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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.

Jul 30, 2012

Richard Gutierrez And Sarah Lahbati Playing Beautiful Music On And Off The Set Of 'Makapiling Kang Muli'

ARE THEY or aren’t they on? At first, we thought the reports about Richard Gutierrez and Sarah Lahbati being lovey-dovey with each other is just part of the promo of their primetime soap, “Makapiling Kang Muli”. As the star-crossed lovers Martin and Graciela in the story, there’s no doubt they have great on screen chemistry.

They were first seen dating each other at the “Boy Pickup” premiere night two months ago. Soon after that, there were other sightings of them together and they now even take their muay thai lessons together. They now even have a Facebook account called SarahChard and so many people register their likes for it. When they do out of town regional promos for the show, it’s said they’re glued to each other all the time, oblivious of all their co-stars. So what gives?

We heard Richard has already broken up with his non-showbiz model girlfriend, which means he’s free again these days. Wags say he’d be lucky to be the first boyfriend of Sarah, who has never had a BF before and is a certified virgin.

But Sarah is also very fortunate with Chard, the peg for all the new artista searches of GMA as he’s got it all: looks, talent, charisma, appeal and dedication to his craft. To date, “the next Chard” has yet to be discovered as it’s hard to measure up to the standards he has set. He’s not only a drama actor in “Makapiling Kang Muli”, whose story’s twists and turns get more exciting by the day, but he’s also a devoted environmentalist as seen in the award-winning docus he has hosted and in his weekly show, “Pinoy Adventures”. Is there any other actor who can claim the same? None, because Richard is truly one of a kind.