In this episode of I Feel U , Melai Cantiveros took over the host's chair and made Toni Gonzaga's birthday bash extra fun!
The birthday celebrator expressed gratitude for the gift of life, saying not all families survived the past year complete and healthy. It can be recalled that her sister Alex Gonzaga and their parents Mommy Pinty and Daddy Bonoy contracted COVID-19 last year. Toni described it as an anxiety-inducing time for all of them. Looking back, she's just thankful for her family's healing.
“During Christmas, New Year, and this birthday, I am really grateful for life. Good life! Apart from the good life, it is the living thing, we really breathe, we move well, we do not weaken, that is number one, ”she said.
Toni together with husband Paul Soriano and their unico hijo Seve spent the holidays in an island. They just enjoyed nature and took it as a break from all the worries. Another blessing on her plate is the successful launch of Pinoy Big Brother Connect which she takes as proof of God's goodness.
“We didn't seem to expect PBB last year, so it was overwhelming, it was blessed. You will be really grateful because there you will see that the Lord will take care of you. There are sudden blessings coming into your life that we did not pray for, ”she added.
In the second gap, Daddy Bonoy and Mommy Pinty made a surprise appearance. The proud parents shared that Toni showed superstar potential at an early age. The first sign was winning as an overall champion in a singing competition when she was three. Then, the young Toni loved to perform for her mom's officemates during her visits. She also told her playmates she's going to be a superstar someday.
Mommy Pinty and Daddy Bonoy had smooth parenting until Toni's adult years. They said Toni was a homebody, unlike Alex who loved going out with friends. Toni would even ask for permission when going out on a date with Paul.
According to Daddy Bonoy, her eldest daughter has always been smart and strong-willed. She's the type to always go after what she wants. He saw the potential trouble in her intense determination, thinking it may lead to stubbornness once she enters showbiz. Daddy Bonoy is admittedly a disciplinarian. He believes children must be trained beginning the early years.
One proof of Daddy Bonoy and Mommy Pinty's parenting done right is their daughters' unbreakable bond. This sisterhood is one of the many things Toni is grateful for to her parents.
“I always thank them, about my relationship with Alex. Daddy always tells me that your brother will never be your enemy. If you have an ally in the world, that's your brother so don't consider him an enemy, "shared Toni, adding that her parents instilled the value of" half-brother. "
In the eyes of her parents, Toni is a submissive wife. They see how she compromises with Paul despite her strong personality. Of course, they guide Toni and Paul in their married life but it's Mommy Pinty who does the talking. Daddy Bonoy just relays his observations to his wife to give Mommy Pinty and Toni a chance for mother-daughter conversations.
They also see the same parenting dynamics in Toni's little family. Based on their observations, Paul is the disciplinarian while Toni is the softer one. Raising only two daughters, they feel like having a son in Seve that's why they're always excited to bond with the little boy. They call him the sweetest 'bonus' in their lives.
They know disciplining their daughters is their responsibility as parents. But as grandpa and grandma, all they could give Seve is love. They pamper Seve while leaving Toni and Paul the parental responsibilities.
Asked for their message, Daddy Bonoy and Mommy Pinty reminded Toni to never stop growing her faith and being a blessing to others. They also wished for another grandchild!
Toni credits her parents for the parenting knowledge and for the wisdom she's also able to share with others. Prior to entering showbiz, she was always told by her dad to be mindful of what comes out of her lips especially if she becomes a public figure. She wondered why then, but now she realized it was a premonition of her career as a host.
Special people also sent their birthday greetings. ABS-CBN Film Productions, Inc. Managing Director Olivia Lamasan thanked Toni for sharing her talent to the network and every Kapamilya, and for accepting I Feel U despite the circumstances. She also vouched for Toni's generosity, saying the lovely host shared her talent fee to Kapamilyas affected by the ABS-CBN shutdown. She also looks forward to doing another film with her.
In response, Toni revealed that hosting I Feel U is a dream come true. She remembered jotting down her wish of hosting her own talk show in 2020. But the ABS-CBN franchise denial happened, so she simply let go of that vision. Then again, she received a call from Olivia Lamasan, telling her the exact words she wrote on her planner.
"I cried because I said, 'It's different when you give God your dreams.' The things you release, God does not release those for you, ”she mused on.
Through listening to other people's stories in I Feel U, Toni learned to be more appreciative of her blessings, however small it seems. "It doesn't matter how small you have, it matters how you use it because God can make a small thing grow."
The next message came from Alex, who wished her happiness and prayed they get to see each other more often in the coming days. Toni replied, “I love that Alex. It also looks like a continuation of my navel because there are only two of us, eh. So, it seems like before he gets hurt, I will be the first to get hurt for him. ”
The special guys in Toni's life, husband Paul and son Seve, expressed how much they love and appreciate her. They also wish she stays healthy, happy, and blessed. Toni reacts, "They are the source of strength, they are the peace of mind and happiness of the hearts of our Mothers - our family."
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