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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.

Nov 6, 2010


HERMES BAUTISTA is the hunky long-haired balikbayan from the U.S. who’s the 8th housemate to be evicted from PBB 3 and is now nominated as best new male TV personality in the coming Star Awards for TV. After doing “Your Song” and “Elias Paniki”, he plays a title role in “Wansapanataym” in the episode “Apitong” where he’s paired with Pokwang and Wendy Valdez. He’s honest enough to admit that it’s supposed to be a remake of Seiko’s “Machete” that originally starred Cesar Montano, then Gardo Versoza in “Machete 2”, as the wooden statue that comes to life. “But when we’re already taping, we were informed the rights to ’Machete’ was already bought by GMA-7, kaya binago ang title at naging ‘Apitong’,” he says.

Born in San Diego, California on Feb. 7, 1986, his parents are both Pinoys. His dad was then with the U.S. Navy. His parents separated and his mom brought him and his younger brother (now a U.S. Navy man himself) home to San Fernando, Pampanga, when he was two years old. His dad remarried and he now has two-half siblings in the States. “But we’ve maintained communication with our dad and we visit him in the U.S. every summer. After I finished nursing here at FEU, I went to the U.S. and worked there in a hospital. I took the PBB auditions in San Francisco and I was glad to be given the chance to return to Manila kasi mas gusto ko kasi talaga rito.”

We tell Hermes he has feminine features and, with his long hair, he admits there are times when people think he’s a girl. “Pag nagpapa-gas ako, the attendant would ask, Ma’am, full tank ho?” Well, maybe he should do something with his appearance to project a more masculine image. Hermes is now under Boy Abunda’s Backroom. For booking, call 435-1108 or email backroomtalents@pldtdsl.net