Actor Piolo Pascual celebrated his 38th birthday with family and close friends who surprised him with a dinner feast.
“Dapat matutulog lang ako, e my family prepared a surprise dinner for me with some close friends... it’s a stone’s throw away from where I live so nilakad ko lang and everyone was there, my son was there,” he happily recounted.
"I was happy because he [his son Iñigo] spent the last three days with me.
"He made sure na wala siyang work, siya mismo nagba-block off kasi he’s starting a movie na.
"Mas busy pa nga sa akin yung anak ko, e sabi ko, ‘Let me know when you’re free, ako maga-adjust sa schedule mo.'"
BIRTHDAY WISHES. During his Silka endorsement press launch last Tuesday, January 13, Piolo revealed that Iñigo hasn’t given him a present for his birthday yet.
“Wala pa nga, kung kelan nagkaroon ng pera saka walang regalo,” he joked.
He also shared that he hasn’t bought a gift for himself as well, "I was thinking may bibilhin ako dapat, 'di ko pa nabili, pang- kitchen, yung fridge na maganda."
“Sa napakaliit kong condo, yun pa rin.” Piolo added.
For the actor, everything revolves around his son Iñigo, even his birthday wish.
He said, "For him na huwag masyado ma-overwhelm, na magkaroon ng magandang attitude sa trabaho at huwag kalimutan na maging humble.
“You know sa ASAP last Sunday, ang wish ko talaga yung para sa anak ko naman, hindi kasi madali yung pinasukan niya, eh.”
"So ang wish ko lang, ang prayer ko lang, is huwag niyang makalimutan yung pinagusapan namin, yung core niya."
“Kasi once na ma-corrupt na yan, once na maka-experience ng success, fame, money, agitation…baka pumunta sa utak, eh.
"‘Yun lang talaga yung prayer ko, na huwag niya makalimutan yung pinagsimulan niya.”
DATING. Fatherly duties aside, now that he’s pushing 40, isn’t it about time he went back to dating?
“He [Iñigo] turns 18 this year, I still have two more years before I turn 40.
"So I guess it will come at the right time, but I've promised my son every chance that we get to spend time with each other.
"Mas gusto ko na lang itutok sa kanya, para at least kung ano man yung mga pagkukulang ko sa kanya during the last few years na 'di ko siya kasama, bago man lang siya mag-18, magawan ko ng paraan.
“I just promised him na until he’s 18, I’ll spend time with him.”
Piolo also clarified that although his son’s opinion matters when, the final decision on his personal life is not with Iñigo.
"It’s not up to him. Not na wala siyang say, kaya nga wala akong girlfriend is because of him.
"I’ll respect kung sino man gugustuhin niya, but just the same, it’s not up to him.
“I told him already, sabi ko kapag 18 mo, the next day may girlfriend na ako.”
On a more serious note, “For me it’s all about spending quality time with the son lalo na ngayon.”
“I don’t think I can find time for it, especially because of the busy schedule that I have.
"And you know I’m at his beck and call, pag sinabi nung bata na free ako rito, no matter what I do...
"Even last night, my son wanted to go home, I had guests in my own party, pero siyempre alangan naman iwan ko yung bata.
"So inuwi ko yung bata, iniwan ko yung party ko. It’s all about priorities, I guess.”
He also shared that Iñigo wants to have a younger sibling already, “Gusto niya, pero in time. Gustong gusto ko na pero wala eh…”
Piolo confided he wants to experience the joy of seeing his own baby being born, “Hindi ko na-experience ‘yun sa kanya [Iñigo].
I was in the States when he was born. So ‘yun yung oras na gusto kong i-devote sa family ko, sa anak ko. Mahilig ako sa mga bata eh.”
AGEING NATURALLY. Piolo is looking forward to reaching middle age naturally and gracefully.
"Ako that’s one thing I promised my friends, I don’t have anything against people who go under the needle.
"Pero I wanna see myself age without having to defy it.
“Maybe just defy it with just the way I live my life.
"Lalake naman ako, hindi naman kailangan i-counter yung pag-age.
"Siguro ang iniiwasan ko lang talaga now, I’ve become more conscious, ingat na sa sun because yung mga freckles, yung mga sun spots, it’s too dark na minsan.
"So twenty minutes under the sun nagda-darken na siya agad so I put on sunblock kapag may sun exposure.
“I look up to Tito Eddie, Robert Redford, Clint Eastwood... it [ageing] shows experience.”