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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.

Oct 2, 2013

Why Is Jason Abalos Not Given More Challenging Roles When He Deserves It?

JASON ABALOS has been missing in action for some time now. His last soap was still “Lumayo Ka Man Sa Akin” shown in the afternoon with Maja Salvador more than a year ago. Maja has since appeared in the long-running primetime show “Ina Kapatid Anak”, but it’s only now that Jason has been given another soap, “Maria Mercedes”. What happened?

“Masyado lang akong nasarapan sa bakasyon,” he says at the show’s presscon. “Pero ngayong nandito na ko sa ‘Maria Mercedes’, I promise na magsisipag na uli ako.” See article Jessy Mendiola as Maria Mercedes.

What’s his role in the show? “I play Clavio, ang childhood sweetheart ni Jessy Mendiola as Maria Mercedes. Lumaki ako caring for her, pero dalawa ang magiging karibal ko sa kanya, sina Jake Cuenca as Luis at Ariel Rivera as Santiago, na parehong mayaman kaya dehado ako kasi mahirap lang ako rito.”

Jason is now more buff and is also sporting a semi-kalbo hairdo for a more rugged look in his role as Clavio. “Ito ang gusto ng business unit head namin, si Ruel Bayani. Medyo maton kasi ang dating ni Clavio rito,” he says.

We’re really wondering why Jason, who has won best actor awards for the film “Endo”, is not really given more challenging roles when he certainly deserves it.