As one of the newest endorsers of Chicken McDo, Niño Muhlach admitted he didn't expect to ever be part of a special Father's day commercial with his youngest son Alonzo.
“Bonus talaga na magkatrabaho kaming dalawa. It was fun. It was great working with the staff. They had plenty of cameras so hindi kagaya ng ibang shoot na dalawang camera lang so ang tagal ng shooting. Sa amin we had five cameras shooting so ang bilis ng shoot namin. They were really thinking of Alonzo. It's such an honor to be an endorser for a company that is known worldwide. At saka sinabi ko nga, nung kinuha kami ng McDonalds, sa totoong buhay natural talaga yung pinpasalubungan ko siya ng Happy Meal. He really likes it eh so natural yung nasa commercial,” he shared during their #LikePapa campaign press conference.
Although he has always been vocal about not wanting any comparison between his career as a child star and his son's career, Nino said Alonzo's becoming an actor was something he never planned.
“Actually, nag-start kasi ito sa Bet on Your Baby, kinuha kami ng ABS-CBN to guest so nakita siya dun. Kamukhang kamukha ko daw siya. And then after that wala naman akong balak na ipasok siya. Tapos yung PBB kinuha siya. They got five kids to enter the PBB house for five hours a day for one week. Tapos siya yung parang nagiging outstanding dun so after that yun na, dun na nagsimula na. Siyempre nakakatuwa na pati ako nadamay. It's a blessing. Nagkaroon ako ng McDonalds commercial (laughs),” he revealed.
The 43-year-old father of three also told the press he believes Alonzo is a natural actor.
“I guess it's not for me to say. Dapat ibang tao ang magsabi. I guess you can tell naman kung ganun. I believe yung acting dapat natural lang eh. Pero he's learned a lot naman lalo na nung Inday Bote madami siyang nakatrabahong artista. Nakita ko naman na natututo siya. Kasi ayokong maging eksaktong duplicate ko siya eh. Pagka-tinuruan ko siya ng tinuruan baka maging eksakto yung acting niya nung bata ako ganun na ganun eh. I want him to have his own style. Siguro alam na ng mga directors niya kung paano siya i-mo-motivate,” he explained.
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With Alonzo starting kindergarten at La Salle Greenhills this month, Nino said he and his wife have already talked about Alonzo's rules for joining showbiz.
“Siyempre pinag-diskusyunan namin yung limits namin, kung ano yung gusto namin mangyari. Kung saan kami papayag at kung saan hindi. That's why I go tita Aster Amoyo as his manager and Viva kasi tita Aster kasi nanay-nanayan ko eh. So I know na safe siya sa kamay ni tita Aster. Hindi siya mag-dedecide ng ikakasama niya. Mga non-negotiables yung working hours niya lalo na ngayon na meron na siyang school. We're very strict with that. At saka hindi lang naman kami eh yung department of labor din. Nung araw kasi walang ganun eh (laughs),” he candidly commented.
As a father, the actor’s dream for his son is to get a good education regardless of how he does in showbiz.
“Siyempre ang makatapos ng pag-aaral that is number one. And then kung showbiz siya siyempre priority pa rin niya yung studies niya. I hope he chooses his dreams. Lahat naman tayong magulang yan yung gusto natin sa mga anak natin lahat,” he says. At home, Nino says he is the “good cop” parent. “Mas takot siya sa mommy niya eh. Yun yung taga-sermon sa kanya. Ako yung mas more on pagka-may kailagan siya, pag meron siyang gusto sa akin siya lumalapit. Pag pinapalo ko siya sa kamay lang. Actually hindi na kami umaabot sa paluan, sinasabi ko pa lang 'Give me your hand' tapos umiiyak na siya nag-so-sorry. Cool dad ako. Actually whatever time that we have we spend together is bonding time. Talagang fun time namin yun eh kasi we're both busy eh.”
With his son having finished being on Kapamilya TV shows like Inday Bote and Wansapanataym, Niño expressed that he hopes to instill the right values like any normal parent.
“Yung lessons I want to teach him siguro yung pagiging mapagmahal sa kapwa at saka yung my takot sa Diyos and yung may discernment siya sa right and wrong. I'm very overwhelmed like dun sa Instagram niya mas marami siyang followers kesa sa akin (laughs) tapos yung mga comments talaga nung mga nag-fa-follow sa kanya ang gaganda. Alam niyo naman ako I'm very in touch with the people, I've always been like that. Kahit nung bata ako never pumasok sa utak ko na sikat ako. I've always been grounded so ayun.”