From being a matinee idol and a seasoned action star in the 80s up to the 90s, Jestoni Alarcon turned out to be one of the most sought-after paternal figures for both movies and television series in the local entertainment scene nowadays.
In a Bandila interview, Jestoni revealed that in light of the gradual depletion of the production of action films, his hope was restored when he was offered to do teleseryes, not as the top-biller, but one of the most important supporting characters to the younger generation of leading men and women – as their father.
His first daddy role was in the original Pangako Sa ‘Yo, which was also his debut in TV dramas, where he portrayed the devious Governor Diego Buenavista, the biological father of Jericho Rosales’ Angelo Buenavista.
Because of his compelling portrayal in the phenomenal series, he was tapped to do the same role anew in a slew of Kapamilya programs, explicitly Pieta (as Delfin Torres, a doting father to Ryan Agoncillo and Erich Gonzales), Iisa Pa Lamang (as Vernon Fuentes, the biological father of Diether Ocampo’s character who was willing to do everything just to win back the family he lost to a rich haciendero), and Muling Buksan ang Puso (as Nicholas Salazar/Ricardo Espinosa, the real dad of Julia Montes’ Sarah who was involved in a heinous crime, thus resulting to the hindrance of his romance with her mother played by Agot Isidro).
The awesomeness and brilliance he displayed as an on-screen dad also made it to the cinemas. His shortest, yet most remarkable would be rendering Kiko, the deceased third husband of Ina Montecillo (Ai Ai Delas Alas) and the father of her last four kids Shammy (Jiro Manio), Tenten (Yuki Kadooka), and twins Connie and Sweet in the top-grossing comedy flick Ang Tanging Ina. He reprised his role on its third installment Ang Tanging Ina Mo, though he was just a vision of the titular character.
Moreover, the 51-year-old actor stood as a daddy to Kapamilya leading ladies Erich Gonzales and Jessy Mendiola in the movies Suddenly, It’s Magic and Call Center Girl, respectively.
Now, Jestoni can be seen weeknights as the lenient father of Erich Gonzales (for the third time and for her three notable characters) in the primetime drama The Blood Sisters, Norman Alameda.
Throughout his three decades in the industry, Jestoni was able to exhibit various facets of patriarchs, ranging from the antagonistic yet caring for his brood to the embodiment of a model dad who is affectionate and morally upright.
Well, in real life, he is the latter, which is obvious in the happy and decent disposition of his three children with beautiful wife Lizette. Despite being grown-ups, they have remained their close ties to their parents as shown in the photos of their family trips and mini get-togethers uploaded on Instagram.
Besides, the equally good-looking siblings are achievers in their own ways – Jessica is a blogger and globe-trotter, Angela is a taekwondo varsity player in the University of the Philippines, while Pierce is currently a Biochemistry student in De La Salle University. The excellence they exude in their chosen fields only shows that the unwavering support and love they got from their daddy and mommy are enough to motivate them to pursue whatever they want to be.
Aside from being good role models and nurturers, the proud parents also prove that they can keep up with the interests and activities of their millennial kids, such as having their own social media accounts. It’s also astonishing how Jestoni could juggle his responsibilities as a parent with his showbiz commitments and public service agendas, making him our ultimate “lodi” when it comes to fatherhood.
Happy Father’s Day, Jestoni!