This year, we've seen dads step up to the plate when it comes to taking care and raising the kids. It's the year when the paternity leave is getting a boost (Thank you, Mark Zuckerberg!), when absent-fathers should be held responsible in paying child support (hopefully, this law gets passed!), and when dads generally take a more active role in parenting.
To illustrate this emerging trend (yes, we moms love that we're stuck alone with the kids while dads bring home the bacon), we need not look far. Celebrity dads are proud to show that, hey, they want to be involved! Check out these celebrity dads that owned parenting this year.
This list is not ranked.
1. Doug Kramer
Doug has always been the dad. Seeing him wearing makeup, hair accessories, or nail polish isn't new. On top of that, he's not afraid to be left alone with Kendra, Scarlett, or Gavin. He even goes out on one-on-one dates with each of them. This photo shows Doug on a date with Kendra.
2. Dingdong Dantes
The new doting dad to the very adorable Baby Zia upped the daddy game plan when he flew to Paris days after his wife Marian Rivera gave birth. No worries, it's for his daughter's future; he was taking a stand to fight climate change!
3. Ryan Agoncillo
The AlDub phenomenon has taken the country (and the world via Twitter!) by a storm. Ryan Agoncillo even used the popular kalyeserye to teach his daughter Yohan about the proper courtship in the Filipino culture. He has also been teaching her how to play the guitar, and together with preggy wife, actress Judy Ann Santos, have been bringing the kids along to exercise sesson.
4. Patrick Garcia
When we talked to his preggy wife Nikka Martinez, she gushed about Patrick being a hands-on dad. Since the couple are expecting Baby Patrice soon, he took over Ate Chelsea's toilet duties--he even wakes up in the middle of the night just to assist her.
5. Ali Khatibi
The mixed martial arts fighter stepped up when he and fiancée Cristine Reyes brought their preemie daughter Amarah home after just one month in the NICU. He bathed her, fed her, burped her (until now he does these things). He even went as far as monitoring Amarah breathing while sleeping.
6. Jimmy Alapag
The basketball pro-turned-coach didn't let his travels eat away his time with his son Ian Maximus. While on business trips, he made sure to keep in touch online. Jimmy helped his son brush his teeth while he was away on a work trip.
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7. Troy Montero
The dad-and son duo spend a lot of time together. He and son Hunter attended the Comic Con together, and he made sure the little Spidey fan had his rest and snack in between checking out books and toys booths.
8. JC Intal
The new dad was with his wife Bianca Gonzales when she was delivering Baby Lucia into this world. In fact, he was even the one who posted their first family photo with him still dressed in scrubs and hair cap.
9. Matt Evans
The Kapamilya actor is expecting another baby soon. We bet he will be as hands-on to his third child as he is now with his two elder kids. His daughter Marley is a certified Daddy's girl. Look how she sat on her dad's lap while he was getting a haircut.
10. Marc Pingris
This pro baller likes to spend time with his kids. We are sure that he spent time teaching his son Mic his basketball moves. He also teaches Mic and Caela about his humble beginnings by way of teaching them household chores like washing the dishes.
11. Oyo Sotto
Riding bikes is this celebrity dad-of-three's hobby. It's also his exercise, and even rides with wife Kristine. It's only natural that he be the one to teach his kids how to bike. Kiel is already a pro, he said. Daughter Ondrea is definitely getting there, thanks to her dad.
12. Ogie Alcasid
The singer-songwriter dad is not wasting time bonding with his son Nate over, what else, but music--both singing and playing instruments. It runs in his blood. This shot was taken by none other than her mom, Asia's Songbird Regine Velazquez.
13. Richard Gutierrez
Richard have said time and time again that he would rather spend time with his too-cute of a toddler, Zion. Good thing they spend most of their time at home or taping their reality show It Takes Guts to be a Gutierrez.
14. Dennis Trillo
He might not be with his son Calix 24/7 (the little boy lives with his mom former beauty queen Carlene Aguilar and her family), but Dennis makes sure that every time he's with Calix, they have fun. Here they are bowling; sometimes they play basketball, too!
15. Paulo Avelino
Same with Paulo. When he has his time with son Aki (with ex-girlfriend, actress LJ Reyes), he's sure to make the most out of it. Paulo teacher Aki how to skateboard because that's also one of his hobbies. He also takes him to (cool) haircuts, and plays Frisbee with him.