At 50 years old, actor-turned-politician Herbert Bautista can look back on his life so far and smile.
One person who gets credit for this is Kris Aquino with whom he supposedly had a thing years ago and some speculate, even now.
Whatever it is, Herbert wants to thank Kris for being part of his life.
“Because in that short and very brief moment in our lives, in that period, I’d like to thank her for guiding me,” he explained. “I’d like to thank her because naging bahagi siya ng pagplano ng direksyon ng buhay ko and I hope that one way or another naging bahagi din ako du’n sa development niya.”
He said he is really proud of Kris because the latter is able to stand up on her own feet despite many challenges that have come her way.
“At sa daming endorsement ang pumapasok sa kanya. I think 50 plus and counting and I think that’s the blessing she had received,” he said. “So I wish her the really best in her career and I know she’s going to stay in the industry for a long time.”
He added:“Keep it up! Galingan niya ’wag masyadong makikipag away mas masarap madaming kaibigan,” he added in jest.
But when asked if he ever loved the actress, the Quezon City Mayor refused to answer.
In any case, he explained that if ever there was any relationship between them it was more of a mutual respect between two individuals.
“It’s less than heavier relationship but more than being friends,” was how he put it.
He also shared that the actress-host helped expand his outlook
“Marami siyang napakitang options sa akin which is siya lang ’yung nagpakilala sa akin na ‘Oo nga noh, pwede ‘yung pagakataon na ‘yun,” he said.
In fact, Herbert followed the advice of Kris on forming a social media team who would help him to make videos and share it on different platforms.
“She told me to come up with a documentary on what I did in Quezon City,” he said.
On the other hand, with his term as Mayor of Quezon City ending soon, Herbert plans to spend more time on guiding his four kids.
He believes that serving Quezon City for 33 years now is enough and it may be time to focus more on being a father.
“I mean now that they are adults I think it will be easier for us to communicate to each other kasi mas naiitindihan na nila,” he said.
Herbert expressed gratitude to the mothers of his children for nurturing them in the proper way.
“May takot sa Panginoong Diyos, may respeto sa nakakatanda, sa mga authority, at hindi sila abuso sa kanilang mga sarili dahil ‘yung ibang mga anak diyan sinabi palagi ‘Anak ako ni Mayor.’ So ito hindi, so I’m really very thankful sa mga nanay nila,” he related.
He said that his son Race, a film student in New York, is set to graduate this September.
“Tapos na siya sa script writing, sa acting, sa directing. Kasalukuyang ginagawa niya na ’yung film thesis niya,” he shared.
According to him, his son wants to come home to the Philippines to be an apprentice to local directors.
“Kasi gusto niya talaga mag direk,” he noted.
Meanwhile, Cray, his other son with producer Eloisa Matias, is a guitar student at the UP College of Music.
On his kids with radio host Tates Gana, Herbert said Athena recently graduated with a degree in Political Science at Ateneo de Manila University.
He divulged that her daughter wants to become a lawyer but he advises the latter to stop for a year and think about her plans more carefully.
Herbert’s youngest, Harvey, who tried his luck in show business, also opened up to his father that he wants to be a director.
“Pero sabi ko sa kanya tapusin muna din ’yung high school. He still has four years to think about what he really wants in the future,” the mayor said.
Story of his life
The actor-turned-politician recently launched his biography book “Bistek @ 50: Life In Full Color.”
He shared it’s divided in three chapters – his personal life, showbiz career, and his government service stories.
“There would be highlight stories in between,” he noted.
Herbert said that at the latter part of the book are some of the lessons he had learned in life, as well as his plans when his term as mayor ends.
“So the concept is that I’m turning 50 and me serving people for 33 years. I think it’s just appropriate to come up with a book to document the milestone of my life,” he said.