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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.
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Jan 28, 2022

         WILBERT ROSS with leading lady ROSE VAN GINKLE in sex comedy 'BOY BASTOS'

WILBERT ROSS played leading man to AJ Raval in “Crush Kong Curly”. 

He’s now launched in a movie where he plays the title role no less, “Boy Bastos”, which started in the internet in the early 2000s about stories concerning the salacious sexploits of Boy Bastos, a male virgin. 

"Boy Bastos" is directed by Victor Villanueva, best known for the award-winning dark comedy "Patay na si Hesus". 

The movie will remind you of the naughty Hollywood comedies that push the envelope like "There's Something about Mary" and the "American Pie" series.

It also stars Rose Van Ginkle as Wilbert's teacher with whom he has fallen in love, Jela Cuenca as Wilbert's classmate who wants to have sex with him, Bob Jbeili and Andrew Muhlach as Wilbert's best friends and Rob Guinto as a sexy student in Wilbert's school. 

Is Wilbert familiar with the sexploits of Boy Bastos? 

“Yes, nabasa ko yung stories about him before,” he says. “Kaya ang saya ko when I was told na ako ang gaganap na ‘Boy Bastos’. Pero kinabahan din ako kasi title role ito at grabe ang pressure kasi ako ang mismong sentro ng movie. 

"But I want to thank Vivamax for giving me this break and this chance na magampanan ang isang character like Boy Bastos.”

Didn’t he have second thoughts about the movie since it will require him to do a lot of outrageous things, like him masturbating then his come splashes on his own face and he licks it and puts it in his mouth to taste it?

“Riot talaga ang mga eksena rito, but when I read the script, maayos ang pagkakasulat at maganda yung character ko, so tinanggap ko agad nang buong-buo ang character ko as Felix, isang malibog na teenager na kung ano-anong pag-e-experiment ang ginagawa dahil sa curiosity niya about sex. 

"Yung mga paghuhubad ko, may purpose naman sa eksena, kaya ginagawa ko siya sa film. Naka-relate ako sa kapusukan ng character ko kasi ang mga lalaki naman, dumaraan sa ganitong stage sa kanilang buhay na may pagkamanyakis.”

If the movie is a hit, for sure, the tag “Boy Bastos” will forever be attached to him. 

“Sabi nga nila, magmamarka raw sa akin ang tawag na Boy Bastos. Okay lang naman. Actually, sa probinsiya noon, mahigpit ang parents ko. Hatid-sundo nila ako sa eskwela. But when I went to Manila, dun ko na-experience lahat. 

"Napagdaanan ko yung mga naging karanasan ng character ko as Boy Bastos. But now, 23 na ako, and I’m now at this point na medyo sa safe side na ako. I am now thinking of how to improve my life and my career.”

He has a love scene with Rose Van Ginkle as his love interest. How is it? 

“Una sa lahat, I respected Rose. I want her to feel safe siya sa akin so I have to make her feel comfortable. Iniingatan ko na hawakan siya, ni masagi ko lang siya, nagso sorry ako and I keep on asking kung okay pa siya.”

If ever “Boy Bastos” has a moral lesson, what could it be? 

“Si Boy kasi, na-in love siya sa teacher niya. Mali yun, pero hindi niya makontrol ang sarili niya, so may gagawin siyang  mali rin but ginawa niya nang dahil sa love niya. 

"Ang moral lesson is, bago mo gawin ang isang bagay, kailangang pag isipan mo munang mabuti kasi hindi lahat ng gagawin mo, maa-apreciate ng partner mo.”

Wilbert is also a singer and songwriter. He wrote the theme songs of “Crush Kong Curly” and also “Boy Bastos”, and he sang them too as part of the films’ original sound track. 

“Ang plano ko, lahat ng movies na gagawin ko, igagawa ko ng theme song,” he says.

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Jan 27, 2022


                                           KHAI FLORES

                                           LEONE ADRIANO

                               ESTEVEN DAYRIT

                                                         RJ ARIAR

AFTER the girl group the GANDARAS, beauty maven turned talent manager Bambbi Fuentes’s company, Dragon Artists Management, is now introducing with pride her four male discoveries, the Dragon boys: Khai Flores, Leone Adriano, Esteven Dayrit and RJ Ariar.

