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