Roberto and Bonnie Ugaddan
Ethnic backgrounds: Filipino and Canadian
Tell us what you do for:
Work: Administrative Support 1, for Intact Insurance
Hobbies: Music, traveling, learning new languages and culture
Name of your kids, and age: Lilly – 10 years old Mateo 2 years old
Your favorite activities with your kids: playing with them, making music together and going for walks
Birthplace: Manila. Philippines
When did you arrive in Canada? September 30, 1997
When did you meet Bonnie? March 2010
How did you meet Bonnie? Online dating
First impression of Bonnie? Friendly and beautiful
What attracted you to her? Her kindness, eyes, and smile
How did you propose? While going for a walk on a snowy day in Canmore
When did you propose? April 14, 2012
When did you get married? September 22, 2012
Three things you admire about Bonnie? Kindness, loving nature and Intelligence
Your favorite family activities? Music, watching tv, walking the dog, swimming, and sports
Biggest challenge regarding multicultural marriage? Different points of views when it comes to the upbringing of children and different mentality on certain matters.
Your advice for men on resolving conflict in marriage? Always listen to your partner with an open heart and respect and trust each other and forgive each other’s shortcomings.
Who are your biggest influences in your life and why? Musically I’d have to say The Beatles since they are the reason I picked up the guitar and started to learn it and paved my way to the path of being a musician. Personally my Mother for her strength that she showed through the adversities that she encountered in her life while raising three children.
Tell us what you do for:
Work: Self Employed – Own/Operate MrsGrocery.com Calgary
Hobbies: Crafts, Games, Reading,
Your favorite activities with your kids: Swimming, going to the playground, going to the zoo
First impression of Roberto? Very smiley
What attracted you to him? He was very friendly and personable.
Three things you admire about Roberto? Sense of humor, laid back, his musical skills
Your family’s happiest moments? Watching the kids laugh and play
Your favorite family activities? Visiting family, mini golfing, talking.
Biggest challenge regarding multicultural marriage? How we relate to conflicts seems to often differ widely.
Your advice for women on resolving conflict in marriage? Open communication is always key. Often this is easier said than done when emotions run high, but it is still important. Avoid the games……most men really won’t know why you’re upset unless you tell them.
Your advice for raising kids? Be flexible. What you plan for them is not necessarily what will work so even if you said you’d never do something, it may be the only thing that will help. Show them lots of love. Sleep and nutrition are important.
Who are your biggest influences in your life and why? My friends. They were always there through the tough times in my life.