Khai Flores has been in the business for more than a year. He was part of “Kadenang Ginto” for 8 months and he has completed three movies that are yet to be shown. 

One is a horror film with Chito Rono “Ang Mga Kaibigan ni Mama Susan”, then  “Ang Huling Hibla” where he plays a deaf witness.

He does a starring role in “Sugat Sa Dugo”, where he plays an AIDS  victim and where he got to work with the seasoned actress Janice De Belen who won Best Actress at the International Film Festival Manhattan Autumn 2021. 

Khai hopes to make more challenging projects in the future.

Leone Adriano is a 14 year old teenager who wants to make a name in the world of showbiz just like his grandmother, Rosanna Roces. 

He is the son of Osang’s son, Onyok, and has done a movie, “Tuloy, Bukas ang Pinto”.  Leone dreams of staying long in showbiz, just like his grandma.

Bambbi’s third male discovery is Esteven Dayrit. He might be a newcomer in showbiz but he has taken a lot of acting workshops to prepare himself as an actor. 

He really loves to act and he is also part of the movie “Sugat Sa Dugo” which was directed by Danni Ugali.

The last Bambbi newbie is RJ Ariar, a promising health buff from Cavite. He has won in the Mr. & Ms. Youth Philippines as Prince 2021. 

He has a hunky physique and is hoping to be doing acting projects soon so he can show his talents before the camera.

Bambbi is very proud of her four wards and very optimistic that they will all someday shine brightly in the local showbiz firmament!!!!

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CARA GONZALES is doing one movie after another. She was just introduced in “Pornstar 2, Pangalawang Putok” in November. 

Then she played Jen, the lesbian lover in Direk Brillante Mendoza’s “Palitan”, and Dianne, the lover of Jay Manalo, in the current hit, “Hugas”. 

Now, she plays one of the lead roles in the sexy love triangle drama, “The Wife”, where she gets to pit talents against more seasoned co-stars Louise de los Reyes and Diego Loyzaga, as directed by Denise O’Hara. Cara says doing sexy roles was not really a part of her plans. 

“I come from a religious and conservative family,” she says. “My dad is in the construction business and I help out in it, also meron din kaming meat shop. Bunso ako sa anim na magkakapatid at ako lang yung babae. 

"So medyo nahirapan akong magpaalam na I will do sexy roles na siyang offer ng Viva. Basta ang bilin sa’kin ng dad ko, sa love scenes, huwag kong ipapa-touch yung boobs ko.”

Since then, she has made love to both male and female co-stars and she complied with that reminder of her dad. So how is it acting with Louise and Diego in “The Wife”?

“Pareho silang mas beterano compared sa akin,” she says. “Newbie lang ako pero hindi nila iyon ipinaramdam sa akin. And I’m happy kasi I learned so much from them, pati kay Direk Denise na first female director ko. 

"Lahat sila, magaan katrabaho. They all helped me in improving my craft, na-guide nila ako nang maayos pati sa pagpapakita ng emotions ko. 

"Hindi sila nagsawang suportahan ako bilang baguhan and they shared with me yung mga alam nila tungkol sa pag-arte kaya thankful akong napasama ako rito kasi nakakahawa ang galing nila.”

She says her role here as the third wheel in the relationship of Louise and Diego is the most demanding role she has played so far. 

“Sa story, dati kaming best friends ni Diego then matagal kaming hindi nagkita. When we meet again, married na siya, but that didn’t stop me in pursuing him hanggang magka-affair kami. 

"May love scenes kami ni Diego rito, pero mas demanding ang dramatic scenes ko rito kaysa sa hubaran scenes.”

How is it being directed by Denise O’Hara? 

“First time ko to be directed by a female director at mas nagustuhan ko ang paraan niya ng pagdidirek. Sobrang kampante ako kasi hindi siya nagagalit. Kahit magkamali ka, may magagawa siyang paraan para itama ang eksena. 

