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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.

Dec 11, 2010

Mark Herras back to work after health problems

Mark Herras

MARK HERRAS took a voluntary vacation of two months after he got sick due to kidney stones and overfatigue. He’s now back working with girlfriend Ina Asistio in “Puso ng Pasko” and will be hosting a dance serye on primetime early next year. So what did he do while on vacation? “Naalis yung stones without an operation, I slept a lot, bumalik ang appetite ko sa pagkain, marami kong naayos sa mga kasama ko at na-explain kung ano gusto ko mangyari at home, nakipaglaro ako kay Uno, baby na anak ni Jenny Donato ng GMA Artist Center, so now fully rested na ko, ready to work again.”

He’s turning 24 on December 14 and to celebrate, he will take 60 orphans of My Father’s House for a day of fun at Enchanted Kingdom. “This year is good for me kasi I did ‘Diva’, ‘Langit sa Piling Mo’, ‘Party Pilipinas’ and hosted ‘Danz Showdown’, so I want to share my blessings with these less fortunate kids.”

What happened to the tax case filed by BIR against him? “I just let the lawyers attend to it kasi alam naman ng Diyos na wala akong direktang alam dun sa business na binibintang sa akin. I’m confident my name will be cleared.”

It’s been 6 years since he won in Starstruck 1. “Showbiz has been really good to me. Marami akong naipundar kaya now, more than ever, gusto ko magseryoso ngayon sa career ko.”

What can say about his co-stars in “Langit”, Heart Evangelista and Daniel Matsunaga, who are now going steady? “Na-develop sila during the show. Okay naman sila, cute. Bagay sila and I’m happy for them.”

In the shower for Party Pilipinas last Sunday, Regine Velasquez threw her bouquet away and it was his GF Ina who caught it, prompting others to say she and Mark will be the next to face the altar. “Ay, hindi po. We’re both too young. She’s only 18, malayo pa sa isip namin yan. Career muna.”