OPM icon Martin Nievera speaks about his son.
MARTIN NIEVERA – Kapamilya veteran singer Martin Nievera goes emotional talking about his son with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Autism “have difficulty with verbal and nonverbal communication” and in the Philippines, there’s 1 in 68 children who are affected by this condition. This is a spectrum disorder which means that each affected person shows a distinct set of challenges and strengths.
And the son of singer Martin Nievera is one of the 68 children pertaining to the data presented. He talked proudly of his son Santino who has special needs and expressed that he also has this fear because he is not going to stay with him forever.
“When he’s already on his own, who is going to translate? Who’s going to tell people — not apologize but to tell people — na ang ibig niyang sabihin ay gutom siya, na in love siya sa mga mermaid. Why does my son, a 16-year-old boy, 6 foot, why does he like mermaids? What is about mermaids? …And we don’t know how to handle it until it happens to you. It’s happening to me and I love it. I love this challenge.”
These were his words before getting emotional. Santino is his son with Katrina Ojeda, his former partner. His other sons Robin and Ram are his sons with Pops Fernandez.
He added that he may not be a perfect father for his sons but he is trying his best. He is now in the United States most of the time and this is because of his son. Things are also good because his sons are close to each other.
The OPM icon went on, “Is God trying to tell me that’s it? You got your 40 years, maybe you have to start thinking what happens after, maybe that’s what this day is all about and it’s really scary.”
To recall, he also talked about his son during the “Be You: The World Will Adjust” concert. This concert was described as “an extraordinary celebration for people with special needs”.
Watch the interview below:
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