Otterbox ambassador Paolo Abrera shares his thoughts on fatherhood
Right after the very first Drop Test event, we featured three of the Otterbox Philippines’ Brand Ambassadors – Lorraine Lapus, Rovilso Fernandez, and Jamie Pizarro. With the second Drop Test coming in on Fathers’ Day, I thought it would be great to interview the only father in our group of ambassadors, Paolo Abrera.
We invited Paolo at the Otterbox Store in Sekai, Greenhills, for a short and casual interview. I instantly recognized the qualities of a father-slash-news reporter in the way he carried himself. He was properly dressed. He was very attentive. Best of all, he arrived 5 minutes before call time!
Paolo excitedly shared with us his life as a father. We’re very thrilled to share with you what we discovered.
Paolo heads a household of one beautiful wife and three lovely daughters, and plays the “muscle man.” He tries to fulfill his children’s request of building stuff, such as bird houses. He has to fix the plumbing if it gets broken. And he does those things on top of being the bread winner of the family!
Being the only guy at home is challenging for him at times because none of his girls do some of the things he does. “If the toilet seat is left up, I’m the only suspect!” he says with a laugh.
“Fun,” is what Paolo answers when I ask him to describe his family in one word. It clearly shows because despite the challenges of raising a family these days, you can see that Paolo focuses on the fun of being a hands-on dad.
He loves cooking for his family, playing with his children, and having one-on-one activities with each of them. Paolo makes it a habit to have breakfast with his entire family before going to work and before sending his daughters to school. He tries to make time in the afternoon, and even invites them to jog with him.
“Perhaps I got it from my dad,” he says about the way he interacts with his family.
According to Paolo, he feels that every day is Fathers’ Day with his family, but he does admit that he’s very excited about the real thing. “They wake up early and make these posters for me that say, ‘Happy Fathers’ Day!’” He says that, sometimes, his kids would even attempt to cook for him. Of course, they would just make a mess out of the kitchen.
With such great Fathers’ Day memories, he can’t pick a single most memorable one. He only looks forward to spending quality time with his family.
It was nice having that conversation with Mr. Paolo Abrera. It makes us reflect on how much our fathers have sacrificed just to give us a good life and make us happy.
So make sure to prepare something that would make his day special.
Happy Fathers’ Day to my dad, to your dad, and to every dad in the world!