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At SmartParenting.com.ph, parents who are willing to go the extra mile for their kids is commonplace. Still, we are amazed every time we encounter such stories, including that of dad Anthony Gonzales, who recently went viral for creating a beautiful costume made of balikbayan boxes for his daughter.
The dress was a school requirement. His daughter, Agatha, participated in an online pageant and they were tasked to showcase costumes made out of recycled materials. Anthony, who was formerly an Overseas Filipino Worker, decided to use their old balikbayan boxes to fashion the outfit.
Anthony, who was a former art director for in-flight magazine Mabuhay, was inspired by the story of two Philippine eagles being loaned to Wildlife Reserves Singapore, which they previously featured in the magazine.
“I remembered that story [and] I told my sister, why don’t we just make [a dress inspired] by anything with wings, like the Philippine eagle, our [former] national bird Maya, and the Maranao’s sarimanok,” he shares in an interview with Summit Original Videos.
Anthony is a self-confessed “hands-on dad.” A Fine Arts graduate from the University of Santo Tomas, he shares that he enjoys helping his daughter with her creative school projects.
“Pagdating sa mga outfit ni Agatha, sometimes magtatalo kami ng kaunti [kasi] gusto ko maayos ‘yung suot niya,” he says with a smile.
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According to Anthony’s wife, Kristine, the bond they created while creating Agatha’s project was a welcome respite from the challenges that they went through last year. Their family had been based in Singapore for the past 15 years, but after Anthony lost his job, they had to relocate to the Philippines.
“Malaking adjustment ‘yun para sa’min,” she shares. The balikbayan boxes used for Agatha’s costume — 13 of them — are the same ones that they used to ship all their belongings from Singapore to the Philippines when they moved back.
“And then this thing happened, so nakaka-boost rin ng morale sa’min, especially kay Agatha kasi kakalipat niya lang sa new school,” Kristine says. “Naging strong din ‘yung bonding namin.”
Watch the video below to see how Anthony made his creation come to life:
Iba talaga 'pag daddy! Read another dad's inspiring story of how he sewed and designed gowns for his daughter here.