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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.

Apr 13, 2015

Gerald Anderson Happy To Be Part Of An Inspirational New Soap About The Fight Between Good & Evil, 'Nathaniel'

AFTER ‘DYESEBEL’, Gerald Anderson is glad that his new assignment is an inspirational teleserye, “Nathaniel”, where he has no less than two leading ladies: Shaina Magdayao and Isabelle Daza. How is it working with them? “I’ve worked with Shaina before so okay na okay kami,” he says. “We play husband and wife here when the story starts, then something happens at malilipat ako kay Isabelle, who’s a bagong Kapamilya so, as much as possible, I want to make her feel comfortable dahil kalilipat lang niya sa ABS. So far, she’s doing a good job. Mabait siya and magaling makisama. She’s very professional.”

Off cam, it’s common knowledge he is currently in a good relationship with Maja Salvador, who’s also doing well in her own soap, “Bridges of Love”. So how are they now? “We’re okay, masaya naman. In any relationship, maraming ups and downs and we both learn from them. The experience helps make us to be better persons. We’re doing fine kasi we choose to be private and not share everything happening to us sa social media.”

Gerald plays Paul in “Nathaniel”, whose pilot week was shown in a press preview. He’s a small time photographer who’s married to Shaina Magdayao, a college dropout and is already pregnant as the story starts. We soon learn that Paul is the son of a very rich businesswoman, Coney Reyes, who dislikes Shaina for being so religious and strong in her faith. In contrast, Coney is very materialistic and equates success only with money. She has a book called “Key to Success” and she delivers public speeches teaching people on how to get rich. Her buzzword for everyone is: “Yayaman ako!”

Gerald and Shaina try to fight for their love but things went sour when their baby boy, Nathaniel, dies after a car accident that resulted from Gerald’s being such a hothead. They drift apart and decide to split up. The baby boy goes up to heaven and grows up to be child actor Marco Masa. He asks his maestro (Freddie Webb) to let him go down to earth to help people. He is adopted by the family of an honest cop (Benjie Paras) and his wife (Pokwang). Nathaniel has a positive influence on everyone he meets. By chance, he meets his dad, Gerald, who has gone back working for his rich mom, and eventually his mom, Shaina, who has continued her studies and has become a doctor.

“Nathaniel” has no pretensions about its intentions and really comes out very preachy. In the scenes that will follow, it’s discovered that Coney is really aligned with the devil, Leo Martinez, who are after the souls of people attracted by Coney’s materialistic teachings.

Both Gerald and Shaina give crackerjack performances in their dramatic scenes, of which there are many, and they get to shed buckets of tears. The boy actor Marco Masa is cute and lovable, speaking like an adult and delivering long kilometric lines. We have no doubt that “masa” viewers will enjoy watching “Nathaniel” and we hope they’ll be enlightened by its simplistic take on the battle between good and evil.