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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.

Feb 4, 2010

Aljur Abrenica and Daniel Matsunaga displays hunky physiques

WHEN Aljur Abrenica and Kris Bernal learned that their "The Last Prince" will be up against the Kimerald love team's new soap, "Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo" that also has Kris Aquino in it, they prayed so hard that their show will not be overshadowed in the ratings game by their rival. Their prayers paid off as "Last Prince" is really putting up a very good fight. There are days when its rating is even higher than the competition.

"We have so much to be thankful for," says Aljur. "Unang-una na kay Lord dahil dininig Niya mga dasal namin. Then to our writers and directors as they really come up with good twists and turns in the love story of Prince Almiro and Lara para abangan talaga ng viewers, then to GMA-7 and all our co-stars kasi cooperative ang lahat para mapaganda ang show. Lastly, we want to thank our fans and all the viewers who support us. When they showed us the ratings, sobrang natuwa kami ni Kris."
What can he say to writeups saying he's just capitalizing on the hunky physique he often displays in the show? "Siempre, nasaktan ako lalo sa sinulat na maghubad na lang daw ako. But I just consider it a challenge at mas pinagbubuti ko na lang ang acting ko para hindi sabihing I'm just banking on my body."

Is it true he felt insecurity with the entry of Daniel Matsunaga as a prince who turns into a werewolf? "Not really. I met him na before at the Cosmo bash and if he'd help attract more viewers to watch 'The Last Prince', di mas maganda. Okay naman kami kasi he's nice, marunong makisama."

This week, Aljur as the ugly Almiro will finally propose to Lara (Kris) after Prince Javino (Geoff Eigenmann) makes them reconcile with each other. Lara then gets to meet her long lost mom Adela (Eula Valdes.) The rivalry between Almiro and Prince Nikolai (Daniel) intensifies.