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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.

Mar 2, 2015

Julia Barretto: Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don't

WE SOMEHOW feel sad for Julia Barretto. When she decided to officially drop her dad Dennis Padilla’s family name and they got estranged, people were bashing her nonstop for not respecting her father. Now that she has patched things up with him by visiting him while taping for “Deal or No Deal” to personally hand to him her invitation for her debut on March 10, bashers are having a heyday once again saying it’s all part of a move for damage control. It's a case of damned if you do, damned if you don't.

Here are some of the unsavoury remarks they wrote on Julia’s Instagram account.“I don’t wanna judge, pero dapat ibalik niya muna ang apelyido ng tatay niya dahil ‘yun ang first step sa pag-acknow­ledge sa tatay niya.”  “Sana nga, totoo ‘yan at hindi lang pakitang tao dahil sadsad na ang career mo.” “I’m sorry to say but what is done is done. You may have reconciled with your father and everyone is happy for you. Believe me, I do too. Pero kasi, the issue is you disres­pecting your dad kaya hindi na ‘yon mabubura sa pananaw ng tao.” “I’m glad that you patched things up with your father but I hope that it’s not just for publicity’s sake.” "I know this is only for media’s sake. Para bumango at gumanda naman ang pangalan ni Julia. Hindi na kasi sikat at nasapawan na siya ni Liza Soberano. Para gumanda ang image, ‘di ba? Ganyan naman sa showbiz.” “Kailangan niya ulit gumawa ng pangalan kasi namamatay na ‘yung name niya sa issue that mas may career sina ­Liza Soberano, Kathryn Bernardo and Janella Salvador kesa sa kanya. Those three girls, may career and have their own shows and also movies. Si Julia, wala. Kaya need niya ulit gumawa ng pangalan by using her dad (na kunwari, okey na between sa kanilang dalawa). Timing na magde-debut na si Julia.”

Personally, we want to give Julia the benefit of the doubt and believe she’s sincere in reconciling with her dad. The big question now is will Dennis attend Julia’s debut at Shangrila’s Rizal Ballroom on March 10. We guess the answer will depend on whether Julia and Marjorie are now willing to withdraw their petition for “change of family name” that they filed in court. As of now, we’re told it’s still going on and the next hearing at the Quezon City Regional Trial Court will be on March 25.