Like in kingdoms, show business also has its own royalties – families of entertainers whose relevance not just lies in name but also in their prolific body of work.
One of the most influential families in local Tinseltown are the Padillas. Here are some of them:
Carlos Padilla, Jr.
Being a son of actor Carlos “Sonny” Padilla, Sr., it wasn’t unexpected that he would enter show business at a young age and become a certified actor. However, he found another calling in boxing.
He was the referee during “Thrilla in Manila,” the one-for-the-books match between legends Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier in 1975. That opened doors for Carlos, Jr. in foreign shores. He would later migrate to the US where he served as referee for some of the most celebrated pugilists.
Carlos happens to be the nephew of Roy Padilla, father of action star Robin Padilla, thus making the two cousins.
Dubbed as the “Bad Boy of Philippine Cinema,” Robin is one of the sons of film director-turned-public servant Casimiro “Roy” Padilla, Sr., with former actress Eva Cariño. Robin made a mark in the industry playing lionhearted protagonists in films such as “Baby Ama,” and in Star Cinema's “Videoke King,” “Sa Ngalan ng Ama, Ina, at mga Anak,” “Ooops, Teka Lang… Diskarte Ko ‘To!,” and “Tunay na Tunay: Gets Mo? Gets Ko!”
An ultimate leading man, Robin has been paired with the likes of Sharon Cuneta, Vina Morales, Kris Aquino, and Judy Ann Santos.
The actor-producer is also noted for his strong opinions on socially relevant issues. He has built his own foundation Liwanag ng Kapayapaan, of which he named a preschool for Muslim kids after.
Robin’s showbiz brothers Rommel and Rustom (now BB Gandanghari) were also notable action idols during their heyday.
He is the torchbearer of the new generation of the Padillas as one of the ultimate breakthrough stars of his generation. Daniel, son of Rommel Padilla to actress Karla Estrada, started gaining ground when his pairing with Kathryn Bernardo onteen show “Growing Up” clicked. Soon after, they were crowned as the Teen King and Queen.
Their love team blossomed project after project, namely in hit teleseryes “Princess and I” and “Got 2 Believe,” as well as in Star Cinema films’ “24/7 in Love,” “Sisterakas,” “Must Be… Love,” “Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay,” and “She’s Dating the Gangster.”
As a solo act, Daniel is a bankable endorser and top-selling recording artist with two sold-out shows in Araneta Coliseum.
Zsa Zsa Padilla
The daughter of Sonny Padilla with Esperanza “Kating” Perez, Zsa Zsa was a member of classic band Hotdog before embarking on a solo career. In the late 80s, she also plunged into movies, landing a role in “Mga Anak ni Facifica Falayfay” with Comedy King Dolphy, who would later become her partner of more than two decades.
In around 30 films she’s done, a few of Zsa Zsa’s most regarded performances are with Star Cinema, like “Madrasta” with Sharon Cuneta and Christopher de Leon, and “Batang PX” with Patrick Garcia, for which she received Best Actress merits from the Gawad Urian, Film Academy of the Philippines, and Star Awards for Movies.
The Divine Diva has more than 10 albums in her catalog, and is one of the core members of the long-running Kapamilya variety show, “A.S.A.P.”
Zsa Zsa’s daughter with ex-husband Modesto Tatlonghari is a multiple-threat in her own right. Karylle is a singer, songwriter, record producer, writer, TV, film and stage actress, and TV host. She was part of another network before jumping fences to ABS-CBN in 2008.
Some of her initial projects as a Kapamilya included a stint on “A.S.A.P.,” where she joined her mom Zsa Zsa, and “Dahil May Isang Ikaw,” a drama series with Jericho Rosales and Kristine Hermosa.
Spreading her wings a little wider, Karylle became a co-host on the hit noontime show, “It’s Showtime,” and in 2011, she gained international exposure via the pan-Asian series “The Kitchen Musical.”
His mother, erstwhile actress Melanie Padilla (a.k.a. Lani O), and Zsa Zsa’s father are siblings. Gino and Zsa Zsa grew up together, learning and appreciating the art of music as they sang duets for their relatives.
Gino’s big break was singing with music icon Tina Turner for a soft drink commercial they shot in Hollywood back in 1986.
He became a local icon himself, with timeless songs to his credit, such as “Closer You and I,” “Let the Love Begin,” and “Gusto Kita.”