Where and how did Papa Jack learn everything he needed to know about love?
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) posed that question to Papa Jack, or John Gemperle in real life, during the launch of his book titled: Everything I Need To Know About Love I Learned From Papa Jack.
The much-in-demand 90.7 Love Radio jock and host of True Love Confessions (TLC) and Wild Confessions (WC) confesses that he never imagined himself having a book under his name.
“Hindi ko makita-kita ang sarili ko na magkaka-libro ako. So salamat... binigyan ako ng chance na magkaroon ng transcription yung pinagsasabi ko sa ere.”
Papa Jack was similarly surprised at the positive effect his advice has brought to his radio listeners as well as his fans who are active in social media. He mentions a Tumblr post titled “Papa Jack Said” that was created as a way to document anything and everything he said on-air.
“Meron palang dating yung sinabi ko. Nasabi ko pala yun… So, 'eto na yun [Everything I Need To Know About Love I Learned From Papa Jack]. Maraming pong salamat. Thank you very much.”
The fact that Papa Jack constantly gives advice, PEP.ph asked Papa Jack: where does he go when he himself needs advice?
“Sa mga kaibigan ko po. Pero kelangan ko muna [sila] ilibre bago ako payuhan.”
Does he have any advice for those who are single?
“Sa mga single, hindi po hinahanap ang pag-ibig. Dumadating po ‘yan.”
Any advice for those who are in a relationship?
“Matulog nang maaga. Gumising nang maaga.”
ADVICE FOR ROBIN AND MARIEL. It will be recalled that Mariel Rodriguez recently became jealous when her husband Robin Padilla made a love scene with his co-star Kris Aquino. Mariel even returned the ring that Robin gave her. But the action star surprised Mariel by appearing on her noontime show to return the ring.
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When Papa Jack was asked to offer advice to married couple Mariel and Robin, he dispensed advice that can be applicable to any of their past or future LQs (lover’s quarrel).
Papa Jack’s counsel on Robin Padilla and Mariel Rodriguez’s relationship: “If you continue making the guy feel that he has to prove something constantly, lalo siya mawawala sa ‘yo.”
“Napanood ko kasi pagpunta niya [Robin] sa show ni Kuya Willie [Revillame]. I think for a guy to do that, di ba – it says a lot… At saka, feeling ko kasi if you continue making the guy feel that he has to prove something constantly, lalo siya mawawala sa ‘yo. ‘You have to prove to me na faithful ka,’ parang kasi that’s a lot different than saying `I trust you, that you are faithful.’”
DJ TURNED AUTHOR. Published by Summit Media, the book is divided into six chapters—each outlining the phases, problems and scenarios that lovestruck, lovelorn and love-torn Pinoys go through in life.
The first chapter, “Getting to Know Each Other,” is where Papa Jack humorously gives his tips on how to know if a guy likes you or not, as well as an informative checklist before falling in love.
The second chapter, “MU” provides Papa Jack’s trademark and practical definition of what love is.
The third chapter, “In a relationship” lists light-hearted and funny pick-up lines anyone could use while in a relationship or for those who want to be in one.
The fourth chapter, “In doubt?” offers guidelines for men who want to understand women; and women who want to understand men.
The fifth chapter, “Could have been right love at the wrong time, aw!” is suited for teens who are confused about what real love is.
The sixth chapter, “It’s Complicated” gives sound and hard advice to two-timing men and codependent women.
The book offers 365 love-related quotes and nuggets of sage wisdom that should be enough to keep the love doctor away when taken daily in regular doses.
Papa Jack recommends quotes number 17 to 79 as his favorites in the book.
Now, where does Papa Jack get his wisdom? How did he learn anything and everything he needed to know about love?
“Everything I need to know about love, I think, experience and the concept of right and wrong. Di mo kailangan ma-in love, di ba? [Also on] what is acceptable and unacceptable, and practicality.”
Out of all the questions we asked, he admits that he is still unable to answer the most difficult question of all.
“Isang tanong na di ko masagot ever since ay yung paano mag-move-on. Di ko nasagot yun kahit kailan. Kanya-kanya po tayo ng move-on process. Hindi puwede pahiram sa kapwa. Sa ‘yon lang po yun.”
Everything I Need To Know About Love I Learned From Papa Jack is available in bookstores at P143/copy.