Provider and protector
There will be as many ways to mark this day, glossed over in the 364 other days of the year to honor the man, traditionally seen as provider and protector. We wonder how the father—biological, adoptive, surrogate, or plain father figure—was looked up to before 1998, when a presidential proclamation copied Father’s Day from overseas for the Philippines, interrupted briefly and then returned to the third Sunday again which is celebrated to date. In the years that followed the proclamation, there had been a commercial focus—how to treat the father in posh restaurants, gift him with expensive materials, to name a few. But assume that Father’s Day has sparkle for celebration, we should look at the father’s role in caring for the next generation, his small part in strengthening close family ties, and his quintessential character as both provider and protector. This year’s celebration, as it was last year, will be unique in terms of restrictions in places where there is still General Community Quarantine with heightened restrictions or some such—making it difficult for some parents to see their children in a face-to-face meeting or vice versa.