MABALACAT, Pampanga - Raising infant twins and running for the Senate can be a headache. But senatorial candidate Mar Roxas said Wednesday he has found a way to juggle fatherhood and politics, thanks to modern technology.
Before hitting the campaign trail every day, Roxas makes a Facetime call to his wife, broadcaster Korina Sanchez-Roxas, and his twins Pepe and Pilar, who are in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
His family had stayed behind there where the fraternal twins were born by surrogacy. Roxas and his wife flew to the US earlier this month to meet their children, but he had to come back after a few weeks to return to the campaign.
“Sa Facetime, bago umalis ng bahay, nakikita ko sila (Through Facetime, before I leave the house, I see them),” Roxas told reporters on the sidelines of his campaign in Pampanga.
“Napakasarap talaga. Hindi talaga mabura sa labi ko 'yung mga ngiti dahil hindi nawawala sa isip ko si Pepe at si Pilar (It feels really good. The smile on my face won't go away because Pepe and Pilar are always on my mind),” said Roxas, who is seeking a return to the Senate under opposition coalition Otso Diretso.
Roxas, 61, and Sanchez, 54, welcomed their children a decade after their marriage in 2009.
Sanchez-Roxas has been generous in posting snippets of their hands-on parenting on her Instagram account.
Among these were photos of the former senator “trying to burp the babies.”
“Nasa schedule na every 2 hours, papakainin mo ng 2 ounces kasi ito 'yung growing years. Kung mawala sa every 2 hours ang pakain ng isang sanggol, maaantala 'yung kaniyang development. So pati yan inaaral natin 'yan,” Roxas said.
(It's on schedule every two hours, you have to feed the babies 2 ounces [of milk] because it's their growing years. If you don't feed the babies every two hours, their development will be disrupted. Even that I am learning.)
In their announcement on Feb. 21, the couple described the arrival of their twins as a “miracle.”
“Sa wakas, nandito na ang matagal na naming pinagdasal. Akala namin hindi na mangyayari. After years of working on our baby project, ito na ang himala galing Langit,” Mr. and Mrs. Roxas said in their joint statement.
(Finally, what we have long been praying for are here. We thought this would never happen. After years of working on our baby project, our miracle from heaven arrived.)
“We cherish this moment and thank God for His grace of allowing us to complete our family. Ang mother abalang-abala (The mother is busy) with feeding two hungry babies every two hours, while ang doting father remains speechless,” they said.
Roxas has a 25-year-old son, Paolo, with former beauty queen Maricar Zaldarriaga.