Why Mariel Rodriguez issued "martial law" to Robin Padilla

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Robin Padilla on being a father at 47: "Walang pinakamasaya, sa edad na 'to 47, 'yong mayroon kang paslit; yung masasabi mong nasa oras ka na ng kamulatan mo, nagkaanak ka."


Robin Padilla feels like a first-time dad to his first daughter with Mariel Rodriguez.

The popular action star already has three grown-up kids—Queenie, 24; Kylie, 24; and Ali, 16—who grew up in Australia with their mom Liezl Sicangco.

But still, he relishes the thought of being a dad to a four-month-old baby, Maria Isabella, at the age of 47.

“Walang pinakamasaya sa edad na 'to, 47, 'yong mayroon kang paslit, yung masasabi mong nasa oras ka na ng kamulatan mo, nagkaanak ka,” Robin told entertainment reporters in

The actor said it's only now that he gets to enjoy fatherhood.

“Marami naman akong anak, mahal ko silang lahat at mahal nila akong lahat.

“Kaya lang, sa panahon noong ako'y wanderer pa, hindi ko siya na-appreciate, noong maliliit sila.

“Yung mga anak ko kasi para rin akong OFW.

“Nakikita ko lang sila dalawang beses isang taon, ang bilis ng paglaki.

“Hindi kagaya ngayon na nakikita ko araw-araw ang development ni Isabella.”

"MARTIAL LAW." Asked how hands-on he is as a dad, he said the description should come from his wife Mariel.

Nonetheless, he mentioned his wife's “martial law” order.

“Noong dumating si Mariel galing sa Amerika, masyado akong naging excited sa bata.

“Takbo rito, takbo roon, Kapag nagja-jogging ako, kasama ko 'yong bata, pumayat!

“Totoo, na-underweight. Kasabay sa pawis ko, pumayat.

“Kaya ako ay nabigyan ng martial law na hindi ko muna puwede dalhin sa ensayo ang anak ko.

“At saka binawasan ang ating... Kasi ang bata pa, kung anu-ano na ang pinapakinig ko, speech ni ganito, speech ni ganun.

“Kaya sabi ni Mariel, martial law muna, 'Ako na muna.'”

Robin admitted to 'overstimulating' Baby Isabella, “Kasalanan ko yun.”

According to raisingchildren.net.au, “Overstimulation happens when a child is swamped by more experiences, sensations, noise and activity than she can cope with.”

This includes having the baby being cuddled by lots of grown-ups.

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But there's nothing to worry about Baby Isabella, the actor assured.

“Ngayon, tumaba na. Unti-unti, binalik na sa akin.

“Kaninang umaga, binalik na niya sa akin, ako na yung may hawak ulit.

“Pero bawal muna ang takbo-takbo.”

Right now, Robin is helping with his newborn daughter's motor skills.

“Masaya kapag tinuturuan mo ng motor niya. Kasi ngayon, gumagapang na, hindi niya lang alam kung kailan ganito [kanan], kailan ganun [kaliwa].

“Kailangan mo lang turuan. Medyo pinaglalakihan ako ng mata ni Mariel, 'O, dahan-dahan.'”

He said this is one of the challenges for him as a father.

“Challenge 'yon sa mga anak ko dahil ako, eight months pa lang natuto nang maglakad.

“Natsa-challenge ako dahil kung ako, 'yong nanay ko naturuan akong maglakad ng eight months, makakaya kong gawin dito sa mga anak ko.”


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