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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.

Jun 29, 2014

Alex Gonzaga Delays Taping Of 'Pure Love' With Her Stint In 'PBB'

ALEX GONZAGA is better known as a comedian-host, what with her exposure in “Banana Split” and “PBB Uber”. She now stars in her first teleserye on ABS-CBN, “Pure Love”, based on the Koreanovela “49 Days” shown in 2011 but now adapted for Pinoy viewers by director Veronica Velasco (in her first teleserye after doing movies like “Inang Yaya” and “Tuhog”) to show the strong ties that bind a Filipino family.

Alex plays Diane, a bubbly rich girl who seems to have it all but one day meets an accident that makes her comatose.

Her soul meets Matt Evans as the Scheduler, an angel who becomes her guide on earth. She’s told that she’s not really fated to die and she can have a second chance on life if she could gather three tear drops of pure love from people outside of her family within 40 days.

“Para magawa ko ito, I’m given the power na sumapi sa katawan ni Yen Santos as Ysabel, a poor girl na laging depressed mula nang mamatay ang boyfriend niya,” says Alex. “Nagpapasalamat talaga ako kasi puro magagaling ang mga makakasama ko rito. My leading men are Arjo Atayde and Joseph Marco, kasama rin namin sina Yam Concepcion, Arron Villaflor, Anna Luna, Sunshine Cruz, John Arcilla, Ana Capri, Bart Guingona, Dante Ponce at Shey Bustamante.”

The taping of “Pure Love” abruptly stopped when Alex was suddenly assigned to be a PBB housemate. “Na-shocked ako noon at lagi kong sinasabi kay Kuya, nagte-taping po ako ng ‘Pure Love’, umeere na ba siya? I stayed inside PBB for 49 days, na siyang original title ng ‘Pure Love’.”

“Because of that, nabitin kami,” says Direk Veronica Velasco. “Hindi namin alam kung kailan lalabas si Alex from PBB. But we took it as a chance para ma-review namin yung footage that we’ve taped para mas mapaganda ang show. As of now, nasa week 2 pa lang ang taping namin dahil sa delay.”

Off cam, Alex was wooed by Korean comedian Ryan Bang who’s with her in “Banana Split”. But it’s obvious Alex doesn’t like him. Now, Arjo Atayde is very open in declaring that he likes her. “Mabait si Arjo. Masarap katrabaho. Laging nagpapakain sa set. Ang galing pang umarte. But the doors of my heart are close.”

To which, Arjo says: “I’ll wait for them to open.”