Fil-Australian reunites with mother through KMJS, Radio DZBB
A Filipino-Australian was able to reunite with his biological mother in the Philippines through the help of Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (KMJS) and Radio DZBB.
Jojo de Carteret, who grew up in Australia, returned to the Philippines last December not only to visit his birthplace but also to look for his parents.
"I've really started to really understand my Filipino side. And to come to the Philippines and to see people that look like me... people who could potentially be my parents," he said in an interview on KMJS, a portion of which was shown on 24 Oras on Monday.
Jojo was found in Muñoz Market in 1985 and was brought to an orphanage after authorities could not locate his parents. There, he was adopted by an Australian couple and was brought to Australia.
Through the help of KMJS, Jojo was able to locate his mother Herminia, GMA News' Mariz Umali reported on 24 Oras.
Herminia, upon seeing Jojo's picture, confirmed that he was her son.
"Siya na po ito eh, siyang-siya ito," Herminia said. "Gusto ko na pong makita."
Mother and son eventually met, and it was a tearful reunion.
"I missed you," Jojo told his mother.
"I missed you, too," Herminia emotionally replied.
The two underwent DNA testing before flying to Australia, the report said. The test confirmed their blood relations.
Jojo and Herminia's extraordinary story was picked up by 60 Minutes Australia, the 24 Oras report said. In Australia, Herminia met with Jojo's adoptive mother, who welcomed her.
"Thanks for taking care of my son," Herminia told Jojo's adoptive mother.
GMA News' veteran news anchor Jessica Soho, host of KMJS, was interviewed by 60 Minutes Australia regarding Jojo and Herminia's story.
"When we did Jojo's story we didn't get to his biological parents. It was like the question was hanging, and we felt like we had to find the answer. We could not leave it hanging," she said.
Veteran news anchor Mike Enriquez said Jojo and Herminia's reunion "was meant to be."
"We were just instruments for Joe and his mother," he said. —KBK/BAP, GMA News