Piolo Pascual took advantage of the recent Father’s Day celebration to push for his “dad” Johnny “Mr. M” Manahan’s inclusion as National Artist.
Posting a photo of them together, Piolo noted how Mr. M was there “through all the ups and downs in my showbiz career” and how he considers him very much his “anchor.”
He related, “From the time I started doing workshops when I was a teenager, until I was launched as part of Star Circle back in ‘96… Mr M personally attended to all our needs and made sure we were equipped before he sent us out to reach for our dreams…”
The matinee idol also shared how Mr. M always allows “room for talks, sometimes scolding (which was for my good)… He’s not just a manager but more like a Father to most of us… I don’t think I’d have done things in my career without his help and guidance…”
Towards the end of his post, Piolo expressed desire to work with Mr. M again, writing, “Can’t wait to see us grinding again….”
He then added the hashtag #MrMforNationalArtist.
Most of his followers lauded his effort to pay homage to his mentor.
There are a few, however, who articulated displeasure on his hastag.
Some of the comments:
“Sipsip much because wala ka sa ABS-CBN without him?”
“Why Nat’l artist? Because he made you and many of your contemporaries rich and famous? Far as I know it is not in the criteria Papa P…”
“Star builder, yes. Nat’l artist, no.”
What do you think?