Piolo Pascual, Jericho Rosales, Kiko Pangilinan on lessons of fatherhood
MANILA, Philippines – It goes without saying that fatherhood – in all its forms and iterations – changes any person’s life.
So to celebrate Father’s Day and to pay tribute to all the fathers who were always there to offer a hug, a hand to hold, a shoulder to cry on, a listening ear, or even dish out tough but much-needed advice, we asked a bunch of real-life dads from different friends: What has fatherhood taught them?
The responses are diverse and oftentimes, hilarious.
So on Father’s Day – and any other day – don’t forget to tell your father (or any father figure in your life) thank you because if they did their jobs right, they’ve sacrificed too much just for us to be happy.
Musician Jim Bacarro
Fatherhood has taught me that life is quite simple. Everything I do now is for my wife and son. It's easier to make decisions, big or small. All I have to do is ask myself, "Will this make them happy?"
Their happiness is my happiness. The world is so much easier to manage when I have something so precious as my center.
House Majority Leader Rudy Fariñas
As a father, I guess I’m unique since I’ve also been the mother of my 8 kids since November 2001. As such, it is hard for me to define my role as a father or mother because I’m both to them. As a father, I provide for all their needs and lead them to a decent, friendly, but respectful living. I have learned to be tough with them, but with a mother’s heart of kindness, understanding and forgiveness.
More so, they taught me to learn to love each of them for his/her unique personality and accept them as they are without imposing what I would have wished or wanted them to be.
As the Doris Day song goes, “Que sera, sera, whatever will be, will be!” My 8 kids (and 8 grandkids) are teaching me to love unconditionally. As long as we are together, we are happy come what may!
Dentist Bubut Vasquez
When your life suddenly becomes somebody else’s, more important than yours, that's when you know you’ve signed up as a parent.
Senator Kiko Pangilinan
Becoming a Dad first with KC, then with Frankie, Miel, and Miguel, taught me that fatherhood is an amazing and incredible journey of patience, generosity, and love. Over all, I'd like to believe that I am a better citizen, a better person, a better being because of my children, who give my life joy and meaning and purpose. I would never trade being a father with anything in the world.
Bureau of Corrections chief Ronald dela Rosa
Fatherhood taught me how to be selfless. It’s always my children’s priorities first and mine is last.
Musician and producer Raimund Marasigan
Fatherhood has taught me that my parents were right all along
Cosmetic doctor Hayden Kho
One important lesson I learned is that when it comes to fatherhood, you don't follow your heart – you lead it. If you follow your heart, you will just pursue whatever feels right at the moment, even though it may not be right.
On the other hand, a father who leads his heart sets aside what he wants to make himself feel happy or comfortable, and determines that he will do whatever is best for his family.
Actor Jericho Rosales
Be a better version of myself for my son.
Actor Piolo Pascual
It taught me to be humble and become more selfless for my son's sake.
If I could just put you in my pocket and bring you everywhere I go! If only I could be with you every single second. But Daddy has to do what he has to do. You gotta do what you have to do. Just always remember that I love you and I always will Pea. Love, Dad P.S: please dont grow up too fast! Slow down my love. #TheCips
Musician Kean Cipriano
Fatherhood has taught me to be selfless. It gives me a sense of direction and purpose. Fatherhood taught me what LOVE and LIFE is all about. To be in the moment. To savor every single second i spend with my daughter and with my wife.
Oh, it also taught me a lot about Elsa, Anna, Olaf and all the other FROZEN characters.
Fatherhood is definitely the best thing that ever happened to me.
What has fatherhood taught you, dear reader? Let us know in the comments section below! – Rappler.com