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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.

Jul 21, 2015

Angelu De Leon & Bobby Andrews Topbill GMA-7's New Afternoon Drama, 'Buena Familia', That Replaces 'Yagit' Starting Monday, July 27

ANGELU DE LEON and Bobby Andrews topbill GMA-7's newest afternoon soap, "Buena Familia", that replaces "Yagit" starting this coming Monday. They play Bettina and Arthur Buena, a loving couple with four children: Kylie Padilla as Celine, Julie Anne San Jose as Darling, Julian Trono as Edwin and Mona Louise Rey as Faye. They seem to be a perfect and happy family, until Bobby gets involved in a pyramiding scam and is sent to prison.

We ask the younger stars who appear as their children if they are aware of how popular the Angelu-Bobby love team was when it flourished during the 90s and they became famous as Peachy and Joaquin in "TGIS" in 1995. After that, they were doing one movie hit after another, like "Wala Na Bang Pag-ibig", "Laging Naroon Ka", "Ikaw na Sana" and "Ang Lahat ng Ito'y Para sa Iyo".

"Sorry po," says Kylie. "I was abroad during that time. But I was told na naging very popular nga po sila."
"Maliit pa ako noon but I know nakilala sila as Peachy and Wacks," says Julie Anne. "Later, I saw some of the movies they did on TV." "Ako rin, kilala ko sila as Peachy and Wacks," says Julian. As for Mona, she was not even born yet at that time.

So how do they feel that they're together again? "Siempre, nakakatuwa," says Angelu, who's turning 36 on August 22. "Our love team started exactly 20 years ago at ngayon, pang-throwback na lang kami kasi may scenes kami rito sa 'Buena Familia' na nangyari in the 90s, which is exactly our era." "Pero malayo na ang itinakbo ng love team namin," says Bobby. "Noon, puro pa-cute lang kami. Ngayon, more serious na. First time namin to play na mag-asawa. Kung dati, hanggang holding hands lang kami. Ngayon, may kissing scenes na."

Both Bobby and Angelu are now happily married. Bobby to Bienne Co and Angelu to Wowie Rivera. Supporting them in "Buena Familia" are Sheryl Cruz as Bobby's other woman who makes life hell for their family, Tessie Tomas as Bobby's matapobreng mother in law, Aicelle Santos as a top singer who oppresses Julie Anne, Mayton Eugenio as Kylie's best friend, and Martin del Rosario and Jake Vargas as the leading men of Kylie and Julie Anne. "Buena Familia" is directed by Gil Tejada who's happy to be working with Angelu and Bobby again since they have worked before with Viva in the 90s.