"Even sa sex scenes, parang nanay siya, kaya nahihiya ako makipaghalikan kasi nasa harap kami ng nanay namin. Ang hirap gawin, pero nagawa naman namin ni Diego nang maayos.”

She says she’s the most daring among them in doing sexy scenes. 

“Mas conservative sina Diego at Louise kaysa sa akin, kasi ako ang most experienced pagdating sa doing sexy scenes dahil nagawa ko na in the three movies that I did.  Pero yung love scene namin ni Diego, nagawa naman namin in one take lang.”

With Louise, she had dramatic scenes. 

“Siempre, drama dahil nagkaharap ang wife at ang kabit. Very difficult talaga yung confrontation scene with Louise kasi ang bigat ng emosyon. In real life, mahinhin ako, e. 

"Hindi ako yung tipong nagagalit, kaya very challenging sa akin yung eksena kasi ang galing ni Louise. Sumasabog na talaga siya sa emotions niya, so I have to level up sa husay niya.  

"I can see in myself a lot of improvement sa acting ko after working with them  ni Diego. Very touching ang movie at hindi lang siya tungkol sa sex kundi about love and sacrifice din, so don’t miss it when it starts streaming on February 11.”

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SINGER-ACTOR GUJI LORENZANA has just released an inspirational song about not giving up, “This Beat Will Save You”, which is very apt for this depressing season of the pandemic as its message is about not losing hope. 

“I was in the crossroads of my life when I wrote it,” he says. “I was trying to decide whether to go on with showbiz or not. Gusto pa ba nila ako kahit I’m already 41, married with kids? 

''And the song says that despite whatever that is happening in your life, just go with the flow. Don’t get brokenhearted. Life is like music and if you’d let the music lead you, there will always be a happy ending for you. 

"The song is influenced by my idols, Michael Jackson and the 90s vibe of his ‘Heal the World’, and Kuya Gary Valenciano and all his inspirational songs.”

He has already made a music video of “This Beat Will Save You” which is now in post-production.

 Guji, his wife Cheska and their two daughters (Cassy, 2 years old, and Brielle, 11 months) got the Covid virus when the new year set in. 

“Lahat kami, nagkaroon, so we quarantined ourselves. We don’t know how we got it. My wife lost her sense of taste and smell, kami ng mga bata, sinipon, inubo. 

"We didn’t go out and just ordered everything we need. It’s good we survived it, all of us recovered and we’re okay now. 

"I put all that we’ve experienced in my vlog, which is also a chronicle of how we are rearing my kids as I’m now so focused on my family life.”

Guji joined the YouTube creator camp NextUp Philippines and he was one of the 12 big winners in the competition. 

He won P100 thousand worth of equipment of his choice, which is now helping him a lot in making new videos as fresh content for his vlogs and his cover versions of various songs.

“Staying in quarantine for almost a month gave me the chance to do a lot of things that interest me, like doing music covers, my vlogs and just being a content creator,” he says.

 “My song ‘This Beat Will Save You’ reminds me to make the most of my time while in isolation, to just keep on working and use my time profitably to be creative while recovering from Covid.”

Guji also hopes to continue with his acting career. He was paired with Cristine Reyes in “Maria” and he was the rapist of Cindy Miranda in “Nerissa”. He also appeared in the American TV series “Almost Paradise”. 

There are now new movies waiting for him, including an international film project. 

“But it’s all still under wraps. I’m just praying na sana, lahat, matuloy. I love acting and someday, I hope I will also be given the chance to direct a movie.”
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Jan 26, 2022


RABIYA MATEO didn’t win in the Miss Universe but she’s luckier than winners Pia Wurtzbach and Catriona Gray whose showbiz careers did not prosper. 

Rabiya is now a GMA artist and she’s getting a big break as the leading lady of Sen. Bong Revilla in “Agimat ng Agila, Season 2”, that starts airing this Saturday at 7:15 PM. 

This is a very auspicious start for any newcomer. We think Rabiya’s edge is that her morena beauty is really more of the “pang-artista type”. 

She reminds us of Cindy Miranda, who didn’t win big as a beauty queen but now has a stable acting career as a leading lady in Vivamax movies.

