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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.

May 31, 2012

Newcomer Benjamin Alves Paired With Lovi Poe In 'Guni-Guni'

BENJAMIN ALVES is not really a newcomer in showbiz. The first time he was here five years ago, he was signed up by Viva and introduced with Vince Saldana as his screen name. His career went nowhere so he went back to his native Guam and finished college. He graduated as an English lit major, summa cum laude no less, from the University of Guam, then returned here for a vacation. Jonas Gaffud of Mercator Agency saw him, signed him up to manage him then brought him to GMA-7, who also signed him to star in a soap. But even before he can start the soap, Regal’s Roselle Monteverde is now introducing him as the leading man of Lovi Poe in the horror drama, “Guni-Guni” directed by Tara Illenberger.

“I really can’t believe it,” says Benjamin who’s now using his real name. “Ang bilis ng mga pangyayari. Iniisip ko na lang, siguro, dumating na yung right time for me. Before, nothing happened simply because it’s not my time yet. I was too young then. Now, I’m really so excited. Can’t believe I’m paired with Lovi Poe. I watch her in ‘Legacy’ in Guam and I’ve seen some of her movies. Hanga ako sa kanya, she’s really good and I’m thrilled to work with someone like her. I know she can help me and I’ll learn a lot from her.”