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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 16, 2014

Rocco Nacino Overwhelmed By Co-Star Nora Aunor's Dominant Presence In 'Hustisya'

GMA Artist Center star and one of the Kapuso Network's talented leading men Rocco Nacino feels honored to be working with Superstar Nora Aunor and respected director Joel Lamangan via a Cinemalaya entry entitled "Hustisya" which will be shown in August.

According to him, Nora Aunor’s overwhelming presence on the set was undeniably strong. “Doon ko na-realize ‘yung sinasabi nila na ang lakas ng aura niya. Nangungusap ang mga mata niya, very powerful,” he says. In "Hustisya", Rocco breathes life to the character of an unscrupulous lawyer who becomes a bad influence on a shy probinsyana accused of murder, which will be portrayed by Nora Aunor. He says that to prepare for the role, he observed real lawyers at several hearings and this helped him give justice to his role, which he gets to portray for the first time. The Kapuso actor admits that his acting skills were put to a test in his second Cinemalaya stint. The first one was in "Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa" three years ago that gave him an acting award.

“Noong una, natakot akong kaeksena si Ate Guy. Doon na pumasok si Direk Joel Lamangan . Sinasabihan niya ako to encourage me, ‘Rocco, Rocco, more confidence, kaya mo yan’ at namo-motivate naman ako,” shares the award-winning actor.

However, Rocco is quick to add that he eventually learned to keep cool and thrive under pressure. “Ngayon, napapantayan ko na ‘yung emotions na ibinibigay ni Ate Guy. Itinuring kong challenge working with her. And she has also been very helpful, parang isang kaibigan. Actually, ang tawag niya sa akin ‘anak,’” he adds.
Aside from "Hustisya", Rocco is currently part of GMA Network’s musical variety program "Sunday All Stars".