When you think of Inigo Pascual, you’d see a young, talented, and passionate gent who is about to make it big in the music industry—be it in the local or international scene. But in the eyes of Piolo Pascual, Inigo will always be ‘Puge’—his loving son.
“Hindi pa ako handang maging ama (noon). Hindi ko alam ang gagawin ko. Napaiyak pa nga ako, eh. Pero nung nandyan na sya, iba pala talaga yung pakiramdam. I wanted everyone to know that he’s my son,” says Piolo in a video produced by Sun Life Philippines.
Inigo, on the other hand, feels lucky to have a strong bond with the 42-year-old Kapamilya actor. “He never made me feel rejected. From the very start, I knew my dad loves me completely. He owned up to having a son. He made sure to build a relationship with me.”
Despite his busy schedule, Piolo always makes it a point to be there for his son—even if it means flying abroad overnight since Inigo used to study overseas. “I’d fly to the states overnight just to watch him in his school plays. Pagdating ko from the airport, diretso na ako sa school niya. Grabe ‘yung itsura nya ‘pag nakita mo sa stage. He’s very nervous. Pero mararamdaman mo ‘yung passion nya. And when he sees me in the audience, makikita mo magba-brighten ‘yung eyes nya. Priceless. Priceless talaga,” says Piolo.
It was a long distance-kind of relationship. Yet the father and son made it work. There was a time when Piolo had to intervene with Inigo’s boyband dream because it would be harder for the two to spend time together. Not to mention it could derail his son’s studies. It was a tough call on Piolo’s part. But he thought it wasn’t the right time for Inigo.
“It was the hardest thing to walk away from. But I just had to listen. He’s my dad and I know he just wants what’s best for me. So, I trusted him when he said I had to let go of that opportunity,” explains the 21-year-old actor-singer.
Fatherhood is no walk in the park. But for Piolo, it is all worth it. “It’s never easy. We make mistakes. We go through tough times. Nag-aaway kami. But we make sure to work it out. We say sorry to each other. We learn from each other. Magkaibigan talaga kami ni Puge. Kaya excited ako sa future namin together. Alam ko na kahit anong mangyari, nandyan ako for him. As much as I know he will always be there for me. He’s my son. He’s my best friend. He’s my bro. And he is my lifetime partner.”
Watch the full story of the father and son Sun Life ambassadors here. Find out how Piolo has been providing a bright future for Inigo. And discover how the two were able to build a partnership based on love, trust, and lifetime security.
Watch more lifetime partnership stories from your favorite Kapamilya celebrities: Matteo Guidicelli, Enchong Dee, and Charo Santos-Concio here. Be inspired to secure a brighter life for you and your own lifetime partners with the help of Sun Life Philippines.