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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 7, 2010


Paul Soriano and Maja Salvador
MAJA SALVADOR is excited to do her first indie film, “Thelma”, directed by Paul Soriano, the boyfriend of Toni Gonzaga, for Time Horizon Pictures. “I got offers before to do indie films but they’re sexy and I don’t like the story,” she says. “When I met with Direk Paul, he told me the story of ‘Thelma’ at nagustuhan ko agad as it’s very inspiring at hindi sexy. I will play a runner na probinsiyana who goes to Manila to compete and she sees this as a means to improve the life of her family na very poor talaga. Walang love story, talagang character-driven focusing on the struggles of the runner to be a champion athlete. I started training for the part even before we start shooting, with Elma Muros as my coach on and off screen. Katatakbo ko nga, I already lost several pounds. Ibang klaseng acting ang ipapakita rito kaysa sa usual acting that I do on TV.”

Direk Paul says Maja is his first choice for the role. “As I start writing the fifth draft of the script, I started casting it in my mind and Maja’s my first choice. I’ve worked with her before in a commercial and she fits the role best. I talked to Mr. Johnny Manahan of Star Magic and I’m thankful he allowed her to work with us right away.”

Will Maja get tips from rumoured BF Matteo Guidicelli who’s really an athlete? “He’s not my boyfriend. Lumalabas kami but marami kami in a group, not just us. It’s up to him if he wants to give me tips.”