‘Padyak Princess’ cast members share practical life lessons from their dads

Charmie Joy Pagulong - The Philippine Star
�Padyak Princess� cast members share practical life lessons from their dads
Topbilled by Miles Ocampo (center), ‘Padyak Princess’ revolves around Princess, a ‘padyak’ driver and the breadwinner of her family. Joao Constancia (left) and Jameson Blake are Miles’ leading men in the series produced by TV5, Cignal TV, and APT Entertainment.
Photo courtesy of TV5

MANILA, Philippines — Growing up, our fathers have imparted lessons in so many ways.

For this post-Father’s Day article, The STAR asked the cast members of TV5’s family-oriented show “Padyak Princess” the most notable and practical life lessons they received from their fathers.

Topbilled by Miles Ocampo, “Padyak Princess” revolves around Princess, a “padyak” driver and the breadwinner of her family. Joao Constancia and Jameson Blake are Miles’ leading men in the series produced by TV5, Cignal TV, and APT Entertainment.

Tears welled up in Joao’s eyes when the topic about family was brought up during the presscon. He lives alone in Manila while his family is in Macao.

“When it comes to family, It’s something special and close to me because right now, just being here by myself in the Philippines, teaches me how important it is to be with your family. For me, when it comes to my father, he is one of the most giving people in my whole life. He’s been supportive with all of my dreams and stuff,” he said of his dad.

“The most important lesson I’ve learned from my dad is to be grateful for the simple things in life ‘cause we’re not here every day. We don’t know when we will disappear from this Earth. But just be grateful with everything talaga sa buhay mo. It could be just your friends, your family, just being with them. Mom, dad, I miss you guys.”

Miles shared that her father instilled in her the value of time. “Si papa kasi naghahatid sa akin when I was younger so I’m always early (when it comes to) call time. So growing up, I panicked whenever I’m late. I don’t want to be the cause of delay. I don’t really like that because pare-pareho naman tayo na kapag nagtra-trabaho gusto lang din naman natin matapos ng sabay-sabay ng maaga. So until now (I make sure) to not be late at work. It’s also (showing) respect to every person on set.”

For Jameson, his dad has taught him to appreciate the people around him. “Especially the ones who helped you ever since you started. How to be polite to the people around you, to be respectful no matter who you’re talking to,” he added.

“And I learned how to deal with sacrifices. Of course, as we grow up we always look at our parents like they are our superheroes. And sometimes they teach us things indirectly. And I’ve learned things like as we grow up, they’re not going (to be) our superheroes for the longest time. They’re all getting old like we are so just appreciate every moment that you have with your loved ones.”

The other cast members also shared their stories about their fathers. Here are their answers:

Miel Espinoza: “For me, (it’s) to finish my studies. He would always tell me that it’s one way for you to be successful in life, to be stable and that’s his dream for me.”

Karissa Toliongco: “I don’t have the best relationship with my dad. (We are like) aso’t pusa. We don’t really get along well. Despite that, natutunan ko sa kanya is sundan talaga siya. I don’t listen to him sometimes. Medyo pasaway. But it is important to listen to him because he only wants the best for me.”

Christian Vasquez: “‘Wag kang matakot madumihan kamay mo pag may ginagawa kang trabaho because that’s how life is. I can’t really explain it well but getting your hands dirty is part of hard work.”

Joining lead stars Miles, Joao and Jameson in the TV5 series is an ensemble cast of newcomers and veterans. They are (standing, from left) Gillian Vicencio, Jem Manicad, Yayo Aguila, Ces Quesada, Kira Balinger, Karissa Toliongco, (seated, from left) David Remo, Miel Espinoza and Christian Vasquez. Director is Easy Ferrer (standing, rightmost).
Photos courtesy of TV5

Ara Mina: “To learn how to save and it’s OK to get hurt for you to learn.”

Direk Easy Ferrer: It was one summer in 1993 (he quipped) … Actually, my father taught me to bike. It was a hand-me-down, pink bike na Barbie. Si Papa kasi, siguro kaya wala akong mga coming-out stories because he accepted me as I am. It’s OK with him as long as may honor ako lagi in school.

“He showed me like, ‘In order for you to face the world, you have to face yourself first.’ He taught me na maging matapang muna sa sarili bago ko harapin ang lahat. And then he died in 1994.”

Yayo Aguila: “My dad passed away last year. I didn’t really practically grow up with him because they (mom and dad) parted ways. But I had a very, very special relationship with my dad.

“He would always tell me that whatever choices that I make in life, I should stand by it because it was my choice… But ‘wag na ‘wag kang magpaapi. You always have to fight for yourself, especially when you know to yourself that you are right. But not all the time na tama ka, alam mo yung lalaban ka.

“He also said to choose your battles. In my life today, I was able to apply it because we choose our battles. He also reminded me to choose to be a kind person because it is important and everything else will fall into place.”

Ces Quesada: “My dad died in 2015 and I was a daddy’s girl. He taught me a lot of things. He was a judge. I remembered him saying that the only thing that he could pass on to us was his good name. And because of that, we were very proud. He is also well-loved.

“One of the lessons he taught us was to love our job, seryosohin at mahalin ito. Most of all, the one that stuck to me was, ‘Not all riches can be bought by money.’ So take care of the people around you, your family and friends.”

Jem Manicad: “(It’s) very timely because my father is bedridden. Na-stroke siya for five years… He used to be a barangay councilor then a barangay captain.

“So one thing that I learned from him that I was able to apply now is mag-makeup and magkulot. Charing! ‘Wag kang pumili ng taong pakikisamahan mo and always extend your help to other people. (He reminded me of this) since my father is a public servant.

“And I’m very grateful because I’m one of those very lucky (ones) na tinanggap (as) LGBT (member). My dad is very supportive. This is for you, Pa. He is my inspiration. I love you, Papa.”

David Remo: “My dad always reminds me to do the right thing, save, and always be strong. I also learned from him to be patient and be self-sacrificing. And I remember one time we were inside the car, he said, ‘You are destined for greater things in the future.’ That’s when I realized that all of the things that my dad did was all for me. So shout out to my dad. I love you, Tatay.”

Gillian Vicencio: “My Papa has a lot of words of wisdom, especially when he is drunk (laughs). But ang pinaka-nakuha ko from him is if you want to achieve something and if you have dreams, do it. Kasi mas mahirap daw po to regret things that you didn’t do kaysa sa bagay na ginawa mo.

“And then yung observation ko po na natutunan sa kanya is, not all family is perfect. All of us have problems but at the end of the day, all we’ve got is our family. So whatever problems that we go through, or kung magkasakitan man tayo, magpatawaran pa rin po. Kasi tayo lang ang magkakampi talaga, our family.”

Kira Balinger: “I think the most recent one that he (dad) taught me that was memorable to me was never to fight fire with fire because nothing good will ever come out of that. And there’s really no point in taking revenge if people hurt you because that’s how life is. We will get hurt no matter what we do.”

“So my dad taught me (that) and it annoys me sometimes when he tells me but it really is a big lesson — to be the bigger person. Because life is too short to become a bad person. And you are allowed to feel your feelings. Wala pong pipigil dun sa nararamdaman niyo but how we behave with those emotions is what matters most and is what will be remembered long after we are gone.”

(“Padyak Princess” airs Mondays to Fridays at 11:15 a.m. with same day catch-up on BuKo at 7:30 p.m.)

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