Many people applaud Ogie Diaz as a comedian and host, but behind the camera, a lot of them also commend him as a dedicated father and a loving husband.
Though he may not be your typical father, Ogie Diaz has proven that being a gay is never a hindrance from becoming the best father one could ever be.
Just recently, the supportive dad took to social media to express his reactions over his daughter’s achievement who simply graduated without any academic awards.
Ogie Diaz shared on Facebook the conversation he had with his eldest daughter Erin about getting recognition in school. He also narrated in his post how he cheered up his daughter, who cried when she did not bag scholastic achievements like some of her classmates on her Moving Up Day.
“Sino bang magulang ang ayaw na may medal, may awards, may honors ang anak?” he recalled in a conversation he had with a fellow parent who had asked him how he felt about his daughter not being part of the honor roll.
(What parent wouldn’t want his or her child to have a medal, awards or honors?)
“Umiyak pa ang anak ko bago ang Moving Up Day, dahil wala daw siyang nakuha kahit na ano,” he added.
(My daughter even cried before Moving Up Day because she did not get any recognition.)
While the situation disappointed her daughter so much, the proud father only had reassuring words to say, “Okay lang ‘yan, ‘nak. Basta hindi ka kulelat at alam mong ginawa mo naman ang best mo.”
(That’s ok. As long as you did not come last and you know you did your best.)
The 49-year-old father also shared an advice he and his wife, Georgette del Rosario, would tell their children when it comes to their studies.
“Lagi kong sinasabi sa mga anak ko, di baleng walang awards or honors, basta hindi babagsak, at hindi sakit ng ulo ng lipunan, mabuti kang tao, happy na kami ng mama nila.”
(I always tell my kids, it’s ok not to have awards or honors as long as they don’t get failing grades or become a headache in society, as long as they are good people, their mom and I are happy.)
“Ang tunay na laban ng buhay ay nasa labas ng eskuwela. Importante ang abilidad at diskarte na wala sa curriculum, kundi nasa’yo, nasa impluwensiya ng mga tamang tao sa paligid mo,” he wrote.
(The real fight in life is outside of school. What is important are abilities and how you navigate life, that is not in the curriculum but within you, the influence of the right people around you.)
He then shared his conversation with Erin, where his daughter told him that her classmates find him “cool,” as some of her classmates feel pressure from their parents to be achievers in school.
Ogie Diaz continued telling her daughter that he actually wouldn’t object should she decide not to pursue a college degree, given that she will follow his one condition.
“Sabihin mo nga lang sa akin na tatapusin mo lang ang senior high school at ayaw mo nang mag-college, okay lang sa akin. Basta sa isang kundisyon—kukuha ka ng at least, 5 crash courses one at a time, dahil baka isa dun, matumbok mong gusto mo pala at yun ang itutuloy-tuloy mong ima-master. Dahil gusto ko, gawin mo kung saan ka masaya and at the same time, nata-translate mo ‘yung happiness mo into income,” he said.
(Just tell me you would just finish senior high school and not go to college, that’s OK with me. But on one condition- you will get at least 5 crash courses one at a time, because perhaps with one of those, you will figure out what you really one and continue until you master it. Because what I want is for you to do what makes you happy and, at the same time, you are able to translate your happiness into income.)
“So, ano, nak? You will just finish senior high o magka-college ka after?” he then asked Erin if she would want to pursue college.
(So are you just going to finish senior high or go to college after?)
“Magka-college ako, daddy,” she answered.
(I will go to college, daddy.)
“Okay. If that will make you happy, I will support you all the way.”
As of this writing, the post has reached over 250,000 reactions and 83,000 shares on Facebook.