Paras Brothers Happy With Viva Deal
“Ako po, I'm happy for the exposure po. And to be a part of a well-known company, I know po na I would be in good hands,” Andre, the 17-year-old son of Benjie Paras, said during a press conference to announce the new deal.
"I'm certain we're in good hands and I know we'll have a bright future po. Yung sa acting, okay din po, as long as it doesn't bother our schedules po. Basta I can still focus on my basketball and school,” the tall teen, who is now playing in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines competitions as a member of the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons, added.
As for Andre who also competes in basketball tournaments as a member of the high school Green Archers team of the De La Salle Greenhills, he’s proud that acting is in his blood.
“Ako, when I did a commercial, I didn’t prepare for it po, kasi it's in me na, e. It comes natural 'coz it’s in my blood as well,” the 15-year-old said.
Andre also talked about him and his brother making a name for themselves apart from being the sons of Benjie Paras.
He said, “Before kasi, if we were like... ano kasi, people would always refer to us as ‘the sons of Benjie Paras. So, that's how we got our names po. At least now, we can be able to make names for ourselves po.”
He added that, “Ako, I really wanted to start in commercials 'coz I want to save for my future po. And now that this happens, I'm just thankful po.”
Meanwhile, Benjie Paras shared how his sons got the deal from Viva.
It turns out that he was the one who worked out the start of negotiations.
“Na-contact ako ni Sir Vincent (del Rosario). Actually, we were batchmates sa San Beda High School, so matagal na kaming magkakilala,” Paras, dubbed as the “The Tower of Power” when he was still playing in the Philippine Basketball Association games, said.
“And then, nung sabihin nga sa akin ni Vincent na kung puwede ngang kunin for endorsements ang mga bata, hindi naman ako nagdalawang-isip. Of course, pumayag na ako. Nag-consult din ako sa manager ko, si Nay Lolit,” he said.
Paras, who also acts as a manager for his sons, added that, “‘Yung pinirmahan namin, for commercials and endorsements, five years yun.”