Sen. Bong Revilla has nothing but praises for Rabiya, saying she shows much promise. “Magaling siya at hindi natatakot kahit sa action scenes niya,” says Bon. “Malayo ang mararating niya. Puede siya maging action queen.”

And what’s Rabiya's reaction? “Salamat po kay Sen. Bong sa mga papuri niya,” she says. “I’m really very grateful to be part of ‘Agimat ng Agila, Season 2'. Nagpapasalamat din po ako sa GMA-7. Grabe ang tiwala nila sa akin para ibigay ang role na ito sa akin. Kaya I promise na hindi ko sasayangin ang blessing na ito. Sana nga, magtuloy-tuloy siya.”

How is Sen. Bong as a leading man? 

“Siempre, intimidated ako nung una, but sobrang bait niya sa set. Hindi siya nagsasawang alalayan ako, kasi aminado naman akong baguhan lang ako. And I learned so much from him, lalo na about the do’s and the don’ts sa showbiz.”

She plays a law enforcer in the show and is required to do fight scenes. “Physically, very challenging to do the action scenes. You really have to sweat it, out so I enrolled in boxing and had private sessions with our action director. 

'Ang mga ginawa ko rito, napakalayo sa pagiging beauty queen, but i’m loving the challenge and the transition mula sa pagiging beauty queen into being an actress.”

What’s the reaction of her family that she’s in a big show like “Agimat ng Agila, Season 2.” 

“I just came from Iloilo and they are all excited for me. Sabi ng mama ko, galingan mo lagi ha. Kasi puro magagaling ang mga kasama mo. 

'She even told me na baka relative namin si Sen. Bong kasi may Bautista rin sa family namin. Lahat sila, they can’t wait to see the show at mapanood ang aking acting debut.”

How is working with Sanya Lopez? 

“Siempre, excited ako kasi Sanya Lopez yan. Big star siya ng GMA, but she’s very kind to me when we met. Sayang nga sandali lang kami nagkasama rito. Sana, later on, we’ll get the chance na magkasama kami sa isang big project.”

She’s being linked to Kapuso actor Jeric Gonzales after they guested in a show but she says she has no interest in romance right now. 

“Sa ngayon, career lang talaga ang focus. Hindi lovelife. Sayang naman ang opportunity na binigay sa’kin ng GMA kung lovelife pa ang uunahin ko. I really want to make good as an actress.”

Rabiya is also happy to work with the other cast members of “Agimat ng Agila”: Gardo Versoza as Zeus, the head of a mining company; Benjie Paras and Betong Sumaya as the sidekicks of Sen.Bong, Kim de Leon as Jumong, and newcomer Lia Salvador as Kim’s love interest.

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LOOKS LIKE fashion icons are a favorite subject on screen. 

There have been several films about Coco Chanel and Yves St. Laurent. Dior and Valentino have a movie each. There are award-winning series on Versace and Halston. 

And now, we have “House of Gucci”, based on a 2001 book whose subtitle is “A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour and Greed”. 

And this is exactly what Director Ridley Scott gives us in his film version of the book. This is his second film for 2021 after “The Last Duel”. 

The film is worth seeing mainly for Lady Gaga’s engaging portrayal of Patrizia Reggiani, the main character. 

The film starts in 1978 when Patrizia, a young woman who works in her dad’s trucking company, meets Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver, who also plays a main role as a Frenchman in “The Last Duel” and is now an Italian in this movie), son of Rodolfo Gucci, whose family owns the well known fashion brand. 

Maurizio is a shy law student and it’s Patrizia who makes all the aggressive  moves to get him. 

His dad (Jeremy Irons) tells him Patrizia is only after their family’s fortune and he will disown him if he’d marry her. 

But Maurizio still marries Patrizia, leaving their family to work with the trucking company of Patrizia’s family. 

Rodolfo has a brother, Aldo (Al Pacino), who owns one half of the Gucci company. Aldo has his own son, Paolo (an unrecognizable Jared Leto), who wants to be a famous designer but lacks talent. 

Aldo is fond of Patrizia and is so happy when he finds out that Patrizia will have a baby. The baby becomes the instrument for Maurizio to reconcile with his dad. 

