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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Oct 29, 2015

Dennis Padilla Gives Up On Daughter Julia Barretto's Wanting To Drop His Family Name, Julia's Career On A Standstill

DENNIS PADILLA says he's giving up any hope that he and daughter Julia Barretto can still be in good terms and he's just letting her decide for herself if she'd really want to drop his real family name, Baldivia, legally and use Barretto instead. He allegedly has tried his best for them to be in better terms but his daughter does not seem to be that concerned about this. If she'd really want to change her surname, it's her choice and he can no longer do anything about it since she is already of the right age. "Kaya lang naman ako naghabol noon, kasi she was still a minor," he says. "But now that she's of age, magagawa na niya kung ano ang gusto niya."

He says he's more concerned about his younger daughter, Claudia, who was then using Baldivia but has now also changed her family name. "Kay Claudia, may habol pa ako kasi minor pa siya. Nakakalungkot nga kasi nang mag-graduate siya, ni hindi man lang ako naimbitahang dumalo sa graduation niya. Ganun siguro talaga kapag ang isang ama, walang pera."

About Julia, it might be a consolation of sort for Dennis that her showbiz career is right now on a standstill. After her launching soap, "Mirabella", didn't do so well in the ratings, she was made to support James Reid and Nadine Lustre in "Para sa Hopeless Romantic". She was paired with Piolo Pascual's son, Inigo, and they're supposed to be star in their own soap. But the show became problematic, had to have several reshoots, and we don't hear anything about it anymore. It could be that ABS execs have finally realized that what some observers say is true: there isn't really much chemistry between Julia and Inigo for them to be able to compete with more successful love teams like Kathniel and Jadine. Which is a pity for Julia, since she has so much promise in showbiz as she has great screen presence and can also act well. It's just that she started on the wrong foot.