Being a good husband and father is not easy. And while top TV host and actor Ryan Agoncillo knows this, he feels blessed that despite the challenges, he finds the most fulfillment and enjoyment in these two roles.
Now married for six years to superstar wife Judy Ann Santos, with whom he is raising daughter Yohan and son Lucho, Ryan makes sure that he spends quality time with his “most prized possessions” besides seeing to his flourishing career.
After all, he grew up with a strong sense of family, looking up to his own dad and brother as his great examples. And like them, he is a hands-on dad who always makes his own kids his top priority, evident even in his former Instagram handle, “ThatsMyTatayRyan.”
“There is no such thing as typical weekend in our home. But you can be sure it would be a merry mix of sweating it out running, biking, swimming or maybe all of them, with great food by the missus. There’s lots of play and laugh time with the kids either at home or out of town—whatever the setting, it’s the same banana,” Ryan, who turned 36 on April 10, said happily in an interview.
He describes Yohan and Lucho as “both very funny, but with very confident personalities,” and the proud father can’t help but be amazed with the surprises the pair pulls from one moment to the next.
“They’re growing up too fast,” Ryan moaned. “That’s why I want to be with them as much as I can.”
And so, just like any regular dad who takes care to manage time for work and the home, Ryan also makes sure he only takes on a set amount of commitments. Besides co-hosting Eat Bulaga, which is a daily noontime program, his only “add-on” for the moment is the Sunday night GMA Network sitcom Ismol Family, which he is happy to share, is already on its fourth season.
Naturally, playing husband and dad is second nature to Ryan now, especially with what he considers the show’s very relatable storyline that continues to prop up Ismol Family at the top of TV ratings.
“Apart from the good vibes on set, I would like to believe that the writing is just plain crazy and highly imaginative. You know it’s going to be good when you’re laughing alone just reading off the pages of the script. And also the captain of our ship, director Dominic Zapata, is really the funniest man on the set, whipping everything up to a frenzy,” he elaborated.
In Ismol Family, Ryan plays the role of Jingo, a responsible and loving husband to his pretty and strong-willed wife Majay played by Carla Abellana.
“Jingo is a merry-mix of a couple of dads that I know—some I admire and some I just find flat out funny. There’s not much in common between my real life as a dad and Jingo except maybe his devotion to family and love for bicycles.”
With both his career and family on a high, Ryan—who is currently in New Zealand bonding with his family for his birthday and his sixth wedding anniversary with Juday—left Manila just before Holy Week with the most appropriate wish.
“I wish my kind of good vibes on everyone,” the birthday boy ended.
Ismol Family airs tonight after Vampire Ang Daddy Ko on GMA Network.