Grandmother Surprised By U.S. Navy Granddaughter After 13 Years Apart

An emotional grandmother was brought to tears when her U.S. Navy granddaughter who she hadn’t seen since she was a child surprised her 13 years after they last saw each other. Ligaya Cataquian, 73, had not seen granddaughter Shezka Manaloto, now 21, for more than a decade, as Ligaya moved from her native Philippines to Australia when Shezka was eight years old. In 2011, Shezka, her mother and her two siblings then moved to the United States, and so the distance between the family members became even greater. But in October 2019, with Shezka now grown up and serving in with the US Navy in Japan, her mother, Anna Chiles, 47, saw an opportunity to reunite the family once again. Anna, from Kennewick, Washington, and others were heading to the Philippines for a family reunion in Angeles City, and so she advised Shezka to head to the Philippines a week before to set up the surprise for her grandmother. That week, Shezka - Ligaya’s only granddaughter among seven grandchildren - carried out her usual phone calls with Ligaya as if she was in another country. Then, on October 26, in a hotel where Anna and Shezka’s siblings were staying following their long journey from the US, Shezka sat in wait for her grandmother to enter the room. Sitting at the table as Ligaya entered the room with a walker, Shezka, a petty officer third class, kept her back to her grandmother to build up the suspense. Then, as Ligaya came to the side of a mysterious figure sitting at the table, she suddenly double-took - at first not quite recognizing who was sitting there. But as the dots began to connect, Ligaya then realized that the granddaughter she had last seen as a child was the one sitting down and the pair began sobbing as they made eye contact.
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Location: Angeles City, Philippines
  • Date Acquired01-15-2020
  • Date Filmed10-26-2019
  • OrientationVertical
  • Footage TypeCell Phone
  • Rights TV & Digital, Commercial, Publishing

Grandmother Surprised By U.S. Navy Granddaughter After 13 Years Apart


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