There’s so much responsibility involved in being a father, it’s a job that you can’t quit and lasts for a lifetime.
“Mga anak ko, lagi lang akong nandito para sa inyo,” promises Mario, one of the three real-life fathers featured in Firefly LED’s Father’s Day tribute.
More than just providing for the family financially, fathers also provide strength and support, making them the light and pillars of the family.
In line with its “Kasama Mo” campaign, Firefly LED shows us how our dear hardworking fathers are always able to make their love felt even when they’re busy working through the many selfless acts that they do for their family’s benefit.
“Ako ang nag-aalaga sa kanila, lahat ng pangangailangan nila, pag-aaral, pagkain, baon nila araw araw, kung ano yung kailangan, yun ang ginagampanan,” says Harold, a 43-year-old single father and architect of his responsibility to his three children.
When asked what kind of father he is to his children, Rowel, a 47-year-old electrician has this to say, “Mapagmahal na ama. Hanggang kaya ko magtrabaho, gagawin ko. Sila lang ang kayamanan ko sa buhay.”
Fifty-year-old driver turned real estate agent, Mario, takes pride in being able to provide for his children, especially for their education, “Napagtapos ko silang lahat. Masasabi ko pa rin naman na naging maayos yung pagpapalaki ko sa kanila.”
When asked what it is that they continue to pray for their family, a teary-eyed Mario says that he doesn’t want a broken family, same with Rowel, who shares he doesn’t want his children to suffer any hardships in life, adding how, one of his daughters is currently going through some problems with her partner who took away their child.
As the three fathers were talking about the joys and sacrifices of being a father, unbeknownst to them their families have been listening to their interviews, shedding tears of appreciation for their beloved fathers.
This time, it’s their families who will be making the effort to celebrate the wonderful fathers that they are. Selfless, loving, and will do anything for their families.
“Siya yung tipo ng tatay na isusubo nalang yung pagkain, iuuwi pa sa ‘min, mahal na mahal ka namin,” says Rowel’s eldest daughter, who couldn’t help but cry as she recounts how selfless their father is when it comes to providing for their needs.
Rowel’s daughter is equally filled with emotions when she greets her father, saying “thank you” for everything that he has done for them and apologizes for whatever heartaches she may have caused. Rowel receives her with a warm embrace.
“Ang pagiging ama kasi kailangan laging kasama mo mga anak mo para nagagabayan mo,” says Rowel.
Harold’s children also surprises him with a visit and giving him a Father’s Day gift. He says that it is the first time he has ever experienced something like this, and with a shaky voice, adds, “Masarap pala.” His hugs his youngest son who tells him sorry for the things that he did that disappointed him, and reassures him that he is loved.
It is definitely heartwarming to hear their stories and see how, with a just a loving hug from their family members and words of appreciation, one can easily see the look of contentment and happiness in their eyes.
That with just a small gesture of appreciation, they are reassured that all of their sacrifices for their families are worth it.
“Darating din ang panahon na magiging magulang sila, sana ganon din ang gawin ng mga anak nila sakanila,” ends Harold.
How do you celebrate your father’s love?