Unlike to his role as Anton in A Love to Last, Ian Veneracion has been married only once to his wife Pam Gallardo-Veneracion.
He is as devoted as a father as Anton though.
The actor says he's a better father than a husband.
“Father first, always,” he said, adding that he’s friends with his kids, Draco, 18; Deirdre, 16; and Duccio, 11. “Hindi ako strict, e,” he explained.
“Kasi para kaming barkada, e. Kahit pagdating sa kalokohan, kahit sa green jokes, e!” Pam disciplines them most of the time.
The actor then shared his experience with his family.
“Nag-skateboard ako, bawal ’yon,” he pointed out.
“Pagdating ng wife ko, kunwari tapos na ’kong mag-skateboard, ’yong si Duccio naman, nag-skateboard siya.
Biglang papasok ’yong wife ko, sasabihin niya, ‘O, bakit nag-iiskateboard kayo sa loob ng bahay?’
Kasi ang tingin sa akin ni Duccio, parang ‘Ba’t ikaw, puwede?’ Ako naman, parang ‘’Wag mo na akong isumbong.
Okay na ikaw na lang ang mapagalitan kesa tayong dalawa.’ ’Yong gano’n, hahaha!”
But there are times he get stern with kids too.
“Sasabihin ni Pam na ‘O, baka pag ako ang nagsabi ng ganito, ako ang masama. Ikaw ang magsabi na bawal ang ganito.’ ‘O, sige, ako na lang ang magsasabi.’ ’Yong gano’n, tulungan kami.”
The actor -- who also paints, sings, plays the guitar and the piano, flies a plane, rides a motorbike, and engages in varied sports -- recalled where he got the inspiration for his kids’ names. Draco came from the 1996 movie, Dragonheart, in which a character named Draco was played by Sean Connery. “Draco is from a north polar constellation na shape ng dragon,” Ian said.
The name Deirdre also came from a movie, the 1998 action flick Ronin, starring Ian's favorite actor, Robert de Niro, and co-starring, among others, Natascha McElhone. Natascha played a character named Deirdre.
“Pero she pronounced it as Deirdra,” Ian noted. He thought of changing the name’s pronunciation when his second child, the only girl, arrived. “You pronounce it as Di-dree. And we call her Dids,” he said.
Duccio was named after the Renaissance painter Duccio di Buoninsegna. Ian remembered liking the sound of Duccio. “At saka nasimulan ko sa Draco na D, e. ’Tapos si Dids, D din. Siyempre ’yong bunso i-D ko na rin, para ’yong initials nila na DGV pare-pareho,” he explained.
He describes Draco as humorous just like him.
“Ang kukulit namin,” he said, grinning. “Hanggang sa bunso, actually.
Laging may punch line, saka laging may naglalaro sa utak na, alam mo ’yon, laging nag-iisip ng kalokohan.”
Dids is more like Ian in her traits and likes.
Musically inclines, she plays the piano and guitar.
“Sa ugali at sa mga hilig. She plays the piano and the guitar. So, pag may piano at guitar, kunwari pumunta siya sa piano, kunin ko ’yong guitar. Magja-jam kami. Pag nauna siya guitar, ako sa piano.”
Duccio is the layback and cool kid.
All of his kids likes to do extreme sports just like him.
“Sa tingin ko, it’s the greatest gift I can give to my children,” he declared.