Former child wonder NiÃ±o Muhlach burst into tears when he recalled how his father took care of his finances at the height of his popularity.
The â80s actor was one of the panelists in the 1st Child Summit organized by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) and held April 25 at the Mabini Hall of MalacaÃ±ang Palace.
NiÃ±o became emotional when the topic of trust funds for young stars was discussed. Aside from NiÃ±o, other resource persons that afternoon were Aiza Seguerra, Sheryl Cruz, Rayver Cruz, Robi Domingo, and Roderick Paulate.
NiÃ±o said: âNgayon pa lang natin pinag-uusapan ang child labor laws pero naisip na yun dati ng daddy ko. Ang trust fund ko dati, hindi lang 20 percent ng kita ko ang pumapasokâ¦100 percent automatic.
âTapos yung mga ibang artista na sikat, bahay ang pinapatayo pero ako building. Lahat yun nasa pangalan ko.â
His Daddy Alex also built a four-storey apartment building for NiÃ±o.
The former child actor revealed: âHanggang ngayon, magku-cruise kami sa May 4, siya ang magbabayad ng ticket ko. Pa, baka gusto mo pati mga apo mo. Sama mo na lahat.â
TRIBUTE TO HIS DAD. NiÃ±o, who appeared in hit movies such as Ang Leon at ang Daga (1975) and Darna at Ding (1980), stood up and paid tribute to his Daddy Alex. Tears rolled down his face as he said: âPa, thank you so much for everything.â
Members of the audience gave a round of applause for the father-and-son team.
In a separate interview with NiÃ±o after the forum, he told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) why he became emotional.
âBinaggit kasi ni Direk Maning [Emmanuel Borlaza] na dumadaan [nuon] ang daddy ko sa [location] para alamin kung bakit nagsu-shooting pa ako hanggang 10:30 p.m., e, ang usapan hanggang 10 p.m. lang.
"Biglang bumalik lahat sa utak ko kung gaano ako kasuwerte.
âYung daddy ko naisip na niya na dapat hindi lang 20 percent ang tinatabi para sa trust fund, kung hindi 100 percent.
âWe have to reach out to the parents na dapat sa kanila mismo manggagaling ang pagpo-proteksiyon sa mga bata.â
At this point, NiÃ±o took out his cellphone and showed photos of his two sons: 10-year-old Alessandro Martinno and 2-year-old Alonzo Andretti.
âSila ang rason kung bakit up to now, marunong akong mag-appreciate ng mga maliliit na bagay.â
Are his sons interested in joining showbiz?
âItong bunso, medyo,â he said with a smile. âActually, may mga companies that have asked him to audition. Kung gusto niya, okay lang. Hindi naman masama ang naging experience ko sa showbiz.â
ON AMALIA FUENTES. Asked about the word war between his aunt, Amalia Fuentes, and talent manager, Annabelle Rama, at the wake of Amalia's ex-husband Joey Stevens, NiÃ±o declined to comment.
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âMedyo mahirap magsalitaâ¦si Tita Nena [referring to Amalia] kamag-anak, si Tita Annabelle malapit rin sa amin.
"Si Ate Liezl [Martinez] nga hindi masyadong nakikialam, anak siyaâ¦what more ako, pamangkin lang naman ako?
âSiyempre kamag-anak namin siya [Amalia], pero medyo I donât want to comment.â
The former child actor hopes the quarrel will be resolved soon.
âE, sino-sino pa ba ang magkikita-kita [sa showbiz]? Sana magkaayos agad.
âMinsan kasi iniintriga o di kaya may magkukwento, âSabi ni ganitoâ¦â E, lalong lumalaki, so sana wag na lang palakihin.
"Sana magkita na lang sila sa isang lugar. Pareho pang mataray yung dalawa, kaya mahirap pakialaman.â
He believes a mutual friend can help Amalia and Annabelle resolve the issue.
âNaniniwala ako na ang makakaayos nito ay isa sa mga kaibigan nilaâ¦isa sa mga batch nila.â
DIRECTING A TV PROJECT. NiÃ±o, who has been away from showbiz for several years, is planning to make a comeback. This time, he will work behind the camera as a director.
He revealed: âIâve been directing stage plays for the past 14 years and ngayon, meron akong independent films.
"I signed a contract with Viva last October 2011. I have a 3-year contract with them and Iâm supposed to direct a teleserye for a network.â