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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


MARICAR REYES chose to just keep quiet after being part of the Hayden Kho video scandal and it paid off. A medical doctor by profession, ABS-CBN supported her career in acting and gave her good roles on TV in “Your Song” and “Lovers in Paris”, and in the film “Miss You Like Crazy” as John Lloyd Cruz’ rich girlfriend. Now, she’s part of “Imortal” and is also playing another important role in Regal’s pre-Halloween presentation, “White House”.

“I’m quite thrilled by ‘White House’ as it’s my first horror film, my first project outside of ABS, and I get to co-star with Gabby Concepcion whose movies with Sharon Cuneta I grew up watching,” she says. “I also find my role very challenging. I play the executive producer of a horror reality show that organizes this contest challenging people to stay for five days inside a haunted house in Baguio City, the famous La Peral House that’s said to be inhabited by ghosts. First, I consulted Gabby who’s an expert on the occult to find out if there are really bad spirits inside the house. He goes there with his wife, Angel Jacob, and their daughter, and confirms to me that it’s haunted and it would be dangerous to hold a contest there. But despite his warning,k itinuloy ko pa rin ang show as I believe it would generate very high ratings. I was right, but we had to pay a price for that as the bad spirits were all disturbed and became vindictive.”

Direk Topel Lee says Maricar usually just stays quiet in one corner while waiting for her take, but once she faces the camera, she’s able to get into her character right away. A caretaker in the haunted house says that the spirits in it must have really been attracted by Maricar because of her quiet aura. In some instances, doors won’t open even if they’re unlocked whenever she’s around. “White House” will have its premiere night at SM Megamall on Tuesday night and opens nationwide on Wednesday.