Masayang humarap si Ilocos Norte Congressman Ferdinand "Bongbong " Marcos Jr. sa isang presscon with the entertainment press kahapon, April 12, sa Annabel's restaurant. Kasama niya ang kanyang maybahay na si Liza Araneta at ang tatlong anak nila na sina Sandro, Simon, at Vincent, na pawang naka-vacation break sa kanilang pag-aaral sa Worth School sa England.
"They are here for their Easter break and they are leaving at the end of this week. So, we thought it might be a good idea for them to play a part in the campaign. They've been going around with us. My eldest Sandro actually made his first speech before the public and it was successful. We're here to answer your questions and I have already briefed them about this kind of affair," paliwanag ni Cong. Marcos kung bakit kasama niya ang mga anak sa presscon.
MUSIC LOVERS. Isa-isa ring nagsalita ang mga anak ni Rep. Marcos upang magpakilala at magsabi ng mga bagay tungkol sa kanilang mga sarili.
Sandro: "At the moment, I study in Worth School in England. In fact, it's where my dad graduated from. I'm 16. Well, in terms of interest and hobbies, in terms as a family, we're very musical. I'm also interested in sports like soccer."
Simon: "I too, I'm in Worth. I'm 14 years old. I play drums. I like doing sports. My favorite subject would have to be English, Biology, and Geography."
Vincent: "I'm also in Worth. I'm 12 years old. My interest, I like to play piano. I also play sports such as soccer."
Pawang music lovers at nagpe-play ng instruments ang family nila sa pangunguna na nga ni Cong. Marcos, who plays the flute and saxophone. Nag-e-enjoy rin daw siya sa pakikinig ng musika ng The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Ella Fitzgerald, Wynton Marsalis, Eric Clapton, Pepe Smith, at Cecile Licad.
Nang matanong naman ang mga bata kung paano nila ide-describe in one word ang kanilang ama, heto ang kanilang naging sagot:
"MARCOS MONSTERS." Pawang mga lalaki ang mga anak ng Marcos siblings na sina Bongbong, Imee at Irene. Ginagawa nga nila itong biro kapag magkakasama sila.
"You know that my mother [former Firlst Lady Imelda Marcos] has...walang apo na babae. Lahat, yung anak ni Irene, tatlong lalake. Anak ko tatlong lalake. Si Imee, dalawang lalake. So, hindi kami marunong gumawa ng babae. So, we call the boys the 'Marcos Monsters!'" biro ni Cong. Marcos.
Bakit naman "Marcos Monsters"?
"Why? Because can you imagine the house, there were eight boys, kasama si Borgy [Manotoc, Imee's son], siya yung pinakamatanda sa mga magpipinsan, e. So, si Borgy at that time mga 18 ganun. Isipin mo from Borgy all the way down to Vinny [Vincent]...Vinny is the youngest, e. Eight boys in the house, parang mga kabayo doon sa loob ng bahay n'yo. Something will break. Ang gugulo, ang kukulit! So, itong grupong itong ang tawag the 'Marcos Monsters!'" natatawang paliwanag niya.
LETTING THE BOYS JOIN SHOWBIZ. Kapansin-pansin ang pagiging guwapo ng mga anak ni Rep. Marcos, kaya hindi maiwasang maitanong kung papayagan niya bang pumasok sa showbiz ang mga ito?
"But of course. Will I allow my boys to enter showbiz? Yeah, I'm not going to tell them what they can and cannot do. Ang ano ko lang naman sa mga bata, kung may gagawin kayo, do it well, do it right. Basta work hard at it and be good at it. Right now, they are into music. Si Sandro is playing guitars but he's more into sports now playing cricket kaya nawawalan na ng time with his guitars. Si Vincent plays the piano. Si Simon is into drums. But again, if that's what they want, then fine."
Nagbahagi rin ng kanyang saloobin ang asawa ng Congressman na si Liza tungkol sa posibleng pagpasok ng mga anak sa showbiz. Hindi ba siya magiging stage mother?
"No, nervous mother, more likely!" natatawang sabi ni Liza.
MEMORIES OF HIS "SHOWBIZ CAREER. Ang hindi alam ng marami, maging si Cong. Marcos ay nakaranas na ring mapasali sa pelikula nang gampanan niya ang kanyang sarili sa Iginuhit ng Tadhana, produced by Sampaguita Pictures bilang campaign pitch para sa tatay niyang si Ferdinand Marcos noong una itong tumakbo sa pagka-presidente noong 1965. Star-studded ngang maituturing ang pelikulang ito dahil ang gumanap na Ferdinand ay si Luis Gonzales, Gloria Romero as Imelda, Vilma Santos as Imee, at Gina Alajar as Irene.
Nasundan pa ang pelikulang ito ng Pinagbuklod ng Langit, na produced din ng Sampaguita, directed by Eddie Garcia. Muling ginampanan nina Gloria, Luis, Vilma at Gina ang kanilang roles sa Iginuhit ng Tadhana habang si Jose "Jonjie" Aranda naman ang gumanap na Bongbong. Incidentally, si Jonjie ang unang asawa ni Sen. Loren Legarda, na tumatakbong vice president ng Nacionalista Party, na kinaaaniban din ni Cong. Marcos.
Bakit hindi niya ipinagpatuloy ang kanyang showbiz career?
"I never had a career," sagot niya. "What happened is that they asked me, they told me that, 'You're going to...pagkatapos ng eskuwela mo they will take you and you have to do this movie about your father. And you are playing yourself.' So, every day, after school, dadalhin ako sa set and they tell me to do this and other things.
"To be perfectly honest, I was so young, I must be about seven years old. I really didn't quite know what was going on. I didn't think it was a movie. I thought it was a TV program or a documentary or something. But it became clear to me when they called other people, stars were called. 'What are we doing? I think we're acting.'
"But what ended my movie career? Nothing ended my movie career. It was just a...yung sumusubok... I guess they couldn't find someone else to play my part. That's another question that I'm going to ask my mom, why they chose me and not an actor."
Any memories about Gina Alajar and Vilma Santos?
"I saw both of them. I saw Gina in a dinner in a friend's house. And we were laughing and I said, 'Can you imagine those times that we are together? And then watching this movie being made? And who would know I would end up here also in politics?'
"And the I saw also Vilma together with Ralph [Recto, Vilma's husband] and I reminded her. I told her, 'Remember that we made a movie about my parents? Look at us now, we're both in the same field, both in politics. Who would have thought?' So, we had a good laugh about that," salaysay ni Rep. Marcos.
Aminado naman siya na hindi niya alam ang rebelasyon ng mga beteranong press sa presscon na ang ina niyang si Imelda Marcos ay nag-screen test sa Sampaguita Pictures at nakapasa. Hindi nga lang daw natuloy ang showbiz career ni Imelda dahil niligawan agad ng kanyang ama at pinakasalan. Ayon kay Rep. Marcos, ito raw ang isang bagay na itatanong niya sa kanyang ina.
CLICK HERE for more election-related stories.