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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.

Mar 19, 2014

Julia Barretto Has No Problem Doing 'Mirabella' With Son Of Estranged Uncle Raymart Santiago's Nephew

JULIA BARRETO’S launching show, “MiraBella”, is a summer presentation and its launch was held last Tuesday afternoon at the garden area of ABS-CBN’s the Loop. It’ll start airing on Monday to replace “Annaliza”. The young members of the cast headed by Julia, Enrique Gil and Sam Concepcion did a dance number with the supporting teen members who play mean girls and bullies in the school where Julia studies as Mira. It’s easy to see that Julia really stands out among them all and even on screen, she has this very strong screen presence. She looks better than her aunt Claudine, whose career path in teleseryes she wants to follow. The 17-year old girl just has star quality written all over her.

In the trailer, Mylene Dizon gives a bravura performance in that scene where she is fuming so mad after learning her husband James Blanco is unfaithful to her and has an affair with Dimples Romano who’s pregnant with their child. In front of a huge tree, she puts a curse on Dimples with all her might, including the child she’s carrying. Mylene does it convincingly with such force you won’t be surprised when the skin of Dimples and her baby Mira both turn into something like hard wood. Dimples dies after giving birth and Mira is raised by her friends Pokwang and John Lapus until she becames a teener portrayed by Julia Barretto.

Julia is given so many heavy dramatic scenes in the show and she’s thankful that she took a lot of acting workshops before they started taping. “They helped prepare me for my difficult scenes but I also have to thank our three directors, Jerome Pobocan, Jojo Saguin and Erick Salud, and all my co-stars dahil they all helped me in interpreting my role well.”

Her two leading men were asked how they’d describe Julia. “She’s a sweetheart and it’s really a pleasure to work with her,” says Sam.

“Masarap siyang katrabaho kasi masayahing tao,” says Enrique. “She’s so bubbly, laging nakatawa at sobrang kulit.”

One of the new guys being introduced in the show is Ryle Santiago, the son of Sherilyn Reyes with ex-husband Reilly Santiago, the brother of Raymart. Someone asked Julia if everything is okay between them since everyone knows that her Aunt Claudine and Raymart are now at odds. “Wala naman kaming problema, magkababata kami niyan,” she says.