Sixto, aka Ziggy, Dantes is now one year old, and his dad Dingdong Dantes posted on Instagram to greet him.
In his post, the GMA-7 actor opens up about being a parent in the time of COVID-19.
The Kapuso star feels the uncertainty of the times and believes that if people had been more proactive in protecting the environment, perhaps these events could have been prevented.
But Dingdong says fatherhood has reminded him to be hopeful and has encouraged him to become a better version of himself every day.
Published as is, Dingdong's birthday letter to Sixto reads:
"It is day 33 for us here on lockdown and day 365 for you on Earth.
"Normally, we would gather all our relatives and friends to celebrate this special day with you, just like how your mother and I had done it when we reached the same milestone.
"Though as toddlers, we never really remembered anything- thanks to the pictures that reminded us how we are loved by the people around us.
"But today, it's just going to be us, Buddy—You, me, your Mother, your Ate Z, Ate Cecile, Ate Glenda and Kuya Emerson.
"But please know that there are many people like your cousins, grandparents, godparents and relatives who wish to see you and be with you today, probably to give a gift, a cake, or a simple tight warm hug.
"But not now...maybe when this is all over. When? I really don't know, son.
"To be honest with you, i fear the day that you would be marching towards this new world, this new normal, that we had created for your generation.
"What's happening now is a clear manifestation of our actions and inactions- and we are reaping its effects which could benefit a few, but for most...just hard learnings about humanity, the planet and spirituality.
"But i guess as parents, that's what we are here for.
"We are here to prepare you for that jungle out there.
"Though there is fear, it is also you (and your sister) who give me courage to carry on and strive to make this world a sustainable place to live in.
"You give me the drive to make me want to be a better version of myself.
"And so, in as much as it should be you who should receive gifts, please know that you are the gift for us—a living reminder that we should get our acts together and ensure that when the time comes, you can freely walk the streets, breathe all the air that you want, play ball with your friends even at close distance, ride a bike, and return the hug to all your well-wishers today.
"This picture will always be my reminder that in times of fear and uncertainty, i had found hope-through you.
"Happy first birthday, Sixto.
SIXTO'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Since the start of this week, Dingdong and wife Marian Rivera have been preparing for their son's first birthday.
Marian made homemade ice cream for the birthday boy.
She also made Sixto's chocolate birthday cake topped with sprinkles.
Then to start off Sixto's celebration, Dingdong gave his son a haircut.
Now, the father and son are sporting the same hairstyle.
Dingdong and Marian also have a daughter named Zia.
She turned four on November 23.