Ogie Diaz looms large in the careers of Liza Soberano and other stars as their "tatay-tatayan" in showbiz.
But to his four elder daughters with partner Sol del Rosario, he is larger than life.
In an interview with Philippine Daily Inquirer published on June 18, 2017, the comedian said it’s best to handle the struggles of parenting in a humorous way.
He pointed out, “Millennials ang mga ’yan."
Meaning, they are frequent social media users and as such they are instructed by their dad "not to comment on my Facebook page, to avoid bashers."
The gay dad explained “not everyone might understand our situation."
And like any dad, he does not want his children to be bullied.
Ogie is reluctant even to name his daughters on social media.
As a parent, Ogie looks into his own life in guiding his daughters.
On his Facebook post last Sunday, June 18, he recalled a private conversation between him and his eldest daughter Erin, who was back then graduating from elementary.
He wrote, ”Gusto niyang malaman kung nakapasa ba siya sa entrance exams para sa Grade 7 sa isang school.
"Ipinabasa ko sa kanya ang mahabang text message sa akin ng admin ng school, at ang huling message: 'Did not pass the assessment.'
"I asked my daughter, 'Malungkot ka ba, anak?'"
To which Erin responded, "Hindi naman, daddy. Gano'n talaga, eh. Okay lang po 'yon."
"Anak, 'wag kang malungkot, ha?
"Kasi, si daddy, nag-entrance exams noon ng college sa UP, hindi rin ako nakapasa.
"Kasi, kung nakapasa si daddy, baka tinapos ko ang college ko tapos wala ako sa showbiz, nasa ibang work ako.
"Baka hindi ko rin na-meet ang mama mo eh di wala rin kayong magkakapatid, di ba?
"Kaya kapag hindi ibinigay ni God ang gusto mo, 'wag mong pilitin dahil may mas maganda Siyang plano para sa 'yo.
"Look at daddy, High school graduate lang ako, pero kahit paano, may narating naman ang daddy, di ba?"
Then Erin cried and the reason she gave choked up her dad.
Ogie related what she said, “’Hindi naman ako umiiyak, daddy, kung hindi ako nakapasa eh.
“’Umiiyak ako kasi sobrang proud lang ako sa 'yo, daddy!’”
"Ayun, ako naman ang nagpigil ng luha."
FIFTH DAUGHTER. Ogie also revealed during his Inquirer interview that they recently welcomed the newest addition to the Diaz family, his four-month-old baby girl.
He revealed, "The baby was born premature and had to spend over four months in the hospital."
They are hoping to bring her home on Monday, June 26.