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Robin Padilla says BB Gandanghari is the top fashionista on his list

Walking the ramp for Lee’s Make History fashion show last October 22 was actually a promise of things to come. Five days later, Robin Padilla signed his contract with Jag—sister company of Lee—to launch the brand’s back-to-basics campaign.

He said, “Sabi nga ng nanay ko, nung pinanganak daw ako, naka-maong ako, e. Talagang ako’y si mister maong nung araw pa. Nag-uumpisa pa lang ako sa pelikulang Pilipino, maong na. Kaya ano rin ito, isang sagot din sa mga panalangin natin.”

The action star was clad in a white shirt, jeans, a pair of cowboy boots, and a beret.

When asked if he has a stylist, he replied, “Ako lang ito.”

And when we brought up the word “fashion,” he quickly said, “wala akong ano diyan…”

But the former Bad Boy of the Philippine movies already made himself a fashion icon in the ’90s. Remember how he started the craze for bandana and fatigue jackets? Robin also revived the skinhead look  for guys.

He smiled at the recollection, saying that his only intent then was to create a distinct mark for his bad-boy image. Fashion didn’t have anything to do with it.

Even the “pulseras galing sa Iran” he was wearing that day was inspired by the Greek hero Achilles, whom he described as “the greatest warrior [that] ever lived.”

“Pag sinusuot ko ito, parang ang sarap ng pakiramdam. Ginawa ko na lang siyang fashion statement. Magandang isama sa T-shirt. Imbes na kung anu-anong burloloy, amulet din,” he explained.

Binoe (his nickname) stressed that body influences his sense of fashion.

“Wala talaga akong ano diyan. Wala akong alam na sikat sa ganyan. Wala talaga, e. Sinasabi lang sa akin na, ‘O, panoorin mo lagi si ano, si ganito, si ganun…Minsan, hindi ko naman nagagawa, e. Yung sa damit, wala talaga. Minsan sabi nila, manood daw ako ng fashion channel,” the freelance actor said.

And who among the local celebrities would he consider a fashionista?

He dropped only one name: BB Gandanghari.

But he quickly clarified, “Hindi na kami nagpapakialamanan sa damit,  lalo na ngayon.”

He explained, “Ibig ko sabihin, magkaiba talaga yung ano namin, style. Pero minsan, nag-guest yata ako nun sa Startalk, binihisan niya kami ng mga damit niya, yun…Nangyari na yun, pero hindi naman…Basta, iba talaga. Iba, iba, kahit na nung si Rustom pa siya, kahit na ngayon, hindi ko puwedeng sabihin na susundin ko lahat yung [style niya.]. Kasi minsan, bading yung style ng boots niya, e. Iba, iba. Yung belt niya, malaki nga, pero ang kintab! Iba talaga.”

JAG AND LIWANAG. At present, the brand’s marketing team is working on the concept. Soon Robin’s billboard will be all over the Philippines.

Jag’s Vice President for Finance Ranny Sanchez said, “We’re back to basics, and we chose Robin because we want [to push] fashion without inserting much effort. Hindi mo kailangang bihisan ng matindi, sexy na siya, that’s Robin.”

Sanchez also mentioned that the deal was about three months in the making, and its socio-civic component became the most compelling factor for Robin to accept the offer.

Robin related, “Bago pa nagkatuluyan sa Jag, e, magkasundo na kami sa usapin ng kawanggawa. Pangalawa na lang itong nagkapirmahan. Kasi bilang isa siyang negosyante, ako naman ay isang artista, parang naging parte na lang ito. Pero ang importante po sa amin ay yung makatulong kami.”

That same day, Jag donated several boxes of Jag jeans and shirts for Liwanag Kapayapaan Foundation, Inc., which was put up by the action star in 2007.

The action star continued, “Ang Liwanag po ay hindi siya nawawalan ng programa. Sa ngayon po, ang amin pong pinagkakaabalahan ay yung pagtuturo ng TESDA (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority) ng kabuhayan sa mga nasalanta po ng nakaraang bagyo. Kasi, naniniwala kami sa solusyon.

“Tama [na] bigyan natin sila ng pangsamantalang lunas pero dapat binibigyan natin sila ng preparasyon, solusyon talaga sa problema. Ito po makakatulong po ito sa kanila, kasi siyempre, pag nakatapos na sila sa TESDA, mag-a-apply na ‘yan ng trabaho. Napakagandang meron kang maisusuot na presentable [kapag] mag-a-apply ka ng trabaho. Napakalaking bagay po nito.

Liwanag put up a pre-school center for kids, but in 2005, a local official filed a complaint against Robin for building the school near his house on Maple St., Barangay West Fairview, Quezon City, without a building permit. To date, the issue has not been resolved.

Binoe said, “Hindi kami ma-approve-approve ng DepEd (Department of Education) hangga’t hindi na-so-solve…hanggang hindi nabibigyan ng solusyon ang aming problema.”

Back to his endorsement, we asked the Jag executive about Robin’s talent fee. He said he’s not authorized to disclose, but he vaguely described the amount as “cheap and kind of substantial.”

Robin remarked, his eyes smiling, “Sabi ko nga, e, si Mr. Wilfred [owner], e, mahilig sa kawanggawa. Kasama na po yung talent fee ko doon, mapagkawanggawa talaga.”

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