Toni Gonzaga and Paul Soriano have mixed feelings about the idea of their son Seve entering showbiz.
It is “something we don’t want to close our doors to,” said the dad, but, “in my opinion, if I’ll have my choice, of course, I wouldn’t want Seve to join,” said the mom.
The host-actress elaborated, “I would want him to pursue a different path, diferent career. But you know, I don’t want to control him also so whatever it is that his heart desires, we will support it fully."
Toni started working at the age of 13. Having been in the business for three decades, she knows it's not a walk in the park.
At the launch event of one of their family's endorsements, she told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), "I guess because I’ve been here parang feeling ko all my life, and I’ve been through so much in the industry, I know how it works, you know.
"I just want him to explore something different. I don’t wanna see my child go through what I’ve been through. Parang alam mo yung so much heartaches and pains?
"And exposing him to that, siyempre as a mother, I want to shield him as much as possible, and I want him to grow up in a normal life, in a normal setting."
At present, they're trying to find out his interests.
Toni continued, "We’re enrolling him to different classes now para mahanap niya ano yung passions niya, para mahanap saan siya nag-e-enjoy…we will take it from there."
Paul added, "So as parents, we’re trying to manage it, we’re trying to give him as normal childhood as possible."
That's the reason why they like traveling.
"We can kinda be ourselves," said Paul.
Some celebrity parents do not want their kids to be in the public eye, Seve, however, is more exposed to what his famous mom and dad do.
Paul remarked, "We try to minimalize it as much as possible, and see how he grows up, then eventually, will have his own life, then he will tell us, and we’ll support him one hundred percent.
Toni threw in, "I know it’s hard, but we are trying our best to, you know, find a way to balance it.
"Na yes he’s our son, in a way, napupunta na siya sa limelight, but sana mas malaki yung part ng buhay niya na normal siya, na normal yung childhood niya."
The couple "balance" it by making sure they have enough time with their tot.
Toni underlined, "Time management and communication with Paul is very important.
"We always sit down and check our schedules, and we always see to it that we spend more time with Seve more than our work."
Do they allow him to use gadgets?
The director answered, "We try to limit it as much as possible. There’s certain period of time that he’s allowed.
"We kind of try to at least moderate it, and make sure he watches educational videos."
Toni said they like how they were raised by their parents, but they want their parenting style to be "relevant to the times," too.
"We want to raise Seve the way were raised by our parents…but we want to make it our own style.
"We want to raise him the traditional way, but me and Paul, we want to come up with a system as a couple…" she ended.