How Joel Cruz avoids favoritism among his twin kids

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Joel Cruz is having fun with his three sets of twins. Recently threw a grand birthday party for his youngest set of twins, Charlotte (L) and Charles.


Joel Cruz relishes raising not just one but three sets of twins—Synne and Sean, Harry and Harvey, Charlotte and Charles.

And though everything has to be times two, the businessman is having fun with his six children.

But how does he show them that he has no favorite?

"Kapag wala pang gaanong isip yung bata, feelings, ipakikita mo sa kanila; show your feelings sa parehong bata.

"Kapag nakakaintindi na sila at nakakapagsalita na sila, you have you tell them...'I love you both.'

"So dapat malaman nila yon through communication, kapag nakakaintindi na sila.

"Pero kung di pa sila nakakapagsalita, di pa sila nakakaintindi, show them through the emotions and feelings, hugs and kisses."

EASIER BY THE NUMBER. Joel finds shopping for twins easier as some brands have readily available sets for twins.

"Mas madali, actually, e. Just two of everything 'tapos meron ding boy and girl.

"So kung ano yung available design... Oo, laging pareho, laging same color kahit babae at lalaki.

"Kapag parehong lalaki, minsan bibili ka ng dalawang piraso, kunware yung polo nila blue, dalawang piraso rin.

"Choice mo yung shorts like black, dalawang piraso lang ng ganyan."

Joel always buys identical clothes for his kids, "Para ma-identify talaga na kambal sila.

"Saka para rin wala yung, 'Mas maganda yung sa isa,' di ba? Dapat pantay-pantay."

What if one of the twins wants a different design?

"Pagka may isip na yung mga bata, gusto naman nila na magkaiba yung identity nila...

"Kunware parehas girl 'tapos gusto nung isa pink, gusto nung isa yellow.

"Minsan, ganun yung nangyayari. Pero walang problema."

As early as now, Joel has been encouraging his kids to go for what they want.

"Kung ano yung passion ng anak ko, kung ano yung gusto nilang gawin ay susuportahan ko na lang sila.

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"Ayoko kasi na sa akin manggaling yung plano nila sa buhay nila, ayokong magdikta sa mga anak ko.

"Na gusto kong mag-artista ka or gusto kong mag-doctor ka, or gusto kong maging lawyer or singer ka.

"Titingnan ko kung anong kaya ng anak ko. Kung saan yung passion niya.

"Susuportahan ko yun bilang magulang nila."

What if they're inclined to enter showbiz?

"Exposed na sila sa ganito, kaya kapag nag-artista sila, alam na nila at sanay na sila.

"Okay sa 'kin yon, basta ang gusto ko lang sa mga anak ko, may talent sila.

"At saka nakaka-inspire din sila ng ibang tao."

This interview took place last May 26, at his mansion in Canyon Woods Residential Resort, Tagaytay, where the first birthday of his youngest twins Charles and Charlotte took place.


The party, which was attended by 600 guests, had an elaborate setup.





Does he spoil his kids?

Joel replied, "To be honest I don`t want to spoil them.

"Kapag meron silang gustong bilhin, I want to check the price... Kapag mahal, di ko binibigay sa kanila.

"Minsan kapag nasa mall kami, maglalagay sila ng gusto nila sa laruan sa cart.

"Kapag nasa cashier counter na kami, di nila napapansin wala na yung iba nilagay nila. Tinanggal ko na."

And, yes, he makes sure the hand-me-downs of Harry and Harvey are kept for Charles.

"Yung sa first set ng kambal, akala ko di na masusundan kaya yung damit nilang niliitan ay pinamigay ko.

"Pero ngayon, since nagko-continue na ako ng anak, sine-safety ko para yun ang ipagamit sa susunod na kambal."


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