Kapamilya stars reveal best advice, example and wisdom they treasure from their dads

Fathers seem to give the best advice – whether through words or actions, and sometimes the random lessons they don’t even realize they are passing on. Paying homage to their first heroes this Father’s Day, these Kapamilya stars share the greatest fatherly advice they gleaned through the years.

From the time he was young, Init Sa Magdamag star Gab Lagman was trained by his dad to always take big risks and turn mistakes into lessons. His father would often tell him, “You only live once and you’ll never know. Nasa huli ang pagsisisi.”

Janine Gutierrez says her father, actor Monching Gutierrez, is a man of few words. But through his example, she learned to always be kind to others and smile at everyone, and she hopes to copy his sense of amity.

Jake Zyrus looks back on the moment he opened up to his dad about his military dream. And that’s when he heard him talk about following his heart and doing what makes him happy – simple words he lives by today. “Wherever you are, it’s important for you to do what makes you happy, do whatever it is na alam mong doon nagiging masaya ang utak at puso mo, which is especially true lalo na sa pinagdadaanan natin ngayon.”

Raised by a businessman father, Manuel Chua gleaned the importance of diplomacy and patience. “Lagi niya kaming tinuturuan na huwag magalit. ‘Pag galit ka sa isang tao, hindi mo siya dapat ipahiya. Kausapin mo siya nang maayos, pwede namang kayong dalawa lang ang mag-usap,” he shares.

For Zaijian Jaranilla, the best fatherly advice he got is to follow what makes him happy.

Mitoy Yonting says his dad’s constant reminder is to avoid being careless.    

Enrique Gil honors his father’s pointers about sacrifice and selflessness, that there is joy in giving. He grew up watching his dad getting along with everybody, hence teaching him to spread love and happiness.

While starting out in showbiz, Liza Soberano was told by her father to always be humble. “He just wanted to remind me to never forget the people I used to know even before I was a celebrity and the people who helped me to get to where I am now.”

Meryll Soriano is lucky to have learned from her two dads. Her biological father, TV host Willie Revillame taught her that the first step to success is waking up early. “Gumising nang maaga kung gusto mong maging successful. Dahil ang aga niya gumising, 5:30, then by 7am naglilibot na siya sa mga gusaling pinagawa niya. I always see him working, so I think importanteng gumising nang maaga para maraming ma-achieve sa buhay. Importanteng natutunan ko ‘yan kay Papa and I will always treasure that.”

From her stepdad, Meryll picked up the value of forgiveness and living life to the fullest. “Magpatawad at maging adventurous sa buhay, go lang nang go. Kumpleto ang naging childhood ko sa kanya kaya marami siyang naituro sa akin,” she says of her Papa Guchi.

Aljon Mendoza shares the most valuable fatherly advice he got – to never start fights. “Kaming magkakapatid, huwag daw kaming makikipag-away kahit saan kami magpunta kasi hindi nila kami pinalaking ganun. Natutunan ko din doon magkaroon ng respeto sa lahat ng taong makakasalamuha ko.”

Besides the love and talent for music, Klarisse De Guzman got her father’s humility. Her dad stressed that she has nothing to be scared of on stage, telling her, “Huwag kang matakot lumaban kasi magaling ka.”

Cris Villanueva is a real professional, thanks to his father’s advice on being mindful of other people’s time. “Never be late because when you’re late, you steal other people’s time from them.  And if you stole their time, it can never be returned.”

As we celebrate Father’s Day 2021, let us thank our fathers for shaping us into who we are and leading us to the right path through the lessons and advice they passed on.