Jhong Hilario couldn’t look any happier talking about being a new dad on “Your Face Sounds Familiar” last Saturday, April 17.
“First time maging tatay at sobrang sarap. Iba talaga ‘yung feeling. Kapag kamukha mo, grabe! Iba,” he said smiling.
But being a dad means having a set of responsibilities and priorities, and all he wants right now is to be there for his family, especially for his daughter Sarina. So he has decided to step back from the show.
Via video call, the Sample King explained, that though it was not an easy choice, he’s doing it out of love.
“Nakakalungkot na sabihin ‘to sa inyong lahat na kailangan ko munang magpaalam sa ‘Your Face Sounds Familiar’. Meron kasing bata na… Alam mo kapag may naramdaman ang bata, hindi siya nakakapagsalita, eh. Pinag-isipan ko ‘to, hindi ako nakatulog, pero itong desisyon na ‘to talagang iniisip ko talaga ‘yung anak ko, eh. Gusto kong malaman niya paglaki niya kaya ko ginawa ‘yun dahil mahal ko siya,” he said.
He also took the time to thank ABS-CBN and everyone on “Your Face Sounds Familiar” for the support and understanding.
“Gusto kong pasalamatan ang buong ABS-CBN management, ang ‘Your Face Sounds Familiar’ family dahil sa pagiintindi nila nung nagpaalam ako sa kanila,” Jhong added. “Talagang sinabi nila na, ‘Yes, family first.’ Maraming salamat, mga Kapamilya.”
Host Luis Manzano also expressed his encouragement for Jhong during the show and sent him well wishes.
“Naiintindihan namin ‘yun. Mahal ka namin. At sabi nga namin, always family first. We wish you the best the newest chapter ng inyong buhay. Good luck and we will see you soon!” said Luis.
Jhong and his partner Maia Azores welcomed Sarina, their first child, last March.
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