“Work in progress.”
This was how Paul Soriano described his married life with Toni Gonzaga.
The couple, who tied the knot on June 12, 2015, have a son named Seve.
At their launch as the newest endorsers of Red Ribbon earlier, March 15, the director said, “Yeah, I mean when we got married there was a lot of adjustments.
“With Seve, there was even a lot more adjustments.
“So it’s a nonstop learning, and I think that’s what keeps it exciting.
"So you know exactly, of course, we have our parents to guide us, but there’s nothing like going through the experience—first of all, being a married couple and then being parents.
“It’s like a work in progress every single day.”
For Toni’s part, motherhood has brought her “major, major, as in 180 degrees ang change.”
She elaborated, “Kasi when we got married, parang okay lang sa amin, it’s work, work, work, work, let’s do our passion, it’s what we love to do.
“But ever since Seve came into the picture, parang we want to… Kami ni Paul, ‘Hey how many times did you work this week?’
“Parang we balance it…Kailangan mas laging lamang yung time with Seve or I always make bawi to Seve.”
In the case of Paul whose work takes much longer time to finish, he has become a bit more “choosy” about his projects.
His important requisite: “I want to make sure it’s worth the time away from my son.
“I choose my projects. I make sure that when I’m away from Seve, I’m doing something I’m just passionate about.
"And, at the same time, with the work that I do, I hope that one day, Seve will be proud.”
THREE-IN-ONE. Given their busy schedules and hands-on parenting, do they still have time for each other?
Toni quickly answered, “There’s actually no more alone time.
“Feeling ko, wala nang alone time.
“As for me and Paul, it includes Seve already. When we say ‘we,’ that includes Seve.”
Paul put it this way, “We feel like we’re one, the three of us.
“When we were married, we were one, and then now that Seve has been born, we’re like a three-in-one here.”
During the small-group interview, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked the couple to elaborate on the “no more alone time” pronouncement of Toni.
The Kapamilya host quipped, “Actually, we always talk in our toothbrush time, yun ang parang alone time namin.”
But Paul said, “Actually, yes, of course, majority of our life, is about him. But we do make time."
He acknowledged that their time for each other is “important to married relationships” even if Seve and showbiz commitments usually dominate their day.
He continued, “Yesterday, we had a two-hour break, we had a quick dinner…”
Toni added, “Quick date nights, lunch dates.”
BABY NUMBER 2? Have they thought of giving Seve a baby sister or brother?
Toni quickly replied, “Next question.”
But she later clarified, “Yes, I’m very open to having another kid, but I’m telling Paul na when we’re already parang…
“Kasi Seve is nasa stage na we are instilling yung good moral values, yung manners, yung good conduct.
“So I wanna focus on that muna before bringing in another child, para ma-solidify ko muna yung foundation ni Seve, na yung core niya, mabuo ko muna.”
She went on emphasizing the importance of formative years, which are critical for every child’s development. Most parenting books say that this period will have a strong influence on the rest of a child’s life.
Toni wants to make sure that “the first three years, I can be there for him, na personally matutukan siya.”