Having been in the limelight since he was young, Patrick Garcia said he is currently enjoying family life as a husband to his wife Nikka and their three young daughters Michelle, Patrice, and Pia. “When you’re not yet a father they say that it’s hard daw, magpalit ng diaper, mga ganun. Pero when it’s there kayang kaya mo lang. Of course pag pagod ka there are some challenges na pagod na pagod ka na tapos yung baby mo ayaw pa matulog. Yun lang yung mga challenges pero siyempre sanay naman tayo sa puyat kasi pag artista ka lagi kang napupuyat,” he shared during the Similac GainSchool parenting forum held earlier this month.
Patrick said that even if he is not as active now in front of the camera, his life is still full. “Mas masaya kesa sa showbiz kasi dito sa pagiging tatay maraming tawanan, maraming iyakan, maraming drama, maraming suspense. Wala lang horror pero isa ito sa pinakamasayang bagay na nangyari sa akin,” he said.
A typical day for the former child actor starts very early. “I wake up at 5 am everyday. I wake up Michelle and she gets ready for school and at 5:30 am we leave for school. Hinahatid ko na siya. Depende kung traffic that’s why we leave early para by 6:30 am or 7 am andun na kami sa school. And then if we get there early I’ll wait. Hindi ko siya iiwan dun sa school. Hihintayin ko siya siguro hanggang 7 am kasi 7:30am yung school niya eh. Minsan andun lang kami sa parking. After I drop her off I go home just in time for Patrice to go to school. Most of the time it’s my wife naman who takes her to school but there are times na sumasama ako to make hatid and from there we wait at the school kasi sandali lang yung ano niya from 9 am to 11:30am. And then from school uwi kami and eat lunch,” he explained.
The 38-year-old actor says he and his wife make sure they are present in their children’s everyday life. “Pag wife ko naman ang naghihintay sa school, I stay behind to play with Pia. That’s the routine. Sometimes I go, sometimes I stay para si Pia may kasama. Tapos pag natutulog na kami, each of us will say a prayer. Kasi sabay sabay kami matulog isang kuwarto. As early as now, we fuse the Lord into their hearts,” he said.
For those who are hands-on fathers like him, Patrick said they should never forget the big picture no matter how challenging things get. “Just enjoy. Kasi pag nag-e-enjoy ka parang hindi stressful eh. Kahit na stressful na yung situation basta ini-enjoy mo okay pa rin eh,” he added.