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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.

Oct 15, 2010


DINA BONNEVIE plays Arci Munoz’ mom in TV5’s first kiligserye, “My Driver Sweet Lover”, which topbills JC De Vera and Danita Paner. “I see myself in Arci,” says Dina. “Puedeng bida-kontrabida. Ang dami na ngang nagsabi magkamukha kami at nagkasundo agad kami sa taping kaya marami kaming ginagawa na wala na sa script pero approved pa rin ng director namin, si Eric Quizon.”

Why did she ask her character as Malena in her last show, “May Bukas Pa”, to be killed? “That’s a misconception. I was told papatayin na lang ang role ko kasi I didn’t want to agree sa ending na gusto nila, which is for me to kill Santino. Why would I kill the boy, who’s so well loved? I told them I don’t want to end my career as a villain killing a harmless boy. Ang suggestion ko is for them to make Santino a Miracle Boy na parang Christ-like character who’d make the whole town and all the people in it change for the better as the show’s title is ‘May Bukas Pa’. But they didn’t like a more spiritual and Bible-based ending and they opted for one na walang impact when the show should’ve had a more grandiose conclusion.”

How is she after her stroke? “It’s not really a stroke but a mild schemic attack. After two days nga in the hospital, pinatawag na agad ako ng ABS and asked me to tape. I was under stress because of my work sa office and the tapings pa. I was put in steroids because of my asthma so I gained weight dahil sa manas. As soon as I stopped the steroids, lumiit uli ako. Then I got to talk to Tita Annabelle Rama and she said interested ba ko to work with TV5, sabi ko yes, so I guested first in ‘Face to Face’ then now, heto, kasama ako sa ‘My Driver Sweet Lover’. Ang ganda ng role ko as someone who’s malandi, mukhang pera pero tanga kaya all her schemes backfire on her. I’m paired here with Eric Quizon, Richard Gomez and also Tom Rodriguez.”

How’s the wedding of Oyo Sotto and Kristine Hermosa coming along? “I’m not allowed to talk about it. Alam ko lang, sa January, but they won’t tell me the exact date. Sabi ko, paano yung gown ko, anong motif? Sila na raw bahala. Sabi ko, Oyo, if I don’t like my gown, I won’t attend your wedding.”

She’s in good terms with Marc Pingris, the hubby of her daughter Danica. “Danica is really lucky with him as he’s so caring. Minsan nga, kapag nagtataray si Danica, kay Marc ako kampi. He was even the one who brought me to the hospital nung magka-attack ako.”

How about Kristine? “People tell me, why her? Why her? Maldita raw. But in fairness to her, wala siyang pinapakitang masama sa akin and I can see maalaga siya kay Oyo. Besides, hindi ako nakikialam sa love affairs ng mga anak ko. I trust their judgment in choosing the right partner.”