BENJIE Paras is one proud father after Andre's movie debut proved a big hit.
But for someone who’s been in showbiz for so long, the PBA great turned actor/ comedian is also the first to warn his eldest son not to be carried away by his instant success.
The only Rookie MVP in the history of Asia’s first-ever pro league expressed elation over the positive response his 18-year-old son’s first movie, Diary ng Panget, got from movie fans.
The teen flick, which has Paras co-starring with Nadine Lustre, James Reid, and Yassi Pressman in the film produced by Viva Films, has generated a lot of interest among the younger set.
“Blessing na maganda ‘yung pasok niya,” said Benjie to Spin.ph. ”Nabigyan siya ng magandang break tapos nag-hit pa ‘yung movie.”
But Benjie has also one piece of advice for Andre, saying he wants his son to continue honing his skills in acting and other endeavors such as his hosting job with MTV Pinoy and his basketball career with the University of the Philippines Maroons.
“Ang importante is alagaan lang niya mabuti. Hindi porke’t ganyan na nag-click eh okay ka na for the rest of your career. Hindi rin,” said Benjie.
“Seasonal din kasi ang pag-aartista. Kung ano ang meron at kung ano ang dadating, i-grab niya,” he added.
The elder Paras sure knows where he is coming from. The PBA great is also a regular in television sitcoms and films, aside from being one of the members of the coaching staff of the San Beda Red Lions.
He has been in show business since his playing years in the PBA.
The elder Paras said the movie project of his son came at a perfect time since it is school vacation. “Nakagawa siya ng movie nitong bakasyon din sila. Madaling natapos kasi wala namang effects,” said Benjie.
Now the PBA Hall of Famer hopes his son will be able to manage his time and balance school, basketball, and show business.
“Siguro pagdating ng school year, minimal na siguro ‘yung pag-labas-labas niya. Dito natin malalaman kung paano niya ma-ba-balance,” said the ‘Tower of Power.’