40-year-old Mario Sayson is a proud father who had been working abroad for three years without a chance to see his two teen children, a boy and a girl.
Mario, who finally returned to his home country Philippines, had been working as an electrical engineer in Doha, Qatar, for several years.
And when he finally returned to the Philippines, he decided to give his children a memorable surprise.
And so, Mario contacted a local restaurant in Batangas City, Philippines, and asked them if he could pretend to be their waiter to surprise his family.
After the restaurant agreed, he planned the surprise together with his partner, Shellan, who brought their kids to the restaurant on the set date.
When the father in disguise began serving the family, the 17-year-old daughter Princess and 16-year-old son Joshua had no idea that their father is hiding behind the face mask.
Mario returned to the table on three occasions before removing his bandana and making the big reveal. And when he did, his daughter immediately recognized him and burst into tears.
Joshua, on the other hand, didn’t see his dad’s face right away and continued eating as if nothing happened.
After coming back to the table one more time, Mario stood beside his boy for several seconds, waiting for him to finally notice him.
And when he did, the son also began tearing up as the father bent down and hugged his children.
Speaking of the surprise, Mario explained: “I asked the staff of the restaurant if I can use their venue to surprise my kids and they said yes, but while I was serving the food I couldn’t help but cry.
“It was hard to keep calm and surprise them when I just wanted to hug them after so much time away.”
These children are seeing their dad after three years apart… But they don't recognise him! ❤️
Posted by Daily Mail on Tuesday, October 9, 2018
After the surprise, Mario said that the moment was not only “emotional” but also “super happy,” while Princess said: “I was so happy. I just couldn’t believe what had happened.”
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