Dennis Padilla is convinced that his daughter Julia Barretto is old enough to make good decisions for herself.
After months of rumors that Joshua Garcia was already the boyfriend of Julia Barretto, the young actor finally met Julia’s father Dennis Padilla.
According to Dennis, he met Joshua during a Father’s Day celebration that his daughter organized for him recently.
“Sabi ko, 'Itong coming week? Baka marami ka rin na trabaho, baka gusto mo mamaya na lang?' Biglaan lang yun, on a Sunday,” he said in an interview during the recent premiere night of the film Finally Found Someone.
Their dinner eventually pushed through and it was actually Julia who drove to their meeting place.
“Pagbaba niya, nakita ko na may tao dun sa kotse. Pagbaba niya kasama niya si Joshua. Sabi niya, 'Papa, si Joshua,'” he recalled.
How did he find Joshua?
“Okay naman. Mabait saka mahiyain. Actually, di ko alam kung nahihiya siya o natatakot siya sa akin,” he said.
Nevertheless, the comedian emphasized that Joshua is “very respectful” and “very low key.”
Being the concerned father, Dennis took the initiative to ask Joshua about his relationship with his daughter.
“Tinanong ko lang si Joshua, sabi ko, 'Pare, nanliligaw ka ba dito?' Hindi siya nakasagot. Tumingin lang siya kay Julia tapos si Julia tumingin sa akin,” she said.
But since he didn’t get an answer from the rising actor, he turned to his daughter to answer the question.
“Di rin sumagot, eh. Siguro nga nanliligaw,” Dennis presumed.
On another end, Dennis is happy that he was able to see Joshua’s “effort” for Julia. According to him, he doesn’t have any issues about their status “basta mamahalin mo lang ang anak ko, wala naman tayong problema.”
After their meeting, Dennis even recalled that he especially reached out to Joshua.
“I texted him, sabi ko, 'Anak, maraming salamat, ganyan, ganyan. Basta mayroon akong message, sabi niya, 'Okay po Tito, thank you po Tito,'” he said.
In the end, Dennis believes that Joshua is “special” for Julia.
“Di naman niya siguro isasama yun kung di espesyal. Twenty years old na naman si Julia. She’s a very intelligent woman and I know alam niya kung ano ang mga dapat at di dapat gawin. Sigurado ako dun,” Dennis said.