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6 Things Robin Padilla Has Said on Being a Better Man

On being yourself: "Hindi ako marunong umarte. Kung ano napanood mo sa screen, ako 'yun."

Opening this month's conversation on love, sex and the modern man is Robin Padilla, whose cover feature for Esquire Philippines saw the screen actor through the development of his passions and the pivoting of his concerns to what he now calls the "revolution." In the time that he's fronted the February issue, he's become not just a father, but also a grandfather to Kylie Padilla's soon-to-be-born child. As he looks forward to a settled, perhaps quieter life with his new family, we thought it an appropriate time to roll out these a few memorable quotes from the "Bad Boy" of Philippine cinema himself:

On passing the torch to younger actors:

Sila ang nasa TV, sila ang may kakayahan. Sila yung puwedeng gumawa ng pelikula. Sila yung mga tao ng network, e. Ang passion ko kasi wala na dun, e. Sa rebolusyon na ako.” 

On being a good husband:

Ako ang pinaka-suporta ko sa kanya diyan, yung pag-gising niya, gising din ako. Habang nagpre-prepare siya, kuwentuhan kami. Yung mga ganung bagay. Sabihin ko sa kanya, napakaganda niya, ang ganda-ganda niya.” 

On the gender preference of his first child with his wife:

“Kahit ano—babae, lalaki, bakla, tomboy—wala na sa aking issue ‘yan. Ang mahalaga ay normal. Ibig sabihin wala siyang kapansanan.”

On being an action hero in real life:

"Kailangan hindi ka lang action hero sa pelikula. 'Pag sinabi na action hero ka, kahit sa totoong buhay ... Walang lumalabas na Pilipino na action star ngayon—etong henerasyon na 'to, bakit wala? Baka may problema sa pagkalalaki." 

On not caring about what other people have to say:

"Unang-una, hindi ko ginagawa yun para magustuhan ng tao. Wala akong pakialam sa opinyon ng tao."

On Manny Pacquiao, after he said that that people in same-sex relationships are “worse than animals”:

My senator, public service is not selective. Protect those who are few, poor and weak. Religion has nothing to do with it or around it.”


Robin Padilla is on the cover of Esquire's February 2017 issue on stands now.

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