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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.

Feb 2, 2014

Gwen Zamora's Tacloban Experience Emotionally Draining

GWEN ZAMORA’s boyfriend, Raymond Romualdez, is the son of Tacloban mayor Alfred Romualdez and she personally saw how typhoon Yolanda devastated Leyte. “Raymond was here when Yolanda struck and he’s so worried about his family there,” she says. “Hindi niya alam ang nangyari sa kanila kasi no communication at all. He was finally able to get a private plane to take him there two days later and he was glad to see his dad and sisters all safe, pero yung bahay nila, nawasak na. He stayed there na and helped the victims. Ako, I followed a week later and from the plane pa lang, kita mo na how it was flattened. Talagang napa-Oh my God ako. Kahit ihanda mo sarili mo, you can’t be prepared for what you’ll see. It’s emotionally draining.”

After playing a villain role in “Binoy Henyo”, Gwen now plays the role of a witch, Alejandra, in “Innamorata”. “I lived in the 20s. But my spirit remains alive in a portrait and I try to influence my great granddaughter, Max Cinco, to search for a magic necklace that will cure her of her rare skin disease called porphyria, but my ultimate goal is to get necklace for myself as it’ll bring me back to life.”

She played the lead role in an Indonesian thriller. Is she happy with the roles she’s getting now on TV? “Okay naman. They’re all challenging. They help me grow as an artist and prepare me for the day when GMA will give me a lead role. About Indonesia, there’s another offer and I might go there in May to do it.”

She’s happy her mom and dad are back from working abroad. “We spent Christmas with Raymond’s family. At least now, may kasama na ako uli sa bahay. Before, I always eat out. Now, I eat at home and it’s healthy food kasi vegetarian ang dad ko. We plan to revive his bakeshop. Now, I have a restaurant, Speakeasy, at the corner of Malugay and Ayala Ave. I plan to put up another branch and a nail salon. By August, I’m going to have a vacation with my folks in Paris then go to Belgium and Amsterdam.”