Here’s to the man who has made the most impact in our lives. The man whose example, values, and style, shape who we are. The number one guy whose words of wisdom will echo throughout our lives. Here’s to you, Dad!

To celebrate Father’s Day, we sought out advice and life lessons a couple of Rockwellist dads who make juggling fatherhood with everything else seem effortless.


Raul Francisco
Family man, fitness junkie, and art lover. Raul, along with partner Joanna Preysler-Francisco, co-founded fashion brands Carbon, Tint, Eterno, and, most recently, Othello, a multi-brand lifestyle store with an art component at R2 Level, Power Plant Mall.

How has fatherhood changed you?

Fatherhood has given me more of a sense of purpose. I have always been driven, but now my drive is for a higher and more meaningful purpose. Fatherhood has also made me more mindful of my actions and decisions, because I act as a role model to my three children.

What has fatherhood taught you?

Fatherhood has taught me love, endless patience,  the importance of saying “I love you” and Being present in the different stages of their lives.

If your kids only had you as a role model, what’s the one thing you’d want them to pick up from you?

The endless pursuit to reach their full potential, through passion, determination, commitment, discipline, and hard work.

What’s the most important lesson you learned from your dad?

My dad taught me that nothing is for free; that you must learn to deal with people from all walks of life; and that what you have in your brain is the great equalizer.

What’s the most important lesson you learned from your mom?

I learned that being present as a parent is important; that thanking God for all our blessings is something we should do every day. Overall, being grateful.

What are three qualities or values you want to see impart to your kids, and why?

I want my kids to be disciplined, hard working, and respectful of a person’s individuality.

What life lesson did you have to learn the hard way?

Sometimes, even if you work hard, failure–for whatever reason–is inevitable. But you get up, dust yourself off, learn your lessons, and be relentless. You fail forward.

Do you have a favorite piece of advice you’ve received–from anyone other than your parents–that you pass on to your kids?

The teacher will come when the student is readyand many times, that teacher is life and all its circumstances. Always learn, grow, stretch and be curious. Never stop growing.


Patrick Pesengco
Patrick finds joy in simple things. He may be Managing Director of the company that exclusively distributes Nespresso in the Philippines, but his ideal Father’s Day consists of “arcading at Power Station and biking around the village.” To celebrate, Patrick says he’d also really want to “grab a bite of Tuna and Uni Tostada from La Chinesca, or Tsukemen at The Grid . Oh, and Warm Taho from P1!”

How has fatherhood changed you?

My schedule and priorities have changed. I now spend more time with my children than with friends. I actually like it.

What has fatherhood taught you?

Selflessness, unconditional love, and that “quality time” and “quantity time” are not mutually exclusive.

If your kids only had you as a role model, what’s the one thing you’d want them to pick up from you?

Love God above all else, everything follows from that: priorities, choices, facing challenges.

What’s the most important lesson you learned from your dad and mom?

Family unity is foremost, and money should never be a reason for disharmony. Harmony in the family should be the utmost priority.

What are three qualities or values you want to see impart to your kids, and why?

Empathy. I want them to learn that they are not the center of the universe and that all that has been given to them is by grace. We are just stewards and have the responsibility to be a blessing to others by showing God’s love to them.

Resilience and Grit. One has to fail several times and be able to learn how to get up again without bitterness and still have the same persistence and purpose, if not greater.

Joy and Peace in Christ. I want my kids to know the difference between happiness, which depends on events which can be fleeting, and true joy, which is all about having Jesus be the center of one’s life. In spite of storms in life, one can still be at peace knowing someone up there truly cares.

What life lesson did you have to learn the hard way?

Don’t take your family for granted.

Do you have a favorite piece of advice you’ve received that you always tell your kids?

Love Jesus above all else.


Join us from June 10-16 for Here’s To You, Dad!, a week-long Father’s Day celebration at Power Plant Mall. Treat dad to some good food, fun activities, or lounge around the mall while checking out super cars and luxury cars on display. Click here for more details.