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Jayda Celebrates Dad, Collaborator, and Mentor Dingdong Avanzado

"My dad's always all about pushing me out of my comfort zone and seeing me grow," Jayda shared

Jayda and dad Dingdong Avanzado
Jayda and dad Dingdong Avanzado


They say don't believe everything you see on social media. But if there's one thing we see online that we're sure mirrors the real thing, it's the relationship between young actress and singer Jayda and her parents. 


The unica hija of OPM icons Jessa Zaragoza and Dingdong Avanzado, Jayda followed the same career trail her parents took but is also carving her own path. For Jayda, Jessa and Dingdong are not only her parents, they're also like friends she respects and mentors and collaborators she looks up to. A significant part of the artist she is is thanks to her parents' support and guidance. 



"Despite them not forcing me into the industry, I think that they didn't shelter me from it completely either. I saw the ins and outs of it. Therefore, when I decided to make the decision to join show business, it was something that I fully made up in my head," Jayda shared in a previous interview


Jayda's dad, Dingdong, is a huge influence on the songwriting aspect of her craft. They would collaborate on writing songs together, learning from each other. "He's been a mentor to me throughout, and I think his music has influenced me in that way," she shared in a past interview with Boy Abunda. For her song, "Right Lover, Wrong Time," for instance, she revealed that it was supposed to be an all-English track but that her dad suggested incorporating Filipino lyrics as it felt more honest that way. So they worked on improving it together, and the result is indeed a more relatable and catchier song that conveys the message in the best way possible.


As Jayda recently shared the milestones "Right Lover, Wrong Time" has had, she also paid tribute to her dad, who's her collaborator and "co-writer since day 1." On her social media post, Dingdong commented, "Thanks to you anak @jayda for inspiring me to write again. You Just dont know How fulfilling it is as a parent to be writing with you and watching you unleash your creativity and pour your heart out in the process. I am so proud of you. Carry on." 




Jayda told Metro.Style, "I attribute a lot of my growth as an artist and my continued evolution as an artist to him as well. My dad's always all about pushing me out of my comfort zone and seeing me grow, and making sure he impresses upon the importance of having a teachable spirit. 'There's no, uh, no substitute for hard work' is something that he always tells me. My dad is my motivator." 


Jayda admits it's her dad who trains her and pushes her artistic limits, even likening him to her very own Simon Cowell (the TV personality who's known for his blunt comments on talent competition shows). Time after time, Jayda has proven her dad's love is unconditional and knows no limits, because he wants her to reach her full potential. 


For Father's Day this year, we caught up with Metro.Style cover girl Jayda to learn a bit more about her dad and her solid bond with him. 



What's the funniest moment you shared with your dad recently?

"The funniest moment that comes to mind is probably my dad and I laughing at my mom's zany humor and her crazy and witty remarks. We have a shared love and laugh for that, we both find my mom so funny. It's never a dull moment for my dad and I when my mom's around."


What's your fave bonding activity with him, and what do you love about it? (Does he cook? If yes, do you have a fave dish by your dad?)

"Our favorite thing to bond over is food, so a good conversation over a good meal is always in order for me and my dad! We have the same likes when it comes to that. I love being able to enjoy food with him because he's very expressive when he likes a dish. He does eat heartily, and with a lot of 'gusto.' We like to joke that it's like he's in a TV commercial when he eats.


"When we're in the US, he likes working in the kitchen quite a bit. His signature over easy eggs, with whatever canned breakfast food, is his go-to. Sometimes he'll whip up a fried rice to go with it, which now as I'm talking about this is making me hungry."



What's something your dad learned from you? 

"My dad says often that he learns a lot from me about modern day pop music, artists, songwriting, and production since I'm in that field in today's day and age. I'm a total nerd for the details and intricacies with those things, so he likes to hear what I have to share about that. He learns quite a bit about social media, too, through me, like on how to post on Instagram or X, which he asks for help on usually."


What piece of advice your dad gave you that didn't make sense in the beginning but turned out to be really helpful? 

"First thing I can think of is, 'Would you rather have 20% of something, or a hundred percent of nothing?' Back then as a head strong and sometimes a bit stubborn kid, I, of course, had very big dreams (and I still do), but the value of compromise on certain things and simply playing with the hand that you're dealt with is something that I understand and value a lot better now than I did then."


What's a quality/trait/personality you're glad to have inherited from or have in common with your dad?

"It would have to probably be my attention to detail when it comes to my career and craft, my creativity, how expressively affectionate I am to the people that I love, and how I'm able to articulate well and explain whatever I want to express in most situations. I definitely got those things from him, and I'm proud to say that!"



Happy Father's Day, Dingdong!


Lead photo courtesy of Jayda and Jessa Zaragoza


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