By JULIEN MERCED C. MATABUENA
July 5, 2011, 9:11am
MANILA, Philippines – Ryan Agoncillo and wife Judy Ann Santos think it’s “healthier” for their adopted daughter, Yohan, to do work in front of the camera.
“Maraming nagtataka kung bakit all of a sudden pumayag kami na ilabas siya [Yohan]. But it's a part of how do we think it will be healthier for her,” Ryan was quoted as saying by PEP in a report posted on July 4.
"It's also part of her role as an ate. Parang this is a form to let her know that the attention is shared again to her. Kasi iba 'yong dynamics namin sa bahay at iba 'yong nape-perceive sa TV," Ryan continued.
The three Agoncillos are the latest endorsers of a local hotdog brand. Prior, Yohan appeared in a TVC for a baby wash brand with Judy Ann and her baby brother Lucho, and for a local milk brand with her mom.
The experience, Ryan observed, has made his daughter more careful.
"Kasi, ang nangyayari naa-associate niya 'yong trabahong ginagawa niya sa trabahong ginagawa nina mommy at daddy. She sees na kung gaano kami kaingat sa sarili, inaalagan niya rin ang sarili niya,” said he.
However, Judy Ann clarified in the same interview that these exposures don't mean they’re allowing Yohan to enter showbiz. The actress is wary doing so might affect her daughter’s studies. Yohan is currently in first grade and attends whole day classes.
“Parang baka kapag nag-artista pa siya, baka mawalan na talaga siya ng focus sa pag-aaral.
“Studies muna, tama na muna ang commercial," Judy Ann said, adding that they only allow Yohan to work on projects that the latter likes.
More, the actress said they strictly abide by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)’s labor code for children when it comes to their daughter’s working hours.
The code states that children are allowed to work only up to four hours per day.
“Kami, oo, bilang parents ni Yohan, very strict kami when it comes to time because bata 'yan, e, madaling napapagod,” Judy Ann reasoned.
"Kung kami[ng matatanda], walang problema sa oras. Although mayroon din kaming limit sa oras, puwede namang pag-usapan. Pero kapag may kasamang mga bata, 'yon talaga 'yong, 'Pasensiya na po, magalit na po kayo sa amin, hindi na namin puwedeng i-extend,” she continued, fearing their child might get overworked.
"Kami na lang ang magiging masama sa paningin ninyo, huwag lang pagurin ang mga bata," the actress was quoted as saying.