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Parenthood is an art. There is no perfect formula for it. As my son gets older, I try my best to be responsive to his day-to-day needs. Tongki, as I affectionately call my only son among four children, is the youngest, too.

Now that he’s a teenager, more attention is needed for him to strengthen our father-and-son bonding. And what can be more important than driving him to his junior prom?

I had driven my three daughters to similar occasions before, but nothing beats the feelings I have with that of my son’s. I have this weird apprehension that he might end up like me.

Indeed, time flies. Prom-night duties woke me up to the fact that Tongki has grown tall, smart and handsome. To me it was just yesterday when he was a little boy riding his bicycle around. Now, he has grown this little mustache and Adam's apple.

At home, I tried to stay calm, but the pre-prom jitters just keep coming back.

For this occasion, I borrowed a gorgeous-looking ‘Love Bug’ from Volkswagen Philippines, since it blends well with the event. It reminds me of our first car, a 1972 VW 1302S that was already in our garage during my wedding day.

My wife Ameng bought Tongki a modest tuxedo and prepared a beautiful corsage for his prom date, Jerika Luna. We thank Jerika’s cool parents—Eric and Jennifer Luna—for entrusting their pretty daughter to my son.

Know more about my exploits on this very special day through a slide show we prepared for Valentine’s Day.

Grab some popcorn and soda, and sit back and relax!

Aris Ilagan
Motorcycle Editor
Being a veteran journalist, Aris is considered one of the "sharpest" columnists of Top Gear Philippines. Just look at him from head to toe and you'll get our point.
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