Robin Padilla on his first modeling stint: "Sobrang kaba ko!"

Robin Padilla was in Iran when typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng hit the country. He was saddened by the plight of the victims, but he stressed that we all have a bigger problem. In an interview with the entertainment media and press people last night, October 22, he said: "Bagamat malungkot ang nangyari, nakikita mo naman ang pagkakaisa ng mga Pilipino para makabangon. Ang pagsamo ko lang ay sana huwag huminto, at hindi lang sa oras na may ganito. At tandaan natin lagi ang sinasabi ng


Robin Padilla had the mall goers of SM Mall of Asia screaming and cheering for him last night, October 22, the minute he appeared on stage.

But he wasn't there as an action star. For about 10 minutes, Robin had his shining moment as a ramp model.

The guy who was dubbed "Bad Boy of Philippine Cinema" in the '90s walked in a so-familiar swaggering way, posed for the cameras, and even showed his abs. He looked perfectly at ease and confident while strutting in Lee denims.

But after the Make History fashion show, he admitted he was very nervous. "Halos magiba na yung likod dun. Kung alam lang n'yo nangyari sa akin dun sa likod," the 41-year-old action star said.

He added, "Hanggang ngayon, hindi ako makapaniwala na gumawa ako nito."

If not for the idea that he would walk for a cause, he wouldn't have agreed to join the fashion show.

Robin related, "Kasi po ang unang naging negosasyon nito, kung ang pinagmulan ay maging model lang, malamang hindi natuloy. Ang pinagmulan kasi, yung may-ari po ng Lee, sa ganda ng puso, napakadami niyang kawanggawa na ginagawa.

"Naging magkasundo muna kami sa kawanggawa bago namin naisipan ito. Sa katunayan, e, kundi dahil dun sa adhikain nila na para ito sa mga kababayan natin na nasalanta, hindi ko gagawin ko."

For a first-timer, he did well, gauging from the response of the crowd and the awed expression on the faces of the guests who witnessed his modeling stint.

But before people would get the idea that he's shifting from acting to modeling, Robin said, "Medyo ho talagang hindi ko linya ito. Pero nagpapasalamat ako dun sa mga tao. Nung lumabas pa lang ako, pinakita nila ang suporta nila sa akin, kaya lumakas na yung loob ko."

The guy really deserved the applause and cheers because he took the assignment seriously and prepared for it.

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First, he spend time watching fashion shows on TV. "Nanood po akong nanood ng Fashion Channel. Yun po ang aking ginawa. Medyo talagang ako'y nahirapan," he related.

Second, he heeded the advice of his fashionista "sister," BB Gandanghari.

Robin said, "Magkasama kami kahapon. May meeting siya dun sa production para sa pelikula niya. Alam niyang meron ito. Naririnig niyang nagkukuwento ako na parang gusto kong umatras... Sabi [niya], 'Sige 'tol, kaya mo 'yan. Kunwari, nasa parking lot ka lang, hinahanap mo yung kotse mo.' Kaya siguro pumunta siya."

SPEAKING OF BB... Robin and BB are currently cooking up a film project, which will be produced by Robin.

"Naniniwala ako sa kakayahan ni BB. At bilang kapatid niya, kailangang suportahan ko kung ano ang gusto niyang gawin. Sinabi niya sa akin, gusto niyang gumawa ng action. Sabi ko, kung ibang tao nga tinutulungan ko, siya pa."

The action-themed movie, according to Robin, will be "directed by Rustom Padilla, starring BB Gandanghari." It will be about a "hoodlum na [parang] nagdadalaga."

As the producer, he already issued a down payment. "Sabi ko, 'Pagka ako ang producer mo, ano ba ang kelangan mo?'" Robin asked BB a few months back.

The next thing Robin did—he bought BB a brand new car! Robin added in jest, "Pero maraming pelikula yun."

This partnership of the Padilla clan's famous siblings is welcome news. It will be recalled that when Rustom Padilla announced that he's gay on national TV in 2006, one of his dilemmas then was gaining his family's acceptance.

Fast forward to 2009, Robin revealed, "Wala kaming nararamdamang kahit anong sama ng loob sa kanya. Bilang kapatid niya, kung saan ka masaya, dun kami. Hindi na ano yun, kung tanggap namin o ano, basta masaya siya. At bilang kapatid, kailangan namin siyang suportahan. Sino pa ang magtutulungan?"

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But as a brother, is he okay with idea of BB entertaining suitors?

Robin's straightforward reply: "'Yang usapin na 'yan, malungkot na 'yan. Siguro, tuparin niya muna yung mga pangarap niya. Kasi kahit kanino naman, ang pag-ibig, hahadlang lalo na sa kanya. Hindi rin natin dapat biglain ang sambayanang Pilipino, dahan-dahan lang."

But will he come to BB's rescue if a man hurts her?

"Gusto ko lamang pong ipaalala na bago naging BB si Rustom, e, magaling po sa suntukan iyan at magaling pang bumaril. Bago humingi ng tulong sa akin iyan, kayang-kaya niya 'yan," Robin said.

UPCOMING PROJECTS. After doing the TV version of Totoy Bato with GMA-7, Binoe is set to have a movie with Toni Gonzaga under Star Cinema.

This project intensified talks that he will soon return to ABS-CBN. Add the fact that Kapamilya actress Bea Alonzo had already mentioned her preference to work with Robin.

To which the action star remarked: "Nakakataba ng puso iyan. Mauuna kasi yung kay Ms. Toni Gonzaga.

"Ma'am Bea, ako po ay handa sa lahat ng oras. Kahit po bukas, kung gusto mo tayo'y mag-shooting na. Isa pong kaligayahan para sa akin ang kayo'y makasama."

After the interview, PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) stayed beside Robin and asked him: "Robin, Kapuso ka pa rin ba o Kapamilya na?"

The guy gave a hearty laugh before saying: "Yakap na lang po ang ibibigay ko sa 'yo."

But the information gathered by PEP last night was that Robin and ABS-CBN are eyeing a date sometime next week for the contract signing.


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