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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 8, 2011

Ricky Davao predicts Sarah Lahbati will make it big in Kokak

RICKY DAVAO admits it’s more difficult to direct than to act. “Also, you have a bigger talent fee as an actor where your sole responsibility is just your own role,” he says. “As a director, pinoproblema mo lahat sa set. Like once, we’re about ready to tape, biglang hindi na puede yung isang artista kasi nagkaroon daw ng period, di na makaarte. And your work doesn’t stop there sa taping dahil tutulong ka pa sa post production, just like in ‘Kokak’, we have to do some special effects when Sarah Lahbati transform into a frog and back into a human, so I have to help supervise the CGI. Also we use plenty of real live frogs in a number of scenes na iisang klase lang. Hindi madali idirek kasi talunan sila ng talunan.”

Is Sarah shown nude in her transformation scenes? “Siempre, aangguluhan namin siya dahil di naman puedeng totoong nude at afternoon show ito. But magaling si Sarah. She knows what to do. She’ll be a big star kasi she’s beautiful, maganda katawan, tall and, more importantly, she delivers, may ibubuga sa pag-arte.”

He directs “Kokak” Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday. On Monday-Wednesday-Friday, he acts as the dad of Michelle Madrigal and Carla Abellana in “Kung Aagawin Mo ang Langit”. “Eventually, they’ll lessen my exposure in ‘Kung Aagawin’ kasi mas busy talaga ako in directing ‘Kokak’. But despite the hardships, I still love to direct as it gives me a different kind of self fulfillment.”