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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 12, 2015

Mark Neumann Is Mere Runner Up In 'Artista Academy' But He's Now More Popular Than Winner Vin Abrenica

MARK NEUMANN is just a runner up in “Artista Academy” and his supporters now say that he has obviously overtaken the winner, Vin Abrenica, in terms of popularity as he is the busiest leading man in TV5’s hit mini-series, “Wattpad Presents”.

“Hindi naman,” he says. “Marami ring ginagawa si Vin. Lahat kami, hindi pinapabayaan ng TV5.”
He’s currently paired with Artista Academy batchmate Shaira Mae and their tandem clicked in “Wattpad Presents” mini-series like “I’m in Love with a DOTA Player” and “Mr. Popular Meets Ms. Nobody, Parts 1 and 2”, all hits. Their pairing is called the Shark love team, a contraction of their names Shaira and Mark. They are now starring in another “Wattpad Presents” story, “The Magic in You”, which was shot on location for one week in Hongkong Disneyland no less.

“May kakaibang kilig ang love team nila, kakaiba ang chemistry at malakas ang hatak sa tao kaya ipinu-push namin,” says TV5 Entertainment Head Wilma Galvante. “We’ll give them more projects at tuloy-tuloy rin ang acting workshops nila to improve their craft. We want to thank Hongkong Disneyland for giving us the chance to do ‘The Magic in You’ in their popular theme park. Nakunan namin lahat ng rides doon and they even allowed us to use their theme songs, ‘When My Dreams Come True’ and ‘Find Your Light’, composed by their musical director, Rony Fortich, and sang by Raki Vega na star sa kanilang show na ‘The Golden Mickeys’.”

What’s Mark’s role in “The Magic in You”? “I play Basti,” he says. “Nagkataong nasa Hongkong Disneyland ako nang mag-break down in public si Shaira as Princess, kasi doon nakipag-split ang boyfriend niya sa kanya. I was able to record on video yung break down niya and I posted it on youtube. Naging viral yun at dahil doon, naging overnight sensation siya. Eventually, we meet each other and that will start our own relationship. This is under the direction of Mac Alejandre who’s really able to capture the beauty of what’s known as the happiest place on earth.”

How does he feel that Shaira has a real life BF, Edgar Allan Guzman? “No problem kasi I know Kuya Allan and he trusts me. Alam niyang super close friends lang kami ni Shaira at nagtatrabaho lang kami. We’re really thankful that viewers accepted us as a loveteam.”

“The Magic in You” starts airing tonight at 9 PM on TV5’s “Wattpad Presents”.