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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 1, 2010

TJ Trinidad paired with Rhian Ramos

IN 'ALMOST A Love Story', the Valentine offering in 'Dear Friend' starting this Sunday after "SOP", TJ Trinidad plays the happy go lucky Rommel who falls in love with a girl, Rhian Ramos as Hannah, who's nine years younger than him. Rhian's parents, Cris Villanueva and Joanne Quintas, opposes their relationship and have him arrested by cops. "It's an unconventional love story kasi she's only 15 when we first meet," he says. "Menor de edad siya at 24 na ako. But ours is really an innocent romance kasi wala kami kahit kissing scene. Magkakalayo kami and after six years, we'll meet again. She already has her own career, but may boyfriend na siya who she's about to marry, Paolo Avelino, at may girlfriend naman ako, si Arci Munoz. It's nice to work with Rhian again after we did the movie, 'The Promise', and 'Zorro' and 'Stairway to Heaven' on GMA."

The four-week episode was shot on location in the world class Fontana Resorts, directed by Topel Lee. Also in the cast are Dex Quindoza as TJ's younger brother who's the favorite of their parents, Jimwell Stevens and Melissa Mendez, Stef Prescott as Rhian's best friend and Jace Flores as Stef's boyfriend. TJ is very thankful because he's never out of job since he moved to GMA-7. He'll also soon be seen on primetime in "Diva". "Ka-love triangle ko sina Regine Velasquez and Mark Anthony Fernandez in the story."