• Vic Sotto: 'Susi Pa Rin ang Magulang to Keep the Family Intact'

    According to Vic, co-parenting with the moms of his four grown-up kids has never been a problem
    by Allan Olga .
  • Is Vic Sotto the strict type or a spoiler?

    “I’m a little bit of both,” responds the 63-year-old comedian-host at the December 20 press conference of his latest movie, Meant To Beh. “Kung kailangan maging disciplinarian, nagdidisiplina ako. Kung kelangan mag-spoil, nagsu-spoil din ako.”

    Since four of his five kids are grown-ups now (and two are parents), Vic says he does not meddle with their private affairs unless they seek his help. “I’m the type of parent na hindi ako nangingialam sa mga desisyon na pwede nilang pagdesisyunan. He continues, “Sina Danica, Oyo, I only speak 'pag kinailangan nila ng advice at pag kailangang i-discipline.”

     

    Danica, 34, and Oyo, 33, are Vic’s children with former wife Dina Bonnevie. The actor's other children are: Paulina, 26, his daughter with former actress Angelu Luz, and Vico, 28, his son with actress Coney Reyes and who is currently a Pasig City councilor. Vic is currently married to Pauleen Luna, who gave birth to a baby girl, Talitha Marie, last November.

    Becoming a father again after more than two decades, the Eat Bulaga! host admits to feeling excited. “New talaga dahil yung last baby ko, yung ex-bunso ko, is now 26 years old and may asawa na,” he relates, referring to Paulina. “Isa na lang sa mga anak ko ang walang asawa si Vico.”

    According to Vic, co-parenting with the moms of his four kids has never been a problem. “Like si Oyo no’n medyo malikot na bata, sa akin pinatira ni Dina para madisiplina. At siguro maganda naman ang nagawa ko for him kasi ganda ng attitude niya ngayon at buhay niya ngayon.”

    Did he ever resort to spanking his children while growing up? “Nung araw namamalo ako, pero bihira. Ang hirap, e. Kasi sabi rin nila dapat pag nagdisiplina [namamalo] sabi nila na Bible raw,” he relates. “Sa mga anak ko, si Danica minsan ko lang napalo. Ako ang unang umiyak. Si Oyo, konti lang din, pero di ko na inulit. Si Paulina, never.

    “Si Vico minsan kasi utos ng nanay nasa Bible daw yun,” Vic continues, who may be referring to Biblical verses about discipline that remains debatable. “Minsan ko lang ginawa, pero hindi ko nagustuhan ang feeling.” 

    Between corporeal punishment and sitting with the child to talk, Vic prefers the latter. “Mas okay sa akin yung mag-usap na lang kayo o magpataw ka ng punishment, not necessarily physical. I tried [spanking] I didn’t like it,” he stresses.

    For Vic, raising kids who are kind and respectful relies on the closeness of the child's relationship with his parents. “Key word is bonding, bonding kahit na ano ginagawa ninyo. It doesn’t have to be expensive, pwede namang naglalaro lang kayo ng 123 Pass [card game] and as far as relationships are concerned, yung pamilya I think ang susi pa rin [nasa] sa father and the nanay. Yung mag-asawa pa rin. Sila ang maga-guide ng family.”

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    He continues that while some families are not the conventional type, such as the parents may be separated, it should not stop them from being good parents. “Kung may mga diperensya, hindi nawawala yon, e. And for me, what’s important is accept what he or she is. Adjust.” 

    Continuing to reflect on parenthood, he adds, “I think it’s a lifelong process. So ang susi pa rin is yung sa magulang how to keep the family intact.” 

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