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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.

Jan 16, 2012

Beth Tamayo: A Fugitive?

WHEN BETH TAMAYO married Chinese businessman Johnny Wong, everyone said she made the right choice as he’s pretty well off. Beth finally told the truth on TV that she left the country in 2009 afraid for her own life. It’s said her husband could not settle his debts and they were getting death threats so she left. This happened during the Christmas season and her best friend, Judy Ann Santos (for whom she did “Ploning”) was with her, crying with her before she left.

“At that time, parang feeling ko, masisiraan na ako ng ulo and I might end up in a straight jacket,” she said. “I was so depressed, like you’re in a dark tunnel and you can’t see the light at the end.”

She revealed that she and her husband have broken up when they left for abroad. “From Manila, he went to Canada at ako, sa L.A. We’re now waiting for our divorce papers. I want us to be friends but I guess it takes time to forgive and forget and move on.”

So how is her life now in the U.S.? “Okay, masaya naman. I live a normal life here. I work as an admin in an office. For two months, I even worked as babysitter for a Columbian family. Ibang-iba kaysa sa buhay ko sa Manila, but I’m happy. I live with my best friend since grade three. Libre food, libre lahat. Mahirap din and there are times gusto kong umiyak, bakit nangyari sa’kin ito. It’s really a humbling experience.”

She’s glad that TFC-Star Cinema got her to play Pokwang’s best friend in “A Mother’s Story” that was partly shot in California. “I really missed acting kaya when they offered me the role, yes ako agad. I’m happy to be a part of a film na tungkol sa struggles ng mga kababayan natin sa America.”

And she did a very good job in the movie especially in the dramatic scene where Pokwang confronted her for stealing some of Pokwang’s money for her own daughter she left behind in the Philippines. Not only that, she’s as beautiful as ever and she surely deserves a second chance to act on local TV again.