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Juancho Trivino

Son, Husband, Father


Juancho Trivino opens up about the biggest role that he’s about to take on, and it’s absolutely life-changing and bigger than any of the past roles he has played on TV and the silver screen. Despite the challenges up ahead, Juancho is ready to begin this next chapter of his life.

Text by Racquel Quieta
Photos by GMA Artist Center, Juancho Trivino, and Joyce Pring's Instagram
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It was 11 a.m. on a Tuesday morning and Juancho Trivino showed up on the Zoom screen looking dapper in his light blue button-up shirt and brushed up hairstyle. He beamed right before the interview began, and was eager to talk about the biggest role he has yet to play in his life so far: being a father. 

Throughout his nine years in showbiz, we’ve seen Juancho play several roles in Kapuso TV series and films. At the time of our interview, he was fresh from hosting a TV special for an online shopping platform on GMA. And outside of showbiz, Juancho also plays several other roles such as that of a son, a brother, a husband, and an entrepreneur.

Soon, he’ll be adding one more role to his plate, as he and his wife Joyce Pring welcome their first child. But unlike all his other roles, which he can snap out of as soon as the director says “cut,” being a father is a 24/7 job and it’s a role that Juancho will be playing for the rest of his life. 

In his exclusive interview with GMANetwork.com, Juancho talked about his whole journey to fatherhood, from the time he was a little child observing his father, to becoming one of the “sons” that GMA nurtured and molded, and up to the time he became a devoted husband and expectant father that he is today. 

Read on and find out all about Juancho Trivino’s journey to the next chapter of his life: fatherhood.

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Juancho, the son

If there’s one memory that Juancho loves to look back on during his childhood, it would definitely be growing up watching his father play basketball, and eventually developing a love for the sport. 
 
“Fondest memory ko of my dad is I used to watch him play basketball a lot, and marami siyang stories kasi matangkad din siya,” Juancho recalled. “So, marami siyang mga experiences and palagi ko siyang pinapanood kapag may mga competition siya sa company nila or sa intervillage. So, I think that inspired me a lot to play sports also. That parang shaped also my characteristic as a man right now.” 
 
And since Juancho and Joyce are having a baby boy, the six-foot-one actor, who’s admittedly a sporty person, wants to someday inspire his son to be active in sports as well. 

“It wasn’t easy for my parents to provide, lalo na siyempre noong mga unang panahon hindi naman kasing laki ng money ang meron ngayon, e.”

Ang pinaka na-enjoy ko when I was growing up is to be active in sports,” Juancho shared. “I think that molded my leadership, my pakikisama sa ibang tao, kaya gusto kong maging active din siya sa sports—kahit ano’ng sports in general.”
 
He added, “Kasi sports really teaches you a lot of lessons that you don’t necessarily get in school. If you do, in theory, pero sa sports kasi talagang pina-practice mo, talagang nandiyan sa tapat mo. Adversity is right in front of you. That’s why that’s what I want him to experience also.” 
 
Like many of us, Juancho’s childhood was not always filled with sunshine and rainbows. There were also difficulties that his family faced, which had a great impact on his personality and outlook in life as he was growing up. 
 
“Of course, meron. Meron kaming challenges din. I grew up with four other siblings,” Juancho revealed. “It wasn’t easy for my parents to provide, lalo na siyempre noong mga unang panahon hindi naman kasing laki ng money ang meron ngayon, e.” 
 
Although he was young then, Juancho knew the value of his parents’ sacrifices for them. So, it became his lifelong mission to do well in his studies and make all his mom and dad’s hard work worth it. 
 
“It was extremely difficult and naramdaman ko talaga na they were working hard, and they were...a lot of sacrifices have been made sa father ko atsaka sa mother ko, basta malagay kami sa magandang school, ma-experience namin ’yung mga na-experience namin growing up. Kaya those are siguro the challenges, and I think those molded me a lot and inspired me to finish my degree also. Kasi siyempre pinaghirapan nila up until my second year or third year in college, e. So, parang I just wanted to repay them by finishing what they started, and what they started to invest in since I was a child.” 
 
