Binibining Gandanghari, also known as BB these days, has received a classy gift from her brother Robin Padilla: a Honda CRV.
In a segment on Startalk, BB talked about how rapturously she received the Silverstone-colored compact sports utility vehicle and how she was, as her handler said, "na-shock sa caru [car] na bigay ni Robin!"
BB baptized the new car with a road trip to Batangas.
The fully paid top-of-the-line vehicle, however, is thought to be part of a down payment for a movie she and Robin would supposedly be making in the near future. Be it a gift or otherwise, it's still a nice thing to have.
In a telephone interview with Startalk, BB shared more details about the SUV. Did she ask for it or was it given to her as gift?
The happy-sounding girl exclaimed, "I have no idea! Basta dumating ako sa bahay ko three days ago and I was shocked! Nagkita kami last September [ni Robin] at nagkuwentuhan."
Does she think that this was a down payment for a movie project?
"Noong birthday ko," explained BB, "nag-usap kami for a possible project. And then sabi niya, 'Gawin na natin 'yan para bigyan na kita ng down payment.' But I don't know. Dumating ang kotse na nasa pangalan ko and everything!"
At this point, the already laughing BB exclaimed, "Whatever! Kung down payment man siya or gift, e maraming salamat!"
If it were a gift from brother Robin, does this mean that BB has finally been accepted by the whole family?
"Ang pinaka naka apekto sa akin," BB said, suddenly turning serious, "it's not the words, it's not the car, but the acceptance. Noong birthday ko, niyakap ako nang mahigpit ni Robin and that was enough. In fact I texted my friend the following day and said, 'Alam mo, I think that was my happiest birthday.' Kasi, I was with people who I truly love and cherish. Parang ito [car] bonus, but the acceptance and welcome, I really felt noong birthday ko."
It's good to hear that Robin and BB are finally close again. But were there minor adjustments, like the proper way for Robin to address his former brother? Like, does he call her "Ate" right now?
Laughing out loud, BB answered, "Hindi na ako pumapayag sa tawag sa taong namayapa, di ba? Sinasanay ko sila sa BB, so nasasanay naman!"