Patrizia then becomes a controlling force of nature in the life of Maurizio and eventually, he rebels. 

Patrizia becomes more manipulative in trying to gain more control of the Gucci empire. 

Their once sweet love affair turns so sour and Maurizio cultivates an affair with an old friend, Paola Franchi (Camille Cotin.) He dumps Patrizia and rejects all her attempts to reconcile with him. 

A poor business manager, he bungles up their company and eventually cuts ties with Aldo and Paolo.

 He teams up with new designer Tom Ford (Reeve Carney) to come up with a new line that will revive Gucci’s image. 

It becomes successful but Maurizio has so mismanaged the company that his associates offer to buy him out in favor of Tom Ford.

Ford has since become a filmmaker himself, having directed the acclaimed 2009 film, “A Single Man”, and the Venice Filmfest grand jury prize winner in 2016, “Nocturnal Animals”. 

Maurizio also asks Patrizia for divorce and she is so outraged that she plots to kill him with the help of her psychic adviser, Pina (Salma Hayek), who helps her hire some assassins from Sicily. 

They manage to shoot Maurizio to death in broad daylight and this is the last big scene in the film.

After this, things are rushed showing the trial of Patrizia, Pina and the hired killers, who are all sentenced to jail. End credit captions tell us what happens to the other characters. 

Paolo died poor after losing all his Gucci shares and his dad Aldo died of prostate cancer. 

Gucci as a company became controlled by a group of private investors, Investcorp, which is successfully managing it up to now, with no single Gucci family member remaining in the company.

 This is just like what happened to Halston, whose name was retained but he was completely eased out of the company. How sad.

More than anything else, Lady Gaga proves that her Oscar-nominated film debut in “A Star is Born” is not a fluke.  

Her show-stopping portrayal of the predatory outsider and scorned wife whose uninhibited ambition brings the Gucci family into a shocking spiral of betrayal, revenge and eventually, murder, is just terrific to watch. 

After her, Jared Leto has the most attention-getting role putting on a fat suit and wearing tons of prosthetic makeup as the dumb cousin Paolo. 

He delivers his lines with a faux Italian accent and we’re sure some folks would be annoyed by his interpretation, but we find it amusingly over the top. 

Adam Driver has little chemistry with Lady Gaga and we don’t really know what Ridley Scott sees in him. Jeremy Irons is given little to do and is wasted as the dying Rodolfo. 

He doesn’t even look like Adam Driver. Or even Al Pacino as his brother. Pacino actually plays a bigger role as Aldo, but he’s just a ghost of his heydays as Michael Corleone and just hams it up in a supporting role. 

Salma Hayek plays a big role as the fortune-teller that Lady Gaga religiously consults but she fails to sizzle in it. She could have invested it with more scandalous sensationalism as Patrizia’s partner crime in the murder of Maurizio. 

As a whole, the film seems to be a missed opportunity and is not so well crafted. Ridley’s direction is uninspired, just like his insipid work in that film about another tycoon, J. Paul Getty, in “All the Money in the World”.  

The movie runs for nearly three hours, with so many boring parts that could have been shortened to quicken the pacing. 

This could have been a prestige project and Scott could have done well if he injected  more watchable campy fun in it, but he chose to play it straight, with his tone dead serious, and the film is actually quite a messy excess of soapy drama.

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Jan 25, 2022


SANYA LOPEZ reprises her role as Maya, the love interest of Bong Revilla as Major Gabriel Labrador in “Agimat ng Agila, Season 2”. But hers is billed only as a special participation. 

She had to bow out from the show’s locked in taping as she had to transfer to the taping of her own show where she plays the title role, “First Lady”, Book 2 of the blockbuster hit, “First Yaya”, that will start airing on Valentine’s Day, replacing “I Left My Heart in Sorsogon”.  

She won’t reveal what will happen to her character. 

“Basta abangan nyo kasi kapana-panabik siya,” she says. “Basta si Maya, mas nag level up ang pagmamahal niya rito kay Gabriel kasi sa Season 1, nag-meet pa lang sila. 

