Robin Padilla finally meets BB Gandanghari in person

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Robin Padilla, on the final shooting days of his primetime action show Totoy Bato, talks about his intrepid daughter Queenie and his first face-to-face encounter with brother turned sister BB Gandanghari (inset).


Action star Robin Padilla's action-packed series Totoy Bato is coming to a close. As the story nears its end, would he once again star in an action-themed primetime show?

"Pahinga muna tayo, 'tol," Robin told Startalk. "Magbabakasyon muna ako. Mga isang buwan."

Robin added that he would, of course, spend his vacation with his family, who are currently in Australia. If it weren't for the swine flu virus, he added, his daughters Kylie and Queenie would still be in the Philippines with him. Queenie, by the way, is an active advocate of Muslim affairs, a move that Robin supports with all his heart. He can't help being worried, however, about his daughter's oftentimes risky decisions.

"Sa murang edad, e na expose sa problema ng lipunan," sighed Robin. "Pumupunta talaga siya doon, e. Puwede naman tumulong na hindi pupunta doon, e. Pinag-aawayan namin yun. Pumupunta yun sa mismong giyera! Hindi yun biro."

Queenie's desire to help and be on the frontlines has affected Robin so much that he finally declined permission for Queenie to handle another project. "Meron siyang proyekto sa GMA News," explained Robin. "Hindi ako pumayag dahil kainitan noon ng Red Cross. Medyo humaba ang pagtatalo namin so sinabi ko na lang na 'May taping ka.'"

Another issue between father and daughter, though minor, is about Queenie's many suitors. Robin doesn't seem to approve of any of them.

"Hindi ako bumoboto sa kanila," smirked Robin. "Wala yung mga yun. Okay naman sa akin basta gusto niya [Queenie]. Pero kung hihingin nila opinion ko o boto ko, e hindi. Napakaaga pa at maraming lalake sa mundo! Huwag magmadali."

ROBIN MEETS BB, AT LAST. The Padilla clan suffered a loss when an eight-year-old relative died, which brought the whole family together. At the wake, Robin finally saw his brother Rustom, now known as BB Gandanghari. For him, it was a bittersweet experience.

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"Malungkot lang dahil sa patay," Robin said. "Malungkot na pumanaw yung anak ni Rhoda. Si Rustom ang pinakaapektado. Hindi kami nakapag-usap dahil nagdadalamhati kami noon kasi nabigla kaming lahat, e. Hindi pa kami nakaka-recover."

Did he notice anything different about BB?

"Nag-iba lang itsura niya," smiled Robin. "Mahal namin kapatid namin at wala naman siyang nilabag sa batas. Hangga't masaya siya, masaya kaming lahat.

"Huwag lang niya ulitin yung sa Santakrusan," joked Robin. "Magagalit mga pari."


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