Only on OMG! - Mariel Rodriguez's wake-up call

Experience, they say, is the best teacher.  And Mariel Rodriguez has learned a lot about herself and about marriage from the hullabaloo that her jealous fit over husband Robin Padilla’s love scene with  co-star Kris Aquino  created.

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“I learned that hindi dapat masyadong impulsive,” she told Yahoo! Philippines OMG!  in-between segments of TV5’s “Wowowillie,” which she hosts with  main man Wilie Revillame,  Grace Lee, Camille Villar and Arci Munoz.

Sometimes,  without you knowing it, Mariel explains, your actions are already affecting  a lot of people.   Your emotions just carry you away and yout blurt out what you feel.

“E ako , transparent. I express what I feel,” she goes on.

That jealous fit, Mariel adds, has nothing to do with Kris, or even  their “Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw” co-star nAnne Curtis, both of whom vowed  never to get intimate with Robin on screen.

It’s all about how Mariel felt  like a wronged wife who  thought  what she saw on TV  was something that should  happen  only between her and her husband.

“It  was just shocking,” she recalls.
Mariel and Robin Padilla (NPPA Images)
Not controlling

Mariel wants to make it clear that she’s not the  controlling type  who wants to dictate on her husband.  

“To those who think na makitid ang utak ko, I say, ‘Hello!  Robin and I have  been married  almost three years  and  isang beses lang ako nag react. I don’t even look at  his scripts .”

Other  people’s opinions about her, states Mariel, don’t count.  But Robin’s   attitude towards her does.  And Mariel realizes how lucky she is because Robin takes her for what she is.

“I realize all the more that marriage is for better or for worse.  Tanggap ni Robin ang topak ko.  He loves me for what I am.”

In return, Robin has Mariel’s total obedience in things  big and small.

She dropped by the  recent Philippine Entertaiment Portal (PEP) sixth anniversary celebration and  the launch of its PEP List 2012 awards to  represent Robin, who can’t make it that day.

Mariel flew with Robin to Tawi-Tawi, where she embarked on a humanitarian mission  in the midst of the Sabah controversy.

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She knew  the risks involved,  but Mariel didn’t care.  All she knew was  that Mindanao is close to her husband’s heart, and she must support him.

“He laid down his cards before we got married,” recalls Mariel.

Robin didn’t force her to go to Tawi-Tawi.  He even asked if she’s up to it. 

Mariel didn’t regret what she did. Seeing the happiness in our Muslim brothers’ eyes when they saw her was more than enough.
Mariel Rodriguez (middle) with daughters of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, after relaying a message to Kiram from …
New purpose

“Kahit may  pinagdadaanan sila, our mere presence made them happy. Blessed ako kasi may purpose ako sa mundo, kahit for a while.  That purpose is to make people happy, something we do here in ‘Wowowillie.’ But this one goes even deeper.”

Mariel would have gone to Jolo on the day of this interview, but the pilots were suddenly barred from  flying there.

Mariel would have loved playing her new role: that of a peace ambassador of sorts.

“Hindi mo naman kailangan ng title para sa ano mang gusto mong gawin,” she smiles.

This, and many other things she’s learning as Robin’s wife,  are a wake-up call for Mariel.  Now, she’s not just a wife.  She’s also a peace negotiator, a stepmom, etc.

“Robin is spontaneous,” she observes.  “Bukas, sasabihin niya na punta kami dito. You have to ride along.”
Mariel Rodriguez (R) relays a message from her husband Robin Padilla, to Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III (L), at …
That’s just fine with  Mariel, who admits being  impulsive  herself.

The two are a perfect  match.  And everything – even their decision to postpone having a child of their own  – is falling into place.

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Now, Mariel can’t wait for her next adventure with the man she loves and will continue to love –   no matter what others think or say.

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