"Ngayon, dito sa Season 2, sila na talaga, kaya mas matindi na ang relationship nila sa isa’t isa. Pero malay nyo, sa Season 3, bumalik pa uli ang character ni Maya at sana, mabigyan din ako ng action scenes later.”

Taking over as Bong’s leading lady is Rabiya Mateo, Miss Universe Philippines 2020 in her first role as a leading lady.  How does she feel when people say she and Rabiya are look alikes? 

“Siempre, nakakatuwa. Beauty queen yata siya. Noon pa maraming nagta-tag sa amin na magkamukha nga raw kami. I’m happy for her na Kapuso na siya ngayon.”

Did she give Rabiya any tips about joining showbiz? 

“Naku, hindi na kailangan, no? Nakaya nga niya ang Miss Universe, e. At saka hindi kami masyadong nagkasama sa taping kasi nga I have to leave. But kayang-kaya niya yan. May action scenes pa siya ritong ginawa with Sen. Bong.”

Sen. Bong has nothing but praises for her, saying his prediction that she will be a big star came true and he is so happy with her success. 

“I’m so flattered sa mga papuri niya sa akin. Nakakahiya na galing pa sa kanya yan. But honestly, hindi ko pa napi-feel yung sinasabing big star na ako. Siguro, ang ibang tao ang magsasabi noon. 

"Pero maraming-marami pong salamat kay Senator Bong. It’s really an honor to have been paired with him. He’s such a gentleman, maasikaso sa kapareha niya and I’m sure ganyan din ang karanasan ni Rabiya working with him. 

"Kung naging successful ang Season 1 ng ‘Agimat ng Agila’, I’m sure mas magiging matagumpay itong Season 2 kasi mas pinalaki at pinaganda nila ito.”

Is she part of the new show, “Sang’gre”, an “Encantadia” spin off announced by GMA? 

“I don’t know. Wala pang sinasabi ang GMA sa akin. Nagulat na lang ako kasi andaming nag-message sa’kin after lumabas yung teaser na ang bida is anak ni Danaya, the character I played in ‘Encantadia’. They asked me ‘Ikaw ba to?’ 

"Siempre, kung ibibigay sa’kin, I will gladly accept it kasi everyone knows na ang ‘Encantadia’ ang nagbigay sa akin ng first big break ko.”

What can she say that she’s part of the Chosen 8, the first batch of Kapuso stars to be pushed by Sparkle?  

“Siempre, sobrang nagpapasalamat ako kasi marami ang magaling at maganda and yet, napili nila ako. In return, kaming mga napili, dapat lang na galingan namin at hindi namin sirain ang tiwalang ibinigay ng Sparkle sa amin. 

"Pero ang Sparkle naman, hindi lang para sa aming walo but for all the other Kapuso talents who dream to sparkle. Their turn will also come.”

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ROB DENIEL is a 19-year old singer-songwriter who hit it big in social media with his songs “Ulap”, “Gabi”, “Baby I Tried”, “Ang Rosas” and “Darling”. 

His full name is Rob Deniel Barrinuevo and he was born in Sta. Rosa, Laguna on October 6, 2003. He’s currently taking up multi-media arts at Malaya Colleges in Laguna.

The eldest of two kids, he was 12 when his father gave him a guitar and he’s been making his own music since then. 

He describes his kind of music as “retropop with rock overtones” and he is influenced by the seasoned artists of Manila Sound introduced to him by his dad. 

His first song “Ulap”, written when he was 17 while he’s bored in his own room, got six million hits on youtube and was no. 1 on Spotify. 

“The melody, the lyrics, the emotions just flowed naturally while I was strumming my guitar,” he says.

He arranged and produced the song himself using just the Garage Band app on his cellphone, playing every instrument. Thanks to streaming, “Ulap” made it in the global charts of other countries like Singapore, Portugal and even Russia. 

“Ulap” was used in the show “Parang Tayo Pero Hindi” starring Marco Gumabao and Kylie Versoza. His newest song, “Gabi”, is now a monster hit on Tiktok.

He has had one serious relationship in high school. His friends were surprised when he became a singer. 

“Nagulat sila kasi mahilig ako sa basketball at mas kilala nila ako as astig na player. Tapos napunta ako sa pagkanta and they didn’t even know they were listening na pala to my song.”

