First-time celebrity dads nailing fatherhood like a pro

by Nikko Tuazon
Jun 18, 2017
(L-R) Dingdong Dantes with Zia, Richard Gutierrez with Zion, and Drew Arellano with Primo

Being a dad is no longer solely about providing for the family.

These days, most couples prefer "shared" parenting, which entails time management. Usually, when one is busy, the other has to be available.

Some do not actually hire a yaya, so it has become imperative for even dads to learn how to change the diaper, bathe the little one, and feed him/her.

And given that social media has become an important platform, celebrity parents have this additional task of setting gadget rules and protecting their kids from bashers.

Today, June 17,'s (Philippine Entertainment Portal) salutes all famous first-time daddies who are hands-on, and nailing fatherhood like a pro.

1. Dingdong Dantes

In an interview with PEP, Dingdong said he wants to be there for Zia every step of the way.

"Marami pa sigurong ma-e-encounter na challenges. Pero ang mahalaga, ini-enjoy mo each step of the way. Sobrang memorable yung paglaki niya, na nandun ka talaga sa tabi niya one hundred percent."

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2. Richard Gutierrez

An Instagram post summed up how his son Zion the "young lion" changed his life. He wrote, "Nothing has brought me more peace and contentment."

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3. Hayden Kho Jr.

Hayden is definitely a "karir" daddy, and does not mind carrying the "yaya" bag whenever he and Scarlet Snow's takes a stroll.

For his daughter's second birthday, Hayden wrote, "Two years ago today your arrival changed me and filled my life with beautiful memories. My soul expanded because of you.

"I recall how when you first learned how to make sounds you called everything 'ba-er.'

"When you first learned to walk your right arm would always be raised.

"Feeding you healthy food was easy because you loved veggies and fruits.

"You shocked us when you learned how to read the whole alphabet at one year and four months. There are many more...

"Oh @scarletsnowbelo if you only know how much happiness you are bringing to so many people. I love you so much. Thank you for coming into our lives."

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4. Drew Arellano

In an interview with PEP, Drew acknowledged his shortcomings as a father, but assured everyone that he has been doing his best to become the best daddy to Primo.

He told PEP, "I am still trying my best to be thoughtful. Sana makuha ng anak ko na sinusubukan ko pang kunin ngayon."

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5. Kean Cipriano

The Callalily frontman has found a new band mate for life in his daughter Baby Stellar.

On Instagram, he wrote, "Thanks for taking me to the right direction my Love! Now i know exactly what unconditional love is all about. Oh what joy and inspiration you bring my peanut! Maraming salamat anak!

"Daddy will forever be here for you. I love you, you beautiful being! I love you Stellar!"

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6. John Prats

Since he became a dad, John has never been so inspired coming to work, and so excited going home.

One of his sweet messages for Baby Feather read: "Lagi ako nagpapasalamat kay God sa pagbigay niya sa 'yo sa amin. Ang tanging hangad ko lang ay bigyan ka ng magandang buhay at kinabukasan.

"Sana lumaki kang mabait, mapagmahal, mapagkumbaba at may takot sa Diyos. Mahal na mahal ka namin anak.

"Lagi kami ni Mommy mo nandito kahit anong mangyari. P.S. Tandaan mo, habang buhay kitang baby!"

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7. Ali Khatibi

What Ali and Cristine Reyes went through after the latter's preterm birth was not easy.

But he simply had to be strong for his wife and Baby Amarah.

After that phase, he has continued "learning new things" about fatherhood.

In an interview with PEP, he added, "Grabe pala, I'm so overprotective. I could be so maarte with my daughter, inaalagaan ko talaga siya."

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8. Paul Soriano

The producer/director has learned the art of watching a film and at the same time taking care (e.g. feeding and burping) of Baby Seve.

Now nine months old, the baby boy of Toni Gonzaga has become daddy's watching buddy.

9. Chito Miranda

The Parokya Ni Edgar lead vocalist's life now revolves around Baby Alfonso. On Instagram, he wrote, "Eto ang mundo ko. LORD, maraming maraming salamat po."

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10. JC Intal

Bianca Gonzalez's daughter is a certified "daddy's girl."

The host said about JC and Baby Lucia: "Yung husband ko is talagang the joy, all the play time, the happiness, lahat kanya.

"Sa akin, wala, super strict, para akong pulis!"

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(L-R) Dingdong Dantes with Zia, Richard Gutierrez with Zion, and Drew Arellano with Primo
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