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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, 2015

Toni Gonzaga Answers Rants Against For Her Hosting Job In The Bb. Pilipinas Pageant/ Enjoys Working With Coco Martin

BEFORE the Q&A at the presscon of “You’re My Boss” started, Toni Gonzaga chose to answer right away the accusations against her for allegedly making fun of some of the contestants as a host of the recent Bb. Pilipinas Pageant.

“This is the first and last time I will talk about it kasi tapos na yung coronation night, may winners na,” she says. “First of all, I want to thank the Bb. Pilipinas for giving me the opportunity to host it. For those who were not pleased, I’m humbly asking for apology if I offended or maligned anyone as it’s never my intention. Prior to the show, I was instructed to host it in a lively and fun way to ease the tension, especially during the Q&A. To those who defended me, thank you very much. I’d just like to thank the Bb. Pilipinas committee because they praised me. Let’s just end this with world peace.”

Toni says the story idea for “You’re My Boss” came from her. “My sister Alex and I saw Coco on TV and she said, ‘yan, never mong makakatrabaho kasi drama siya at comedy ka. So we came up with this concept na magkakaroon kami ng role reversal. I pitched it kay Inang (Olive Lamasan) and nagustuhan niya. I said alam ko kung sino ang actor na babagay sa lead role, si Coco. She said, tamang-tama, they’re meeting with Coco and they’ll pitch it to him. So nagustuhan naman ni Coco and the next thing we knew, nag-story con na kami. I play his boss, he’s a messenger in our company, but in order to close a huge business deal, we’ll pretend that siya ang boss ko at ako ang assistant niya.”

The movie is directed by Antoinette Jadaone, who directed the surprise hit “That Thing Called Tadhana” and wrote the Metro filmfest big winner “English Only, Please”. How’s it to work with her? “Masaya. Our set is isa sa pinakamagaan na set that I’ve worked on. Hindi natataranta si Direk kaya kaming mga artista, hindi rin natataranta, di kami nape-pressure. Spontaneous lang kaming lahat sa shooting.”

And how is it working with Coco? “I learned how to make hugot in the drama scenes. Ako kasi, masayahin talagang tao. Pag may nangyaring di maganda, we were taught by our parents to just move on. Walang hugot-hugot. But kay Coco, sa mata pa lang niya, effective na. Kung ano naman kasi ang binibigay ng co-star mo, yun ang nire-reciprocate mo. At si Coco, nakakatuwang kausap kasi natural lang siya, walang pretensions sa buhay.”

“You’re My Boss” will be her last movie as a single lady. It will open in theatres on April 4, Black Saturday, and in June, she will be a certified June Bride as she’ll be walking down the aisle with her BF of seven years, Director Paul Soriano.