At three years old, John Prats's daughter Feather is already showing interest in showbiz.
The ABS-CBN actor says, "Nakikita ko sa kanya na gusto niya. She loves to sing, to dance. Kapag napapanood ako sa Probinsyano, gusto rin niya makita sarili niya sa TV.
"That's how I started. I wanna see myself sa TV nung bata ako, e. Iyon lang iyong motivation ko nung bata ako kaya ako nag-artista, e."
But admittedly, John is hesitant to allow his daughter Feather and son Freedom to enter showbiz at a young age.
Speaking from experience, the former child star continues, "Siyempre ngayon, gusto ko mag-focus muna sila sa pag-aaral nila. Doon ako nahihirapan nung bata ako, e, to balance studies.
"Ang dami kong na-sacrifice, ang dami kong hindi nagawa, and I want them to experience those stuff.
"And then eventually, pagka lumaki-laki naman sila and gusto nila, wala naman ako magagawa, it's their choice. I'm just here to support them. But for now, I mean, enjoy nila pagkabata nila."
At what age will John allow Feather and Freedom to enter showbiz?
The celebrity dad quips, "Around… never!"
While John wants to be supportive of his children should they decide to enter showbiz in the future, he knows first-hand how difficult it can be to maintain a steady career as an actor.
He may have been in the industry for 28 years, but, he points out, "Not everyone nagkakaroon ng ganoong experience at ganoong path...
"Now, I'm shifting to directing. Alam mo iyong blessing na lang ang mga nangyayari?"
This is why he appears reluctant to let his children have an early start on a showbiz career. He would rather they focus on having long-term goals instead.
"I want them to have a long-term plan for themselves. Gusto ko iyong habang-buhay na maging successful sila.
"Kung gusto nila maging doctor, that's a long-term journey for them, a long-term plan. Okay naman ako doon. I'll support them...
"Siyempre gusto ko ng maging okay din mga future nila. Iyon naman ang gusto ng mga parents, e. And now, I understand my parents.
"That's why gusto ko two kids lang, e. At least dalawang buhay lang ang iisipin ko. If I have five, I have five kids na iisipin ko na sana lahat sila maging okay.
"I want them to study. I want them to have a long-term goal."
Feather and Freedom are John's kids with wife Isabel Oli.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) spoke to John at the Johnson & Johnson event held in Makati City on November 19, 2019.