Listen up boys and girls
The Perkins Twins were homeschooled and raised in a loving Christian home. Their American father, Tarny and Filipina mom made sure God’s word was embedded in their hearts and mind. The boys were born in San Juan, but later moved to California to complete their study and live the American dream!
Varsity players: The twins played baseball, soccer, football and were varsity players in basketball and tennis at Menlo-Atherton High School. They also excelled in school with high honors and received a scholarship at the prestigious University of California at Berkeley. The twins were Grand Prix Tennis Champions.
ABS-CBN: Music was just their hobby and during a gig in a Filipino event singing a Tagalog song, they were discovered. The Perkins Twins landed modeling jobs and a music contract with ABS-CBN. They returned to the Philippines only for a year. However, they felt a strong connection with the youth and when they were invited to be “Youth Ambassadors” for SM and DepEd, they began to see the bigger picture, that is to share God’s love to everyone and promote values and responsible living.
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1. Peer pressure
The twins avoided parties in High School. “You don’t have to party like this to have fun, it will just expose you to peer pressure, but God always makes a way out for us,” says Christian.
“Bad company corrupts good morals, be friendly but choose who you want to be close to. They should share the same (Christian) values that you have”. Friends tried to influence them on a lot of things that were not beneficial, they simply said “no” and their friends gave up eventually.
How did they do it? They avoided the “party culture”
They simply said “no” 🙂
2. Role model
The twins grew up in a permissive society but were able to keep themselves pure. They focused on sports, studies, and God’s word each day. Their father Tarney believes that living a victorious Christian life is possible. “Our parents are our biggest role model, they guided us constantly and gave time for us,” says Jesse and Christian. Their parents also encouraged them to look up to ‘Christian role models‘ like Tim Tebow.
“Tim really inspired us. When he won the Heisman trophy, Tim thanked Jesus and during middle school, I realized it was cool to be a Christian. Tim also remains a ‘virgin,’ that seems weird in this world, but he is humble and authentic,” says Jesse.
Nothing good happens after midnight
Staying pure means staying out of parties and situations that can lead you to temptation. The Perkins Twins has lots of party invitations but they avoid most of them. “As my dad always reminds us, nothing good happens after midnight,” relates Jesse and Christian.
Focus on Jesus
“We’re pretty focused on sports and we pray for all the little things. We set goals and if like we’re being influenced to drink, I ask myself, If I drink, will this help me reach my goal? “My dad told us if you guys want to study here (UCB) one day, if you want to be successful, stay away from trouble and focus on your crafts, be on the safe side of life – focus on Jesus,” tells Jesse. Don’t focus on the sin, focus on the redemption,” says Christian.
Don’t put yourself in any position that would cause you to sin.
How did they do it? They were focused
Don’t be idle
Despite living in Silicon Valley, Tarney discouraged them from being engrossed in social media. Computer access at home was limited. “Don’t put yourself in any position that would cause you to sin, keep busy don’t be idle, says Christian.
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Truth be told, their mom is a walking Bible says, Jesse and Christian. She quotes them verses whenever possible. It stuck in their heads and penetrated their hearts. Tarny and Tess were hands-on parents, and most importantly, they prayed for them all the time.
“We lived a conservative lifestyle, we didn’t go to dances, didn’t watch bad movies, didn’t play bad video games, no social media until we graduated from High School and most importantly, we were obedient to our parents,” says Jesse. “Don’t think you’re better than anyone else, it’s a big thing for us, stay humble,” says Christian.
“Most importantly, we were obedient to our parents”
How did they do it? They have a simple lifestyle
Little things matter
Christian was once asked, have you ever stolen anything? He realized that little things matter, even if it was only candy. “Don’t mess around, delight in safe pastures, getting in the habit of doing the right things, even if it’s little things.
For example, do not litter, clean as you leave, don’t cut people online. Simple things can shape who you are. Little things matter,” says Christian.
Today, The Perkins Twins are active in their “school mission” project, where they visit schools throughout the country.
They are also DepEd Ambassadors for Anti-drugs and Alternative Learning and SM Musical Ambassadors. In their spare time, you could see them at Cup of Faith coffee shop at the CCF Center, Ortigas.