Being “mama’s boy” does not apply to ABS-CBN teen heartthrob Daniel Padilla. He shrugs off the description and says that being a good child to one’s parents transcends that tag.
“Para sa akin, wala namang ‘mama’s boy’ or ‘papa’s boy.’
“Nanay at tatay mo 'yan, bakit hindi mo naman mamahalin, di ba?” says the young actor whose parents are both showbiz personalities.
The 18-year-old Daniel, or “DJ” to his mother, actress Karla Estrada, and father Rommel Padilla of the famed Padilla clan, says he shows his affection for his parents in his own special way.
“Ano kasi, iba ako maglambing. Kaya si Mama naba-bad trip sa akin.
“Awkward kasi talaga ako… hindi ko napapakita.”
The actor may not often express love for his mom, but their onscreen chemistry as mother and son does not fail to charm the public.
Recently, Daniel and Karla became endorsers of a local peanut butter brand that Filipinos have turned to as a comfort food.
As in most mother-and-son relationships, seeing Daniel and Karla reminds one of a real family despite their showbiz connection.
Karla reveals, “Si Daniel, sa lahat ng apat kong anak, siya yung hindi masyadong nagpapakita ng lambing.
“Actually, pag walang tao sa room ko, dun siya tatabi, sisiksik. So, na-o-awkward siya.
“So, kung yung tatlong mga bata ay para na akong Buddha, sisiksik talaga, hindi siya sa salita.
“More on dun sa gawa. Napatunayan naman niya yun hanggang ngayon,” Karla smiles.
GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT, LESSON. Of Daniel’s achievements over the past two years since his foray into show business, Karla is most proud of his investments in property.
“Yung houses niya. Hindi na ako mag-aalala…
“Pagdating ng araw e hindi na ako mag-aalala sa kabilang buhay na baka yung mga anak ko ay nakatira sa ilalim ng tulay,” Karla joked.
“Yung house niya, ito yung achievement, ito yung dream ko nung araw pa, na ngayon si Daniel lang yung nagtupad.
“So, iba kasi pag yung anak ang tumutupad, e. Mas masarap sa pakiramdam.”
Fulfilled, according to Karla, is the apt word for how she feels.
What's the greatest lesson his mother taught him? Daniel smiles and says, “Si Mama kasi, paulit-ulit ito, araw-araw—”
Karla laughed and finished Daniel’s sentence “—Paulit-ulit, parati kong sinasabi, 'wag ka magpapasama ng loob ng ibang tao.”
Kisses and hugs, Daniel tries to dodge, but these wise words are what he embraces.
“Mabuti nang paulit-ulit kasi mahirap na pag nakalimutan.”