Ogie Diaz Recalls The Exact Moment When He Opened Up To His Kids About Being GayBeing gay did not keep him from being the best father he can be to his 5 daughters.by Angela Baylon .
Ogie and Georgette have five daughters, Erin, Godhie, Georgina, Cory, and Mira. In a previous interview with Karen Davila, the comedian shared that he really wanted to have his own family despite being a gay man.
"Sabi ko sa nanay ko, gusto ko mag-ampon. Eh siyempre gusto magkaroon ng matawag na sariling akin. 'Yun nga bigla siyang (Mirasol) dumating. So, naisip ko 'yung sinasabi ng nanay ko," Ogie shared.
Since then, Ogie has proved that while their family set-up may be unconventional in the eyes of some, his gender was not a hindrance for him to become the best father he can be to his five daughters.
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He said he did not confronted the situation in a direct manner. "Hindi ko na sinabi na 'anak may pagtatapat ako sa'yo.' Sa akin ang ginawa ko, kumuha lang ako ng pagkakataon."
And that perfect moment presented itself when his firstborn daughter got teased in school on Father's Day.
"Nagtatalo 'yung mga anak ko sa harap ko. Ano lang sila, nursery." Ogie shared that Erin got teased when a classmate saw their family picture and said: 'Bakla naman 'yang daddy mo eh.'
The talent manager asked his kids if they were offended by Erin's classmate's remarks and they said no. Ogie remembered giving this advice to his kids: "Next time pag nag-insist pa sila na bakla si daddy niyo, 'wag kayo magagalit." He then quipped, "Tsaka kayo magalit pag sinabi ang daddy niyo tomboy."
Vicki then asked him, "Na-gets ba nila 'yon?' To which Ogie replied, "Indirectly, na-gets nila 'yon."CONTINUE READING BELOWRecommended Videos
Since day one, Ogie's sexual orientation is a non-issue to his family. "Bading na ko no'n 7 years old pa lang ako tatay ko walang pakialam, nanay ko rin," he shared to Vicki.
This is all the more true now that he has a family of his own. In 2014, Ogie shared that he opened up about being a gay family man to a psychologist. "Sinabi sa akin ng isang psychologist na okay lang (maging ako), as long as I am present for my children," says Ogie in a yahoo!news interview.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) agrees on the importance of a father's presence in their children's lives. According to AAP, paternal involvement in a child’s upbringing was found to be associated with a decrease of high-risk behaviors, lower rates of teen pregnancy, improved cognitive development, and higher protection from depression.
Read a gay dad's heartfelt letter to his son here.
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