We are certainly not be where we are right now without our dads. From being our source of life, they have become our source of strength, giving us the motivation we need to get through life.
Our lives would surely never be complete without them, the same goes in teleseryes and flicks where fathers play a pivotal part in the narrative.
Through the years, we saw diverse facets of patriarchs in the teleseryes we fondly watched, from the soft-hearted to the villainous. And the following are the teleserye father figures that truly left indelible marks not only on our hearts, but our minds as well.
Joey Marquez, Forevermore (2014) and Since I Found You (2018)
From being a professional basketball player, we saw how Joey Marquez evolved into a seasoned actor we all admire. Now, he is one of the most in-demand tatays to this era's up-and-rising stars.
With all his paternal portrayals, it was his stints as Buboy "Papang" Calay in Forevermore and as Mang Gerry Punzalan in Since I Found You that were so remarkable because of beneath his sunny disposition, is a protective and rational father who wants nothing but happiness for his daughters.
Ian Veneracion, A Love To Last (2017)
Notwithstanding the departure of his ex-wife Grace Silverio (Iza Calzado), his character Anton in A Love To Last had to set aside his devastation and focus on taking care of their three kids left under his custody while juggling it to his duties as company executive.
He's a good disciplinarian who uses tough love in guiding his children by only berating them every time they err. Also, he makes sure to always allot a portion of their time to bond with them.
Richard Yap, Be Careful With My Heart (2012)
With his good looks, it's impossible that Sir Chief would not turn heads. However, you might get turned off once you find out that he's a snub.
He's actually the same when it comes to his three kids, who he had to take good care of singlehandedly. Be Careful With My Heart’s Richard Lim might be a domineering dad, but he also has an endearing side that you would surely love.
Dominic Ochoa, Super D (2016)
With all the sacrifices they have done for us, our dads are truly our real-life superheroes. But what if they became legit super humans possessing supernatural powers, just like the titular role played by Dominic Ochoa.
From being the lowly yet gumptious Dodong, he evolved into a powerful and courageous Super D who saves the world from evil beings. Fantastic!
Albert Martinez, The Good Son (2017) and Bagani (2018)
He could be the most omnipresent father figures on TV nowadays because of his unprecedented appearances, series after series.
Among his daddy roles, it was his stints in the aforementioned series that are the most notable.
His character Victor Buenavidez in The Good Son might had been an adulterer, but he assured that before leaving his two families, they would have a bright future.
Meanwhile, his portrayal of Agos in Bagani taught us to fight for what we think is right even though people would be against us. And that's what he wanted his son (Lakas) to acquire, aside from courage and combating skills.
Edgar Mortiz, Dolce Amore (2015) and Sana Dalawa Ang Puso (2018)
Before he became a director, Direk Edgar ‘Bobot’ Mortiz was once a matinee idol and was known for his team-up with Star for All Seasons Vilma Santos.
After years of working behind the camera, he was tapped to go back in acting by playing the lovable adoptive father to Enrique Gil's Tenten in Dolce Amore.
After three years, he returned on-cam in Sana Dalawa Ang Puso as the naughty yet doting "Pangs" to her daughter Mona (Jodi Sta. Maria) and husband to Lena (Alma Moreno) who loves to munch chicharon despite his hypertension and to stealthily bet on cockfights.
Andrew E, Dolce Amore (2015)
A popular rapper and comedian, Andrew took on acting once more when he appeared in Dolce Amore series as the fun-loving and affectionate Tatay Uge to Liza Soberano and Sue Ramirez, who played his daughters Serena and Angela, respectively.
Of course, his stint won't be complete without him exhibiting his rapping prowess.
Zanjoe Marudo, Annaliza (2013) and Dream Dad (2014)
From being paired with actresses his age, Zanjoe Marudo found new unlikely partners in child stars Andrea Brillantes and Jana Agoncillo when he stood as adoptive daddies to them in the family dramas Annaliza and Dream Dad, respectively.
From the selfless, kindhearted, and lowly siomai vendor Guido Querubin in Annaliza, he tremendously turned into the affluent and reserved veterinarian/company owner Sebastian Javier in Dream Dad whose indifferent heart got captivated by the irresistibly adorable abandoned kid Baby.
Joel Torre, On The Wings of Love (2015) and FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano (2015)
The veteran actor has rendered various roles throughout his four-decade showbiz career, ranging from heroic to villainous.
But among the characters he portrayed, it was being a father that truly warmed our hearts.
In 2015, he was Nadine Lustre and Bianca Manalo's tough yet supportive Tatang Sol in On the Wings of Love.
In that same year, he joined the powerhouse cast of FPJ's Ang Probinsyano as the principled and lenient father to Alyana (Yassi Pressman) who inspired her to become a journalist and incessantly shipped her to estranged husband Cardo (Coco Martin).
Romnick Sarmenta, La Luna Sangre (2017)
His appearance in the fantasy series La Luna Sangre trended online since it's been a long time before he was seen on TV again, making the Kapamilyas miss him and yearning for more!
The former matinee idol touched our hearts with his portrayal of the overprotective and haughty, yet loving Tatay Tonio who tried his best to guard his children and the family of Lia (Angel Locsin) and Mateo (John Lloyd Cruz) from the evil vampires.
Who would forget that poignant moment when he forced Tristan to beat him as a way of teaching him to defend himself and make him stronger?
Benjie Paras, Got To Believe (2013)
From being one of the greatest players in the history of Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), Benjie Paras is now a sought-after commentator and father figures in the local entertainment scene.
Among his portrayals, he was best known as the vivacious, caring, and sweet "Papa Bear" of the Tampipi household in Got to Believe.
Despite living a meek life in the circus, everything turned out well for all of them because of his optimism and sunny disposition, which were acquired by their "Care Bear" Chichay (Kathryn Bernardo).
Al Tantay, Be My Lady (2016)
Another teleserye dad that we wish to be real is Tatay Emil of Be My Lady, personified by the veteran actor Al Tantay. He was good-natured, overwhelmingly thoughtful, and hardworking. His optimism, which was displayed through the catchphrase "Ayan na!" and his sense of humor, was also brandished by his family.
Besides, what made him extra amazing was his humility in helping his wife Marcy (Janice de Belen) in household chores and being supportive to the personal endeavours of his three children.
This Father's Day, let us don't forget to honor and thank the first and formidable man in our lives who continues to love us unconditionally and unhesitatingly sacrifice everything they have for the welfare of his children.
Happy Father's Day!