Albert Martinez says the Twitter controversy involving his son Alfonso and director Wenn Deramas was just a 'showbiz' thing.
Just like his character Mariano Altamira in the upcoming teleserye Nasaan Ka Elisa?, Albert Martinez said that his children are his greatest treasures. “My biggest treasures in life are my kids. Sa akin, mawala na ang lahat, but having my kids, I’m done,” he shared during the show’s press conference last March 8. Albert’s 26-year marriage to Liezl Martinez has been blessed with three children: Alyanna, Alfonso, and Alissa.
In Nasaan Ka Elisa?, Albert plays a father who will go to the extremes just to find his missing daughter played by Melissa Ricks. In real life he also comes to rescue whenever his children would find themselves in trouble. Two months ago 23-year-old Alfonso posted a controversial comment on his Twitter account about the movie Ang Tanging Ina Mo, Last Na ‘To which deeply offended the movie’s director Wenn Deramas. Alfonso was apparently upset that Ang Tanging Ina swept most of the trophies in the Metro Manila Film Festival, beating Albert’s directorial debut work Rosario. “Sa akin it’s just plain showbiz. My son is not showbiz so he doesn’t understand showbiz stuff. I explained it to him and nainitindihan niya,” Albert said as he looked back on the controversy.
While the issue was still making headlines, Albert revealed that he had a serious talk with his son about the dangers of using social networking sites and being responsible about airing an opinion. “I always tell them that using social networking sites has dangers involved. But since they are young in this generation they want to be open with their feelings. Ang mga kabataan ngayon, they want to be real, they don’t sugarcoat anything. I respect him for what he felt, whatever his views are about life. But what I always tell him is that it is also important, the respect for others. You can be blatantly straight but always keep in mind the opinions of other people. So he told me, ‘Papa, I respect their opinion. But this is my opinion, so they should also respect mine.’”
Albert clarified that he never got mad with Alfonso over the incident, it was just that he was so disappointed that his son got dragged into an issue that was blown out of proportion. Albert added that the incident didn’t affect his friendship with Direk Wenn. “Magka-text kami ni Direk, even the whole thing was going on. Sabi nga namin parang nakakatawa ang mga nangyayari. We said na showbiz lang ang lahat, ‘wag nang pansinin at mamamatay din ang issue.”
Albert’s last teleserye with ABS-CBN was Kung Tayo’y Magkakalayo, and when the series wrapped up, he went on to do other programs with the Kapamilya network. “Actually nung wala akong ginagawa, marami rin akong ginawa with ABS-CBN. I was doing Green Rose, Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin, then may MMK. Hindi rin ako nabakante. I’m thankful na patuloy akong nabibigyan ng magagandang projects.”
In Nasaan Ka Elisa?, Albert got to work again with Melissa after Pedro Penduko. He talked about how Melissa has grown from a teenage girl to a young woman. “In Pedro Penduko, kami ni Agot (Isidro) nakasama namin si Melissa pero baby pa siya nun. Ngayon babae na talaga siya. I knew from day one that she has the potential to be a good dramatic actress. She has the looks, the talent, the right discipline.”