Catap-Lacson: My Superheroes


WHEN a child is born into this world, two people share the same amount of responsibility to take good care of that individual for as long as possible — the father and the mother. While mothers bear the ultimate task of carrying a baby for nine months and giving birth, fathers have their own share of immense responsibility as well. They are the ones who are called as the head of the family, and the provider of the family needs.

As the head of the family, the father is the one who resolves all issues and problems arising among the family. His advice and opinion is the most important directive and is considered the “final say,” and must be obeyed at all times. He guides and protects the family from all harm, and he exhausts all means possible to give what is best for his family.

The most difficult and challenging duty of a father is to be able to provide the family needs such as shelter, food, clothing, education and other necessities. In these times, it is definitely a very tough job to provide everything since all commodities have increased in their prices as time passed by. This is why, most fathers I know work double time just to be able to give what his family needs.

And to honor all dads for a “job well done,” we celebrate Fathers’ Day on the third Sunday of June.

According to, “the Modern Father's Day was invented by Sonora Smart Dodd, born in Creston, Washington, who was also the driving force behind its establishment. Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who reared his six children in Spokane, Washington. She was inspired by Anna Jarvis's efforts to establish Mother's Day. Although she initially suggested June 5, her father's birthday, she did not provide the organizers with enough time to make arrangements, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June.”

Although many argue that this celebration has been commercialized because of the “gifting” practice, there are a lot of ways of how to show our gratitude and appreciation to our dear fathers. It may sound mushy and sentimental, but writing a letter or making a handmade greeting card telling how much we love our fathers is priceless. Although if we have some extra money to shell out, a nice and useful shirt or a pair of pants will do. Even just a heartfelt text message will make our dearest dads feel loved and appreciated.

Of course, we can say that there is no perfect being, as to say that there is no perfect father. But needless to say, they are the real superheroes in our lives. Happy Father’s Day to my dearest Tatang Mario Catap, and of course, to my loving husband R.anne who has been an incredibly amazing dad to our two kids.


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