“The Greatest Love” makes Arron Villaflor regret early years as a “bad son”

He is jovial, accommodating, and warm.

Arron Villaflor was seemingly quite distant from the crass and harsh persona he portrays in The Greatest Love.

Shocking revelation

But, he reveals something that shocked us. Arron declares he was no different from the character Paeng, a role in the hit afternoon drama he had no difficulty portraying. 

“I was really bad to my parents,” he even said with a smile in an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN.com. “I admit that. Kasi nung high school days ko talagang pasaway ako sa mga magulang ko, inaamin ko yan.”

Arron shot to fame in 2005 after landing second place to Erich Gonzales in Star Circle Quest. He had since become an acclaimed character actor, winning Best Supporting Actor in the 2013 PMPC Star Awards for TV for his praiseworthy performance in the Coco Martin-starrer Juan dela Cruz.

After impressing viewers in All of Me last year, Arron landed the role of Paeng in the gripping family drama The Greatest Love who made life difficult for his siblings and his mom Gloria (Sylvia Sanchez).

Arron further said that he used “memories” of his younger self and fused it with his characterization of Paeng to make the depiction easy, natural and realistic. 

Memories

“Somehow, nakakuha rin ako ng memories ni Arron to Paeng na nagamit ko dito sa show,” Arron further reveals. “Napadali sa akin yung character dahil hindi na ako nahirapan kumuha kung saan ako huhugot. Inisip ko lang nung high school ako, kung ano man yung nangyari somehow similar to Paeng sa nangyari sa kanila with his mom Gloria (Sylvia Sanchez).”

Gloria’s youngest son, Paeng, is depicted as a heel, making life difficult for his mom and siblings while rebelliously treading his own path. But little by little, as Gloria’s affliction with Alzheimer’s Disease unfolds, his concern and affection for his mom emerges.

“Meron din puso si Paeng dahil mahal na mahal naman niya ang nanay niya eh. It’s just that nahihiwalay siya at name-misinterpret ng mga tao na di niya mahal si Gloria dahil sa kanyang bisyo. Pero mahal ni Paeng si Gloria,” Arron said.

Relatable faults

As he depicted Paeng’s misgivings, it truly became too relatable to his own faults as a son, which he now regrets. 

“Nag-grow ako sa show na ito. Ang mga pagsubok na dumating sa akin, mga naisip ko dating pagsubok ko, problema ko sa nanay ko, problema ko sa tatay ko, sabi ko kung na-handle ko lang pala nang maayos, kaya naman pala. Kaya naman siyang masolusyonan nang maayos. Hindi kailangan awayin pa si ganyan, hindi kailangang ganyan.”

The show, he said, taught him how to value his parents and love them unconditionally.

Kaya habang nabubuhay pa ang mga magulang natin, mahalin natin sila. Matutunan natin silang mahalin, lalo na yung mga taong nahihirapan mahalin ang mga magulang. Matutunan po natin silang mahalin dahil hindi natin alam, anytime pwedeng mawala ang mga magulang natin sa tabi natin.

Give time to parents

And because of this, Arron said he now wants to spend more time with them, even with his now busy schedule as an actor.

“Give time to your parents,” he declared. “Nalinawan talaga ako sa show tungkol dito. As much as possible, I want to spend my time with my family, especially my parents talaga. Kasi it’s gonna be worth it.”