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  • Awra Briguela's Father On Having Gay Sons: 'Kung Saan Masaya Anak Ko, Doon Ako Masaya'

    As a father, what mattered most to him was his son's happiness.
    by Angela Baylon .
Awra Briguela's Father On Having Gay Sons: 'Kung Saan Masaya Anak Ko, Doon Ako Masaya'
PHOTO BY (from left) instagram/awrabriguela, youtube/karen davila
  • Awra Briguela was only 3-years-old when his dad, Oneal Brian, knew that his son is gay. Since then, how Awra's sexual preference and how he expressed himself was never an issue for the family. In fact, Oneal has always shown how proud he is of his son's talents.

    "Ito (Awra), 3-years-old pa lang ramdam ko na [he's gay]. Kasi kapag binibilhan ko ng bola, ang gusto niyang laruin, 'yung barbie ng ate niya," Oneal recalled in a YouTube interview with veteran news anchor Karen Davila.

    No questions asked, Oneal whole-heartedly accepted Awra. As a parent, what mattered most to him was his son's happiness.

    Oneal shares, "sakin naman po, kung san masaya anak ko, doon po ako masaya. Nung nararamdaman ko na ganoon siya, tinanggap ko na po sa sarili ko. Kasi kung hindi ko po matatanggap, paano pa kaya 'yung ibang tao."

    In a society where members of the LGBTQ+ community continue to strive for acceptance and equality, Awra said his father was never ashamed of having two gay sons. Awra's younger brother, Brion, also identifies as gay.

    It meant a lot for the teen star to have a supportive parent. "Hindi niya po ako kinakahiya sa ibang tao lalo na sa mga tropa at kaibigan niya. Binibida niya pa po kaming magkapatid...Proud siyang may anak siyang gay," Awra shared.

    What Awra learned from his dad

    In the interview, Karen also touched on the topic of separation of Awra's parents. Awra said they have learned to forgive their mom and they are now on good terms. 

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    Feeling emotional, Oneal said it was important for him to teach his kids the value of forgiveness, something he also learned from his parents. "Kasi ang turo po sakin ng mga magulang ko, 'yung tao daw pong nagpapakumbaba, siya ang inaangat ng Diyos," he said.

    Awra also took being forgiving to heart and has helped him in his journey in the entertainment industry saying, "Lahat po 'yung nagiging issue ko. Noong may kaaway po ako, kahit sobra na 'yung ginagawa ng tao, si Papa lang po laging [sinasabi] 'Patawarin mo kasi sila hindi ka nila kayang tingnan sa mata. Sila kaya mo silang tingnan nang nakataas pa 'yung ulo mo."

    From a viral video online, to stardom, now Awra and his family moved into their new house, a fruit of the teen actor's hard work with the help and, of course, support of his loved ones.

    "Super happy po talaga ako na nakalipat na kami kasi this Christmas and New Year sasalubungin namin 'yung bagong taon nang maganda 'yung house namin," he happily shared.

    Awra and his dad show how a loving  parent-child relationship helps kids to grow their self-confidence, which is vital so they can thrive in life.

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