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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 13, 2015

Mark Neumann And Akihiro Blanco Say They're Fighting Only On Screen In 'Baker King', But Not In Real Life

MARK NEUMANN and Akihiro Blanco are half brothers who are also arch enemies in "Baker King". They have so many scenes showing them in intense conflict that viewers think they must be really be fighting even off camera.

"Ay, hindi po, acting lang yun," says Mark who just had a successful fans' day at Market Market. "Mahusay kasi si Akihiro kaya nadadala ako. Kaya lumalabas na parang totoo talaga ang mga away namin."

Akihiro celebrated his 20th birthday on the set of "Baker King" and Mark was one of the first cast members who greeted him. Both young actors agree that the show has boosted their respective characters as people call them by their names in the show, Takgu and Michael, whenever they are seen in public. Even their co-stars known as the Baker Boys, led by Ian de Leon, Mon Confiado, Allan Paulo and Sergio Garcia, have become more popular because of their exposure in "Baker King".

The whole cast of "Baker King" is happy for Ian de Leon, who's turning 40 on September 11, and has finally tied the knot with his girlfriend of six years, Jennifer Orcine, who's now six months preggy with their first child. Their Christian wedding ceremony was held last Sunday afternoon in a private clubhouse and the parents of Ian attended the affair, Nora Aunor and Christopher de Leon.

Among the sponsors were Manila mayor Erap Estrada, Vice mayor Isko Moreno, Cornelia Lee aka Angge, Malou Choa Fagar of "Eat Bulaga" and Kuya Germs Moreno. This is Ian's second marriage. He was first married to Izza Vicente, but it has since been annulled.