In case you didn’t know, Juancho earned his Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship degree from De La Salle University after 12 years, mainly because at some point he had to put his education on hold for his acting career.
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“It was extremely difficult and naramdaman ko talaga na they were working hard, and they were. A lot of sacrifices have been made sa father ko atsaka sa mother ko, basta malagay kami sa magandang school, ma-experience namin ’yung mga na-experience namin growing up.”

In addition to being hardworking, there’s another trait of his dad that he really admires. He would like to emulate that trait now that he’s about to become a father himself. 
 
“I think ’yung pinaka na-a-admire ko sa kanya na trait is him being a servant-leader, meaning siya ’yung nag-li-lead and sineserve niya kami. Kumbaga parang mas okey na na maging mas kumportable kami rather than himself. He always puts other people before himself. So, ’yun ’yung na-admire ko sa kanya na parang selfless talaga siya, and ’yun talaga ’yung gusto kong ma-emulate rin with my family and my son that’s about to come out.”
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Aside from his biological father, Juancho has a father figure in showbiz that he looks up to. It’s none other than Direk Ricky Davao, whom Juancho has worked with on several occasions. 
 
Siguro sa showbiz mismo, si Direk Ricky Davao. He has been a director—my director—and marami rin kaming ginawang projects as co-artists, kaya maraming opportunities that I get to learn from him. And I get to pick his brain kasi marami na nga siyang pinagdaanan sa industriya na ’to. Kaya para sa’kin, kung sa industriya, si Direk Ricky talaga ’yung isa sa mga ni-lu-look up ko.” 

         Juancho, the husband

A year after Juancho and wife, Joyce Pring, tied the knot, they surprised their fans and followers with the delightful news that they were expecting their first child. And only a month ago, they revealed that they are having a son.   
 
In a recent ‘Mars Pa More’ interview, Juancho said he feels blessed and grateful that their prayer to conceive a child was instantly granted by God.  
 
“So, siguro mga October ’yun. We were also very vocal about it na parang pagkatapos namin mag-usap and we decided after that, ’yun, parang nag-start na kami in trying,” the soon-to-be dad revealed. “After probably like two weeks, nabuntis siya kaagad.” 
 
Fast-forward to now, Joyce is already in her 37th week of pregnancy and Baby Trivino is officially a full term baby. And as Juancho said in his Instagram post, it’s only a matter of time before Joyce gives birth and they become the Threevinos.


“Yes, we do our part. We read our books pa rin. We attend a lot of parenting classes sa ngayon, and we make sure that our marriage is strong, because isa rin ’yun sa makikita ng anak namin, kung papano namin mahalin ang isa’t isa.”

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During the interview, Juancho described the combined anticipation and preparation that they’re going through as the arrival of their firstborn nears. 

Kakatapos lang niya ng eighth month. Kabuwanan na niya currently. She’s set to give birth right about mga last week of June to first week of July. Nag-iintay na kami. Ito na ’yung sinasabi ng maraming friends namin na pinagdaanan ’yung pregnancy na medyo nakakainip na, kasi hindi na kami puwedeng lumabas—or hindi naman talaga kami lumalabaspero marami na kaming ’di puwedeng gawin dahil iniintay namin ’yung anak namin. So, a lot of waiting, a lot preparing. Lahat ng mga dadalhin namin sa hospital naka-ready na. Siguro mga final touches na lang sa mga paperwork that we have to fill out when we get to the hospital.”

Strengthening their physical and spiritual resolve has been part of the preparations, too. 

“Right now, we’re actually focusing on our physical and spiritual preparation. Physical, meaning kailangan pa rin ni Joyce mag-walk around para mas hindi siya mahirapan and ako rin siyempre, dahil pagdating ng baby namin and siya (Joyce), it’s going to be a lot of hard work. 

Sabi nila mga three months of hard work na walang tulugan. So, medyo mapapabayaan namin ‘yung mga katawan namin atsaka magiging puyat kami. So, that’s what we’re preparing (for) also, na maging ready na kami when the time comes. But overall, we’re very excited. We can’t wait. We can’t wait for him to come out. And this stage also, every week na rin kasi ’yung check-up ni Joyce kaya ayon, medyo week by week ang progress namin.”

