At the TV5 on Overdrive event last February 15, PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) was able to have a one-on-one interview with Valiente star Oyo Sotto.
The actor, who became a dad on December 26, happily shared that his family has been doing well since the arrival of his daughter Ondrea Bliss. (CLICK HERE to read related article)
How's his wife Kristine Hermosa?
"Ang bilis niyang pumayat, parang 'di nga nanganak!" Oyo exclaimed.
Kristine's breastfeeding has primarily helped in shedding the post-baby weight. In addition, the baby chores have made her physically active.
Oyo said, "May yaya pero bihira lang naming pahawakan [iyong baby] sa yaya, e, kasi gusto muna namin talagang masanay lalo na si Tin, gusto niya talaga hands-on."
CARING FOR ONDREA. Just like most couples, they take turns in attending to their baby's needs.
The son of Vic Sotto and Dina Bonnevie added, "Oo, nagpapalit din [ako ng diaper]. 'Pag tinatamad is Tin, ako naghuhugas ng puwet niya [baby]."
He's very cosiderate to his wife who's usually "mas puyat."
The TV5 talent continued, "Minsan ang nagagawa ko lang, kukunin ko 'yong baby tapos ilalapit ko sa kanya.
"Siya talaga 'yong sobrang puyat na puyat talaga, iyong maya't-maya breastfeed 'tapos papatulugin 'tapos breastfeed na naman.
"Nagwo-work pa 'ko so lalo na 'kong madalas mawala sa bahay. So siya talaga iyong [nakatutok sa bata]."
Oyo spends most of his weekdays in Batangas, taping for their TV series, while Kristine stays at home with the baby.
KRISTINE'S PRIORITY. Any chance Kristine would consider going back to showbiz?
Oyo's answer: "Mga two to three months okay na kasi mahirap pang iwanan [iyong baby].
"Oo naman, okay siya mag-work, basta 'wag lang iyong sobrang hectic schedule katulad dati."
Tintin, according to Oyo, has embraced motherhood, "Nakikita ko iyong pagiging protective niya sa mga anak namin, lalo na do'n sa panganay namin, kay Quiel. Iba, e, iba iyong nakikita ko, nanay na nanay na talaga siya."
Quiel is their three-year-old adopted son.
At press time, Baby Ondrea is almost two months old, and does the cutest things.
Smiling, Oyo said, "Ang dalas niya lang mag-smile 'pag natutulog.
"Nakakatuwa! Ang sarap panoorin 'yong natutulog siya 'tapos bigla na lang ngingiti."
TIPS FROM DANICA. When asked if he gets parenting tips from his sister Danica, who now has two kids with her cager husband Mark Pingris, Oyo nodded.
He told PEP, "Si Ate 'yong madalas na ano, e, na, 'O, ganito gagawin mo 'pag umiyak na ng umiyak ng ganito? Baka gusto lang mag-burp niyan, baka masakit iyong tiyan, maraming hangin.'
"Iyong mga gano'n lang, mga simpleng bagay lang."
CHRISTIAN DEDICATION FOR ONDREA. There won't be any kiddie party for Ondrea anytime soon.
Her dad and mom are targeting December for Ondrea's Christian dedication, which is the equivalent of a baptismal ceremony under Catholic rites.
Oyo and Kristine are both members of the Victory Christian Fellowship.
The former explained, "Sa ano naman kasi, doon sa Christianity naman, sa Victory, it doesn't matter naman kung...wala naman siyang edad talaga.
"Kasi parang ginagawa lang nila talagang dine-dedicate lang nila talaga iyong bata kay God na pinag-pe-pray over lang nila.
"Gano'n lang, walang masyadong mga [seremonya]. Walang 'yong parang binubuhusan pa ng tubig."
They plan to hold the dedication party on December 27, Ondrea's first birthday.