"Proud na proud ako sa mga anak ko," beamed Robin Padilla after the Jag Dstrukt Denim Wars fashion show held at SM Mall of Asia Atrium last May 31.
The action star-TV host walked the ramp anew, and he was joined by his 17 year-old daughter, Kylie, and 10-year-old son, Ali.
He told the media and press people, "Si Ali, nagulat ako, kasi kaninang umaga medyo... Medyo alam ko na, ninenerbyos si Ali. Pero kanina, parang ayaw na tumigil, e, inaawat mo na, [sabi niya], 'No, no, no, people love me."
People couldn't help but notice, "Mini-me ni Robin si Ali."
And the 40-year-old star smiled upon hearing the comment. "Sana, sana naman hanggang sa siya'y magbinata, e, ako ang kanyang maging ehemplo," he said.
FOLLOWING HIS FOOTSTEPS. So, he won't mind if his only boy with Liezl Sicangco joins showbiz?
Binoe (Robin's nickname) answered, "Ako, eto sa totoo ito, mas gusto ko na mag-aral yung mga anak ko. Gusto ko silang mag-aral, makatapos... Kaya lang, siyempre bilang magulang, hindi ko dapat hadlangan yung kanilang mga pangarap. Yun ang gusto nila, dapat kong suportahan iyon."
His second daughter, Kylie, also did a remarkable job on the catwalk. She said she had fun, and wants to do it again.
Dad's reaction to her performance, "Nag-aral siya. Pinagbutihan niya. Maganda naman ang resulta." But on becoming a model, "Kung ako lang talaga, mas maganda kung pagbubutihin ang pag-aaral nila."
He related that his children—especially his eldest, Queenie—had already asked his permission to let her accept more projects.
Dad's advice: "Sabi ko, 'Kung magiging masaya ka diyan, galingan mo, huwag yung hilaw ang pasok. Dapat gawin mo lahat para mapagsilbihan mo yung mga tao. [Ang] pag-aartista, pagsisilbi 'yan, e."
Queenie is presently in the cast of ABS-CBN's series Momay.
Binoe said he's setting no limitations for his daughters as far as the roles are concerned, but his constant reminder: "Isa lang, Muslim sila. Huwag nilang kalimutan [na] Muslim sila."
To elaborate on his earlier statement, "Sa harap ng camera walang limitasyon iyon. Pero kapag nasa likod ka na ng camera, kulturang Pilipino pa rin. Halimbawa, sa pakikisalamuha sa mga lalaki, dapat iyon, ngiti lang."
DEALING WITH SUITORS. Robin has been vocal about his rules when it comes to accepting suitors. "Dapat kulturang Pilipino pa rin"—which means, courtship should happen at home. He added, "Gusto ko kung sino yung ipakikilala, yun na yung magiging asawa..."
But so far, he hasn't shaken hands with any of the guys who visited his daughters.
His explanation, "Ang masasabi ko, ayoko muna makilala kahit sino para pagka kinamayan ko, kasama na yung bilin ko. Alam nung lalaki na ikaw lang yung kinamayan ko, alam mo na. Galing ako sa kulungan, ha. Sanay akong makulong."
Besides, his daughters are too young for marriage. Queenie is 19, while Kylie is 17.
"Bata pa yung mga anak ko 'tol, e. Sayang, sayang ang...lalo na sa panahon na ito, pag nag-asawa ka agad, tag-hirap..." Robin said.
TALKING ABOUT HIS SON. But with Ali, it's a different story. "Bata pa siya kaya alalay lang ako sa gusto niya. Yung sa fashion show, tinuruan ko nga kanina sa backstage, kaya tingnan mo yung lakad, akong-ako," he told PEP.
And if his son decides to join showbiz, "Malamang, action star din siya," said the action star, who was once dubbed the "Bad Boy of Philippine Movies."
He continued, "Maaga nga siyang nag-training, e. Ako kasi, labingdalawang taon ako, siya nag-umpisa siya walong taon. Talagang gusto niyang mag-aksyon."
But just like his dad, Ali was also good at strutting his stuff. During the fashion show, the young boy instantly endeared himself to the fans. He walked and waved like his dad. He shook hands with the people, and gave an instant smile for the fan's cameras.
If you were to ask the boy about his first modeling stint, "I enjoyed it a lot. I met new friends. Those people [referring to the guests who watched the fashion show], they're my friends."
Aside from being friendly, he also has an adventurous spirit, his dad said. "Kanina, gusto niyang tumalon. Sabi ko, 'No, no, no, not now. Later, later...' [Sabi niya] 'Later?' ['Tapos nung nagtanong ulit], 'No, no, no, not now again...' [Sabi niya] 'Again?' Hindi kami magkaintindihan dalawa, e. Oo, aksyon talaga yung anak ko. Kailangan siyempre, nasa Pilipinas siya, kailangan matuto siyang mag-Tagalog. Hindi lahat ng tao i-Inglesin niya."
Are the kids staying here, or are they going back to Australia?
"Hindi. Hindi na siguro...Pero dapat, bisitahin nila yung nanay nila o yung mama nila yung bumisita dito. Importante yung ermats," he replied.
And again, Robin stressed that if he has his way, he'd rather see his kids finishing their studies first. "Sa aming dalawa ni [Liezl], gusto namin silang mag-aral. Pero yung mga bata ngayon, may gusto, dapat suportahan," he stated.
Don't worry, Robin, Ali's immediate plan that night didn't have anything to do with showbiz: "I just want to go around the mall and buy some toys," the kid said.