Around a year after temporarily leaving It’s Showtime, Sample King Jhong Hilario indeed shocked and delighted his co-hosts and the madlang people alike with his surprise return to the noontime program last Saturday, June 4, wherein he disguised as a Tawag ng Tanghalan contestant.
And since he’s definitely back in his sworn duty of spreading good vibes and making people happy, there are some viewers who might not be completely aware of the reason why he was not on the show in the previous months. It can be recalled that he decided – with a heavy heart – to beg off from his showbiz engagements, which also included his stint in Your Face Sounds Familiar Season 3, in order to protect his then-newborn baby Sarina Oceania and his longtime partner Maia Azores from getting sick amid the pandemic.
Even though he’d been out of the limelight for quite some time, he’s been updating us with the latest ganaps in his personal life by sharing snaps and clips on Instagram. And being a proud first-time father that he is, the 45-year-old multi-hyphenate has been blessing our Instagram feeds with some of his adorable moments with their family’s bundle of joy – from their simple bonding moments at home to their outdoor trips and quick getaways. Indeed, there’s no doubt that he’s been enjoying his debut to fatherhood!
A few days after welcoming Baby Sarina to the world in March 27, 2021, Jhong proudly flexed her to the Kapamilya viewers during his Magandang Buhay interview, wherein he disclosed how being a father has challenged and made him feel complete at the same time.
When asked by the momshie-hosts if he considers this as the best thing that has ever happened in his life, he retorted, “Yes. Sabi ko nga e, kahit papaano naging successful tayo sa pagiging Streetboys, naging successful tayo sa pagiging aktor dahil nakakuha tayo ng mga award, naging regular tayo sa Showtime bilang host, at ito marami akong napapasang mga ordinansa…dito sa Makati. Pero ang sabi ko, ang pinaka kukumpleto talaga sa buhay ko ay ‘yong maging tatay.”
Last March 27, they celebrated Baby Sarina’s first birthday with a pastel-themed party, which was attended by some of their closest family and friends, including the It’s Showtime family!
Get ready to be charmed by the cute photos of Jhong with Baby Sarina in this gallery!