Actor Dingdong Dantes celebrated his 41st birthday with his family on Monday, August 2, amid the enhanced community quarantine.
Photos of their simple celebration at home were shared by his wife, actress Marian Rivera, on Instagram.
One of the photos showed Dingdong blowing the candle on his birthday cake. Another showed him and Marian exchanging a sweet kiss while celebrating with their kids, Zia and Ziggy.
"Happy birthday, Dada! We love you," read Marian's simple message for her husband.
Dingdong and Marian have been married for more than six years. They will be celebrating their seventh wedding anniversary this coming December 30.
Zia, the couple's first child, turned 5 in November 2020, while their son Ziggy turned 2 last April.
In a recent interview with host G3 San Diego, Dingdong shared what he enjoys most about being a family man in the time of COVID-19.
"For the past 20 years, or even more, palagi akong on the road. Mula noong pumasok ako sa industriya natin, talagang parati akong nagta-trabaho. Umuuwi ako, siguro, isang araw... Dalawang araw, matagal na 'yung dalawang araw. Kung magbabakasyon kami, matagal na 'yung tatlong araw. Parati akong talagang larga nang larga," he said.
"Pero noong nangyari nga ito, as in talagang completely, medyo... wow. 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, I'm kinda liking this. Medyo wala akong masyadong commitments pero I get to spend time [with my loved ones]," he continued.
According to the actor, he is most thankful for the opportunity to witness his children grow.
"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," he said.
"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," he added.