The Teen King says he’ll be trading up the red contact lenses he wears as the vampire Tristan for more of these sunglasses. Photos by Bening Batuigas

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GLOSS THE RECORD - Marbbie Tagabucba (The Philippine Star) - February 10, 2018 - 12:00am

Daniel Padilla’s future is looking so bright, it seems, that he collaborated with i2i New York for a new line of shades. “Dito niyo ako makikita,” the Teen King says of the DJP collection where he, together with i2i’s Tina Ocampo, created over a dozen designs. “Hindi ako magsusuot ng hindi ako.” Hinting at ABS-CBN’s La Luna Sangre wrapping up in two months, he’ll be trading up the red contact lenses he wears as the vampire Tristan for more of these sunglasses, whether for an upcoming US show with co-star Kathryn Bernardo, his birthday break, or a new movie. Alternating between a classic black wayfarer and tortoise-shell rounds with see-through tinted lenses for its unveiling at Manila House, we wonder, how does the world look through his eyes? Supreme steals him for five minutes.

SUPREME: Let’s talk about vision. They say hindsight is 20/20. Are there things about the past that you wish you could change?

DANIEL PADILLA: Unang-una, para sa bansang eto. Kahapon lang, nakita niyo ba mga lumalakad sa MRT? Nakakalungkot makita ang mga ganun. Bago ang bansa, sana maayos ang mga tao muna — I mean tayo. Tayo ang kailangan magbago. Pwede pa magbago.

I didn’t expect such a woke answer!

Kaunti ang woke. Kaunti ang gising. Yun ang malungkot. Kailangan natin magising at pansinin ang mga nangyayari sa atin ngayon. Tayo personally pwede natin baguhin mula sa maliliit na bagay. Wag antayin ang gobyerno na magbago para sa atin. Kailangan tayo. Kahit sino pa ang presidente.

As a public figure, how are you influencing change?

Kami ng mga barkada ko, may maliit kami na samahan na may movements. Ano ba ang pwede mo gawin as an individual, as a citizen? Hindi ako ‘yung, “Oh, tingnan mo ko! Nagtatapon ako ng basura.” I set by example. Ako mismo. Alam ng mga tao sa paligid ko, so yung mga hindi dapat gawin, hindi ko gagawin, hindi din nila gagawin. Siyempre nahihiya sila sakin, at makikita yun ng mga kasama nila. May malalaki ako na project pero next time ko sasabihin. Baka biglang may bumaril sa akin. (Laughs)

Any career goals you hope to achieve this year?

Gusto ko paghusayan ang aking craft at mas makagawa pa ng marami pang characters na makaka-relate ang mga tao. Gusto ko makapagpasaya ng tao hindi lang sa show business. Pati sa music industry natin ngayon.

Are you hinting that a new album is in the works?

Not me. OPM natin. Gusto ko ibalik ng full blast. Ang dami nating artists ngayon na hindi nabibigyan ng chance, hindi naririnig ng mga tao. Maybe kulang sa promotion. Gusto ko mag-produce ng artists, help them produce their concepts.

Daniel Padilla, producer. What can we expect from you? Are you focused on a particular genre?

May genre ako na hilig ko, pero as a producer, wala ako sa kung anong genre gusto ko pero sa kung ano naririnig ko. If it sounds unique, gusto ko yun. Hindi yung kung anong genre lang gusto ko. Gusto ko may mag-offer sa akin ng something new.

Referencing your 2013 hit, we ask you, Nasa Iyo Na (Ba) Ang Lahat?

Hindi. Wala pa. Never mapupunta sa akin ang lahat. Pero masaya ako sa kung ano ang meron ko.Yun ang importante.

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DJP Collection is available in all i2i New York stores and online at lazada.com.ph/i2i-new-York.

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