ACTOR Piolo Pascual said he’s more protective of his son, Iñigo, now that the 15-year-old boy is slowly breaking his way into show business.
Iñigo will be featured in Bb. Joyce Bernal’s latest flick “Relaks, It’s Just Pag-ibig,” produced by Piolo’s Spring Films production.
Piolo said that in as much as he wants his son to focus on his education in the United States, Iñigo wanted to do the project as he plans to take up filmmaking in college.
“Ang usapan namin pwede siyang kumuha ng scholarship in any film school in college and that (movie) is for his credentials. Para madali din siyang makakuha ng scholarship,” he said.
At an early age, Piolo shared Iñigo’s showed particular interest in acting. He would often bring his son on the set of his projects.
“Sinasama ko sya sa set and kahit matapos ako ng maaga or tanghali, hindi siya nag complaint. I’m also trying to tell him that it’s not easy pero gusto talaga niya. He’s very talented. He’s musically inclined, nag guitar, nag piano,” Piolo said.
But Piolo said Iñigo’s priority will still be his studies.
“Gusto ko na mag concentrate muna siya sa pag-aaral. Very important ang education because kung hindi siya mag succeed sa pag-aartista, anong dala niya? Hindi ko naman mapipigilan yan pero hanggat kayang rendahan, eskwela muna,” he said.
When asked about why he was quite hesitant to allow his son to join the show business, Piolo admitted that he has mixed feelings.
He said he is proud that Iñigo showed interest in his line of work but also scared for his son because, as how he put it, “it’s a cruel job.”
He explained: “I enjoy show biz but it has its trade off. Minsan may mga bagay na hindi mo kayang tanggapin and hindi mo kayang sikmurahin kasi ganun talaga eh. Nevertheless, ganun yung industriya natin.”
Piolo said he doesn’t want Iñigo to experience all the harsh criticisms he had been receiving from the public. The actor maintains that he’s only after his son’s welfare.
“Bilang magulang, ayaw mong masaktan yung bata. Kung pwede lang na wag na niyang pagdaanan kasi naranasan mo, ganun na lang. At the end of the day, siya parin pipili ng gusto niyang tahakin. Maswerte ako kasi masunuring bata, marespeto, and very talented,” he said.
The actor then shared that as much as he wants to be alongside Inigo on his first acting foray, he doesn’t want to be labeled as a stage father.
He said he gives his critique after his son would film a scene and would often share advices on acting and show biz life.
“As much as possible ayokong maging stage father. Andoon lang ako nung first day nya and I let him do things on his own. Gusto ko matutuhan niya on his own,” he said.
Asked if the audience would see a Piolo Pascual version 2.0 in Inigo, Piolo replied: “I believe he has his own style kasi he’s conscious also na hindi ko maging kaboses, hindi ko pareho ng atake.” (MNS)