Today is Father’s Day in the Philippines !
Celebrated in the Philippines every 3rd Sunday of the month, Father’s Day in the Philippines for 2015 landed June 21st in the calendar.
In the Philippine culture, Fathers are considered to be the “haligi ng tahanan” (pillar of the home).Considered as “Head” of the family, there is more expectation as well for Fathers to be the provider of financial needs in the family.
Now here are some interesting and crazy trivia about Fathers. I found these all over the internet and maybe these are things we might just don’t know.
Classification of Fathers
There’s the usual biological father and adoptive father, but there’s also those “not-so-common” Father terms according to Wikipedia.
Baby Daddy – A biological father who bears financial responsibility for a child, but with whom the mother has little or no contact
Posthumous father – father died before children were born
Putative father – unwed man whose legal relationship to a child has not been established but who is alleged to be or claims that he may be the biological father of a child
Surprise father – where the men did not know that there was a child until possibly years afterward
Cuckolded father – where the child is the product of the mother’s adulterous relationship
Presumed father – Where a presumption of paternity has determined that a man is a child’s father regardless of if he actually is or is not the biological father
Social father – where a man takes de facto responsibility for a child, such as caring for one who has been abandoned or orphaned (the child is known as a “child of the family” in English law)
Absent father – father who cannot or will not spend time with his child(ren)
Weekend/holiday father – where child(ren) only stay(s) with father on weekends, holidays, etc.
Fathers’ pregnancy syndrome is not a myth
It is scientifically called Couvade syndrome and commonly known as the “sympathetic pregnancy” syndrome. This is an experience that some expectant Fathers undergo while their wives are pregnant. Morning sickness, weird cravings, body aches, feeling bulgy and increased emotional level are felt by Fathers who are struck by Couvade syndrome.
Who is the Oldest Father in the world?
At age 94, Ramjit Raghav of India was still able to procreate with his 59 year-old wife. After two years in 1996, when Rajix was 96, another child was born. It was said that his being a vegetarian was the source of his stamina and virility.
Youngest fathers ever
The world was shocked when international news channel introduced Alfie Patton of Great Britain in 2008. He was 13 years old when he had his first child with 13 year-old girlfriend Chantelle Stedman.
But what’s more shocking is the news that came out after a year! In a Telegraph.co.uk articles dated 2009, it was said that after a DNA test it was proven the real father was another teenager aged 14. Alfie was said to be “distraught and devastated” of the truth.
Now another lad on the list is Sean Stewart from Bedford, England who became a father few months before his 12th bday in 1998. His neighbor Emma Webster, 15 years old was the mother of his child. Sadly after 11 yrs., dailymail.co.uk reported in 2009 that he was to serve jail-time for alleged theft.
Which came first Father’s Day or Mother’s Day?
Father’s Day came into conception to complement Mother’s Day. Remember Anna Jarvis who first celebrated the first Mother’s Day? (Read: Mother’s Day Facts You Want to Know)
A certain Grace Golden Clayton from Fairmont, West Virginia was inspired by the successful 1st Mother’s Day . She suggested the first Father’s Day in July 5, 1908 in a Methodist Church.
First Father’s Day to remember the dead?
The first ever Father’s Day celebration was to commemorate the miners who passed away in the Monongah Mining Disaster in 1907. There were 361 men who were killed and 250 of them fathers.
First Father’s Day card
According to Hallmark,the first ever Father’s Day card was carved in a clay 4000 years ago. A Babylonian youth named Elmesu made this to wish his father good health and long life
Do you swear to be a Father?
In US, there is this so-called Fatherhood Pledge . In 2011, President Barack Obama launched this online platform where fathers take a pledge to “do everything we can to be there for our children and for young people whose fathers are not around”, as said in the website.
The site is monitored by accredited US agencies . Fathers who makes a pledge will receive information on responsible fatherhood, healthy families, and strong communities.
Some Bible verses for Fathers on Parenting 101
“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” — Ephesians 6:4
“The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.” — Proverbs 23:24
“It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline?” — Hebrews 12:7
“Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.” — Colossians 3:21
“As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him.” – Psalm 103:13
Time Magazine’s 5 Hero Dads
Published two days before Father’s Day, TIME Magazine featured five dads and their heroic acts that went a bit extreme to save their child. (Read:5 Hero Dads Worth Celebrating This Father’s Day )
Brittany Munn (New York) – The dad who gave his son a liver transplant
Aaron Edson (Salt Lake)– The dad who saved his daughter from a kidnapper
Ray Adams-The dad whose first aid training saved his own son
Liam Crocket (Scotland) -The dad who saved his baby from a burning building
Greg Alexander – The dad who fought a bear to save his son