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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 14, 2011

Arthur Solinap missed Rochelle Pangilinan while in Survivor Philippines

ARTHUR SOLINAP didn’t really want to join “Survivor Philippines Celebrity Doubles”. “Mainstay ako in ‘Pepito Manaloto’ so may trabaho ako,” he says. “It’s my cousin Carlo Gonzales who really wants to join and the original plan was to pair him with his girlfriend, si Luane Dy. But Luane wasn’t allowed by ‘Unang Hirit’. So our manager, Perry Lansigan, asked me to be Carlo’s partner. I told him, ayoko, marami kong anxieties. OC ako (obsessive compulsive) at konting mahawakan ko lang, hugas agad ako ng alcohol. He told me to think it over. I weighed the pros and cons and realized I want to challenge myself na labanan kong anxieties ko. Also, the prize is big, P3 million, so I said yes. When we’re there na, nag-enjoy ako and I can say no regrets. It helped me become a better person. The things I took for granted before, mas na-appreciate ko roon.”

Did he miss his girlfriend, Rochelle Pangilinan? “Very much. Hindi niya ako inihatid when we left kasi baka umiyak daw siya. But when we returned, she fetched me at the airport. Ang nakakatawa, the whole time sa island, never ako nagkasakit. But when we got here, that’s when I had fever and tonsillitis.”