yung anak ko),” he disclosed.