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“And nakaka-pressure siya in a sense na we are responsible for a soul that we’re going to mold from the very beginning, ’di ba?”

Both Juancho and Joyce are excited to welcome their baby boy soon, but it’s inevitable for the first-time parents to feel pre-birth jitters. Juancho admitted that he feels the great pressure of becoming a father for the first time. 

“Yes, that’s a lot of pressure. Sabi nga nila when we were getting prepared for ’yung ito, ’yung marriage and parenthood, ito ’yung trabaho na no days off. Being a husband, walang off switch ’yan, ’tsaka being a parent also. And nakaka-pressure siya in a sense na we are responsible for a soul that we’re going to mold from the very beginning, ’di ba? So, it’s a very big responsibility to have because siyempre makikita mo kung papano namin siya pinalaki, kung in a negative way or a positive way. Obviously, there are no perfect ways, but ’yun nga, ’yung pressure na pinag-uusapan ko is just a lot and (it’s) exciting also.” 

And since he’s well aware of the great responsibility that comes with fatherhood, Juancho is making sure he will try to be the best father that he can be. He knows exactly how he is gearing up to take on the biggest role that he will be playing in his life. 

Papaano pinaghahandaan ‘yun? A lot of prayers. No matter how many books we read, minsan ’di ba, iba pa rin kapag nandiyan na. Yes, we do our part. We read our books pa rin. We attend a lot of parenting classes sa ngayon, and we make sure that our marriage is strong, because isa rin ’yun sa makikita ng anak namin, kung papaano namin mahalin ang isa’t isa.  

“And ’yun, siguro pagkadating na lang niya dito, I think it’s still going to be a lot of learning, a lot of classes that we’ll attend, a lot of adversity, and a lot of, you know, ’yung mga good times and bad that we will learn from and grow from. Siguro, I think, in general, it’s a lot of having an open mind and the willingness to change over time. That’s going to be important for us in the future.” 


“Kakatapos lang niya ng eighth month. Kabuwanan na niya currently. She’s set to give birth right about mga last week of June to first week of July.”

Juancho also detailed how they plan to take on their new roles during the first few months after their baby is born. For the most part, Joyce will be focusing on recuperation and nurturing her newborn, while Juancho will be taking on less work in the meantime to be present for his family.  

“Well, tuluy-tuloy sana ’yung trabaho. Pero ngayon kasi times are different. Hindi namin kaya pa na mag-lock in ako any time soon because of ’yun nga, ’yung pagkadelikado ng sitwasyonAfter she gives birth, siguro I’ll take one or two months na hindi ako magte-taping muna. Lie low muna, except for mga special events. Pero bawas na muna ’pag after she gives birth. Pero we plan rin naman na mas ako, kasi hindi si Joyce e, mas ako ’yung will go out and work for the family.”  

Juancho also revealed that no negotiation had to be made regarding the division of work in taking care of the baby. In general, part of their game plan is working as a team, with each of them having specific tasks to carry out.   

Hindi namin napag-usapan. Actually, na-discuss siya sa parenting class na inattendan namin, and nag-agree na lang kami dun. Hindi na kami umabot dun sa negotiation between the both of us. It’s like si Joyce kasi needs her rest, and she’ll go through a lot giving birth kasiSo, kailangan niya as much as possible kapag hindi nagbe-breastfeed is matulog siya and ako ’yung magche-change ng diapers, ako ’yung magpapa-araw sa baby, ako ’yung medyo tututok sa kanya sa gabi to make sure everything’s alright up until ’yung mga third or fourth month. So, ganun siya. Ganun ang hatian.”


“So, it’s a very big responsibility to have because siyempre makikita mo kung papano namin siya pinalaki, kung in a negative way or a positive way.”

Juancho, the father

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With only a few weeks or days left until Juancho finally meets his firstborn, one can’t help but wonder what Baby Trivino is going to be like once he comes out. Is he going to resemble his father or mother? What career is he going to pursue someday? 
 
