During the quarantine, many of us found new hobbies or reconnected with old ones that we used to never have time for. This father and daughter discovered their shared love for dancing, and TikTok provided them their audience.
Nikki Capulong, 22, was trying to get her dad Fernando "Jun" Capulong, Jr., 53, to dance with her on video even before the quarantine was imposed due to COVID-19 cases. When she finally convinced him to make dancing covers, their TikTok collaborations took the social media platform by storm.
It all started when Nikki took a video of her dad without his knowledge. During one of those mornings, Daddy Jun, who's currently working as a tricycle driver, would wake her up while cleaning. Nikki, the town's Sangguniang Kabataan chairperson, posted the video online and received many requests for the dad and daughter duo to collaborate.
Jun, a choreographer and dancer during his prime years, hesitated and was shy at first, thinking his dancing days are through, and his body wouldn't let him dance like he used to. Eventually, he agreed. Nikki then uploaded their first dad and daughter dancing cover collaboration.
"Na-reach po namin 'yung million views! Tapos binasa ko sa kanya yung comments, d'un po siya na-motivate. And at the same time po, nagiging exercise at bonding na rin po namin," Nikki shared.
Admittedly, Daddy Jun already had his foot in the door and just went along to make more videos with his daughter. For Nikki, it was a blast spending time with her family and doing something they both enjoy. She also realized that dancing was a simple way that entertained others amidst the pandemic.
Later on, Daddy Jun acknowledged what her daughter Nikki had been doing all along by posting dancing covers and encouraged others to do the same. "Ang talent po hindi tinatago, kumbaga inilalabas, 'wag na kayong mahiya," he said.