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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 24, 2010

Gelli de Belen adjusting to the loss of Sis

GELLI DE BELEN says she's still adjusting with the loss of "Sis". "Nasanay kasi ko waking up early to report sa studio," she says. "But now, my mornings are free and I can even take my two sons to school. But siempre, I miss 'Sis' kasi eight years din tumakbo yun, no?"

She's now seen on primetime in GMA-7's new telefantasya, "Panday Kids". "I play the abusive mom of Buboy Villar. Yes, salbahe po ako rito dahil sinasaktan ko ang anak ko. Impressed ako kay Buboy. Ngayon ko lang siya nakatrabaho and he's really a gifted child actor. He's so focused and dedicated sa trabaho, grabe. You can see na he really loves what he's doing."

Since she plays a bad mom who maltreats her own son in "Panday Kids", will she let her own sons watch the show? "Why not? They know their dad (Ariel Rivera) and I, mga artista. Kahit bad characters kami, they know it's just a role we're playing. Minsan nga, while I was reading the script of 'Panday Kids', nakibasa ang eldest ko, si Joaqui, and he realized masama ako. Sabi niya, Mommy, you're bad here. Actually, nanibago sila nang umarte na ako ulit in 'All My Life' kasi nasanay silang host lang ako. E, ngayon, kontrabida na ko kay Buboy. Challenging yung role, ha. Bukod dito, kasama ko rin yung dalawa pang bata in 'Panday Kids' na sina Julian Trono at Sabrina Man in an infotainment show about animals, 'Zooperstars'."