So, we asked Juancho to look far into the future and share what he foresees and wishes for his son. 
 
The good-looking actor started off by enumerating the physical and non-physical traits that he wants his son to take after him. 
 
Siguro ang gusto kong mamana niya sa akin is ’yung having an open mind, how I deal with pressure, (and) how I deal with hard times. So, marami ang nagdi-deal with hard times differently, ako kasi I deal with it in a very positive way. I’m not saying hindi ako nahihirapan; nahihirapan ako. (But) I tend to have a perspective na this will make me better. Alam mo ’yon? May rason kung bakit nangyayari sa’kin ang mga bagay na ’to. On a lighter note, ’yung height ko gusto ko mamana niya. Gusto ko maging at least 6’2” or 6’3” siya.”
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While it seems like Juancho wants his son to fulfill a dream he once had for himself, Juancho was quick to clarify that they’ll be rooting for their son whatever sport he might be interested in. In general, he prays that his son will love sports as much as he and his wife, Joyce, do. 

“Ultimate dream ko is… I don’t know, may frustration kasi ako playing professionally ng sports. Gusto namin ’yon for him. Gusto rin namin siyang maging pro in any field that he would want to [get into]. Hindi namin alam. I mean, kahit ano’ng sport naman na magugustuhan niya would be okay for us. Kami ni Joyce kasi we’re very sporty, e. So, kahit ano, hindi natin alam kung ano’ng uso by that time, so makikita natin.” 

What’s the one thing he would not like his son to go through? 

“Heartbreak ang ayokong maranasan niya. Although siyempre to an extent parati mo naman talagang mararanasan ’yon, but it’s tough kasi. Lalo na when you’re growing up na akala mo ’yun na talaga ’yung pagmamahal, ’yung mga puppy love nung high school. It’s such a traumatizing experience also. Pero ’yun nga e, it also really shapes how you are as a man, if you get past heartbreaks.”


The soon-to-be father also reflected on some of the worries that he has when it comes to parenting. Knowing pretty well how tough some challenges can be for a growing child or teen, Juancho is anxious about switching to the role of the father this time. 
 
Siyempre ako as a male, I also encountered a lot of, you know, challenges growing up. Lahat ng pinagdaanan ko with the normal stuff like puberty, like with girls, with grades, dealing with parents, lahat pinagdaanan ko ’yon. So, medyo anxious ako dahil ngayon ako naman ’yung parent. So, hindi ko alam kung papaano ako makakapag-react or magre-react sa magiging anak ko.” 
 
And when it comes to his parenting style, Juancho doesn’t want to be labeled as one extreme type of dad. He said he wants to strike a balance between being a strict dad and a cool dad. 
 
“A little bit of both, a strict and cool dad. Malaki ang role kasi ng having a father guide a child, from what we’ve learned and experienced also. Kaya gusto kong maging close sa kanya and also gusto ko maging, you know, someone that would help him to be the man he would be in the future.”

“Papaano pinaghahandaan ’yun? A lot of prayers. No matter how many books we read, minsan ’di ba, iba pa rin kapag nandiyan na.”

Finally, Juancho shared some of the plans he has for his family in the near future. And just like many of us, traveling and making memories are some of the things that Juancho prays that he could do soon with his loved ones. 
 
“Once the baby is out and we get past the mga puyatan na stage, siguro we’re excited, I’m excited for us to travel. God willing payagan na tayong lahat makapunta sa Japan. Or ngayon kasi we’re watching a lot of Formula 1. Gusto namin makanood ng Grand Prix. So, ayon, traveling, going to the beach, though domestic pa lang ang puwede. Ayon, having a lot of adventures with my family.” 
 
Despite the challenges up ahead, the journey to fatherhood really seems like one exciting and rewarding adventure. And with many positive things to look forward to, we totally get why Juancho is hyped up about his new role in life.

“I think it’s still going to be a lot of learning, a lot of classes that we’ll attend, a lot of adversity, and a lot of, you know, ’yung mga good times and bad that we will learn from and grow from.”