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Fathers may not often be associated as nurturing and warm individuals but they continue to be the light and pillar of the family through his hard work, determination to succeed, and selflessness.

When dads get promoted, who do you think benefits from it the most? His family of course. With every success and triumph, it is his family whom he wants to share these big moments with, it is them that continues to fuel him to do well no matter how tired he gets.

While it can’t be helped that sometimes he won’t be around much at home if work gets too busy, there’s always a way to create family time.

This Father’s Day, why not bring the celebration to dad instead of waiting for him?

In line with Firefly LED’s “Kasama Mo” campaign, they are bringing families closer together through a heartwarming Father’s Day tribute.

Celebrating the light and pillar of the family, the hardworking fathers who make sure that their family’s needs are always well taken care of, Firefly LED sits down with three fathers to ask them what fatherhood means to them.

In the video, Daddy Harold, Daddy Mario and Daddy Rowel talk about how much they love their families, and why they don’t mind making sacrifices especially if it means seeing their children grow up happy and well, and most importantly, that their families remain intact.

“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 go through any hardships in life, adding how, one of his daughters is currently going through some problems with her partner who took away his grandchild. Sharing this, it is clear how heartbroken Rowel is over the situation.

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.

However, another thing they also don’t know is that they will be surprising them for Father’s Day.

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 and apologizes for whatever heartaches she may have caused. Rowel receives her with a warm embrace.

Harold is surprised to his children bring him a gift saying that it is the first time that he experienced something like this, and with a shaky voice, adds, “Masarap pala.”

It is definitely a tear jerking experience to hear their stories and see how, with a just a loving hug from their family members and words of appreciation, you’ll see the look of contentment and happiness in the three fathers’ eyes.

That with just a small gesture of appreciation, they are reassured that all of their sacrifices for their families are worth it.

Just like our own fathers.

Now, how do you celebrate your father’s love?