Robin Padilla's treasures

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Kylie (second from left) and Queenie (second from right) exhibit theirfighting stance in a pose with Lola Eva, Papa Robin Padilla, and stunt directorand character actor Val Iglesias, Muay Philippines’ honorary presidentfor movie-TV exposure. (YES! August 2007 issue)


There's no doubt that the Padilla blood runs in the veins of sisters Queenie and Kylie, and that shows in their fondness for martial arts. After undergoing training in no less than the Muay Thai Institute in Ranjit, Thailand, Robin Padilla's daughters competed in the Milo Muay Thai Competitions on May 27 at the Philsports Arena (formerly Ultra Stadium) in Pasig City.


Muay Thai, according to the answers.com website, is a form of "hard martial art" where "the hands, shins, elbows, and knees are all used extensively." Robin himself is a passionate practitioner of Thailand's national sport and is eager to share the discipline with fellow Pinoys.


"Nakikita kong puwedeng gayahin ng ating mga kababayan ang pagka-nationalistic ng Muay Thai," Robin says. "Ang history niyan, napakayaman. Kung hindi dahil sa Muay Thai, hindi makakakuha ng independensiya ang Thailand mula sa iba't ibang bansang nanakop sa kanya. At hanggang sa ngayon, napapangalagaan nila 'yong kultura na 'yon."


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