After celebrating his birthday earlier this month, Piolo Pascual revealed he enjoyed just having a simple but meaningful celebration with his family. “Yung ginawa ko nung birthday ko with my nieces and nephews, after mag-church nag-dinner lang kami tapos tulog na,” he shared during the Apoy Sa Dagat presscon held last January 22 at the Dolphy Theater inside the ABS-CBN compound.
During the presscon, Piolo admitted to the press that he had an unforgettable time last month when he was finally able to spend much-needed quality time with his son Inigo, who is based in the US. “I’ll see him again maybe in March, but I was with him over the holidays. Masarap, first time ko nakasama anak ko ng Christmas and New Year na hindi kami naghiwalay. So sobrang blessing, kasama ko siya matulog every night. Sobra yung bonding namin so sobrang meaningful atsaka memorable yung holidays ko with them,” he shared.
The proud dad also shared some more info on how successful Iñigo is in school and how he is happy that his son has chosen to prioritize his academics over girls for now. “Heartthrob sa school yun (laughs). Maraming mga babae sa States, medyo aggressive dun so nakakatuwa naman since he studies in a Christian school. Medyo ang focus nya pag-aaral muna, nag-sa-soccer siya, theater arts, kasama siya sa musical ng school nila so madami siyang diversions so far so medyo yun muna. Buti na nga lang medyo involved siya sa extra-curricular, and siya mismo nagsasabi na kapag may gumagawa ng mga advances galing sa mga kaklase niya—bata talaga—siya rin yung natatakot. Siya rin yung umiiwas,” he revealed.
The Apoy Sa Dagat star admitted that he is not a strict parent. Piolo said he wants Iñigo to be able to decide on his own and learn from his mistakes, which is why he does not give him restrictions on what to do. “There are things that you have to discover on your own as a person na dinadaanan. So ayoko naman maging ignorante yung bata, ayoko naman na hindi niya alam kung ano yung dapat pagdaanan... Pero siyempre bilang magulang, nakaalalay rin tayo. At nagdadasal na sana hindi siya mapariwara (laughs),” he added.