Oyo Boy shares fatherhood lessonS from Vic Sotto

Nathalie Tomada - The Philippine Star
Oyo Boy shares fatherhood lessonS from Vic Sotto
Vic Sotto with his wife Pauleen and the rest of the family — children, in laws and grandchildren — during a trip abroad.
Photo from Pauleen Luna-Sotto’s Facebook Page

MANILA, Philippines — Oyo Boy Sotto has shared how his dad Vic Sotto made sure all his kids are close to each other even though they have different moms.

This is what Oyo pointed out when asked by this paper what fatherhood lesson has he learned from the TV5’s “Eat Bulaga” main host.

“Di ko talaga malilimutan kay Daddy yung pagiging down-to-earth niya. Ang tagal na ng ‘Eat Bulaga,’ ang tagal na ng TVJ (Tito Sotto, Vic and Joey de Leon) still, ‘di nila kinakalimutan kung saan sila nanggaling. Yun ang mga lessons dala-dala namin hanggang ngayon,” he began.

(What I won’t ever forget is Daddy’s down-to-earth nature. “Eat Bulaga” has been on TV for a long time and TVJ, for a long time, too, but they never forget where they came from. Those are the lessons we carry until now.)

He then pointed out his dad’s loving nature and fair treatment of all children. “And yung pagmamahal niya sa amin. Si Daddy, talagang all throughout, kahit siempre magkakahiwalay kami na magkakapatid, iba-iba kami ng nanay pero never namin naramdaman yun kay Daddy. Pantay-pantay kami lahat,” he added.

(And his love for us. With Daddy, really all throughout, even though, of course, we grew up separately, as we have different mothers, but we never felt that from Daddy. We are all equal in his eyes.)

According to Oyo, having playdates together while growing up was what Vic did to ensure that they really treat each other as family.

“When we were kids, we remember having playdates every weekend. We were always at the house of Daddy. There we would see Paulina and Vico,” he recalled.

“So, of course, times together became less as we got older and started to have our own familes. We don’t get to see each other as much as we used to. However, there’s always a get-together, for example, during the birthday of Daddy and even if it’s not his birthday, he always hosts dinners that’s why we always get to bond, us siblings. Hindi talaga nawala yung pagkikita namin kahit tumanda.”

The family is complete at the baptism of Vic’s youngest Mochi.
Photos from Pauleen Luna-Sotto’s Facebook Page

Vic’s kids are Oyo and Danica (with ex-wife Dina Bonnevie), Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto (with Coney Reyes), Paulina Sotto (with Angela Luz), plus the young ones — Tali and Mochi — Vic’s kids with wife Pauleen Luna.

Oyo admitted that when it comes to his dad and honoring him like his birthday last month, it makes him emotional. It’s because, Oyo said, “Sobra yung sipag at pagmamahal ni Daddy sa amin that sometimes, we’re the ones already telling him, you have your own family na, don’t worry about us too much. Of course, focus on Pauleen, on Tali and on Mochi but siya yung, ‘Di pwede, mga anak ko kayong lahat.’”

Meanwhile, Oyo said that he’s very open to wife Kristine Hermosa returning to showbiz.

Kristine was a favorite leading lady in teleseryes before stepping back from the limelight to focus on being a mom and wife.

“Yes, of course! Okay na okay. That is if she wants to work. She’s actually the one who doesn’t want to because she doesn’t like doing drama. So, everytime there’s an offer for her, she’s like, ayoko na, ayoko na mag-drama (I really don’t want to do drama),” he said.

If everKristine agrees to return to acting, it’s definitely not happening anytime soon though as they are expecting their sixth child together. The actress is around four months pregnant.

Nevertheless, when Kristine herself was asked about a posssible onscreen project — and with former “loveteam” partner Jericho Rosales, she said, “It depends on the project, depends on the scenes, I need to see everything first so I would know if it’s worth it and it’s not just to say we’ve done something together.”

Oyo is very supportive, added Kristine.

“But it’s my choice (not to do acting projects). Kasi ayokong gumawa ng kung ano-ano lang. If I have to do something, it has to be worth my time, worth my effort because I would be leaving my kids (at home). So it has to be a project that has meaning,” she said.

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