There is this famous figure in Greek mythology, King Midas, who turned everything he touched into gold.
And then there is action star Robin Padilla who seems to be like King Midas. Recently, it looks like everything or every person that Robin supports or endorses turns “golden.”
Take the case of new Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte whom Robin supported in the last elections. Robin was very vocal about his support for Duterte. He even campaigned for Duterte to OFWs in Hong Kong.
Even before the former Davao City Mayor confirmed that he was running, and even before he was leading in the surveys, Robin had already stated that he wanted Mayor Duterte to be the highest leader of the land. On his birthday last November, Robin said that his wish was for Mayor Duterte to file his candidacy and become president. Robin got his wish!
Robin firmly believes that Duterte is what the Philippines needs. He says, “Totoo na si Mayor Duterte ay handa ng gawin ang nararapat para makamit ang tunay na pagbabago para sa Inang Bayan… Ang rebolusyon na isusulong ng Alkalde ay tunay at magkakaroon ng kapangyarihan ay ang mga ordinaryo at manggagawang Pilipino.”
Robin’s touch worked again at “Pilipinas Got Talent” (“PGT”) Season 5 wherein the Power Duo composed of acrobatic dancers Anjanette and Gavin emerged as winners (the first set of dancers to win in “PGT” history). Robin served as judge on “PGT,” and it was he who first spotted the star potential of the Anjanette and Gavin when he hit the golden buzzer that sent them to the semi-finals.
Robin also wields magic in the advertising world where he remains as top celebrity endorser. Moneygram renewed their contract with the action star whom the remittance company believes has a strong appeal to the OFWs and OFW families which are their market.
Other advertisers, namely, Kawasaki, Liveraide and Talk N’ Text have also renewed their contracts with Robin, affirming that the star continues to draw in sales for their products.
Northern Cement also recognized Robin’s influence and so it recently got him as endorser. Same with Hotel Sogo that enlisted Robin and wife Mariel Rodriguez to be its ambassadors now that the hotel chain is repositioning itself as a family-friendly destination.
Speaking of Mariel, the “Showtime” host is now three months pregnant and Robin couldn’t be happier. “Ang tagal naming hinintay magkaanak,” says Robin. “Pagkatapos ng ilang pagsubok, eto nga at tatlong buwang buntis na si Mariel. Pareho naming ipinagdarasal na maging safe at smooth ang kanyang pagbubuntis. Malaking blessing ito para sa amin. Alam kong malaking sakripisyo ang pinagdadaanan ni Mariel, hindi madali ang kanyang pagbubuntis. Kailangan ng pag-iingat.”
Everything seems to be going well in Robin’s professional and personal lives, we couldn’t help but ask the star what he has been doing to be gifted with this seemingly golden touch. “Eh, wala naman,” he declares humbly. “Matagal na akong going straight,” he says referring to his checkered past. “Ang akin ngayon, gusto ko lang patuloy na gumawa ng mabuti para sa pamilya, para sa kapwa, at lalong-lalo na, para sa bayan.”
Bringing joy to everyone around him—his family, friends, his kababayans— is what Robin with the golden touch wants to continue doing. Fans of Binoe in London and Canada will be thrilled to know that he will visit them in July for a series of shows for The Filipino Channel (TFC).
Continue touching our lives, Robin!