Dong Dantes is grateful that he got the chance to see his children Zia and Sixto growing up because of the pandemic.
Though he doesn’t like the reason behind why he gets the chance to be a hands-on father to Maria Letizia, 5, and Jose Sixto,1. Dong is not complaimning about the opportunity he gets.
“Nagpapasalamat ako na I was able to witness these milestones. But, of course, sana hindi nangyari sa ganitong klaseng context. But I’m still grateful. I couldn’t complain.”
Dong shared that it took a lot of adjustment to just stay home, because in two decades he’s always out to work. He said that before staying 2 days straight at home is long enough for him.
“For the past 20 years, or even more, palagi akong on the road. Mula noong pumasok ako sa industriya natin, talagang parati akong nagtatrabaho.”
Dong said now because of the pandemic he feels like a full-time dad.
“Naramdaman ko ‘yung pagiging isang full-time father, full-time member of the family. Not just my immediate family but also ‘yung mommy ko, daddy ko, mga kapatid ko. Sabi ko nga, well, I’m kinda liking this.”
Dong mentioned the importance that he get to see and witness the important milestones of his children.
“Kasi ‘yung chapter na ‘to ng buhay nila is very, very important. Kailangan masamahan mo sila rito sa development stage na ‘to. Nung nag-start ‘yung pandemic, ‘yung anak kong lalaki hindi pa gumagapang tapos ngayon tumatalon na, nagma-monkey bar.”
Recently, rumor started that Marian is pregnant with their 3rd child, but Marian clarified that she is not pregnant and that they are not trying to be pregnant.
Their youngest child will turn 2 years old next month. So for Dong and Marian it still early to add another member to their family.