MANILA - Only three years after he rose to fame, Daniel Padilla has already made his mother's dream come true by putting up their very own "dream house."
Speaking with ABS-CBN News' Marie Lozano, the 19-year-old actor said that it has always been his goal to build a home for his mother, actress Karla Estrada.
"Kasi ito naman ang importante. Masarap sa pakiramdam 'yung may tinutulugan na maayos 'yung pamilya mo. Gusto kong nakikita 'yung mga kapatid ko, kamaganak ko na komportable sa lugar, na alam namin na amin," he explained.
Padilla recalled being raised in a house he described as modest and how there was always the threat of being kicked out because it was only on lease.
"Ayaw ko ng rent kami ng rent tapos biglang paalisin. Ayaw ko ng ganoong feeling kasi naramdaman ko na 'yun eh," he said.
The "Got to Believe" star credited his mother for instilling in him the value of owning his own home, over life's other luxuries.
"Sa panahon ngayon, hindi ka na puwedeng pabata bata siguro. Ang hirap ng buhay ngayon," he said.
Asked about his favorite place in their new home, Padilla said that he is particularly fond of how his mother's room turned out. He quipped that it is a room fit for a city's mayor.
"Hindi na kami nakasiksik sa kanya habang natutulog ako. Fourteen years old na ako, nandoon pa rin ako sa kwarto niya dati magkakasama kami. Ngayon lang kami nagkakahiwahiwalay sa kwarto," he said.
Karla: 'Naiyak ako'
For her part, Estrada said that she felt extremely proud and happy that her son was the one that made her dreams come true.
"Mas masarap talaga 'yung feeling na binigay sa iyo ng anak mo," she said. "I've been an actress for about 25 years, hindi ako nagkabahay. Ngayon, nakakatuwang si Daniel, sa loob ng tatlong taon, nagkabahay kami na gusto ko at gusto niya."
Estrada also shared that she wasn't able to hold her emotions when they were applying the finishing touches on the house.
"Nagpupunas ako ng hagdan, naiyak ako kasi sabi ko dati 'yung pinupunasan ko inuupahang bahay ko lang. Naiyak ako pero hindi ko pinakita. Nora Aunor lang 'yung acting at hindi Ate Vi na hysterical. Ganoon pala 'yung feeling na 'di na mangangamba," she said.
Estrada, who designed the interiors of the house, said that she wanted a mix of classic and modern. She also explained why she decided against having extravagant furniture.
"Kung makikita mo wala akong extravagant na furniture pero para sa kasimplehan kong tao, ang mamahal na rin niyan na mga chandelier na yan," she said.
She added that a house should be everyone's priority, especially for those starting out in show business. "Unahin talaga natin ang magkabahay kasi kahit na anong mangyari, magsara man ang kurtina mo, hindi ka na mangangamba," Estrada said.