All about dad

Cheers to the man of the house! Father’s Day is his time to get extra attention. What are your plans on spoiling him?

Cook for him or he cooks for the family?

Whipping up his favorite dish might get him to grin all day. But some dads would wear the chef’s hat if his brood smooth talks him into it. That’s the case with Dad Randall Ong. He can’t say no to his three princesses when they bat their eyelashes and request for his Okonomiyaki.

Best cook. Dad Randall Ong will always wear the chef’s hat when her daughters asks him to. Okonomiyaki. Randall’s specialty and a family favorite is a weekly dish in his household.

Randall is a foodie and choosy with the food he eats. Often, he will recreate the dishes he loves, one of which is Okonomiyaki. Mastering his favorites is a way to add another savory dish on table if he wants the family to have a feast. Coincidentally, the Okonomiyaki has become his daughters’ favorite, too. It’s something the girls look forward to on that appointed day of the week when dad takes over the kitchen duties.

To the dads, Randall shares his Okonomiyaki recipe below, just in case you want to impress the family with your cooking expertise. 

Something shiny, classy and personalized?

Argento del Salvador (AdS) also caters to men who prefer sleek, simple yet classy jewelry in silver. Because chunky doesn’t equate to manly, dads will love the AdS Men no frills look of the collection. The cuffs are pieces that don’t scream for attention rather exudes elegance worn on its own or as complement to a watch. 

Best gift: Something shiny, classy and personalized. Argento del Salvador silver cuffs for men.

The AdS silver jewelry can last a lifetime—and even passed on to the next generation—and won’t break the bank. Make it his own by engraving dad’s name on it.

The emperor’s new clothes (and prince’s too)

Steffy de Maylo is known for her avant-garde designs for women. Lately though, there is a clamor from her followers to give her men’s line attention, too. Their wish is her command. For Father’s Day, she is launching her Like Father, Like Son collection, a twinning (and winning) look for the king and the prince. 

Twinning & winning. Steffy de Maylo’s Like Father. Like Son collection will make dressing up fun.

The pieces are still is injected with her aesthetics using materials and implementing patterns she is known for. Men and boys will feel comfortable with the basic yet stylish articles, while those with a with a modern flair will have fun mixing and matching the basic with the bolder pieces to create a look they can call his own. Dressing up for dads and kids is made more fun.

Best dad advice.

Dads will be strict when they have to be and their advice is something we all have to listen to. At some point in the future, it’s one thing we all can look back to. One of the best advice my ex-banker dad gave me was “don’t spend more than you earn.” That came when I ventured into business years back and along the way, I asked for a personal loan. When he didn’t agree what it was going to be spent for, I got that advice. He said I can pay for it from the business earnings. It stuck and I’m practicing to this day.

How about you, what’s the best advice you got from your dad?

Also published in the SunStar Davao newspaper.

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Randall Ong’s Okonimiyaki recipe.


1/2 cup okonomiyaki flour ( you can buy at a Japanese grocery or Shopee)
1/2 cup water 
2 eggs
2 cups cabbage
1/4 cup green onions
Oil for cooking

Okonomiyaki sauce
Japanese Mayo
Bonito flakes


1. Rinse the cabbage with water and dry well with paper towels, chop it to small pieces.
2. Mix the flour, water, and eggs.Once mixed add the cabbage and green onion.Stir well.
3. Heat the griddle or pan to medium add the oil of choice to the pan.Pour the Okonomiyaki batter into a round pancake shape in the center of the pan.
4. Cook for 3-4 min until golden brown on the griddle side. Carefully flip the pancake over and cook an additional 3-4 minutes until golden brown.Check the center with a fork to make sure the batter is cooked through.
5. Top the hot pancake with drizzles of okonomiyaki sauce and Japanese Mayo.Top with bonito flakes and seaweed.Serve while hot.