MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Jinggoy Estrada admits it took some time for him to earn the respect of his father, former President Joseph Estrada.
Speaking to ANC’s PIPOL, Estrada said his father was skeptical about his plan to enter showbiz after he finished college. At the time, the older Estrada was mayor of San Juan, a FAMAS Hall of Famer and a pillar of the movie industry.
“Bakit ka mag-aartista? Hindi ka naman kasing-gandang lalaki ko? Hindi ka naman guwapo e. Tapos ang taba-taba mo pa,” Estrada told Jinggoy.
To get his father’s approval, Jinggoy said he hired a fight instructor to teach him how to fight in an action movie.
The younger Estrada admits his early movies were more about making money. “Hindi ko mapantayan ang nagawa ng tatay ko. I wasn’t a flop but I couldn’t achieve what he achieved,” he said.
He said he felt he earned his father’s respect when he won best actor for his movie “Katas ng Saudi” with director Joey Reyes. He said he was shooting the movie while his father was still incarcerated in Tanay, Rizal due to a pending plunder case.
“He did not want me to do a movie because I was already senator at the time and he said, ‘Why don’t you concentrate on your work as a senator? Why go back to the movies? That is not your turf.’ I said, ‘Dad, it’s about overseas Filipino workers.’ In fact, he did a movie about the US bases,” he said.
After winning the award, he said he presented his acting trophy to his dad and told him: “Dad, pareho na tayong best actor.”