Saab Magalona-Bacarro remembers her father, Francis M, over a decade since his death as the man who made his kids laugh by sloppily eating a mango. More than the Philippines' "Master Rapper," his children remember him as a fun dad.
If there's any parenting advice she picked up from her father who was taken from them so young at age 44, "it’s to keep creating fun memories", Magalona-Bacarro told Summit Sandwich Sessions.
"My dad, he really wasn’t a disciplinarian... My mom always says na my dad would do anything for a laugh. He calls him Francis 'Anything-For-A-Laugh' Magalona kasi he would literally do anything to make us laugh," she said.
"So yun talaga yung nag stick sa akin...He would have some mango on the table, and he knows it will make us laugh if parang bababuyin niya 'yun on the plate and we would burst out laughing. It's just silly," she added.
In the two decades she spent with her father, Magalona-Bacarro said her dad was not one to give advice. "Everytime we ask for his permission, he always says 'ask your mom'. He never gave me advice. Just make your kids laugh--that's what I would take from him and what I experienced with him," she said.
"I want to have that with my kids rin. I want them to remember me as a fun mom, [to have them grow up and say] I wanna be with mom and oh I miss mom. I want to have that, just make your kids laugh," she added.