Rochelle Pangilinan, Tonton Gutierrez and Dianne dela Fuente do not follow traditional gender roles in their respective marriages. For these actors, these are shared responsibilities.
“My husband and I do our jobs based on who’s available,” Rochelle, who is married to Arthur Solinap, told the Inquirer during a virtual talk for the new GMA 7 series “False Positive.” “Taking care of our child (Shiloh), bathing her… cooking and doing laundry – Arthur doesn’t consider those jobs for women.
“We don’t have housekeepers, so whatever we can do in our spare time, we do,” added the dancer-actress.
Now that they are both busy with work, Tonton takes turns with his wife, Glydel Mercado, to take care of their daughters, Aneeza and Aneeka. “We both have our own locked recordings. So when she’s in a check-in bubble, I take care of the kids, and vice versa,” he said.
“In terms of responsibilities, we also assume them. We don’t think like, ‘You should do this, you should do that.’ Whoever has the time and the ability does whatever needs to be done,” Tonton said.
Dianne, who has two teenagers with her husband, businessman Ian Tiongson, stressed that marriage is a “joint responsibility”. “Just because I’m the mother doesn’t mean I should only do that…or that the father shouldn’t do anything else.” One of the reasons we’ve been together for 19 years now is that we share and compromise,” she said.
“We don’t stereotype roles in the family. If I work away, he stays at home and vice versa. There are no specific missions,” she said. “What’s important is that we have a strong partnership when it comes to raising our children. We are attached to our family. This is our dynamic.
The three play supporting roles in “False Positive,” which is headlined by Xian Lim and Glaiza de Castro. The plot revolves around a man who magically ends up pregnant, so he can finally empathize with women and understand the difficulties and quirks that women experience during pregnancy.
Speaking of quirks, Rochelle and Dianne couldn’t help but reminisce about the annoyances and silly cravings they used to have.
“Art gave me everything I wanted. My cravings aren’t really for food; I just want him to buy them for me. If it’s someone else, I end up changing my mind. Akala niya pinagti-tripan ko siya. Once, I wanted “siopao”. But someone else bought it – and from Iloilo, too. So I didn’t want it anymore,” recalls Rochelle, who is praying for a new baby.
Dianne realized she was pregnant while doing live gigs across the country. “It was early 2000s and my singing career was at its peak. I was doing shows in Bohol and Bicol…and I had no idea I was pregnant. was wrong when we had dinner at a crab restaurant. The smell made me want to vomit,” she said.
Tonton, meanwhile, recalled traveling around Metro Manila in search of “santol,” which Glydel craved during one of her pregnancies.
“There was a time when she was pestering me for santol. The problem was that it wasn’t the season. I checked all the fruit stands I could find… Makati, Quezon City, etc. But I “I couldn’t find any. The search lasted a week. And then I came across (comedian) Pekto. We had a conversation and told me that his ‘lola’ had a santol at his house in Fairview” , he recalls.
“I said, ‘Can I have some? I will go wherever,” said Tonton. “But when I got home, Glydel was like, ‘Oh, I don’t like it anymore!’ INQ
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