Robin Padilla reveals anxiety over losing eldest daughter Queenie to avid suitor

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Robin Padilla says his "ermats," Eva Cariño, is on cloud nine because BB Gandanghari is now on good terms with the Padilla family. He told the press people: "Nababalot talaga [siya] ng kasiyahan, kahit anong oras mo siya tawagan, tawa nang tawa." On the other hand, he's the one who's quite distressed of late because his eldest with Liezl Sicangco, Queenie (inset, top), is now being courted avidly by PJ Valerio (inset, bottom).


If there's one thing that will probably hurt Robin Padilla, it will not have anything to do with his combat sports and stunts in his television and movie projects. He's dubbed the former Bad Boy of Philippine Movies, but when it comes to his kids, he's just like any dad who gets timorous at the thought of losing his daughter anytime soon.

During his contract-signing with Jag last October 27, his famous crooked smile tried to hide his distress when asked if he knows the real score between his eldest daughter Queenie and her avid suitor, PJ Valerio, whom Robin referred to as "taga-Kuya Germs."

He told the press, "Di ko alam e, kung ano ba talaga sila. Hindi ko kasi tinatanong baka masaktan ako kung boyfriend na o ano. Basta nakiki-tsismis na rin lang...

"Hindi maaano, e... Alam mo minsan, pag hindi mo alam ang katotohanan, mas maayos, e. Pagka nalaman ko nang malalim-lalim, baka mas mapalayo ang puntahan ko. Nang nalaman kong seryoso na yung ligawan, napunta ako ng India, napunta ako ng Iran, medyo kailangan kong mag-isip-isip."

And when Gorgy Rula of Startalk threw him the question: So, hindi ka pa talaga handang magkaapo?

For a very brief moment, the action star looked panic-stricken. "Apo?" he shot back.

Then he continued, "Siguro, isa-isa lang muna, isa-isa lang ang pagtanggap, parang kay BB [Gandanghari] lang 'yan, e, dahan-dahan lang. 'Wag natin bibiglain ang mga sarili natin, baka tayo maatake. Oo, kailangan dumaan muna sa tamang proseso. Yun lang naman ang pakiusap ko, e. 'Wag nilang kalimutan ang ating kultura, ang kanilang relihiyon."

MEETING BEFORE BONDING. For his birthday on November 19, his wife Liezl and their four kids—Queenie, Kylie, Chen-Chen, and Ali—will be arriving from Australia.

There's no definite plan yet on how he's going to spend his time while his family is here in Manila. "Wala pa," he said. "Basta pagka darating pa lang, siguro magsama-sama muna kami, kami lang muna, wala munang ibang tao. 'Tapos, 'tsaka siguro kaarawan na namin iimbitahin yung mga kapatid, ermats."

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But before the bonding, Robin revealed that he will have a "mahabang pagpupulong" with Liezl. Part of the agenda, according to him, will be their kids.

Binoe related: "Iba na ang mga pananaw sa buhay, kasi pinag-uusapan na namin yun, kasi hindi na bata yung mga [anak namin]. Iba na lahat yung mga pananaw nun, ako na ngayon yung sumusunod."

And their main topic: "Yung pinakamatanda."

Robin added pensively, "Mas marami nang gustong gawin yung anak ko, e. Sa nanay niya, okay yun, parehong babae yun. Pero sa akin, talagang sa akin, hindi ko lahat gusto. Pero wala akong magagawa, e."

THE GOOD BOY FOR ROBIN. As a dad, Robin is not the type who gives advice; instead, he sets the rules early on.

When he talks to his girls, "walang kinalaman sa ligawan," Robin said. "Ang binibigay ko, e, yung rules."

And what exactly are his rules?

Robin related, "Yung sa bahay [liligawan]. Ayoko na kung saan-saan kayo magkikita, mababalitaan ko, nakita kayo sa loob ng kotse."

And to underscore his preference, he said "ayoko nun" three times, then added: "Talagang palagay ko, maha-high blood ako nun."

And what exactly is his description of a good boy?

"Dapat respetuhin nung lalaki yung, unang-una, yung kultura natin. Hindi tayo Amerikano, hindi tayo Australyano, may sarili tayong kultura," described Queenie's dad.

In fairness to the "manliligaw or boyfriend" of his daughter, Binoe said that PJ seems to take his rules seriously.

"Talagang pumupunta sa bahay yun. Isang puntos yun para masabi nating okay. Basta ipagpatuloy lang n'ya yung ganung klase na pagka-Pilipino. Ako, ano ako dun, e... Hanga ako dun, e. Ayoko yung tatawagan niya yung anak ko, magkikita sila sa labas, ay 'wag. 'Wag niya gagawin yun, medyo ano ako dun, mapipikon ako doon," he said.

As much as possible, he doesn't want to meddle in his daughter's lovelife. But he would step in the minute he sees that something is wrong.

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Robin's fair warning: "Hindi ako puwedeng tumahimik. Hindi puwede... Kakausapin ko yung lalaki kung hindi na ako ayon sa ginagawa nung lalaki, e. Dun ko na siguro papangatawan yung pagiging tatay. Hindi ko naman siya sasaktan, hindi ko naman siya... Kakausapin ko lang siya, 'Hindi ganyan ang gusto ko...' Kasi karapatan ko naman yun bilang magulang. Sumunod sila."

DADDY'S DESPAIR. Early this year, he announced that he's already giving Queenie the go-signal to entertain suitors. But he realizes now that his statement was a bit hasty.

He expressed with a tinge of metaphor, "Siyempre, para sa akin, maaga pa para sa pag-ibig na ganyan. Hindi pa, marami pang mga pangarap na sabay-sabay kaming mangarap, sabay-sabay kaming tumawid sa karagatan na 'yan. Hindi ko akalain nung nasa gitna, e, 'Erpat, balik na muna kami doon, ganun.'

"Bilang lalaki, bilang ama, sa usaping pagkababae nila, siyempre, hindi ko maintindihan yun, e. Kasi 'yang mga batang 'yan, lumaki sa akin 'yan. Ibig sabihin, e, magmula talaga, sila'y nagkaisip, hangga't sila'y nagdalaga, lahat ng ginagawa ko ay ginagawa nila."

Just like their dad, Queenie and younger sister, Kylie, are well-trained in martial arts and self-defense.

Resuming his statement, "Ngayon siyempre, biglang natuklasan nilang babae pala sila. Iba na. Pero okay lang ako, ha, walang mabait na ano [manliligaw]. Talagang ganun ang realidad, hindi sila mga lalaki, sila'y mga babae."

Is he having a hard time accepting the fact that Queenie may soon fall in love and, eventually, leave his side?

The 41-year-old star answered, "Magkaiba kasi ang salitang 'tanggapin' sa 'wala kang magawa.' Magkaiba yun. Bilang tatay, malungkot yun. Walang tatay na magsasabi sa 'yo na maligaya [siya] na yung anak ay nawala na sa kanyang poder."

While talking about his kids, Robin showed various emotions. He was excited at the thought of seeing them. He sounded overly protective as far as his girls are concerned. He turned into a worried dad at the mere thought of some guy snatching his daughters away from him.

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"Pag ang anak mo, e, wala pa mga ganyan-ganyan [suitors]. 'Pag nakita ka, 'Tatay!' Ganyan yan, e... Pero pag meron nang pag-ibig, 'Papa'... Iba na, iba na... Kontrabida na dating mo. Hindi ka na hero."

He was laughing when he said that, but his eyes looked quite cheerless.


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