Actor Robin Padilla is undoubtedly one of the most patriotic celebrities we’ve come across, as seen by the way he helped victims in the Marawi City conflict. But what he exceeds in patriotism, he lacks in patience.
In the January 13 episode of the reality talent show “Pilipinas Got Talent,” the former action star was ‘triggered’ by one contestant’s inability to express himself in Tagalog.
The contestant is a Korean magician named Kim Jiwan, who went to the Philippines three months after he was born because his father uprooted the whole family from South Korea.
Although he stated that he’s “Filipino by heart,” the young magician admitted that he doesn’t know how to speak the language. “In international schools, they don’t teach me,” Jiwan pointed out.
The Korean initially tapped Robin for his act, but the latter refused, saying, “I’m very sorry, you cannot use me.”
“Can you see that?” Robin asked, pointing at the show’s sign.
“Firstly, mag-Tagalog ka muna bago mo ako kausapin,” he gruffly said.
Fellow judge Angel Locsin tried to lighten the tense situation by coaching Jiwan how to ask for help in Tagalog.
It was only then that Robin agreed to be part of the act, but he became visibly annoyed again when Jiwan uttered his request in English.
“Tagalog nga, e,” Robin said. “Hijo, Pilipinas Got Talent. Mag-Tagalog ka kasi magmumukha kaming katawa-tawa kung magi-Ingles kami dito para sa iyo.”
“Pilipinas Got Talent. Mag-Tagalog ka, hijo,” he repeatedly told Jiwan.
Since Jiwan continued to speak in English, Robin told him off.
“Ayaw talaga mag-Tagalog nito. Dun ka,” he said.
The magician eventually performed his impressive magic tricks for the judges. But what made Robin change his mind to be more welcoming of Jiwan was when the latter promised he’ll use the vernacular. Robin shook his hand and said, “Salamat. Salamat sa pagmamahal mo sa Pilipina, ha.”
When it was time to receive the assessments, Robin appeared calmer and explained his behavior.
“Pasensya ka na, anak, nadisiplina la lang ng tatay mo. Yun na lang isipin mo. Nadisiplina ka lang ng tatay mong Pilipino,” he said.
“Napahanga mo ako kasi under pressure ka, nagawa mo pa rin yung trick,” Robin pointed out.
In the end, Robin still gave his “yes” to the Korean contestant, allowing him to move forward to the next round.
On the other hand, netizens weren’t impressed with Robin’s ‘false sense of nationalism’ as they called him out for humiliating the contestant.
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