"Any son will always look for their father."
This is what Diego Loyzaga said as he admitted to his father Cesar Montano that he longed for his presence growing up.
Diego made the admission in a video uploaded by Viva Films in which he and Cesar asked each other personal questions regarding their relationship as father and son.
"Oo naman hinahanap kita. Maniwala ka man o hindi, laging maganda 'yung sinasabi ni Mama. ''Yang daddy mo, nagtatrabaho 'yan. He's working hard, he's working for you, for the family,'" said Diego.
"Any son will always look for their father," he then pointed out. "Hahanapin mo 'yung father figure mo. So oo, parati kitang hinahanap."
Diego, 27, grew up in Australia under the care of his mother, actress Teresa Loyzaga.
Due to the long distance and some personal issues — which led to their infamous public rift in 2017 — Diego didn't have a close relationship with his dad. That is, until recently, when he and Cesar finally reunited and patched things up.
In the video, Cesar said it was also his wish that he would have been around more when Diego was growing up.
"Siguro kung meron akong mga na-miss eh 'yung nakasama kita noong lumalaki ka. Gusto ko 'yung habang lumalaki ka sana kasama kita, eh kaso nasa Australia ka," he said. "But it is not a regret. It is something that I missed doing with you, bonding and everything while you were growing up."
Meanwhile, another highlight of the video was when Diego dished his thoughts about living under the shadow of his father, with whom he shares the same facial features.
"Hindi natin pwedeng sabihin na hindi 'yan totoo. Kasi 'pag pasok ko pa lang dito eh, 'Ay anak ni Cesar.' No matter what, since I was a kid, until now, people will always recognize me. Even though if they know my name, 'Ah, anak 'yan ni Cesar.' I will always be anak ni Cesar," he said.
"And I'm proud. Is it hard? No, it's not hard. Kumbaga, you gave me shoes to fill eh. You gave me an objective that I need to do, 'di ba. And I'm proud to be your son."
Diego said he would die a happy man if he was "half the man" Cesar is, both in terms of his acting career and life as a father.
"When I say that, I mean the way you took care of your children, the awards and the places you've been to because of your acting. If I reach kahit kalahati lang nun, it will make me a proud man the day I die," he said.
Asked what is the greatest lesson that he has learned from his dad, Diego said: "It's that there isn't a single thing that makes a man. It's a compilation of so many things, so many phases, so many things that you go through.
"I've seen you campaigning in Bohol and the stress that you've been going through, day in, day out. I see now a glimpse of what really makes a man, and that's all through you, watching you. Sabi ko, kailangan ko maging ganyan. Kailangan ko maging kasing tibay ng tatay ko."
Diego and Cesar are first time co-stars in the controversial film Maid in Malacañang, which has faced heavy backlash over its portrayal of events that transpired during Martial Law.