GO­ING STRONG

When vi­va­cious Issa Lit­ton meets cool and mel­low Tiger Garrido, these op­po­sites forge a ro­mance that’s for keeps.

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The moment Issa Lit­ton-Garrido steps into a room, she fills it with her fresh ef­fer­ves­cence. Her in­nate host­ing panache, cou­pled with her beauty and her in­cred­i­ble way with words, make her an in­stant hit in her shows like QTV’s Se­crets of the Masters and Kitchen Bat­tles, as well as NBN’s morn­ing show, She Ka. No won­der she eas­ily cap­tured the heart of or­tho­pe­dic sur­geon Dr. Tiger Garrido.

“ Tig and I were set up on a blind date by my best friend since fourth grade, who hap­pened to be his class­mate in med school. They were about to have their Med Ball and she fig­ured we'd get along. He and I hit it off. Ap­par­ently, he was re­ally im­pressed with my ap­petite when we ate din­ner at Out­back Steak­house— I or­dered the same thing he did, fin­ished same time he did, and even asked for dessert! We ended up chat­ting un­til 4 am out­side Häa­gen-Dazs,” shares Issa.

Was it love at first sight? Tiger says Issa is “ brains, beauty, and hu­mor all wrapped in a fiery ball of pas­sion. Of course it was love at first sight.” Af­ter eight years of be­ing to­gether, they tied the knot last 2008 in an as­ton­ish­ing Star Wars-themed wed­ding com­plete with light sabers, storm troop­ers, and a Death Star wed­ding cake.

To­day, Issa and Tiger are par­ents to two beau­ti­ful girls, Bella and Chase. De­spite Issa’s blos­som­ing ca­reer and Tiger’s de­mand­ing hours, they re­main fo­cused on their fam­ily. “My kids are my pas­sion. I make sure they’re on top of my pri­or­ity list,” she says. In­deed, Issa is a hands-on mom who has per­fected the jug­gling act. She man­ages her time by cre­at­ing a sched­ule and work­ing with it even when she is very busy. “I am very lucky that my work and my time are flex­i­ble,” she says.

When­ever Issa and Tiger are free, they in­dulge in their fam­ily’s com­pany by go­ing out of town or tak­ing trips abroad. Fa­vorite desti­na­tions like Ta­gay­tay and Batan­gas are just a few hours away from their home in Ala­bang Hills. “My kids get to play and ex­plore both aca­demics and the arts from the var­i­ous in­sti­tu­tions avail­able around Ala­bang. It’s only a has­sle for me to get to and from work as my work is in Que­zon City, but I wouldn’t move my kids or my fam­ily from the South,” dis­closes Issa.

The strong bond and the teamwork these love­birds have make their re­la­tion­ship a per­fect ex­am­ple of real love. “ Tiger is the only one who can keep me. He gets me,” says Issa, while Tiger adds, “it’s funny that the things we fight about, the con­stant change in things, un­pre­dictabil­ity, dis­agree­ments, etcetera... they all make things new and ex­cit­ing. I like that. And when things mel­low down to my level, which is a more chilled­out at­mos­phere, I’m sure I’m go­ing to love that as well. What’s not to love?”

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