Daniel Padilla an old man at 24 waxes poetic wisdom

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Daniel Padilla says heart is a guiding force in life: "Puso mo ang magsasabi sa iyo kung ano para sa iyo at kung para saan ikaw talaga."


Where does Daniel Padilla get all this wisdom at age 24?

Hear, hear. He's a bit of a poet, too.

During his group interview last May 17, at the Pepsi Puso Fest event, he said:

"Bakit nga ba natin sinusundan ang puso natin higit minsan sa mga isipan natin?" 

"Dahil puso mo ang magsasabi sa iyo kung ano para sa iyo at kung para saan ikaw talaga?

"Automatic yun kapag puso ang sinundan mo.

"Pero siyempre, kailangan mo nang konting isip din.

"Minsan hindi puwede na puro puso lang tayo nang puso."

DANIEL'S HEART 

Daniel burst into showbiz bearing gifts—natural showmanship and prodigious acting talent.

The son of actors Rommel Padilla and Karla Estrada, Daniel was born to act.

He began as one of the teen actors of the 2011 youth-oriented series Growing Up.

Daniel says it was the "biggest decision" he has made in terms of following his heart.

And he is proving himself to be his own man in an an industry dictated by lucre.

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Daniel accepts all the glamorous hustle-bustle of showbiz is all about working hard for the money.

But he says, "Dito kasi, lalo na sa industriya, ang daming komplikasyon kung alam niyo naman, hindi ba?

"Pero minsan kailangan mong sundin mo na lang yung puso mo, e.

"Hindi siya ganung ka-honest, kaya minsan kailangan sundin mo ang puso mo kahit alam mong medyo risky siya.

"Pero ayun yun, e. Yan yung nagpapatotoo sa iyo at yan yung puwede mong sabihin na buhay nga ako."

For Daniel, the heart overrules everything.

He says, "It's all about growth. Decision-making, isang parte yun. Malaking parte ang puso natin dun, lalo na yung sarili nating desisyon.

"Kasi hindi mabubuo yung karakter mo as ikaw kung puro lang sa iba galing ang desisyon na nakukuha mo, hindi ba?

"Iga-gather mo lang yung information na puwede ibigay sa iyo ng mga tao nakapaligid, pero siyempre ang huling desisyon ay nasa sa iyo."

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Needless to say, Daniel followed his heart when he pursued Kathryn Bernardo, his reel turned real love.

They first worked together in the teen series Growing Up.

They were paired again in the romance series, Princess and I, in 2012.

That was the year the love team KathNiel became official.

That was also the year their real-life romance began.

Today, Daniel and Kathryn are among the top stars of their generation with numerous hit prime-time TV series and blockbuster films.

Their 2018 movie The Hows of Us is presently the country's highest-grossing fim, and the first to reach the PHP915-million mark.

DANIEL: STUDENT OF LIFE

On the other hand, Daniel is still a young man searching for meaning in his life.

The 24-year-old actor muses, "Now, I'm still a student of life... Nandun din ako sa point na yun na hinahanap ko rin, e.

"Nandun yung passion, oo, nandun naman lahat yun, e. Pero minsan ang hirap niya buuhin, alam mo yun?

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"Parang, ito ba talaga yung akin? O ano ba yung para sa akin talaga?

"Pero dun din papasok yung sundin mo yung puso mo.

"Alamin mo na yun at automatic naman...

"Yung passion na yun, sundan mo ng trabaho saka huwag mong bibitawan."

The young idol has other set of passions aside from acting.

One of them is music, a passion he shares with his brother JC.

"Before naman ako pumasok sa talagang pag aartista, talaga nagsimula ako sa pagbabanda.

"Hanggang ngayon, hindi ko yan mabitawan dahil yung utol ko naman, ngayon nagsisimula sila ulit.

"Yung banda namin nun na ako yung bahista nun. May single na sila lumabas sa Spotify.

"Sobrang saya ko para sa utol ko rin, kasi sa bahay naman kami pa rin nagja-jam, e.

"Very proud ako sa tao na kasi... hayop, hayop gumawa ng kanta yun. I mean, ang galing.

"And gusto ko rin mag-produce ng bagong mga artist na hindi na bibigyan ng pagkakataon."

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Daniel also wants to go into film production.

"Gusto ko rin mag-produce ng mga pelikula, ng mga istorya.

"Kasi dito sa industriya natin, okay naman. Maganda naman yung mga nagagawa natin.

"Pero masyado lang sila maraming restrictions, boundaries.

"Kasi sinusundan nila masyado kung anong gusto ng tao, hindi ba?

"Ako, gusto ko baliin yun.

"Gusto ko gugustuhin nila kung anong ipo-produce o yung gagawin natin.

"Malaki siyang gamble, pero hindi ba't ganun naman talaga?

"Ganun ang paraan para maging isang legend, hindi ba? It's a gamble.

"Hindi ka puwede laging safe.

"Pag lagi kang safe, it's going to be very, very boring"

Is Daniel aware he has the making of a legend?

"Hindi naman sa legend, pero gusto ko lang tumatak yung mga puwede natin magawa pa.

"At hindi lang tumatak, kundi mag-inspire, di ba, ng mga future filmmaker din.

"Future music producers na nawawalan ng hope with this industry, with sa music, and with sa film industry."

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DANIEL'S PASSION AND AFFECTION

Addressing the young people today glued on Netflix and social media, Daniel leaves this message.

"Sabi ko lang sa mga kabataan ngayon, sundin ang passion, sundin ang puso lalo.

"Siyempre ang puso, nandyan ang passion, ang affection, at yan ang kailangan ng mga Pilipino ngayon...

"Yung affection sa bawat kapwa nating Pilipino, dahil yun ang kailangan natin ngayon sa bansang ito is affection sa bawat isa at isip-isip din.

"Yun lang kailangan natin ngayon. Affection with each other at pagiging isa, kasi ngayon, tayo ay very divided.

"Kailangan natin magka-isa bilang Pilipino."

DANIEL TAKES BREAKS

Daniel is one of the busiest young actors today, but he has the wisdom to know that all work and no play can burn him out.

The homegrown Kapamilya actor says, "Kailangan mo ipahinga yung sarili mo. 

"Kasi, that is true, mabu-burnout ka sa passion na sinasabi mo at mawawalan ka nang gana.

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"Parang, 'Ugh, ayoko na muna.' Bigyan mo yung sarili mo ng break. 

"Huminga ka ng bagong hangin. And then masha-shcok ka.

"Dahil, naturally, hahanapin bigla ng katawan mo yung passion.

"Kailangan mo hanapin ulit yung passion na yun."


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Francesca is a lifestyle writer for PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal). Follow her on Twitter: @chezwrites


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