Now that he’s a Viva artist, he records his song no longer by himself but in a studio with proper equipment. 

He dreams of being able to release a full album this year. 

“Mahiyain ako so ang emotions na nararamdaman ko, nae-express ko lang sa songs na ginagawa ko,” he adds.

Will he go into acting? 

“Pag okay na ako sa music ko, I might try acting kasi parang masaya siya. I want to be like yung lumang artists who also went into acting, like Rico J. Puno.” 

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Jan 24, 2022



DIEGO LOYZAGA is still in the U.S.A. when he attended the zoom presscon of his latest film with Vivamax, “The Wife”. 

He has done many films for Vivamax before like the sexy thrillers “Death of a Girlfriend” and “House Tour”, the comedy “Bekis on the Run”, the romantic drama “Dulo”, and the adaptation of the Koreanovela “Encounter”. 

He now does a serious drama, “The Wife”, where he plays the role of a philandering husband.

“I enjoyed doing it kasi different level of heavy drama ang script nito,” he says. “My wife is Louise de los Reyes, then I met my former kababata and best friend, played by Cara Gonzales. 

"Matagal kaming di nagkita then when we meet again, she’s very aggressive, and we have an affair. My wife learns about it, and me as the cheating husband, nagkasakit naman ako. 

"Very challenging ang role ko and maraming heartbreaking scenes. We have to make pagpag after each scene para hindi mo maiuwi ng bahay.”

How is it working with Louise? 

“We’ve worked before in ‘Encounter’ but si Cristine Reyes ang kapareha ko roon. Si Louise is really magaling. I saw how she works and she’s a great actress kasi she knows her character very well. 

"In our dramatic confrontation scenes, she’s giving 100 percent of herself all the time and we get carried away sa mga eksena.”

How about Cara Gonzales? 

“First time ko to work with Cara and we have sexy bed scenes. I would talk to her before doing each scene to ask how can we do our scenes better. 

"Some scenes, we have to repeat and repeat until we get it right. For the first time, I agreed to show my entire backside in a love scene. 

"Our director is a woman and she explained me she’d handle the scene. Nagustuhan ko naman kasi maayos, very tasteful so I agreed to do the butt exposure scene. ”

Their director, Denise O’Hara was very supportive in guiding him and Cara in their difficult scenes.

“I’m really thankful that Direk Denise explains to us, not only sa sexy scenes but sa drama scenes, if she wants us to do more or do less fo a scene. I really appreciate it when she tells us to put more effort here or bawasan mo rito. 

"I think nagawa naman namin nang maayos. The rapport between us ng two co-stars ko was really good and we did even our love scenes professionally.” 

His films with Vivamax were all done by a male or gay director. How is it being helmed by a female director for the first time? 

“It’s ok. I noticed and felt na mas maalaga si Direk Denise. In my family, I’m surrounded by women and I like the maternal vibe of Direk Denise and her cinematographer, Ms. Lee.  

"I’m at home with both of them. Direk Denise is very encouraging when she likes your work, so I really trusted her. 

"But she’s also very open about her feelings when she’s not happy at pinauulit niya yung ginawa mo. Pero hindi siya nagagalit at all. She’s a sweetheart.” 

A lot of people were surprised when he suddenly flew to the USA before Christmas and tongues started wagging, saying he has broken up with girlfriend Barbie Imperial after he was linked to AJ Raval, which he quickly denied. 

“Barbie is not with me because this US trip was not planned at all,” he says. “I booked my ticket today, then I left the next day. 

"It’s easy for me kasi I have a blue passport from Australia, which doesn’t require a U.S. visa, and Barbie can’t come with me kasi wala siyang US visa. 

"It’s my first time in the U.S. After making one movie after another, I just felt I deserve this break.” 

In the U.S., he first went to the East Coast to visit New York, New Jersey and Washington D.C. Then he flew to the West Coast and is now with friends in L.A. He is enjoying his stay there but he will definitely return soon.  

“When I come back, tatapusin ko pa yung movie ko with Nadine Lustre, ‘Greed’, directed by Yam Laranas,” he says.

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