Kapamilya actor Richard Gutierrez couldn't hide his excitement as he eagerly awaits the birth of his second child with fiancee Sarah Lahbati.
“Exciting kasi madadagdagan ng kapatid si Zion, 'tapos isa pang lalake.
“Sobrang excited na kaming lahat,” he said.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) caught up with Richard during the thanksgiving presscon for the anticipated ending of the Kapamilya prime-time drama-fantaserye La Luna Sangre starring Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla.
The press conference was held last January 20, at ABS-CBN's 9501 restaurant, ELJ Building, Quezon City.
WEDDING PLANS. Because of Sarah's pregnancy, Richard said they had to put their wedding plans on hold.
The 34-year-old actor explained, “Oo, siyempre kasi ang main focus namin ngayon is for the baby to come out next month.
“So Sarah is gonna give birth, yun ang focus namin.
“After that, napag-uusapan na namin yung wedding, may mga plano na kami, pero yung focus namin nasa baby pa.
“Medyo na-delay lang nang konti. Hopefully, sooner. “
Will they tie the knot here in Manila or will they do it abroad?
He replied, “Oo nga, e. Masarap din yung gano'n [wedding abroad].
"Pinag-iisipan namin yung gano'n.
“Pero siyempre, may mga opinions yung mga parents namin.
“Pero ngayon nagpaplano na kami kung anong mangyayari.”
Richard also pointed out that even if Sarah gives birth to their second baby here, the child will also have Sarah's dual citizenship status.
FATHERHOOD'S POSITIVE EFFECT. In his past interview with PEP.ph, Richard noted a lot of positive changes since his transfer to ABS-CBN.
He also mentioned how fatherhood helped revive his passion for acting.
“Fatherhood changed me completely not only in acting.
“It goes deeper into your core, yung pagkatao mo na, 'Wow, yung purpose mo, iba.'
“So ang sarap ng feeling na yun.”
When Zion came into his life, he found life's deeper meaning.
Richard shared, “Hindi mo mapi-pinpoint, e.
“Pero alam mo, bago lumabas si Zion, ang dami kong mga kaibigan na may mga anak who would say, 'Alam mo, magbabago ka.'
“'Tapos ako naman, 'Paano naman ako mababago, e, magkakaanak?'
“Pero I guess you just want to spend time at home more, and excited kang umuwi, excited kang magkaroon ng free time.
“It just changes your outlook in life, parang higher purpose in life.”
AS A DAD. When it comes to child discipline, Richard admitted that he is more lenient compared to Sarah, who tends to be the stricter.
“Parang si Sarah...parang ako lang yung makulit na tatay na...mabait naman si Zion, e.
“Nakikinig naman siyang bata.
“Pag alam niyang may mali siyang ginawa, nari-realize naman niya.”
Richard also doesn't believe in spanking as part of child discipline.
“Hindi. Wala, hindi kami naniniwala sa gano'n.”