Robin Padilla – dubbed Philippine cinema’s “Bad Boy” – is a bonafide living legend in the local showbiz scene. His decades of experience as an actor have brought him fame and with it extravagant wealth. Despite his stature in the showbiz industry, Robin still values two traits that helped him get to where he is now – respect and humility.
In a recent interview with Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP), Robin shared how young celebrities today are different compared to the actors and actresses of his era. According to the veteran action star, this generation’s celebs “lack respect” for their elders in the industry.
“Ngayon kasi, medyo may kulang dun, e. Mga bata pa, pag nakita mo, di ka pinapansin. Nasasalubong ka sa elevator. Parang, ‘Di yata ako napansin ng batang yun, ah!’ Parang gusto mong kalabitin pa, e, ‘Ay, ako po si Robin Padilla po.’ Ganun lang. Hindi mo naman pinipilit sila.”
Robin then expressed his dismay over this situation, stating that being discourteous was not allowed back in his day.
“Pagagalitan ka ng produksiyon mismo, [si] Boss Vic mismo kakausapin ka, di ka puwedeng bastos sa matatandang artista. Siyempre, lumaki tayo dun, tumanda tayo dun, pumuti ang buhok natin dun.”
Nonetheless, the veteran star clarified that he’s not forcing younger actors to be courteous. He merely clarified that he and his contemporaries have been talking about it.
“Hinahanap mo lang yun, pero hindi ko naman ho inoobliga yung mga bata. Huwag niyo akong pansinin. Walang problema ho sa akin. Hindi isyu ‘yan. Napag-usapan lang namin, kaming mga matatanda, pero hindi pinupuwersa.”
Meanwhile, Robin shared that he’s proud of his generation and added that being a veteran in his field is an asset. He also noted that being humble helped him to have such a long career in show business.
“Merong kaakibat na magandang pagpapaliwanag yung edad natin. Katulad, halimbawa, tinanong mo kung bakit tayo tumatagal, siguro nga, yung humility sa atin. Kasi sa panahon natin, old school, ganun ang mga artista. Talagang lagi.”
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